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Poetry of Direct Personal Experience
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Last Landing
Sgt. Alfred Burford Sleep

Off this earth I leave behind

And soar god’s heavens

till our stars I find

And fence the towering clouds

With others of my kind.

Fear not if I should lose my way

Nor keep, keep sad hearts for my returning day.

Tis that I flew the heavens too high

and reached God’s guiding hand

and heard him answer my cry:

Your journeys done – now land.

Understood to have been written by Sgt. Alfred Burford Sleep, Air Bomber, 90 Squadron, Lancaster I LM128 WP-Y Killed 30th August 1944. Written, we understand, just two days before he was sadly killed – found in some papers. Submitted to Aircrew Remembered in January 2012 – with regret, Peter Overton failed to leave his email address where we could contact him further.


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