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  • Contributor is exactly "Frances Grundy"

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From officer at Royal Aircraft Establishment Farnborough. Thanks respondent for memorandum and goes on to discuss that operational efficiency of Bomber Command could be greatly enhanced by maintenance in good order of automatic pilot.

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From officer at Royal Aircraft Establishment Farnborough. Apologises for late arrival of an unspecified object enclosed. Goes on to describing difficulties in obtaining various types of car. Continues with discussion of performance of 'George'.

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Making arrangements for a Cheshire to visit Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) Farnborough. Goes on to discuss aircraft navigation instrument problems with which RAE may help. Concludes with discussion of photographs and thanks for recent visit to…

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A Rhodesian flight engineer, he requests information on how to get posted to Cheshire's squadron. Previous tour on 78 Squadron and currently on 425 Squadron, which is becoming all French Canadian. Happy to drop rank but wished to remain with…

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Thanks Leonard Cheshire for writing when her brother Warrant Officer Brian O'Grady was reported missing. Writes that she has not given up hope,

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Asks if there is any more news of her son Harold who lost his life on March 2nd 1943. Notes that others survived. She appreciates the kindness of those who have written to her. She still has hope that her son will return. She has read some work about…

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On headed note paper J Craven and Co Ltd, Adelaide, South Australia. Writes that he was glad that Cheshire had been able to find a pewter mug in memory of son. Notes they have had other bad news in that daughter's fiance Bruce Davies an air gunner on…

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Thanks him for letter he sent after the death of her husband Tommie (Squadron Leader T Lloyd). The letter was a great help to her.

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Letter states that Stutt wants to get back on operations on Lancaster after six months off. Recounts that he completed a tour on 425 Squadron. In addition he does not like the fact that his current station is becoming all Canadian. Requests to join…

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A letter written by Ruper Harwood to his daughter 'Darling Little Janet', telling her not to worry if he is reported missing.

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A document with photographs of Rupert Harwood, his wife and two daughters, Janet & Shirley. It refers to him being killed in action over Ussy sur Marne on 19 July 1944 whilst flying with 619 Squadron on Lancaster PB245. On the reverse "7 and 20 This…

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Propaganda leaflet issued by Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Forces to the people of occupied Holland, advising and instructing them on how to deal with relief food drops. Original in Dutch and English translation.

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Newspaper cutting of two aircrew in cockpit of an aircraft. David Donaldson is on the left. Propaganda banners at the bottom.

From Daily Telegraph and Morning Post, dated Thursday 31 December 1942.

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IOU sum of thirty shillings and list of personnel with 10/- and dates.

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Informs David that her husband Victor Waterhouse is reported missing in action. Request and news that he can obtain. Writes of her family. Victor Waterhouse was a member of David Donaldson's former 156 Squadron Lancaster crew.

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Thanks David for letter and requests he visits RAF Warboys to try and get information on missing husband 'Vic' Waterhouse. Thanks David for his support and that he knew 'Vic' and hopes that he will have landed safely somewhere.

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Humorous requests permission to go to Wales. Signed Thomas the Bomb. Approved by Wing Commander Donaldson 192 Squadron. Stamped 'Historic Document No __ permanent preservation, transfer to air ministry (A.H.B.) custody when closed'.

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Letter to Joyce Donaldson's father, M H Edwards, on headed paper from the Bishop of Dover agreeing to take his daughter's wedding. Goes on to describe his rules for marrying a couple but agrees that he can leave that to M H Edwards in this case.

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Congratulates David on Distinguished Service Order and Al Roach on award of Distinguished Flying Cross. From the ex adjutant of 192 Squadron serving now in 231 Group, S.E.A.A.F.

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Thanks David for letter and assistance. Regrets hearing of more losses on the squadron.

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Wedding telegram to David and Joyce Donaldson from the Perkin family. Hopes flight through life will be without bumps.

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A padre thanks David for a very good evening at a dance. He and Chaplain-in-Chief were impressed by spirit of friendship. Wishes family well for Christmas.

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Congratulates David on award of bar to Distinguished Service Order. Mentions squadron did a marvellous job and medal well deserved. Goes onto describe current activities at Little Rissington.

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Congratulations on award of bar to Distinguished Service Order and request agreement for insertion of entry into the Law Society Gazette of short summary of Royal Air Force service and awards.

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Notes that Acting Wing Commander David Donaldson D.S.O and bar, D.F.C, R.A.F.V.R was mobilised on 3 September 1939 until 1st October 1945.
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