Dent, John


Dent, John
J Dent


Forty-two items and two sub-collections containing a total of forty-one items. The collection concerns John Dent (b. 1924, 2206473 Royal Air Force) who flew as a flight engineer on Lancaster of 44 Squadron in late 1944 early 1945. Collection contains documents, his flying log book, course notes, and photographs of people, places and aircraft. Two photograph albums in sub-collections contains images of his wedding as well as aircraft, RAF personnel, and air training corps activities.

The collection has been donated to the IBCC Digital Archive by Geraldene Dent and catalogued by Nigel Huckins.




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Dent, J

Collection Items

Tiger Force July 1945
On the right side a squadron photograph of a largen number of aircrew sitting and standing in front of a Lancaster. In centre front row a dog sits. Captioned 'Tiger Force, July 1945, RAF Spilsby, Lincolnshire O.S. TF450650'. On the left side a 44…

Mittelland Canal
Reconnaissance photograph showing concentration of bomb craters in the target area where canal crossed a small river.

Crew list
Jon Dent's crew list includes F/O K A Smith pilot, F/O Ron Winters navigator, F/O Dave Long (NZ) bomb aimer, W/O Joe Pugh wireless operator, Sgt Dell mid-upper gunner, Sgt Taffy Jones rear gunner, self flight engineer.

Rolls-Royce Merlin 20 aero-motor
Cutaway diagram of aircraft engine with numbered parts and annotation.

Conversion of 600 aircraft for Tiger Force
Note mentioning marks converted in 1945 with Merlin 24 engines, m=no mid-upper turret, H2S, expected to carry 10,750lbs from Okinawa to Japan.

List of operations
Details of fourteen operations between 1 November 1944 and 7 January 1945.

John Dent engineer course notebook
Covers Merlin engines, airframes, hydraulics, instruments and electrics. Detailed handwritten notes and diagrams of Lancaster aircraft systems, some b/w photographs and printed pages cut out, wiring circuit diagrams, emergency equipment,…

Pages from flying log book
Four pages from wireless operators log book. January, February, March and April 1946. Aircraft Lancaster. Includes local flying and trip to Italy and France.

John Dent's flying log book
Flying log book for J Dent, flight engineer, covering the period from 25 August 1944 to 8 May 1947. Detailing his flying training, operations flown and post war duties with 44 Squadron, air ministry film unit and 148 Squadron. He was stationed at RAF…

VRT badges
Two Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Training Branch) badges.

Air Raid Precaution badge
Silver badge with crown and 'ARP' letters.

Royal Observer Corps badge
Crown art top, blue surround with 'Royal Observer Corps, Forewarned is forearmed'. In the centre metal embossed image of a man watching.

Canada badge
Maple leaf metal badge with 'Canada' in the centre.

Two pointed bullets and one round grey object. Two views.

RAF airman's cap badge
RAF crown and wreath metal cap badge

Air Raid Precaution service chevrons
Four red chevrons on black background for four years service.

Civil defence badge
Badge with crown and 'CD'.

Flight engineer brevet
Half brevet with 'E'.

RAF Officer's cap badge
Gold wire crown and eagle cap badge.

Veteran's badge
Armed forces veteran's badge in presentation box.

Wedding photographs
Top left - a bride wearing white and groom in uniform standing in a group in a doorway with columns.
Top right - bride in white with bouquet and groom in uniform standing on steps in a doorway.
Middle - two women wearing dresses and carrying…

Two women wearing dresses and holding bouquets standing in a garden with a young girl in between them. In the background trees and parts of houses. On the reverse 'John's wedding, July 1945'.

Wedding photograph
Half length image of groom wearing tunic with sergeant rank and half brevet alongside his bride wearing white wedding dress and holding bouquet. In the background trees.

Half length image of an airman wearing tunic with sergeant rank and engineer brevet alongside a woman wearing white blouse and skirt. In the background a house and trees.

Wedding photographs and announcements
Top left - a woman wearing skirt and blouse reclining on grass in a park. Top right - a half length image of a woman with houses in the background. Bottom left - a newspaper cutting headlined 'flyer weds' with b/w image of airman in uniform and woman…
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