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The article features a photograph the nose and an annotated picture of the whole aircraft in flight. Captioedn 'David rear gunner in this this before Lancasters'.

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Royal Canadian Air Force observer’s and air gunner’s log book for Sergeant Albert Victor Ansell from 25 October 1942 to 30 April 1943. Detailing his flying training and operations flown. He was stationed at Pan American Airways navigation school…

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Desmond Hawkins volunteered for the Royal Air Force and became a navigator. After training on Wellingtons and Manchesters, he flew Lancasters for 44 Squadron and completed a tour of operations. He was commissioned as flight lieutenant and after the…

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Donald Briggs was born in Lealholm near Whitby in Yorkshire. After school, he became an apprentice with the Royal Air Force. He trained at RAF Halton in 1939 and became an engine fitter working on Wellingtons and Manchesters. He volunteered for air…

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Three ground crew at work on Manchester L7477, QR-N. Repairs are being made to the starboard side where there is battle damage and two men are working on panels under the wing. A ladder is propped against the aircraft.

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Observer's and air gunner's flying log book for Flight Lieutenant Reg Woolgar from 29 November 1940 to 21 July 1947. Detailing training schedule, instructional duties and operations flown. Served at RAF Yatesbury, RAF West Freugh, RAF Upper Heyford,…

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Navigator's air bomber’s and air gunner’s flying log book for Flight Sergeant Leonard Green, wireless operator, covering the period from 15 December 1942 to 20 January 1946. He was stationed at RAF Manby, RAF Wigtown, RAF Bitteswell, RAF…

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Philip Bates grew up in Lancashire and joined the Royal Air Force in 1940. He served as ground crew with Coastal Command before remustering as aircrew. He flew operations as a flight engineer with 149 Squadron until his aircraft was shot down and he…

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George Crooks was an apprentice electrician before volunteering for the Royal Air Force at the age of eighteen. After his training he served as an armourer with 50 Squadron at RAF Swinderby and later RAF Skellingthorpe. He later worked experimenting…

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Fred Gardiner grew up in Oxfordshire and worked in a furniture factory before volunteering for the Royal Air Force. He flew five operations as a wireless operator / air gunner from RAF Syerston before his aircraft was shot down. He managed to evade…

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Jeff Gray was a farm labourer in Aberdeenshire when he volunteered for the Royal Air Force. He trained to fly in Texas and completed 30 operations as a pilot with 61 Squadron. After leaving the RAF he worked for BOAC flying Yorks and VC10s.

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Sue Jones was born in Manchester. When the mill where she worked closed at the beginning of the war, she went to work for Avro. She worked on Ansons, Manchesters and then Lancasters. She describes the camaraderie on the factory floor. She also found…

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Reg Freeth grew up in Wales and worked for the Civil Service in the Labour Exchange before he volunteered for the Royal Air Force. He trained as an observer in South Africa and flew operations served as a bomb aimer with 61 Squadron from RAF…

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Royal Air Force observer's and air gunner's flying log book for Sydney Grimes, wireless operator, covering the period from 2 July 1942 to 22 August 1945. Detailing training, operations flown, instructional duties and post war flying. He was stationed…

49 Squadron was formed in the First World War but reformed in 1936 as part of 3 Group Bomber Command. Its motto was Cave Canem (Beware of the Dog). Having flown more Hampden sorties during the war than any other squadron, it converted to Manchesters…

50 Squadron was reformed in May 1937 and converted from biplanes to Hampdens in 1938 becoming part of 5 Group Bomber Command. The squadron flew daylight operations in Hampdens at start of the war until losses proved too great. They converted to…

83 Squadron was first formed during the First World war but re-formed in August 1936. Its motto was Strike to Defend. The squadron converted from Hampdens to Manchesters in December 1941 and to Lancasters in May 1942. The squadron transferred to 8…

97 Squadron was reformed in 1935. It had a number of training roles at different stations but became operational in March 1941 flying Manchesters from RAF Waddington. The squadron converted to Lancasters in January 1942. In April 1943 it moved to RAF…

106 Squadron was formed in 1917 and reformed in 1938. At first it was a reserve bomber squadron flying Hampdens as part of 5 Group stationed at RAF Cottesmore. It moved to RAF Finningley and RAF Coningsby where it converted to Manchesters and then…

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.…

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Frederick Ball grew up in Yorkshire and trained as a motor mechanic, before he joined the RAF in 1939. He completed two tours with 44 and 49 Squadrons, as a wireless operator flying from RAF Waddington and RAF Scampton.

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Jim Barr grew up in Scotland and worked as an apprentice engineer before volunteering for the Royal Air Force. He trained as a navigator in South Africa and flew operations with 61 Squadron. He describes what it was like to be a navigator with Bomber…

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Pilot's flying log book for Denis Clyde-Smith covering the period from 1 June 1942 to 19 July 1945. Detailing his flying training, operations and test pilot duties. He was stationed at RAF Honington, RAF Wigsley, RAF Waddington, RAF Boscombe Down.…

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Brief notes on history of 35 aircraft (Manchester, Lancaster and Lincoln) including those lost, crashed (one that at Bardney), or scrapped. Includes prototype Lincoln as well as Lancaster aircraft sent to Canada, India and for Tiger Force.

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Tom Coles was born in Watford and signed up for the Royal Air Force at the age of 18. He went to Canada for training, a period saddened by the loss his sister who was in the Womens Auxilliary Air Force. Tom flew Manchesters, then went to 158 Squadron…
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