Elusive grandfather in the RFC of WW1 then the US AAC of the 20’s
My 85 year old father recently remained after the death of my mother and I am trying to help my new step-mom learn about her absentee father that died when she was a young girl. From what she has told me and the documents I have from her he was a very talented and amazing man though not the marrying settling down type. He seems to have taken after his father, whom supposedly came from England and was part of Teddy Roosevelt’s “Rough Riders” all be it he was a cook or something like that and deserted after 3 days taking the family, including my then new born step-grandfather, back to England.
Anyway I am looking for some members in the UK that may be able to find something out on my new Grandfather and clear up some of the possible “stories” as fact rather then fiction. And of course help my step-mom fill in the large gaps in her family tree.
I have seen postal covers of one of his historic flights opening new international air mail routes on Ebay but they were too expensive for me at the time. He was a member of the Honor Guard for President Harding and held various patents, a friend of Eddie Rickenbacker (Step-mom has a tea set given by Rickenbacker as a wedding gift to her parents.) He just really seems like an interesting guy. But when I seen his claim to awards I have to wonder if he was one that liked to exaggerate.
His name is: Harry Burton-Lewis (The hyphenated last name was used off and on during his life. We don't know why.)
I will post some snippets of documents I have to start with. As I have recently moved across country and all my fun stuff is in boxes this is giving me something to obsess over other then restoring my new old house.