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Fifty one personnel of differing ranks , some in the rear are RAF trainees wearing tunic and white flash side caps, other may be staff or from other air forces. Personnel in front are sitting and those behind standing. In the background an imposing…

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Describes his flying with his instructor and then final test with C.F.I. where he went to pieces. Now recommended for training as observer and awaiting posting. States he is interested in job and does not mind. He writes he is upset that mother will…

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Writes he is not going with grading course but staying at Theale for Elementary Flying Training School. Mentions he had a test with C.F.I. Writes he will now have to get down to work and there will be no leave. Writes of incident where student left…

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Describes journey back to Theale and snowy weather. Still unclear about his future. Says he enjoyed his visit home.

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Writes that he still does not know what is happening to him and the weather had been poor for flying and that he had a terrible trip with the Commanding Officer. Continues with talk of local people and daily activities as well as complaining about…

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Writes of upcoming test with CFI and mentions his current flying activities with concentration on landings. Continues with mention of ground examinations and once those are over - he might get to come home. Concluded catching up with family and…

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Describes how flying training, although fun, is becoming harder. He seems to be struggling with navigation and landings. He remains happy but accepts he may not have the aptitude to pass this phase of pilot training. Writes of test with chief flying…

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Describes current courses and activities including the start of flying training and first flight as passenger. Describes routine and presence of Turkish students. Writes in detail of trip in Tiger Moth and that he does not want to go to heavies.…

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Writes describing his new living accommodation in Theale. Mentions airfield is a couple of miles away and Reading is close. Writes of journey from Aberystwyth an d current activities.

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Writes of importance of getting their letters and catches up with news. Describes journey to Theale and new location. Writes about his how his flying training is going as well as time in link trainer and how poor the ground instruction is. Mentions…

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Flying log book for air gunner’s for Ken Beard, covering the period from 5 March 1943 to 17 June 1945. Detailing his flying training operations flown and instructor duties. He was stationed at RAF Pembrey, RAF Ricall, RAF Melbourne, RAF…

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Mentions time as a balloon operator at Felixstowe and then training as an air gunner. First tour on 50 Squadron RAF Swinderby on Manchester, but had to wait for aircraft to arrive as squadron still flying Hampden when he arrived later transferred to…

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Record of training navigation star and sun sights from ground and air between April 1943 and February 1944. Locations April to July 1943 at 24 bombing gunnery and navigation school at Moffat Southern Rhodesia on Anson aircraft. December 1943 at No 23…

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Royal Canadian Air Force pilots flying log book for J H Allen, covering the period from 2 December 1942 to 14 January 1947. Detailing his flying training, operations flown, instructor duties and post war squadron duties. He was stationed at, RCAF…

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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 him on award of what writer humorously calls 'Dammed Smart Officer'. Hope family are well. Written on Ministry of Health headed paper. Signed Eric. Additional information about this item was kindly provided by the donor.

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A number of business cards or message cards from Mrs N Pallister Pritchard, Mr J G Wollatt, Mr K Lawson along with others with various addresses or messages.

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List medals for David Donaldson including Distinguished Service order and bar, Distinguished Flying Cross. Medal for Joyce Donaldson, War Medal 1939-45. Lists RAF Service for David Donaldson from 1934 to demob in November 1945. Lists Joyce…

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Pilots flying log book for David W Donaldson. This is a newly bound compilation of 3 log books covering the period from 12 March 1938 to 19 September 1945. Detailing his flying training, operations flown, Instructor duties and special duties flying.…

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Letter from David Donaldson to station commander at RAF Foulsham requesting temporary release for a period of six to nine months in order to study and sit solicitor's, final examinations. Enclosed document listing his service since September 1939…

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Offers congratulations from his aunt in Pangbourne and writes of family news

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Account of Wing Commander David Donaldson's RAF career from his early interest in flying and joining the Royal Air Force volunteer reserve in 1934, call up in 1939 and operational tours on 149 Squadron, 57 Squadron, flight commander 156 Squadron…

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Begins with his decision to cease his studies and join the Royal Air Force. Covers recruitment activities and life during initial training including employment as ground gunner while waiting for flying training. Describes basic training on Tiger Moth…

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Ronald Last grew up in Dorset and worked as an apprentice for the local Gas and Water company before volunteering for the Air Force. He attended the reception centre at Lord's Cricket Ground and describes the medical tests and inoculations recruits…
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