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  • Temporal Coverage starts with "1941-07"

Leslie Curtis describes how, when flying from Gibraltar to Malta, his Wellington (Z8773) experienced engine failure and he was forced to ditch in the Mediterranean Sea. The sole survivor, Leslie was picked up after four days by the destroyer, HMS…

List of operations from July 1941 until September 1943 for 15 Squadron, 1651 HCU at RAF Waterbeach and 214 Squadron at various airfields. Note at bottom; losses 19 Stirlings 4 Fortresses.

Thirty-five airmen wearing greatcoats and side or peaked caps sitting and standing in four rows.

Submitted with caption 'Back row left to right. Edward Pullen, became a Wing Commander, killed in action 20 December 1943 when serving with 50…

Describes arriving a new location near Doncaster and that he might be moved closer soon. Comments on recent holiday and looks forward to the next one. Mentions supply of cigarettes and writes of his activities. Discusses what she might do if called…

Give dates of service, type of commissions and promotions as well as dates of release. Submitted with caption 'Discharge papers and service record'.


Alan writes that he has returned to England.


Account of John Mitchell's career in the Royal Air Force from Oct 1934 until November 1957. Writes of his early ambitions to fly, and joining the RAF as a wireless operator. Describes his training and early postings to Worthy Down on Vickers…

Top - six aircrew wearing flying suits standing alongside the rear fuselage of a Wellington. Captioned 'Cab and crew missing 7/41'. Bottom six aircrew wearing a variety of flying clothes standing in front on the nose of a Wellington. Captioned…

Congratulates him on award of Distinguished Flying Medal.

Letter informs that details the service rendered, for which he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal announced in London Gazette on 29 July 1941.

Citation describes daylight attack on Neiville [sic] Aerodrome when his aircraft was attached by…

Green card 'July 1941 Heyford'.

Pilots flying log book one, for George Alexander Mackie, covering the period from 17 September 1940 to 30 September 1942. Detailing his flying training, operations flown and instructor duties. He was stationed at RAF Meir, RAF Cranfield, RAF…

Writes that there is not much to do in local area but this was just as well as they were very busy and had no spare cash anyway. Mentions pay only at end of month and dangers of mess bills. Writes that he will be going on to bombers, probably…

List of twenty-nine letters sent by Donald Baker to his mother between June 1940 and September 1941. Also notes he was shot down on 5 November 1941.

Two identical photographs of a group of trainees arranged in seven rows. Additional information supplied with the collection identifies it as the RCAF School Aero Engine Division Galt July 1941.


Script of telegram stating he had received pre-paid cables and replied to each.

Reports she sent cable pre-paid reply, no response, delighted received letter Medea.

Notes letter received from Medea. Dads holiday week.

Reports arrival of 14 letters latest dated 9 May, thirteen photographs, cable dated July 16, both well.

Awaiting first letter from Aumale and comments on weather. Notes they have not had to have a fire for weeks despite being told when they moved how cold it was there. Catches up with news and gossip and notes his photograph still has pride of place…

Writes of latest activities and a little about the local town. Discusses latest mail from him and mentions cost of cables. Continues with chat and gossip. Reminisces and then comments that they were surprised that he was able to go into town where he…

Writes of weather and how hot it gets at father's works. Describes new area as up to date small industrial town and mentions some local news. Catches up with other correspondence and passes on news. Mentions their garden and catches up with other…

No letters received lately but pleased to get cables from him. Catches up with news of family/friend, comments on cooler weather and going out to lunch in restaurant in Nelson. Continues with news of other activities including shopping for wedding…

Thanks him for latest letters and surprised to get it so quickly. Delighted by good news from Médéa but note that circumstances have changed again. and they are anxious to get news. Comments on recent good weather and recent thunderstorm. List…

Thanks him for latest letters and surprised to get it so quickly. Delighted by good news from Medea but note that circumstances have changed again. and they are anxious to get news. Comments on recent good weather and recent thunderstorm. List cables…
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