Letter from Air Vice Marshal Davidson to Wing Commander W R John

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Title

Letter from Air Vice Marshal Davidson to Wing Commander W R John

Description

John was tasked with investigating Peter Stevens' RAF record in order to ascertain his suitability for British citizenship. Additional information about this item was kindly provided by the donor.

This item was sent to the IBCC Digital Archive already in digital form. No better quality copies are available.

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Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive

Date

1946-02-24

Contributor

Steve Baldwin
Marc Stevens

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Format

Three page handwritten letter

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Identifier

EDavidsonAP[Unknown]J450224

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[inserted][underlined] SECRET & PERSONAL [/underlined][/inserted]
H.Q. Sdn. Air Division
C.C. Germany.
24.2.46.

Dear John,
Thank you for your letter 15/P.M/4616 of the 2nd I [indecipherable] with reference to S/L Stevens who is now filling an appointment as my P.A.
Stevens has been my P.A. since Aug. 1945 and I have nothing but good to say of him. He is hard working and loyal and in my opinion in every way suitable for nationalisation and the grant of a British passport. I am firmly convinced of his complete loyalty and integrity which is supported moreover by his operational [indecipherable].

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2.
He was recently selected by the Air C-in-C. to be his P.A. in [indecipherable] to S/L. Wright but this appointment had to be cancelled in view of Sir Sholto Douglas’s new appointment.
I have every reason personally to be grateful to him as he took over from my pilot who had a serious breakdown during a flight from Copenhagen to Berlin which resulted in a crash landing in fog and darkness in the Russian occupied zone of Germany on

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Dec. 21st 1945. His skill and determination under the most trying circumstances undoubtedly saved my life and those of five other passengers in my aircraft.
I would be delighted if you could now legalise his position and am prepared to give you any further information if necessary
Yours sincerely
A.P. Davidson

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Citation

A P Davidson, “Letter from Air Vice Marshal Davidson to Wing Commander W R John,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed October 21, 2020, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/10660.

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