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Catalog Number 2014.138.1
Object Name Letter
Reference code US SPHi 2014.138.1
Scope & Content Letter from Philip "Phee" Russell to Donald Thorne. Letter was dated January 7, 1943 by Phee Russell, but the year is a mistake (likely because of the 'new year'). Letter came in original envelope (see 2014.138.2) which is postmarked January 10, 1944, by the US Post Office. Phee Russell was a South Portland High School graduate who enlisted in the military and served during WWII as a pilot; he was the pilot involved in the 1944 plane crash into the Westrbrook Street trailer park in July 1944.
In the letter, Phee encouraged his friend Donald to marry his fiance, Jeanne. He also mentions the death of South Portland resident Bud Ellis in the war.
Donald Thorne was a classmate of Phee's at South Portland High School. Donald's nickname was "Bronc" - his fiancee mentioned in the letter (Jeanne Wallace) would later become Donald's wife. Donald and Jeanne are the parents of the item donor (Philip Thorne, who was named Philip in honor of Donald's friend, Philip Russell). Jeanne Wallace's grandfather was Herbert Wallace who was lost at sea. The Wallaces lived on Mussey Street.
Date 1944
Search Terms 1944 plane crash
World War II
Subjects Correspondence
People Russell, Philip "Phee", Lieutenant
Ellis, Wallace Clayton "Bud"