Wayne’s bother, Verne, was transferred in late August 1944 to the 221st Combat Crew Training School at Alexandria Army Air Base located about five miles northwest of Alexandria, Louisiana. Prior to that, he had been stationed at Lincoln, Nebraska with the 616th Flying Training Group. There he had received B-17 and B-24 aircrew instruction
On the evening of August 29, 1944 at Alexandria Army Air Base , he wrote his stepmother, whom he called “Sis”:
Received a letter from you tonight and was so surprised I was almost through supper before I discovered I had eaten twice as much as planned.
That was a real letter, Sis. Please, please write more of them.
A lot of water has passed under the bridge since I was last home. Personally, I don’t like it so much but my opinion doesn’t count much among the millions of others and this man’s…
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