If you have been following this blog for a while, you know that I am taking the letters in sequence and telling the story of the Murawski family’s experiences during the war years. To date, I am up to the middle of August 1943. However, today marks the 70th Anniversary of VE Day, the end of World War II in Europe. That being the case, I am making an exception and going out of sequence with a letter written by my Uncle Stanley on May 9, 1945.
At the time the war ended in Europe, Stanley was stationed in Deenethorpe, England in a support role with the 401st Bombardment Group (H). In this very special letter, Uncle Stanley writes to my father and tells him that on VE Day he took an eight hour flight on a B-17 over England and Europe. In his letter he describes the effects of the war on the town and cities.
Normally I do not post entire letters, preferring to summarize them and only provide excerpts when necessary. However, given the extraordinary nature of this letter, I am making the entire letter available. You can follow this link to see the letter. 1945-05-09 Stanley to Dad I hope you enjoy reading it.