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PHarrisonRW21040008.jpg
Posed out side a house, complete with kitbag. From information kindly supplied by the donor. 'P.O. Reg Harrison leaving the small hamlet of Finnie, Sask. to catch the train for the trip to Halifax, Nova Scotia and then set sail for England and…

PHarrisonRW21040012.jpg
Seven aircrew, sitting or standing on left wing of a Halifax, between the engines. From information kindly supplied by the donor. 'Harrison and his crew. Seated left to right Harrison, Dumville, Hooker, Phillips, Samson, Taylor, standing is Content.…

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Two aircrew standing on the grass between rows of Nissen huts. From information kindly supplied by the donor, 'Harrison and his mid u gunner Content. Taken at Croft summer of 1944. Those Nisson (sic) huts were cold in the winter!'

PHarrisonRW21040016.jpg
Two aircrew officers, upper torso, posed with Nissen huts and bicycles behind them, airfield background. From information kindly provided by the donor. 'L to R Maurice Content & Bob Hooker, 1944 Croft'.

PHarrisonRW21040018.jpg
Two aircrew officers, full length, posed in a field, tree and hedge immediately behind them. From information kindly supplied by the donor. 'L to R Gordon Dumville and Hal Phillips. Gordon died in the crash on take off when we lost an engine prior to…

PHarrisonRW21040024.jpg
Photograph shows left side of fuselage just below the cockpit. Ground crew working on No 4 engine standing on work platforms. Also visible is the right main undercarriage wheel, chock, a bicycle and power trolley.
From information kindly supplied by…

PHarrisonRW21040026.jpg
Reg is sitting under the aircraft before the bombs have been loaded. From information kindly supplied by the donor. 'Harrison sitting on the bomb trolley, on a bomb canister. This was a mixed load of bombs consisting of 4000lb Cookie, several 500lb…

PHarrisonRW21040028.jpg
Shows Reg standing outside a wooden building next to a sign stating 'All bicycles to be placed on the racks provided'.
From information kindly provided by the donor. 'Harrison standing outside the Flight Room of 431 Squadron. The bicycle was the…

PHarrisonRW21040032.jpg
A Lancaster that has landed with its wheels up. From information kindly supplied by the donor. 'This picture shows how my tour of ops ended. My tour started with a crash when I went on my 2nd dickey trip & the crew brought back a 500lb bomb that…

PHarrisonRW2103.jpg
Reg Harrison grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan and enjoyed watching aircraft when they flew over. He had his first flight as a youngster when he was lent five dollars by a shopkeeper. He volunteered for aircrew as soon as he was of age and began his…

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Seven airmen in flying kit standing in front of their Halifax.
On the reverse 'Halifax Mk V Poss SE-W LL258'
and
'Left to right as viewed
"Jock" Heron M/O
"Ned" Sparkes F/Eng
"Badge"Badgery (RAAF) Pilot
"Archie" Pitt Nav
"Jack" Page…

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Halifax, LK640, 'SE-Q' undergoing maintenance by two ground crew. On the nose is a cartoon woman named 'Queenie' Each crewman has his name painted on at their respective stations. Three bombs are painted on.
Information supplied with the collection…

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Halifax, 'SE-U' taking off watched by two women and five airmen. Information supplied with the collection dates it as 10.12.43 at RAF Tholthorpe.
Information supplied with the collection states 'Croft 10 December 1943. WAAFs wave farewell to the…

PCothliffKB15060008.jpg
Three identical images of a Halifax, SE-U, taking off witnessed by two women and five airmen.
One is annotated 'S3.R 19900192-051#3'.
A fourth image is taken a few seconds later with the same people in the foreground.

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Three identical vertical aerial photographs of an attack on Berlin. There is no detail on the photograph. Some light flashes and tracer fire is visible. It is captioned '10 CRT 28/29.1.44//NT 8" 14000 -->100°0324 Berlin Raid M1 x 2000 2x30 6 x 4…

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A port side view of a Halifax, SE-H, LK983, taking off. Above is annotated 'S3.2 19900192-051#1'.

PCothliffKB15060010.jpg
Port view of a Halifax, SE-R taking off. Above it is annotated 'S3.2 19900192-051#6'.

PCothliffKB15010008.jpg
A port side view of a Halifax, SE-R, taking off.

PCothliffKB15010006.jpg
A port side view of a Halifax 'SE-U' taking off. At the side are five airmen and two women watching it leave.
A second image shows the same group with the two women waving.

PCothliffKB15010002.jpg
A port side view of a Halifax, SE-H, on the ground. At the top is a reference 'S3.R 19900192-051#1'

PCothliffKB15010001.jpg
A port side view of a Halifax, SE-R, on the ground. At the top is a caption 'S3.2 19900192-051-6'

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Gerry Philbin's talents in hockey whilst serving in the RCAF are described. He then transferred to the UK to fly Halifaxes. During an operation they were shot down and only he and Sergeant Millard survived. He was captured but escaped with the help…

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Flight Sergeant W.B. Gracie’s Flying Log Book, from 6th September 1943 to 5th August 1944, recording training and operations as a Flight Engineer. Based at RAF Croft (1664 Conversion Unit) and 431 RCAF Squadron) and RAF Tholthorpe (425 RCAF…

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A list of aircraft and aircrew for an operation on Mimoyecques - Pas de Calais. A handwritten annotation has the location of the attack and 'all returned'.

Additional information about this item has been kindly provided by the donor.

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