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40 Squadron was formed in 1916 at Gosport, Hampshire. In 1940 it flew operations in Blenheims against the German invasion barges. It then converted to Wellingtons as part of 1 Group before being posted to Malta in October 1941. The squadron then…

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Vertical aerial photograph of Bologna. Field patterns are visible but the centre and lower portions of the image are obscured by bright lights, flares or anti-aircraft fire. Captioned 'A4 1943. FOG.12/13 Sept 44//NT F8 10300' [arrow] 265° 21.23…

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Vertical aerial photograph of the Borovnica railway viaduct. Some fields are visible but the majority of the image is obscured by bright lights, tracer and smoke. Captioned 'A4 2042.40/8 26 Sept. 44.F8".//.NT. 7600' [arrow] 039° 2042 Borovnica Viad.…

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Vertical aerial photograph of Brescia. In the lower half the Breda works and the railway line are visible; the top half is obscured by tracers, explosions and bright lights. Captioned '1972 40/2 17 Sept 44 F8//NT 7100' [arrow] 300° 2046 Brescia R.…

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Vertical aerial photograph of the Adige river south of Bronzolo. The Lusina stream is barely discernible. Captioned ''A4 2085. 40/14 12 Oct 44. F8//NT 11000' [arrow] 035° 2020. Bronzolo F 9x500 5x250 Mk III 24 Sgt. Hanson. F. B/A Sgt. Bouchen'.

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Vertical aerial photograph of the area around the Casarsa bridge on the Tagliamento river. The left half of the image is obscured by bright light. A road runs from top to bottom with side roads leading off. Captioned: 'A4 2009 40/46 Dec 26 44 F8//NT…

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Vertial aerial photograph of Circhina. Snow-covered terrain, scattered trees and a river are visible on the image. Captioned '2780 40'55 21 Jan '45 F8"//1400° [arrow] 17.17 T.T. Circhina Supply Drop. Sgt Hanson P/O Jones B'A.

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Vertical aerial photograph of the railway line near Doboj and the Bosna river. There are some explosions. Captioned '2740/52 5 Jan 45 F8"// 8000° [arrow] 11.00 1/2 R.R. Dobolj Rly Bdg. Sgt. Hanson. F/Sgt Jones B/A'.

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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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Jo Lancaster grew up in Cumbria and joined the Air Force as soon as he was able. After training as a pilot he flew a tour of operations with 40 Squadron from RAF Alconbury. He then became an instructor before his second tour flying Lancasters with 12…

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After training in South Africa, William Briley flew operations as a navigator with 40 Squadron flying Wellingtons from Foggia, Italy. One of his operations involved the dropping of a 4000lb bomb which derailed two trains. He was also involved in mine…

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Vertical aerial photograph of Matesevo-Kolasin Road. The Tapa river meanders through the centre of the image. Adjacent is flatter land but to the top and bottom are hills. A road partly follows the river. Captioned '2609. 40/42 19 Dec '44 F8 // 9000'…

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Vertical aerial photograph of a road and a river, some small explosions in the centre. Captioned '2356 40/29. 18.Nov'44 F/8//9000' [arrow] 1430. R.R. Novi Pazar Rds Sgt Hanson Sgt Boughen B/A'.

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Vertical aerial photograph of Podgorica. The image is very clear apart from explosions and fires on the left side, a mainly industrial area. A river flows left to right with a road bridge and several roads. Captioned '22.30 40/22. 6. Nov '44…

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Vertical aerial photograph of Podgorica, obscured by explosions and tracer. It is captioned 'A4 2409 40/31 19/20 Nov 44 F8"//7000' [arrow] 063°. 20.31 Podgorica Z. 1x4000 MIII 17 1/2 Sgt. Hanson 40 Sgt Boughen. B/A'

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Vertical aerial photograph of the roads between Podgorica and Klopot. A river meanders across the centre, round a rock ridge. It is followed in part by a road. Captioned '2528 40/38 15 Dec '44 f8"//4,000' [arrow] 16.08 Z.Z Podgorica-Klopot Roads Sgt…

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Vertical aerial photograph of the Ponte della Priula area. The centre is obscured by bright light and tracers. The Piave river meanders across the lower half of the image; the strada statale 13 Pontebbana and the Venezia – Udine railway line are…

RAF Alconbury was in Cambridgeshire three miles north-west of Huntingdon. It opened in 1938 as a satellite station for RAF Upwood. By the start of the war the station was used as a satellite station for RAF Wyton in 2 Group and the Battles of 12, 40…

RAF Wyton is in Cambridgeshire, four miles north east from Huntingdon. It first opened in 1916 but construction of a new airfield began in 1935 and it reopened in July 1936 as part of 2 Group. 139 Squadron and 114 Squadron flew Hinds and later…

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Vertical aerial photograph of the Salcano railway bridge, most of the frame is obscured by cloud. There is a road on the right side and some railway lines at the top. Captioned 'A4 A4 2696 40/50 3 Jan 45 F8//NT 7000' [arrow] 050° 17.32 Salcano Rly.…

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Vertical aerial photograph of Szekesfehervar. In the lower half some street detail is visible but all of the top half is obscured by bright light and tracers. Captioned 'A4 1989 40/4. 19 Sept 44 F8"//NT. 9100' [arrow] 049°. 2046. Szekesfehervar.T.…

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Vertical aerial photograph of Szombathely. Field pattern and some buildings are visible as well as a river. It is captioned 'A4 2484 40/33 22-23 Nov 44. F/8"//NT 8000 --> 360° 2003 Szombathely M/YOS. J 9x500 3x250 Mk III Sgt Hanson J Sgt. Boughen…

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Vertical aerial photograph of Tatoi aerodrome. No detail is visible. The image is dark with explosions in the bottom left corner and ant-aircraft tracer. Captioned 'A4 1945. FOG.13/14 Sept 44//NT. F8. 9100' [arrow] 160°. 0013. Tatoi A/D. 6x500lbs,…

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Vertical aerial photograph of Udine marshalling yards, centered on Porta Aquileia. The image is clear with the exception of an explosion in the lower right. Detail of the town and roads is visible. Captioned 'A4 2760 40/54 Jan 20 45 F8/NT 8000'…

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A listing of William George Briley's operational stations and squadrons.
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