I was thinking—you say you dug your guns in right in the people’s front yards—imagine them having gone to the expense of 20 cent grass seed last spring, and perhaps spending quite a time trying to coax the little seeds to grow—then thee comest with thy gun and it all goes to smash. We can chalk another grudge up to Hitler…Marjorie Griffith, Since You Went Away
By the way, when I think it over I know of several fellows who joined the Army and when they came back, they were just as stupid as when they went. I expect nothing of this sort from thee— Sir Private John Elmer Larson, 36000745 202nd Coast Artillery, A.A. Battery B. R.S.V.P., P.D.Q. and X.Y.Z. You are to shine bright and wonderful—head and shoulders above them all. In short you are to be (all from this one year’s training) a super fine, super good, super intelligent, super big-minded, super well read, super well served, super super man.Marjorie Griffith, Since You Went Away
Seriously, Dear— I love thee— and I’ll be something by the time you come back— if not a super super woman, a nervous wreck with an anxious eye for the mailman.
for those not in the know, night witches were russian lady bombers who bombed the shit out of german lines in WW2. Thing is though, they had the oldest, noisiest, crappest planes in the entire world. The engines used to conk out halfway through their missions, so they had to climb out on the wings mid flight to restart the props. the planes were also so noisy that to stop germans from hearing them combing and starting up their anti aircraft guns, they’d climb up to a certain height, coast down to german positions, drop their bombs, restart their engines in midair, and get the fuck out of dodge.
their leader flew over 200 missions and was never captured