Letter From Royal Air Force 1941

No. 250 Squadron,
Royal Air Force,
Middle East Forces.

3rd December, 1941.

Dear Mrs. Masters,

You will in all probability by now have received a cable from the Air Ministry informing you that your Son has been reported “Missing”.

I am afraid there is very little tell you. On the day on which he was reported as Missing the Squadron was ordered to take certain action over enemy territory, and during this a fight ensued. On returning to our Landing Ground it was ascertained that your son was missing. I am afraid I have no details of what happened, as at the time of the encounter everyone was fully occupied in his own sphere of engagement.

Your Son had only been with us a few weeks before this occurred, but during that time he proved himself to be a most excellent pilot.

I can only hope that the day is not far off when he will be found, and will return to us again. In the meanwhile, please accept my deepest sympathy during this period of uncertainty.

Yours Sincerely,
Squadron Leader, Commanding,
No. 250 Squadron, R.A.F. M.E.

Mrs. S. Masters,
Havelock Road,
Hastings. NEW ZEALAND.


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Bob Masters died 20 November 1941 during air operations in the Western Desert, Middle East


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