The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BULAWAYO, Tues­day, Au­gust 16,1966 — Mrs Rae Travers, wife of the Cap­tain Pa­trick An­thony Travers, top of­fi­cer of the CAA or­gan­i­sa­tion was a Selukwe girl work­ing in Bulawayo dur­ing World War 2 when she first met him at a dance at the RAF Ini­tial Train­ing Wing (now the Trade Fair grounds).

In 22 years out­side Rhode­sia as a wife of a man in the higher ech­e­lons of in­ter­na­tional avi­a­tion, she has lived in sev­eral coun­tries and has cir­cled the world three times.

She is soon to have an­other long flight in Oc­to­ber she will ac­com­pany her hus­band to an in­ter­na­tional air con­fer­ence in Mex­ico City.

Cap­tain Travers was chief fly­ing in­struc­tor at Heany RAF Sta­tion when they met. Soon af­ter, he was sec­onded to BOAC for its new Mid­dle East Ser­vice.

They mar­ried in Cairo in 1944. For 10 years, un­til he made his last flight (when he pi­loted the Queen on her tour of Uganda in 1954) his wife used to scan the skies.

“Watch­ing the clouds”, she called it, when we chat­ted about those years dur­ing her re­cent brief visit to Bulawayo. Years of watch­ing with wifely con­cern and pride, his smooth take-offs and his happy land­ings. Anx­i­ety was never far away,” she con­fessed, “but I would never have cho­sen any other life, even if I could”.

In 1954 Cap­tain Travers be­came sales man­ager, then gen­eral manger of East African Air­ways, to which he trans­ferred a few years ear­lier as a pi­lot. For 19 years Kenya was their home, and it won their hearts.

“A most beau­ti­ful and friendly land”, she said Miss Travers was Miss Rae Steven­son, sec­ond daugh­ter of Cap­tain and Mrs RHR Steven­son of Selukwe. Mrs Steven­son died last Fe­bru­ary, just a few weeks her daugh­ter had bro­ken such a long ab­sence to come and live near her.

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