Banks, Peter


Banks, Peter
P Banks


15 items. The collection relates to James Henry Banks (b. 1916, 519903 Royal Air Force). He enlisted in the RAF 25 April 1935 and served as a photographer. The collection consists of two multiple page photograph albums, his service and pay book, statement of service and certificate of discharge, a NAAFI pass belonging to his wife, Grace Emily Banks, a pocket watch, loose photographs, and letters regarding his attempt to re-enlist in the RAF between 1948 and 1950.

Album one contains photographs pre-war Harts and Harrow aircraft, of the RAF Advanced Air Striking Force in France in 1940, 2 Group aircraft and targets, and a number of aerial photographs of cities and targets in the Ruhr and the Low countries taken at low level during a sightseeing Cooks tour after VE Day.

Album two consists of a number of post-war photographs of RAF Seletar, Singapore Burma and Cambodia.

The collection has been loaned to the IBCC Digital Archive for digitisation by Peter Banks and catalogued by Barry Hunter and Nigel Huckins, with further identification kidly provided by the Archeologi dell'Aria research group (


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Collection Items

Mitsubishi Ki 67
Side view of a Mitsubishi Ki 67 type A with 2 C-47s in the background.

Japanese C-47 variant
Side view of a Japanese C-47 variant. Captioned 'Replica of USA 'Dakota' made by Japs, inc Jap language marked instruments etc.'.

Sakae 12 radial engine
A Sakae 12 radial engine sitting in a scrap heap. Captioned 'New Zero engine'.

Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka
A Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka is resting on A-frames, with its canopy open. A building and some trees are visible in the background.

Argentan pocket watch
Pocket watch owned by Peter Banks's grandfather. Case marked 'ARGENTAN'.

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

Crashed B-24
1. A B-24 Liberator 'J' landed gear up in a field.
2. Front right front quarter view of a crashed B-24 lying in open ground. Aircraft is titled slightly down to right and show broken fuselage just behind nose turret. On the reverse 'Liberator in the…

Scrapyard of Japanese aircraft
A heap of scrap which includes a Mitsubishi A6M Zero

Japanese text on cloth scrap
A small piece of scrap with a message in Japanese. Captioned on the reverse 'A6M3 model 22?' On a separate sheet is 'Translation Material possible from scrap yard zero. A6M Model 22? "Small above water warrior model type 1100"'.

Mitsubishi Zero
The aircraft was found in the jungle close to Seletar camp. It has nosedived into the ground. One man is standing by the cockpit. On the tail is code B1. The wing tip is hinged upwards.

Additional information about this item has been kindly…

Angkor Thom
Photograph 1 is an oblique of a road across a lake captioned 'Road leading to Angkor Wat temples'.
Photograph 2 is a near vertical view of a temple captioned 'Another Angkor Thom temple (still under re-construction)'.
Photograph 3 and 4 are two…

Cambodia Angkor Thom
Oblique aerial photographs of the lost city of Angkor Thom. Captioned 'Cambodia The lost city of Angkor Thom re-discovered in 1861. Above & right:- City founded by Emperor Jayavarman II in 9th century. Angkor Wat temple built by Emperor Suryavarman…

12 seascapes
Photographs 1 to 6 are of rocks with waves crashing over them.
Photograph 7 is of two airmen on rocks by a stream.
Photographs 8 and 9 include three airmen on rocks by the sea.
Photographs 10 to 12 are seascapes with waves crashing over rocks.

Five seascapes
All photographs show rocks with waves crashing against them.

Rocky headland
Oblique aerial photograph of a rocky headland.

Wick Scotland
A rock outcrop with waves crashing on it.

H.M.T. Georgic
Printed card of His Majesty's Troopship Georgic. Captioned 'H.M.T. Georgic. 27,000 tons Singapore Bombay Port Said Blighty'. Photograph of the side of a ship and its wake. Captioned 'and so for home into a 4 day long storm across the India [sic]…

Letter from Claude Auchinleck to British forces serving in India
A letter from Field Marshall Claude Auchinleck to British forces serving in India. It thanks the forces for their service and wishes them Godspeed.

Storm in the Ocean and Bombay Docks farewell
Photograph 1 of the side of a ship and its wake. Captioned 'and so for home into a 4 day long storm across the India [sic] ocean (11.00. am 17-08-1979)'
Photograph 2 is a dockside farewell captioned 'Population bid farewell Auld Lang Syngue [sic]'.…

Barnaby Wharf Bombay Docks
All photographs taken from the side of the ship showing people and marching soldiers on the dockside.

Barnaby Docks Bombay
Nine photographs taken from the ship looking down on people on the dockside.

Barnaby Wharf Bombay Docks
Photographs 1 and 2 are from the deck looking down at people on the quayside. Photograph 3 and 5 are a clock tower at the dockside. Photograph 4, 7, 9 and 9 are views of the docks.

Peter comes to Singapore and views from SS Georgic
Photograph 1 is a people including Peter and his mother on the deck of a ship.
Photograph 2 is a tug captioned 'S.S. Georgic, out into Singapore roads and home to Blighty via Bombay'
Photograph 3 is Peter wearing a large hat on his bicycle.…

Japanese flak ship, sea planes and SS Moultah
Photograph 1 is an aerial view of a ship captioned 'Japanese flak-ship'.
Photograph 2 is a dockside with a Loire 130 and several Aichi E13A seaplanes and a floating crane. Captioned 'Japanese sea planes'.
Photograph 3 and 4 are deck views of…

Married quarters, Seletar RN Base and Hangar construction
Photograph 1-4 are a man, woman and child with packing cases.
Photograph 5 shows landing craft at the dockside. Captioned 'Landing craft at Seletar RN base'.
Photograph 6 is a hangar under construction. Captioned 'Chinese labourers (women) building…

Married quarters, Seletar
Photograph 1 is the married quarters.
Photograph 2 is three women and Peter in the garden.
Photograph 3 is a man pushing a bike up a path.
Photograph 4 is the married quarters.
Photograph 5 is a man on a path.
Photograph 6 is a woman in the…
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