Letters of Ronald Henry Etherton, January - February 1944

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Accession Number AWM2020.22.6
Collection number AWM2016.832.1
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 35
Object type Letter
Physical description 71 Image/s captured
Maker Etherton, Ronald Henry
Place made United Kingdom: Scotland
Date made 1944
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copying Provisions Copy provided for personal non-commercial use
Source credit to This item has been digitised with funding provided by Commonwealth Government.
Description

Letters relating to the Second World War service of 423088 Flight Sergeant Ronald Henry Etherton, 19 Operational Training Unit.

In letters to his sweetheart, Jean Ayre, written between January and February 1944, Etherton describes his experiences of training in the Royal Air Force as a navigator in Scotland. Some of these experiences include having a late Christmas celebration with his crew, flying in Whitley aircraft, receiving occasional oranges as a special treat, being Duty Navigator, frustrations with irregular mail, seeing films and a variety show at camp, being a navigator in high-pressure situations, training in the “sweat box” (artificial trainer), being homesick, being involved in a serious bus accident, going on leave at Aberdeen, being promoted to flight sergeant, and being tired from hard work.

In every letter, Etherton assures Jean of his love, and often writes hopefully about their future together.

Ronald Henry Etherton died while taking part in a bombing mission on 13 August 1944.

This file contains:
Airgraph from Ronald Henry Etherton to Jean Ayre, [Scotland], 1 January 1944;
Letter from Ronald Henry Etherton to Jean Ayre, 1-2 January 1944;
Airgraph from Ronald Henry Etherton to Mrs and Mr Ayre from Ron, 3 January 1944;
Letter from Ronald Henry Etherton to Jean Ayre, 5 January 1944;
Letter from Ronald Henry Etherton to Jean Ayre, 6 January 1944;
Airgraph from Ronald Henry Etherton to Jean Ayre, 7 January 1944;
Airgraph from Ronald Henry Etherton to Jean Ayre, 12 January 1944;
Letter from Ronald Henry Etherton to Jean Ayre, 12 January 1944;
Letter from Ronald Henry Etherton to Jean Ayre, [Scotland], 15 January 1944;
Airgraph from Ronald Henry Etherton to Jean Ayre, 16 January 1944;
Letter from Ronald Henry Etherton to Jean Ayre, 16 January 1944;
Letter from Ronald Henry Etherton to Jean Ayre, 17 January 1944;
Letter from Ronald Henry Etherton to Jean Ayre, 19 January 1944;
Letter from Ronald Henry Etherton to Jean Ayre, 20 January 1944;
Airgraph from Ronald Henry Etherton to Jean Ayre, [Scotland], 22 January 1944;
Letter from Ronald Henry Etherton to Jean Ayre, 22 January 1944;
Letter from Ronald Henry Etherton to Jean Ayre, 23 January 1944;
Airgraph from Ronald Henry Etherton to Jean Ayre, 24 January 1944;
Letter from Ronald Henry Etherton to Jean Ayre, 26 January 1944;
Letter from Ronald Henry Etherton to Jean Ayre, [Scotland], 27 January 1944;
Letter from Ronald Henry Etherton to Jean Ayre, 28 January 1944;
Letter from Ronald Henry Etherton to Jean Ayre, 28 January 1944;
Letter from Ronald Henry Etherton to Jean Ayre, 30 January 1944;
Letter from Ronald Henry Etherton to Jean Ayre, 1 February 1944;
Letter from Ronald Henry Etherton to Jean Ayre, 4 February 1944;
Letter from Ronald Henry Etherton to Jean Ayre, 5-7 February 1944;
Letter from Ronald Henry Etherton to Jean Ayre, Scotland, 8-10 February 1944;
Letter from Ronald Henry Etherton to Jean Ayre, [Scotland], 14 February [1944];
Letter from Ronald Henry Etherton to Jean Ayre, 18 February 1944;
Letter from Ronald Henry Etherton to Jean Ayre, 20 February 1944, [includes envelope];
Letter from Ronald Henry Etherton to Jean Ayre, 21 February 1944;
Letter from Ronald Henry Etherton to Jean Ayre, 22 February 1944;
Airgraph from Ronald Henry Etherton to Jean Ayre, 24 February 1944;
Letter from Ronald Henry Etherton to Jean Ayre, 25 February 1944;
Letter from Ronald Henry Etherton to Jean Ayre, 29 February 1944.