Royal Canadian Air Force
Ottawa, Canada, December 9th, 1948
Mrs. Pauline Patzer,
3066 Albany Road,
Dear Mrs. Patzer:
It is with regret that I refer to the loss of your son, Flying Officer Edwin Frederick Patzer, who lost his life on air operations against the enemy February 21st, 1945, but you will wish to know that a report has been received from our Missing Research and Enquiry Service that your son and two members of his crew that were buried with him, have been moved to the permanent British Military Cemetery at Rheinberg, Germany. The cemetery is located eleven miles north west of Duisburg, Germany. Most unfortunately, the exact location, plot, row and grave number has not yet become available, but you may rest assured that just as quickly as this information is received it will be conveyed to you.
As you are already aware this British Military Cemetery and graves will be reverently maintained in perpetuity by the Imperial War Graves Commission (of which Canada is a member). The Commission will also erect a permanent headstone and will write to you before the stone is prepared.
I would like to take this opportunity of expressing to you and the members of the family my deepest sympathy in the loss of your gallant son.
R.C.A.F. Casualties Officer,
For Chief of the Air Staff