John "Jack" Fenton Humphrey was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia in October, 1922. He enlisted with the RCAF and trained as an aircraft mechanic in 1941 and was sent overseas to Britain. In 1943 Humphrey trained as a rear gunner and then was sent again overseas. He returned to Canada at the end of the war. The collection currently consists of more than thirty letters written by Humphrey during the war.