This page from Lt D.W. Gay's 'War Effort' is the second 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.
came to us a spontaneous desire to pray
to pray God that HE may protect them while they fly
we await anxiously
thinking that the cruel destiny
must not snatch them
when they have returned and finished eating
they go to the window and chatter
while Francis to his sweetheart
writes and thinks
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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