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  • Temporal Coverage is exactly "1945"

ADerringtonAP150715-01.mp3
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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Dirk Bosch was eight years old when the German army occupied his home town of Amsterdam. In this interview he describes what life was like for him during this time. He refers to seeing Dutch Jews rounded up and deported. He describes the hunger of…

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Horace James Flowers was born and grew up in Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire. He became an apprentice butcher before being released to volunteer for the Royal Air Force in 1944. He trained as an air gunner at RAF Bridgnorth, RAF Wigsley and RAF Syerston…

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Maria Domanovszky (b. 1937) recounts how she threw herself into a swampy ditch when under fire and how she lay down praying and hoping to get back home safely. Describes German soldiers with torn and dirty uniforms escaping from a burning forest.…

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Eva Brossmer (b. 1925) remembers the incessant bombing of Berlin by the Allied and explains how she and her mother fled to Südharz trying to avoid the advancing Russians. Explains how German broadcasts did not mention their advance and how she heard…

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Wilhelm Simonsohn remembers his wartime service as a Luftwaffe night fighter pilot. He tells of his adoption by a Jewish family, and the discovery of his father’s background after being lampooned as ‘Jewish scum’ at school. He emphasises family…

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Outlines the history of RAF Hemswell starting from its origin as RAF Harpswell in 1918 until peacetime operations in the the 50s. The station was equipped with Ansons, then Blenheims. Part of No 3 Group, 61 and 144 Squadrons. Changed to No 5 Group,…

LCalvertRA1488619v1.pdf
Royal Canadian Air Force flying log book for aircrew other than pilot of Flight Lieutenant Roger Calvert from 25 March 1943 to 6 July 1945. Detailing training and operations flown. Served at RAF Cranfield, RAF Great Massingham, RAF Ouston, RAF…

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A soft top sports car with the roof up, registration PO 8455, standing in front of an arched corrugated iron building. In the background other buildings on the reverse '1934 Singer Lemans, RAF Kelstern, Lincolnshire, Winter 44/45, 625 Squadron'

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Two seat open topped sports car with hood down parked on road facing right in front of Nissen hut. In the background another Nissen hut and trees. On the reverse '1934 Singer 9 Lemans 2 seater ar RAF Sandtoft, Yorkshire England May or June 1945'.

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Tribute to Squadron Leader William G Neal Distinguished Service Order, Distinguished Service Cross, Croix de Guerre, 1912-2001. Describes how Don Briggs met and was crewed with Bill Neal’s crew who having completed one tour had been selected for a…

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Seven members of Donald Briggs family standing in line. Donald Briggs is third from the right dressed in uniform tunic with flight engineer brevet, pathfinder wings and peaked hat. Donald Briggs brother is standing second from the left in uniform…

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Nine aircrew officers dressed in uniform standing in front of the port wing and part of the fuselage of a Lancaster with cockpit covered. On the reverse ‘No 576 Lanc squadron, Fiskerton 31/10/44 – 13/9/45 with 49 Sqn’ and ‘F/L Namon [?] Radar…

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Contains personal details as well as record of postings, promotions, special qualifications and discharge.

OGreenLW2236292-160516-01.pdf
Contains personal details, release authorization on 17 July 1947 remobilisation instructions, clearance certificate, certificate of service, travel warrant and various claim forms for flight for Sergeant Langford Green.

LGreenLW2236292v.pdf
Royal Air Force navigators, air bombers, air gunners and flight engineers flying log book for L W Green, air gunner, covering the period from 16 June 1944 to 8 July 1945. Detailing training, scores on gunnery course, and operations flown and post war…

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Five airmen, three sitting on ground, are in front; two are kneeling behind. All are wearing battledress. In the background parts of two buildings. Caption 'Grandpa with ground crew, Spilsby 1945'; on the reverse of one photograph 'Spilsby 1945'.

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Three of George Bubb's documents and a note:

1) RAF 295A leave document. Front page personal detail. Centre two pages have various leave periods between February and August 1945. Rear page allows absence from 17:30 to 23:59 on daily basis for…

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Aerial inclined photograph of Köln cathedral and surrounding area all showing heavy bomb damage.

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A list of Bill Thomas' aircrew with 166 and 153 Squadron at RAF Kirmington and RAF Scampton.

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Bill Thomas flew operations as a bomb aimer with 166 Squadron at RAF Kirmington and 153 Squadron at RAF Scampton. He describes his training in Canada and the Atlantic crossing on board the Queen Elizabeth.

MCloddLGT1219816-160405-01.pdf
Corporal Leslie Clodd enrolled on 16 November 45 at RAF Mepal and that he had undertaken a course 'Motor Engineering at Robinson's garage, Cambridge'. Contains a record of monthly progress reports.

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Clothing ration book 1945-46 Junior CB 4/8 made out to Haire E A with coupons inside.

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Clothing ration book 1945-46 Junior CB 4/8 made out to Haire E E with coupons inside.

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Notes that children had shared hardship and should be proud of their effort. Signed 'George RI'. On the reverse 'Important War dates' with table of dates fro 1939-1945.

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