Rear view - Ralph Briars memoir

SBriarsRA1299161v1.pdf

Title

Rear view - Ralph Briars memoir

Description

Starts with tribute to crew and has colour photograph of a 617 Squadron Lancaster over Lincoln. Writes of his joining the RAF, selection as an air gunner and his basic training. Goes on with description of gunnery training, before going to OTU at RAF Cottesmore where he crewed (describes crew) up while training on Wellington. Carries on with description of heavy conversion unit flying Halifax and Lancaster. Provides description of turrets in both types. Provides a long description of a night sorties and discusses the level of training in the RAF for aircrew as well as problem of collisions. He is finally posted to become operational on 49 Squadron at RAF Fiskerton. He then provides a very detailed diary of the 14 operations he carried out on 49 Squadron followed by the 25 he carried out after the crew were posted to 617 Squadron. These sorties included the Saumur tunnel, V1 and V2 sites, the Tirpitz, Dortmund Ems canal and the Bielefeld viaduct. He concludes with some more anecdotes and his activities after he finished operational flying including getting married.

Creator

Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive

Date

1989

Contributor

Steve Christian

Rights

This content is available under a CC BY-NC 4.0 International license (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0). It has been published ‘as is’ and may contain inaccuracies or culturally inappropriate references that do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the University of Lincoln or the International Bomber Command Centre. For more information, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ and https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/legal.

Format

Thirty-nine page printed document

Language

Identifier

SBriarsRA1299161v1

Transcription

[picture]

[inserted] REAR VIEW [/inserted]

[inserted] Ralph Briars [/inserted]

Collection

Citation

R Briars, “Rear view - Ralph Briars memoir,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed November 30, 2020, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/26481.

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