Letter to Mrs E Burns from RAF director of personal services



Letter to Mrs E Burns from RAF director of personal services


Confirms their telegram that information had been received from the International Red Cross that her son was a prisoner of war. No information on address of camp he was in. As no news had been received about the rest of his crew, they ask to be informed if she received any letters containing any information about the rest of his crew. One b/w portrait photograph at the bottom. Two versions of the same item. Submitted with caption 'Photo of an RAF or Air Ministry letter to Bob Burns's mother informing them he was now POW'.



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One sided typewritten letter with one b/w photograph


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7th June, 1944
I am directed to confirm a telegram from this department in which you were notified that information has now been received through the International Red Cross Committee that your son, Flight Sergeant Denis Burns, Royal Air Force, is a prisoner of war.
The Committee’s report quotes German information but does not give the address of the camp at which your son is located; he should, however, now be able to communicate this direct to you.
As no news has been received in respect of 172471 Pilot Officer C.A Bishop, 533696 Sergeant H.R. Healey, R.191244 Sergeant W.G. Stevens, other members of the crew reported missing with your son, you are requested to be so good as to inform the Department of any information relative to them received in letters from him.
A pamphlet and handbook regarding communications with prisoners of war are enclosed as they may be of service to you.
I am, Madam,
Your Obedient Servant,
For Director of Personal Services.
Mrs. E. Burns,
108, Crowder Avenue,
[Director of Personal Services Crest]



RAF Director of Personal Services, “Letter to Mrs E Burns from RAF director of personal services,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed February 22, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/40607.

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