Letters of Loss – Carl ‘Bob’ Freeman, 20th November 1944, Homberg.

Many thank to Anthony for donating these series of documents. They begin with the telegram that every family feared to receive during the War, the telegram that said their loved one was ‘Missing’.

Similarly to the set of correspondence between the McCartin family and the Australian Air Ministry regarding the loss of their son, Leo McCartin (also lost on the 20th November 1944 to Homberg), the letters show simply by their dates, the heartbreaking period of time that elapsed between loss and rest. In this case 2 years before the details of the loss and deaths of the crew are confirmed and another 3 years before Bob’s final resting place is provided.

Additional to these letters are also a letter from Buckingham Palace and a picture of a London Metropolitan Police Memorial board, from ‘A’ Division. Before he enlisted, Bob was a Police Sergeant, his duties including security for Buckingham Palace.

1 Telegram, 20 Nov 1944

© Anthony Freeman.

2 Mepal, 21 Nov 1944

© Anthony Freeman.

3 Air Ministry, 29 Nov 1944 comped

© Anthony Freeman.

4 Air Ministry, 30 Sep 1946 comped

© Anthony Freeman.

5 Air Ministry, 30 Dec 1949

© Anthony Freeman.

6 Imperial War Graves , 12 Jan 1956

© Anthony Freeman.

Buckingham Palace

© Anthony Freeman.

Metropolitan Police  Memorial Board

© Anthony Freeman.

1 thought on “Letters of Loss – Carl ‘Bob’ Freeman, 20th November 1944, Homberg.

  1. Mark Weston

    Hi Anthony, my granddad Albert (Mick) was in the same crew. He was the bomb aimer, I have some very similar letters that I was able to find when my Grandmother passed away. I would be great to catch up on email / skype. I live in Australia now but I was able to do some digging about many years ago before the internet. So happy to share what I have. I have some letters as well from Bill Otway
    All the best…Mark



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