Letter to Mrs Hobbs from RAF East Kirkby station padre

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Title

Letter to Mrs Hobbs from RAF East Kirkby station padre

Description

Letter from Reverend Squadron Leader G R Cooper RAF East Kirkby to Mrs Hobbs, expressing sympathy that Frank Hobbs was reported missing from air operations over Stuttgart on night 15/16 March 1944. Writes of importance of work a wireless operator and that he was contributing to eventual victory.

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Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive

Date

1944-03-21

Contributor

Tricia Marshall
David Bloomfield

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Format

Two page handwritten letter

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ECooperGRHobbsK440321

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Transcription

ROYAL AIR FORCE.
CHAPLIN’S OFFICE,
R.A.F. STATION,
EAST KIRKBY,
SPILSBY,
LINCOLN.
From:- Rev (S/L) G. R. Cooper,
To:- Mrs. K. Hobbs,
32, Southcroft Rd, Tooting. S.W.17
Date:- 21/3/44
Ref:-
Dear Mrs Hobbs,
I am writing to express sympathy with you & your relatives on hearing the news that your husband Sgt. F.J. Hobbs is reported missing from air operations over Stuttgart on Mar. 15/16
As a Wireless Operator your husband has played a most important part in our struggle against the common enemy & the country is indeed poorer seeing that he is no longer able to continue his hazardous duties.
It is earnestly hoped that better news will eventually reach you
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but should it be that Frank is not a prisoner of war you may well be a proud wife realising that your husband’s efforts have helped to bring nearer the day of victory & peace.
It is heartening to know that everything is done to ensure the safety of our crews should they encounter difficulties while operating.
If I can be of any help, please do not hesitate to write to me.
God bless, sustain & keep both you & yours.
I am,
Yours v. sincerely,
[underlined] Gordon R. Cooper. [/underlined]

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Citation

Gordon R Cooper, “Letter to Mrs Hobbs from RAF East Kirkby station padre,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed July 21, 2019, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/10019.

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