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Submitted by Nicky Smith
12h February 1981
Mrs Lillian Rosewarne
A correspondent writes:
The quiet, obscure and virtually unnoticed death on February 8 in indigent circumstances of Mrs Lillian Rosewarne, has severed a link with The Times of the world of Mrs Miniver, and young men dying with echoes of the patriotic spirit which animated Rupert Brooke, Julian Grenfell and others of similar sentiment.
Vivian Alan William Noall Rosewarne was killed with his bomber crew of 36 (B) Squadron during the deliverance of Dunkirk. Among his effects was found a letter to be sent to his mother if he were killed.
Published anonymously in The Times of June 18, 1940, the simple beauty of the words and serene acceptance of his fate, had a tremendous effect on the thinking and feeling Anglo-Saxon world. Reprinted in various formats, the letter, An Airman to His Mother, sold almost 500,00 copies in 1940 alone, the greater part of the proceeds going to the bereaved mother.
To further serve the national interest, extracts were broadcast by the BBC, it was translated into Arabic, illustrated and framed to be hung in schools and chapels, and with Michael Powell as producer and John Gielgud as narrator, turned by MGM into an unusually touching, yet not mawkish, short film.
The artist Frank Salisbury, transformed a photograph into an oil portrait to be hung in the RAF Memorial Chapel. For the pilot's mother it was a rather different post-war world.
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