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After leaving school, Jo Lancaster was an aircraft apprentice with Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft Company in Coventry. After volunteering for the Air Force, he trained as a pilot and completed a tour on Wellingtons with 40 Squadron from RAF Alconbury.…

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Describes events during a mine laying operation in a Stirling to the Gironde River near Bordeaux. Relates how the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire which damaged the tail and an engine as well as wounding the flight engineer. Describes the…

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Hugh Parry was born in Oswestry and joined the Air Force in April 1943 and volunteered to be an air gunner. Knowing that there was a height restriction on air gunners of six feet he hid his height by wearing baggy trousers. After training, he was…

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William Holmes remembers his time as a pilot in the RAF. Gives a vivid and graphic account of the dramatic crash-landing which left him badly injured and brought him to join the Guinea Pig Club. Remembers various episodes of his operational life:…

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Martin Catty grew up in London and was evacuated to Westward Ho! with his school at the beginning of the war. He completed a short training course at Cambridge University in 1942 and joined Air Force. After training he flew 40 operations as a…

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List medals for David Donaldson including Distinguished Service order and bar, Distinguished Flying Cross. Medal for Joyce Donaldson, War Medal 1939-45. Lists RAF Service for David Donaldson from 1934 to demob in November 1945. Lists Joyce…

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Tony Adams grew up in Australia and was studying accountancy when he was conscripted into the army at the age of 18. He later transferred to the Air Force. He trained as a wireless operator and was sent overseas to the UK in June 1943. After…

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Account of Wing Commander David Donaldson's RAF career from his early interest in flying and joining the Royal Air Force volunteer reserve in 1934, call up in 1939 and operational tours on 149 Squadron, 57 Squadron, flight commander 156 Squadron…

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Flight Lieutenant Ken Thomas flew operations as a pilot with 622 Squadron.

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Bill Gray was born and grew up in Australia and volunteered for the Air Force. After training, he flew 29 operations as an air gunner with 15 squadron from RAF Mildenhall. He returned to Australia after the war but contracted tuberculosis. He was…

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Shows the operations board for an operation by two squadrons to Cologne on 31 May 1942. To the left are listed crew captains with take off and landing times. All have returned to base apart from F/O Johnson who is forth up from the bottom. On the…

7 Squadron was formed in May 1914 at Farnborough. In June 1939 it became a training unit, preparing crews for flying Hampdens. On 1 August 1940 it reformed with Stirlings, the first squadron to fly the aircraft, and was posted to 3 Group in October…

37 Squadron was reformed in 1937 as a heavy bomber squadron equipped with the Harrow. In 1939 it converted to the Wellington as part of 3 Group. In November 1940 the squadron was transferred to Egypt. Throughout 1943 the squadron took part in the…

38 Squadron was part of 3 Group until November 1940 when it was posted to Egypt.
It was stationed at: RAF Marham.
Aircraft flown included: Wellington.
Wartime losses: 55

By the start of the war 75 Squadron was equipped with Wellingtons and it served as a pool training squadron in 3 Group. In April 1940 it was absorbed into 6 (Training) Group. The squadron was immediately reformed in 3 Group as 75 (NZ) Squadron using…

90 Squadron originally formed in 1917 and by 1939 it was equipped with Blenheims and used as a training squadron for Bomber Command. It merged with 35 Squadron to become 17 Operational Training Unit in April 1940. The squadron reformed in May 1941 as…

99 Squadron was originally formed in 1917, and in 1938, was the first squadron to be equipped with Wellingtons. As part of 3 Group, It was stationed at RAF Newmarket from mid- September 1939 to March 1941 when it moved to RAF Waterbeach. It…

101 Squadron served in the First World War and was re-formed in March 1928. During the Second World War, they flew Blenheims until May 1941 as part of 2 and 3 Group Bomber Command. The squadron was moved to 1 Group in October 1942, it converted to…

149 Squadron was formed in 1918 and at the beginning of the war was stationed at RAF Mildenhall in 3 Group equipped with Wellingtons.
In November 1941 the squadron converted to Stirlings and it flew more sorties with the Stirling than any other…

214 Squadron originally formed in 1917 as 14 (Naval) Squadron it became 214 Squadron on the formation of the RAF in April 1918. By September 1939 the squadron was flying Wellingtons as part of 3 Group stationed at RAF Methwold. It took part in its…

218 Squadron was originally formed in 1918 and by September 1939 it was stationed in France as part of the Advanced Air Striking Force equipped with Battles. After suffering heavy losses during the German advance in May 1940 the squadron moved back…

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A large group of airmen arranged in five rows in front of a Stirling aircraft. On the reverse 'Nov 1943 3 Group 622 Squadron. Bomber Command. R.A.F. Mildenhall Short Stirling Mk III'.

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History from opening on 22 November 1942 to civilian use up to January 1981. Originally 2 Group with 98 and 180 squadrons flying B-25. Later based 514 Squadron Lancaster of 3 Group then 192 Squadron of 100 Group flying Wellington. Mosquito and…

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Starts with description of operations with B-25 from RAF Foulsham. Succeeded by 514 Squadron Lancaster and 1678 training flight. Replaced by 192 Squadron of 100 Group flying Halifax, Mosquito and Wellington on radio countermeasure and other special…
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