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  • Temporal Coverage is exactly "1943-02"

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Bill writes he will now be staying at East Wretham for the time being. Possible conversion course in two weeks but currently training on Wellington. Pilot arrived after touring country looking for Honnington. Most crews have now arrived. Describes…

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Relates journey to new station and 115 Squadron somewhere in Norfolk/Suffolk. Arrived at Honnington but no 115 Squadron. Arranged transport to correct base at Wretham. Well looked after at Honington by American maintenance squadron. Many other…

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Bill has now received his posting and is coming home on leave. Rushing about clearing out and saying goodbye to friends.

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Describes crossing the Atlantic to Canada and journey to Bowden, Alberta and then on to Estevan, Saskatchewan. Day by day account of activities, flying and life in Canada, Concludes with journey back across Canada

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Top left - orchestra on stage being conducted. Captioned 'D35 Frank Hunt's orchestral concert, Stalag Luft 3'.
Top right - orchestra on stage with conductor. Captioned 'Frank Hunt's orchestral concert, Stalag Luft 3, Feb 43'.
Centre middle -…

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During this period Keith was under training in Canada and then in England from June 1943 on 28 OTU at RAF Wymswold.

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Issued to Ted Neale whilst at Heaton Park.

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Archie was born in Ayreshire. He was about 17 when he joined, then went to South Africa to train as a bomb aimer. In February 1943 Archie worked on Halifax Mk 2 before being transferred to Lancaster finishing school at RAF Syerston. In November…

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Entries for January, February and part of May 1943. Entries include shopping list, reminders, addresses, appointments and train times/journeys.

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Richard’s father, Arthur Hollis, went to Dulwich College as a day boy. He left at sixteen to join the Home Guard , then worked for a firm of accountants for a couple of years before joining the Royal Air Force. He was sent to Manchester University…

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John was born in London, Hendon. His family fell on hard times in his early years. John and his brother, Paul, joined the RAF in 1941 as a pilot and wireless operator respectively. After initial training at RAF Brize Norton, John was trained in…

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Copy of a note from Arthur Harris to R Saundby with title added 'It won't work Bomber Harris'. States that the idea was tripe of the wildest description with not the smallest chance of working. Goes on with other reasons why it would not work and…

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Michael and Ann Akrill talk about their uncle, William Akrill. He grew up in Lincolnshire, and studied art in London and under the tutelage of Robert Kiddey. He considered becoming a contentious objector, but volunteered for the RAF and after…

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Writes that he is sorry she has caught mumps and then catches up on family news. Writes of activities on his last leave and encourages her to be good and to do dance lessons.

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Les Loosemore describes his upbringing and employment history in Swansea before joining the war in 1945. He describes the Blitz in Swansea before training to be a mid upper gunner for 61 Squadron. He describes his rather intensive training, including…

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During 1939 Stuart left grammar school and joined the Air Training Corps. After about half a year he volunteered for air crew and was accepted. He and his girlfriend were married in February 1943. Stuart was posted to South Africa working on Ansons…

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A squadron group of Royal Air Force personnel sitting and standing in rows in front of a Wellington. There are two men standing up through the cockpit roof of the aircraft. On the reverse the title '428 Squadron 1943, Dalton, Feb 1943'. Statements on…

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Details of nine operations carried out between February and May 1943 from RAF Elvington on 77 Squadron flying Halifax. Targets include Cologne, Berlin and several in the Ruhr.

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Pianist dressed in dark suit is playing a grand piano on the stage.

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A violinist is standing on the stage and behind him the pianist seated behind a grand piano.

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The conductor and orchestra are facing the camera. Two airmen are standing on the right of the photograph.

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A man in dinner jacket and bow tie is seated beside a grand piano on the stage.

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A conductor stands on a podium directing the orchestra. They are seated on stage with a variety of instruments

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A man standing holding a clarinet with a second man seated behind a grand piano.

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On one page 29 airmen, an officer and a sergeant in three rows. All airmen apart from one in battledress are in uniform tunic and side caps. Front row is seated with a flying officer and sergeant in the centre. Rear two rows standing. To the left…
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