Auton, Jim


Auton, Jim
J Auton


26 items. The collection relates to Sergeant Jim Auton MBE (1924 - 2020). He was badly injured when his 178 Squadron B-24 was hit by anti-aircraft fire during an operation from Italy. The collection contains an oral history interview and ten photographs.

The collection has been loaned to the IBCC Digital Archive for digitisation by Jim Auton and catalogued by IBCC Digital Archive staff.




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Auton, J

Collection Items

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Fighting Fronts
A summary of the RAF's operations to support Tito's Partisan army in Yugoslavia.

Comments on the 1944 Warsaw Air Bridge
Quotations referring to the attempts to supply the Poles in Warsaw with armaments.

Flying Officer A. Bonney’s Royal Canadian Air Force Flying Log Book for Aircrew other than Pilot
Flying Officer A. Bonney’s Royal Canadian Air Force Flying Log Book for Aircrew other than Pilot, from 13th October 1942 to August 1944. Recording his training as an air gunner in Canada and England, two completed tours with 142 Squadron RAF based…

Extracts from a Log book
Two last pages from a colleague's logbook. His pilot on operations was Captain Lawrie. There is a note to Jim from Ray explaining that the last entries were written by another. The owner of the logbook's name is indecipherable.

Peter Green's Memoir
A memoir that answers 20 questions about his RAF experiences.

Warsaw Supply Drop 13-14 August 1944
William Cross Memoir of a supply drop to Polish fighters. They lost an engine and struggled to maintain height. The pilot had bailed out leaving the rest of the crew to fly the aircraft. They landed successfully in Russian territory and met up with…

Memoirs of Des Matthews
The author was shot down over Linz, Austria whilst bombing a Panzer works. The other six in his crew perished. He was taken to Dulag Luft at Frankfurt then Stalag Luft VII. In January his camp was evacuated and he joined the Long March to the west,…

Eight Airmen in Mud
A group of eight airmen standing ankle deep in mud beside their tents.

Two Polish Soldiers
Two soldiers with light machine guns. Information supplied with the collection states 'The Polish AK brothers Zybal'.

Crashed German Me 109
A crashed German Me 109 fighter aircraft. Two civilians are examining it.

Four Partisans
Four civilians with Sten Gun and rifles, sitting under a tree. Information supplied with the collection states 'Partisans near Krakow'.

RAF Gun-Runners Drop Complete Offices to Balkan Patriots
A newspaper cutting describing air supply of equipment and munitions of patriots in several countries.

William Cross' Flights to and from Warsaw
A list of 15 flights to and from Warsaw and aircrew. They cover from 13 Aug 1944 to 2 Nov 1944.

Special Order of the Day
A letter of encouragement to Allied forces in the Mediterranean theatre.

Propaganda Leaflet
This is not your struggle. A leaflet produced for the USAAF and RAF.

Jim Auton in uniform
Head and shoulder portrait of Sergeant Jim Auton in uniform with bomb aimer brevet.

Jim Auton in tropical uniform
Head and shoulder portrait of Sergeant Jim Auton in tropical uniform with observer brevet.

Jim Auton in uniform
Head and shoulder portrait of Jim Auton in sergeant's uniform with bomb aimer brevet.

Six aircrew in front of a B-24
Six aircrew in flying gear. One of them wears light-coloured trousers; one sports sergeant stripes, a third is in rolled-up shirt sleeves. Two packed parachutes are visible on Marston Mat. Inner starboard engine, part of the fuselage with the marking…

Five aircrew in front of a Wellington
Five aircrew wearing different combinations of battledresses and non-regulation items such as woollen hats are standing in front of a Wellington parked on a muddy field. Only the nose and part of the inner port engine are visible.

Aircrew in front of a B-24
Seven aircrew are in front of the fuselage of a B-24 with 'M 19' painted on it. Five aircrew are standing, two crouched. Some are in flying gear, one has sergeant stripes.

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B-24 in flight over Italy<br /><br />
A B-24 in flight over land with a river flowing parallel to the vertical margin. On the fuselage, code letter 'H' and barely legible serial number 'KH205' [?]. Captioned on the reverse 'F. J. Auton 178 Sqdn. Italy 1944'.

Two B-24s in flight over cloud
Air-to-air view of a B-24 with the code 'Q' on the fuselage; the port wing of second B-24 is partially visible on the right. Calibration markings along the edges.

Two B-24s in a desert landscape
Two B-24 in a desert landscape, one on the ground and one flying overhead at low altitude . A starter trolley is visible on the ground.
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