Letters from a lovestruck US soldier to his sweetheart have been found at a British airport – 63 YEARS after he wrote them.
The unnamed serviceman penned the two romantic notes from his army base at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas in 1954.
They were written to his ‘doll’ who was living in Baltimore on the other side of the US.
But they have now been found at Bristol Airport on the other side of the Atlantic where they were discovered scattered loose on the floor of the main check-in area.
No-one is sure how they came to be there, or for how long they have been lost.
Airport officials are now trying to return them to either the love-struck man or his girlfriend, or their families.
In one letter the writer describes how he misses his “darling” and cannot wait to make her his wife.
In the elegant handwritten script, he outlines plans for their wedding day and describes day-to-day life on the historic base.
He begins one letter: “Hello Doll. How are you today? Fine and dandy I hope?”
“Shall I tell you what I did today or answer the letter I got from you first. I guess I will answer your letter first. Before I do I want you to know something. I love you.
“You asked two questions so I’ll answer them. I’m feeling okay except for being lonely and tired. I don’t know if you’ll get a letter from me, you should do.”
The unnamed military man goes on to tell his love about his week during which the camp was visited by two comedians who “sang like [rock and roll star] Johnny Ray”
One of the envelopes is marked with the handwritten initials S.M.R.L.H – which stand for Soldiers Mail Rush Like Hell.
He signs off one letter “goodnight sweetheart, I love you xxxxxxx”.
An airport spokesman said: “The letters are obviously very special and we would love to reunite the letters with the family they belong to.
“It’s heart-warming to read the letters between two people in love. The style of the letters harks back to an era that we will not recapture. They are a snapshot of history.”
The airport are keeping the man’s name a secret so that only the true owner of the letters is able to claim them.
Bristol Airport have contacted Fort Sam Houston with the military ID number of the unnamed soldier and are waiting to hear back.