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  • Collection: Leadbetter, John

Three items from Jack's service.

This item was sent to the IBCC Digital Archive already in digital form. No better quality copies are available.

Six airmen standing outside their hut. On the wall is letter 'O'. On the reverse is 'A few of the chaps'.

Two airmen standing outside a building. The man on the right is Jack. A third man is sitting on a doorstep reading a book. On the wall is a letter 'O'.
On the reverse is 'Allies Poland & England'.

A group of 18 airmen arranged in three rows around a sign stating 'WAAF Only. Out of Bounds to RAF'. One man has his arm in a sling.

A bunk bed with shoes and uniforms ready for inspection. Sheets and blankets are folded up with pillows on top.

A large group of airmen arranged in six rows in front of a Lancaster. In the centre is a plaque stating '582 Sqdn PFF May - 1945'.

53 trainee airmen arranged in four rows. The image is mounted on a card and framed. Many of the group have signed their names on the card. It is captioned 'A Flight No.1 Squadron 13 ITW June 1942'.

A low level oblique aerial photograph of Cologne showing the cathedral, severely damaged building and a destroyed bridge. It is mounted in a frame with the caption 'Cologne, Germany - May 1945'.

A newspaper cutting noting that Jack has been promoted to flying officer.

A newspaper cutting stating that Jack has left the police to join the RAF.

The weather for a practice bombing run.


A certificate listing Jack's inoculations.


A letter welcoming Jack into the RAF.

A letter allowing Jack to have his meals as quickly as possible.

A letter from the Chief of the Air, Staff reminding officers about careless talk.

An advert for Burberry coats and weatherproofs.

This item is available only at the International Bomber Command Centre / University of Lincoln.

This item is available only at the International Bomber Command Centre / University of Lincoln.


A vertical aerial photograph of a group of islands including Skomer, West Wales. It is annotated '3PP Recco.519 P/O Leadbetter 9.9.44'.

A vertical aerial photograph showing the city. River Wye meanders through the left side. Two railway lines run from the bottom and meet halfway to the top. The image is annotated 'Recco.519 P/O Leadbetter 9.9.44'.
On the reverse -
'Assumed Posn…

A low level aerial oblique of flat farmland. A road crosses left to right with a few houses. On the image is annotated 'PE-J Q-2'.

Oblique aerial photograph of Dunkirk docks. Incomplete hulls of two oil tankers at bottom right, likely to be La Saône and La Seine. Extensive damage visible in the bottom left corner.

Identification kindly provided by Gareth Hughes, Christopher…

An oblique aerial photograph of Ludwigshafen. The foreground appears residential but in the middle distance are large factories. Damage has been inflicted on the buildings.

Identification kindly provided by Andrew Gordon and Stéphane Van de Putte…
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