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A newspaper cutting about Captain Edwin Swales DFC. His aircraft was badly damaged but he ordered his crew to leave and he went down with his aircraft.

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A newspaper cutting with cartoons of Captain Swales, German fighters, Lancasters under attack and airmen baling out. It is annotated 7hs 40 Trip No 33.

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A certificate awarding Maurice the Path Finder Badge.

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A diary kept by Maurice. It records his operations. (Note the squadron was visited by the King & Queen on 10th February 1944 and he had lunch with them in the mess. He was killed on 15th February 1944 on an operation to Berlin)

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Award of the Pathfinder badge to Gordon Babbage.

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Permanent award to Warrant Officer Gordon Babbage.

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

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Navigator’s, air gunner’s and air bomber’s flying log book for G Babbage, air gunner, covering the period from 15 December 1942 to 8 April 1945. Detailing his flying training and operations flown. He was stationed at RAF Stormey Down, RAF…

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When Alfred’s mother’s house was destroyed during Luftwaffe bombing, he was determined to join the RAF and fight back. He trained as a gunner and completed two tours and a spell as an instructor. After his final tour of operations, he joined the…

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Head and shoulders portrait of an airman wearing tunic with bomb aimer brevet and pathfinder badge.

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Enlisted in 1939, ground staff until re-mustered as aircrew, Feb 1943 to RAF St Eval, anti-submarine sweeps. May 1943 to 78 Squadron, 1943 instructing at OTU, July 1944 to 35 Squadron Pathfinders, total of 66 operations. Demobbed February 1946.

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States Flight Sergeant Charles William Eyles was Master Bomber and visual marker and was reliable and accurate. Participated in 51 attacks by day and night against heavily defended targets. Provides other accolades.

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Eight aircrew wearing tunics with brevet and Pathfinder badges squatting and standing in two rows in front of the rear fuselage of a Lancaster registration ND755 with a dog. On the reverse 'Bill Eyles 35 Sq, back 2 rt, Bill Eyles, back 2 lt John Ford…

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Eight aircrew wearing Mae Wests and parachute harness squatting and standing two rows by the rear fuselage door of a Lancaster. On the reverse 'M.U.G. Bill Quirke (DFC), B/A Bert Warner (DFC), Pilot Jack Ford (DFC), visual B/A Bill Eyles (DFM), W.O.P…

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Full length image of an airman wearing tunic with brevet and pathfinder badge, standing in a garden with bushes and trees in the background. On the reverse 'Charles William Eyles "Bill"'.

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Eight aircrew wearing tunic with brevet, pathfinder badges and side or peaked caps standing in front of the rear fuselage of a Lancaster with squadron letters TL and registration ND755. A dog sits in front of third man from left. On the reverse…

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Three airmen wearing battledress and peaked or side caps sitting on a bomb trolley with part of a Lancaster in the background. A further Lancaster in the distance ion the left. On the reverse 'Don Carruthers (DFM), Bill Eyles (DFM), Bert Warner…

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Gives personal details. Notes awarded DFM (presented by the King) and Pathfinder badge. Lists postings to 78 and 35 Squadrons, mustering, promotions and qualifications.

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Observer’s and air gunner’s flying log book for C W Eyles, bomb aimer, covering the period from 9 July 1942 to 14 October 1944. Detailing his flying training, operations flown and instructor duties. He was stationed at RAF Dumfries, RAF Abingdon,…

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Letter encloses certificate for permanent award of the pathfinder force badge awarded on completion of his tour. Certificate signed by Air Vice Marshall D C T Bennett.

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Extracts from log book from July 1944 on No 1 LFS and 625 Squadron on operations flying Lancasters and Oxfords on beam approach training, and then onto 156 Squadron in September 1944 until May 1945. There is also a summary of operations flown on 156…

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Six aircrew wearing parachute harnesses standing talking to a man in civilian clothes. In the background a Lancaster. Submitted with description 'Under Secretary for Air Geoffrey Lloyd talking to 35 Sqn Pathfinder aircrew at Gravely'.

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Title 'Air Vice Marshall D Bennet [sic] and under secretary for air, Geoffrey Lloyd talking to 35 Squadron at Graveley'. Top - on the left an officer wearing tunic and peaked cap standing slightly to the right of a man wearing civilian suit sitting.…
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