Collection: Private Papers of Flying Officer Arthur Headley Patrick
5 ms letters (32pp) written by Flying Officer Arthur Headley Patrick, a Martin Baltimore pilot of 69 Squadron flying out of Malta, dated 1 January 1941-24 March 1942, to his mother. He was killed in action on 15 June 1942. He describes the RAF tradition of officers serving up Christmas dinner to the men, on this occassion out in the desert and enthuses about a watch, a Christmas present to himself that he bought with his savings. He recounts life on Malta and his observations about the Maltese. He includes a heartfelt apology to his mother for not appreciating her hard work, as a child, perhaps prompted by the dangers he now faced or the death of his father. He celebrates his transfer from 55 to 69 Squadron in Malta and the transfer from flying Bristol Blenheims to the faster Martin Baltimores. 1 Christmas card 1940. 1 Christmas menu 1941 signed by members of the squadron. 1 birthday card. 1 copy of 'Our fellow men' by H. V. Morton, as mentioned in his letters. 2 newspaper cuttings from the News Chronicle about 69 Squadron. 1 printed letter of condolence from the King to FO Patrick's mother. 2 portrait photographs and 1 signed squadron portrait photograph. 1 ts biography (3pp) of FO Patrick. 1 ts history of the siege of Malta (22pp).