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Ephrata Air Base

I Hope You Get Your Breaks Soon

June 28th and 30th 1943. Stanley writes two letters to Dad from Geiger Field in Washington State. The 28th is Dad’s 20th birthday. It is about 10:20 at night as Stanley writes and sends his greetings. He acknowledges that he heard from Anna that several of the neighbors back in Albany were contacted for background … Continue reading »

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Sore Feet and Blisters

May 29 & 31, 1943.  Stanley writes to Dad.  After a two week furlough (six day travel time and a week at home), he is back on the base in Ephrata, Washington. He writes, I sure enjoyed my stay at the house on furlough.” He reports that he enjoyed spending time with the baby and … Continue reading »

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I Typed My Own Furlough

May 10 & 11, 1943. On the 10th  Stanley writes to Dad with the news “I am a happy soul right now. I got what I wanted.” His furlough was approved! He figured correctly that it was best to apply for a furlough before his squadron was moved out and more men were assigned to … Continue reading »

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We Are Just Beginning

May 5 & 7, 1943. Two letters from Stanley to Dad. Stanley reports that since joining the newly formed 613th Bomb Squadron the work is “much easier as we are just beginning and we do not have too much work to do and we can catch up on it pretty fast. Where I was before … Continue reading »

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Stanley’s Sky Suit

May 2, 1943.  A letter from Stanley to Dad. Dad’s letters from Salt Lake City are finally starting to arrive in Ephrata, Washington where Stanley is stationed. He assumes that Dad is “alright in the Second Air Force. Well anyway we are both in it now. I had hopes that you would have been sent … Continue reading »

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Following in My Footsteps

April 27, 1943. Stanley catches up on his writing to Dad. “So far I have received five letters from you, three from Illinois and the other two today both at the same time from Salt Lake City.” As to Salt Lake City, he comments, “Anything can happen when you are there. Have you had that … Continue reading »

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Don’t Forget Our Code

April 9 and 12, 1943. Two letters from Stanley to Dad. Spring has come to Ephrata. “The last two or three day were pretty nice and hot outside. There are no trees on the base, the nearest trees are in Ephrata, and those the people must have planted themselves. The cherry trees are in full … Continue reading »

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Everybody Wants Everything at Once

I’ve been away from the project for a few days. Rest assured, all is well.  I’ve just had other projects and priorities hit me that drew my attention away. Where were we?  Oh yes… April 8, 1943. A letter from Stanley (stationed in Ephrata, Washington) to Dad. It looks like Stanley has been busy too. … Continue reading »

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Two Flying Fortresses Were Missing

March 23 & 30 1943.  Two letters from Stanley to Dad, a short one on the 23rd and a much longer one on the 30th. There is not much news in the letter of the 23rd. Stanley mentions that he went into the town of Ephrata and that “it is a nice small town. It has … Continue reading »

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Still Further Away

March 21, 1943. A letter from Stanley to Dad on the first full day of spring,  As it is a new season, Stanley finds himself on a new base – Ephrata Air Base in Washington State. He writes, “Here I am again, but still further away. At Salt Lake City we found out before we … Continue reading »

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