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106 Squadron was formed in 1917 and reformed in 1938. At first it was a reserve bomber squadron flying Hampdens as part of 5 Group stationed at RAF Cottesmore. It moved to RAF Finningley and RAF Coningsby where it converted to Manchesters and then…

12 Squadron was formed in February 1915 at Netheravon, Wiltshire and re-formed in April 1923 at RAF Northolt. On the 26 September 1939, it was designated a Bomber squadron with 1 Group, 76 Wing, Advanced Air Striking Force, making it one of the first…

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…

76 Squadron was formed in Yorkshire in 1916. It was reformed at RAF Finningley in April 1937 and was a training squadron. It became operational in June 1942, and from June 1943 it was stationed at Holme-on- Spalding Moor.
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98 Squadron was part of 2 Group and equipped with Battles in 1939. It was originally a training squadron and was not operational despite being located in France between April and June 1940. The squadron was transferred to Coastal Command and sent to…

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A letter with card and envelope from Harry Redgrave to his wife. It is their fifth wedding anniversary and he looks forward to a time when the war is over and they can be at home again together. He thinks it is unlikely he will have leave a…

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Observer’s and air gunner’s flying log book for Eric Horace Woods, navigator, covering the period from 28 November 1939 to 10 July 1946. Detailing his flying training, operations flown, instructor duties, operations with transport command and…

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Pilot’s flying log book for Warrant Officer Ernest Smith, from 3 April 1943 to 29 June 1944, recording operations and instructional duties. He served at RAF Hixon, RAF Blyton, RAF Waltham, RAF Binbrook, RAF Wickenby, RAF Bircotes, RAF Church…

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Pilot’s flying log book for Flight Sergeant Ernest Smith from 11 February 1939 to 31 March 1943, detailing his pilot training and 20 operations with 144 Squadron on the following targets in Belgium, France and Germany: Aachen, Antwerp, Brest,…

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Pilot's flying log book one, for George C Dunn, covering the period from 11 January 1942 to 30 July 1945. Detailing his flying training, operations flown and instructor duties. He was stationed at RCAF Caron, RCAF Weyburn, RAF Chipping Norton, RAF…

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Pilots flying log book for Harold Blow, covering the period from 22 January 1942 to 30 May 1946 and from 10 July 1949 to 20 May 1954, detailing his flying training, operations flown, instructor duties and post war duties with 616 Squadron. He was…

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Gerald Bell worked on a poultry farm before being called up in the RAF, where he served as ground personnel. He remembers his training at RAF Finningley and RAF Balderton. Tells of his posting to North Africa in 1942, where he initially was working…

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Jack Wakefield grew up in New Zealand and volunteered for the Air Force and the Army. After training, he flew operations with 75 Squadron from RAF Feltwell and with 38 Squadron in the Middle East. He describes a crash when he was instructing.

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John Bagg worked as a clerk before joining the Royal Air Force at the age of twenty. He was trained as an Instrument Mechanic before remustering and completing a specialist camera course. He went on to serve on several training stations. After the…

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John Eppel grew up in Australia and joined the Royal Australian Air Force. After training, he completed 30 operations as a navigator with 550 Squadron. He describes initial training in Australia and the journey by sea via the United States, then…

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Norman Wilkins was born in West Norwood. At the age of fourteen he joined the Air Training Corps and became a member of Brighton and Hove Air Cadets 176 Squadron. He then joined the University Air Squadron at Oxford, with fees being paid by the…

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William Taylor joined the Royal Air Force in 1942 as ground crew. He remustered as an air gunner and flew operations with 103 Squadron from RAF Elsham Wolds, flying Lancasters. His Aircraft was attacked and shot down by a night fighter in July 1944.…

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Winifred Barker grew up in Yorkshire and worked in an office before she volunteered for the Women's Auxiliary Air Force. She served as a clerk at RAF Oakley, an operational training unit.

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Pilots flying log book for John Derek Bolton, covering the period from 18 October 1940 to 11 December 1945. Detailing his flying training, operations flown, instructor duties and post war flying duties. He was stationed at White Waltham, RAF…

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Letter to unknown recipient. Apologises that he was unable to visit recipient recently on short break. Talks of family, thanks for cigarettes brought and that he will shortly be operating against Germany. Notes he is due to leave current station…

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Three-page handwritten letter from Harry Redgrave to his wife Jessie. Harry writes about life in the RAF at his station in Yorkshire including observers being posted to Scotland, training and his social life in Doncaster.

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Harry writes to Jessie telling her of elements of his service life & duties including navigating a Hampden from Finningley to Hendon, and his input to their domestic life.

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Pilots flying log book for Michael James Beetham, covering the period from 5 December 1945 to 18 July 1952. Detailing his post war squadron duties, staff duties, flying training and instructor duties and flew the victory day fly past and good will…
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