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Devitt, J.

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Ottawa, Aug. 31st, 1949. Mrs. Campbell Devitt.



Dear Mrs. Devitt:

It is with regret that I refer to the loss of your son, Pilot Officer James Frederick Devitt, but a report has been received from our Missing Research and Enquiry Service concerning your son and the members of his crew.

Investigating Officers of this Service on visiting the cemetery at Beirsdorf, located the graves of your son and his three crew mates who lost their lives in the crash. Beirsdorf is approximately 17 miles from the Belgium border in Western Germany.

In accordance with the agreed policy of the Nations of the British Commonwealth that all British aircrew buried in Germany would be moved to British Military Cemeteries located in Germany, your son and the members of his crew were moved to the permanent British Military Cemetery, 11 miles north west of Duisburg, Germany. The cemetery is known as the Rheinberg British Military Cemetery. Your son was laid to rest in Plot 8. Row E, Grave 21. His crewmates lie at rest beside him in adjacent graves.

This British Military Cemetery will be reverently cared lor and maintained in perpetuity by the Imperial War Graves Commission (of which Canada is a member). The Commission will also erect a permanent headstone at your son's resting place.

It is my earnest hope that you will be comforted with the knowledge that your son's resting place is known and that it will be permanently maintained, and I would like to take this the members of your family my deepest sympathy in the loss of your gallant son.

Yours sincerely,

(W. R. GUNN) Wing Commander R.C.A.F. Casualties Officer, for Chief of the Air Staff.

Media Type:
Genealogical Resource
Item Types:
Amy Cosh scrapbook - page 110
Date of Publication:
31 Aug 1949
Date Of Event:
22 Dec 1944
Personal Name(s):
James Frederick Devitt ; James Devitt
Amy Cosh Collection of WWII Service (Bobcaygeon)
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Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.55012 Longitude: -78.54955
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Devitt, J.