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The telegram sent by RAF Wickenby to William's sister when he failed to return from an operation.

Letter to William's sister following up the telegram informing the next of kin that he was missing.

William began his training at the No 12 AGS RAF Bishops Court in October 1943 flying in the Anson, he left there in December and by March 1944 he was at No 18 OTU, RAF Bramcote, flying in the Wellington, remaining there until April. In May he was…

Eris Foinette's Wellington was shot down on the way to bomb Kiel. They were hit by flak and baled out. At first he thought he was in Sweden but soon found out he was in Denmark. He and his fellow crew were quickly rounded up by the Germans. Eric…

Relates actions on operation to Berlin on 30/31 January 1944. Baker was wounded during night fighter attack. Finding wireless operator dead, the rear gunner unconscious and navigator wounded, he then manned the rear turret despite no communications…

Observers and air gunners flying log book for W B Baker, air gunner, covering the period from 11 November 1942 to 9 June 1944. Detailing his flying training and operations flown. He was stationed at RAF Stormy Down and RAF Wickenby. Aircraft flown in…

Top - head and shoulders image of three aircrew wearing tunics with brevet (one pilot, one wireless operator and one air gunner) standing in a group with another figure in civilian dress behind them. They are standing on a railway station platform…

Top - eleven aircrew, except one, all wearing battledress with pilot's brevet sitting and standing in a group in front of a building.
Middle - sixteen aircrew, all wearing battledress, some with discernible observers or navigator's brevet standing…

Gives some personal details. Dates of enlistment. Commission, promotions, award of DFC, medical boards and movements.

Joined in 1942 and then details training and tour on 115 Squadron, gunnery course, tours as gunnery instructor. Further tour with 625 Squadron, crashed twice before another instructors tour. Mentions 14 ops on first tour and 20 on second. Comments on…

Mentions Pilot Officer Harry Charles Tabony and Pilot Officer Harold Ernest Wakefield.

The crew of Lancaster R2, Bennet's Beavers arranged under the port side nose. In the first of two identical images each crew man is annotated with their name.

Three photographs.
#1 A group of trainee airmen including two officers arranged in four rows. At the bottom and upside down is a caption' Herbert Davy Rear Gunner 626 Squadron ACRC St John's Wood London May 1943'.
#2 is Herbert leaning against a…

Two airmen standing at the side of the beach. It is captioned 'Pilot Officer BA (Sam) Collens Rear Gunner Sgt Herbert Davy 626 Squadron Taken at Looe, Cornwall 1944'.

An airman leaning on the railings at the side of a river estuary. It is captioned 'Tommy Birch Bomb Aimer 626 Sqadron [sic] Taken at Looe, Cornwall 1944'.

The letter advises Mrs Jones that her husband is missing.

Conversion to 4 engines Halifax and Lancaster at RAF Hemswell and then to RAF Wickenby on 626 Squadron. Mentions allocation of aircraft and nose art.

Starts with account of operation to Paris on 3 May 1944 when attacked by Me 109 and writes of crew actions. Continues with list of operations giving details of target, anti-aircraft fire, flight time, some bomb loads, events, results. From 3 August…
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