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  • Temporal Coverage is exactly "1943-08-17"

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From Bob Grimwade thanks him for letter and sorry for news it contained. Doubly tough as Hedley had nearly completed his tour. Good chance he bailed out.

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From War Organisation of the British Red Cross Society and Order of St John of Jerusalem. Writes that a body of a crew member of his son's aircraft (Pilot Officer Lewis) was recovered from shore and that this indicates that disaster to his aircraft…

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From the Adjutant of local Air Training Corps Squadron (No 1227 Squadron Chistlehurst and Sidcup). Reported missing in local paper. Noting that Hedley was one of their first of their cadets to enter the Royal Air Force and had welcomed him on return…

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Letter offering sympathy over news that Hedley is missing.

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Letter from manager of local branch of Westminster Bank offering sympathy over news that his son is missing.

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Letter from old friend George offering sympathy. ,

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'Nazi backroom boys killed, Pennemunde raid wiped out air experts HQ'. Account of Peenmeunde operation and background to research carried out there. Surrounded by other articles and further articles on the reverse.

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Just hear news that Hedley is missing. Sympathy over anxiety. Notes Hedley had just been awarded DFM.

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From Jean Trinick noting that she had read Hedley was missing from newspaper and offering sympathy.

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Writes she is grieved shocked over Hedley going missing. Writes that initial contact through high school correspondence developed into something much more. Writes of Hedley's visit to her family and present of silver wings. Encourages them to not…

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Letter from Philip B Stapp who was a Lieutenant in the United States Navy Reserve noting that Rosemary had told him that Hedley was missing. Hedley had stayed with Stapp family in February 1942. Writes that British effort means the United States…

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Expresses sympathy in anxious time. Writes she was brave to attend meeting.

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Thanks them for photograph. The only news she has is that her son was officially presumed killed and that the bodies of P.O Bradley and Norton had been found and were buried 16 miles from the place they bombed. She writes that she has still not…

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Writes asking if they have had any further information. Writes that a friend whose son was posted missing on the same operation had been notified as prisoner. Notes change of address as 'I was unfortunate to have a direct hit with a flying bomb on my…

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Reports she has had no further news. She is frustrated as many others have had news their relatives are safe. Continues with news of her family. Encloses part of letter from a girl friend of her son and that a gentleman had given her an address to…

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Thanks them for letter and explains how she found their name and wrote on the off chance. Commiserates over Hedley's 21st birthday. Thanks them for passing on her sons name to Red Cross. She lost her own husband recently and has little time to do…

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From mother of the mid upper gunner on Hedley's aircraft offering sympathy over anxiety for news that they are both suffering. Notes she had met Hedley on a few occasions at Kings Cross and how crew cheered when he arrived as Pilot Officer. Hopes…

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Air Council expresses regret that Pilot Officer Hedley Robert Madgett is missing as a result of air operations on night 17/18 August 1943. Lancaster aircraft failed to return. Does not mean he is killed, wounded and if a prisoner, should be able to…

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From G S Skipper writing that he was sorry to hear that Hedley had not returned from a operation to Germany. Passes on some laudatory comments on Hedley when he worked for him.

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Thnks her for recent letter. Regrets that the Madgetts are going through the same thing a she has just done but hopes it will have a happy ending. Relates her experience with her son reported missing while others in his crew were reported killed. She…

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Writes that her son who is in RAF Red Cross Hospital in Northallerton is still seriously ill and unlikely to recover. Hopes that she will hear good news of Hedley soon.

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From Elsie Richardson offering sympathy over report of Hedley missing and hopes they may hear good news soon. Writes that they would not know her but several years ago he was kind to her husband who often spoke of young Hedley. She continues with…

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Thanks him for letter and cuttings. Thanks him for giving her sons name to the Red Cross for her. Hopes they might hear something soon.

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Notifies them that 61 Squadron has now moved to RAF Coningsby. She writes that her son's post office savings book has been found. There was still no news of their son but she is still hopeful.

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Letter confirming that Hedley Madgett's aircraft failed to return from operations on 17/18 August 1943. However there was nothing known that could be connected to the aircraft's non return. Writes that it takes some time for any news to come through…
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