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An airman in tunic and side cap is standing between two women in dresses on a railway platform. Railway tracks to the right. On the reverse 'Joyce Boytha, Ped Walker, Minky Omsdaal, Johanesburg [sic] railway station 1943'.

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South African Air Force observers or air gunners log book for Warrant Officer Reg Freeth, bomb aimer, covering the period from 7 February 1942 to 8 October 1945. Detailing his flying training, operations and Instructor duties. He was stationed at…

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Reg Freeth grew up in Wales and worked for the Civil Service in the Labour Exchange before he volunteered for the Royal Air Force. He trained as an observer in South Africa and flew operations served as a bomb aimer with 61 Squadron from RAF…

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During this interview Les describes his experience as a despatch rider in France in 1940 before escaping from Dunkirk and returning to the United Kingdom, eventually joining the Royal Air Force. He also describes his training in South Africa and his…

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Alan Payne was born in Wendover, Buckinghamshire. He volunteered for aircrew with the Royal Air Force and after initial training was sent to South Africa where he trained as an observer. When he returned to the UK, he was allocated the role of bomb…

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Laurence Fisher grew up in Peterborough and served in the Home Guard before joining the Royal Air Force. He served as ground personnel before remustering as aircrew. He flew operations from Italy before his aircraft was shot down and he became a…

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Dr Arnold Pearce Derrington grew up in Cornwall and joined the University Air Squadron at Exeter. He joined the Royal Air Force in 1942 and completed training at RAF Ansty, South Africa, RAF West Freugh and RAF Moreton in the Marsh, where he trained…

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Letter to Henry, Lil and Barbara from Arthur Wright, their brother. Flying training has not gone well due to his 'Undeveloped air sense'. He is now training as an Observer. At first he was unhappy but quickly started to get much satisfaction from…

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Letter to brother Henry, Lil and Barbara from 75 Air School in South Africa from Arthur Wright. He describes sailing to Durban. He is impressed with the food, the city and the people. Then a 23 hour train journey to the camp. He discusses his social…

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Arthur Wright standing in his Sidcot suit holding his flying helmet. Captioned ' With love & happy memories Arthur'. On the reverse 'To Henry + Lil From Arthur Port Elizabeth S.A. July 1942'.

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Three airmen in Sidcot suits, standing, carrying flying helmets. A fourth airman is in uniform and carrying a flying helmet. Arthur Wright is on the right of the photograph. They are in front of a building with wooden doors. On the reverse 'If found…

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Two men sunbathing whilst an airman is hiding with his head under a tent made from a chair and a towel. They are seated outside a wooden building. On the reverse 'Humewood Port Elizabeth August 1942'.

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Peter Bellingham worked as a post office engineer before volunteering for the Royal Air Force. He trained in Rhodesia and South Africa and completed a tour of operations as a bomb aimer, dropping supplies with 138 Squadron from RAF Tempsford. He…

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The log book covers the training and operational career of bomb aimer Peter Bellingham from 10 March 1943 to 21 February 1946. After training in South Africa he flew Halifaxes and Stirlings with 138 Squadron, taking part in 30 night operations over…

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No. 5 air observer navigation school Christmas and New Year card with an Anson flying over hills inside an oval. Inside Royal Air Force crest and the printed words 'With the Best of Good Wishes for Christmas and the New Year from'. Signed 'love…

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Head and shoulders portrait of David Boldy wearing dress uniform with webbing and a side cap with white flash. On reverse 'Taken the day we arrived at Oudtshoorn'.

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Full length portrait of a smiling girl in a pale skirt with white shoes standing in front of a tree and carrying a very large bunch of foliage. On reverse ‘David’s girl friend in S. Africa’.

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Three quarter length portrait of a girl leaning against a tree; she is wearing a dark jumper and white shorts, and a floral scarf. On reverse ‘David’s girl friend in S. Africa’

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Group portrait of 42 airmen in three rows standing at ease. Those in the front row are sitting on a bench with arms crossed and two sitting on the ground; most are wearing khaki drill tunics, shirts and ties and shorts and most have khaki drill side…

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A street scene with commercial terraced buildings on each side. The building on the left shows the words ‘STOUT’ and ‘COWLINGS’ on the first two sections but further wording is illegible. There are a number of cars, a truck and a bicycle on…

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A series of buildings with advertising signs on them is visible on the right, next to a line of cars parked on the verge of the street. On the left, some people are cycling or walking. Caption on reverse ‘Oxford St. East London’, one…

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Letter from sergeant David Boldy about his continued training as air gunner on bombers. Finds the new posting to be boring compared with South Africa.

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Letter from sergeant David Boldy to his father about leaving East London and CapeTown and his journey thus far. He was upset to leave his girlfriend Babe.

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Letter from Leading Aircraftsman David Boldy to his father about becoming a qualified air gunner, his celebrations on qualifying and now he and the five others are awaiting posting, so he is spending some time with his friends and his girlfriend…

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Letter from Leading Aircraftsman David Boldy to his father about his air gunner / photography course, some of the friends he has made and some comments about Greece and Yugoslavia in the war.
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