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A group of seven airmen, including Malcolm Staves standing in front of a Lancaster. They are wearing full flying gear.

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24 airmen arranged in three rows and captioned '207 Sqdn. Pilots May 1945.' On the reverse '406 Malcolm Staves'.

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A reference written by Malcolm Staves' Signals Leader, 207 Squadron praising his work and character.

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Top is a group of airmen in front of a Lancaster. Captioned '207 Squadron (Aircrews and Ground Staff) At Stradishall, Suffolk. February 1947'.
Bottom is the rear of an air-to air view of a Lancaster captioned 'Lancaster EM-A in which we flew on…

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An air-to-air view of three Lancasters 'EM-F', 'EM-A' and 'EM-C' flying in a V- formation over an airfield and countryside. On the reverse 'Dad's Lancaster (centre A)'.

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Top is of seven airmen sitting on a grassy bank. On the reverse ' Spilsby May 1945.
Ron Taffy Eric
Ian Me Jim
Ron.'
Middle is of six airmen sitting on the grass in front of a tent. On the reverse 'Ingoldmells 'Rest' Camp.
September…

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List of aircraft, Captain, sorties, bomb load, departure and arrival times and remarks. Officer commanding S/L Belasco, bomb load, fuel load and tonnage underneath.
On the second sheet a complete aircrew list of each aircraft.
On a third sheet is…

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Five raid assessments carried out at RAF Spilsby. Detail of problems encountered in each operation. Final sheet is an extract from Operations Record Book by three different Lancasters.

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An account of 207 Squadron operations undertaken by Malcolm Staves whilst at RAF Spilsby.

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Front cover of a document titled 'Signals Notes'. The document is damaged and the rest of the title is missing. It has Malcolm Staves' name handwritten several times on the cover. On the reverse is an index for the rest of the document, which is…

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Wireless Operator's (Air) Log Book for operation to Cham 17 April 1945 including call signs, actions, bearings and fixes taken.

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Malcolm Staves' life in the RAF, starts with his school reports through his enlistment in 1942. He trained at Bridgnorth then was assigned to 207 Squadron at Spilsby. His colleagues included George Cearns who joined 166 Squadron and Hank Williams who…

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Peter Stevenson's account of his service in the Officer Training Corps at Grantham and later in the Air Training Corps. Tells of his life in Grantham and the effect of the war on the town. Also his involvement post war in museums and projects to…

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Seven airmen below the open bomb doors of a Lancaster. Four are standing and three are kneeling. Eric Varney is kneeling bottom right. All except one person are wearing parachte harnesses. There is another Lancaster in the background.

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Vera Willis nee Tomlinson volunteered for the Women's Auxiliary Air Force because she wanted to be a driver. Her driving career in the RAF involved driving long distances as well as driving aircrew to dispersal. Some crew gave her letters for…

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Vera Willis volunteered for the Women's Auxiliary Air Force because she wanted to be a driver. Her driving career in the RAF involved driving driving aircrew to dispersal.This content is available as embedded video:

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Annotated 'MT' at top in red. Lists 21 crews in table showing crew positions and aircraft. At the bottom Window crew. Details 'officer I/C night flying', Squadron Leader G Howes. Signed by for Flight Lieutenant T F Leonard for Officer Commanding…

207 Squadron was equipped with Battles in 1939 and became part of 12 Operational Training Unit. The Squadron was re-formed in November 1940 at RAF Waddington as part of 5 Group Bomber Command to bring the new Manchesters into operational service.…

RAF Waddington is in Lincolnshire, three miles south of Lincoln. It opened in November 1916, closed after the end of the First World War and reopened in March 1937. Concrete runways were laid in 1943. Waddington was home to several squadrons flying…

RAF Spilsby was in Lincolnshire, 12 miles west from Skegness. Construction began in 1942 and it opened in September 1943. 207 Squadron arrived in October 1943 and were joined a year later by 44 Squadron. Both units stayed until July 1945. The station…

RAF Methwold was in Nofolk, 10 miles north-west of Brandon. It opened with grass runways in 1939 as a satellite airfield for RAF Feltwell, just to the south. The runways were concreted in 1943 and it reopened in May 1944. Flying ceased in 1946 and…

RAF Bottesford was in Lincolnshire, seven miles north west of Grantham. It became operational in November 1941 as part of 5 Group Bomber Command. It was occupied by 207 Squadron with Manchesters before converting to Lancasters in March 1942. 207…

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John Wright was born in 1932. He was evacuated from West Ham during the War along with his Mother and two Brothers. Johns’ Father joined the Royal Air Force as an Observer Bomb Aimer with 207 Squadron. His aircraft was shot down over Switzerland on…

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Robert Woodhouse flew operations as a wireless operator / air gunner with 207 and 617 Squadrons.

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Eric Varney completed 28 operations as a mid upper gunner with 207 Squadron from RAF Spilsby. After the war Eric worked as a bus driver, coal miner, long distance lorry driver and coal merchant.
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