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Stanley Archer’s account of his training as one of the first flight engineers for Lancaster operations in 1942. First he attended an air gunnery course then transferred to 97 squadron at RAF Woodhall Spa. He comments on a daylight operation on…

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Lancaster, rear/side view, surrounded by snow. In foreground an airman with his back to the camera. Captioned ‘Lancaster III “JO-E” (ED806) of 463 Squadron in the snow at Waddington during the winter of 1943/44’.

ED806 was on the strength…

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In the foreground left a reviewing base with one officer standing saluting with one further standing to the rear. Left of the reviewing base are three offices standing in line. In the distance, behind the reviewing officers is a band. Marching on the…

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Five Women’s Auxiliary Air Force personnel, three standing and two crouched, are in front of a brick building. One is without tunic, another wears non-standard headscarf. A dog is partially visible. On the reverse:
'RAF
Waddington
May 1945…

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Service in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (16 November 1942 to 11 December 1946), then released as class A warrant officer. Statement of aptitudes and qualities 'A very sound and reliable Warrant Officer who has given all his energies to the…

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Air-to-air view of a Lincoln VN-C flying past the Lincoln Cathedral, looking north. Captioned: '33 [underlined]ONE OF THE 50 SQDN'S LINCOLNS FLYING PAST. LINCOLN CATHEDRAL
LINCOLN BOMBER - LINCOLN CATHEDRAL[/underlined]
50.SQ. WADDINGTON 1948 F/E…

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Royal Air Force Waddington Christmas card with Royal Air Force badge on the front. Signed from Derrick

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First letter is a reply to Derrick Allen acknowledging his request to join the Caterpillar Club, welcoming him to the club and asking for further confirmatory information. It also states his club pin will be sent as soon as it is available. The…

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Basil Ambrose was born in Reading. He left school at fourteen and became an apprentice turner. He joined the Royal Air Force in May 1942 and trained as a turner before transferring to aircrew as a flight engineer. He trained at RAF St Athan, and…

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Recounts that Derrick Allen contacted a M Rudi Simon who lived in Tongess, Belgium through the Association of Veterans. M Simon was researching aircraft brought down in the local area. Derrick Allen had stated that he would like to visit the where…

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Derrick Allen crouching in the rear door of a Lancaster.Ladder hooked on at the bottom of the door. On the reverse 'F/Sgt D J Allen, 1945, 467 Squadron, Waddington. Second photograph same as the first.

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Full length image of two aircrew standing with arms round each other and crossed legs. Derrick Allen is on the right with visible brevet. Both are wearing battledress. In the background a door. On the reverse 'Left, Bob Harvey, Right, Derrick Allen,…

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Lists aircraft details and crews for 467 Squadron's A and B flights on 24 April 1945. Derrick Allen is mid-upper gunner on the third crew down in A Flight. Also includes reserve and window crews and other operational details.

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From Officer Commanding 467 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force and base commander 53 Base Waddington congratulating Derrick Allen on immediate award of Conspicuous Gallantry Medal.

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Account of night 2 November 1944. Sergeant Allen's Lancaster was attacked by night fighter after successful attack on Dusseldorf. Allen opened fire twice and damaged fighter but the Lancaster was badly damaged. Whilst Lancaster was in uncontrolled…

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Poem written on RAF Waddington notepaper called The Homing Bomber. It describes a damaged bomber and its wounded crew making its way back to the UK.

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Derrick Allen was the mid-upper gunner on a Lancaster that crashed near Spa in Belgium. He had been making his way to bale out when the pilot asked him to help the rear gunner who was trapped in his turret. He managed to do this but the plane broke…

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Before the war, Liz worked in aeronautical inspection at a factory which made parachutes. She had an interview in Northolt and enlisted in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force in October 1942. She went to Uxbridge and chose to be a telephonist. After a…

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Harry shares several memories of his time as a flight engineer in the Royal Air Force. He describes their initial accommodation in luxury London flats, and dinghy training at the local swimming pool. He recounts how in June 1944 they received 17…

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Article 1 has a photograph of the nose of Lancaster Mike Squared, S for Sugar at Waddington, the dispersal hut at Digby and Barry Halpenny in the cockpit of a Spitfire with his book 'Action Stations'. The cutting mentions Douglas Bader flying from…

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Herbert Adams grew up in New South Wales Australia and joined the Air Training Corps as soon as it was established. He later joined the Royal Australian Air Force and after training, he completed a tour of operations as a navigator with 467 Squadron.…
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