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Fifty one airmen and four staff sitting and standing in six rows in front of an arched glass panelled doorway. All students are wearing tunic and side caps. On the reverse 'No 1 Elementary Air Navigation School, Eastbourne, 2 Flight, D Squadron,…

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Mentions late arrival time at home and plans to fill in day until train. Mentions navigation, meteorology plotting and medical exams over next couple of days.

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Announces he will be coming home next Friday and states arrival time. Also due further leave. Catches up with family and home news. Hopes they had good Easter, wished he was there. Notes that Eastbourne was crowded over the weekend, weather was good…

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Writes that he does not have much time to write letters. Mentions long walks on the downs, beach, cliffs and through local villages. Mentions allowance that should be sent home for mother. Exams next week and writes of doing plots of raid on Munster…

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Writes he is happy to have received many letters and news of recent birth. Catches up with family news. Speculates about new baby and looking forward to leave. Writes about life on his navigators course which is more difficult than pilot training.

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From Bill Akrill who is undergoing training at No1 Elementary Air Observer School, Eastbourne, congratulating him on the birth of his son and describing some of his daily routine

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A view of the Sackville Hotel at Bexhill-on-Sea. This is where Harry Redgrave was billeted.

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A view across the beach with groynes, beached small boats and a few people. On the reverse 'St Leonards Beach. Pier and RAF place in the distance'.

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A view of the sea front promenade: rough seas and only one man in view. On the reverse 'Taken from bedroom - looking due south'.

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A view of the old town of Hastings, in a valley between two headlands. On the reverse 'Hastings old Town. Join this one with the other. Put it on the left'.

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A portrait image of the sea front promenade at Bexhill, looking towards Hastings. Only two pedestrians visible. On the reverse 'Somewhat the same, we drill on the prom here, just beyond the shelter'.

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A view along the promenade at Bexhill, taken from a hotel window. There are four cyclists and a person walking a dog plus a group of men. On the reverse 'From our bed room. D flight just rounding the corner. The white building in the distance is…

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Looking down on the sea front of Hastings. There is a jetty and a large number of small boats on the beach. A large lido is also visible. The sea is breaking over the jetty. On the reverse 'Hastings Old Town'.

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A letter from Harry Redgrave to Jessie on his return to Bexhill. Mentions learning semaphore.

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A Christmas card with a sketch of the Sackville Hotel, Bexhill from Harry Redgrave to his wife and daughter.

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A letter from Harry Redgrave to his wife Jessie from RAF Bexhill. He writes about training, Christmas leave and that they will be sent to the Isle of Man in January.

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Letter and envelope from Harry Redgrave to his wife Jessie giving her travel instructions for her visit to Bexhill.

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Letter and envelope from Harry Redgrave to his wife Jessie. Harry has passed his Maths exam and is on the list to be sent to Prestwick (after an initial confusion).

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A three-page letter and envelope from Harry Redgrave to his wife Jessie. He describes the antics of his fellow airman on New Year’s Eve. He is about to be sent to Scotland, so wants to arrange to see Jessie before he goes.

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A three-page hand-written letter from Harry Redgrave to his wife Jessie. He writes about having to drill in snow, cakes that his comrades managed to acquire and the start of food rationing.

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A three-page hand written letter from Harry Redgrave to his wife Jessie. Harry describes the view from his room, being invited for tea and his hopes for coming home at Christmas.

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A three-page hand written letter from Harry Redgrave to his wife Jessie. He responses to Jessie's loving letter and says how much he misses her. He should get seven days' leave over Christmas or soon afterwards. Also mentions how strenuous the…

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A two-page hand written letter from Harry Redgrave to his wife Jessie. He writes about borrowing money to pay for laundry and cigarettes and asks her to send his mathematics book.

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A two-page handwritten letter from Harry Redgrave to his wife Jessie. Harry writes in detail about the food and having to borrow money until his next pay parade.

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A two-page handwritten letter from Harry Redgrave to his wife Jessie. Harry writes about a three-hour drill and a lecture from Pilot Officer Biard.
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