Hunter, Frederick D'Orsa (Sergeant)

Accession Number PR01961
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 4 wallets: 10 cm
Object type Letters, Record, Papers
Maker Hunter, Frederick D'Orsa
Place made Canada
Date made 1940-1942
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

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Correspondence, papers and official records relating to the Royal Air Force (RAF) training, active service and death in action of (400504) Sergeant Frederick D'Orsa Hunter, in 35 Squadron Royal Air Force. The core of the collection comprises some 41 letters written between 15 September 1940 and 29 April 1942 to his mother. They provide descriptions of his training in Australia and Canada, insights into his operational experience with 10 Squadron and 35 Squadron RAF as well as comments on civilian life in England. Letters numbers 31 and 33 appear to be dated incorrectly but are annotated to keep the sequence. Included in the official correspondence are official notifications of Sergeant Hunter as 'missing as a result of air operations', a carefully worded letter of condolence by his commanding officer Wing Commander J H Marks, a letter of commiseration from Sergeant Hunter's former employers and death certificate. Miscellaneous papers include two concert programs ('The Kandy Kids Review') for the Canadian Pacific liner, Empress of Russia.