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



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


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.

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

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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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



A P Davidson, “Letter from Air Vice Marshal Davidson to Wing Commander W R John,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed March 21, 2023, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/10660.

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