Royall, George


Royall, George
G Royall


46 items. An oral history interview with Warrant Officer George Royall (1801494 Royal Air Force) his flying log book, photographs, correspondence, course notes, examinations, newspapers and parts of magazines. He served as a bomb aimer on 166 Squadron.

The collection has been donated to the IBCC Digital Archive by George Royall and catalogued by Nigel Huckins.




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Royall, G

Collection Items

Training course
A formal photograph of 46 trainee airmen, a corporal and a sergeant. All are seated or standing, in four rows, in front of a building and are wearing tunics. The trainee aircrew have a white stripe on their forage caps and are wearing white belts.…

Squadron personnel and Lancaster
A photograph of more than 200 airmen, seated and standing in six rows, in front of a Lancaster.

Trainee airmen
A group of 45 trainee airmen, two corporals and one officer, seated and standing in four rows. The trainees are wearing tunics and forage caps with a white stripe. One of these is a sergeant (front row, fifth from the left). The corporals also have…

The Stars and Stripes newspaper, 25 July 1945
Eight page, Italy edition of the newspaper containing articles from various operational theatres and from home.
Page 1 headline is: 'Bombs Rain On Japan From 1,600 U.S. Planes'
Page 2 first article is titled: 'Nuremberg Likely For Trial Of…

Union Jack newspaper 25 July 1945
Four page Western Italy edition of the newspaper containing articles from various operational theatres around the world and from Britain.
Page 2 is given over to the forthcoming General…

An official, On His Majesty's Service, envelope addressed to Mr. G. L. Royall. 36, Maroma [sic] Road, London, S.E.18. It is post marked 'RUISLIP MIDDX 11AM 16 JNE 1948'.
A return address for the `Ministry of Aircraft Production has been scored…

List of operations
Hand written details of nine operations to Germany, titled 'Re:- Campaign Medals'. Notes on some other operations are also given. There is a file reference in the upper left corner and a private address in the upper right.

Air-Navigation training notes
Printed astro-navigation course notes for instructors and students. Information on movement, identification and appearance of stars, the sun and the moon. Includes a number of star charts.

The Woodpecker magazine - October 1943
42 air school magazine. Articles, cartoons, artwork, club information, sports news, poems, advertisements, editor, padre, news from other stations in southern Africa, weddings and births, sports results.

B. O. N. magazine - July/August 1943
Magazine of 48 Air School, South Africa. Contains articles on local news, letters of thanks, entertainment, keeping fit, sports reports and results, poems, personal experiences in the RAF, sketches showing life at RAF Woodbrook, South African…

B. O. N. magazine - May 1943
Magazine of 48 Air School, South Africa. On the front cover is written: '1801494 LAC ROYALL G.L. 27/6/43'. The magazine contains articles of local and war news, a description of what life is currently like in Britain, photographs of key personnel at…

George Royall's observer's and air gunner's flying log book
George Royall's log book, detailing his RAF flying from September 1943 to November 1945. It records his training as an observer, gunner and bomb aimer, initially at 48 and 42 Air Schools in South Africa. It then records his flying training with 8…

Christmas card
Card with artwork on front and season's greetings inside. Handwritten annotation 'To wish you everything you wish yourself. All my love darling, yours as always, xxx Rose xxx'.

Letter to George Royall from LAC R W Wheatley
Letter, with envelope, describes Wheatley's training in Canada and his desire to remuster as a navigator. It mentions other colleagues who are in pilot training at Moncton and that his own money problem 'is still a hell of a bind'. He asks how George…

Letter to George Royall from RAF Records Office
Letter requesting George Royall send his flying log book to the Records Office so that his claim for campaign medals can be assessed.

Aircraft of Bomber Command completing more than 100 operations
First page lists 13 lancasters and one Halifax by registration number and gives the number of operations flown, the squadrons they belonged to and their fate (disposal).
Second page lists a further 22 Lancasters by registration number only.

Lancaster squadrons at peak strength
List of Lancaster squadrons that were at Bomber Command peak strength on 1 August 1944. Also gives squadron codes, groups and locations. An additional list gives the bomber squadrons that reformed with Lancasters after that date.

Lists of Lancaster squadrons and code letters<br /><br />
Two pages listing squadrons in numerical order with their code letters and two pages listing squadron code letters in alphabetical order with their squadron numbers.

Aircrew and bomb damage
Three photographs mounted on a page.
Top: Eight aircrew in battledress, seven standing in a line by the open rear door of a Lancaster and one seated on the tailplane. It is captioned: 'Crew of PA 320 AY-S'.
Bottom left: Vertical aerial photograph…

Squadron members, aircraft and crews
Three photographs mounted on a page.
Top: Approximately 200 airmen seated and standing in six rows in front of a Lancaster which is in front of an open hangar. Captioned: 'No. 166 SQUADRON R.A.F STATION, KIRMINGTON. May 1945'.

Bottom left: Eight…

List of Lancaster losses
A list of 129 Lancasters lost on 79 operations between September 1943 and April 1945. Target, date and aircraft tail numbers are listed in chronological order.

Lancasters issued to No. 166 squadron between September 1943 and April 1945
12 pages listing 204 aircraft that were flown by No. 166 Squadron. Six columns record each aircraft's registration number, the date received, where it came from, the code letters and details of it's loss or disposal. For some aircraft the number of…

Admiral Scheer capsized at Kiel
An short account of an operation to Kiel, with photographs of the battleship Admiral Scheer.
Upper photograph shows a starboard view of the Admiral Scheer. It is captioned: 'The German Battleship "Admiral Sheer" in 1937.'
Lower photograph shows a…

Extracts from George Royall&#039;s observer&#039;s and air gunner&#039;s flying log book<br /><br />
Nine images on three sheets of selected pages from George Royall's log book, each showing a double page spread. The three images on the first sheet cover nine bombing operations as well as training and air test flights. Each image has the…

No 166 Squadron history
A three-page potted account of the squadron's history.
Page one begins with the reformation of the squadron in 1936 and gives details of the aircraft operated, the stations flown from and the roles the squadron played in training and operations.…
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