Letter to Mrs Wilson from mother of Sergeant Joe Stevens

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Letter to Mrs Wilson from mother of Sergeant Joe Stevens

Description

Letter to Mrs Wilson from Ellen Stevens, mother of navigator Sergeant J Stevens. She writes that her son had mentioned her husband's skill and experience and the crew had the utmost confidence in him. Hoping they will hear good news and asking her to write if she hears anything.

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Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive

Date

1944-04-09

Contributor

Sue Smith
David Bloomfield

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Two photocopied pages handwritten letter and printed transcript

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EStevensEWilsonJH440409

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[inserted] NAVIGATOR SGT. STEVENS [/inserted]

Carlton Grange.
Hope.
Near Wrexham
N. Wales.

Easter Sunday 1944.

Dear Mrs Wilson

My son was with your husband as navigator when the plane left base for Nuremberg on the night 30/31 March last, and did not return. My sympathy with you is therefore most sincere. My son spoke to me of your husband’s skill and experience, & I know the whole crew had the utmost confidence in him. This thought is now one of my biggist[sic] consolations.

My husband visited the station at Oakington [?] & saw the C.O. and several senior officers. All are of the opinion that with

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[deleted] with [/deleted] luck we shall soon get some good news.

Forgive me for presuming to write to you in my anxiety. The people at Oakington gave my husband your address yesterday.

Please tell me if you get any further news, my boy was only twenty, but had been on operational flying for about 9 months, and had done several sorties with Sq/L Wilson over Germany.

We are endeavouring from every source possible to get the earliest possible news of [underlined] any [/underlined] of the crew, and naturally if we do hear we will write you immediately.

Wishing you every possible comfort.

Yours sincerely
Ellen Stevens.

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Citation

E Stevens , “Letter to Mrs Wilson from mother of Sergeant Joe Stevens,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed May 24, 2019, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/10822.

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