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Stone, Robert L. (1921-2009) to Jacob Stone

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09620.051 Author/Creator: Stone, Robert L. (1921-2009) Place Written: Childress, Texas Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 11 October 1943 Pagination: 2 p. : envelope ; 27.2 x 19.4 cm.

Summary of Content: Addressed to "Dad." He writes that it was "swell to talk with you and Ken" and encloses his new schedule starting at 1:30AM with the reveille until "taps and to bed" at 6:00PM. They have this schedule so they can have all of their bombs dropped in time for graduation. Warns that they may not hear from him this week due to the schedule. The letter is written on "Army Air Forces, Bombardier School, Childress, Texas," letterhead and is dated "Sunday." "Letters in a Box" notes that the date is October 11, 1943.

Background Information: Robert "Bob" Stone was a Bombardier in World War II and served in the Pacific Front. These letters, were compiled by Bob's wife, Sheila M. Stone, and Ali Adair into ...a book named Letters in a Box. This book details Bob's service to his country, and his life after the war. Bob's letters were donated to the collection by his wife, Sheila M. Stone, in 2017. It contains a variety of letters, postcards, patches, pins, photographs, and scrapbooks that relate to Bob's training and combat missions. See More

Full Transcript:
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Monday Nite
Dear Dad -
Just a note to say it was swell to talk to you and Ken awhile ago. Was sorry you weren't home, ...Bee.
As I told you, Dad, they changed our schedule today, and this week it's as follows.
Reveille 1:30 (at night)
Breakfast 2:00
Flying 3:00 - 7:00
Dinner 7:30
Flying 8:30 - 10:30
Ground School 11:00 - 2:00
P.T. 2:00 - 3:00
Supper 4:00
Taps & To bed 6:00
If that isn't the worst schedule you've ever heard of getting up at 1:30 and going to bed at 6:00 in the evening. We have to have these terrible hours so that we can get all our bombs dropped before the 23rd. The bad weather got us way behind on our night bombs. Just wanted you to know what's what

in case you don't hear from me all week. S'long now, I've got to get some shut eye.
Lots of love -

A/C R.L. Stone 12120188
Class 43-13
Squadron 7 Flight D
Childress, Texas

Lt. Comdr. J.C. Stone
375 Park Avenue
New York City
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People: Stone, Robert L., 1921-2009
Stone, Jacob, fl. 1894-1985
Stone, Beatrice Hecht Marks, 1901-1962

Historical Era: Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945

Subjects: World War IISoldier's LetterMilitary CampMilitary ServiceAir ForceAviationMilitary EducationTexasTranscript AvailableCrowdsourced Transcript AvailableTranscript Project: Robert L. Stone's World War II letters

Sub Era: World War II

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