Letter to Sandy Christison's Mother



Letter to Sandy Christison's Mother


The letter reports her son as missing but advising he may have escaped.

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No. 171 Squadron,
Royal Air Force,
North Creake,

28th November, 1944.

Dear Mrs. Christison,

By the time you receive this letter you will have been informed that your husband, 2210273 Sgt Christison, A., was reported missing as the result of air operations on the night of the 26/27th November, 1944, and I am writing to extend to you my most profound sympathy in your anxiety for him.

He was the Flight Engineer of an aircraft which took off that night on a mission against the enemy but which failed to return and I have heard nothing further of either aircraft or crew since they left their base. Although I do not wish to raise your hopes unduly, there is always the chance that your husband may have escaped with his life, and I am hoping that some such news will come to hand in the near future. You will of course be notified of any further information which I may receive.

The Royal Air Force Central Depository at Colnbrook, Slough, Bucks, to whom your husband’s personal effects are being sent will be writing to you about them in due course.

All Officers and Men of this Squadron wish me to extend to you their most sincere sympathies and should I be able to help you in any way, please do not hesitate to write.

Yours sincerely,


Wing Commander,
[underlined] No. 171 Squadron. [/underlined]

Mrs. P. Christison,
Osbourne House,
Airmyn Road,
[underlined] Yorkshire [/underlined]


171 Squadron, “Letter to Sandy Christison's Mother,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed May 20, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/34381.

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