Leslie Oscar Evans "Letters to Home"

Letters written to the folks back home were saved by Evans' mother,
and excerpts can be read here, along with viewable photos (click the links)
- all pics are from Oscar's personal scrapbook.

June 20 / June 23
June 24 / June 25
June 28 / June 30
July 2 / July 5
July 7 / July 11
July 21 / July 23
July 26 / Aug 3
Aug 7 / Aug 9
Aug 15 / Aug 20
Aug 22 / Aug 29
Sept 2 / Sept 5
Sept 6 / Sept 8
Sept 10 / Sept 15
Sept 18 / Sept 20
Sept 20 / Sept 27
Sept 29 / Oct 3
Oct 9 / Oct 11
Oct 14 / Oct 16
Oct 18 / Oct 26
Nov 4 / Nov 19

June 23, 1945, Sat 0700
... I'm in very good shape now after two nights sleep. We went about four nights without a wink of sleep & believe me I felt like passing out when we reached here. Feel fine now tho.
We are now at Nadzab on the east coast of New Guinea about 30 mi. west of Lae. Pretty big place here - all types of planes. I guess we will be here a month or two. They have a few targets around here to hit but they don't amount to any thing except practice. We are getting a good deal here. I mean starting out in a place where it isn't too rough.
The food here isn't too bad of course its not like home cooking. But, I may be able to hold my 200# if I don't work too hard. It rains here every single day & we are catching enuf water for washing. Have a oxygen bottle that holds about 10 gallon tied to the outside of our tent & a pipe attached that runs the water into the steel helmet wash pan. Very few tents are equipped with running water. We do have out door showers here. Water is rather chilly but not bad at all. Two of my boys haven't got here yet, guess they were helt up by bad weather.
We are using Aussie currency & I'm not to sharp at converting it. Guess I'll catch on tho.
We haven't started classes here yet, but have quite a lit. jungle school where we learn what stuff is good to eat & all that. Also the pilot & engineers work on the line for a week. Now that will be fun...