Air mail envelope and letter to Flying Officer J.R. Perceval a Code Breaker
World War Two: Bletchley Park
Category: Autograph Letters/Manuscripts
Zurich No Publisher. 1943.
Air mail envelope and letter to Flying Officer J.R. Perceval dated 26th June 1943 at the English Speaking Union Club in London, bearing 50c. Swiss stamp. The letter was redirected to Box 111, Bletchley, Bucks. The envelope has English and German censor seals. The enclosure is a lengthy letter from his wife, living in Switzerland, and is mostly written in German and bears the German censor blue wash lines. The letter had to travel via Berlin, as there was no direct service to Lisbon(the normal route via a Neutral Country). The text of the letter is probably coded - a private one agreed between husband and wife, as they were aware that the letter would be censored. Also three Cable and Wireless telegrams, one which requests money transfer in Swiss Francs and another "Darling I love you must be awful power working against us wrote many letters you never get them." John Richard Perceval was a linguist and travel writer who studied at the University of Berlin. There he met and married divorcee Sorina Eiche, the mother of three grown children, in 1936. Sorina travelled to Switzerland in August 1939 and remained there for the duration of the war, to avoid internment as an enemy alien.