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Bride and groom are Bessie and Wally Birkby, then a sergeant with air gunner.

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A letter and envelope from Harry Redgrave to Jessie. Harry writes about life at RAF Waddington including an in-depth report of his first bombing raid to Kiel and seeing St Elmo’s fire on his return back in the plane.

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A torn handwritten envelope to Mrs Wynn postmarked Lincoln.

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He wishes her many happy returns and thanks her for the parcel. He mentions a present for her but it will need to wait for next leave.

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He is worried about his son David’s illness. He also writes about the weather, that he is fed up and that he went to the cinema in Lincoln to watch Bambi.

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Writes to ask if she has had news of her husband and hopes it is good. Mentions members of her family and asks Mrs Wynn to write.

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Expresses sympathy for the loss of her husband in an aircraft accident. States that if she desires her husband to be buried 'here' it would be arranged in the city of Lincoln with service honours. The expenses of the funeral would be borne by the…

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An illustration of Lincoln Cathedral from Brayford Pool. In the foreground are sailing ships and three swans.

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Advising her that it is not yet possible to forward snapshots and cigarette lighter belonging to Malcolm Payne to her as he is classified missing and therefore legally alive. Goes on to explain what further action is likely.

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Advising her that information had been received from the Municipal Councillor of Arc En Barrios about the crash of Malcolm Payne's aircraft on 13 July 1944 and the burial of seven crew in the local cemetery at Court L'Eveque. News had been passed to…

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Note advising her that Flight Sergeant Payne M H and members of his crew are buried in the local cemetery of Court L'Eveque.

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Reference Aus,417512 Flight Sergeant Payne M H advising due to long time and absence of news that he be presumed dead for official purposes as of 30 June 1944.

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Notifies Doris Weeks that Malcolm Payne's next of kin have nominated her to take possession of his bicycle. It might be some time before it arrives due to transport diffuculties.

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Sends thanks for photographs and comments on poor weather and Red Cross event. Catches up with family news.

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Writes complaining of lack of information about grave and that the War Graves Commission were the only ones to write and they supplied little information. Malcolm was laid to rest at Court L'Eveque, Haut-Marne. Writes about possible inscription on…

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Appreciates all that Doris is doing. Writes that the are being shabbily treated by Air Ministry and that others had been informed of their relatives fate they had not. They had received notification of presumed dead and that Malcolm was laid to rest…

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Relates arriving home to find that a package had been delivered by A Edwards RAAF. Says that Edwards had seen her husband and been invited to come for weekend. Thanks Doris for items in package which caused tears, Discusses some photographs and…

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Writes that she received letter from Mrs Shaw that an aircrew had been laid to rest in France and had received photograph of the grave. Enquires whether Doris had heard anything and asks her to get in touch with authorities to find out if Malcolm…

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Catches up on activities and expresses gloom over President Roosevelt's death. Talks of Malcolm's bike and censorship of his letters. Writes about Malcolm when he was young. Catches up with family news,

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Writes that they have had letter from Dept Air asking permission to hand her Malcolm's cigarette case and snapshots. Thank her all she has done for them and mentions wool they have sent. and catches up with news.

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Discusses letters backward and forward. Comments on bad winter in England. Writes about showing photographs of Doris and Lincoln to people. Enquires whether Doris has heard from the Air Ministry about Malcolm's bike which they have bequeathed to her.…

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Writes about studio photograph of Malcolm. Talks about local dust storms and cleaning up. Catches up with Doris' birthday news and mentions 'Fred and Maggie' and their exploits. Catches up with family and acquaintances news.

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Very happy to receive three letters from Doris and one from her mother. Offers opinion on photographs, speculates over Malcolm's fate and relates dreams about him.

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Thanks for letter and comb. No operations last night . No replies on accommodation for trip up north. Continues with love talk.

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Writes that he got back from Lincoln OK but was disappointed not to see her. Mentions they are standby crew but operations were scrubbed.
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