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Notice for Leslie Clodd to join for service on 19 March 1941 at No 9 Reception Centre Blackpool.

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George Haigh was already a keen footballer when he volunteered for the Royal Air Force and became a physical training instructor. He was posted to RAF Morecambe where he provided basic training to new recruits. He discusses the mixed level of fitness…

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Gladys Gildersleve was working for a laboratory when she decided to join the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force. She began her training at RAF Bridgenorth and at RAF Morecambe. Her first posting was to barrage balloons at Swansea Docks. She eventually…

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14 Women’s Auxiliary Air Force personnel at Morecambe with a road and a row of buildings visible in the background. They are arranged in two rows, with the first row seated on a park bench, the second standing behind the first. There is a corporal…

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Philip Bates grew up in Lancashire and joined the Royal Air Force in 1940. He served as ground crew with Coastal Command before remustering as aircrew. He flew operations as a flight engineer with 149 Squadron until his aircraft was shot down and he…

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Joyce Colley grew up in Leicestershire and Somerset. She was working as a trainee hairdresser before she was conscripted into the Women's Auxiliary Air Force in 1944. After training she worked as a teleprinter operator in an underground bunker. She…

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1. Twenty-five airmen in three rows captioned '6 Squadron 8 Flight C Squadron Morecombe [sic] 25th April 1941'.
2. Seven airmen in uniform and side caps in front of a building. Captioned '156 Squadron armourers outside the Armoury at Warboys…

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Observer's and air gunner's flying log book for Flight Lieutenant Oliver Gomersal from 17 September 1943 to 7 November 1944. He trained as a navigator in Great Britain and in South Africa and was stationed in East Africa and Yemen with 621 Squadron.…

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Peter Lamprey writes about his basic airman’s training and social life in the Royal Air Force whilst stationed in Blackpool.

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Peter Lamprey writes about basic airman’s training and his life in the Royal Air Force whilst stationed in Blackpool. He concludes with some speculation about taking his gunnery course as all other courses are full.

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Peter Lamprey writes about his life undergoing basic airman’s training whilst stationed in Blackpool. He makes comments on cross country running and problems with various sergeant trainers.

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Peter Lamprey writes about life in the Royal Air Force whilst undergoing basic training in Blackpool.

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Peter Lamprey writes of his life towards the end of his basic training for the Royal Air Force basic in Blackpool. He mentions Morse code training and that he has been accepted for aircrew.

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Peter Lamprey writes that he is now officially in the Royal Air Force. He passed his aircrew medical. He is stationed in Blackpool North Shore and will not be getting any leave soon.

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Peter Lamprey writes that he has reached the end of his Royal Air Force training course in Blackpool and has passed his final test. He is awaiting posting and will inform friends as soon as he knows where he will be going.

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Peter Lamprey writes about his life in the Royal Air Force including intensive physical training and Morse code training.

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Peter Lamprey writes about his Royal Air Force basic training, his companions and a large parade coming up.

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Peter Lamprey writes about visits from senior officers and massed drill. He then goes on to talk about life on basic training at Blackpool in general and mentions an inter-squadron boxing tournament.

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Peter Lamprey thanks correspondents for parcel and letters. He then continues that things are quiet after the big do. He concludes with some general chatter.

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Pete writes about life during Royal Air Force basic training including marching, physical training, pay parade and the social life. He makes some comments on a training corporal and closes asking to be remembered to friends.

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Peter Lamprey writes about life during basic training at Blackpool. He mentions shooting, uniform, drill, social life, Morse code tests before complaining about all the time his training is taking before ‘getting behind his guns’. He concludes…

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The log book covers the training and operational duties of Flight Engineer Sergeant Harry Thomas Ansell, from 14 April 1944 to 24 May 1945. He trained at RAF Torquay, RAF St Athan, RAF Stockport and was stationed at RAF Wigsley, RAF Syerston, RAF…

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A group of 15 airmen arranged in three rows. At the front is a board with Class 376 "A". On the reverse is '376 'A' B----- Snoops Course Weeton' and 15 names, signatures and their exam results.

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James Burdin went at Hutton Grammar School and worked on radio repair and sales. He volunteered for the Royal Air Force but had to wait and joined the Local Defence Volunteers instead. He did some rifle practice, general infantry training and…

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Ronald Marlow went to Middleton Council School, then worked at Forgrove Engineering. He joined the Air Training Corps, volunteered for the Royal Air Force training in London at St Johns Wood. He became an air gunner ad flew Wellingtons, followed by a…
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