Folder 10:  Ralph L. “Lee” Minker, Jr., June - August, 1945
Rattlesden Army Air Forces Airbase and Lancashire Reception Center, England

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Telegram Ralph L. "Lee" Minker, Jr. to his parents

Date:  Cablegram, June 11, 1945 - view cablegram
Writer: Lee Minker  
Recipient: Parents (Edna and Ralph L. Minker, Sr.)
Place: Rattlesden AAFB Eng.
Excited to tell them he will be home by July 4th.

 

Date:  Saturday evening, June 16, 1945 - view letter
Writer: Lee Minker  
Recipient: Edna Minker
Place: Rattlesden AAFB Eng.
Hopes his parents will be proud of him as he celebrates 21st birthday. Plans for coming home have
changed.

 

Date:  Sunday evening, June 24, 1945 - view letter
Writer: Lee Minker  
Recipient: Bernice Minker
Place: Rattlesden AAFB Eng.
Congratulations on Bernice’s high school graduation and acceptance to college. Still waiting on
news of shipping home, reports on movies, Julia’s [Taylor] birthday.

 

Date:  Tuesday evening, June 26, 1945 - view letter
Writer: Lee Minker  
Recipient: Edna Minker
Place: Rattlesden AAFB Eng.
Lee is clearly bored and frustrated with waiting for orders to return home. Discusses the English
general election and voting requirements in detail. Enjoying their birthday package.

 

Date:  Tuesday evening, July 3, 1945 - view letter
Writer: Lee Minker  
Recipient: Edna Minker
Place: Rattlesden AAFB Eng.
Still waiting for orders, flying echelon of 447th Bomb Group left. Receipt for $230. Asks how
money is invested, fellow from DE arrived, leaving for a pass to London.
Names: Sergeant Clyde Wolfe Jr from Richardson Park DE.

 

Date:  Friday evening, July 6, 1945 - view letter
Writer: Lee Minker  
Recipient: Shirley Minker
Place: Rattlesden AAFB Eng.
No news on shipping home. Reports on his trip to London: saw Churchill booed, British movie The
Way to the Stars
, a play, Rigoletto and Yeomen of the Guard. Hard to keep busy, reading Plato.
Queries his sister about her summer activities.

 

Date:  Monday evening, July 16, 1945 - view letter
Writer: Lee Minker  
Recipient: Edna Minker
Place: Rattlesden AAFB Eng.
Still no word on shipping home. Will ship some stuff home. Visited the 94th Bomb Group [Bury St.
Edmonds], got in some flying time. Report on books he is reading.

 

Date:  Friday evening, July 20, 1945 - view letter
Writer: Lee Minker  
Recipient: Edna Minker
Place: Rattlesden AAFB Eng.
Last letter from Rattlesden, going to Redeployment Center at Chorley. Would like the rest of the
family to see England. Critique of plays and movies he saw while on pass. Wistful …home before
too long.

 

Shipped to redeployment center in Lancashire on July 22, 1945.

Date:  V-mail, July 28, 1945  - view V-mail
Writer: Lee Minker  
Recipient: Edna Minker
Place: Lancashire Reception Center England
Arrived Monday for processing, nothing to do but play ball and go to the movies. Belongings are
packed.

 

Date:  V-mail, August 7, 1945  - view V-mail
Writer: Lee Minker  
Recipient: Edna Minker
Place: Lancashire Reception Center England
Still waiting. Sends temporary address. Saw Winged Victory, accurate but too melodramatic.

 

Date:  V-mail, August 17, 1945 - view V-mail
Writer: Lee Minker  
Recipient: Edna Minker
Place: Lancashire Reception Center England
Celebrating news of peace at war’s end! Excited tone about “probable” dates for shipment home.
Looking toward the future. Tells family not to write anymore.

 

Date:  V-mail, August 25, 1945 - view V-mail
Writer: Lee Minker  
Recipient: Edna and Ralph L. Minker, Sr.
Place: Lancashire Reception Center England
Pure excitement at the news: “I am coming home!!!” Will arrive on the Queen Elizabeth, will take
a few days to get to Wilmington via Camp Dix [New Jersey].

 

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