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Mathew John Scott - RAF driver

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posted on 2024-06-05, 19:09 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

Mathew John Scott from South Shields was a driver in the Royal Air Force he was posted to Durban, North Africa and Corsica. It was in Corsica that he befriended a Corsican family (photo). John was fluent in French, he had some knowledge of German and Arabic.

He sent and received letters from his American pen pals who worked in newspapers in Cincinnati in America.


Item list and details

1. Corsican family John holding a little girl 2. John Scott left on a mock ship 3. Mothers birthday card 4. Postcard from Durban 23 Dec 1941 5. Postcards from Corsican family 18/12/1945 6. Letter from American pen pal 1944 7. Letter from Cincinnati America 1944

Person the story/items relate to

Mathew John Scott

Person who shared the story/items

Margaret Tully

Relationship between the subject of the story and its contributor


Type of submission

Shared at Ocean Road Community Centre, Tyne and Wear on 18 November 2023. The event was organised by South Shields Local History Group.

Record ID

98406 | SSH034