The Archive of the bombing war 1939-1945


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Commemorative scroll

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Scroll commemorating Benjamin Ramsden. It carries the Royal Coat of Arms of George VI and text honouring Ramsden's service.

Benjamin Ramsden's decorations

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Obverse view of war medals. From left to right: The 1939-1945 Star, The France and Germany Star, The 1939 - 1945 War Medal, The 1939 - 1945 Defence…

49 airmen

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A group portrait of 49 airmen in uniform, taken outdoors, against the side of a hangar. The men are arranged in four rows and Benjamin Ramsden is…

50 airmen

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A formal photograph of 50 airmen in uniform, taken outside, against the side of a building. The men are in four rows and Benjamin Ramsden is in the…

Benjamin Ramsden

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Head and shoulders photograph of Benjamin Ramsden in uniform with pilot's brevet. It is taken outdoors with trees in the background

Septimus Robinson service history

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A brief history of Septimus Robinson's RAF career.

Second World War Medals Awarded to Septimus Robinson

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A page with images of the Defence Medal (obverse and reverse) and the War Medal 1939-45 (obverse and reverse). Text gives details of the qualifying…

Second World War Medals Awarded to Septimus Robinson

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A page with images of the 1939-45 Star (obverse and reverse), the Bomber Command clasp and of the France and Germany Star (obverse only). Text gives…

Osterfeld

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Target photograph of Osterfeld (Oberhausen-Sterkrade). Roads and buildings are visible as are the Rhine-Herne Canal and railway running from centre…