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    Roland Garros Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages of a bifolium, 5.5" x 7.25", Nice, France; February 8, 1913. Addressed to a Mouseieur Millevoqe on Hotel Negresco stationery. In French, untranslated. Written before the start of World War I, with content regarding the weakness of the state of French aviation, which he believes is in crisis due to incompetent leadership.

    Roland Garros (1888-1918) was a French aviator and fighter pilot. He was the first man to fly across the Mediterranean in September of 1913. During World War I he was shot down and captured in April of 1915. He spent three years as a German POW before escaping February 14, 1918 while disguised as a German officer. He was killed over the Ardennes forest October 5, 1918, only one month before the end of the war.

    Condition: Smoothed folds.

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