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  • Tags: RAF Wickenby
  • Type is exactly "Text. Correspondence"

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The letter advises Mrs Jones that her husband is missing.

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He writes about their daughter Carol and mess life at RAF Wickenby.

This is the last letter he sent home. It arrived after the news of his death.

Additional information about this item has been kindly provided by the donor.

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Details of squadron, aircraft, captain, navigator, date, orders, route and three pages of en-route navigation observations. Annotated with blue pen. Note on top right 'Op No. 28 (Kiel)'.

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Details of squadron, aircraft, captain, navigator, date, orders, route and four pages of en-route navigation observations. Note on top right 'Op No 26'.

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Details of navigator, date, orders, route and two and a half pages of en-route navigation observations. Annotated in blue pen. Note on top right 'Op No 17'.

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Details of squadron, aircraft, captain, navigator, date, orders, route and page and half en-route navigation observations. Annotated in blue pen. Note on top right 'Op No 16'.

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The letter refers to the crash of Lancaster EE148 in May 1944. The priest was in the Resistance and organised the collection of the bodies of the airmen and their funeral.

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George apologises for not writing because of his sadness on losing so many of his colleagues. It is a sad letter expressing his feeling if he was lost on an operation.

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An air gunner who has completed two tours. Requests advice on how to get back on operations.

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Album page including letter from Air Vice Marshal E A B Rice, 1 Group, congratulating Warrant Officer E W Smith on the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross. Caption on page '2nd Tour of Ops 12-626 Sqn, Wickenby, Lincs June - Nov 1943'.

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Pilot’s flying log book for Flying Officer Ernest Smith from 1st July 1944 to 25 July 1945, detailing duties as a flying instructor with No. 3 (later No. 7) Flying Instructor School at RAF Lulsgate Bottom, including attendance at No. 1 Beam…

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Ian writes about his operations to Berlin and Essen and that he hates the war. Mentions he has now done 17 operations. Catches up with family news.

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Writes of operational schedule and recent operation to Stuttgart. Mentions leave has been put back. Catches up with family news. Writes he is feeling miserable and meeting skipper's family. Writes that he has 11 operations to do.

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Mentions sorry to hear some bad news and then writes that he had flown to Munich and it was a “wizard” show.

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He writes that he was at Hamburg last night and that they are not operating from from Wickenby that night and that will help him sleep. Catches up with news of children.

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He writes about his bombing operation to Nuremberg and that they had to fly back from Germany on only three engines. Mentions that he has been put in charge of flight engineers on the station. Catches up with family news.

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He writes that he had landed safely the night before and he is hoping for more leave soon.

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Writes of operation to Nuremberg and interview for his commission with Group Captain Hughie Edwards.

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Writes of mail and mentions an operation to Wilhelmshaven.

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He starts by catching up with domestic and family/acquaintance matters. He goes on to write of an operation to Lorient, although it was bad for french civilians and that he is looking forward to leave.

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He wishes her many happy returns and thanks her for the parcel. He mentions a present for her but it will need to wait for next leave.

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He is worried about his son David’s illness. He also writes about the weather, that he is fed up and that he went to the cinema in Lincoln to watch Bambi.

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The letter is Ian Wynn’s final letter written in case of his death. He advises how he would like his sons to grow up and states that he loves his wife.

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Writes about weather and about their aircraft. Looking forward to leave and talks about car and allowances and is enclosing newspaper cutting about the latter.

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Writes of flying including cross country and over Doncaster and Gainsborough as well as scaring farmers ploughing with horses.
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