Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husbands pilot's father



Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husbands pilot's father


Writes that her husband was the navigator of his son's aircraft when they were reported missing on the Cologne operation. She quotes from a letter from her husband about that it was thanks to his son's magnificent, cool and resourceful actions that her husband and most of the crew were alive.



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Three page handwritten letter


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Tenterden Grove
Hendon N.W.4.
July 20th

Dear Mr Floyd,
My husband, Sergeant John Valentine, was the navigator of the aircraft of which your son was pilot when they were reported missing after the first big Cologne raid.
My husband was taken prisoner, and in his first letter to me he wrote as follows: -
Luckily I am safe and well, absolutely intact & much [indecipherable word]
I am afraid our Skipper was not so fortunate. Before being forced to bale
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out we had thirty minutes of hell during which he behaved magnificently. [underlined]Thanks to him [/underlined] most of the crew are alive today with me. Would you ask the camp Padre to send you the address of his parents, for I want to write to them.
I have just received your address from Squadron Leader Hulbert, the chaplain at Scampton and am sending it on to my husband, as he asked, so that he can write to you himself. But at least it will be
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several months before you can hear from him, so I thought you would like to hear the above high praise of your son’s conduct without any unnecessary delay.
With heartfelt sympathy to you and your wife,
Yours very sincerely,
Ursula Valentine



Ursula Valentine, “Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husbands pilot's father,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed February 21, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/22223.

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