Letter to George Stone's Wife from his Squadron



Letter to George Stone's Wife from his Squadron


The letter confirms the news that Ivy Stone's husband is missing.




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One typewritten letter


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No. 156 Squadron,
Royal Air Force,

13th August, 1944.

Dear Mrs Stone

It is with deep regret that I write to confirm the sad news which you have already received regarding your husband, Pilot Officer G. B. Stone.

His aircraft was engaged in an attack on Russelsheim on the night of the 12th/13th. August 1944, but as no message was received from the aircraft after leaving this country there is little that I can add to the bare statement reporting him as “Missing”.

Your husband was a member of a most outstanding crew, and I had the fullest confidence in his abilities. I am sure that he and his companions gave a very good account of themselves under whatever circumstances prevented them from bringing their aircraft back to this country. I can only hope that they were able to make a safe landing, either by parachute or in the aircraft itself.

News of this nature however, reaches us only through the International Red Cross Committee, and normally takes up to six weeks to come through. My sympathy, and that of all members of my squadron is with you in this anxious time of waiting.

It is desired to explain that the request in the telegram notifying you of the casualty to your husband was included with the object of avoiding his chance of escape being prejudiced by undue publicity in case he was still at liberty. This is not to say that any information about him is available, but is a precaution adopted in the case of all personnel reported missing.

Mrs. G. B. Stone,
Plantation Tce.,
[underlined] Devon. [/underlined]



156 Squadron, “Letter to George Stone's Wife from his Squadron,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed June 19, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/28288.

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