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Date: January 30th 1945
E.M. Best, R.C.A.F. Casualty Officer

Ottawa, Canada,
30th January 1945

Mr. David Bell
R.R. No. 3
Clifford, Ontario

Dear Mr. Bell:

It is with deep regret that, in view of the lapse of time and the absence of any further information concerning your son, Pilot Officer James Bond Bell, since he was reported missing, the Air Ministry Overseas now proposes to take action to presume his death for official purposes.

When presumption of death has been completed, you will receive official notification by registered letter.

May I extend to you and the members of your family my sincere sympathy in this time of great anxiety.

Yours sincerely,

E.M. Best S/O
R.C.A.F. Casualty Officer
For Chief of the Air Staff