April 13th 1943

We move up to Ramu (Lyons) leaving Watty and Matthews and a fitter on Ritz. (JDW: all names for improvised landing strips cleared in the jungle). We have quite a nice Mess, quite some gin from Ranchi, squash and a good supply of Rum. The rum is now 8/- a bottle so as we have drunk about 150 bottles we shall have to produce 1200 R/s at some point – horrid thought.

Carruthers is S/L admin, at Wing HQ, very useful and a great help. Yesterday I go down to Maungdaw and do a couple of sorties but not very interesting – by which I mean nothing of note.

I don’t like the look of the neighbouring bomb craters, but hope nothing will happen. There are all these Assamese birds around here, but I cannot get hold of a bird book.


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