Casswell, Robert Ivan


Casswell, Robert Ivan
R I Caswell


16 items. Collection contains four sub-collections which concern Flt Lt Bertie Foxlee (617 Squadron Mick Martin's gunner) and John Sanders, Ralph Briars and Roy Machin who were all on the same crew on 49 and 617 Squadron.
The collection has been donated to the IBCC Digital Archive by Robert Casswell and catalogued by Nigel Huckins.


IBCC Digital Archive




This content is available under a CC BY-NC 4.0 International license (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0). It has been published ‘as is’ and may contain inaccuracies or culturally inappropriate references that do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the University of Lincoln or the International Bomber Command Centre. Some items have not been published in order to protect the privacy of third parties, to comply with intellectual property regulations, or have been assessed as medium or low priority according to the IBCC Digital Archive collection policy and will therefore be published at a later stage. For more information, visit and,


Caswell, RI

Collection Items

Rear view - Ralph Briars memoir
Starts with tribute to crew and has colour photograph of a 617 Squadron Lancaster over Lincoln. Writes of his joining the RAF, selection as an air gunner and his basic training. Goes on with description of gunnery training, before going to OTU at RAF…

Two Lancaster
Air-to-air view of two aircraft in echelon formation flying to the left. Squadron letters 'KC'. On the reverse 'KC-W F/O Sanders and crew, KC-A W?O Gingles and crew. Photo taken from M/U or KC-C F/O Ross and crew. Aug 1944'.

Wing Commander pilot
On the left a three-quarter length view of a wing commander, wearing tunic with pilot's brevet and medal ribbons, standing with hands in pockets. To the right sitting three men in civilian suits. Map covers wall in the background.

Seven aircrew
Seven aircrew in two rows all wearing parachute harness. In the background part of a bomber.

This item was sent to the IBCC Digital Archive already in digital form. No better quality copies are available.

Flying Officer Watts and crew
Seven aircrew in two lines squatting and standing wearing parachute harness in front of a four engine bomber with lion nose art. Captioned 'P/O D COOPER W/O, SGT HURRY ENG. F/O MACVAY DFC B/A, SGT MATTHEWS A/G, P/O HOUSDEN DFC NAV, SGT HEGGIE A/G,…

Roma Sanders
Head and shoulders portrait of a woman wearing top with flowered collar. Caption 'Roma Sanders February 1943'.

Top - view of the Brandenburg gate in Berlin with graffiti covered low wall in front. Middle - view of the ruined Reichstagsgebaude, Berlin. Bottom - Douglas C-54 Skymaster on approach to airfield watched by a crowd standing on a pile of rubble…

Bomb damage Berlin
Top - view up a road with damaged church at the end and destroyed buildings either side. Captioned 'Berlin Tauentzienstraue'.
Middle - Row of two destroyed buildings. Building on the right has many columns.
Bottom - view down road with destroyed…

John Sanders
Head and shoulders portrait of a man wearing tunic with pilot's brevet. Captioned 'Sgt John Sanders February 1943'.

Poster for Tirpitz celebration dance
Photograph of silhouette of a Lancaster at dusk/dawn with text '617, Tirpitz, celebration dance on Sunday Nov 19th 1944'. Opening times.

Air Gunner
Head and shoulders portrait of a man wearing tunic with air gunner brevet and medal ribbons as well as a flying helmet with goggles.

Air gunner
Head and shoulders portrait of a man wearing tunic, air gunner brevet and medal ribbons.

Bertie Foxlee’s flying log book for observer’s and air gunners
Flying log book for observer’s and air gunner’s for B T Foxlee, wireless operator/air gunner, covering the period from 14 April 1941 to 15 October 1947. Detailing his flying training operations flown and instructor duties. He was stationed at…

Aircrew in a bar
Top - two aircrew either side of a man wearing civilian suit. All have glasses in hand. Bertie Foxlee is on the right. Bottom - nine aircrew and one man in civilian suit gathered round a table with drinks. In the background shelves with bottles.

Bomber crew and presentation of silver aircraft
Top - seven aircrew wearing various uniform or flying clothing standing in line under the engine of a bomber. Mick Martin is third from the right. Bertie Foxlee is on the left. Bottom - 22nd June 1943 Hungaria restaurant in London following the…

Bomber crews
Top - Five air force officers standing in line wearing tunic and 3 with peaked cap and two with side caps, Mick Martin is second from left with arms crossed. Bertie Foxlee is second from right. Bottom - six aircrew in various flying clothing or…
View all 16 items

Collection Tree