Folding air route map, 25 x 103 cm, dissected into panels and laid on linen, concertina fold into blue cloth boards. A high quality publication: the scale and other tabs showing tracks, mileages and local magnetic variation have been cut out and applied by hand, and the map has then been weatherproofed. It may even have been made to order.
With its casinos and grand hotels, Biarritz was a popular watering hole for wealthy British people from the 19th century onward. On the front cover of the map is a name and aircraft registration number. G-ABLR was a de Havilland DH.80A Puss Moth. It was owned by Walter Lancaster Hey of Headingley, Leeds, and based at Sherburn, home of the Yorkshire Aeroplane Club. It was impressed in October 1940 (probably for use as a communication aircraft) and then based at White Waltham airfield, headquarters of the ATA. It was struck off charge for spares in 1942.
Hey’s father was a brewer and bottler, leaving the vast sum of £130,366 on his death in 1929. In 1932 Walter Hey is recorded as one of those taking part in an ‘aerial garden party’ (Shipley Times, July 30) and then as a competitor in the Yeadon Air Race, flying his Puss Moth from Yeadon to Londonderry (Shipley Times, September 10 1932). He rose to the rank of Colonel, and became managing director of the family firm.