Sproates, Harrison Burnham


Sproates, Harrison Burnham
H B Sproates


Nine items. The collection concerns Harrison Burnham Sproates (b. 1921, 1107339 Royal Air Force) and contains his log book, documents and photographs. He flew operations as a wireless operator / air gunner in the Middle East and Italy with 178 Squadron.

The collection was loaned to the IBCC Digital Archive for digitisation by Neil Sproates and catalogued by Barry Hunter.




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Sproates, HB

Collection Items

45 Course - Air Gunners
25 airmen arranged in two rows. Each man has had his name added.

Seven airmen and a Liberator
Two photographs.
#1 Seven airmen, some leaning on the starboard nose of a B-24 Liberator. They are partly dressed in tropical kit.
On the reverse 'Grandad in the middle'. and ' Celone aerodrome (nr Foggia, Italy) 1944. (N for Nelly & Crew)'

HB Sproates and colleague
A half length portrait of an air gunner and a pilot. Both are sergeants and they are wearing tropical uniform. On the reverse is 'Grandad', '(That's me on the left!!)' and a lot of scribbles.

HB Sproates and his father
A full length portrait of HB Sproates and his father. HB Sproates is wearing a RAF greatcoat with sergeant stripes.
On the reverse 'Grandad with his Dad - your great Grandad. Sally your Great Great Grandad'. It is stamped '10 Mar 1942'.

HB Sproates
A half length portrait of HB Sproates. On the reverse 'Grandad' and '14/3/42'.

RAF report on Officer, WO or Airman passing out or leaving Courses of Instruction
RAF Form 292 issued to HB Sproates with his results.

HB Sproates Service record
RAF Form 543 with details of HB Sproates service in the RAF.

HB Sproates Service and Release Book
RAF Form 2520A issued to HB Sproates with brief details of his service record.

Harrison Sproates’ Royal Air Force Observer’s and Air Gunner’s Flying Log Book
Harrison Sproates’ Flying Log Book as wireless operator from 3rd January 1941 until 29th May 1944. Training was at No. 2 Signals School, No. 1 Air Gunnery School, and 13 Operational Training Unit. Posted to 244 Squadron for operations in the Middle…
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