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A newspaper article about Ron after he was shot down over France. A second cutting has a brief note about Ron returning home after being missing in France.
[The details in the article are incorrect. His aircraft was a Wellington, it was shot down on…

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A short history of 106 Squadron. Covers formation in world war one. Reformed in 1938 with Hinds and Battles. Equipped with Hampden at beginning of the war. Initially a advanced training unit. Became operational in September 1940. Describes early…

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A biography of Fred. In addition it includes histories of aircraft and squadrons he served in, Details are included of airfields he served at. Additionally there are biographies of various servicemen associated with Fred's squadrons and service.
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A newspaper cutting about Captain Edwin Swales DFC. His aircraft was badly damaged but he ordered his crew to leave and he went down with his aircraft.

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A newspaper cutting with cartoons of Captain Swales, German fighters, Lancasters under attack and airmen baling out. It is annotated 7hs 40 Trip No 33.

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Shows qualified as a navigator, pathfinder force air bomber/radar and visual bomb aimer.

This item was sent to the IBCC Digital Archive already in digital form. No better quality copies are available.

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Episode 1: story of bomb aimer with hypoxia on operation to Hamburg on 30 January 1943. Episode 2: account of operations to Friedrichshafen on 20 June 1943 and Spezia on 23 June 1943. On first operation, Pathfinders from 97 Squadron suffered in…

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A certificate awarding Maurice the Path Finder Badge.

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A diary kept by Maurice. It records his operations. (Note the squadron was visited by the King & Queen on 10th February 1944 and he had lunch with them in the mess. He was killed on 15th February 1944 on an operation to Berlin)

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Award of the Pathfinder badge to Gordon Babbage.

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Permanent award to Warrant Officer Gordon Babbage.

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Navigator’s, air gunner’s and air bomber’s flying log book for G Babbage, air gunner, covering the period from 15 December 1942 to 8 April 1945. Detailing his flying training and operations flown. He was stationed at RAF Stormey Down, RAF…

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First - over 400 times they led the way. Article about RAF Pathfinders. Crest and details about 35 Squadron. Also mentions 7, 83 and 156 Squadrons as nucleus of force in August 1942. Mentions some of their attacks and numbers of decorations awarded.…

SBrennanJ1210913v20003-0008.pdf
Text for a lecture. Joined RAF as air observer in June 1941. List initial training postings, conversion to Halifax, crewing up and posting to 102 Squadron at RAF Pocklington in May 1943. Describes preparation for operations and lists 6 operations…

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Made out for Flight Sergeant J Brennan permanently awarded the Pathfinder badge

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Letter to Sergeant Brennan stating that he was now entitled to wear Pathfinder badge.

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Two newspaper cuttings concerning award of Distinguished Flying Medal for Borrowash airman, Pilot Officer John Brennan. Gives some personal information and mentions his Halifax ditching in the North Sea and being in dinghies for 18 hours. Includes a…

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Head and shoulders portrait of an RAF officer wearing tunic with wireless operator brevet and medal ribbons and peaked cap.

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When Alfred’s mother’s house was destroyed during Luftwaffe bombing, he was determined to join the RAF and fight back. He trained as a gunner and completed two tours and a spell as an instructor. After his final tour of operations, he joined the…

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Head and shoulders portrait of an airman wearing tunic with bomb aimer brevet and pathfinder badge.

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Enlisted in 1939, ground staff until re-mustered as aircrew, Feb 1943 to RAF St Eval, anti-submarine sweeps. May 1943 to 78 Squadron, 1943 instructing at OTU, July 1944 to 35 Squadron Pathfinders, total of 66 operations. Demobbed February 1946.

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States Flight Sergeant Charles William Eyles was Master Bomber and visual marker and was reliable and accurate. Participated in 51 attacks by day and night against heavily defended targets. Provides other accolades.
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