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Recently Added Items

John Henry Smythe

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Flying Officer John Henry Smythe in dress uniform with navigator's brevet.

Jean Smith

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head and shoulders portrait of Jean Smith from her left side, in uniform, smiling, inscribed ’With love Jean 1943’.

D E Owen’s flying log book for navigators, air bombers, air gunners, flight engineers. Two

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Flying log book for navigators, air bombers, air gunners, flight engineers for D E Owen, flight engineer, covering the period from 29 August 1942 to 9…

D E Owen’s pilots flying log book. One

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Pilots flying log book for D E Owen, flight engineer, covering the period from 15 October 1942 to 5 August 1943. Detailing his flying training and…

Harry Watkins and crew

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Ken Johnson's crew. Captioned ‘LL91 QR-X “Xray” with Harry Watkins crew L-R Doug. Hockin (N) Fred Jowitt (E) Johnny Ware (W/O) Ted Ray (B/A)…

Bits and Pieces from a Long Career

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Covers the period from joining as a Halton Apprentice in September 1932 for training as an Aircraft Fitter. Through the completion of his training…

Memory of Mailly-Le-Camp

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A memoir describing the operation to Mailly-le-Camp 3/4 May 1944.

Wanda Szuwalska's Wedding

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Wanda Szuwalska and her groom, on their wedding day. Both are in uniform, Wanda has a small bouquet.

Wanda Szuwalska's Wedding

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Wanda Szuwalska and her groom kneeling before a priest on their wedding day.