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  • Tags: Cheshire, Geoffrey Leonard (1917-1992)

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David Bowker joined the Air Force and was originally training to be a wireless operator / air gunner but remustered as a pilot. He discusses rudder lock on early versions of Halifax. Jacqueline Bowker his wife, discusses her life during the war and…

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Low level oblique aerial photograph showing large bright explosions in the centre with a building to its left. Another building further left appears to be on fire. On the reverse 'Cam 2, Ops 142, Daylight/Night attack on La Ricamerie, Date 10/11-3…

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A reunion of veteran airmen, including Ernie Twells and Leonard Cheshire. They are all wearing suits with their campaign medals pinned to their chests.

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A group of five veterans in civilian clothing. Captioned 'From Left: Leonard Cheshire, Ralph Cochrane Johny Farquier'.

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Anonymous (from man in the street 1914-1918) manuscript letter congratulating Leonard Cheshire on his birthday and award of the Victoria Cross.

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Group of three men wearing dinner jackets and medals stand talking in front of a radiator. Leonard Cheshire is in the middle. On the reverse 'Bomber Harris, Barnes Wallis, Dam Busters Reunion June 3rd 66. AF217'.

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Barnes Wallis, Leonard Cheshire and their wives. They are seated at a table set for dinner. Captioned ' Barnes Wallis Leonard Cheshire and wives'.

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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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Photo/drawing of aircraft (619 squadron Lancaster) captioned 'RAF Bomber Command 1939-1945. Some of the men who flew in Lancasters'. Annotated with hundreds of signatures which include Barnes Wallis, Arthur T Harris, Ralph Cochrane. Leonard Cheshire,…

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A photograph of Brian taking photographs captioned 'Brian, eight films later'.
Second photograph is of a ceremony, captioned 'G/Capt Cheshire V.C. at ceremony to unveil portrait of Roy Chadwick'.

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From left to right Jemadar Nand Singh VC, Colonel Maharaja Harinder Singh of Faridkot, General Claude Auchinleck, Wing commander James Brindley Nicolson VC, Wing commander Leonard Cheshire VC. On the reverse 'Leonard Cheshire (right), possibly a…

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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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Envelope addressed to Group Captain Cheshire, DSO, DFC at RAF Marston Moor. Postmarked London.

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Recollection of Eric Horsham from his early years in Plumstead, training at Lords, Torquay, St Athans, Marston Moor then 102 Squadron at Pocklngton. On one operation they were badly damaged but made a successful forced landing at Woodbridge, assisted…

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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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Three airmen in shirt sleeves sitting on the ground with a bicycle alongside. Surrounding them are three air force personnel wearing tunic and carrying gas mask cases, The one on the left has pilot's brevet and the one on the right sergeants stripes.…

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Aerial photographs of the bombing of the Gnome Rhone aero engine works.
Photograph 1 is a vertical aerial photograph of a bombing raid on the Gnome Rhone works. Much of the image is obscured by smoke and explosions. On the reverse 'Raid on Gnome…

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Inclined aerial photograph showing completely dark image with fire centre right. There are a few spots of light around the fire. On the reverse 'Neg 1 Cam 1, 139, run 3, Night attack on Gnome Rhone Wks, Limoges, Date 8.2.44, Sqdn 617, W/C Cheshire…

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Inclined aerial photograph showing completely dark image with fire in centre. There are a few spots of light around the fire. On the reverse 'Neg 2 Cam 2, 139, run 2, Night attack on Gnome Rhone Wks, Limoges, Date 8.2.44, Sqdn 617, W/C Cheshire DSO,…

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Inclined aerial photograph showing a line of buildings with flare bloom on bottom edge and a smaller one top centre, On the reverse '139 Neg 1, Rhone Gnome Wks Limoges, 8.2.44, 617, W/C Cheshire DSO, DFC, W/C Cheshire marking target, mirror camera'.

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Mentions time as a balloon operator at Felixstowe and then training as an air gunner. First tour on 50 Squadron RAF Swinderby on Manchester, but had to wait for aircraft to arrive as squadron still flying Hampden when he arrived later transferred to…

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On the right, three young men stand round a object on a tripod being instructed by a man in uniform with peaked cap. To the left a car with a young man sitting in rear seat being spoken to by a man in uniform and peaked hat standing on far side…

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Display of log books, flying helmet and photo of Leonard Cheshire. On the reverse 'Imperial War Museum Display, MH17149'. Additional information about this item was kindly provided by the donor.
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