Monday, April 13, 2015

World War II Letters Home April 10, 1940 - Estelles Wickenkamp

                                                                                         Royal Air Force Station
                                                                                         King's Lynn, Norfolk
                                                                                         April 10, 1940

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Wickenkamp:

It is with the deepest regret that I have to write to you of your son who was reported missing and believed killed as a result of an engagement with the enemy on Sunday 7th April.  In this engagement a formation of our aircraft, including the one in which your son was Captain, was attacked by some of the latest enemy fighters.  ME 110s, while on duty over the North Sea.  The enemy's attack was a very determined one and in spite of the magnificent steadiness shown by all our crews in meeting it the aircraft in which you son was flying was shot down and crashed into the sea.  The rest of our machines were too high to see what became of the crew but I am afraid that they were killed instantly.  In the course of the engagement we are fairly certain that our men accounted for one of the enemy.

You will be hearing officially later regarding the disposal of your son's things, and you will of course be told immediately should anything definite be hard regarding him.  I did however want to write personally to express the deep sympathy we all feel with you in this heavy blow.  We shall all miss a very gallant comrade who had particularly endeared himself to us by his bravery in rescuing 2 airmen from burning in an accident in which he was involved earlier in the year.

                                                                                                  Yours Very Sincerely,

                                                                                                  Wing Commander

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