March 10, 1933
Mr. James Starkweather
New York City, New York
Dear Monsieur Starkweather:
Bonjour, Monsieur Starkweather. I do hope that you are enjoying yourself before the expedition.
My name is Camille Claud Bardier. A fellow pilot in Rotterdam recently revealed to me an article that contained information relating to your fast-approaching expedition to the Antarctic.
I believe that I am not being prideful when I say that my piloting skills would be of great value to your team. Several of my experiences with flight and driving ground based explorations include the first contact in the New Guinea highlands several months ago, several air races, and several trips to Africa, India, the South Pole, and Peru within the last ten years. I also speak excellant English, French, and Russian as well, so that I will be understood in all but the most trying of times
I can reasonably assure you I am experienced in the area of enduring harsh climes as within the past eight years I have had the pleasure of working with Admiral Byrd himself during which we followed the historic trail of Admiral Perry. All of this trips lasted six months or more.
My past employment includes a brief time serving in the French Air Force, and as I mentioned, two trips to the northern and Southern Poles. I was also offered a teaching position at Nancy Harkness Love’s flight school, but I unfortunately turned that post down, as that school year would start in the middle of a trip to Chile.
For references, please contact the following people;
Nancy Harkness Love – Houghton Michigan
Amelia Earhart – New York, New York
Captain Roland de la Poype - Champigné, France
The Boston Chapter of the National Aeronautic Association – Boston, Massachusetts
I shall eagerly await your reply here in Rotterdam where I am visiting a family friend. If I am accepted, it shall take me no more than three days to reach you in New York to aid in the preparation for our fascinating trip to Antartica.
Camille Claud Bardier
Camille Claud Bardier
1012 LG, City Centre,
*Edited- packed a wee bit much in- Well, you can't say she didn't live a full life....*