Auction 102

Lot 26:

GEORGE H. GAY SOLE SURVIVOR TORPEDO SQN EIGHT

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Start price: $60

Estimated price: $120 - $200

Auction house commission: 25%

George Henry Gay Jr. (1917 – 1994) A Douglas TBD Devastator pilot in 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 aircrew 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 more sorry for your delay here than in the others and I am truly upset about them…the label came off of your package before it could get to you….Your request for my comment when I autoscratched your bookis kinda special to me. It seema [sic] peculiar to me to even believe such a thing can be going on. I feel so unworthy…I especilly [sic] appreciate your confidence in early ordering…Seems doing my best in this case came up somewhat short of desirable. I hope you at least enjoy ‘Sole Survivor’. Signed at conclusion in blue ink. Mailing fold. Very good.

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