A letter from a WW1 airman

Ian George of York kindly sent in this letter that was written in July 1918.

It would appear that the author spent some time in hospital and was then posted back to a different Unit.......in this case, 49Sqn.

He describes the squadron so........"It is a very nice squadron and I am glad I got to it. It has one fault, and that is, it is a mobile one and never long in one place."

Ian tells us that the letter belonged to a neighbour (Celia in the letter) and that she was "a bit of a lass I think, in her younger days!"

Until recently (July 2017) we did not know who the writer was other than he was called Tom and was an Observer with 49Sqn from July 1918 onwards.

At the time of writing the letter, the Squadron would have been based in Beauvois before moving to Rozay-en-Brie on the 14th July.


During research into her family tree, Sue Ferguson came across dates & events that identify "Tom" as 2Lt John Thomas Peacock.

The Association would like to thank Sue for this making this link.