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dc.creatorHays, Joseph Warren
dc.date.accessioned2020-09-02T18:24:55Z
dc.date.available2020-09-02T18:24:55Z
dc.date.issued1944-10-18
dc.identifier.urihttps://repository.tcu.edu/handle/116099117/40523
dc.descriptionHays writes he hopes he'll be home for Christmas. Loves the cake his mom sent.
dc.format.mediumpaper
dc.languageen_US
dc.relationJoseph Warren Hays Papers (MS 159)
dc.rightsPrior written permission from TCU Special Collections required to use any file.
dc.sourceSeries I, Box 1, Folder 3
dc.subjectWorld War II
dc.subjectUnited States Army
dc.subjectUnited States Army Air Corps
dc.subjectSheppard Field
dc.titleHays letter to family
dc.typeDocument
dc.description.transcription10-18-44Dear Folks,I expect that I had better get this letter written and mailed before I am disowned. I’ve intended to write for several days but I didn’t because I figured that if you all knew how tired I was, you wouldn’t want me to. And far be it from me to go against my families wishes.I’ve been flying quite a bit lately and am about to get used to these long flights. There is so much work to be done that one is kept quite busy in the air and time passes fairly quickly. Whenever we complete a mission and have some time leftover before landing time we let one of the crew members fly for a while. That is always good for a laugh.The pilot and I are trying to find some one that could bring the ship home in an emergency. Our engineer is pretty sharp for a beginner and with a little more practice could do in a pinch. Just in case you are still wondering, I like my crew very much and wouldn’t swap for any other crew on the field, not even Capt. Graham’s.I didn’t go out to see Cecil last Sunday. It was too pretty a day to let go to waste so my navigator and I got a couple of galsand went horse back riding. It was a lot of fun and we are going to try it again Sat. night. Also by way of entertainment Al Jolsen is going to here tonight at 2000 and Kay Kysertomorrow night. I’ve been luck so far and haven’t been doing anything when any of the big entertainers have been here. By the way Kay Kyser’s radio program is tonight and he won’t be here until tomorrow. Hope you don’t try too hard to tune him in tomorrownight. I am wondering if you listened to T. Dorsey when he was here because his program was broadcast. About all of that food I got Mrs. Castelaws was very good. I didn’t know she had it in her. Don’t tell her I told you that because the food was delicious. Mama your cake was beyond description. There are about 5 boys that are convinced that you are just about it when it comes to cooking. And I don’t argue with them. We all had a piece in my room and then took the rest to chow with us and ate it for dessert. I don’t want to rush you or anything like that but just whenever you are ready. I haven’t opened Amy’s package yet but will after the Al Jolsen show tonight. All of which reminds me I’ve got to eat and hustle if I want to see him.Tell Brother that I am still working on his tube. My radio operator is trying but hasn’t met with success yet.I didn’t intend to tell you this for a while but I might as well. When something goes wrong, I want a big piece of while meat on my plate Xmas day. And I personally will see to it that it is later. I’ve already told Iris and that is probably why she hasn’t said anymore about meeting Mama here in Tucson. Christmas is a long way off and you know the army but that is the way it stands now. If such is the case there is no reason for anyone to make the trip out here to see me but don’t get your hopes too high and I won’t either.Gotta rush if I am going to see Al.Love Joe [written in margins] The pictures were taken at Cecils there are some more that haven’t been developed yet. Cecil is prettier than the pictures but the one of Don looks just like him.


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  • Joseph Warren Hays Papers [162]
    The collection includes a complete set of letters written by Joseph Warren Hays to his family while serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II. The letters detail his aviation training across the United States and his service in Europe toward the end of the war. In his later years, Mr. Hays wrote recollections of his missions over Europe. The collection also includes printed publications, newspaper clippings, a scrapbook, a photograph of Hays, and ephemera.

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