Based on the letters of Earl Philip Reinhalter (1922-1953). Edited by his son, Earl Philip Reinhalter (1950-).

<- PREVIOUS LETTER November 30, 1943
Brisbane, Australia

  Nov. 30, 1943

Hello Ma:
      Well, once more I am back at the replacement center to which I was sent from school. I have just returned after being gone on a furlough for about eleven days. I had a pretty good time. I told you about it in a "V-Mail" letter previously. When I returned last night, I had some trouble locating the outfit from which I left. The orderly room had been moved and they changed the name of the outfit itself. I spent the night sleeping with another unit and found this place this morning after continuing the search. Well, so far, I neither know when nor where I will be sent from here. I may rejoin my old outfit, but I am not sure of it. I received the Flying magazines, a letter from Phus dated Oct. 29th, and two letters from you dated Oct.10th and 29th. Yvonne's painting of the airplane and drawing of the bike were both good. Well, I am once again gaining my weight back. I dropped down to 140 lbs. in O.C.S. I am now back up to 147 lbs. Just as soon as I can get some stamps, I'll send you some more Yank magazines. Enclosed is a picture of one of my pilot friends. I helped in assembling his airplane, the one in which he was forced down. I haven't yet gotten those pictures back from being developed, the ones showing the kangaroo.

      Well, at present I am just lying around the tent and will probably continue to do so until I am assigned. Occasionally, there are various details of work to be done, such as K.P. duty, but that is all. I wish my skates would get here soon because it may be soon that I will be at such a place where they don't have rinks and such. Well, I am glad that the furlough is over in a way. I used to sleep until 11:30 every morning in my hotel room while on leave. Ice skating, roller skating, movies, and traveling around the city by train and boat occupied most of my time. Last Sunday, I said goodbye to my girlfriend in the town that I spent my time. Well, that's about all for just now. -


The Kindle book includes the letters; all 23 issues of the unit’s wartime newsletter “The Squadron Pulse,” which was originally edited by Leonard Stringfield; all 12 issues of the “Pennant Parade” newsletter that Stringfield published while sailing home after the war; complete text of the U.S. government booklet “Pocket Guide to Australia,” which soldiers heading Down Under were given to read; more than 200 photos; pre-war and postwar family history; and over 700 explanatory endnotes.


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