25 2017 Dear Mr. Straarup, Thank you for your letter of March 9/17.
I do not do computing, thus pen to paper.
My brother James Reid
Bradley (Jim to family and friends) was born on Nov 19, 1921 in Toronto,
Canada. Fourteen years later I was born in 1935 on the date 19 Nov,
1935. My brother called me his birthday present.
Jim was a
mathematical genius. On graduation, from Secondary School, he was employed
by an insurance company as an actuary.
When war was declared,
Jim joined the Royal Canadian Airforce as a navigator. He proved to be
very accurate in his navigation. He was asked if he would transfer to
the English Airforce and navigate aeroplanes that dropped spies into enemy
territories. He did and was on the plane flying a spy to Norway. On the way
back to England their plane was shot down and as the crew left the plane
my brother stayed back to assist a flyer from the plane who was pinned. The
plane hit the water before he could help and my brother and the other
man (I presume) were drowned. My brother's body was washed up on shore and
rifled by German soldiers. An inscripted cigarette case of my brother's was
stolen from his body. This was later returned to the family, having been
removed from a captured German soldier. This case is now in my possession.
Jim's loss was a great loss to his family. In all it was (and still
is) a very sad time.
May another war like that one "NEVER" occur
again. Yours truly Nora Hibbert