Karachi, Pakistan

24 November, 1919

When Ross Smith left Bandar Abbas bound for Karachi 730 miles away, he carried a small hand-written note from the British Consul (pictured) requesting safe passage for the Vimy crew lest they be forced to land among “murderous” desert tribes.

“Fortune favoured us once more with a following breeze and excellent weather,” Ross later wrote of the 8.5-hour flight. “My supreme difficulty was to keep my sleepheavy eyelids from closing and my head from nodding.”