Leadbetter, John


Leadbetter, John
J Leadbetter


166 items. The collection concerns John Leadbetter (1549105, 163970 Royal Air Force) and contains his log books, photographs and documents.

There are four sub-collections:

Leadbetter, John. Aerial Photographs
Leadbetter, John. Aircraft Recognition
Leadbetter, John. Canada
Leadbetter, John. Maps and Charts

The collection has been donated to the IBCC Digital Archive by Keith Henry Leadbetter and catalogued by Barry Hunter.




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Leadbetter, J

Collection Items

Gloves, Helmet and Leather Waistcoat
Three items from Jack's service.

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

Six Trainee Airmen
Six airmen standing outside their hut. On the wall is letter 'O'. On the reverse is 'A few of the chaps'.

Two Airmen
Two airmen standing outside a building. The man on the right is Jack. A third man is sitting on a doorstep reading a book. On the wall is a letter 'O'.
On the reverse is 'Allies Poland & England'.

18 Airmen
A group of 18 airmen arranged in three rows around a sign stating 'WAAF Only. Out of Bounds to RAF'. One man has his arm in a sling.

Bunk Bed
A bunk bed with shoes and uniforms ready for inspection. Sheets and blankets are folded up with pillows on top.

582 Squadron and Lancaster
A large group of airmen arranged in six rows in front of a Lancaster. In the centre is a plaque stating '582 Sqdn PFF May - 1945'.

A Flight No.1 Squadron 13 Initial Training Wing June 1942
53 trainee airmen arranged in four rows. The image is mounted on a card and framed. Many of the group have signed their names on the card. It is captioned 'A Flight No.1 Squadron 13 ITW June 1942'.

Cologne, Germany - May 1945
A low level oblique aerial photograph of Cologne showing the cathedral, severely damaged building and a destroyed bridge. It is mounted in a frame with the caption 'Cologne, Germany - May 1945'.

Flying Officer J. Leadbetter
A newspaper cutting noting that Jack has been promoted to flying officer.

Police Constable Jack Leadbetter
A newspaper cutting stating that Jack has left the police to join the RAF.

Jack Leadbetter's Certificate of Service
Jack's RAF service record.

Meteorological Information
The weather for a practice bombing run.

Jack Leadbetter Inoculation Certificate
A certificate listing Jack's inoculations.

Jack Leadbetter's Mess Bill
A mess bill for August 1944.

A Message of Welcome
A letter welcoming Jack into the RAF.

1549105 LAC Leadbetter
A letter allowing Jack to have his meals as quickly as possible.

To Every Officer: From the CAS
A letter from the Chief of the Air, Staff reminding officers about careless talk.

Burberry RAF Weatherproofs and Uniforms
An advert for Burberry coats and weatherproofs.

First Stage Mathematics suitable for the RAF and ATC
This item is available only at the International Bomber Command Centre / University of Lincoln.

ABC of the RAF
This item is available only at the International Bomber Command Centre / University of Lincoln.

Skomer Islands
A vertical aerial photograph of a group of islands including Skomer, West Wales. It is annotated '3PP Recco.519 P/O Leadbetter 9.9.44'.

A vertical aerial photograph showing the city. River Wye meanders through the left side. Two railway lines run from the bottom and meet halfway to the top. The image is annotated 'Recco.519 P/O Leadbetter 9.9.44'.
On the reverse -
'Assumed Posn…

Flat Farmland
A low level aerial oblique of flat farmland. A road crosses left to right with a few houses. On the image is annotated 'PE-J Q-2'.

Dunkirk Dockyard
Oblique aerial photograph of Dunkirk docks. Incomplete hulls of two oil tankers at bottom right, likely to be La Saône and La Seine. Extensive damage visible in the bottom left corner.

Identification kindly provided by Gareth Hughes, Christopher…

An oblique aerial photograph of Ludwigshafen. The foreground appears residential but in the middle distance are large factories. Damage has been inflicted on the buildings.

Identification kindly provided by Andrew Gordon and Stéphane Van de Putte…
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