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ANeilsonW151116.mp3
William Neilson grew up in Edinburgh. After training as a pilot in Canada and the United States he served as a staff pilot at Number 1 Air Armament School RAF Manby. He discusses low level bombing practice. He was demobbed in 1946 and became a civil…

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Jack Wakefield grew up in New Zealand and volunteered for the Air Force and the Army. After training, he flew operations with 75 Squadron from RAF Feltwell and with 38 Squadron in the Middle East. He describes a crash when he was instructing.

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Peter Stevenson's account of his service in the Officer Training Corps at Grantham and later in the Air Training Corps. Tells of his life in Grantham and the effect of the war on the town. Also his involvement post war in museums and projects to…

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Acknowledges dressing down she received in his letter over the letters she sent concerning him not getting commission. Continues with points that make her mad about award commissions and it was not about impressing neighbours or her being the wife of…

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Outlines the history of RAF Hemswell starting from its origin as RAF Harpswell in 1918 until peacetime operations in the the 50s. The station was equipped with Ansons, then Blenheims. Part of No 3 Group, 61 and 144 Squadrons. Changed to No 5 Group,…

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Photographs 1 and 2 are of a Junkers 352 with RAF roundels.
Photograph 3 is of a Me 110 radar equipped night fighter with RAF roundels.
Photograph 4 is of a Me 262 with radar aerials on its nose.
Photograph 5 is a Ju88 night fighter
Photographs 6…

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…

18 Squadron was originally formed in 1915. By 1939, it was equipped with Blenheims and sent to France as part of the Air Component of the British Expeditionary Force. After participating in operations in France during May 1940 the squadron returned…

21 Squadron was originally formed in 1915. By 1939 the squadron was in 2 Group based at RAF Watton with Blenheims. Between June and October 1940 the squadron operated out of RAF Lossiemouth during the Norway Campaign following which it returned to…

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…

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…

90 Squadron originally formed in 1917 and by 1939 it was equipped with Blenheims and used as a training squadron for Bomber Command. It merged with 35 Squadron to become 17 Operational Training Unit in April 1940. The squadron reformed in May 1941 as…

101 Squadron served in the First World War and was re-formed in March 1928. During the Second World War, they flew Blenheims until May 1941 as part of 2 and 3 Group Bomber Command. The squadron was moved to 1 Group in October 1942, it converted to…

104 Squadron was originally formed during the First World War and reformed in 1936. It converted to Blenheims in 1938 and was a training squadron until April 1940 when it was absorbed into 13 Operational Training Unit. It was reformed again in April…

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…

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Top, a crashed Blenheim from port side wheels up in a hedge, with two men sitting on top. Registration [..]U-N. Bottom, a distant shot of Blenheim, registration 'H-UX, wheels up in open field with trees behind. In the foreground an engine.

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Top, a view of the front of a Blenheim wheels up in a field. A man is standing on the port wing between the engine and the fuselage. The front of the aircraft is surrounded by four fire extinguishers. Bottom, a head on view of a Blenheim wheels up in…

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Top, the front end of a Mk 1 Blenheim wheels up in a field with bent propellers. There are four fire extinguishers in front of the aircraft and a man is standing on the right looking at the aircraft. Bottom, and air to air view of a Hawker Henley…

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Top centre, a Blenheim with squadron letters 'EP' lying wheels up and flaps down in a field. There is a bicycle leaning against the rear of the starboard wing and three men working on top of the fuselage near the cockpit.
Bottom left, a number of…

LHobbsFJ1262633v1.pdf
Observers and air gunners flying log book for Frank Hobbs, wireless operator, covering the period from 15 March 1941 to 16 March 1943 when he was killed in action. Detailing his flying training and operations flown. He was stationed at RAF Pembrey,…

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Newspaper cuttings noting that amongst other casualties that Sergeant J D Hudson is missing. Also noted 'Blenheim crash landed Cape Bon, navigator Hudson J D, pilot Riddick, known as John but probably Sgt D C B N, air gunner Randall, D W G (known as…

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Air-to-air view of a Blenheim above clouds. The caption refers to the aircraft as the Rothermere Bomber.

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Formal photograph of 24 airmen and three officers, in uniform greatcoats, posed in three ranks in front of a Blenheim on a dispersal. There is snow on the ground in the background.

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Joined Royal Air Force in 1936 as a Halton apprentice armourer. Promoted to flight sergeant at the beginning of the war he began a long association with 57 Squadron then flying Blenheims as part of British Expeditionary Force in France followed by…
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