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Writes he is off on a trip and not to write until she hears from him.

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Discusses time off plans and leave passes. Writes of life in RAF including other peoples problems. Mentions flight engineers course and catches up with family and acquaintance news. Mentions commandos practice attack and resulting casualties.

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Thanks her for parcel and writes of discussion about families with colleague. Catches up with acquaintance news. States he is tired and sends love.

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Catches up with family and acquaintance news and talks of life in the Air Force. Discusses flight engineers course and likelihood of other possible postings abroad. He is hoping to get coupons from Grandad for some pyjamas.

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He discuses difference in issue of clothing coupons between officers and men as well as for bedding. He also complains about the way war is being fought. Sends his love.

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Writes about dispute with grandfather and asks for her help in sorting it out. Mentions he will take the board for promotion to leading aircraftsman and thinks he will pass. Mentions paratroop exercises he has seen.

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Pages are damaged with text missing. Writes of mail and leave. Catches up with acquaintance news. He writes that he can’t understand why people are joining up as it is a lousy life being a soldier or an airman.

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He writes about the last five years and what might have been if there was no war. Has applied for leave and mentions rumour that they will be moving to Carlisle. Catches up with family and other news.

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Writes about disappointment over leave but having good weather. Continues with discussion about furniture. Mentions increase in tobacco costs in budget and that they will have to cut down. Talks of upcoming visit to Manchester and family matters.

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He writes about their furniture at home and his life at RAF Cranwell. Has applied for leave and is waiting to hear.

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Describes life at RAF Cranwell which is not as good as RAF Kenley. Writes he is running out of tobacco and requests her help. He has applied for leave but has not had confirmation. He discusses other opportunities to meet. Talks of possible move of…

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Writes to inform he he has moved to RAF Cranwell. Describes camp and work he is expecting to do. Is applying for leave.

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He writes complaining about the war and those running it and what should happen to them. Mentions upcoming visit home. Says that he did not hear Churchill's speech as he was on guard duty but comments on it after reading it in the papers. Writes of…

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Writes of frustration over mail and catches up with family and acquaintances. Mentions mock invasion and attacks by commandos, paratroops and home guard. Talks of life in camp.

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Complains about lack of mail and mentions rush job overnight. Catches up with family and friends.

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Copy of a day by day diary kept by Malcolm Staves from 26th April 1943 to 6th January 1945. Covers training, lectures, gardening and cleaning tasks. Also covers his social life and home leave.

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Betty (nee Jackson) worked in a library in Macclesfield before the war. When the war broke out, she went to Manchester to volunteer for the Air Force and trained as a telephonist. She did a course at Sheffield General Post Office before being…

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An air-to-air view of three Lancasters 'EM-F', 'EM-A' and 'EM-C' flying in a V- formation over RAF College Cranwell and countryside. On the reverse 'Dad's Lancaster (centre A)'.

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Margaret Cuthill volunteered for the WAAF in Edinburgh. She went for her basic training at Wilmslow before completing her training as a teleprinter operator at RAF Cranwell. She was then posted initially to 14 Maintenance Unit. After the war she…

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Bill McRae’s earliest memories were of the end of the First World War. He worked for a major bank during the Depression and was fortunate to be amongst a group of Australians who were sent to work in London. He volunteered at Australia House and…

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Margaret Longmate from Edinburgh came from a family with long links to the RAF. Her uncle had been in the Flying Corps in the First World War and various other friends and family joined the service during the Second World War. Therefore, it seemed…

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Peter Stevenson's account of his service in the Officer Training Corps at Grantham and later in the Air Training Corps. Tells of his life in Grantham and the effect of the war on the town. Also his involvement post war in museums and projects to…

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Jack ‘Lawrie’ Lawrence planned on making a career in the RAF and joined in 1938. He enjoyed those early days when it felt like he belonged to a flying club. This was interrupted by the start of war and operational flying. He flew in Blenheims and…
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