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Letter from Dorothy Avery to Finnigan, 1943

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Object ID: WV0204.4.014

Description: Avery expresses displeasure at missing out on flight time while the instructor takes a personal leave. She states the instructors act as if they’re living at a resort and that there is not a war on. She finds consolation in occasionally flying a B-25.

Creator: Dorothy Avery

Biographical Info: Dorothy Avery (1917-1999) was a pilot in the WASPs (Women Airforce Service Pilots) from 1943-1944, then worked as an inspector for Navy-Lockheed Service Center.

Collection: Dorothy Avery Papers

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Full Text: Hello Finnigan

Well lets see where will I start or what will I say. I got as far as Hello Finnegan and now I just been sitting for five minutes I'm not in much of a mood for writing, just rather talk and ain't got no one to talk to. Even if there was, unless it was you I wouldn't talk. I don't even remember writing lately. Haven't been busy just been thinken [sic] a lot I guess. This place sorta [sic] gets on my nerves, right now very much so. We have been here about five weeks and the average person has 12 or 13 hours, we have four weeks to go and have to get in 90 to 95 hours in that time. We get two days, tomorrow and next day to fly all day, no ground school and what happens our dear instructor takes his cousin who is one of our girls on a cross country trip to Amarillo, Texas where she lives. They will be gone the two days we are to fly and maybe even more. By the time we get started again the weather will be bad. Six or seven other instructors did the same thing and there [sic] transferring a number of the instructors. Even when there [sic] here if they fly a little they think they are over doing themselves and make the poor new instructors 2nd Lts [sic] do all the work. The way they act around here you would think this was a continuous holiday or some big summer resort. They don't even know there is a war going on. I like to keep busy and do something. I can't help it I'm just restless and I don't like to sit around like a glorified officer. Course the GI here work pretty hard and they are the only ones that do. Yes I console myself with the thought that at least I fly a B-25 once in a while and that I'm lucky to be here etc etc. I suppose I'll forget like the rest that there is a war going on and people getting killed, and start playing a little politics so I can string along with the rest. Maybe I'm to [sic] much of an individualist. I don't know what the score is and I certainly do get all mixed up at times. Dear Finnigan: on your next radio program please straighten out my problems - Sincerely a lost soul. Oh Yes Merry Christmas - and to all - Good night