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  • Tags: Operation Manna (29 Apr – 8 May 1945)

LMossH3041799v1.pdf
Air gunner’s log book for H Moss covering the period from 10 July 1944 to 20 March 1946. Detailing his flying training and operations flown as air gunner. He was stationed at RAF Pembrey (1 AGS), RAF Wing (26 OTU), RAF Langar (1669 HCU), RAF…

LGilbertAC186764v1.pdf
Navigator’s, air bomber’s and air gunner’s flying log book for A C Gilbert, flight engineer, covering the period from 16 June 1943 to 3 July 1956. Detailing his flying training, operations flown and instructor duties. He was stationed at RAF…

LThomasPG1524026v1.pdf
Royal Canadian Air Force flying log book for aircrew other that pilot for P G Thomas, Navigator, covering the period from 6 January 1944 to 2 October 1946. Detailing his flying training, operations flown and post war duties with 149 Squadron. He was…

LSimpsonF2203970v1.pdf
Flying log book for navigators, air bombers, air gunners, flight engineers for F Simpson, air gunner, covering the period from 5 July 1944 to 20 May 1945. Detailing his flying training and operations flown. He was stationed at RAF Stormy Down, RAF…

LBantingP1399810v1.pdf
Royal Canadian Air Force flying log book for aircrew other than pilot for Peter Banting, bomb aimer, covering the period from 5 October 1943 to 11 July 1946. Detailing his flying training, operations flown and post war flying. He was stationed at…

LKeyEG1866522v1.pdf
Flying log book for navigators, air bombers, air gunner and flight engineers for E G Key, flight engineer. Covering the period from 16 October 1944 to 16 June 1952. Detailing his flying training, operations flown and instructor duties. He was…

PBradburyDC17010028.pdf
Operation Manna. The front page of an article showing a Lancaster dropping food over the Netherlands.

This item was sent to the IBCC Digital Archive already in digital form. No better quality copies are available.

PBradburyDC17010027.pdf
A brief history of 514 Squadron from its formation in 1943 to its last mission before VE day.

Annotated under heading 'Last Mission before VE Day' - "7 May 1945 - 20 Lancasters dropped supplies to Dutch at The Hague, Internet info. last updated…

PBradburyDC17010012.pdf
Extract from Flying Officer Snow's log book. It lists operations between 15 Jan 1945 and 21 May 1945.

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AHarrisDR190508.mp3
Donald was born in Acton, London. He stayed at school until he was fourteen and then worked as a tea boy/general help for O. C. Summers, a firm that laid gas mains in Slough. When that job ended, he worked for another ganger in Shepherds Bush. …

LBrownJ2205595v1.pdf
Flying log book for navigators, air bombers, air gunners, flight engineers for Jeff Brown, air gunner, covering the period from 18 August 1944 to 31 December 1951. Detailing his flying training, operations flown and post war flying. He was stationed…

MBrownJ2205595-170131-050001.jpg
Propaganda leaflet issued by Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Forces to the people of occupied Holland, advising and instructing them on how to deal with relief food drops. Original in Dutch and English translation.

MBrownJ2205595-170131-010002.jpg
Account of Jeff Brown witnessing Lancaster NN806 crash on take-off on VE Day. Includes a photograph of 13 air and ground crew of 567 Squadron, under their aircraft, including Jeff Brown.

MBrownJ2205595-170131-010001.jpg
An account of events leading up to, and during Operation Manna, plus personal involvement. Page contains head and shoulders photograph of Jeff Brown, in uniform, showing an air gunners brevet and sergeants stripes.

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Olga Ammannati claims she helped some allied prisoners of war, giving them food, clothes, and ministering camphor injections. The events took place in the village of Crocicchio, near Pistoia.

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Pietro Ammannati claims he helped, for three months, seven English prisoners of war. He hosted them in his house until the fascist militiamen arrived, so they moved in the woods. He brought them food, clothes, and medicines for one of them called…

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Leonetto Ammannati claims he helped eleven English prisoners of war, from 8 September 1943 to 24 December 1943, giving them food, and clothes. Then, they were taken to Monte Morello (Florence), where a Partisan brigade was active.

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Giovanni Ammannati claims he helped three Allied servicemen (Carl, William, and George) in September 1943. He gave them food, shelter, and clothes. Some days later they hid in the woods, but every evening they returned to his house for supper.…

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Norman Wilkins was born in West Norwood. At the age of fourteen he joined the Air Training Corps and became a member of Brighton and Hove Air Cadets 176 Squadron. He then joined the University Air Squadron at Oxford, with fees being paid by the…

AVanRielJF150825.mp3
Coby Van Riel was a child of about six when the Germans invaded Holland. She lived in a fishing port area of The Hague where her father had a number of jobs to make ends meet in the difficult days before the war and her mother ran a chemist shop. She…

AThompsonKE160419.mp3
Katherine Ellen Thompson remembers her time in Rotterdam during the war and particularly during Operation Manna. Mentions various episodes: food shortage, bartering linen and silver for food, members of the Dutch fascist party paraded through the…

APriceSTG151001.mp3
Gwyn Price was living a rural lifestyle until he volunteered for the RAF. His dream was to train as an RAF pilot but since there was a surplus of pilots he chose to train instead as a flight engineer. On operations Gwyn observed the surreal feeling…

APlenderleithJ151007.mp3
John Plenderleith was in the Air Training Corps before he volunteered to join the RAF. He was posted to 626 Squadron at Wickenby and when the crew were allocated their hut they were surprised to find it was still occupied with another crew’s…

APeelE161018.mp3
Eric Peel worked in the Cotton Exchange in Liverpool before he volunteered for the RAF. He trained as an armourer and was initially posted to 56 Squadron at RAF Sutton Bridge where he worked on Hurricanes. He then was posted to 103 Squadron at Elsham…
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