Shenbanjo, Akin


Shenbanjo, Akin
A Shenbanjo


13 items. An oral history interview with Neville Shenbanjo (b. 1945), the son of Flying Officer Akin Shenbanjo DFC, and 12 photographs.

Akin Shenbanjo attempted to volunteer for service with Bomber Command whilst in Nigeria. He was told they were not recruiting there so he made his own way to the UK to enlist. After training he flew operations as a wireless operator / air gunner with 76 Squadron.

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




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Shenbanjo, A

Collection Items

Akin Shenbanjo and young child
Akin Shenbanjo in uniform seated on the steps at the entrance to a house. He has a young child on his knee.

Akin Shenbanjo and family
A framed montage of five photographs.
Photo 1 is a colour image of Akin standing on a street pavement, captioned 'A very dapper Dad just leaving the barber in Lisson Grove NW1, 1971'.
Photo 2 is a family group arranged in four rows, captioned 'Mass…

Lion Crest
A black lion on a blue background, made of embroidered cloth and mounted in a wooden frame.

76 Squadron Crest
76 Squadron crest made in embroidered cloth and set in a wooden frame.

A Wing 1 Squadron C Flight
31 airmen arranged in three rows.. Underneath are captioned the names of the individuals including Akin Shenbanjo DFC.

Akin Shenbanjo holding a dog
Half length portrait of Akin Shenbanjo holding a large dog. Behind two or three airmen look on.

Flight Lieutenant Akin Shenbanjo's decorations
Akin Shenbanjo's five medals in a frame. DFC, 1939 to 1945 Star, Aircrew Europe Star, Defence Medal and War Medal 1939 to 1945. They are mounted in card on a frame. There are two poppies, one in each top corner.

Akin Shenbanjo and three airmen
Four airmen standing in a row.

19 airmen including Akin Shenbanjo
19 airmen loosely arranged in two rows. Akin is half lying at the front. Behind is a Halifax. A remembrance poppy has been attached to the top left of the photograph.

Akin Shenbanjo and his crew
Seven airmen, including Akin Shenbanjo, are standing under the front of their Halifax. They are wearing parachute harnesses and Mae Wests.

My Skipper
Full length image of a pilot standing on the pavement at the entrance of a house, No 25. Steps lead up to the entrance and there are very ornate railings. There is a handwritten comment 'My Skipper & Bestman'.
In the top right corner a remembrance…

Akin Shenbanjo and crew
Seven airmen including Akin Shenbanjo arranged on the cockpit of a Halifax. 50 operations are marked by painted bombs and the aircraft's name is Achtung the Black Prince.
In the top right corner a remembrance poppy has been added.

Interview with Neville Shenbanjo
Neville Shenbanjo was born in 1945, the son of Akin Shenbanjo. Flying Officer Akin Shenbanjo DFC was born in Nigeria and served as a wireless operator / air gunner with 76 Squadron. His crew named their Halifax 'Achtung! The Black Prince' after…
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