Letter to Roy Ellis' Wife from the Air Ministry



Letter to Roy Ellis' Wife from the Air Ministry


The letter confirms that her husband has lost his life.



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[underlined]Casualty Branch,[/underlined]
[underlined]73-77, Oxford Street,[/underlined]
London W.1.
21st November 1943.

I am commanded by the Air Council to inform you that they have with great regret to confirm the telegram in which you were notified that, in view of information now received from the International Red Cross Committee, your husband, Sergeant Roy Hazeldene George Ellis, Royal Air Force, is believed to have lost his life as a result of air operations on the night of 30th/31st August, 1943.
The Committee’s telegram, quoting official German information, states that your husband and the seven other occupants of the aircraft in which he was flying on that night were killed on the 31st August. It contains no information regarding the place of their burial.
Although there is unhappily little reason to doubt the accuracy of this report, the casualty will be recorded as “missing believed killed” until confirmed by further evidence, or until, in the absence of such evidence, it becomes necessary, owing to lapse of time, to presume for official purposes that death has occurred. In the absence of confirmatory evidence death would not be presumed until at least six months from the date when your husband was reported missing.
Mrs. R.H.G. Ellis,
253 Balham High Road,
S. W. 17.
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The Air Council desire me to express their deep sympathy with you in your grave anxiety.
I am, Madam,
Your obedient Servant,



Great Britain. Air Ministry, “Letter to Roy Ellis' Wife from the Air Ministry,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed January 30, 2023, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/28606.

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