Letter to Leonard Cheshire



Letter to Leonard Cheshire


From RAF Coningsby concerning 617 squadron working parades. Concludes with discussion on extensions to airmens' passes.




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One-page typewritten letter


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[Air Ministry Crest]
Royal Air Force Station
26th November, 1943.


Dear Cheshire,

Confirming our conversations, it is agreed that you will have your Squadron Working Parade independently after next Monday – the parade being held in Squadron formation on the tarmac between your Squadron Offices and Hangers at 07.50 hours. Occasional variations of time may be necessary to fit in with your Squadron arrangements and on Sundays, when operational commitments permit, work will not start until 09.30 hours.

I should like at least three Officers to be present on parade each day, one Squadron Leader or Flight Lieutenant to act as Officers in charge of the Parade, and two Flying Officers or Pilot Officers.

With regards to the question of passes for airmen, what was intended was that Flight Commanders should be given to understand that I and airman asks on a particular occasion to have his pass extended from 23.59 hours this might be done up to 08.00 hours the following day, the appropriate time being entered on the pass. I do not, however, want all passes automatically treated as valid up to 08.00 hours.

I realise that the original mistakes were made without your knowledge and that noe they have been put right.


W/Cdr. G.L. Cheshire, D.S.O., D.F.C.,
No 617 Squadron,
R.A.F. Station,
[underlined] CONINGSBY, LINCOLN. [/underlined]



Claire Monk, “Letter to Leonard Cheshire,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed June 19, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/16922.

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