214 (F.M.S.) Squadron RAF Missing in Action

No. 214 (F.M.S.) Squadron,

R.A.F. Stradishall,

Newmarket,

Suffolk

24th. July 1942.

 

Dear Mrs. Cooper,

I am writing to offer you the sincere sympathy both of myself and the whole Squadron in the anxiety you have experienced since learning that your son, Sgt. E.H.Cooper, is missing from air operations.

He was an Air Gunner of an aircraft which took off to operate against the enemy on the night of 23 / 24th. July, 1942. No message was received from the aircraft and it failed to return. Nothing has since been heard of it or any of the crew.

There is a possibility that your son may have escaped from the aircraft by parachute, or in a forced landing in enemy territory, in which case he would be a Prisoner of War, and news of this would not reach us perhaps for many weeks. The International Red Cross would be the first to receive any further news and they would pass it immediatley to the Air Ministry. The Air Ministry would then communicate with you direct, thus avoiding as much delay as possible.

The personal effects of your son are now in the custody of the "Committeee of Adjustment Officer, R.A.F. Station, Stradishall", who will be writing to you shortly concerning their disposal.

I feel most deeply for you in this anxious time. If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know. we all join with you in hoping and praying that your son is safe.

Yours very sincerely

(signed)

A.H.Smythe

Wing Commander, Commanding,

No. 214 (F.M.S.) Squadron.

 

Mrs. J. Cooper

East Stoke

Newark

Notts.