Letter to Mrs Hobbs from the Air Ministry



Letter to Mrs Hobbs from the Air Ministry


Expresses regret that her husband Flight Sergeant Frank James Hobbs a wireless operator was missing as a result of air operations to Stuttgart in a Lancaster on night 15/16 March 1944. Continues that he might not have been killed and enquiries were being made through the International Red Cross.



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One-page typewritten letter


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[underlined] Gerrard 9234 [/underlined]
[underlined] Casualty Branch,
73-77 Oxford Street, [/underlined]
London, W.1.
23 March, 1944.
I am commanded by the Air Council to express to you their great regret on learning that your husband, Flight Sergeant Frank James Hobbs, Royal Air Force, is missing as the result of air operations on the night of 15/16th March, 1944, when a Lancaster aircraft in which he was flying as a wireless operator set out to bomb Stuttgart and was not heard from again.
This does not necessarily mean that he is killed or wounded, and if he is a prisoner of war he should be able to communicate with you in due course. Meanwhile enquiries are being made through the International Red Cross Committee, and as soon as any definite news is received you will be at once informed.
If any information regarding your husband is received by you from any source you are requested to be kind enough to communicate it immediately to the Air Ministry.
The Air Council desire me to convey to you their sympathy in your present anxiety.
I am, Madam,
Your obedient Servant,
Mrs. F.J. Hobbs,
32, Southcroft Road,



Great Britain. Air Ministry, “Letter to Mrs Hobbs from the Air Ministry,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed December 11, 2023, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/10169.

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