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  • Collection: Auton, Jim

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Jim Auton grew up on Royal Air Force stations and joined the Royal Air Force at seventeen. He trained as a pilot navigator and bomber at RAF Ansty near Coventry, then in South Africa under the Empire Air Training Scheme. He trained on B-24s at Lidder…

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A line up of seven aircrew in flying gear, standing informally next to a B-24. Four are wearing light coloured trousers; three are wearing standard footwear instead of flying boots; two have no parachute. Marston Mat is visible on the ground. Jim…

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Two B-24 in a desert landscape, one on the ground and one flying overhead at low altitude . A starter trolley is visible on the ground.

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Air-to-air view of a B-24 with the code 'Q' on the fuselage; the port wing of second B-24 is partially visible on the right. Calibration markings along the edges.

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A B-24 in flight over land with a river flowing parallel to the vertical margin. On the fuselage, code letter 'H' and barely legible serial number 'KH205' [?]. Captioned on the reverse 'F. J. Auton 178 Sqdn. Italy 1944'.

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Seven aircrew are in front of the fuselage of a B-24 with 'M 19' painted on it. Five aircrew are standing, two crouched. Some are in flying gear, one has sergeant stripes.

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Five aircrew wearing different combinations of battledresses and non-regulation items such as woollen hats are standing in front of a Wellington parked on a muddy field. Only the nose and part of the inner port engine are visible.

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Six aircrew in flying gear. One of them wears light-coloured trousers; one sports sergeant stripes, a third is in rolled-up shirt sleeves. Two packed parachutes are visible on Marston Mat. Inner starboard engine, part of the fuselage with the marking…

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Head and shoulder portrait of Jim Auton in sergeant's uniform with bomb aimer brevet.

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Head and shoulder portrait of Sergeant Jim Auton in tropical uniform with observer brevet.

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Head and shoulder portrait of Sergeant Jim Auton in uniform with bomb aimer brevet.

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This is not your struggle. A leaflet produced for the USAAF and RAF.

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A letter of encouragement to Allied forces in the Mediterranean theatre.

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A list of 15 flights to and from Warsaw and aircrew. They cover from 13 Aug 1944 to 2 Nov 1944.

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A newspaper cutting describing air supply of equipment and munitions of patriots in several countries.

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Four civilians with Sten Gun and rifles, sitting under a tree. Information supplied with the collection states 'Partisans near Krakow'.

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A crashed German Me 109 fighter aircraft. Two civilians are examining it.

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Two soldiers with light machine guns. Information supplied with the collection states 'The Polish AK brothers Zybal'.

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A group of eight airmen standing ankle deep in mud beside their tents.

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The author was shot down over Linz, Austria whilst bombing a Panzer works. The other six in his crew perished. He was taken to Dulag Luft at Frankfurt then Stalag Luft VII. In January his camp was evacuated and he joined the Long March to the west,…

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William Cross Memoir of a supply drop to Polish fighters. They lost an engine and struggled to maintain height. The pilot had bailed out leaving the rest of the crew to fly the aircraft. They landed successfully in Russian territory and met up with…

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A memoir that answers 20 questions about his RAF experiences.

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Two last pages from a colleague's logbook. His pilot on operations was Captain Lawrie. There is a note to Jim from Ray explaining that the last entries were written by another. The owner of the logbook's name is indecipherable.

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Flying Officer A. Bonney’s Royal Canadian Air Force Flying Log Book for Aircrew other than Pilot, from 13th October 1942 to August 1944. Recording his training as an air gunner in Canada and England, two completed tours with 142 Squadron RAF based…

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Quotations referring to the attempts to supply the Poles in Warsaw with armaments.
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