Based on the letters of Earl Philip Reinhalter (1922-1953). Edited by his son, Earl Philip Reinhalter (1950-).

<- PREVIOUS LETTER June 6, 1945
Floridablanca, Luzon, Philippines

June 6, 1945


Hello Ma:

      Enclosed are some pictures taken at my base when we first got here. It was a pretty big Jap base, as you can judge by the Jap planes. These planes are a few of the 75 to 100 Jap wrecks here. Four of the six pictures, I am on. I would like to have you mail back two extra sets to me. I think that the reprints will turn out better than these originals. The one with me standing by the airplane with the four-bladed propeller has a white spot on my face. It is not on the negative, so the reprint should be all right. In the background of some of the pictures can be seen mountains in the distance. That is where the remains of the Jap army is hiding. Also, enclosed are a few clippings which you wanted returned to you. That's all for this short letter, Ma. So, until later again soon -


Earl and a crashed Jap plane in Luzon, Philippines, 1945.

Earl and another crashed Jap plane in Luzon, Philippines, 1945.


The Kindle book includes the letters; all 23 issues of the unit’s wartime newsletter “The Squadron Pulse,” which was originally edited by Leonard Stringfield; all 12 issues of the “Pennant Parade” newsletter that Stringfield published while sailing home after the war; complete text of the U.S. government booklet “Pocket Guide to Australia,” which soldiers heading Down Under were given to read; more than 200 photos; pre-war and postwar family history; and over 700 explanatory endnotes.


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