Cheshire, Leonard

Title

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…

Crew of Enola Gay
Eleven United States Air Force aircrew standing and squatting in two rows in front of a B-29. Colonel Paul Tibbets is rear row third from the right. On the reverse 'Crew of Enola Gay before take off.

Colonel Paul Tibbets
United States Army Air Force member sat at a desk. Written on reverse 'Col. Paul W Tibbets' but not in Group Captain Leonard Cheshire's handwriting. Pilot of the B-29 Enola Gay. Additional information about this item was kindly povided by the donor.

Two United States Army Air Force servicemen
Two United States Army Air Force male crew members standing outside an octagonal building bearing the sign 'Atsugi Tokyo Airdrome Base Operations 3rd Airdrome Sqdn First in Tokyo'. Additional information about this item was kindly provided by the…

Crew and B-29
Six shirtless United states Army Air Force crew standing in front of B-29 with nose art of a smiling man in tails, 'The Great Artiste' On the reverse 'Ground crew The Great Artiste' but not in Group Captain Leonard Cheshire's writing. This aircraft…

Three crewmen
Three USAF crew members in shorts sitting on a rock, probably at Tinian. The man on the right is smoking a cigarette. Additional information about this item was kindly provided by the donor.

Group of United States Army Air Force aircrew
Seven men standing around a table eating and drinking in a tent. There are bottles on table and one on the floor underneath. Probably taken at Tinian. Additional information about this item was kindly provided by the donor.

Communion service
Three clergy in white robes give communion to two members of the United States Army Air Force. Additional information about this item was kindly provided by the donor.

Bishop meeting United States service women
Two servicewomen wearing headscarf. The middle figure is shaking hands with a clergyman in full robes. Roman Catholic Bishop shaking hands with two female USAAF members in headscarves. Written on reverse 'Archbishop Spellman in the Marianas' but not…

Communion Service
Group of clergy and service participants standing by an altar. Taken at a Christian communion service. Part of a religious service before either the Hiroshima or Nagasaki missions. Additional Information about this item was kindly provided by the…

RAF congregation
RAF personnel seated while singing a hymn at a Christian open air service, led by Chaplain William Downey. He led services before the Hiroshima and Nagasaki missions. Additional information about this item was kindly provided by the donor.

Pushing propeller
USAF crew pushing the propeller on an aircraft, probably a B-29. Additional information about this item was kindly provided by the donor.

B-29 aircraft The Great Artiste.
A man (USAF Crew member) pointing to the nose art on an USAF B-29 aircraft The Great Artiste. Nose art shows a smiling man in tails with Great Artiste above. This aircraft flew as an observation aircraft on Hiroshima and Nagasaki missions. Additional…

Tinian  airfield buildings and watch tower
A pathway runs from bottom left to middle. Several buildings including a watch tower. Telegraph wires cross left to right. On the reverse '509ths HDQs Tinian Aug 1945'. but not in Group Captain Leonard Cheshire's writing. Circa 1980s reprint of a…

North Tinian Field
Air to ground view of airbase with multiple runways on the tip of an island. Another island beyond on the left. On the reverse 'North Field Tinian Aug 1945' but not in Group Captain Leonard Cheshire's writing. Circa 1980s reprint of a 1945 colour…

North Field airbase with B-29s
Airbase with runway middle left to right. B-29s parked all over the field. Conical hill background right. On the reverse 'North Field Tinian Aug 1945' but not in Group Captain Leonard Cheshire's writing. Circa 1980s reprint of a 1945 colour…

Fighter base North end of Saipan
Air to ground view of airbase at the end of an island with a hill beyond, On the reverse 'Fighter base north end of Saipan August 1945' but not in Group Captain Leonard Cheshire's writing. Circa 1980s reprint of a 1945 colour photograph. Additional…

Tankers off Saipan
Air to ground view of many ships anchored off an island. On the reverse 'Tankers off Saipan Aug 45' but not in Group Captain Leonard Cheshire's writing. Circa 1980s reprint of a 1945 colour photograph probably taken from B-29 Enola Gay. Additional…

Nose of B-29 Enola Gay
Two men, one without shirt stand by the nose-wheel of a B-29. With 'Enola Gay' and '82' on nose. On the reverse 'Papy Dehart - Bob Caron, Tinian, Aug 1945' but not in Group Captain Leonard Cheshire's writing. Circa 1980s reprint of a 1945 colour…

Tail gun of B-29
Photograph of Bob Caron, Tail Gunner on Enola Gay, peering out of the side. Written on reverse 'Bob Caron - Enola Gay- Tinian Aug 1945' but not in Group Captain Leonard Cheshire's writing. Circa 1980s reprint of a 1945 colour photograph. Additional…

Bockscar
Colour photograph of the nose of an aircraft 'Bockscar' USAF B-29 bomber that dropped a bomb over Nagasaki on August 9th 1945. With nose art of railway line with a rail boxcar with wings. Additional information about this item was kindly provided by…

Bockscar
Colour photograph of the nose of 'Bockscar', the USAF B-29 bomber that dropped the 'Fat Man' bomb over Nagasaki on 9 August 1945. With nose art of railway line with a rail boxcar with wings. Additional information about this item was kindly provided…

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…
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