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BGoodmanLSGoodmanLSv1.pdf
Begins with his decision to cease his studies and join the Royal Air Force. Covers recruitment activities and life during initial training including employment as ground gunner while waiting for flying training. Describes basic training on Tiger Moth…

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Album page with three clippings, one from from The Daily Telegraph and Morning Post dated Tuesday May 18 1943 showing a number of Lancasters over a city, captioned '617 Lancs'. One summarising the news from around November 1944 and one summarising…

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A Top Secret document referring to the operation to the Ruhr dams. There is a general section describing the purpose of the raid, a section on defences and the priorities of the raid. There is a list of 19 aircraft and their crew from 617 Squadron…

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A personal account of life of an engineer, C E Brennan, who was seconded to A V Roe at Woodford and Ringway who saw Roy Chadwick frequently. He talks of comradeship, playing rugby and listening to singer Hilda Green. Mentions rivalry between A V Roe…

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An air to air image of a Lincoln, RF522 'G' over New York, with the Empire State building in the background.

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Form 543 with details of length of service, training units, squadrons and airfields.

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Navigators, air bombers, air gunners and flight engineers flying log book for Basil Ambrose, flight engineer, covering the period from 5 July 1944 to 11 July 1946. Detailing engineers training, flying training and operations flown and post war…

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Ordered 1941 and built by A.V. Roe at Chadderton near Manchester as one of a batch of 620 between November 1943 and June 1943. Twenty of this batch either side of ED 932 (Gibson's aircraft) were modified as type 464 provisioning to enable Barnes…

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Royal Air Force pilot's flying log book for Squadron Leader David Maltby covering the period from 20 August 1940 to 13 September 1943. Detailing his flying training and operations flown and instructor duties. He was stationed at RAF Uxbridge, RAF…

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Alma Leedham grew up in London and trained as a driver in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force. She served at RAF Scampton driving tractors taking bombs to the aircraft.

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Benny Goodman grew up in London and hoped to become a pilot. He volunteered for the Air Force and was originally posted to RAF Abingdon as a ground gunner before beginning his flying training. After qualifying as a pilot in Canada, he became an…

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Benny Goodman discusses some of his operations as a pilot with 617 Squadron. He discusses attacking the Tirpitz and the use of Tallboy and Grand Slam bombs which required the Lancaster plane to be modified. On a flight against the U-boat pens in…

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Signal provides weapons settings for tonight. Details distributor, delay and TV settings for bomb sight. Details photo flash and camera settings. Provides specific settings for 52 Base, East Kirby Base and 617 Squadron. Concludes with instructions on…

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A group of veterans and their wives grouped around the boarding steps at the rear of a British Caledonian Boeing 707. Some of the group are on the boarding steps. They are going to a 617 squadron reunion in Canada.

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A newspaper cutting announcing that Ernie Twells and the 617 squadron association will attend a presentation at Matlock. It describes the attempts made to sink the Tirpitz. Handwritten at the top is 'Long Eaton Advertiser 10/11/77'.

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A newspaper cutting with a photograph of Group Captain Tait, Mrs Twells, Mr Twells, Councillor Wilson and Mrs Wilson. The 617 Squadron Association were presented with a silver salver by Derbyshire County Council.

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The letter thanks the Association for the gift of flowers and expresses appreciation for their thoughts.

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A list of 48 operations undertaken by Ernie Twells. It details date, target and flight time.

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An envelope with a 15c Canadian stamp commemorating the first non-stop transatlantic flight. There is a 617 squadron badge and on the left a Lancaster. Underneath is a Vulcan and under that 'Commemorating 617 Squadron Association Reunion Toronto…

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A port side view of Lancaster AJ-P from the film of the Dam Busters. Its tail is up and is either landing or taking off.

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Lancaster, side/ front view. It is painted white. Behind is a twin engined aircraft. On the reverse 'Avro 683 "Lancaster " MR-3 RF273 last to leave Malta winter 1953'.

An embroidered 617 squadron crest.

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The obituary of Flight Lieutenant Bob Knights. It details his raids on the Tirpitz, his early life, his training in Florida, his time with 617 Squadron and his role with BOAC after the war until his retirement in 1976.

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A group of nearly 50 veterans on the boarding steps of a British Caledonian Boeing 707. They are posed for the photograph and are all waving. Captioned 'Reunion trip to Canada Early 1970's'.

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Five veterans standing beside a bouncing bomb exhibit. Behind is the front of a Lancaster 'C'. Captioned 'Bill Howarth rear gunner on Dams raid (far left)'.

A Lancaster flying over the nose of another Lancaster 'C'.

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Ernie Twells' obituary detailing his life before, during and after the war.

A letter from the King awarding Ernie Twells his Distinguished Flying Cross.
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