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Sue Jones was born in Manchester. When the mill where she worked closed at the beginning of the war, she went to work for Avro. She worked on Ansons, Manchesters and then Lancasters. She describes the camaraderie on the factory floor. She also found…

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Edith Taylor (née Tate) grew up in Manchester and experienced the bombing of Manchester. When the war started, Edith, her mother and two siblings, were evacuated to Leek. Edith was separated from Dorothy and her mother. Billy and Edith had two…

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Rosemary Lapham is the daughter of Roy Chadwick CBE, the designer of the Manchester and Lancaster aircraft. She tells her father’s story. Her father was born in 1893 and when he left school at the age of fourteen he became a draughtsman at…

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Geoff Paine attended High Wycombe Royal Grammar School and Falmouth Grammar School, joined Air Training Corps and volunteered for the Royal Air Force at eighteen. Upon competition of initial training he was posted at RAF Waltham (100 Squadron) then…

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John volunteered for the Royal Air Force as a pilot. He went to Lord’s cricket ground, followed by the Initial Training Wing at Scarborough. He spent 10 hours on Tiger Moths in Carlisle. After a short time at RAF Heaton Park in Manchester, John…

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Frederick joined the Royal Air Forcein 1941. After going to Cardington, he was given deferred entry and studied for a year at university. He was invited to London for initial training, followed by the Initial Training Wing at RAF Newquay. He did…

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He writes about the arrangement for his leave.

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Leading Aircraftman Harold Gorton writes to his sister-in-law to be about arrangements for his wedding to Lilian Morgan.

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Ordered 1941 and built by A.V. Roe at Chadderton near Manchester as one of a batch of 620 between November 1943 and June 1943. Twenty of this batch either side of ED 932 (Gibson's aircraft) were modified as type 464 provisioning to enable Barnes…

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Issue in Manchester 11 November 1946, updated to Waddington and then Coleby, Lincolnshire.

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To Mrs Sarah Green acknowledging receipt for war damage claim 14 January 1941.

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A personal account of life of an engineer, C E Brennan, who was seconded to A V Roe at Woodford and Ringway who saw Roy Chadwick frequently. He talks of comradeship, playing rugby and listening to singer Hilda Green. Mentions the sporting rivalry…

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Essay by Rosemary Lapham with memories of her father and the day she learns he will not come back. Writes of his brilliance and hard work as an aircraft designer. States he invited her to come to the airfield but she declines as she has to help her…

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Address to Miss Rosemary Chadwick, St Elphin's School, Darley Dale, Matlock. Derbyshire

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From press officer. Writes that a copy of approved radio script being sent. Continues that copy has been sent to other official to see if there are any points to which exception is taken. Concludes with thanks for help in rubber salvage campaign.

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Addressed to Roy Chadwick at A.V.Roe on Vickers-Armstrong headed paper. Thanks Chadwick for existence of Lancaster and his support at a meeting in C.R.D's office on 26 January without which the dams operation would not have happened. States is was…

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Transcript of a radio broadcast given by Lancaster bomber designer Roy Chadwick describing his early interest in aviation making aircraft models, joining Avro’s as personal assistant and early work of company. Notes that many early employees now…

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Order of service for funeral of Roy Chadwick, Sydney Thorn and David Wilson on 27 August 1947.

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Telegram to Mrs J H Wilson informing her that her husband Flight Lieutenant/acting Squadron Leader C. H. Wilson is missing.

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Letter to Mrs J. H. Wilson from 7 Squadron enclosing a list of next of kin for her husband’s crew and requesting confirmation of her address.

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Letter from Margaret, girl friend of crew member Sergeant K G Francis's, to Mrs Wilson writing of her sympathy for Mrs Wilson’s husband and his crew who have been reported missing.

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Born in Salford, just outside of Manchester, Freda was a teenager during the Second World War. She recalls her family's culture, school life, meal requirements and how she reacted to the war being declared. She also recounts her experiences of…
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