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BCopusPJCopusPJv.pdf
Account of Jim Copus's last operation to Frankfurt during which his 97 Squadron Lancaster was shot down by a Me 110 night fighter. Includes the task of air gunners, the engagement by the night fighter which disabled all hydraulics including those to…

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The letter refers to a proposed visit to their house by Fred. The end of the letter is missing.

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Rosemary Lapham is the daughter of Roy Chadwick CBE, the designer of the Manchester and Lancaster aircraft. She tells her father’s story. Her father was born in 1893 and when he left school at the age of fourteen he became a draughtsman at…

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William Coulton was born in Derbyshire and worked as an errand boy for the Co-Op until he joined the Royal Air Force in 1943, aged 18. He trained as a flight mechanic and was posted to 115 Squadron at RAF Witchford where he worked on Lancasters. He…

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After training in South Africa, William Briley flew operations as a navigator with 40 Squadron flying Wellingtons from Foggia, Italy. One of his operations involved the dropping of a 4000lb bomb which derailed two trains. He was also involved in mine…

ABantingP160315.mp3
Peter Banting grew up in London and was a member of the Air Training Corps before he volunteered for the Royal Air Force. After training he flew operations with 75 Squadron from RAF Mepal and 7 Squadron RAF Oakington. After the war he trained to be…

MTwellsE171780-151026-06.pdf
Ernie Twells' engineering notebook covering the theory of aircraft engines

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RAF Sturgate was a Bomber Command training station located in Lincolnshire, 4 miles (6 kms) south-east of Gainsborough.Archive items | Wartime losses | Explore nearbyIt opened in April 1944 as part of 1 Group and initially it was used as a relief…

Archive items | Wartime losses 466 Royal Australian Air Force Squadron was formed in October 1942 as part of 4 Group at RAF Driffield. Although an Australian squadron the majority of its personnel were originally British and it was only towards the…

Archive items | Wartime losses 431 Squadron a Canadian squadron formed in November 1942 as part of 4 Group but transferred to the Canadian 6 Group before it became operational. It was originally based at RAF Burn and equipped with Wellingtons. In…

Archive items | Wartime losses 429 Squadron was a Canadian squadron formed at RAF East Moor with Wellingtons in November 1942 as part of 4 Group. In April 1943 it transferredto the Canadian 6 Group in April 1943 and in August 1943 it moved to RAF…

Archive items | Wartime losses 428 Squadron was a Canadian squadron formed in November 1942 at RAF Dalton as part of 4 Group equipped with Wellingtons. It transferred to the Canadian 6 Group in January 1943 and moved to RAF Middleton St George in…

Archive items | Wartime losses 427 Squadron was a Canadian squadron formed in November 1942 at RAF Croft equipped with Wellingtons as part of 4 Group. The station and squadron transferred to the Canadian 6 Group in January 1943 and the squadron then…

Archive items | Wartime losses 426 Squadron was a Canadian squadron formed in October 1942 at RAF Dishforth with Wellingtons as part of 4 Group. The station and squadron transfered to the Canadian 6 Group in January 1943. In June 1943 the squadron…

Archive items | Wartime losses 425 Squadron was a French Canadian squadron formed at RAF Dishforth in June 1942 with Wellingtons as part of 4 Group, transferring to the Canadian 6 Group in January 1943. From May to October 1943 the squadron was…

Archive items | Wartime losses 424 Squadron was a Canadian squadron formed in October 1942 with Wellingtons at RAF Topcliffe as part of 4 Group, transferring to the Canadian 6 Group the following January. In April 1943 the squadron moved to RAF…

Archive items | Wartime losses 420 Squadron was a Canadian squadron formed in December 1941 at RAF Waddington as part of 5 Group. It was initially equipped with Hampdens but converted to Manchesters in April 1942. In August 1942 the squadron…

Archive items | Wartime losses 304 Squadron was one of four Polish Squadrons in Bomber Command. It was formed in August 1940 at RAF Bramcote with Battles. In December 1940 it became part of 1 Group, moved to RAF Syerston and converted to…

Archive items | Wartime losses 301 Squadron was one of four Polish squadrons in Bomber Command and was formed with Battles at RAF Bramcote in July 1940. The squadron moved to RAF Swinderby in August 1940 where it converted to Wellingtons. From July…

Archive items | Wartime losses 300 Squadron was one of four Polish squadrons in Bomber Command and was formed in July 1940 at RAF Bramcote with Battles and manned by Poles who had escaped from Poland and of France. The squadron moved into 1 Group at…

Archive items | Wartime losses 227 Squadron spent most of the war as an anti-shipping and maritime reconnaissance squadron equipped with Beaufighters operating in the Mediterranean area. The squadron reformed in November 1944 at RAF Bardney in 5…

Archive items | Wartime losses In September 1939 226 Squadron was part of the Advanced Air Striking Force in France flying Battles. It suffered heavy losses and regrouped at RAF Sydenham before moving to RAF Wattisham with Blenheims as part of 2…

Archive items | Wartime losses In September 1939, 223 Squadron was equipped with Wellesleys and based in Sudan. It served in the Middle East and Mediterranean theatres and was based successively in Yemen, Egypt, Malta and Italy. It operated…

Archive items | Wartime losses By September 1939, 218 Squadron was stationed in France as part of the Advanced Air Striking Force equipped with Battles. After suffering heavy losses the squadron moved back to England in May 1940 to RAF Mildenhall…

Archive items | Wartime losses By September 1939 215 Squadron was a training squadron equipped with Ansons, Harrows and Wellingtons and became 11 Operational Training Unit. During this period it used RAF Honington, RAF Bramcote and RAF Bassingbourn.…
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