Letter from the Air Ministry to LM Boldy

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Title

Letter from the Air Ministry to LM Boldy

Description

Letter to LM Boldy regarding the crash in which Flight Sergeant David Boldy was killed. Details about his burial place in Danzig (Gdańsk) are provided.

Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive

Date

1949-03-02

Contributor

Carolyn Baker

Rights

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Format

One page typewritten letter (original and copy)

Language

Identifier

ERowleySBoldyLM490302-01, ERowleySBoldyLM490302-02

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Temporal Coverage

Transcription

MT
Tel. No.
[deleted] ABBEY 3411, Ext [/deleted] ……Sloane 3467

P.370883/42/S/15/Cas.C.6.

AIR MINISTRY,
[deleted] WHITEHALL,
LONDON, S.W.1. [/deleted]

2, Seville Street,
Knightsbridge,
London, S.W.1.


2 Mar 1949

Dear Mrs. Boldy,

It is not without hesitation that I refer again, after so long an interval, to the loss in action of your son, Flight Sergeant D.A. Boldy, but I feel sure that you will wish to know the result of investigations undertaken by the Royal Air Force Missing Research and Enquiry Service in Germany.

These investigations show that two aircraft were shot down in the vicinity of Danzig on the same night, and that all the members of the two crews were killed and buried by the Germans in a collective grave in Danzig Cemetery, as it was not possible to identify any of them separately.

Where adequate arrangements cannot be made for the permanent upkeep of the graves, it is the practice of the Army Graves Service to transfer them to Service cemeteries where facilities are available for their proper care by the Imperial War Graves Commission. It is In accordance with this policy that they have all therefore been re-interred in a collective group of graves in Marlbork British Military Cemetery, which is situated approximately 25 miles south east of Danzig. The graves are numbered 12-14, Row B, Plot 3, and will be marked collectively in the names of your son and the other 13 airmen.

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 somewhat belated news will afford you a measure of comfort in your sad loss.

Yours sincerely
S. Rowley

Mrs. L. Boldy,
5, Chepstow Court,
Chepstow Crescent,
London, W.11.

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MT
Tel: Sloane 3467

AIR MINISTRY,
2, Seville Street,
Knightsbridge,
London, S.W.1

2 Mar 1945

[underlined] COPY [/underlined]

Dear Mrs Boldy,

It is not without hesitation that I refer again, after so long an interval, to the loss in action of your son, Flight Sergeant D.A. Boldy, but I feel sure that you will wish to know the result of investigations undertaken by the Royal Air Force Missing Research and Enquiry Service in Germany.

These investigations show that two aircraft were shot down in the vicinity of Danzig on the same night, and that all the members of the two crews were killed and buried by the Germans in a collective grave in Danzig Cemetery, as it was not possible to identify any of them separately.

Where adequate arrangements cannot be made for the permanent upkeep of the graves it is the practice of the Army Graves Service to transfer them to Service cemeteries where facilities are available for their proper care by the Imperial War Graves Commission. It is In accordance with this policy that they have all therefore been re-interred in a collective group of graves in Marlbork British Military Cemetery, which is situated approximately 25 miles south east of Danzig. The graves are numbered 12-14, Row B, Plot 3, and will be marked collectively in the names of your son and the other 13 airmen.

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 somewhat belated news will afford you a measure of comfort in your sad loss.

Yours sincerely
S. Rowley.

Collection

Citation

Great Britain. Air Ministry and E Rowley, “Letter from the Air Ministry to LM Boldy,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed December 10, 2019, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/551.

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