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From San Francisco to London, Letters From My son is the heartbreaking story of a young man's life cut short in the golden age of aviation, and the dawn of World War II. And so it began. A journey that would take a simple boy from Texas to the big city of New York to rub elbows with Dorothy Lamour and Cab Calloway, on to the historic field from which Howard Hughes and Amelia Earhart soared into record books, and finally across the ocean to give his all in World War II with Churchill s celebrated Royal Air Force of Britain. A journey that lay hidden in a trunk for almost fifty years and a story unspoken by a family unable to ever stem the pain of their loss. And so it began, with a box of letters, that Early Jr. himself told of his exhilarating and tragic life journey.

Perhaps many of you have not had the experience of taking a trip by air, for you who have not, I am going to tell you of a trip I took from Austin to San Antonio, Texas. I boarded the fast monoplane at the Municipal Air Port, Austin, Texas. In a moment I saw a man, dressed in a white suit, board the plane; on his cap I could see the letters Chief Pi-lot . The motors were gunned up very much, and presently the small plane was rolling across the field. Faster and faster it went, and in a second we shot into the air. The town of Austin looked like a large checker board spread out in every direction. When we started on our cross country flight, we were flying very high and going very fast, but to me it seems we were going slow. The below country reminded me of a large patchwork quilt I have seen Mother making. We flew over rivers, small towns and farms. On coming into San Antonio, we flew over. Randolph Field . We flew over the heart of town, and on out to Winburn Field, where we came down for a graceful landing. As long as I live I shall consider this as the most outstanding trip that I have ever had. -Robert Early Willson, Jr. 1934, age 15

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Perhaps many of you have not had the experience of taking a trip by air, for you who have not, I am going to tell you of a trip I took from Austin to San Antonio, Texas. I boarded the fast monoplane at the Municipal Air Port, Austin, Texas. In a moment I saw a man, dressed in a white suit, board the plane; on his cap I could see the letters “Chief Pilot”. The motors were gunned up very much, and presently the small plane was rolling across the field. Faster and faster it went, and in a second we shot into the air. The town of Austin looked like a large checker board spread out in every direction. When we started on our cross country flight, we were flying very high and going very fast, but to me it seems we were going slow. The below country reminded me of a large patchwork quilt I have seen Mother making. We flew over rivers, small towns and farms. On coming into San Antonio, we flew over. “Randolph Field”. We flew over the heart of town, and on out to Winburn Field, where we came down for a graceful landing. As long as I live I shall consider this as the most outstanding trip that I have ever had. -Robert Early Willson, Jr. 1934, age 15

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Dana Ehlinger s interest in family genealogy was sparked by the mystery of her unknown uncle, Robert Early Willson Jr. When she found the hidden trove of his letters, she embarked on her own journey to find out the story of Early s life. Letters from My Son, A Texas Boy s Journey to the RAF shares Early s triumphs and losses amid the background of the Depression and the start of World War II. Dana lives in New Orleans, LA where she is an active member of Rotary Club, Louisiana State University Delta Gamma Alumnae, and manages an architectural firm. In her spare time she is a world traveler and pursues a variety of hobbies much like her Uncle Early Willson.

Karen Guelfo Ehlinger graduated from Baton Rouge High Magnet School, Louisiana State University and University of New Orleans with degrees in Theatre, English Literature and Communications. Karen produced the 2007 animated film, Flatland. She became familiar with the letters of her mother-in-law s uncle when they were first discovered and worked with Dana to learn more about Early s life and the times. In writing Letters from My Son, A Texas Boy s Journey to the RAF, Karen found herself fascinated by Early s struggle to find his place in a world of modern marvels, high society and the growing specter of World War II.

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