Letter to Patch from Alec Coryton

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Title

Letter to Patch from Alec Coryton

Description

A letter from Air Officer Commanding Alec Coryton to Patch. He compliments 50 Squadron on their bombing successes. He mentions Oxley who was the Commanding Officer of 50 squadron.

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Date

1942-09-13

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One double sided handwritten sheet

Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive

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ECorytonAOCRAFSkellingthorpe420913-0001, ECorytonAOCRAFSkellingthorpe420913-0002

Transcription

HEADQUARTERS,
No. 5 GROUP,
ROYAL AIR FORCE,
St. VINCENTS,
GRANTHAM,
LINCS.

Sunday 13 Sept.

My dear Patch,

I have just seen the plot of the night bombing photographs on Düsseldorf, and 50 Squadron's record with four out of eight on the aiming point is really magnificent. I feel the C in C's remarks to you yesterday may well have had a very special thought for Oxby and the aircrews of 50 Squadrons.

Words of mine are entirely superfluous, but I hope you all realize that you with 50 Squadron are setting an entirely new standard of night bombing, which must in the end be copied by all, and in consequence

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will be cause of perhaps entirely altering the course of this war. If this occurs, as I suspect it will, to [indecipherable word] the whole country will owe its thanks.

You have set yourselves a very high standard to live up to, and there is no doubt in my mind you will exceed it. Some people used to regard the Bomber Force as a myth, but now thanks to 50 efforts it is becoming the very opposite, and the ground personnel must also share the credit.

The very best of luck to You, Oxby & 50 Squadron.

Yours ever

Alec Coryton.

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Citation

Alec Coryton, “Letter to Patch from Alec Coryton,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed July 7, 2022, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/31245.

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