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Lists 11 crews and aircraft with standby for special duty on 6 May 1945.

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Elizabeth Eady grew up in Leicestershire and worked in a factory manufacturing parachutes before she joined the Women's Auxiliary Air Force. After her training, she served as a telephonist at RAF Skellingthorpe and RAF Waddington. She was discharged…

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Wing Commander Kenneth Cook was born in Randwick in Gloucestershire. At Marlings grammar school, he joined the Air Training Corps. On the outbreak of war he joined the Royal Air Force and went to America under the Arnold Scheme for pilot training.…

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The log book covers the operational career of flight engineer David Sanders from 5 July 1944 to 29 May 1945. He joined 619 Squadron at RAF Strubby on 28 September 1944, from where he flew Lancasters on two daylight and three night time operations…

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Sydney Grimes grew up near Southend and joined the RAF as a wireless operator in 1940. After training he was posted to RAF Cottesmore, where he met his crew. He completed a tour of operations with 106 Squadron from RAF Syerston. He then became an…

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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…

9 Squadron was formed as a Royal Flying Corps unit at St Omer, France in December 1914. In February 1939, the squadron moved to RAF Honington, equipped with the Wellington and was first employed in anti-shipping operations. The squadron was…

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John Cuthbert joined the RAF and initially trained as a wireless operator / air gunner but re-mustered as an air gunner. After training he was posted to 189 Squadron at RAF Fulbeck and flew operations as a mid-upper gunner. He talks about his…

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George was born in Mansfield and was bought up by his Grandparents until he was seven when he moved back to his parents in Leicester where his Father ran a coffee shop. He was a semi-professional musician playing violin, trumpet and mandolin. He…

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Margaret Horry was born in Spalding. She remembers aircraft taking off going on operations, and retells wartime stories of her relatives.
Arthur served in Bomber Command as a bomb aimer.
Frank was also in Bomber Command. He joined the Royal Air…

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Bob Lasham began an electrical engineering apprenticeship with British Thomson-Houston before volunteering for the RAF in 1941, aged 20. He trained at Babbacombe and Wilmslow before continuing to Clewiston, Florida, to complete his training as a…

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Photograph 1 is of 48 trainee airmen arranged in 4 rows.
Photograph 2 is a squadron plaque with 'Target for Tonight 1939 [crest] 19?? and There's Always Bloody Something'. It is captioned '3rd Dec 1943 "9" Squadron 22nd May 1944'.
Photograph 3 is a…

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Photograph 1 is the nose of a Lancaster. Two airmen are on a platform working on the port engine. it is captioned 'The Aircraft by Night (WS-R) EE136 The boys get "R" Roger ready for a trip'.
Photograph 2 is partly obscured. A group of airmen…

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Letter from Flight Sergeant Malcolm Payne. He writes of his frustration at cancelled operations.

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Writes about journey back to camp by train. Talks about moving to Bardney. Scheduled for cross country but had to see medical officer who grounded him for three days and now he has to do clean up tasks, Mentions easy trains to Lincoln to see her and…

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Writes this will be short letter as they are flying and he is not now grounded. Mentions flying cancelled last night and continues with general banter. Mentions going to church and that she can ring him in the mess at specific times. Glad that…

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Says he received three letters from her and tells her about flying last night and that he is flying again today. Concludes with mention of abortive phone call and endearments.

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Short letter as pushed for time since started ops. Mentions going to Duisburg. Continues with banter about mates. Has one more op to do before possible seven days leave. Mentions argument they have had. Says time to ring if she wants to.

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Writes about a colleague who has not returned to camp and crew removed from operation as result. Could lead to court martial. Reports arrival of 600 cigarettes and that they still do not have their own aircraft. Finished with love talk.

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Starts by encouraging her not to worry. Complains about the weather. Mentions he went to camp cinema and that their errant colleague had returned at last but having missed an operation was likely for court martial.

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Writes that he has been unable to write or phone as has been due to fly but it had been scrubbed. Says that he went on operation to Poitiers where they lost two engines and his turret was damaged. Writes they are off on tenth operation that night.

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Writes he is sorry he cannot see her tonight as he is very tired. Mentions the trip last night was fairly quiet but they had been engaged by friendly anti-aircraft artillery on return. Says today is stand down.

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Writes with frustration over on/off operations and that on a very long operation the night before last was a murder trip when they lost 22 pals. Writes that he is not getting tired of her and he will see her a soon as he can.

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Starts by complaining about weather. Writes about possible places to stay during trip with her and states the one he would prefer and plans for his upcoming leave, including talking to her mother. Mentions that he is going to the adjutant to fill in…
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