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Letter to the parents of 1st Lt. Leonard B. Fuller after he went MIA on July 7, 1944.........(transcription as follows)

Aug. 31, 1944
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Fuller,
I am extremely sorry for neglecting to write to you sooner. I was not sure if I would be able to drop you a line. I decided to wait a bit and write to you anyway.
The censor may block out a few things but I will tell you as much as I know. I was not on the mission when Len went down. I did ask the fellows about it though.
On that particular mission the Squadron saw and engaged a number of German planes. Len got on the tail of one enemy ship and destroyed it. As he pulled up. Len called over the radio saying that his ship was hit and that he was bailing out.
One fellow from the Squadron saw him leave his plane and his chute opened alright. If he himself was hit he would have told the fellows over the radio, so I feel sure that Len is O.K.
From the reports we get here, captured airmen are treated pretty nice over there. They also say that it takes a little while for mail to come through from over there, so it may be quite some time before you hear from him.
I won't say "don't worry" because I know that you will worry regardless. I really believe though, there is no need for worrying because I feel sure that Len is alright.
Your fifth package that you sent to Len arrived this afternoon. Thankyou very much for placing them in my charge. All five have been divided among the fellows. Needless to say, we all wish Len was here to have taken charge of them and to have enjoyed them.
It is growing rather late so I'll bring this to a close. I only hope I have been able to answer the questions which I know you would like to have answered.
I remain,
Respectfully Yours,
"Joe" Engelbreit



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