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Priscilla Henwood's father was in the Royal Air Force and she joined 600 Squadron as an auxiliary before the war and worked in recruitment. She later worked as a member of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force in the equipment section at an Operational…

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Coby Van Riel was a child of about six when the Germans invaded Holland. She lived in a fishing port area of The Hague where her father had a number of jobs to make ends meet in the difficult days before the war and her mother ran a chemist shop. She…

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Harold Kirby joined up the Royal Air Force encouraged by two friends, but ended up training as a flight mechanic at RAF Halton on medical grounds. Harold became them airframe fitter, volunteered as a flight engineer, passed the physical but was then…

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Gladys Gildersleve was working for a laboratory when she decided to join the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force. She began her training at RAF Bridgenorth and at RAF Morecambe. Her first posting was to barrage balloons at Swansea Docks. She eventually…

MBarkerR[Ser#-DoB]-151001-01.pdf
Opens with mention of Bomber Command memorial in Green Park and 55,573 despite killed, moral was high due to belief that winning was vital. Tells story that he was guest at two weddings in 1943 with three other members of bomber command and that all…

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Thea Warwick was seven years old and living in Rotterdam during the war. She recounts what is was like during the Hongerwinter. Walking for miles to soup kitchens and talks about other examples of how they obtained food. They moved into the…

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Letter from Rupert Harwood to his daughter Janet. He thanks her for her letter and hopes she is not bothered by the flying bombs. He also mentions that he has not had any time off and hopes she is enjoying her music and swimming.

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Letter from Rupert Harwood to his daughter Janet. He writes hoping she is not worrying over the buzz-bombs and that he is sending a parcel with sweets and chocolate and foreign stamps.

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Giovanni Delfino was at first evacuated to the Cremona area, where he could see the glow of the distant bombings. He then came back to Milan only to witness a bomb nearly missing his house and killing factory workers. He describes the gruesome sight…

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Dr Marjorie Birch was born and grew up in London. She was evacuated with her younger sister when war was declared. She later trained as a medical student in London. She describes her accommodation opposite Kings Cross Station and the bombing. She…

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Low level oblique aerial photograph of a narrow road leading from the bottom left up a valley to the centre where it meets the square entrance to a tunnel in a hillside. To the left of the valley and above the entrance are trees.

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Photographs 1, 2 and 4 are of airmen standing and sitting on a V-1 launch ramp.
Photographs 3, 5 and 6 are of airmen standing on the badly damaged concrete protection at the site.
Photograph 7 is of four airmen standing in a large bomb…

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The obituary of Flight Lieutenant Bob Knights. It details his raids on the Tirpitz, his early life, his training in Florida, his time with 617 Squadron and his role with BOAC after the war until his retirement in 1976.

MCluettAV120946-150515-15.pdf
Royal Air Force notebook for workshop and laboratory records containing a large number of hand drawn wartime cartoons including aircraft caricatures. On the cover '547557 AC2 Johnson' and '1209046 LAC Cluett 1940'.

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Buff file cover. Contents: photos day, Photographic Reconnaissance Unit photographs, PRU report from BCIR.

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States that squadron was detailed to attack third constructional site at Sirancourt just to the west of St Pol. One P-51, two Mosquitos and 17 Lancasters took off for attack. Reports clear weather and good target marking. Aircraft bombed visually to…

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Date 25 June 1944, target, zero hour 0905 hours.Lists leader and marker 1 in P51, two more markers in Mosquito and 17 crews in Lancaster carrying tallboy bombs.

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Note. 'SIRACOURT. THIS PREVIOUS CLEAR COVER CONFIRMS THE SUSPECTED DAMAGE FROM PREVIOUS AND CLOUDY SORTIE. THE WEST SIDE OF THE MAIN UNIT HAS ABOUT A THIRD OF ITS LENGTH DAMAGED. BT 070110B, C PARA WIZERNES LINWE 3 WA THE RAILWAY, VC PARA BIENNA IS…

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Reconnaissance photograph showing area completely covered by many craters. On thew reverse 'Date 11.7.44, Unit WS, Neg No. G109'

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Target photograph showing open countryside with fields virtually covered with craters. Caption '311, W.S., 25.6.44, 8", 16600, 120 degrees, H., H., 617'. At the bottom 'F/Lt Clayton, 1 12000, 0905 hrs'. On the reverse '51:97/17'.

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Series of three target photographs taken at intervals from the same aircraft. First image shows open countryside with fields. Target area with large number of craters is bottom right and this moves to centre in subsequent images. Caption 'sequnce…

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Sequence of two target photographs taken at intervals from the same aircraft. First image shows open countryside with fields and smoke from explosion bottom centre. Target area with many craters is bottom right. Second image shows target area on the…

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Target photograph showing open countryside with fields. The whole area is covered in craters. Caption '283, W.S., 25.6.44, 8", 16400, 134 degrees, C., C., 617'. On the bottom 'F/O Standford 1 x 12000, [...] hrs'. On the reverse '51:97/11'.

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Target photograph showing open countryside with fields. There is smoke from explosion middle bottom. Caption '280, W.S., 25.6.44, 8", 18500, 104 degrees, Y., Y., 617'. On the bottom 'S/L McCarthy 1 x 12000, 0909 hrs'. On the reverse '512:97/10'.

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Sequence of two target photographs taken at intervals from the same aircraft. Both show open countryside with fields. In the first image a tallboy is visible bottom left. In the second, there is an area with many craters bottom right and smoke from…
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