Lot 411: Wallis Barnes

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2016-02-24 17:01:24

Lot 411: Wallis Barnes: (1887-1979) English Scientist & Inventor Of The Bouncing Bomb Used In Operation Chastise (The Dambusters Raid), 16Th May 1943. War Date A.L.S., With His Initial B, Two Pages, 4To, Effingham, 5Th February 1945, To Leo D'Erlanger ('My Dear Leo'). Wallis Apologises For His Delay In Replying To His Correspondent'S Note Of Congratulations And For An Enjoyable Luncheon, Remarking 'Next Time I Will Not Speak A Word, But Will Listen To You On High Finance, & Wings On Flying Round The World; Meanwhile Eating All I Can! So Be Prepared For A Dumb But Hungry Guest!'. In Concluding Wallis Writes 'I Wrote Sir Thomas - Tear Up The Enclosed (No Longer Present) After Reading. Till My Next Meal Meal Your Hungry & Devoted' In A Lengthy Postscript Wallis Further Writes 'Am Not Mad - Only Happy. I Never Say How Much I Owe To You - For All Your Friendship & Wonderful Support In Times Of Trouble - We All Seem To Take You For Granted As It Were - But I Do Feel It, & Am So Deeply Grateful To You - You Have Become A Very Large Factor In My Life'. Accompanied By The Original Envelope (A Couple Of Large Tears And Some Minor Age Wear) Marked Personal In The Hand Of Wallis. Autograph Letters Of Wallis From This Period Are Rare. Vg Sir Gerard John Regis Leo D'Erlanger (1906-1962) Airline Company Director & Financier. Chairman Of Boac 1956-60. International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction featuring The David Smith Collection & The Collection of a Gentleman March 2016 Saturday, 5th March 2016 Estimate: £150 – 200
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