Signed autograph letter on Royal Air Force stationery, extending a dinner
invitation (1929), the year he became a national hero and just weeks before he
died attempting to best his own flight record
Autograph Letter signed: "Arthur G. Jones-Williams", 4½x7. 23
Fighter Squadron, Royal Air Force, Kenley, Surrey (England), 1929 October
29. To "Dear Paxton", in full: "Would you care for dinner
here at 8 o'clock on Friday Nov 8th? It is just an ordinary guest night affair.
Yours truly". Arthur Gordon Jones-Williams (1898-1929) was a British air
ace of World War I, shooting down 11 German planes in combat over France. He
received two Military Crosses for gallantry within a span of 2 months,
and received the O.B.E. in June 1927. In 1929, Squadron-Leader
Jones-Williams and his co-pilot, Lt. Norman Jenkins, established a non-stop
flight record, traveling from London to Karachi (4,130 miles) in 50 hours/48
minutes. In December 1929, Jones-Williams crashed to his death in Tunisia while
attempting to best his own distance record. Readily available sources give
only the month of the crash, not the date, but this letter could not have been
written more than 2 months before his last fatal flight. Lightly soiled.
Horizontal fold crease. Lightly creased and worn at corners. Otherwise, fine
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ARTHUR G. JONES-WILLIAMS
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