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Darwin Evans volunteered for aircrew in 1940 and began training as a navigator. After an accident while training at RAF Bobbington (later RAF Halfpenny Green) ended his operational flying duties, he retrained as a compass adjuster at RAF Cranage and…

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Thomas Edward Noton was born in Greenwich on the 4th of April 1923. Upon leaving school he began a toolmaking apprenticeship, however, before finishing the course, Noton decided to join the Royal Air Force at the age of eighteen. He explains why he…

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When the war broke out Ronald was a solicitor’s clerk, then got a job with in Portsmouth. Whilst there he volunteered for air crew and went to London to join the Air Force. After about six months he was called up for training. He went on a…

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Royal Canadian Air Force pilots flying log book for Cyril Joe Barton. Covering the period from 19 January 1942 to 27 March 1944. Detailing his flying training and operations flown. He was stationed at Darr Aero Tech, USAF Cochran Field, USAF Napier…

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Flying log book for Frederick Edwards covering the period from 30 September, 1943 to 30 September, 1946. Detailing his flying training and operations flown. He was stationed at RCAF Rivers, Manitoba (1 CNS), RAF Halfpenny Green (3(O)AFU), RAF Upper…

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Navigator’s, air bombers and air gunner’s flying log book for H A J Pollock, air gunner, covering the period from 22 October 1943 to 20 May 1955. Detailing his flying training, operations flown and post war flying with number 3 flying training…

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Log book covering the period of service on 78 Squadron at RAF Breighton from September 1943 to June 1944 flying Halifaxes. A total of 31 night time operations were flown. Targets were Hannover, Bochum, Kassel, Dusseldorf, Mannheim, Leipzig,…

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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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Cyril Mercier was born in Jersey in 1925. He joined the Home Guard in 1940 and the RAF in 1943. After initial training, and training on gunnery at Bridgnorth he joined 14 Operational training Unit at Abingdon, where he crewed up. He trained on…

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Harry Braithwaite was born in Portinscale and went to Keswick School. Harry’s close friend was killed in action and this spurred him on to volunteer. His father owned a garage and Harry would help him. This gave him some mechanical knowledge and…

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Produced by 'Registration Research', it uses information from the squadron's operational record books. It records the major operations, gives periodic reviews, lists the changes in Officer Commanding and records events in the Squadron's history.

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Harry Pollock grew up in London and worked as an apprentice floor layer and as a fireman on the London Midland Scottish Railway before he joined the RAF in 1943. After training, he completed 36 operations as an air gunner with 78 Squadron from RAF…

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Gives background on what inspired him to write a memoir. Theme of chronical is 'Luck'. Writes of joining RAF as soon as he was old enough and of initial tests and selection as a wireless operator/air gunner followed by 18 months deferred service.…

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The letter is to Alec Peadon's mother confirming that her son is missing in action.

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Christmas 1944 Menu, five courses.

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Three ground crew wearing battledress and side caps standing by the rear fuselage hatch of a Halifax. On the reverse 'Left to right: Corporal Rowe, LAC Ernie Jones and LAC Cliff Richards. Ground crew of Halifax U-Uncle, RAF Breighton 1943…

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Six ground crew wearing battledress and (five) side caps, standing in line under the nose of a Halifax. Nose of aircraft has long row of bomb symbols along the bottom. On the reverse 'Ground crew of U-Uncle RAF Breighton, 1943, (C Richards).

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Six ground crew wearing battledress with jerkins and side cap standing in line behind the rear turret of a bomber. On the reverse 'Cpl Rowe: Polly Perkins, Les Fellows, "Jonah" Jones, henry Wilkins, Cpl name unknown. Ground crew of Halifax II U-Uncle…

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Eleven airmen mostly wearing battledress with side or peaked caps squatting and standing in two rows under the port wing of a Halifax. Three in the back row right side have visible brevet. One man third from left front row wearing overalls is holding…

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A large group of RAF personnel including members of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force sitting and standing in three rows with a building in the background. Titled 'Duty Staff of: Flying Control, Crash Tender and Ambulance and Met office RAF Breighton'.…

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Target photograph shows glare and explosions. Built up area roads are faintly visible. Captioned '252.BTN 7/8-6-44//NT F/8, 5000, 080 degrees, 01.13, JUVISY RD, C, 19x500, F/L DAVIES, U78'. Submitted in folder titled 'U-Uncle Target Images'.

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In the middle distance a Halifax taking-off with main wheels still on the ground. In the distance left a hangar and right another Halifax. In the foreground the starboard wing of a Halifax. Captioned 'Halifaxes of 78 Squadron taking off from RAF…

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Rear quarter view of Halifax letter 'EY - M' parked on dispersal with engines running. Submitted with caption '78 Sqn Halifax MkIII EY-M at dispersal RAF Breighton'. Two versions of the same image, the second submitted with caption '78 Sqn Halifax…

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On the right an airborne Halifax with wheels down just above the ground while below a man watches. To the bottom centre and left a small truck towing a check pattern runway caravan wit wind sock behind. Submitted with caption LV874 EY-P Popeye's…
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