Auction 101

Lot 8:

GEORGE H. GAY SOLE SURVIVOR TORPEDO SQUADRON EIGHT

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Start price: $80

Estimated price: $120 - $200

Auction house commission: 25%

George Henry Gay Jr. (1917 – 1994) A Douglas TBD Devastator pilot in the United States Navy Torpedo Squadron 8 operating from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II. Of the 30 VT-8 aircrews from Hornet that participated in the pivotal Battle of Midway, Ensign Gay was the sole survivor. Typed letter signed on his Midway 8 letterhead, Naples, Florida, September 10, 1979, 1 page, 11 x 8.5 in., in part: ‘I am sorry to have to ask you this after all the troubles and delay. I have had further troubles with the mails and I wish to be sure that you get your copy of my book ‘Sole Survivor’…If you do not have yours by now I shall get another on the way.’ signed at conclusion in blue ink. Mailing folds. Very good.

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