Marshall, Syd


Marshall, Syd
S C Marshall


Ten items. The collection contains two oral history interviews with Warrant Officer Sidney Charles Marshall (1924 - 2017, 1594781 Royal Air Force), his decorations, training notes, photographs and a photograph album. Syd Marshall was a flight engineer with 103 Squadron and flew operations from RAF Elsham Wolds.

The collection has been loaned to the IBCC Digital Archive for digitisation by Syd Marshall and catalogued by Barry Hunter.




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Collection Items

Syd Marshall's flying log book for navigators, air bombers, air gunners and flight engineers
The log book covers the training an operational career of Flight Engineer Syd Marshall from 28 July 1944 to March 1945, with occasional notes added through 2008. He joined 103 Squadron at RAF Elsham Wolds on 27 September 1944, from where he flew in…

Flight engineer's training notes for a Lancaster
Handwritten notes for Lancaster systems made during Syd Marshall's training to become a flight engineer. It includes detail on start up procedures, fuel and carburettor systems, climb rates, cruising, and cabin heating.

Interview with Syd Marshall
Sidney Marshall grew up in Lincolnshire and worked as an agricultural engineer. He volunteered for the Royal Air Force at eighteen and trained as a flight engineer. On his first operation to Duisburg one of his Lancaster's engines was hit by shrapnel…

Syd Marshall
Half-length portrait of Sergeant Syd Marshall in uniform with flight engineer's brevet.

Syd Marshall at flight engineer's position
Sergeant Syd Marshall at the flight engineer's position in a Lancaster cockpit.

Sketch of a pilot
Head and shoulders sketch of a pilot with peaked cap, pilot's brevet and whistle on his collar.

Bombing up a Lancaster, Syd Marshall at flight engineer's position, Syd Marshall and woman
Photograph 1 Loading a bomb into a Lancaster 'X'.
Photograph 2 Sergeant Syd Marshall at his flight engineer's position in a Lancaster.
Photograph 3 Sergeant Syd Marshall in uniform, standing with a woman.

Syd Marshall portraits
Photograph 1 Syd Marshall standing in civilian clothing
Photograph 2 half-length portrait of Syd Marshall in sergeants uniform with flight engineer's brevet.

Syd Marshall
Head and shoulders portrait of Syd Marshall in side cap with white flash. On the reverse '[undecipherable] hair & eyes RAF uniform.

Syd Marshall grew up in Lincolnshire and was working as an engineering apprentice when he decided to volunteer for the RAF. He asked initially to train to be a pilot but when the basis of his apprenticeship became clear it was inevitable he would be…

Lancaster in flight
Air to air view slightly above looking down on the top, port side of a Lancaster in flight.

Lancaster of 103 Squadron at night
Starboard side of a Lancaster 'PM-M' at night on the ground.

Newspaper articles featuring 103 Squadron
Article 1 has a photograph of the nose of Lancaster Mike Squared, S for Sugar at Waddington, the dispersal hut at Digby and Barry Halpenny in the cockpit of a Spitfire with his book 'Action Stations'. The cutting mentions Douglas Bader flying from…

Six aircrew and three ground crew
The nine airmen are positioned in two rows under the port inner engine of a Lancaster. Aircrew are wearing life jackets. On the reverse 'The gang and three of the ground crew before we took off for Germany'.

Four airmen by Nissen huts
Three quarters length portrait of four airmen standing in front of two Nissen huts.

Ivor Cole, wireless operator
Ivor Cole at his position on a Lancaster. On the reverse 'Wireless-operator Ivor (Fig) Cole on the job'. and
and '2 Prints'.

Lou Morgan and John Round
Two airmen, one in uniform and one topless standing by a Nissen hut. On the reverse 'Lou Morgan & John Round in Nissen hut'. On the reverse of another copy of the same photograph
'Jack and Lou
[underlined] NOTE [underlined] this was not taken…

Nobby Clark
Sergeant Nobby Clark standing in uniform at gates. On the reverse 'Bomb -aimer "Nobby" Clark turning on the charm'.

Lancaster and three Vulcans
Lancaster KM-B with engines running on the ground with three Vulcans over flying.

Brian Goulding and Cherokee
Brian Goulding standing beside Cherokee, G-AYAT

RAF Cranwell Graduation Parade
Programme of events for the graduation ceremony at RAF Cranwell.

Ivor Cole and Syd Marshall
Photograph 1 is Ivor Cole and Syd Marshall standing in front of the Elsham Wolds memorial plaque.
Photograph 2 is a board and tree planted to commemorate the ending of the Second World War.

Wessex helicopters in hangar, Syd Marshall at Springfields
Photograph 1 is of two Wessex helicopters in a hangar, captioned 'Helicopter hangar at Finningley'.
Photograph 2 is of Syd Marshall leaning on a Jet Ranger helicopter captioned '"Express" helicopter at Springfields'.

RAF Coningsby Freedom March
Photograph 1 is airmen parading through the streets of Coningsby captioned 'RAF Coningsby "Freedom march" '.
Photograph is a marching band of airmen captioned 'Cranwell Band leading parade'.

New museum in spotlight
Article 1 refers to funding for the Bomber Command museum at Hendon from RAF Swinderby.
Article 2 is a wartime memoir by Ivor Cole, 103 Squadron.
Article 3 describes some of the exhibits at the new Hendon museum.
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