9. 25. p.m. July 4 Sat. [1942]
# DIARY RESUMES AFTER THREE WEEK GAP
# SUN-BATHED WOLDS VIEWS FROM CLOUDY COAST
# JEAN’S FIRST TRAIN RIDE
# CAKE READY FOR RON’S WEDDING
# LETTER FROM RON ON ISLE OF MAN (RAF)
# SPITFIRE ACE HOME AFTER ESCAPE VIA SPAIN

Libya is in the German hands and they are well in Egypt, very disturbing, but hear news is a little better tonight. Have had no paper as no Daily Mails come thro’, that is twice this week. Mr A is having two weeks holiday, one is over now so Rene is not here so much. Have made some peach jam, and bottled some gooseberries this week. Rene has finished cleaning. Well my eyes keep aching so I had better stop writing.

Pontings of Kensington was already an established mail-order store.

Royce Clifford Wilkinson’s exploits as an RAF fighter pilot are detailed in ‘Spitfire RCW’ by Kenneth James Nelson, CD (published by the author in association with Western Canadian Distributors Ltd., 1994). His arrival back in England followed his extraordinary escape via Spain and Gibraltar after baling out of his stricken aircraft over France. He was a Yorkshireman whose parents had moved to live in the village, probably after their retirement. He had been based in Lincolnshire between May 1941 and March 1942, at Kirton-in-Lindsey, where he had helped in the establishment of two ‘Eagle Squadrons’ manned by American volunteer pilots.

 

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