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Writes that he is pleased tobacco prices had been good. Continues with social activities, mentions Bulawayo young peoples club and playing rugby. Concludes writing about his accommodation.

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Glad they are well and tobacco prices holding up. Discusses the bad overseas situation concerning Britain, Germany, French capitulation. mentions called for part time training and wishes the air force would call him up. Mentions friend visiting who…

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Written from No 2 training camp (Royal Air Force Contingent) Bulawayo. mentions his call up and reporting to the RAF. Says they will be sent to England or Canada for training. Writes about pay and allowances and speculates about the future including…

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Written via the Rhodesian High Commission in London. Reports he is well but has not heard from her since leaving but had received letters from other relatives in United Kingdom who thought him a hero for travelling so far to join the air force. Glad…

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Pleased to receive her letter and news. States he was interviewed and accepted as pilot and would shortly start courses as long as medical was passed. Keen to get at Germans that they hear every night. However, he notes training will take some…

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Thanks her for recent letters. Commiserates over bad news about a friend. Catches up with other family news. Mentions that he had a weeks leave and went to Scotland to visit friends and family. Describes visit in some detail and catches up with…

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Thanks her for letters and parcel of cigarettes and sweets. Says Christmas parcel she mentioned sent via him to has not arrived yet and advises sending any others direct. Writes of £10 she sent and mentions what he did with it. Still at Paignton and…

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Thanks her for letter and comments on weather and that it had snowed. Writes of going on a route march and having a snow ball fight. Mentions everything is frozen and doing P.T. outside. Had his move to elementary flying near Hull cancelled but hope…

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Writes that he had written regularly and was at a loss as to why she had had no mail from him. Possibly the mail had gone down. Still at Brough but no flying due to fog and rain. Mentions other mail and discusses a photograph. Writes of all the other…

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Still at Brough and finished ground instruction and fly every day when weather permits. Writes about money mistake made by Post Office now rectified. Received letter from acquaintance asking him if he was OK. Passes on news from other letters. Writes…

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Thanks her for letters and photographs. Writes they are taking wing exam next week. He had also been recommended for a commission and had passed his medical. Not confident he has done enough work but they do get another chance although this would…

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Writes that there is not much to do in local area but this was just as well as they were very busy and had no spare cash anyway. Mentions pay only at end of month and dangers of mess bills. Writes that he will be going on to bombers, probably…

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Writes that he is still doing operational training on the Hampden which he describes as safe. Mentions visiting Bicester which is closer that Oxford but has two picture houses. Writes of different terminology between English and Rhodesians. Mentions…

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Writes that he is keeping well and thanks her for letter and news from home. Mentions friend who is on next course after him. Bad weather had delayed his leave and going on operations. Mentions plans for leave and that he would be pleased to get away…

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Addressed to his mother in Southern Rhodesia.

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Writes that he is now on an operational squadron and mentions leave after finishing operational training. Unfortunate that he had not been posted to a Rhodesian squadron but had asked to be transferred. Writes that he had only done one bombing…

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Telegram from Air Ministry informing parents that their son Pilot Office Donald Baker is reported missing as result of air operations on 5 Nov 1941.

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Reports that son Pilot Officer D A Baker was missing as a result of air operations. Mentions he was captain of aircraft detailed to attack shipping but cause of failure to return was not known. Provides hopeful information for future, mentions that…

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Telegram to Donald Bakers parents that their son Pilot Officer Donald Arthur Baker had been mentioned in a German broadcast on 15 november 1941 as being a prisoner of war. Information should be treated with reserve pending official confirmation.

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Expresses regret that his son Pilot Officer Donald Arthur Baker was missing as a result of air operations on 5 November 1941. Only information available was that he was captain of a Hampden which set out to bomb the enemy and failed to return. Does…

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Letter from Air Ministry confirming information had been received from the International Red Cross that his son, Pilot Officer Donald Baker was a prisoner of war. They do not have information on which camp he was in.

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Confirmation from International Red Cross society that son Pilot Officer Donald Arthur Baker was a prisoner of war in Germany. Notes his uncle has been informed.

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Writes he is OK and asked that he persuade mother and father that he was OK despite shock when he was reported missing. Says he misses freedom and worried that time would hang, but in fact he had plenty to do. Hopes he would see them all in England…

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Writes that he is OK and in camp and well treated. Says Red Cross do them well and asks her to send cigarettes. Mentions friend who is OK.

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Christmas post card from Stalag Luft 1. Drawing of prisoner of war / Father Christmas on a Red Cross box.
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