Letters of Bruce Warren Fleming, November 1942 - October 1943

Accession Number AWM2020.22.2
Collection number PR01188
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Item
Item count 1
Object type Letter
Physical description 89 Image/s captured
Maker Fleming, Bruce Warren
Date made 1942-1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copying Provisions Digital format and content protected by copyright.
Source credit to This item has been digitised with funding provided by Commonwealth Government.

Letters relating to the Second World War service of 403239 Sergeant Bruce Warren Fleming, Royal Australian Air Force.

In his second volume, consisting of 70 letters to his parents dated between November 1942 and October 1943, Fleming relates stories of his experiences as a Royal Australian Air Force officer serving in the Middle East. Some of these experiences include seeing snow in Syria, being wounded by shrapnel, inventing equipment for processing food for the Royal Air Force, going boating on the Nile River, seeing an Egyptian festival, being very busy with his work, getting sick and going to hospital, travelling via train to Jerusalem, Palestine, Syria and Lebanon, living in Cairo, marching in an United Nations parade, getting homesick, a short period of leave in Alexandria, and receiving letters and parcels.

Fleming comments on the state of the war in other parts of the world, and regularly reflects on his feelings surrounding the war in general. He also describes, in detail, the many landscapes and different types of people he encounters.

As Fleming’s parents received his letters, they commissioned typed copies of them and later bound them in chronological order into this manuscript format.