Newman, Vincent James (Flight Sergeant, b.1925-d.2005)

Accession Number PR05122
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement Extent: 1.5 cm; Wallet/s: 1
Object type Log book, Letters
Maker Newman, Vincent James
Place made Canada
Date made 1944
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition

Collection relating to the Second World War service of Flight Sergeant 443429 Vincent James Newman, Royal Australian Air Force, Canada, 1944.

Folder 1 consists of one flying log book of Flight Sergeant Newman. This log book contains entries dated between 11 April and 18 October 1944, and records Newman's flights during his course in air gunnery with No. 3 Wireless School, Winnipeg, as part of his training under the Empire Air Training Scheme in Canada. The entries include details such as dates and times of flights, aircraft types and numbers, pilots, duties, and purposes of the flights.

Folder 2 consists of 14 airgraph letters from Flight Sergeant Newman to his parents, dated between 3 May and 10 November 1944, and corresponding transcripts of the letters. In his letters, Newman mentions his intentions to go to Chicago on his mid-term break, good exam results, a relationship with a local Canadian girl, sending photographs home, seeing Manly Oval at the picture theatre and being very surprised, preparing for mid-term exams, playing 18 holes of golf, staying with his girlfriend’s family on weekends, finishing his course, starting at the bombing and gunnery school in Alberta, receiving a birthday cake and letters from home, looking forward to graduating, and hoping to be home in time for Christmas. Newman also regularly responds to news received from home, and often expresses that he misses his family members.