03 Sep 1943, W J Carrie's wartime diary
I sent off our August p.c. yesterday - I hadn't seen any instructions and so I mentioned "exchange" or repatriation. This I am now told is forbidden so it may be torn up. Perhaps Bill Faid will stop it but I feel I'd like to risk it. In any case I feel sure I'll be almost on its heels - we'll be out of here by the end of November. I was depressed the other day to think there was still 3 whole months to go but we hope it will be true then.
There was a big air raid yesterday and they hit the petrol tanks at Lai Chikok and Tai Kok Tsui. An immense column of smoke rose up which we could see and at night the sky flickered with light. So today we were told that there is no petrol for the ration lorry - tomorrow in any case is a meatless day but after that D.O.K. what is going to happen.
No news and rather depressed so I'll shut up. A.I.A.W. B.