Letter to Charles Hamilton's Father



Letter to Charles Hamilton's Father


The letter advises that the grave of Charles has been found and he has been reinterred in the British Military Cemetery at Hamburg.



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Tel. No.
EDGWARE 2361 Ext.

AIR MINISTRY, Casualty Branch,

P.431766/45/S.14 Cas.,A.1.

Dear Mr. Hamilton,

It is with regret that I refer again, after so long an interval, to the loss in action of your son, Flying Officer C.B. Hamilton D.F.C., but I feel sure you will wish to know the result of investigations undertaken by the Royal Air Force Missing Research and Enquiry Service in Germany.

As the result of the questioning of residents in the small town of Bederkesa, north east of Wesermuende, in the area where your son's aircraft is known to have crashed, it has been ascertained that the body of an airman was recovered from an aircraft at Armstorf, 12 miles East of Bederkesa, on the 14th April, 1945. He was buried in the local cemetery. The aircraft had crashed on the night of 13th/14th April, 1945. It was a twin engined, two seater, partly built of wood and obviously a Mosquito. The other occupant had baled out safely.

A search of the casualty records held in this Department has revealed that your son's aircraft was the only twin engined one missing on this night and still untraced. As the circumstances of the crash agree in every respect with those appertaining to the loss of your son there is no doubt that the airman buried in Armstorf Cemetery was he.

He has now been re-interred in the British Military Cemetery at Hamburg (Ohlsdorf) where he rests in Grave 15, Row C, Plot 10.


J. Hamilton, Esq.,
Nr. Girvan,

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This reburial is in accordance with the policy agreed upon by His Majesty's and the Commonwealth Governments, that our fallen should be transferred to specially selected military cemeteries, where the graves will be maintained, for all time, by the Imperial War Graves Commission.

I am sorry that, owing to the formidable task of our search teams, it has not been possible to let you have this information earlier, but I do hope this news, belated as it is, will afford you a measure of comfort in your sad loss.

Yours sincerely,

R W Haddock


Great Britain. Air Ministry, “Letter to Charles Hamilton's Father,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed July 20, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/35552.

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