Cheshire, Leonard

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Cheshire, Leonard
Cheshire, Geoffrey Leonard
Baron Cheshire

Description

374 items concerning Group Captain Leonard Cheshire VC, OM, DSO & Two Bars, DFC. Collection consists of photographs of people, vehicles, places, aircraft, weapons and targets; documents including, private and service letters, signals, telegrams, intelligence reports, crew lists and official documents. Cheshire served on 102 and 35 Squadrons and commanded 76 and 617 Squadrons. The collection includes details of 617 Squadron's precision bombing operations.

The collection has been licenced to the IBCC Digital Archive by The Leonard Cheshire Archive and catalogued by Nigel Huckins.

Collection Items

Limoges railway station and marshalling yard
A reconnaissance photograph showing a large town with a river running from lower left to top right. A station and marshalling yard are in the middle of the left half and a further marshalling yard and the aero-engine factory are on the upper right…

Limoges railway station and marshalling yard
A reconnaissance photograph showing a large town with a river running from lower left to right. Just right of centre is a railway station with marshalling yard. A further marshalling yard is on the right side Both marshalling yards are indicated by…

Two airmen
Head an shoulders portrait of two airmen both wearing uniform tunic. The pilot on the left wera a side cap and the airman on the right a peaked cap. Reported as Flight Lieutenant Frank Hugh 'Lofty' Long on left and unknown airman on right 5.6.40 –…

Two aircrew in Sidcot flying suits
Two aircrew standing together in front of a hedge. Unknown airman on left and Flight Lieutenant Frank Hugh 'Lofty' Long on right, Lofty taught Leonard how to fly Whitleys whilst in 102 Squadron. Lofty died during a operation on 13th March 1941. Photo…

Leonard Cheshire and five other officers
Six officers with Leonard Cheshire second from right standing in line in front of a door with Base Operation over it. All wear uniform tunic and four in centre have pilots brevet. The second and third from the left are air commodores.

Claude Auchinleck with Leonard Cheshire and other Victoria Cross recipients.
From left to right Jemadar Nand Singh, Colonel Maharaja Harinder Singh of Faridkot, General Claude Auchinleck, Wing commander James Brindley Nicolson, Wing commander Leonard Cheshire. On the reverse 'Leonard Cheshire (right), possibly a posting to…

Leonard Cheshire and seven officers
Leonard Cheshire is sitting at table on the left looking down with another officer seated alongside to the right. Two officers stand behind Cheshire on the left and four other to the side of the table on the right. All wear tunic and four have…

Boys physical training
Four lines of boys doing physical jerks. To the right and instructor standing on his own. Image is double exposed with faint image of buildings. Reported as Stowe school.

University friends
Two young men wearing jacket and tie standing in front of a tree. The man on the left holds a book. Reported as two of Cheshire's friends at Oxford. On left is Thomas Peter Kingsland Higgs, known as Peter, who served with 111 squadron Fighter Command…

Target photograph
Target photograph showing a small built up area with road running bottom centre right to top right. Numerous tracer lines and flares. Caption 'UYB 594, Z35, NT, 5/6.8.41, F8'.

Bomb on trolley
A 12000 lb bomb on a bomb trolley . In the background a camouflaged revetment with other smaller bombs.

Ogham stone
Top of a standing stone with stripe markings.

Three airmen
Three-quarter length portrait of three airmen facing half right all wearing tunic. The left two are sergeants and the right hand one is a flight sergeant.

Christopher Cheshire wedding
Three quarter length portrait of an officer and his bride standing in a church doorway. The flight lieutenant on the left is wearing tunic with pilot's brevet and medal ribbon.The brides on the right is holding his hand and is wearing wedding dress…

Leonard Cheshire
Half-length portrait of Leonard Cheshire wearing tropical uniform jacket with rolled up sleeves and side cap. Visible is group captain rank, pilot's brevet and medal ribbons for Victoria Cross, Distinguished Service Order and Distinguished Flying…

Leonard Cheshire and air signaller
Full length portrait of two aircrew officers standing talking in an officers' mess. Both are wearing tunics and bow ties. The flight lieutenant on the left has air signallers (S) brevet and Distinguished Flying Cross ribbon. He has hands in pocket.…

617 squadron attack on St Cyr
Night oblique aerial photograph showing a town with flares top centre. On the reverse 'Cam 1, Neg 1, 10.4.44, 150, St Cyr Airpark, 617,S/Lfr Munro, Lancaster, 0200,orbiting,10000/6000'.

Woman and dogs at Petwood hotel
A member of the Woman's Auxiliary Air Force kneeling in snow with two dogs either side of her. In the background a two story building with gabled windows. Reported as Leonard Cheshire's poodle Simon (on the right) with Kitty McQuillan WAAF (later…

Christopher Cheshire
Full length portrait of a man wearing jacket and tie standing in front of foliage. He is holding a pipe. On the reverse 'Christopher Cheshire, taken in Poland, December 1942'.. Reported as taken when he was a prisoner of war in Stalag Luft III.…

Shrapnel
A two and a half inch piece of shrapnel on top of a wooden ruler. Reported as probably the fragment of shrapnel which ignited the flare causing damage to Leonard Cheshire's 102 squadron Whitley P5005 DY-P over Cologne on 14/11/1940. Addition…

Dinghy drill
A group of aircrew wearing tunic and side or peaked caps standing looking into a swimming pool where a rubber dingy is floating. Reported to be possibly 102 Squadron. On the reverse 13.08.40 No. 4. Additional information about this item was kindly…

Oxford undergraduates
Large group of young men seated in armchairs at the front and standing at the rear in a university common room. Several men have there hands up in a vote. The figures sitting at the front are identified as Peter Higgs on left and Jack Randle on…

Oxford undergraduates
Large group of young men all wearing jacket an tie seated and standing in a university common room. On the left a figure with glasses is sitting in an arm chair and on the right a man identified as Cheshire's friend Jack Randall is standing.…

Leonard Cheshire's Alfa Romeo
Front side view of an Alfa Romeo 6C with engine hood on its right side open to show engine. Additional information about this item was kindly provided by the donor

Leonard Cheshire's Alfa Romeo
Front view of open an Alfa Romeo 6C parked on driveway with figure wearing flat cap in driving seat (Leonard Cheshire). License GN3064. In the background trees. Additional information about this item was kindly provided by the donor.
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