April 3rd 1942 – Loiwing, China

We have a party with a roast (or boiled) pig, and I collect a couple of American matrons too, Mrs Davidson and Porritt. We brew our rum punch and sing songs. Yesterday I go swimming at my “Somerset Maughan” pool and very nice, with Biles the cypher officer who has spent 20 years in the East in the BAT and comes from Chiengram. Most interesting.

I go out one evening and walk for nearly an hour into the jungle, with a guide, after peafowl, but all I see is a badger-like creature with a long yellow bushy tail. Perhaps a civet cat. Air raid alarms and excursions. Akyab, Namsang, Heho, Laskio bombed. Saw a signal “Burwing has now no aircraft”, so expect we shall have to move soon.


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