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(1921-1943) British flight sergeant, tail gunner of Lancaster ED936/G AJ-H of 617 Squadron on the Dam Busters Raid, 16th May 1943. Very rare A.L.S. 'your loving son Steve' and 'Sgt. Burns' at top, 2pp. 8vo., 'RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire', [n.d., 1943], to his mother. Burns thanks her for her letter and continues: '...I will try and get you some matches as soon as possible. I have ordered a bible for our Dos [annotated '(me)' in red ink by Dorothy Mundon, the sister of Burns] and will send it as soon as I receive it', further adding that he is pleased his sister has made a good start, although '...She will only be giving tickets out I expect unless it has prospects later on for her...' Burns also states that he has received letters from his father and brother John and concludes: '...I don't suppose I will be on leave for some weeks yet. Please pack tooth-paste well and see it doesn't get damaged and please be quick' Autographs of Burns are rare in any form: he and almost all of his fellow crewmen would be shot down and killed over Belgium on December 20. Creased and soiled a bit.

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October 28, 2020, 10:00 AM EST

Chesapeake City, MD, US

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