We dock on the 24th and are met by a band. Off on the 25th at 5.15am on a train to London, Naafi giving us tea, buns and chocolates on Lime Street Station. Arrive at Addison Square, we are met and taken to the Air Ministry after some lunch and beer at Ensleigh Hotel, RAF P.D.C. A/M gives me a ration card, one month’s leave, and “P” staff say I shall be a Flight Lieutenant again and go to an O.T.U. and some more Ops, but can stay in the Army Co-operation trade!!
I then get a bed in the Nuffield Club in Halkin Street. A drink in the evening and a cinema and I meet Humphries, that Australian photo type, in a pub for one drink. His companion borrows two cigarettes off me to “see him home”. Today I collect clothing coupons and do some shopping, and tomorrow hope to catch the Cornish Riviera to St Ives and see Ma. As it’s a restricted area and I have no identity card, this may be a little difficult.