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ABowkerD151117.mp3
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…

10 Squadron was originally formed in 1915 at Farnborough. In 1939, the squadron was part of 4 Group Bomber Command and the Squadron’s Whitleys carried out leaflet-dropping raids over Germany during the early months of the war. The squadron…

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…

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Seventeen airmen in two rows sitting and standing. In the background a Halifax with bomb doors open. All are wearing side caps and four have visible brevets. There is an arrow pointing to the third man from the right back row. Captioned 'Ken Beard…

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19 airmen loosely arranged in two rows. Akin is half lying at the front. Behind is a Halifax. A remembrance poppy has been attached to the top left of the photograph.

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A large number of Royal Air Force personnel in four rows in front of a Halifiax and a row on top of the wings. David Donaldson is in the middle of the front row just to the left of a goat. On the reverse '192 Squadron, B Flight, May? 1945'.

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Four newspaper cuttings from 1944 describing four separate operations. Salzburg captioned 'Oct 17 1944', Essen captioned 'Oct 25th 1944', Dunkirk and Vienna captioned 'Nov 4th 1944' and Gelsenkirchen captioned 'Nov 6th 1944'.

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A group of airmen arranged in two rows in front of a Halifax.

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 The squadron was withdrawn from operational duties and disbanded on 7th April 1943.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…

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…

424 Squadron was formed in October 1942 as part of 4 Group Bomber Command, transferring to 6 Group the following January. In May 1943 it was posted to North Africa from where it flew until October 1943 before returning to 6 Group and flying Main…

425 Squadron was formed in June 1942 as part of 4 Group Bomber Command, transferring to 6 Group in January 1943. In May 1943 it left for North Africa and operated from bases there until returning to the UK in November. It re-joined 6 Group and flew…

426 Squadron was formed in October 1942 as part of 4 Group Bomber Command, transferring to 6 Group in January 1943. It flew with the Group until it was moved into Transport Command in June 1945 and flew trooping flights until it disbanded in December…

427 Squadron was formed in November 1942 as part of 4 Group Bomber Command but was transferred to 6 Group in January 1943.
It was stationed at: RAF Croft and RAF Leeming.
Aircraft flown included: Wellington, Halifax and Lancaster.
Wartime losses:…

428 Squadron was formed in November 1942 as part of 4 Group Bomber Command but transferred to 6 Group in January 1943. It flew Main Force operations until returning to Canada in May 1945, disbanding there in September.
It was stationed at: RAF…

429 Squadron was formed in November 1942 as part of 4 Group Bomber Command, quickly transferring to 6 Group in January 1943. It flew Main Force operations until the end of the war and disbanded in May 1946.
It was stationed at: RAF East Moor and RAF…

460 Squadron was formed in November 1941, from C Flight of 458 Squadron, as part of 8 Group Bomber Command but in January 1942 it was transferred to 1 Group and flew Main Force operations for the rest of the war, disbanding in October 1945.
It was…

462 (RAAF) Squadron was formed in Egypt in September 1942 but in March 1944 it was renumbered as 614 Squadron RAF. It then reformed as part of 4 Group Bomber Command in August 1944, transferring to 100 Group in December. It flew Radio Counter Meausre…

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Top, the left wing and fuselage of Halifax with members of 517 Squadron, in uniform, one row standing on the wing, two rows standing beneath the wing, one row seated and one row sitting on the ground.
Bottom, shows two men in sports kit, running…

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Top, the right wing of the Halifax with members of 517 Squadron in uniform, one row standing on the wing, two rows standing beneath the wing, one row seated and one row sitting on the ground.
Bottom, shows two men in sports kit, running across the…

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Top left, air-to-air photograph of two Halifaxes one behind the other, over the sea, captioned '517 Sq 'Last Epicure'', '1946 Chivenor'.
Top right, air-to-air photograph of Halifax PN460 from front left, captioned '517 Sq 'Last Epicure'', '1946…

58 Squadron was first formed in 1916 and was then re-formed in 1924. By 1939, it was part of Coastal Command but was transferred to Bomber Command as part of 4 Group in February 1940. It flew bombing operations until April 1942 when it became part of…

76 Squadron was formed in Yorkshire in 1916. It was reformed at RAF Finningley in April 1937 and was a training squadron. It became operational in June 1942, and from June 1943 it was stationed at Holme-on- Spalding Moor.
It was stationed at: RAF…

By the start of the Second World War 77 Squadron was equipped with Whitleys at RAF Driffield as part of 4 Group. The squadron took part in the early leaflet dropping and bombing campaigns. By the end of April 1942 it had carried out the most…

78 Squadron was reformed in November 1936 from B flight of 10 Squadron, originally flying Heyford night bombers. By September 1939, the squadron was flying Whitleys and was acting as a reserve squadron taking on pilots who had passed out from the…
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