My Dearest Sophie,
The aerodrome is simply buzzing with excitement, and William is the cause of it. No, not another near disaster. Your brother, and my good friend, has become an Ace having achieved no fewer than four aerial victories in a single day. His single victory over St. Caronne on our very first sortie over German lines brings his total to the required five. It came about in a very peculiar way, and I must say that the Boche must be in a tight spot as all four of the air craft that William brought down were older types that are seldom seen now-a-days.
Just between you and me, I am dreadfully disappointed that it is not me being honoured for such an achievement. I am sure that my time will come in due course, but for now I must console myself with the thought that, if I do not become an Ace, at least I have a good chance of having one as a brother-in-law.
I will write again soon.
5 November, 1917