“Do not despair”

From Wikipedia:

The Way to the Stars is a 1945 British war drama film made by Two Cities Films. In the United States it was known as Johnny in the Clouds and distributed by United Artists. It was produced by Anatole de Grunwald and directed by Anthony Asquith. The screenplay was co-written by noted dramatist, Terence Rattigan, as a significant reworking of his 1942 play Flare Path, which incorporated his Royal Air Force (RAF) experiences as a Flight Lieutenant. The film stars Michael Redgrave, John Mills, Rosamund John and Stanley Holloway.

The title, The Way to the Stars, is often assumed to have been taken from the Latin motto of the RAF, Per ardua ad astra. However the literal translation of the RAF motto is “Through adversity to the stars”. The alternative title, Johnny in the Clouds, is derived from the poem recited in the film as tribute to a dead aviator.”

John Pudney (1909-1977): For Johnny

Do not despair

For Johnny-head-in-air;

He sleeps as sound

As Johnny underground./

Fetch out no shroud

For Johnny-in-the-cloud;

And keep your tears

For him in after years./

Better by far

For Johnny-the-bright-star,

To keep your head

And see his children fed.

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