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Leslie Temple spent four years in the Air Training Corps before joining the Royal Air Force as a radio operator. He completed a tour of 30 operations with 101 Squadron at RAF Ludford Magna, as a German speaking special operator. He describes how…

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George Anderson was born in County Durham and worked in a grocery shop before he joined the Royal Air Force in 1943. He flew operations as a wireless operator at the end of the war, with 101 Squadron from RAF Ludford Magna. In 1959 George and his…

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Richard Murray Allen was born in Queensland, Australia. He joined the Air Training Corps and later volunteered for the Royal Australian Air Force on his eighteenth birthday. He trained as a wireless operator in Australia, before being posted to…

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Squadron Leader Geoff Bibby grew up in New Zealand and transferred from the army into the Royal New Zealand Air Force in 1943. After training in New Zealand and Canada, he flew operations as a navigator with 101 Squadron from RAF Ludford Magna.

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Peter Watson was born in South Wales and joined the Royal Air Force in 1943. He wanted to be a pilot but there was a surplus of pilots so he became an air gunner. He crewed-up and flew with 101 Squadron initially, a special duties squadron, and he…

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He discusses a mid-air collision during an operation with 101 Squadron. to Hasselt. He describes what it was like prior to a operation and the feelings experienced by the crew, from seeing the battle orders on the notice board, the pre-flight meal,…

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Squadron Leader Geoffrey Whittle was born in London. After leaving school at fourteen he became an apprentice printer in the family business. He volunteered for the Royal Air Force on the outbreak of the Second World War and trained as a navigator.…

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Vertical aerial photograph of Bremen bridge. Street patterns and a river with bridges are visible but central top of the image is obscured by bombs and smoke. Captioned at top right ‘4B 4B’. Captioned along the bottom ‘‘3258 Lud.M 23.3.45 …

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Pete Lamprey writes from Royal Air Force Ludford Magna that letter writing might be more infrequent now and briefly describes his new camp. He mentions that he will not be able to write about what he is doing.

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Peter Lamprey writes about operations to Milan, Mannheim and Peenemunde. He writes that the operation to Peenemunde included 600 aircraft and they bombed a factory settlement.

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Peter Lamprey writes some general comments about life including a mention of an operation to Turin and how he spends his time off.

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Peter Lamprey writes about his latest exploits including operations to Turin and Gelsenkirchen. He ends the letter as he has received a battle order for that night.

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Peter Lamprey writes about an operation to Leipzig and that lack of funds reduced enjoyment of a recent night in town but this situation would be rectified next time.

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Peter Lamprey commences his letter reporting that there had been a lull in operations and several visits to town as a result. Authorities had instituted physical education but crews were resisting. Letter is concluded later after a bombing operation…

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Peter Lamprey writes that little has happened since his last letter as operations had been suspended due to high losses after recent missions. He reports that he is now a grade 1 ‘W/OP.AG’ which results in more money. He concluded with a poem,…

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Peter Lamprey mentions that he has now been to Mannheim three times and that the previous night’s mission had been cancelled due to weather. He states that he had enjoyed his recent leave and that he had to terminate his letter as operations were…

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Peter Lamprey reports that his crew turned back with an un-serviceable aircraft from operation to Berlin but that he was subsequently involved in a ferocious attack on Berlin with four hundred planes bombing inside 15 minutes. On their return they…

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Peter Lamprey notes that they have been grounded for ten days and had received congratulations from Group Headquarters over the Peenemunde operation. He then describes an operation to Nürnberg when they were engaged by two fighters over Mannheim.

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Peter Lamprey writes about bombing operations to Bochum and then Kassel after which German aircraft followed them home and bombed runway as they went in to land, subsequently putting the airfield unserviceable with anti-personnel bombs. In conclusion…

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Peter Lamprey writes about an operation to Turin and comments that he would rather do two trips there rather than ‘Happy Valley’ where some crews had been lost. He remarks that bad weather has curtailed operations.

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Peter Lamprey writes that the last four operations were to the ‘Big City’ and that he is suffering a hangover after previous night’s revelry.

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Peter Lamprey writes that his last operation was to a ‘tunnel’ and was a ‘piece of cake’. He reports his skipper is laid up ill and complains about the weather.

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Peter Lamprey writes of his disapproval that he does not receive replies to his letters and of his sortie to Essen where his aircraft was heavily damaged resulting in them having to limp home.

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Peter Lamprey writes about returning from leave and waiting for his next mission. The letter was annotated ‘Last Letter’.
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