Batty, Philip


Batty, Philip
Phil Batty
P Batty


19 Items. The collection consists of one oral history interview with Philip Batty (b. 1925). He discusses the death of his older brother Dennis early in the Second World War, his wartime service with 50 Squadron at RAF Sturgate as a wireless operator/ air gunner, and his long post war career. The collection also includes a number of group photographs of airmen after training, photographs of aircraft in southern Africa, his log book and propaganda material.




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Batty, P

Collection Items

Citation for Distinguished Flying Medal for three members of 226 Squadron
Sergeant J K Henson, Flight Sergeant A H D Batty and Sergeant L S Coleman all of 226 Squadron were awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal for the action around a daylight attack on Merville airfield.

Deutschlands Zukunft
Reports that the American Army has crossed the Rhine near Mainz and provides a summary of President Roosevelt’s report to the American Congress on the Yalta Conference: the need for Germany’s unconditional surrender; the nature of Germany’s…

Signed Hotel Continental menu
Part of menu from Hotel Continental, Reims, annotated D Batty. On the reverse, messages and signatures.

Head and shoulders portrait of a woman wearing a dress with white collar. Brick wall and greenery in background.

Lincoln being serviced
Lincoln RF445, R-MG on the ground, surrounded by grass, background indistinct. Some individuals working on aircraft, another is on horseback wearing topee.

Philip Batty aircrew trainee
Head and shoulders portrait of Philip Batty with aircrew training flash in cap. On the reverse, photographer's stamp.

Philip Batty and an airmen
One is a sergeant with half wing brevet and wireless operator flash on sleeve, the other is an airman. Captioned 'Horace and myself August 1940 Belfast'.

Philip Batty with another airman
Philip Batty standing with another airman, open country in background. Captioned '1950'.

Phil over Thornhill 1949
Air-to-air view of Anson ZP, VS519, flying over mainly open country. Wing of camera aircraft visible in foreground. Captioned 'Phil over Thornhill 1949'.

Thornhill Southern Rhodesia 1948
Formal photograph of 20 aircrew of No 5 Flying Training School, arranged in four rows. Captioned 'Thornhill Southern Rhodesia 1948'. Corrugated iron structure and hedge in background.

Initial Training Wing at Bridlington
Formal course photograph, 46 trainees, three staff, arranged in seven rows on flight of stairs leading to Bridlington Grand Pavilion Theatre. Captioned 'D FLIGHT, 3 SQUADRON, No 20 ITW BRIDLINGTON AUG 14th - OCT 9th 1943'. There are also a large…

Ansons in flight
Air-to-air view of five aircraft in loose formation, wing of a sixth visible, flying over land with a river running left to right. On the reverse 'Forming up after take off', '1949 Thornhill'.

Two Ansons
Two Ansons are on the ground, parked on the grass. On the reverse 'KASAMA 1948'.

22 Aircrew
Formal photograph of 22 aircrew with half wing brevet, in three rows in front of a building. On the reverse 'Judy Whitchurch Not 44851', ' 1943'.

A summary of Philip Batty's flying hours by aircraft type
Sixteen aircraft listed (Domine, Proctor, Anson, Wellington, Lancaster, Lincoln, B-29, Halifax, C-47, Neptune, Shackleton, Hastings, Varsity, Argosy, Victor, Vulcan) for a total of approximately 11,000 flying hours.

Acknowledgement of Philip Batty's application to rejoin the Royal Air Force
Philip Batty applied to rejoin the Royal Air Force having left after his wartime service.

Philip Batty's certified copy of attestation
Official documents recording that Philip Batty joined the regular Royal Air Force from the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Philip Batty's flying log  book for navigators, air bombers, air gunners and flight engineers
Flying log book for navigator’s, air bomber’s, air gunner’s, flight engineer’s for Philip Batty, wireless operator, covering the period from 7 February 1944 to 31 October 1949. Detailing his flying training, post war flying and instructor…

Philip Batty grew up in Walsall. He discusses the death of his older brother Dennis, a wireless operator with 226 Squadron, early in the Second World War. Philip volunteered for aircrew. After training, he was posted to 50 Squadron at RAF Sturgate as…
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