To Jessie from Harry Redgrave



To Jessie from Harry Redgrave


A letter from Harry Redgrave to his wife Jessie. Harry writes about life in the RAF including his navigation practice and how a friend is missing after an operation.




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[RAF Crest]

Thurs. 17. 10. 40

Dear Jessie,
Well I cant [sic] think of much to tell you tonight except that the weather is very miserable and Tiggy says this is typical of the Midlands and almost every other day is like this. I have got on all right with the Ally Alley and my “raids” have been proved most successfull [sic].

We heard some bad news from Bircham Newton yesterday saying that poor Tonker was missing. Apparently he had been on a formation recco of the Le Havre and were returning, when, with the Isle of Wight in sight they went in cloud and on breaking cloud Tonkers [sic] machine was not with them. A subsequent search proved unsuccessful and it all seems very mysterious. Perhaps

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some German fighter patrol met them after [deleted] he [/deleted] he had lost contact with the formation in the cloud or maybe his engines cut and he came down and sunk. Writing this reminds [sic] that I did not tell you of Mitch who hit the deck at Penhros [sic]. I envied him his safe job and it just goes to show you never can tell. After living with them for five months it comes as a nasty loss.

To strike a brighter note its [sic] pay day tomorrow and can I do with it. Well lots of love darling from
Your loving husband
Harry xxxx

P. S. My moustache is coming on fine.
Tiggy sends his regards.


Harry Redgrave, “To Jessie from Harry Redgrave,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed August 15, 2022,

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