23 Sep 1945, Barbara Anslow's diary

Submitted by Barbara Anslow on Fri, 06/08/2012 - 14:52

To picture show last evening, on hangar deck.  It was 'In Old Oklahama' with John Wayne and Martha Scott.  Clifton and I sat on a ladder at the side and told each other how ludicrous it was to be sitting on an aircraft carrier, watching a film.  It was rather rough.

I slept very well, although felt a little rocky till I got off to sleep.  I'm on the top layer, quite near the hatch, supplied with one blanket, lucky I'd packed a sheet.  My immediate neighbour was Nan Grady, much to our surprise when we climbed aloft and met each other. We have 4 sittings for meals.

We're awakened by piercing oscillating whistle which means the tannoy is going to work, then a bugle, then 'Rise and shine, you've had your time.' Then 'Dress of the day is tropical rig.'

So far I've felt very well today.  Breakfast was lovely but I didn't tempt tummy too much - skipped eggs and bacon, had just grapefruit, shredded wheat, bread and marmalade.

Doreen also on board.

Had prayers led by a Brother in the Pilots' Ready Cabin.

Captain gave a nice little speech on hangar deck; we had canteen vouchers given us.  Clifton, Tim Fortescue, etc. are sleeping on camp beds on deck.

Weather rather rough.

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