Arthur Pearce Diary 1944

YPearceAT1874945v4.pdf

Title

Arthur Pearce Diary 1944

Description

Memorandum items addresses of friends and acquaintances, mentions many days/evenings out and what sort of time he had in Belfast, Lincoln, Gainsborough and many others. Mentions various journeys and postings, lists birthdays. Jots down daily activities and feelings. Mentions crew and other he flew with and comments about them. Entries for days flying and activity. Entries for news of acquaintances and colleagues, some of whom were killed. Mentions posting to 12 Squadron at RAF Wickenby, 170 Squadron at RAF Dunholme Lodge and to RAF Warboys for Pathfinders. mentions many targets from August to December 1944.

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Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive

Date

1944

Contributor

Steve Christian
David Bloomfield

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Multi-page booklet with handwritten entries

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YPearceAT1874945v4

Transcription

Bank Holidays, 1944

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PERSONAL MEMORANDA

Sgt PEARCE

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Bank CITY 6001
G.T. HOP 1293
N.S.D. CITY 3623

G.W.R PAD 7000
Parry G.I P 3832
TENY KIN 5052.
[indecipherable word] EUS 6292.
MESS Seiford 61.
K.C. SER 4200.
Club TEM 3135

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1944 JANUARY

1 SATURDAY

[deleted] GIP 5852, KIN 3032, UES 6292 [/delete]

7412
Stalag XX13 (84)
Germany

2 SUNDAY
J.W. Simmonds
3 Malmesbury Road
South Woodford
E. 18

SG Parry
189 Gipsy Road
West Norwood
S E. 27

GIP 3832

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3 MONDAY
FX.115112. LDG AIR. PALMER JJ JEa/AG.
825 R.N.A. SQDN.
c/o GP.O LONDON.
Joan White
238 New Kent Road
London SE. 1.

[underlined] 4 TUESDAY [/underlined]
14423672
4th Batt C. Coy.
No.1. IR.T.D.
C.M.F

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5 WEDNESDAY

letter from home, wrote home.

Irene Hudd,
28 Upper Kenton St
Thorne
Nr Doncaster
Yorks.

6 THURSDAY

letter from Flo

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7 FRIDAY

[blank page]

8 SATURDAY

letter from Flo.

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9 SUNDAY

letter from Mum

10 MONDAY

went to Belfast good time.

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[blank page]

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13 THURSDAY

[blank page]

14 FRIDAY

Leave. Sgt. Tapes Belfast

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15 SATURDAY

arrived at home

16 SUNDAY

London. Pleasant surprise good time

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17 MONDAY

good time

18 TUESDAY

good time

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19 WEDNESDAY

good time

20 THURSDAY

good time

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21 FRIDAY

good time

22 SATURDAY

saw Bill.

Ring. Lovely night

Cable

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23 SUNDAY

good

24 MONDAY

good

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25 TUESDAY

good

26 WEDNESDAY

good

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27 THURSDAY

good

28 FRIDAY

good

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29 SATURDAY

good

30 SUNDAY

Cable

good week end

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31 MONDAY

very good time

FEB. 1 TUESDAY

Worried browned off

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2 WEDNESDAY

still worried and browned off

3 THURSDAY

good tan

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4 FRIDAY

good time in county

5 SATURDAY

browned off

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6 SUNDAY

things going wrong.

7 MONDAY

Birthday [deleted] [indecipherable word] [/deleted]

Smashing time

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8 TUESDAY

went to Parry.

Good time Joyce

Silvia

9 WEDNESDAY

Flos Birthday

not so good

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10 THURSDAY

[boxed X] trouble

Bad

11 FRIDAY

County. not so good

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12 SATURDAY

[deleted] Four indecipherable words [/deleted]

13 SUNDAY

still felt bad.

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14 MONDAY

Cable.

good leave untill [sic] last few days

15 TUESDAY

Hixon 2-45.

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16 WEDNESDAY

Met pilot [indecipherable word] and crew. O.K.

Wing/Co. Caulson
P/O Stevens
P/O Soo.
P/O Davies

17 THURSDAY

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18 FRIDAY

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19 SATURDAY

Wals Birthday

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20 SUNDAY

[blank page]

21 MONDAY

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22 TUESDAY

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23 WEDNESDAY

Marina Birthday

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[pages missing]

28 MONDAY

Roses Birthday

29 TUESDAY

Leighford

1 WEDNESDAY

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2 THURSDAY

[blank page]

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3 FRIDAY

plenty of cloud Bashing

4 SATURDAY

still cloud bashing

Stafford good time plenty of fun.

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5 SUNDAY

bags of flying,

good crew.

6 MONDAY

still bags of flying and doing grand job.

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7 TUESDAY

grounded.

Very good time

8 WEDNESDAY

plenty of cloud Bashing and Bombing

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9 THURSDAY

more Bombing

10 FRIDAY

went to Stafford with crew. very good time. plenty of fun.

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11 SATURDAY

dingy [sic] Stafford plenty of fun

12 SUNDAY

Cloud Bashing

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13 MONDAY

more Cloud bashing no time off

14 TUESDAY

went sick. Hospital

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15 WEDNESDAY

Hospital

16 THURSDAY

Hospital

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17 FRIDAY

Bombing.

Not so good Hospital

18 SATURDAY

Hospital

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19 SUNDAY

Hospital

20 MONDAY

[author indicates he’s in hospital]

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21 TUESDAY

[author indicates he’s in hospital]

22 WEDNESDAY

[author indicates he’s in hospital]

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23 THURSDAY

Hospital

24 FRIDAY

flying

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25 SATURDAY

Bombing

26 SUNDAY

Cloud bashing

Bombing

Pilot hurt.

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27 MONDAY

48 hours leave

3-31 Stafford

dispointed [sic]

Pilot in Hospital

28 TUESDAY

good time in county

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29 WEDNESDAY

Cluston 5.38

Pilot Bad

30 THURSDAY

easy time

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31 FRIDAY

pressure test

48 hours. Leave

5.48 Stafford

APRIL 1 SATURDAY

Good time.

hard going

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2 SUNDAY

Uaston 12.00

all was well

3 MONDAY

Browned off

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4 TUESDAY

[deleted] Met New Pilot Sgt [indecipherable word] [/deleted]

5 WEDNESDAY

nothing to do no pilot or Wireless/opp

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6 THURSDAY

[blank page]

7 FRIDAY

[blank page]

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8 SATURDAY

flew with madman.

9 SUNDAY

[deleted] almost killed [/deleted]

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10 MONDAY

very easy day.

A good night out.

11 TUESDAY

nothing to do.

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12 WEDNESDAY

Volenteered [sic] to go on Balls eye.

Good things

13 THURSDAY

easy time

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14 FRIDAY

still nothing to do.

15 SATURDAY

good time in town bags of fun

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[missing pages]

20 THURSDAY

good time at Dance

21 FRIDAY

end of long rest

Posted

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22 SATURDAY

back to Hixon New Pilot Sgt Keeler.

23 SUNDAY

plenty of flying

new Pilot O.K.

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24 MONDAY

cloud Bashing

25 TUESDAY

cloud Bashing Bombing

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26 WEDNESDAY

grounded bad weather good time in town

27 THURSDAY

Cloud Bashing bad Crash

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28 FRIDAY

felt bad. No flying.
29 SATURDAY

flying again

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30 SUNDAY

Bombing

MAY 1 MONDAY

Cine Bombing

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2 TUESDAY

Bombing

3 WEDNESDAY

night off. good time Plenty of fun.

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4 THURSDAY

grounded

5 FRIDAY

grounded

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6 SATURDAY

grounded

7 SUNDAY

grounded

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8 MONDAY

grounded lost leave.

9 TUESDAY

48 hrs leave. Stafford 9-48.

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10 WEDNESDAY

disapointed [sic] but had good time

12 + 13 11 THURSDAY

Claston 8-30 a.m. Met new “Wop” Flt. Sgt Stricket

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12 FRIDAY

Cloud Bashing

13 SATURDAY

Cloud Bashing

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14 SUNDAY

long trip bombing plenty of trouble every [deleted] the [/deleted] thing wrong. I was nocked [sic] out. Pilot in trouble but all ended well Balls eye.

15 MONDAY

lots of flying

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16 TUESDAY

busy night Mick killed

17 WEDNESDAY

hopes of leave. Steve got F/O.

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18 THURSDAY

13 days leave. Stafford 5.48.

19 FRIDAY

Joe home. very good times

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20 SATURDAY

plenty of fun [deleted] [indecipherable word] [/deleted] Flo. old feeling again but held my own.

21 SUNDAY

pleasent [sic] time

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22 MONDAY

good time with Sal. good time with Joan

23 TUESDAY

Stepney good time Good time with Joan, plenty of fun

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24 WEDNESDAY

went to Totenham [sic] took Joany out from bank. Plenty of fun.

25 THURSDAY
County plenty of fun

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26 FRIDAY

Stepney, baby. Good time

27 SATURDAY

took Joan and Betty out. Stepney. Party. good time but worried

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28 SUNDAY

went out with Flo. Jess and Joe, hard time trouble

29 MONDAY

Bad time

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30 TUESDAY

Bad for me

31 WEDNESDAY

Kings Cross 12-45 Doncaster 4.10 Boston Park.

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1944 JUNE

1 THURSDAY

Bill Charlie O.K.

2 FRIDAY

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3 SATURDAY

day off, Thorne Plenty of fun.

4 SUNDAY

day off Thorn More fun.

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5 MONDAY

Stones O.K.

6 TUESDAY

The day.

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7 WEDNESDAY

on Charge. got away with with it

8 THURSDAY

Fred got his Comision [sic] Thorne. Morends [sic]

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9 FRIDAY

Irene. Smashing girl a very good time plenty of fun. Pleasant suprises [sic]

10 SATURDAY

Background danger. Irene. Smashing time More fun Wally went home. Charlie, Bill Posted

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11 SUNDAY

“P/O Keeler”

12 MONDAY

Stones O.K.

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13 TUESDAY

Posted Sandtoft Pool

Epworth. good time bags of fun.

John got Married

14 WEDNESDAY

Epworth O.K. bags fun

Whiteheart Raynor.

Doreene

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15 THURSDAY

Hopes of Posting

Epworth good time Joan. Plenty of fun.

16 FRIDAY

Bill & Charlie Posted.

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17 SATURDAY

Epworth. good time Plenty of fun Peggy.

18 SUNDAY

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19 MONDAY

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20 TUESDAY

Posted to Blighton

Met Engineer JOE.

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21 WEDNESDAY

Posted Ingham.

Bill and Charlie again

Castle

22 THURSDAY

Went to Lincoln good time bags of fun.

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23 FRIDAY

flying.

24 SATURDAY

flying

Lincoln good time plenty of fun

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25 SUNDAY

flying

26 MONDAY

flying

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27 TUESDAY

flying

28 WEDNESDAY

flying

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29 THURSDAY

flying

30 FRIDAY
flying
Lincoln good time

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JULY 1944

1 SATURDAY

Posted to Blyton

2 SUNDAY

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3 MONDAY

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4 TUESDAY

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5 WEDNESDAY

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6 THURSDAY

flying Bombing

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7 FRIDAY

Gainsborough. good time fun.

8 SATURDAY

Gainsborough. good time plenty of fun.

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9 SUNDAY

[blank page]

10 MONDAY

Lincoln. Gainsboro [sic] photo

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11 TUESDAY

flying

12 WEDNESDAY

flying Geordy killed

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13 THURSDAY

flying

14 FRIDAY

[deleted flying [/deleted]

Gainsboro [sic] good time

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15 SATURDAY

Lost Navigator

16 SUNDAY

Gainsboro [sic]. good time

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17 MONDAY

New Navigator. Flying. F/O. Yule.

18 TUESDAY

flying New Nav O.K.

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19 WEDNESDAY

Gainsboro [sic].

20 THURSDAY

flying

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21 FRIDAY

flying Bombing.

22 SATURDAY

flying

23 SUNDAY

flying Ballseye.

24 MONDAY

[blank page]

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25 TUESDAY

[blank page]

26 WEDNESDAY

Posted Hemswell 6.25. Lincoln
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27 THURSDAY

[blank page]

28 FRIDAY

11.15. Kings X.

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29 SATURDAY

[blank page]

30 SUNDAY

[blank page]

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31 MONDAY

Gainsboro [sic].

AUG 1 TUESDAY

[blank page]

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2 WEDNESDAY

Gainsboro [sic]

3 THURSDAY

[blank page]

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4 FRIDAY

[blank page]

5 SATURDAY

[blank page]

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6 SUNDAY

flying

7 MONDAY

Gainsboro [sic]

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8 TUESDAY

flying

9 WEDNESDAY

flying Dingy [sic] 8.30

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10 THURSDAY

[blank page]

11 FRIDAY

Posted to Squadron No 12. Wickenby

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12 SATURDAY

No.1. O.K. Cornfield “Falaise”

13 SUNDAY

[blank page]

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14 MONDAY

7. days leave Lincoln 1.55 Kings Cross 6.15

15 TUESDAY

good time

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16 WEDNESDAY

good time

17 THURSDAY

good time

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18 FRIDAY

good time

19 SATURDAY

good time fun

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20 SUNDAY

good time fun

21 MONDAY

Kings Cross 5.40

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22 TUESDAY

Guns OK.

23 WEDNESDAY

year.

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24 THURSDAY

[blank page]

25 FRIDAY

No 2. O.K. “Russelsheim”

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26 SATURDAY

[blank page]

27 SUNDAY

flying guns O.K.

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28 MONDAY

[blank page]

29 TUESDAY

No. 3. Cornfield O.K. “Stettin” Paddy killed good fellow real Pal

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30 WEDNESDAY

Lincoln good time

31 THURSDAY

[blank page]

1944 SEPTEMBER

1 FRIDAY

Lincoln good time

2 SATURDAY

flying

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3 SUNDAY

No.4. O.K. “Eindhoven”

4 MONDAY

Lincoln
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5 TUESDAY

No 5. O.K. “Le Havre”

6 WEDNESDAY

[blank page]

[page break]

7 THURSDAY

Lincoln good time

8 FRIDAY

[blank page]

[page break]

9 SATURDAY

Lincoln

10 SUNDAY

No. 6. O.K. “Le Havre”

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11 MONDAY

[blank page]

12 TUESDAY

No 7. O.K. “Frankfurt”

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13 WEDNESDAY

[deleted] [indecipherable word] [/deleted] flying

14 THURSDAY

[blank page]

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15 FRIDAY

[blank page]

16 SATURDAY

No 8. O.K. “Rheine Hopsten”

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17 SUNDAY

[blank page]

18 MONDAY

[blank page]

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19 TUESDAY

[blank page]

20 WEDNESDAY

No 9. O.K. “Calais”

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21 THURSDAY

Lincoln

22 FRIDAY

[blank page]

[page break]

23 SATURDAY

No. 10. O.K. “[deleted] Calais [/deleted] “Neurs”

24 SUNDAY

[blank page]

[page break]

25 MONDAY

No.11. bombs back not so good. “Calais”

26 TUESDAY

No 11 OK. “Cap Griz Nez”

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27 WEDNESDAY

[blank page]

28 THURSDAY

Lincoln 6.25. 7. Days leave.

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29 FRIDAY

Watch Bill good time Ted

30 SATURDAY

good time

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OCTOBER 1944

1 SUNDAY

Bill Home good time

2 MONDAY

Bank good time

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3 TUESDAY

good time

4 WEDNESDAY

good time

[page break]

5 THURSDAY

Reggie good time

6 FRIDAY

Kings X. 5.50

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7 SATURDAY

[blank page]

8 SUNDAY

[blank page]

[page break]

9 MONDAY

[blank page]

10 TUESDAY

flying F.A.

[page break]

11 WEDNESDAY

flying A.F.

12 THURSDAY

[blank page]

[page break]

13 FRIDAY

flying F.A.

14 SATURDAY

[blank page]

[page break]

15 SUNDAY

Posted to. [indecipherable word] Lincs

Binbrook.

16 MONDAY

flying Picked up new kite 190. Squadron.

[page break]

17 TUESDAY

Grimsby. good time

18 WEDNESDAY

[blank page]

[page break]

19 THURSDAY

No 12. O.K. “Stuttgart”

20 FRIDAY

[blank page]

[page break]

21 SATURDAY

Louth good time Watch.

22 SUNDAY

New Squadron. 170 Dunholme Lodge

[page break]

23 MONDAY

[blank page]

24 TUESDAY

[blank page]

[page break]

25 WEDNESDAY

No. 13. O.K. “Essen”

26 THURSDAY

Lincoln

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27 FRIDAY

[blank page]

28 SATURDAY

No 14. O.K. “Cologne”

[page break]

29 SUNDAY

[blank page]

30 MONDAY

No 15. OK. “Cologne”

[page break]

31 TUESDAY

No 16 OK. “Cologne”

NOVEMBER 1 WEDNESDAY

Party. Black Bull good time

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2 THURSDAY

No.17. OK. Dusseldorf

3 FRIDAY

Lincoln

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4 SATURDAY

P.F.F. ?

5 SUNDAY

Posted Warboys P.F.F.

[page break]

6 MONDAY

Warboys. 2.9. Kings X. 4.2. Joe. Good time

7 TUESDAY

Kings X. 6.40.

[page break]

8 WEDNESDAY

[blank page]

9 THURSDAY

[blank page]

[page break]

10 FRIDAY

test OK. Dinghy Cambridge

11 SATURDAY

flying

[page break]

12 SUNDAY

flying

13 MONDAY

flying Huntingdon

[page break]

14 TUESDAY

Post. Upwood. Squadron. 1.5.6.

15 WEDNESDAY

[blank page]

[page break]

16 THURSDAY

[blank page]

17 FRIDAY

[blank page]

[page break]

18 SATURDAY

[blank page]

19 SUNDAY

flying

20 MONDAY

[blank page]

21 TUESDAY

[blank page]

[page break]

22 WEDNESDAY

[blank page]
23 THURSDAY

flying

[page break]

24 FRIDAY

[blank page]

25 SATURDAY

[blank page]

[page break]

26 SUNDAY

[blank page]

27 MONDAY

[blank page]

[page break]

28 TUESDAY

[blank page]

29 WEDNESDAY

No 18. “Essen”

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30 THURSDAY

No 19. “Duisburg”

DECEMBER 1 FRIDAY

[blank page]

[page break]

2 SATURDAY

[blank page]

3 SUNDAY

No. 20. “Urfurt [sic] Dam”

[page break]

4 MONDAY

[blank page]

5 TUESDAY

No 21. “Soest” ears bad

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6 WEDNESDAY

No. Grounded ears bad.

7 THURSDAY

[blank page]

[page break]

8 FRIDAY

[blank page]

9 SATURDAY

[blank page]

[page break]

10 SUNDAY

[blank page]

11 MONDAY

leave Peterboro [sic] 3.58 Kings X. 5.25

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12 TUESDAY

good time Bank. Ted home Flo

13 WEDNESDAY

good time

[page break]

14 THURSDAY

good time County Flo. Dolly O.K.

15 FRIDAY

good time. Dolly

[page break]

16 SATURDAY

Ted good time. plenty fun

17 SUNDAY

good time Ted ship Dolly.

[page break]

18 MONDAY

Kings X 5.50 Peterboro [sic] 7.30

19 TUESDAY

[blank page]

[page break]

20 WEDNESDAY

[blank page]

21 THURSDAY

No 22. “Bonn”

[page break]

22 FRIDAY

Mess Dance Audrey O.K. Pat.

23 SATURDAY

Peterboro [sic].

[page break]

24 SUNDAY

Sqd Dance Audrey OK

25 MONDAY

Dance Ramsey Audrey. O.K.

[page break]

26 TUESDAY

[blank page]

27 WEDNESDAY

[blank page]

[page break]

28 THURSDAY

No 23. “Opladen”

29 FRIDAY

[blank page]

[page break]

30 SATURDAY

No 24 “Cologne”

31 SUNDAY

No 25. “Osterfeld”

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Flight 8/113
RAF. Stockleigh Rd
Regents Park
London. S.W.1.

E Flight
6 Squadron
18 I.T.W.
Bridlington
Yorks.

Hut 55.
D. Squadron
N.1. E.AGS,
R.A F Bridgnorth
Salop

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11 Course
12 A.G.S.
R.A.F.
Bishops Court
N. Ireland.

Sgts Mess
R.A.F. Hixon

Sgts Mess
R.AF. Leighford

Sgts Mess
R.AF. Hixon

Sgts Mess
R. A. F. Boston Park
Lindholme
Yorks

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Sgts Mess
R.A.F. Sandtofts
Yorks

Sgts Mess
R.A.F Blyton
Lincs

Sgts Mess
R.A.F Ingham
Lincs

Sgts Mess
R.A.F. Hemswell
Lincs
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Sgts Mess, Red
Wickenby,
Lincs.

Sgts Mess
[indecipherable word]
Lincs

Sgts Mess
Dunholme Lodge
Lincs

Sgts Mess
Warboys
Hunts

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Sgts Mess
Upwood
Hunts

Sgts Mess
Wyton
Hunts

Sgts Mess
Warboys
Hunts

Sgts Mess
Wyton
Hunts

Sgts Mess
Graveley
Hunts

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Citation

A Pearce, “Arthur Pearce Diary 1944,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed November 14, 2019, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/17566.

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