This page from Lt D.W. Gay's 'War Effort' is the first of four pages of a poem written about Gay and two of his colleagues by Bruna and Marie Luise, two of the friends they made in Italy and kept in touch with after returning to South Africa.
Silenty in the dawn they came
later they descend the stairs of Valentina
three eminent officers
the type South Africans
they go with satisfaction
as, they think, to breakfast
but when they hear the alarm sound
they quickly leave off eating
attire themselves hastily for flying
and depart with the bombers
when we hear the roar in the air
our thoughts turn to them
Many thanks to Martin Hampton, the son in law of Lt. Gay, for sending us this material. These pages come from Gay's own private notebook which began with similar infomation to his flight log, but became more detailed, and also included a number of interesting items that had been pasted in.
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