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LAWRENCE, T.E. (1888-1935). 'Lawrence of Arabia'.
Autograph Letter Signed ('T.E.S.') to Flight Sergeant A.E. Clarke, 1 page 4to (slightly rumpled), 3 April 1933. A technical message reporting the request for a power boat to stand by Osprey during hoisting trials.
Lawrence was happiest in his R.A.F. career working on perfecting power boats to use in sea rescue of fallen airmen, initiating the development of the Air Sea Rescue launch. Much of his time was spent with the manufacturers of the boats and their engines. His expertise in the field was acknowledged by his superior officers, and they allowed him to dispense with the less congenial aspects of military life. His preference for machines over people made this period of his short life the most pleasant he had enjoyed for years.
[No: 24091]

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