Thursday 9th March, 1944

Alec’s diary continues:

John and I caught bus out to Saltash Passage. Challenged for identity card by Yank sailor as we were watching Royal Albert Bridge. Chatted for some time with W[ar] R[eserve] policeman who had some connections with the Railway Coy. Parted best of pals. Dinner in cafe next to Riza’s. Went on Hoe in afternoon, read book in sun and watched the Flying Boat* take off on the Sound. To Goodbody’s Cafe for tea at 2.30 p.m. then back to Hotel and out to Friary for duty at 4.0 p.m. Work much heavier than at first thought. Three trains still to write up when John arrived at 10.0 p.m. Left them as shunter gave me a lift to Mutley Plain in his car. Chas asleep when I arrived. Chatted until 11.0 p.m. then bed.

*The Sunderland Flying Boats of Plymouth


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