Letter to HA Bower



Letter to HA Bower


The letter expresses regret at the loss of his son. It explains procedures to assist with finances.



Temporal Coverage

Spatial Coverage




Two typewritten sheets


IBCC Digital Archive


This content is available under a CC BY-NC 4.0 International license (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0). It has been published ‘as is’ and may contain inaccuracies or culturally inappropriate references that do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the University of Lincoln or the International Bomber Command Centre. For more information, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ and https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/legal.





The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.
Eaton House
14 Eaton Road

Our Reference MB/AMS/120
9th April. 1943

H. A. Bower Esq.,
27 Annesley Rd.,

Dear Sir,

The Council of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund have learnt with much regret of the death of your son, and I am asked to express their sincere sympathy with you in your sad loss.

I am to inform you that if your late son was making you a voluntary allotment through official channels while in the Service, you will be receiving a temporary allowance from the Air Ministry pending decision later regarding pension.

If the allowance is not being received you should communicate immediately with the Secretary, Air Ministry, (Accts.7), Dept. O.A., Redhill, Worcester.

If however your late son was contributing privately to you [your?] support, you should make immediate application to the Ministry of Pensions (Awards Branch) Norcross, Blackpool, Lancs, for favourable consideration in respect of the award of pension, forwarding at the same time proof of financial help given to you by your late son.

Should you be in need of some temporary assistance either now or at any time in the future, please let me know and I will arrange for our Representative to interview you at the earliest opportunity.

In the meantime, if I can help or advise in any way perhaps you will kindly write to me, otherwise please do not trouble to answer this letter.

Yours truly
[signed] G. Inglis [/signed]
For Squadron Leader,
Joint Secretary

[page break]

Remission of Death Duties [/underlined]

Under the provisions of Section 38 of the Finance Act, 1924, death duties payable on the deaths of Royal Air Force personnel of the rank of Sergeant and above, who are killed or die from wounds inflicted, accidents occurring, or disease contracted while on active service may, subject to certain conditions, be remitted (wholly or partially). If such relief is sought, application for a recommendation should be addressed to the Under Secretary of State, (P.4.Cas) Air Ministry, London, W.C.2.

The property of other ranks, who are slain or die in the service of His Majesty, is completely exempted from Estate Duty by Section 8 (1) of the Finance Act 1894, as extended to airmen by the Air Force (Application of Enactments) (No. 3) Order 1918. No recommendation is required but the deceased’s service rank should be stated in any application for probate or letters of administration or in any death duty account. (If a question of Legacy Duty or Succession Duty arises, it may be possible to obtain relief under the Act of 1924)

WOR. 184.


The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, “Letter to HA Bower,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed January 28, 2022, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/25629.

Item Relations

This item has no relations.