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  • Spatial Coverage is exactly "Yemen (Republic)--Aden"

An autobiography of Jim Taylor's time in the RAF before the war. He spent time training with Oliver Bell, who is recorded in the memoir.

Two newspaper cuttings with an explanation of the RAF's activities in Aden.

A menu for a Christmas dinner at 8 (B) Squadron. It is signed by some of the airmen who took part.

A flight of nine Vickers Vincents flying over Aden Harbour.

A group of airmen arranged in five rows in front of an aircraft and a tented hangar. Oliver is marked with a small cross.

An aerial view of the airstrip and camp at Robat. It is captioned 'No 12 (B) Squadron Robat Aden S Arabia 1935/36'.

17 airmen, two dogs and a large model ship. The men are in tropical kit. Oliver is marked with a small cross above his head. On the reverse is handwritten 'Model of the ship Oliver (Dad) went to Aden on. (Approx age 18/19) 2nd in from right - back…

Four photographs from an album. All four images show tents being taken down or erected and various items being moved around.

A small scale map of Aden with a small inked cross added.

Two images of a group of airmen arranged in four rows in front of a Hawker Hart. On the reverse is 'Taken at Robat 1935. It was a bit ambitious. Panoramic. Oliver is extreme right - second row. You may need a magnifying glass. The Hangar is canvas -…

Port side of a biplane with two more behind. On the reverse 'Oliver Bell flew in this aircraft in Aden 1938'.


Large group of airmen arranged in six rows in front of a biplane. On the reverse '8(B) Squadron February 1937. eighth from left rear row.'

42 men arranged in four rows in front of an aircraft. Oliver has a small cross on his right chest. On the reverse 'Aden'.

A large number of men arranged in five rows in front of an aircraft. The image is annotated 'No 12 (B) Squaron[sic], Robat, Aden, South Arabia. 1935-1936 Aircraft - Hawker Hart'. CO S/Ldr Guest and OB [Oliver Bell] are arrowed.
In a second copy 'JT'…

Two photographs of a large group from a squadron arranged in six rows in front of a Vickers Vincent. The first image is cropped.
The second image is the full squadron with five individuals marked, 'No 8 Squadron, Aden, 1936/37 "Vickers Vincent".…

A view of Steamer Point taken from an elevated location. Numerous huts and buildings are visible. A section of the coast has been fenced off and marked in pen with a small arrow. On the reverse 'General view of Aden shore at Steamer Point. Note…

Eight men including Oliver, fuelling a Vickers Vincent. On the reverse 'Filling up at Kormakser with yours truly looking handsome on the lower wing.'

A man on a donkey watched by a small boy. The man has a hat and a hockey stick. The reverse has 'Polo on Christmas Day'. The reverse of a second copy has 'Oliver Bell in Aden around 1938'.


A view of a ruined Turkish fort at Khormakser, Aden. On the reverse 'Turkish Fort at Kormakser'.

The menu for dinner at Aden in 1933. On the reverse are some signatures.

Flying log book for Oliver Bell covering the period from 18th January 1935 to 30th September 1938. He was at RAF Cranwell and then posted to Aden and the Middle East with 12(B) and 8(B) Squadrons. Aircraft flown were Hart, Vincent and Wellesley.

A biography of Fred. In addition it includes histories of aircraft and squadrons he served in, Details are included of airfields he served at. Additionally there are biographies of various servicemen associated with Fred's squadrons and service.

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Flying log book for navigator’s, air bomber’s, air gunners, flight engineers for C Dayman, wireless operator, covering the period from 11 February 1944 to 16 May 1947. Detailing his flying training, post war flying with 216 squadron and Aden…

Document contains order of service for funeral and memoir of service in the RAF. Includes training as wireless operator/air gunner, troop ship to Cairo and continued training in Egypt. Posted for operation on Boston aircraft with 114 Squadron in…
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