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Well here we are, at another new field. We moved here on Friday, that is the officers and planes did. The rest of the squadron came on Saturday.
We are at a place called Belrain, 15 kilometers N.E. of Bar-le-Duc. We have the best flying field since we left Luxeuil. There are 3 squadrons here, 90, 99, & 104. The enlisted men all live at the field and the officers of 90 and 99 live out there. We of 104 are billetted in the village of Belrain, about one kilometer from the field. So far things aren’t really settled yet, but I expect we will be quite comfortable.
We, of course, know nothing of how long we will be here, but I sure hope it won’t be more than a month or so, for I want to go back to the States. However, that will all come in due course, for there can’t be much to keep up over here at the rate things are being settled.
Yesterday I received the copies of Colliers with the first four Letters from the Air. That fellow was with the French, either at schools or with a squadron when he wrote that dope and their censorship rules are practically nil. You may have noticed that none of those letters was written from Cazaux where he was under American control.
I also received the Citizens from Oct. 14 to 19.
By the way I have received official credit for the Boche I brought down on November 10th.
Have been pretty busy lately, getting things lined up, and we are not all set yet.
Am well and fit. Hope you are all O.K.
Love to all,
104th Aero Squadron,
Mortimer's latest letter home seeks to update his parents on his current whereabouts and overall status now that Armistice has gone into effect. However, as Mortimer points out, he--like thousands of other American soldiers--are largely unsure of their role in Europe now that the conflict is at an end. For more on the peace process and Armistice, and the American role in Europe, click here.