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  • Collection: Cothliff, Ken. Folder 1509

Seven airmen dressed in flying kit with an eighth airman, a pilot. They are standing in a row in front of a Lancaster.
Fourth left is Wing Commander Bill Swetman.

A pilot sitting in the cockpit of a Lancaster. Underneath, painted on its nose is a cartoon of a stork holding a baby in goggles dropping a bomb. Also five bombs indicating five operations.

A pilot in the cockpit of a Lancaster with 'Vagabond 2nd', seven bombs and a maple leaf painted on the nose.

A warrant officer pilot sat in position in the cockpit of his aircraft. On his helmet is written 'Forsbe[indecipherable]'

Eight photographs of a decorated bomb about to be loaded on to a Lancaster. Mk 2
Painted on it is 'Ontario Citizens Special Xmas Card for the Reich' and has the names of where the crews originate - 'Ottawa, London, Perkins, Toronto, Timmins,…

Four airmen at the rear hatch of a Lancaster. Two are seated in the entrance to the hatch and the other two are standing. One man, a bomb aimer, is holding a mascot doll.

Two airmen are playing billiards with a small dog on the table. Behind them is a blackboard with diagrams chalked on and a poster explaining how to bale out.

A pilot and an observer, both with DFC ribbons, sitting at a desk looking at paperwork. The aircraft model on the table is a Fairey Fulmar.

A sergeant discussing with a woman. He his holding a note and she has a book.They are inside a Nissen hut. It is annotated 'PL22575'.


Five airmen seated round a table in a Nissen hut. It is annotated 'PL22574'.

Nine airmen having a discussion in a Nissen hut. It is annotated 'PL22572'.

Seven airmen sharing cigarettes and chocolate in a Nissen hut. There are two torches and a mug on the benches between them. It is annotated 'PL22571'.

Small groups of ground personnel at the side of the runway, waving off departing Lancasters. Alongside the control caravan is an assortment service vehicles; bikes, cars and trucks. It is annotated 'PL22525'.

Five photographs of Lancasters Mk 2s departing on an operation. As they start their take off a crowd of well wishers wave them off.
Annotated 'PL22520-PL22524'

A Lancaster Mk 2 'EQ-H' is on the ground and chocked whilst its engines are run up. On the ground an engineer looks on. It is annotated 'PL22517'.
Another annotated 'PL22518'

A Lancaster Mk 2, DS708, 'Q' under maintenance. One man is working on an engine and a second is painting an operation mark on the nose. There is a playing card, Queen of Hearts, painted on the nose.

A sergeant flight engineer at work inside his aircraft. It is annotated 'PL22179'.

The four airmen are in a parachute store and are examining a drogue chute. A WAAF is looking on.
The image is annotated 'PL22178'.

Five airmen are seated at a table and two airmen are looking on. The airman on the right is taking notes and the others are watching.

Five airmen arranged round a table. The airman in the centre is taking notes and an airman in a leather jacket is working with a map.The other three, including a pilot, are looking on.

Three airmen on top of a Lancaster examining the mid-upper gun turret. The turret has been damaged as has the side of the aircraft, DS686 'OW-D'.

Seven airmen with parachutes, harnesses and Mae Wests in front of a Halifax. It is annotated 'PL19951'.

An 8000 pound bomb on a trolley with 16 airmen arranged behind it. Further behind is a Lancaster. The bomb has written on it 'Merry Christmas from the RCAF. An 8000lb present for Adolph. But if he can read this, he's lucky'. There are christmas…

Five airmen drinking tea. They are all in flying kit. The image is annotated 'PL19702'.

Two airmen sitting on a sofa and a third leaning on the side. They are inside a Nissen hut.
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