'At 8.15 we hear a salvo of 24 guns - what we have been waiting for - for so long. My thoughts are at home and Peggy (his pen friend, later this wife). Wait till 3.45 before leave chit. Weather pretty bad. Go to pictures to see 'Double Indemnity'. But what a VJ Day!'
The next day the 'big rush' started, securing clearances, signatures and kit after word was received of an imminent return home. But that return was not achieved until November 1945.