Letter to Sam McCron's Wife

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Title

Letter to Sam McCron's Wife

Description

The letter informs Sam's wife that Sam has died in an accident.

Date

1944-12-05

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Language

Format

Two typewritten sheets

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Identifier

EOCRAFOssingtonMcCronOG441205-0001, EOCRAFOssingtonMcCronOG441205-0002

Transcription

[inserted] C9 [/inserted]
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Royal Air Force Station,
Ossington,
Nr. Newark,
Notts.

5th December 1944.

OSS/549/126/4/P.1.

Dear Mrs. McCron,

It is with great sorrow that I write to confirm the sad news of the death of your husband, Sergeant McCron S.L.W. in a flying accident at 11.30 hours on the morning of November 30th 1944.

The aircraft was engaged on a training flight, when, for some reason which has not been explained, it suddenly crashed and became a total wreck, all of the crew being killed instantly. The accident took place at Sutton-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, which is about three miles from this station, and the bodies were brought back here to await burial.

Owing to the time it takes to communicate with Canada, I was unable to consult you with regard to the funeral, and I do hope that the arrangements I made were in accordance with what you would have desired.

The funerals took place at Brookwood Cemetery, Surrey at 12 o'clock on December 4th, 1944. Full service honours were accorded. Bearers were sent by Royal Air Force Station, Farnborough, and Royal Canadian Air Force Headquarters, London, provided a firing party and trumpeter. The Presbyterian services were conducted by Squadron Leader A. Linton, from R.C.A.F. Headquarters, London, and I sent representatives from among the trainees who were friends of the crew. Wreaths were sent from the Officer Commanding and Officers, Senior N.C.Os. and airmen of this unit.

Mrs. Lorne McCron,
1339 Crawford Avenue,
West Fort William,
Ontario.

[signature]

[date stamp] 11 DEC 1944 [/date stamp]

[page break]

2.

The care of the graves is in the hands of [missing word] Imperial War Graves Commission, who will erect a temporary wooden cross pending the provision of a permanent memorial by them.

Your husband's effects have been gathered together and are being sent to the Royal Air Force Depository, from where they will be forwarded to the Administrator of Estates, Ottawa, who will in due course write to you with regard to this matter.

I send you my most sincere sympathy in your great sorrow. Your husband was keen and hardworking, and in his death, this unit and his country have sustained a real loss.

There is very little I can say to you in consolation, but I hope you will always remember with pride that your husband gave his life in the cause of freedom, fighting for all he held dear.

If there is anything I can do for you, please do not hesitate to write.

Yours sincerely,
[signature]
(H.I. DABINETT)
[underlined] Group Captain, Commanding,
R.A.F. Station, Ossington. [/underlined]

LETTER RECEIVED 11 12
ORIGINAL SENT 13.12
COPY TO OTTAWA 18 12
PHOTOS SENT TO N/A

Citation

Group Captain, RAF Ossington, “Letter to Sam McCron's Wife,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed April 15, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/36119.

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