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Charly Pfeifer recounts his experiences of the bombing of Betzdorf an der Sieg, a small town not far from the Ruhr. He explains the strategic importance of the city, due to the presence of locomotive works. He recounts taking shelter from the bombs…

BBriggsDWBriggDWv1.pdf
Describes wartime service from 1939 to 1945. Joined as Halton apprentice in September 1945. Posted as fitter engine to RAF Wittering working on Wellington Hampden and Manchester aircraft. Followed by tour at RAF Upper Heyford working on Wellington…

BBriggsDWNealeWv1.pdf
Tribute to Squadron Leader William G Neal Distinguished Service Order, Distinguished Service Cross, Croix de Guerre, 1912-2001. Describes how Don Briggs met and was crewed with Bill Neal’s crew who having completed one tour had been selected for a…

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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…

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Donald Briggs seated at table wearing blazer with name tag and a squadron tie. He is wearing six medals including the Distinguished Flying Cross, the 1939-1945 Star, the War Medal 1939-1945, the Defence Medal and the General Service Medal. He also…

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Seven members of Donald Briggs family standing in line. Donald Briggs is third from the right dressed in uniform tunic with flight engineer brevet, pathfinder wings and peaked hat. Donald Briggs brother is standing second from the left in uniform…

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Head and shoulders portrait of Donald Briggs wearing uniform tunic with flight engineer brevet, medal ribbons including the Distinguished Flying Cross and pathfinder wings.

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Warrant Officer Fred Young sitting on newspaper in a field. Arms resting on knees and hands clasped. Aircrew brevet, medal ribbons and pathfinder wings above left breast pocket on jacket. Jacket undone and no hat. Trees, embankment and bridge in…

AYoungF160720.mp3
Fred Young volunteered for the Royal Air Force at seventeen and flew operations as a flight engineer with 57 Squadron from RAF East Kirkby. He recounts his experiences on several operations including Berlin, Magdeburg, Leipzig, Essen, Munich,…

LDarbyC1897788v1.pdf
Observer's and air gunner's flying log book for Sergeant Charlie Darby, air gunner from 22 January 1944 to 16 January 1945. Charlie Darby was stationed at RAF Castle Kennedy and RAF Driffield where he flew Anson, Wellingtons and Halifaxes Mk 2 and 3.…

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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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Account of problems of accurate bombing, introduction of pathfinders and use of marker flares. Relates use of cameras and photo-flash to obtain aiming point pictures. Goes on to talk on the introduction of colour film by attaching pieces colour film…

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Map of northern Europe annotated with route from England to Berlin and back. Contains plots, and information on target indicators dropped. Annotated 'HARDEN' and 'Wild Dick'. This item has been redacted in order to protect the privacy of the…

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Route from England to Munich and back. Contains plots, and information on target indicators dropped. Annotated 'HARWELL'. This item has been redacted in order to protect the privacy of the lender.

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Map of northern Europe annotated with route from England to Berlin and back. Contains plots, some of them highlighted in green. This item has been redacted in order to protect the privacy of the lender.

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Map of northern Europe annotated with route from England to Hamburg and back. Contains plots, and information on target indicators dropped. This item has been redacted in order to protect the privacy of the lender.

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Map of northern Europe annotated with route from England to Berlin and back. Contains plots, and information on target indicators dropped. Captioned 'WATNEY GUINNES'. This item has been redacted in order to protect the privacy of the lender.

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Map of northern Europe annotated with route from England to Berlin and back. Contains plots, and information on target indicators dropped. Annotated 'HOTSPUR THEM CANTER VS'. This item has been redacted in order to protect the privacy of the lender.

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One map of northern Europe. This item has been redacted in order to protect the privacy of the lender.

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Target photograph of Berlin with no ground features visible. Some target indicator streaks run from the upper centre left to the centre right of the photograph. Captioned, '5B' and '4304 BRN 15/16.4.45 // NTB 25000 076 2120 Berlin D 4MC500DT C42Secs …

PWhitworthJ1507.jpg
Target photograph of Berlin with no ground features visible. Two sets of target indicator streaks run from the centre to the right of the photograph. Captioned '5B' and '4285 BRN 14/15.3.45 // NT 8 25000 066 213030 Berlin D 2MC500DT 2MC500LD CH2Secs…

PWhitworthJ1509.jpg
Target photograph of Berlin with no ground features visible. Some target indicator streaks run from the upper left of the photograph toward the centre, with more coming into the top left of the photograph toward the top centre. Captioned '5/B', and…

PWhitworthJ1509.jpg
Target photograph of Berlin with no ground features visible. Some target indicator streaks just below centre right of the photograph, with one small flare to the right of centre, which is arrowed. Captioned '5/B' and, '4141 BRN 4/5.3.45 //NT8"…

PWhitworthJ1511.jpg
Target photograph of Berlin with no ground features visible. Some target indicator streaks just below centre right of the photograph, with one small flare to the right of centre, which is arrowed. Captioned '5/B' and, '4141 BRN 4/5.3.45 //NT8"…

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Target photograph of Berlin with no ground features visible. Some target indicator streaks appear in the bottom right corner of the photograph. Captioned '5/B' and, '4450 BRN 27/28.3.45//NT8" 21500 262 2128.30 Berlin A 3MC500DT 1M500LD C 37½ secs…
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