Watson, Clifford


Watson, Clifford
C Watson


Five items. Two oral history interviews with Flying Officer Clifford Watson DFC (1922 - 2018, 1384956, 188489 Royal Air Force), a memoir, his service and release book, and a scrapbook containing photographs and documents. He flew operations as an air gunner with 150 and 227 Squadrons.

The collection has been loaned to the IBCC Digital Archive for digitisation by Clifford Watson and catalogued by Barry Hunter.




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Watson, C

Collection Items

Just Another Tailend Charlie
A memoir written by Cliff Watson divided into 20 chapters.

The Earliest Years.
Born in Barnoldswick, then in Yorkshire, now in Lancashire in 1922. His father ran a wireless business until 1926. He describes his years at schools and a move to…

Christmas Card to Cliff and his wife
A christmas card written to 'Cliff & Mrs Cliff & the children' from [undecipherable]

Letter in Arabic
The letter in arabic script refers to G Watson and has a passport photograph in one corner.

Sergeant Stan Rutherford
Sergeant Stan Rutherford is holding a camera and smoking a pipe.

Ordnance Survey Map
A wall mounted Ordnance Survey map of England with pins and radial lines indicated.

Ground radio station
A large military radio on a table with a telephone and a direction finder.

Man smoking
A man seated on bedding smoking a cigarette. Tin helmet can be seen behind.

Civilian climbing ladder
A view looking down on a man climbing a ladder.

Clifford Watson
Sergeant Clifford Watson in flying gear, holding a packed parachute. On the reverse 'Dad'.

Wellington taking off
Twin engined Wellington taking off. In the distance are hills. On the reverse 'Pax taking off in B at Kairouan'.

Clifford Watson in tropical dress wth a Tiger Moth
Clifford Watson in shorts and flying helmet with his arm draped over the propeller of a Tiger Moth. Annotated on the reverse '(Bad Composition) With a Tiger Moth at Hillside, Bulawayo. Dec 1941 C Watson [signed]'

Bill Willoughby
Bill Willoughby at the port beam gun position in a Wellington.

Bill Willoughby and Stan Chadderton
Two airmen identified as Bill Willoughby and Stan Chadderton, Navigator and Bomb Aimer, in their beds at Blida.

Clifford Watson
A side view of the head and shoulders of Clifford Watson in a Sidcot suit. He is wearing a flying helmet and is standing near a cliff which can be seen in the background.

Clifford Watson
Head and shoulders and half length portraits of Clifford Watson in a leather flying jacket, standing at the front of a Nissen hut.

Lost Lancaster Report
A description of what happened to a lost Lancaster, short of fuel that was guided into RAF Wick and landed safely. Annotated 'F/L Crocker 1989'.

Christmas Card and crew notes
A Christmas Card signed by Pete 'Mid Upper here'. In it is described an attack on Politz on 21.12.44 and diverted to RAF Milltown due fog. Then on 22.12.44 he flew to RAF Wick to pick up a crew that had crashed there. There are several signatures.

Christmas 1944 Menu
Sergeants' Mess Christmas 1944 Menu, RAF Wick

Three Airmen
Three airmen standing at an open door. On their left is the wheel of a bicycle. They are wearing fatigues. On the reverse is annotated 'W/Op Nav & Mid Upper' and 'Ace'.

Clifford Watson and civilians
Photo 1 is Clifford Watson in flying gear in front of a brick building.
Photo 2 is a head and shoulders portrait of the side of Clifford Watson standing at the tail of a Lancaster.
Photo 3 is Cliff and a civilian looking at the maps of Europe.…

Civilian with maps
Photo 1 is a head and shoulders portrait of a civilian sitting in a living room with a marble fireplace behind.
Photo 2 is a half length portrait of the same civilian with two annotated maps of Europe on a wall.

Airmen on a motorbike and an airman aiming a shotgun
Photo 1 is Clifford Watson on a Royal Enfield WD/C motorcycle 46675.
Photo 2 is different airmen on the same motorcycle. A second man is on the ground writing.
Photo 3 is an airman aiming a shotgun with a corporal watching.

Airmen shooting practice
Photo 1 is an airmen firing a sotgun into the air. Behind is a motorcycle.
Photo 2 is an airman with a shotgun resting on the ground. Behind is a motorcycle.
Photo 3 is an airman firing a shotgun into the air. Behind is a motorcycle.

Four of Lancaster crew
Photo 1 is half length portraits of four airmen at the tail of a Lancaster, annotated 'F/O Sandford A.G. F/Lt Maxted G. Ldr W/O Foolkes M.U.G. F/O Watson R.G.'
Photo 2 is a half length portrait of an airman at the rear gun turret of a Lancaster with…

Warrant issued to Clifford Watson
Appointing Clifford Watson as a Warrant Officer.
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