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For Maurice Monks a school report that he had done well in most subjects and performed well as school prefect.

Dave Fellowes flew operations as a rear gunner with 460 Squadron. He and his crew survived a mid-air collision with another Lancaster which resulted in an emergency landing at RAF Manston.

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…

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…

Letter from David Boldy to his father with general discussion tennis matches in London, visiting relatives and trips to the Tate Gallery and the Science Museum. He has written to the Civil Service Commissioner’s providing a character reference and…

Letter from David Boldy to his father about London life, family news in general and sporting activities. Has sent in his application for the Royal Air Force and Mr Moore his tutor is hopeful he will pass the exams. His brother and he have been…

Letter from David Boldy to his father about family news and general conversation about London life.

Letter from David Boldy to his father about family relatives in London, sports, health issues and having exams in a months’ time.


Letter from David Boldy to his father about family and leisure activities with friends, the on-set of winter in London and shopping for his mother’s birthday present. Describes a careers book he is reading, thinking of his future in either the West…

Letter from David Boldy to his father about an health issues, hockey scores , and his mother living nearby in London.


Letter from David Boldy to his father about about playing tennis in London in the cold of winter. He is considering King’s College as his next educational step.


Letter from David Boldy to his father about about visiting auntie Maisy in Kensington over Christmas, reports of some of his friends getting into Sandhurst, but failing to get into Cranwell.

Letter from David Boldy to his father about breaking hockey sticks, studying law and relatives visiting him.


Letter from David Boldy to his father about London life. Mentions playing hockey for King’s II, and hints at legal proceedings. Edna is sailing for India in a week.


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…

Ernie Twells' engineering notebook covering the theory of aircraft engines


166 pages of instrument course including notes with details and hand-drawn colour diagrams of aircraft instruments and gauges including pressure gauges, warning systems, clocks, compasses, bomb and gun sights, flight instruments and telecoms…

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…

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…

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

RAF Driffield was a Bomber Command station located in Yorkshire, 12 miles (19 kms) north from Beverley. See all Archive items | See all wartime losses | Explore nearby It opened in July 1936 and by September 1939 was in 4 Group and occupied by the…

RAF Moreton in the Marsh (also known Moreton-in-Marsh, Morton in Marsh and Much Binding in the Marsh) was a Bomber Command training station located in Gloucestershire, 4 miles (7 kms) north of Stow-on-the-Wold.See all Archive items | See all wartime…

RAF Wickenby was a Bomber Command station in Lincolnshire, 10 miles (16 kms) north-east of Lincoln.See all Archive items | See all wartime losses | Explore nearbyThe station opened September 1942 as part of 1 Group with the arrival of 12 Squadron…

See all Archive items | See all wartime lossesIn September 1939, 7 Squadron was a training unit equipped with Hampdens. Initially it was based at RAF Doncaster, RAF Finningley and then RAF Upper Heyford where it became 16 Operational Training Unit in…

See all Archive items | See all wartime losses In September 1939, 9 Squadron was part of 3 Group at RAF Honington equipped with Wellingtons. In August 1942 the Squadron converted to Lancasters and moved to RAF Waddington as part of 5 Group.…
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