No. 35 Squadron,
22nd. October, 1941.
Dear Mrs Steward,
I have just received a signal from the International Red Cross giving news of your Son, and have great pleasure in forwarding you the information that your Son is a prisoner of war. All the remainder of his crew are also reported safe and prisoners of war with the exception of his Captain, P/O. Brown, who I am afraid lost his life.
May I and his brother N.C.Os and the Officers forward you our heartfelt congratulations and pleasure in being able to join you in the relief you will have in receiving this news, which you may have already received direct from the Air Ministry.
There is no doubt the our Aircrews are well treated in German prison camps and you have nothing more to worry about.
I enclose instructions for writing to prisoners of war.
Wing Commander, Commanding
No. 35 Squadron.
Mrs. J. J. Steward.
73, Moss Street,
1.Letters must not be longer than two sides of a sheet of paper.
2.The address of Prisoner of War must be written at top of the letter.
3.The address should be: - Sgt. Observer...( ) Royal Air Force, British Prisoner of War, GERMANY.
4.The address of the sender should be written on the back of the envelope.
5."PRISONER OF WAR" must be written on top of left corner of envelope.
6.5d stamp - and AIR MAIL written on envelope.