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Aircrew from 156 Squadron in three rows in front of a Lancaster. Captioned 'No 156 (Pathfinder) Squadron, RAF Wyton, Huntingdon, September 1945'

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Seven airmen, five wearing tunics and two wearing leather jerkins in front of a wheeled trolley. One airman kneeling in front has corporal stripes and one standing behind has hands on the shoulders of man in front. All are wearing side caps. In the…

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…

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Drawing of parchment scroll with motto about possible and impossible .

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…

7 Squadron was formed in May 1914 at Farnborough. In June 1939 it became a training unit, preparing crews for flying Hampdens. On 1 August 1940 it reformed with Stirlings, the first squadron to fly the aircraft, and was posted to 3 Group in October…

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…

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Statistics for overall bomber command crew number, casualties and total number of Lancasters built. Breakdown of Don Briggs’s operations by type. Statistics for 156 PFF Squadron including numbers of sorties, casualties and aircraft lost. Concludes…

BBarkerRBarkerRv1.pdf
An account of operation as Pathfinder against German naval and submarine base at Kiel when his aircraft was shot down by 'Schrage Musik' equipped night-fighter which cause the aircraft to break in two. Describes crew actions during bomb run and…

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Above, aircrew captioned '162 PPF Squadron Bourn 1944/5' and the names of some of those shown. Below, a 162 Squadron Mosquito with an airman.

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Arthur Pearce wearing battledress leaning out of the rear turret of a Lancaster in a light paint scheme. The turret is fully rotated to port. Tail wheel at centre bottom and dorsal turret above airman.

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The first photograph is Henry as a baby sitting on his mother's knee. His sister is perched on a table to one side. The second is Alf in Royal Air Force uniform while training as aircrew, and the third is Henry wearing a sergeant's uniform with…

BSpencerAHGSpencerAHGv1.pdf
Memoir of the life of Arthur Spencer. Includes details of childhood and growing up. Continues with his joining the Royal Air Force and his training in the United States as a pilot and then navigator. Followed by training in England and then posting…

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Head and shoulders of pilot Andy Anderson, Royal Australian Air Force.

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Notes written by Arthur Harris to Hamish Mahaddie about Bomber Command. Included is a signed photograph of Arthur T Harris.

PPearceAT16010052.jpg
Head and shoulders portrait of an airman wearing battledress with air gunner brevet, medal ribbons and pathfinder badge. A whistle is attached to his right collar.

MPearceAT1874945-160512-04.jpg
Certifies that Flight Sergeant A J Pearce is permanently awarded Pathfinder force badge.

PPearceAT16010057.jpg
An airman wearing battledress with half brevet, medal ribbons and pathfinder badge standing behind and looking over a mid-upper turret.

YPearceAT1874945v4.pdf
Memorandum items addresses of friends and acquaintances, mentions many days/evenings out and what sort of time he had in Belfast, Lincoln, Gainsborough and many others. Mentions various journeys and postings, lists birthdays. Jots down daily…

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Three-quarter length portrait of an airman wearing tunic with air gunner brevet, medal ribbons and Pathfinder badge.

MPearceAT1874945-160512-07.jpg
Certificate of award of La Croix du Combattant de L'Europe. Awarded by the European Veterans' Confederation to Arthur James Pearce DFM PFF.

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A certificate issued to Flying Officer V E Azzaro DFC. The Path Finder badge is awarded to him permanently.
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