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19388 Canadian World War I Ace Roy Brown Credited with downing
Manfred von Richthofen, the "Red Baron" ALS, 5pp, on RNAS
stationery, “No. 2 School of Aerial Fighting, Marske, Yorks, 13.7.18
Dear Dad, You will be wondering what has happened to me as it is
over two weeks since I have written. I was sick as a dog with Spanish
influenza which everyone has been having. I had quite a temperature
for awhile but am better again.
I reported here on the 6th but went on the sick list immediately and
have been in bed until yesterday. Felt much better through today. I
shall try to get started at work tomorrow if I do not feel too shaky.
Stearne (Capt. Stearne Tighe Edwards, also a WW1 ace) and I are
both here as fighting instructors. Our duties are to teach pupils how to
fight single seaters and how to attack two seaters with single seaters.
We also have to teach them how to fly formation and what are the
methods of attacking troops on the ground. The work should be very
interesting. How long we shall be here I have not the faintest idea.
This place seems to be quite back water once you drift into it you are
apt to stay in it for some time.
While I was on leave I heard that there was to be some change take
place soon for Canadians in the R.A.F. What it is I do not know but
am anxious to hear as it must mean something important. Whatever
the change is when it does take place I am going to try to get a
permanent commission. The present situation of the war, as far as I
can see, points more than ever to a much longer struggle than we
foresaw a year ago. That means it is going to be a long time before I
shall be able to get out of the service presuming I remain physically,
even if I did wish to do so. The longer I stay in it the harder it will be to
ever make a change. I shall have forgotten if I have not done so already
all that can ever be of use to me in a business way. In view of this the
best thing I can see for me to do is to try to get a permanent
commission in the service. If a Canadian service is formed I shall
certainly try to get it in that but if not I shall try to get it in the R.A. F.
I like the work very much although I should not like it in peace time. I
know of course if things turn on that I do not wish to retain it I shall be
able to resign at any time on the grounds of ill health which I can
always do either with my back or my knee. I do not expect you will
approve of this idea but I think it is the best way as one can never tell
what the situation may be when it is all over and if I am permanent I
shall always be able to stay with the service if I feel I am useless for
anything else. I may not have an opportunity to get a permanent
commission of course if I do though I am going to take advantage of it.
Enough of that for the present.
We seem to have a fairly good mess here as the meals which have been
brought in to me have been quite good and the cooking is exceptionally
good. Stearne and I are in the same cabin. There is not much
furniture in it. All we have is a bed and a cupboard for our clothes.
Once we get settled we shall get a table and some chairs and get things
I have only had two letters from you in the last month but I suppose
they have gone astray while I have been on leave. My mail always does
go everuywhere and Stearne’s seems to be even worse than mine if
Shall write again soon and tell you what I can about my work when I
get started at it.
Love to all, Roy.