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March 26, 2015
Richards, Edward Gordon Coke
March 26, 1945Dear Mr. Richards:
It is with deep regret that I must confirm our recent telegram informing you that your son, Flight Sergeant Edward Gordon Coke Richards, is reported missing on Active Service.
Advice has been received from the Royal Canadian Air Force Casualties Officer, Overseas, that your son and the entire crew of his aircraft failed to return to their base after taking off to carry out air operations over Ludzkendorf, located twelve miles south, south west of Halle, Germany, on the night of March 14th and the early morning of March 15th, 1945.
The term 'missing' is used only to indicate that his whereabouts is not immediately known and does not necessarily mean that your son has been killed or wounded. He may have landed in enemy territory and might be a Prisoner of War...