Joseph, David


Joseph, David
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22 items. The collection concerns Flight Sergeant David Joseph (1576383, Royal Air Force) and contains his decorations, log book, memoirs, correspondence and a list of prisoners of war at Stalag Luft 4. He flew operations as a pilot with 76 Squadron from RAF Holme-on-Spalding Moor until his aircraft was shot down on 18 March 1944 on an operation to Frankfurt and he became a prisoner of war. The collection also contains a letter to Mrs Ramsay about the loss of her son, Flying Officer Kenneth Ramsay and photographs of his final resting place.

The collection has been donated to the IBCC Digital Archive by Brian Joseph and catalogued by Barry Hunter.

Additional information on Kenneth Grant Ramsay is available via the IBCC Losses Database.




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Joseph, D

Collection Items

RAFA Badge
Royal Air Force Association Badge (both sides)

David Joseph's decorations
Four medals: 1939-45 Star, Air Crew Europe Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939-45 (both sides).

David Joseph's Service and Release Book
David Joseph's Form 2520A, Service and Release Book from 27 October 1941 to 2 February 1946.

Summary of David Joseph's service
A summary of Flight Sergeant David Joseph's RAF service. Joining the RAF on 27 October 1941, in January 1944 he joined 76 Squadron and was shot down on 18 March 1944 on an operation to Frankfurt. He became a prisoner of war at Hydekrug Luft VI,…

David Joseph's Home Guard Certificate
A certificate dated 'from 6th June 1940' awarded to David Joseph for his time in the Home Guard.

David Joseph's Pilot's flying log book
Pilot’s flying log book for Flight Sergeant David Joseph from 20 January 1944 to 18 March 1944, recording squadron-based training and operations flown. Served at RAF Holme-on-Spalding Moor. Aircraft flown were Halifax Mk 2, Halifax Mk 1, Halifax Mk…

Flying Stories by Paul Hilton
Nine accounts of flying activities during the war.

Additional information about this item has been kindly provided by the donor.

'David Joseph's son Brian met Paul Hilton in the 1980's through work, and he was wearing a prisoner of war tie. In…

David Joseph; World War II RAF Pilot and Prisoner of War
Includes David Joseph's service in the RAF, his training in Canada and his operations on Halifaxes at RAF Holme-on-Spalding Moor and his movements after being shot down 18 March 1944 and becoming a prisoner of war.

David Joseph and Bill Harris
Half length portrait of David Joseph and Bill Harris. On the reverse 'Dave and Bill Harris. Bill killed on crashing 25.1 .47'.

Airman in bed
An airman in uniform lying on a bed. On the reverse is a photographer's mark '328'.

31 airmen
31 airmen arranged in two rows in front of a shingle walled building. Only one man is wearing an aircrew brevet. Five are marked with crosses.

33 Service Flying Training School Crest
Design by the College of Arms for the 33 Service Flying Training School crest with a bison and the motto 'unity is strength'. It is signed by the Chester Herald and Inspector of Royal Airforce Badges. Also signed 'Approved George R.I. '

21 pilots at RAF Ossington
21 seated airmen arranged in two rows. Large tree and single storey buildings in background. On the reverse is 'AFU, Ossington. 1943'. David Joseph is third from the right on the back row.
Additional information about this item has been kindly…

28 airmen and one civilian
28 seated airmen and one civilian arranged in two rows in front of a shingle walled building. Only one man is wearing an aircrew brevet.
David Joseph is second from left on the front row. Two airmen are identified with crosses and two with slashes.…

35 airmen
35 airmen arranged in four rows. David Joseph is on the rear row, fourth from the left. On the reverse '17. Pre-AFU Course, Perth April-May 1943' and 'Subject back 4th from left'.

List of airmen prisoners of war at Stalag Luft 4 in 1944
Copy of a list of prisoners of war at Stalag Luft 4, Gross Tychow.

Kenneth Grant Ramsay's Grave
Photographs of Kenneth Grant Ramsay's gravestone in Germany.

Airmen and a horse
Five airmen wearing greatcoats and caps standing with a horse. David Joseph is on the right.

Letter from Wing Commander Iveson to Mr B C Joseph
The letter refers to Mr Joseph's son, Flight Sergeant David Joseph who is reported as missing in action. A list of his crew is included. The list does not include Sergeant Louis Makens who joined the crew as mid under gunner and became a prisoner of…

Letter to Mrs Ramsay referring to the loss of her son
A letter to Mrs Winifred Ramsay referring to the death of her son, Kenneth Grant Ramsay and giving details of his final resting place.

David Joseph
David Joseph in pilot's uniform.

How we took the good news from Grosse Tychow to Fallingbostel
A diary of the forced march undertaken by prisoners of war 6 February 1945 to 26 April 1945
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