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MHattersleyCR40699-160506-030001.pdf
A service diary written by Peter Hattersley covering the period from November 1930 to 24 September 1948.Initially he served in the Royal Engineers but in February 1936 he joined the RAF. It covers his training and operations including a newspaper…

LHattersleyCR40699v1.pdf
Log book for Wing Commander Peter Hattersley, covering the period 10 April 1937 to 24 September 1948. It details his flying training, operations flown and other flying duties. He was stationed at Hanworth Park, RAF Reading, RAF Netheravon, RAF Little…

BAllamAJAllamAJv1.pdf
Chapter 8 - Overture and Beginners. Gives account of time on OTU at RAF Lossiemouth. Includes ground instruction, crewing up and description of station and training on Wellington. Writes about a fatal crash he sees and about some of his sorties.…

BPerryWRPPerryWRPv2.pdf
Memoir starts by describing early life and education in Tunbridge Wells before moving to Cornwall. Writes about beginning of the war. Volunteered for aircrew in Plymouth (which had been bombed the day before) shortly after his 18th birthday.…

BFortPaullMusStavesMEv1.pdf
Malcolm Staves' life in the RAF, starts with his school reports through his enlistment in 1942. He trained at Bridgnorth then was assigned to 207 Squadron at Spilsby. His colleagues included George Cearns who joined 166 Squadron and Hank Williams who…

YStavesME203137v1.pdf
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.

LBarryMR419764v1.pdf
Flying log book for air gunner for M R Barry, covering the period from February 1943 to 10 June 1944. Detailing his flying training and operations flown. He was stationed at RAF Ballarat, RAF West Sale, RAF Lichfield, RAF Church Broughton, RAF…

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From officer detail to look after Hedley's property explaining the process and that a cheque book found has been forwarded to Air Ministry accounts, Worcester.

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Writes that Hedley's bicycle has still not arrived at Sidcup station.

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Notes they have had letter from chaplain at Chester to ask after her son and his crew. Unable to give her the names and addresses of relatives of his crew for security reasons while they are missing..

SGillK1438901v30051.pdf
Letter from colleague who was an instructor at Syerson. Glad to hear that Ken was settling down at Woodhall Spa and catches up with news and gossip of friends and family.

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Letter confirming that Hedley Madgett's aircraft failed to return from operations on 17/18 August 1943. However there was nothing known that could be connected to the aircraft's non return. Writes that it takes some time for any news to come through…

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Writes about reasons for Hedley's award of Distinguished Flying Medal. Was not for specific event but gallantry and devotion to duty throughout his tour.

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From station commander at RAF Syerston stating that Hedley's bicycle has not been sent as it was still awaiting release by effects authorities.

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From station commander at RAF Syerston stating his son's bicycle has now been found and asking what they wish to happen to it.

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From station commander at RAF Syerston stating that a receipt for his son's bicycle had now been received.

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Letter from a friend that provides some information on operation on which Malcolm Payne went missing. Operation was to Culmont Chaldarey [sic] on 12/13 July and according to BBC, 13 aircraft lost. Goes on to cover statistics of survival of crews…

EPerryWRPPerryHE430714.pdf
Wishes her happy birthday. Explains he did not write the previous day as he had a long flight (11 hours 15 minutes) and was very tired. Catches up with mail received and family gossip and other matters. Mention future plans and that his commission…

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Writes he is tired but that they will be more comfortable in new camp. Explains he could not phone and that he had written to his mother.

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Starts with endearments and love talk and talk of pay parade. Mentions reconnaissance to Newark and has received her letter. Writes about how he now charges other to use his stuff as he is saving up. Talks of daily activities and that he has written…

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Writes that station commander gave them half a day off and they went into Newark and talks about their activities there, Continues with love talk and mention of marriage.

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Feeling better after phoning her. Talks about wind and catches up with news about long days. Mentions six letters from home. Ends with endearments
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