We get back OK via Allahabad to find Hammerbeck back in the chair again. Then the cock up begins. We get two more Lysanders from Madras and they are pretty dud. I am now in Calcutta staying with the Lindsays. I came down in the back of a Lysander with Sergeant Hilton who was to take back a General today. Now Sergeant Cameron has arrived for another one and both of them are now going, and Bengal Command want one a/c to go to Dinjian with a General tomorrow, and it scarcely has the hours. And I can’t get hold of Cameron or Hilton!
Yesterday I go swimming at the “Tolly” Club and then to the Saturday Club where I see Peter Bond, Devitt and Logan Gates. I have a drink with Gates at the Great Eastern this morning. I think I shall make a cock of this trip unless I am careful, but S/Ldr Gill at Bengal Command insisted that it was an order, so that’s that. The Lindsays have a very nice flat out here in Altipore with a back garden overlooking a canal, and Hurricanes roar past all day long. Pat Anderson is engaged to some chap in the papers, of which I don’t quite approve. Daphne Meyer has also hooked someone up there in Shillong. A lot of Chinese wandering round the town now, and Americans as well.