Preston, John Cecil


Preston, John Cecil


20 items. The collection concerns Flying Officer John Cecil Preston (b. 1923, 201864 Royal Air Force) and contains his log book, correspondence, documents, and photographs. He flew operations as a pilot with 294 Squadron in the Mediterranean and the Middle East.

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




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Preston, JC

Collection Items

Pilot Officer John Preston
A listing prepared from the London Gazette with aircraft flown by John.

Summary of Flying and Assessments for 294 Squadron
RAF Form 414 A issued to John Preston

John Preston's mess bill
John's mess bill, August 1946.

28 airmen
Part of a photograph of 28 airmen arranged in five rows. The front row have rifles. On the reverse 'Dad second from right first row (front) commissioned 1945'.

John Preston
A head and shoulders portrait of John. On the reverse 'Dad 1944'.

294 Squadron crest
294 squadron of Middle East Command, a search and rescue squadron.

18 airmen
18 airmen arranged in two rows in front of a Stearman. They are wearing flying gear and there is snow on the ground. On the reverse 'Dad in Canada 1943 Fourth from Left Back row'.

Six airmen
Six airmen in two rows. John Preston is bottom right.

Four airmen
Four airmen in a Mess. On the reverse '1945 Basra'.

John Preston's RAF Service and Release Book
RAF Form 2520C issued to John Preston

Airman's Service and Pay Book
RAF Form 64 issued to John Preston

A partly decipherable address - '7 Berry Road [indecipherable] Myrtle [indecipherable]'

RAF Short form of will
A specimen page and a page for recording a will.

Identity card and permits issued
Part of an RAF form.

Telephone number
A scrap of paper with a telephone number.

Sumar Ltd Business card
A business card for an electroplating company. On the reverse 'F/Sgt Taylor CE Sgts Mess 224 MU RAF Scorton nr Richmond Yorks'.

RAF Flying Clothing Card
RAF Form 667B issued to John Preston. It records all items issued to John during his career with the RAF.

Chinese One Yuan note
Front and reverse of a Chinese one yuan note.

Iraqi quarter dinar note
Front and reverse of half a quarter dinar Iraqi bank note.

John Cecil Preston's pilot's flying log book
J C Preston’s RCAF Pilot’s Flying Log Book from 25 November 1942 to 17 May 1946. It details training, 13 Air Search and Rescue (ASR) sorties and other duties as a pilot with 249 Squadron in the Middle East, over the eastern Mediterranean and…
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