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To an airman 1944

Postmarked: Carluke  6th March 1944
To: Cpl. Reid  998304
6206 (BD)  Flight  RAF
Snaith nr. Goole, Yorkshire

5131 Sqn RAF BD. Sqdn   /  6206 Snaith Yorkshire was one of two dozen BOMB DISPOSAL FLIGHTS:  No. 6206, 2nd T.A.F.  Covering dates 1943 -1946 according to internet records available.

So, Corporal Reid from Carluke was stationed on a Bomb Disposal squadron, though we dont know his role. But since the envelope and newpaper returned to Carluke  we can guess he made it safely through the war. (with hindsight) June 6th D-Day landings were in preparation and most of the bomb disposal teams were  preparing for dispersal in Normandy.

Let's look at the newspaper and see what was happening on the homefront in that month in 1944.  Center page as you can see was a listing for all the cinemas from Lanark to Wishaw - we could conclude that newsreels and buoyant movies were reassuring both civilian and military that the war was going well.

Look at the titles of the movies this week

Night Plane from Chungking (1943)   Robert Preston Chinese Army thriller
The Pied Piper (1941) Roddy McDowall, Peggy Ann Garner evading Hitlers Panzers
The Daring Young Man (1942) Joe E. Brown Romance comedy
The Commandos Strike at Dawn  (1942) Paul Muni, Anna Lee, Lilian Gish
Criminal Investigator (1942) a B-movie cops 'n robbers
Mr Lucky (1943) Cary Grant , Laraine Day,  Gangster, Comedy Romance
Tomorrow we live (1942)  Jean Parker Gangster black market flic.
Just off Broadway (1942)  Lloyd Nolan, Phil Silvers Courtroom thriller
The lamp still burns (1943) Stewart Granger, Rosamund John, Joyce Grenfell in an emotional depiction of a London Blitz hospital. Directed by Leslie Howard who died before the movie was finished when the KLM plane he was in was shot down by German fighters over the Bay of Biscay 1n 1943.

OK, back out into the daylight, what else was happening in Carluke.?  Sinclair Sutherland's shop was open for business at 21 Sandy Road and was a 'weel kent' figure in Carluke of the fifties.  The trains were running, every hour until 9pm. and there was a book drive on to have donated books and periodicals to replace those lost in areas which had been bombed out.  Mr Churchill had said "..every family can give books novels and magazines"  The folks from Clydeside needed a roof over their heads and a diversion to their thoughts.

Continued..

 

 

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