The story begins in 1938 during the Spanish Civil War where a young man served as a fighter pilot for the Spanish Republic. From 1936 to 1939, he went on missions ferrying to Spain some of the few aircrafts that the Spanish Republican Government had been able to purchase in France.
On one such mission in 1938, the Spanish Ambassador in Paris introduced the pilot to Mr. Pablo Picasso. Mr. Picasso was trying to deliver a package to his mother who resided in Barcelona, but due to the personal nature of the package and the instability of regular mail, in lieu of Diplomatic Pouch, Mr. Picasso asked the fighter pilot if he would be willing to personally deliver the package to his dying mother. The pilot agreed and Mr. Picasso handed him a leather satchel to deliver.
The pilot flew back to his assigned base - the Military Airbase of Pratt de Llobregat - which was near Barcelona, and delivered the package to Mr. Picasso’s mother. The pilot visited Picasso on similar mission several more times until Picasso's mother passed away. After he pilot was captured by Franco's forces, he escaped and fled to America where he obtained citizenship and then served in the US Army during WWII until he was discharged in 1946.
The pilot did not see Mr. Picasso again until the Spring of 1947 when he was traveling with his family in France on his way to Spain.
The pilot stopped in Paris and while there decided to visit Mr. Picasso. He was told that Mr. Picasso was residing at Golfe Juan where he was temporarily engaged in his projects. The pilot and his family finally met Mr. Picasso in Vallauris near Golfe Juan in the South of France.