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  • Collection: Souter, Kenneth Place

Kenneth Souter was born in Sunderland. His father ran a business importing wooden pit props. Kenneth learned to fly at Cambridge, and his first air experience flight was on the 5th of July 1939, and after training he went solo on the 31st of July…

A reference written by his commanding officer, praising his skills and mentioning his contribution to the filming of 'The Dam Busters'.

Four letters to Ken.
#1 is a letter commanded by the Queen thanking him for his service.
#2 is a letter appointing him to General Duties.
#3 is a letter that can be used as a reference. It mentions his role in the filming of The Dam Busters.

Pilot's flying log book. One, for Ken Souter. Covering the period from 5 July 1939 to 27 April 1945. Detailing his flying training, operational flying and instructor duties. He was stationed No.43 Elementary and Reserve flying traing School at RAF…

Pilot's flying log book. Two, for Ken Souter. Covering the period from 27 March 1951 to 24 March 1958. Detailing his flying training, flying duties with 83 and 150 Squadron and operations flown. He was stationed at 230 Operational Conversion Unit RAF…

An air to air photograph of a Lancaster carrying a mocked up Upkeep bomb during the filming of The Dam Busters film.

An oblique aerial view of the Ladybower reservoir, looking to the east.

The nose of a Canberra with a hangar and the Rock, behind.


A pilot seated in a Lancaster cockpit.

Two air to air photograph of three Lincolns, RE358, RF414 and RF575.
In the first they are seen from the port side.
In the second they are seen from above.


Nine Lincolns, viewed from above.


A view of three Lancasters flying low with mocked up Upkeep bombs for the filming of The Dam Busters film. They are flying over a field with a horse in. The photograph is annotated 'E54.1-PUB.156'.

A port side view of four Lancasters of 106 Squadron.

Two photographs.
#1 is three Lancasters flying over an Oxford and Mosquito.
#2 is of four Lancasters parked on grass. One is ZN-G

Three Lancasters, viewed from the front flying over a parked Anson that is partially obscuring a Mosquito.
In the second image there are only two Lancasters.

A group of airmen and civilians arranged in front and on the wing of a Lancaster. This is in the style of a squadron photograph and was taken during the filming of The Dam Busters film.

A group of airmen and ground crew arranged in front of a Lincoln. The men are in tropical khaki and shorts.

Three men in the cockpit of an aircraft. Two airmen and a civilian camera man.
It is annotated ' "Blimey what a draft!"
"Wish I were in a Lancaster" Ken. Best wishes and thanks a lot Ken, Sincerely Bob.'

Three men in front of a wall of storyboard drawings for the filming of The Dam Busters film. One man has a model of a Lancaster in his hand.
It is annotated 'E541.PUB.47'.

A Lancaster coded AJ-G, of 617 Squadron, banking hard to Starboard viewed from the air. From the filming of The Dam Busters film, the fuselage has been modified for a mock up Upkeep bomb which it is carrying.

Three men involved in the filming of The Dam Busters.
It is annotated 'E54.1.PUB.54'.

A view from a twin engined aircraft flying low over Ladybower reservoir.

Identification kindly provided by Adrienne Irving with additional backing by David Parker of the Unidentified photos of the British Isles Facebook group.

Actors Michael Redgrave and Richard Todd playing Barnes Wallis and Guy Gibson having a discussion over a meal in the Mess. From the filming of The Dam Busters film.
It is captioned 'E54.1.PROD.117'.

Port side view of two Canberras, in flight.

A port side view of Lincoln RA672 in flight.


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