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Wartime memoir covering Dennis Raettig's training at Blackpool and the posting to 104 Squadron at Royal Air Force Driffield in August 1941. Worked on Wellington aircraft and mentions that Driffield also hosted the blind approach landing flight…

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Air gunner's log book for Ernest Cutts, rear gunner, covering the period 23 November 1943 to 21 September 1945. Detailing his flying training, operations and post war flying. He was stationed at RAF West Sale, RAF Litchfield, RAF Marston Moor, RAF…

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Log book for Wing Commander Peter Hattersley, covering the period 10 April 1937 to 24 September 1948. It details his flying training, operations flown and other flying duties. He was stationed at Hanworth Park, RAF Reading, RAF Netheravon, RAF Little…

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A service diary written by Peter Hattersley covering the period from November 1930 to 24 September 1948.Initially he served in the Royal Engineers but in February 1936 he joined the RAF. It covers his training and operations including a newspaper…

304 Squadron was one of four Polish Squadrons in Bomber Command. It was formed in August 1940 at RAF Bramcote with Battles. In December 1940 it became part of 1 Group, moved to RAF Syerston and converted to Wellingtons, which it flew for the rest of…

301 (Polish) Squadron was formed at Bramcote on 22nd July 1940. The squadron was withdrawn from operational duties and disbanded on 7th April 1943. The majority of the current crews were transferred to No. 300 (Polish) Squadron, remaining at RAF…

300 Squadron was created in July 1940 at RAF Bramcote, Warwickshire as a part of the Polish Air Forces in Great Britain. The squadron was manned by Poles who had escaped from both the fall of Poland and of France. The squadron fought alongside the…

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…

207 Squadron was equipped with Battles in 1939 and became part of 12 Operational Training Unit. The Squadron was re-formed in November 1940 at RAF Waddington as part of 5 Group Bomber Command to bring the new Manchesters into operational service.…

142 Squadron was formed in 1918 and reformed in 1934. In the early months of the war it was part of the Advanced Air Striking Force in France. By the end of 1940 the squadron converted to Wellingtons in 1 Group, but was posted to the Middle East in…

103 Squadron originally formed in September 1917 as part of the Royal Flying Corps and was re-formed in August 1936. At the start of the war, it was part of the Advanced Air Striking Force. The squadron withdrew to England with only eight aircraft at…

98 Squadron was part of 2 Group and equipped with Battles in 1939. It was originally a training squadron and was not operational despite being located in France between April and June 1940. The squadron was transferred to Coastal Command and sent to…

63 Squadron was originally formed in 1916 in the Royal Flying Corps and served in the Middle East until disbanding in 1920. It was reformed in 1937 and by the start of the Second World War was a bomber training unit flying Battles and Ansons. In…

35 Squadron was formed in 1916 and reformed in 1929. By 1939 it was a training unit, equipped with a mix of Battles, Ansons and Blenheims. In November 1940 it was reformed as part of 4 Group at RAF Linton on Ouse flying Halifaxes. In August 1942 the…

15 Squadron was originally formed in 1915. In September 1939 the squadron, was flying Battles and deployed in France as part of the Advanced Air Striking Force. The squadron returned to Great Britain in December 1939 and converted to Blenheims. It…

12 Squadron was formed in February 1915 at Netheravon, Wiltshire and re-formed in April 1923 at RAF Northolt. On the 26 September 1939, it was designated a Bomber squadron with 1 Group, 76 Wing, Advanced Air Striking Force, making it one of the first…

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Ernest Cutts was born in Mallee in Victoria and at the age of fifteen he passed the Commonwealth Public Service Exam, joining the Military Post Office as a civilian junior postal officer. At eighteen he enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force and…

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Jack Bell joined the Royal Australian Air Force as a wireless operator/air gunner and joined 216 Squadron, at Heliopolis, near Cairo. He flew in Valentia and Bombay aircraft in a transport role. On an operation over Libya, his aircraft was shot down…

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Across the top four photographs of French countryside. From left to right: multistory building at the rear of a field with trees including three prominent poplars in the background; an open field with trees in the background. In the centre smoke from…
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