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Seven photographs from an album.
#1 is a submarine.
#2 and 3 are airmen washing in the open.
#4 is a boy with a towel.
#5 is a bar made from the rear fuselage of a German aircraft. The sign says 'Line Shoot Bar'.
#6 is Ron in a pool.
#7 is an…

A march past of airmen and WAAFs. An officer is saluting and the Mayor and Mayoress are standing by. A post-it states 'Cambridge ?date'.

A group of airmen arranged in four rows in front of a York, 'KO'.
A post-it states ' Grandad [underlined] 8th i from right. 3rd row down (seated on chairs)'.

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31 men arranged in three rows. A post-it with 'grandad' marks Ron, bottom row, 5th from left.

37 men arranged in five rows in front of a hangar. A post-it states that Ron is in the second row from top, 5th in row.

Four photographs from an album.
#1 is a wooden cabin surrounded by trees.
#2 is a street scene with shops and pedestrians.
#3 is a signpost stating 'Tourists Detrain here'.
#4 is a suburban road with a car and two pedestrians.

30 airmen arranged in three rows in front of an Anson. Ron is marked with a post-it, bottom row, extreme right.
It is annotated with 'Course 45 No 9 Air Observer's School St Johns PQ Canada June 1942'.
There is a second copy, almost identical, but…

Two photographs from an album.
#1 is Ron being awarded at a parade.
#2 is 23 airmen in two rows in front of an Anson. Ron is back row, second from right.

Four photographs from an album.
#1 is a view of the corner of Main Street and Portage Avenue Winnipeg, looking north, with Canadian National ticket office, the McIntyre Block and shape of the Union Bank building further down.
#2 is Main Street…

Three photographs from an album.
#1 is a bridge over a stream.
#2 is a river and trees.
#3 is a group of thirteen trainees in two rows in front of a Battle aircraft. The image is annotated 'Course 45 [indecipherable]' and each man is identified.…

Four photographs from an album.
#1 is a pilot at the controls of his aircraft.
#2 is a navigator plotting a course.
#3 is two airmen standing on steps.
#4 is an airman standing outside a wooden building with a sign for 'White River'.
They are…

Four photographs from an album. #1 is an oblique aerial photograph of St Johns airfield, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. #2 is Cathedral of Saint-Jean-l'Évangéliste at Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. #3 is Ron in trainee uniform and greatcoat. #4 is a sign for…

H. W. Bennett’s RAF Observer’s and Air Gunner’s Flying Log Book, from 23 April 1937 to 14 June 1943, detailing training, operations and instructional duties as an Air Observer, Air Gunner, Bomb Aimer and Navigator. Includes bombing and…

Announces that he lost his life on an operational flight on August 9th. Gives some biographical and service details.

Newspaper cutting announcing safe arrival of Oscar Jensen in England. Includes b/w full face portrait.

Commemorates the gratitude of the government and people of Canada for the life a brave man given in service of his country. Sergeant Wireless Operator Air Gunner Oscar Knud Perche Jensen.

Writes of burial of three Canadian officers, one of whom was their son Oscar, in a local cemetery. Describes the cemetery and funeral. Explains that they had no film to take a photograph and offers sympathy.

Relates author's visit to Edzell in Scotland to visit Oscar's grave. Mentions meeting the local RAF padre who had conducted Oscar's funeral. Describes grave location and asks if they would like a photograph sent. Mentions meeting other colleagues.

A group of 31 airmen arranged in three rows. Ron is marked with a post-it. A second post-it states 'Here are the photos of grandads training in Canada in 1942 age 21 Some places are Quebec, Montreal and Rivers'.

37 airmen arranged in four rows in front of a hangar.
On the reverse ' "C" Flight RAF Station Greenwood Nova Scotia No 36 OTU Hudson III
Back Row Pilots RCAF
2nd Row Standing Observers RAF
3rd Row Seated Air Gunners RCAF
Front Row Kneeling…

Ron Riding and Mme Eliane Guerin standing at the graves of airmen in France

A newspaper article about Ron after he was shot down over France. A second cutting has a brief note about Ron returning home after being missing in France.
[The details in the article are incorrect. His aircraft was a Wellington, it was shot down on…

A colourised photograph of Ron in flying kit and standing in front of an Anson. On the reverse 'Dearest People. Here I am ready to do a spot of flying. Cheerio you dears, Soon I'll be back. your loving son. Ron'.

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A head and shoulders portrait of Ron in uniform with an Observer brevet.
On the reverse is handwritten 'To my Dearest People with all my love your ever loving son, Ron'.

Two photographs from an album.
#1 is a half length portrait of an airman in flying kit inside an aircraft.
#2 is a pilot in his seat in an Anson. It is stamped Mar 1942.
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