Fred Manship wrote the following letter home to his family (date unknown)
Well, I finally found time to write another short line. I am well and getting along swell and the show is okay. As yet I have not received any mail overseas and do not know whether any of my letters have reached Coatesville. I can tell you I have visited such towns as Casablanca, Oran and Algiers. Dick Mercer is the only one of our crew who has received any mail at all, one letter from home. I hope you will excuse the pencil. That’s all to be had right here. As for time over here, well I can’t tell you half the times what day it is, let alone the date. Time has been going very rapidly since leaving the states. Flying around in the states was educational, but this is better yet. We have met up with many different races and have had many experiences we will not forget. As for our squadron, everyone is in good health. We have used mess kits for quite sometime, and it took a few fellows a little time to get used to them. We truly eat and eat plenty. We have a grand outfit of fellows who know how to take care of themselves. If you don’t get a letter for quite a time don’t worry.