Letter from Sergeant R.J.H. Anderson to Doris Weeks



Letter from Sergeant R.J.H. Anderson to Doris Weeks


Letter from a friend that provides some information on operation on which Malcolm Payne went missing. Operation was to Culmont Chaldarey [sic] on 12/13 July and according to BBC, 13 aircraft lost. Goes on to cover statistics of survival of crews missing. Sorry he cannot provide more information.




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Six page handwritten letter


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1320316 Sgt. Anderson, R.J.H.
Sergeants Mess
Near Newark.
19 – July – 1944
Dear Doris,
Your letter containing its sad news arrived yesterday and I am sorry to say I have very little GEN to give you.
But I will list all that I know. Our group of Bomber Command was detailed to attack a small Target by the name of CULMONT CHALDAREY and according to the B.B.C. 13 Aircraft were lost on the night of July 12/13.
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Out of that no. of A/C that are missing you can say that approximately 10 crews baled out. Of this no. that have baled out about 6 of these crews will be captured as prisoners. The other 4 crews will have landed in some quiet spot and will be making their way towards a neutral country. Being Aircrew they will naturally [underlined] have [/underlined] to take a look at PARIS! – I wonder if there are any blondes in Paris? – en route. And as Malcolm is [underlined] always [/underlined] lucky – he picked you out of all the girls in Lincoln – you should have no fears for him. Until you receive a definate [sic] message
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from the Air Ministry informing you that he has been killed you should have very little worries. You see Doris, one of four things must happen.
[underlined] 1 [/underlined] Aircraft is shot down and bodies are recovered – Germans will inform Red Cross.
[underlined] 2 [/underlined] A/C shot down and nothing is identified, listed as missing – believed killed.
[underlined] 3 [/underlined] A/C shot down Aircrew captured Red Cross informed
And best of all.
[underlined] 4 [/underlined] A/C shot down The Boys bale out and hitch it to Paris – Whizz-O! and eventually arrive back home.
As for enquiries whether he was seen to have baled out – I cannot answer that one – because
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I am not in contact with his Squadron and anyway, at night time all one can see in the sky is an aircraft. If it has four engines – it’s O.K. and you make rude signs to it, if it has only one or two, it’s a Hun, and then everybody has a bash at it. So you wouldnt [sic] know who baled out, [deleted] [indecipherable word] [/deleted] [inserted] and out [/inserted] of which Aircraft.
This sad happening is inevitable because sooner or later everyone get’s the proverbial chopper. There are very few Aircrews which complete a tour of operations and you should have consoled yourself with this thought long before Judd – sorry, Malcolm, went to a Squadron.
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This is about all the gen I have but rest assured I will do my best. For as you know I was very friendly with Malcolm and Don. If you get any more news please pass it on.
The facts and figures I have told you are of course in confidence. But I dont [sic] suppose the Air Ministry would mind if it will ease an aching soul.
Next time you see June, get her to write to me. I am so glad you know her. I have fallen for her but …. she apparently has other ideas.
I am sorry I cannot do any more to help you at the moment. So all we can do is to ask for God’s aid.
[underlined] Bob [/underlined]
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[underlined] HEY [/underlined]
And [underlined] please [/underlined] dont [sic] enclose a stamped envelope. I do not regard this service as an obligation.
[underlined] Repeat [/underlined] Please [underlined] Dont Worry. [/underlined] Just Remember.
“And whatever you shall ask in my name, that will I do that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it
ST. John Ch.14 v. 13 & 14



R J H Anderson, “Letter from Sergeant R.J.H. Anderson to Doris Weeks ,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed June 21, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/10611.

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