Congo: Dick the Lionheart

"How about it. chaps—shall we try flying in?" With this impeccably cool remark, addressed to two Swedish U.N. pilots in the Congo. Major Richard Lawson made his debut as a British hero. As a backdrop for heroism, the U.N. of U Thant is not an entirely satisfactory substitute for the empire of Victoria, but the British press, starved for tales of British valor in distant places, splashed Lawson of Leopoldville all over the front pages. Henceforth, trumpeted the Daily Express, he would be "known to the world as Dick the Lionheart."

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