n. p. n. d. [C. 1937]: Ellis, 1937.
1st Edition. Hardcover. Signed by Author(s). He was a young RAF Pilot - The original Certificate, a 17" x 25" parchment paper document printed in black & red [Present] appointed Keith Henry Augustus Ellis, Sqdn. Ldr., Acting Pilot Officer on June 4th, 1938. Keith kept a photo album. He rode his motorcycle across Britain, saw the countryside, saw The Queen Mary in dock & recorded: 68 mostly 2" x 3" prints with 14 4" X 6" prints, housed in a period album & mounted in corners [some loose]. Keith Henry made it to September 1941, age 27. Enclosed also are 2 lengthy letters to Keith's mother, Mrs. [Ada] Ellis 5 pages in total finely written & full of terrific content. The first 2 pg. letter dated: Ankara, 23.2.42 from Cmd. C H. Hawken, mostly about TOPPER, [Keith's], the dog, adopted by the squadron. The second much lengthier & earlier letter from Keith's buddy, F/Lt. R.D. Shepherd, RAF / Middle East Command, 11th October 1941. An extraordinary tender letter that begins: "My dear Mrs. Ellis; / I was a great friend to your Keith while he was in this squadron" & ends with: "His life and the value of it aren't to be measured in the Destruction he wrought to the enemy, which must have been tremendous, but in the immeasurable sorrow of his comrades such as I, and the pride we have in having shared the good times and the bad together and left with happy memories / Sincerely Yours / Jack". A snapshot of a young man's life during wartime. In very good general condition. The letters & certificate folded.
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