Woolf, Arthur Sidney


Woolf, Arthur Sidney
A S Woolf


23 items. An oral history interview with Flying Officer Arthur Woolf (1922 - 2021, 1579552, 157533 Royal Air Force) his log book, a memoir, correspondence, documents, a newspaper cutting and photographs. He flew operations as a wireless operator with 630 Squadron and became a member of the Guinea Pig Club.

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




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Woolf, AS

Collection Items

Wireless operator dinghy drill<br /><br />
List of instructions for actions on ditching and then leaving aircraft and boarding dinghy.

Souvenir piece of Lancaster
Piece of metal with note that this was a piece of Arthur Woolf's Lancaster retrieved from crash site during visit to a French family who helped him after he baled out.

Wedding photograph
On the left a man wearing uniform tunic with half brevet and holding walking stick arm in arm with a lady on the wearing wedding dress. In the background a car and buildings. Submitted with caption 'Marriage photo Shiela [sic] and Arthur Woolf 29…

Arthur Woolf at wireless operator station
Half length view of a man wearing civilian jacket and glasses sitting in front of an instrument panel inside and aircraft. Submitted with caption 'FO A S WOOLF at W Op station in Lancaster (Kings Flight) 1950s'.

Arthur Woolf record of service
Details non-commissioned service. appointments and promotions and postings with dates for all.

Advice of goods dispatched by passenger train
From RAF central depository to Arthur Woolf's father advising that listed personal effects have been dispatched.

Letter from Arthur Woolf to his parents
Writes that he is glad to be back in England and to catch up with news. Asks if they received any of his letters from German prisoner of war hospital. Relates his last days as prisoner and liberation by American forces and journey home. Continues…

Telegram from Arthur Woolf to his parents
Advises them he had arrived back in England at RAF hospital Wroughton.

Letter to Arthur Woolf&#039;s father from RAF casualty branch
Writes with regret to inform him that his son was missing as a result of air operations on night 24/25 July 1944 when his Lancaster in which he was wireless operator set out to attack Stuttgart. Inquiries were being made through red cross. Asks if he…

Letter to Arthur Woolf&#039;s father from OC 630 Squadron
Writes to confirm that his son Arthur was a member of an aircraft of the squadron that failed to return from an operation. Goes on to comment on capability of crew and they may have been able to abandon or forced land the aircraft.

Flying Officer Arthur S Woolf - RAF career and experiences in WW2
First page has head and shoulders portrait of Arthur Woolf wearing uniform tunic with half brevet, medal ribbons and peaked cap. Next page has badges for Bomber Command, 5 Group and 630 Squadron.

Covers joining the RAF at age 19 and training at…

Airman standing by car
Full length image of an airman wearing battledress with half brevet standing by a black car. Submitted with caption 'Ross LOUGH Rear Gunner killed 25 July 1944'.

Three men in field
Three men standing. Man on right white shirt and beret, centre man in white shirt, man on right wearing battledress. Submitted with caption 'Photograph of l to r Pilot (American) William ADAMS Henri Dupre farmer FEng Trevor TANNER taken while…

Grave with headstone. In the background a wall and other graves. Submitted with caption 'CWGC Headstone Ross LOUGH Local cemetery @ Tramont Lassus'.

Airman sitting on wall
Full length image of a man wearing shirt and tie sitting on a wall with window in the background. Submitted with caption 'Arthur TOOGOOD Navigator 1944'.

Freed by Americans flown back home
Account of Flying Officer A S Woolf baling out of bomber after an attack on Stuttgart, injured and transferred to German hospital near Nancy he was liberated by American forces and flown home. On the reverse 'Japan ceases to be great naval power'…

Es Reicht Nicht!
The situation with food rationing in 1939 and 1942 is contrasted, as well as statements made by Secretary of State Herbert Backe. Germany’s large food supplies in 1939 are said to be insufficient in 1942: there is rationing and the need to supply…

Guinea Pig Club &#039;eve of dinner&#039; dance souvenir
On the front a photograph of a group of men with facial burns standing around a seated man. Inside a message from the president of the Guinea Pig Club, Sir Archibald H McIndoe and a cartoon of men cavorting and gathered in a hospital ward. Captioned…

Letter from Arthur Woolf to his parents
Informs them he is in a United States Army medical facility and getting better.

Telegram to Arthur Woolf&#039;s father
Informs him that his son was missing from air operations on night 24/25 July 1944.

Letter to Arthur Woolf&#039;s father from the Red Cross
Informs him that no information had been received about his son but all possible enquiries were being made.

Arthur Woolf’s flying log book for navigator’s, air bomber’s and air gunner’s
Flying Officer Arthur Woolf’s RAF Navigator’s, Air Bomber’s and Air Gunner’s Flying Log Book, from 22nd June 1943 to 24th July 1944, detailing his training and operations as a wireless operator. He was stationed at RAF Yatesbury (No.2 Radio…

Interview with Arthur Sidney Woolf
Arthur Woolf was working in an office before he volunteered for the RAF. He was keen on flying and would cycle to Castle Bromwich airfield to watch the aircraft. He was accepted for aircrew training and became a wireless operator. After joining a…
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