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Gives background on what inspired him to write a memoir. Theme of chronical is 'Luck'. Writes of joining RAF as soon as he was old enough and of initial tests and selection as a wireless operator/air gunner followed by 18 months deferred service.…

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Tom's memoir of his early RAF days. He talks about his cousin, Vivian Gunning who died in a Blenheim in June 1940.
Tom joined the RAF at 15 after altering his birth certificate. He trained in Canada as a pilot.

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A biography of Vivian, born in Beaminster in 1920. He trained at Aldergrove and served at Bassingbourne, Wattisham, West Raynham, Watton then Wyton. Losses were high. He was shot down near Le Bourget, his two crew members dying with him. Additional…

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An account of how the need for Operation Manna arose, how negotiations with the German accupying forces proceeded, how the operation was announced to the Dutch people and a summary of the Operation.

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Produced by 'Registration Research', it uses information from the squadron's operational record books. It records the major operations, gives periodic reviews, lists the changes in Officer Commanding and records events in the Squadron's history.

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Starts with general gossip and says he like his new station and relates a visit to a local town. Comments on food and compares climate to home. Continues with account of incident while out walking in the country. Catches up with news of friends and…

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Continues from previous item with discussion of British politics and reasons why the Tory party lost the election. Reports arrival of three cakes and asks that no more be sent as the officers mess do not do too badly. The next part is damaged and…

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Sending normal weekly bulletin to Kevin for a change but says he has little to report apart from him finishing a transport course. Writes of flying in an electrical storm which affected the engines, instruments and navigation. Asks about certificate…

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Writes about family and friends news, his activities, other people and gossip. Large portion of letter damaged by water stain.

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Writes that thing were quite but he was doing lectures and cross countries and spending most of his time at Driffield. Continues with news of his and his crew's activities. Says he has seen some good ENSA plays. Makes some comments about the…

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Catches up with recent mail problems. Says he is very busy with little free time. Says he is tired due to much flying and irregular hours. Writes of other activities in local area in Scotland and about how the English regard beauty and of arguments…

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Writes of his activities and movements. Mentions he is glad they are in current location in the warm season as he imagined that the weather in Scotland would not be pleasant in winter. Comments on poor mail and catches up with family news. Poor…

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Writes of his activities cycling and going to cinema. Asks him to look up terms of his insurance policy. Speculates on his future and writes about mail received. Mentions Australian prime minister in the news. Catches up with family news.

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Catches up with recent mail. catches up with news of friend and mentions learning a lot, that spring is in the air, doing PT, swimming, sports and the weather. Writes catching up with family news.

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Writes of his first impressions of England and conditions onboard the boat over the last week. Mentions journey to his current location in a former holiday resort which he describes. Catches up with family news and says he is looking forward to…

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Writes that everyone was issued with identity cards, ration books and gas masks. Comments on necessity to carry gas masks and possible fifth columns. Continues with description of black out, bomb shelters, call up, an aircraft crash and taking in…

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The reflection was inspired by the account of the murder of an airman on initial capture having baled out over Germany in 1944-45.

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Fourteen men standing in line with eleven women sitting on the ground in front. All wearing civilian clothes in front of the port wing of a Wellington Mk X. On the reverse the names of some participants and titled 'A.I.D. staff Messrs Vickers…

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Dates of main events of life of J F Nolan including birth, education, army service 1939-1941, then Air Ministry AID in various locations including Vickers Armstrong and A V Roe.

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Writes in answer to her letter that the remainder of James Lee's crew were all killed. Mentions Wing Commander Gomm, captain and commander of the squadron. Rejoices that one member was spared and it would not be long before she was reunited with her…

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Recalls shooting down of James Lee's aircraft where he was the only survivor. Subsequently rescued by French people and medically treated then became a prisoner of war. Notes he returned to the place and people who rescued him had no idea what had…

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Writes that he looks forward to her letters. Continues with friendly banter and talks a little of his activities.

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Typed version of previous letter. From Captain J. M. Yeoman enclosing a letter he was given by a woman when he entered the town of Fecamp a few days earlier. He hopes it will reassure her and also hopes she receives more good news of her husband…

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Writes enclosing a letter which was given to him by a woman in Fécamp when he entered the town a few days previously. He hopes it will allay her worries and also hopes she will have good news of her husband soon.
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