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  • Temporal Coverage is exactly "1940"

51 aircrew in three rows in front of a Hampden and a hangar with a large dog in the centre of the front row. John Nicholl is fifth from the right in the front row.

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A commemorative poster with a map of Southern Europe and North Africa. Around the outside is a list of locations where operations were carried out. There is a paragraph with details of the operations.


Top air-to-air view of two Wellingtons in silhouette one below the other flying right to left. Clouds below.

Middle an air-to-air view of a Wellington D-LF N2992 showing ventral dustbin turret, with open countryside below.

Bottom an air-to-air…

A group of airmen arranged in four rows in front of a Blenheim. It is annotated '601 Cy of London Fighter Squadron Hendon 1939
Tangmere-Hawkinge-Manston -1940-Middle Wallop - Merville, France -Tangmere'.

Eight photographs from an album.
Photo 1 is a hillside, captioned 'The Soch Valley'.
Photo 2 is a sea view, captioned 'The Two Bays, Nevin'.
Photo 3 is a view of small boats captioned 'Abersoch Harbour'.
Photo 4 is a sea view, captioned 'Porth…

The log covers three years, from 10 June 1940 to August 1943. Initial notes are about civil defence preparedness: posters with black-out instructions are issued, shelters are set up. The first alarm is logged on 22 June 1940, followed by only two…

Histories of twelve Tiger Moth aircraft flown by Denis Clyde Smith while undergoing ab-initio training at Sywell.

Letter from David Donaldson to station commander at RAF Foulsham requesting temporary release for a period of six to nine months in order to study and sit solicitor's, final examinations. Enclosed document listing his service since September 1939…

Photo 1 is a man with a dog.
Photo 2 is man sitting on a fence.
Photo 3 is a man sitting on a tractor.
Photo 4 is a man sitting on a fence.
Photo 5 is a man standing on a brick wall.
These five images are captioned '1938 Cecil William Reid &…

Aubrey in airman's uniform as part of RAF Cranwell's Band posed with his older brother Vic, wearing army uniform and Royal Lincolnshire Regiment hat and collar badges.

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Two life rafts packed with survivors in distress meet in shark-infested waters. Several of the survivors are injured.

Label reads “16”; signed by the author; caption reads “(10) … al 3o giorno del 36 uomini raccolti, soltanto 14 rimanevano…

At the back of a raft, a man dressed in a blue uniform is saluting. One semi-clothed man, wearing a red life jacket around his neck, stands to his right watching other men carrying out a burial at sea. The dead man has blood on his chest. An Italian…

A raft has fourteen people on board. Some are wearing white caps and two are wearing red life jackets around their necks. Several of the occupants of the raft are injured. Sharks are circling the raft.

Label reads “18”; signed by the author;…

In the centre of the painting is a lifeboat in choppy seas with at least eight people on board. A shirt and some trousers are tied to the two masts of the lifeboat and are blowing in the wind. A man wearing a white uniform with a red emblem on his…

A submarine is surfacing near a life raft with six figures on board. On the life raft, there are two masts connected by a line. At one end of the line, a pair of trousers is hanging. Below the trousers is a figure standing up and waving both arms in…

In a turbulent sea, a raft is capsizing, throwing all of the men into the sea. Some of the men are already in the water with hands raised in the air. Some are wearing life jackets.

Label reads “14”; signed by the author; caption reads “(8)…

An Italian seaplane flies over a life raft with six people on board. Two white pieces of cloth are flying from posts. A distress flare has been fired into the sky and is exploding. Two people are sitting, whilst four others are standing and waving,…

Four photographs from an album.
Photo 1 is three airmen in a cockpit of an aircraft.
Photo 2 is a Beaufighter with several airmen standing at the front.
Photo 3 is an airman standing by a stream. He is wearing a thick woolen polo necked pullover,…

Seventeen airmen wearing tunic and side caps sitting and standing in three rows. On the reverse 'C Flight E.F.T.S. Brough, Yorkshire, 1940/41, left to right, top row, Peter Bern, Eddie McBarnett, Neville Chamberlain, Neil Allen, Maurice Gruber,…


Peter Stevenson's account of his service in the Officer Training Corps at Grantham and later in the Air Training Corps. Tells of his life in Grantham and the effect of the war on the town. Also his involvement post war in museums and projects to…

A certificate awarded to William George Briley of The gas light & coke co for 10 months of safe driving.

Top left - four actors on stage one lying on the floor, wearing a variety of costumes, the one on the right dressed as a witch. Captioned 'Officers panto "Cinderella" Stalag Luft 1'.
Top right - actor dressed as a witch on stage. Captioned…

A church tower in the background is framed by trees on either side. In the foreground a stream with bridge and sluice gate. Caption 'France 1940'.
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