Letter to Mrs W Brooks from Royal Air Force Records Office

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Title

Letter to Mrs W Brooks from Royal Air Force Records Office

Description

Confirms the death of No 1357673 Sergeant Harry Sidney Brooks of 9 Squadron who was killed in a mid-air collision on 20 December 1942, crashing near Waddington, Lincolnshire. Explains delay in writing due to information being initially sent to another address.

Date

1943-01-19

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One-page typewritten letter

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IBCC Digital Archive

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E[Author]BrooksWM430119-01

Transcription

RECORD OFFICE,
ROYAL AIR FORCE,
GLOUCESTER.

19th January 1943

Your Ref. C7/1357673

Dear Madam,

It is my painful duty to confirm the death of your husband No. 1357673 Sergeant Harry Sidney BROOKS of No. 9 Squadron, Royal Air Force, who was killed at 6.1 p.m. On the 20th December 1942 when the aircraft of which he was a wireless operator and air gunner collided in mid-air with another aircraft and crashed near Waddington, Lincolnshire during an operational flight.

This information was forwarded to you in a letter dated 27th December 1942 to 51 Sheppey Terrace, Chequers, Isle of Skye, your address as shown in my records, but the letter has been returned by the post office marked “Gone away”, I had therefore to obtain your present address from your husband's unit, which will explain the delay in writing to you.

The Air Council desire me to express their sympathy and deep regret at your husband's death in his Country's service.

I am,
Dear Madam,
Your obedient Servant,

H. W. Saunders

for Air Commodore,
Air Officer i/c Records,
ROYAL AIR FORCE.

Mrs. W.M. Brooks,
116 Porthill Road,
LEWISHAM,
London S.E. 13.

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Citation

Records Office Royal Air Force, “Letter to Mrs W Brooks from Royal Air Force Records Office,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed September 23, 2021, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/11324.

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