Raettig, Dennis


Raettig, Dennis
Dennis William Raettig
Dennis W Raettig
D W Raettig
D Raettig


63 items. The collection concerns the wartime service of Leading Aircraftman Dennis William Raettig (b. 1920, 1136657 Royal Air Force). Joining the Royal Air Force reserve in 1941 he trained as a flight mechanic (Engines) before being posted to 104 Squadron (Wellingtons) at RAF Driffield. This squadron number was later changed to 158 Squadron flying Halifax at RAF East Moor, followed by moves to RAF Rufford and Lisset. The collection consists of a memoir, correspondence with family and acquaintances, family history, service and personal documentation, research on bombing in Hull as well as photographs of air and ground crew and aircraft. It also includes an oral history interview with Joan Raettig (Dennis Raettig's wife).

The collection has been loaned to the IBCC Digital Archive for digitisation by Sue Burn and catalogued by Nigel Huckins.


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Raettig, DW

Collection Items

Group of airmen and civilians in front of a Stirling
A large group of men in two rows squatting and standing in front of a Stirling Mk 5. Some are wearing uniform or overalls and some are in civilian clothes. The aircraft has letters 'JN' on the nose.

Group of four women
Formal portrait of four women, two sitting in front and two behind. All wearing coats.

Merchant navy officer and women
Man wearing merchant navy uniform with medal and white cap standing alongside a women in coat and hat.

Group of boys and men
Group of boys and adults sitting and standing in front of a row of huts.

158 Squadron crest
Royal Air Force squadron badge with linked chain in centre and motto strength in unity.

Dennis Raettig shorthand certificate
Elementary certificate for Dennis Raettig for examination in Pitman's shorthand. With company letter head and image of founder.

No 102 P.D.C. Cardington notes on pay and allowances
Applies to Class 'A' releases. Applies amendments to information in service and release book in certain circumstances. Covers immediate payment and by three postal drafts during for the first 56 days of leave. Any other pay will be forwarded.

Royal Air Force volunteer reserve postponement of calling up for service
Made out to Raettig D W stating that he will have to report in time when notified. In the meantime he remains on the reserve with no pay. he is required to keep current employment and notify any change of address.

Dennis Raettig temporary identity and pay chit
States 1136657 A.C.2. Raettig Dennis William is under training and is due to receive 2 shillings per day. Slip to be retained until he receives a service identity card.

Dennis Raettig certificate of deferred Service
Notes that 1136657 D Raettig is a member of Royal Air Force volunteer reserve but has not been issued a badge as none are available.

Land of green ginger printerie
Circular crest with dragon in the centre and words 'Land of green ginger printerie' around the circle. Underneath 'Hull' and 'Land of green ginger' on a scroll.

Man sitting in chair
Faint image of man dressed in suit and tie sitting on a chair.

Letter from National Graphical Association
Letter stating that former trade union has now amalgamated with the national graphical association. Continue with particulars of recipient and notes on payment of subscriptions.

Letter to Dennis Raettig from his father
Title 'M.V. Trocas, at sea, 14 June 1939' Chides his son as poor letter writer and comments how useful a typing book is and that crew mates had also got typewriters. He goes on to discuss difficulties of female visiting the ship due to authorities…

Letter to Dennis Raettig from his father
Title 'Trocas at Sea'. Thanks Dennis Raettig for typing book and says how he is getting on with typing. Notes that he listened to Scotland verses England match and he is writing off Madeira. Talks of writing to Jack and of war news he has heard.…

Letter to Dennis Raettig in reply to job application
Reply sent to Denis Raettig from M Harland and Son, Specializing Printers of Hull offering a months trial

Dennis Raettig in uniform standing in a garden
Dennis Raettig wearing tunic with cigarette in his left hand standing in front of an ornamental pool in a garden. In the background a wooden fence and trellis work.

Additional information about this item was kindly provided by the donor.

Dennis Raettig with his wife Joan in a garden
Dennis Raettig wearing suit and tie and his wife Joan (nee Wray) wearing skirt and blouse crouching down on a path by a flower bed. In the background metal railing and trees on a bank.

Additional information about this item was kindly provided by…

A large group of airmen and one Woman's Auxiliary Air Force member in front of a Halifax
A large group of airman standing and sitting in rows in front of the port wing of a Halifax. There is a single Women's Auxiliary Air Force member sitting in the middle of the front row. There is one officer with peaked cap sitting behind and slightly…

Ten airmen with a tractor
Six airmen standing round and four sitting on a towing tractor. they are wearing battledress or tunic and three have side caps. At the rear a towing bar and in the background open ground, engine trestles and a line of trees. Dennis W Raettig front…

Group of air and ground crew in front of a Halifax
Seven aircrew stand in back row wearing Mae Wests and parachute harnesses. Five wear side caps and two peaked caps. Twelve airmen are sitting or squatting in front wearing battledress or cold weather clothing. In the background the front of a Halifax…

Group of air and ground crew standing on a Halifax
Large group of air and ground crew standing on the port wing and forward fuselage of a Halifax. One aircrew is standing with foot on a chock by the port undercarriage. There is one man looking out from a cockpit window. The aircraft has nose art of a…

Air and ground crew in front of a Halifax
Six aircrew standing in back row wearing battledress or tunic. Seven airmen squatting in front wearing battledress. In the background the front of a Halifax with nose art of a lady reclining in a heart. Underneath are bomb symbols. Dennis W Raettig…

Seven aircrew and five ground crew in front of a Halifax.
Air and ground crew posing in two lines in front of a Halifax. Aircrew wearing parachute harness stand in the rear and aircrew squatting down in front.Dennis W Raettig is front row second from left. Aircraft has heart with reclining lady nose art and…

Seven aircrew in front of a Halifax
Seven aircrew wearing parachute harness and mae west standing in front of a Halifax. Four are wearing side caps and two peaked caps. Aircraft has nose art of heart with reclining lady. Below nose art two swastikas and two rows of bomb symbols. In the…
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