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Jim Copus was born in Watlington and volunteered for the Royal Air Force when he was eighteen. After training, he flew operations as a mid-upper gunner with 97 Squadron from RAF Bourn. On one operation he realised that it was very quiet. He could not…

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Includes: editorial matters, dispensing by air mail; greetings at Lisbon; the letters they write home; official reports from the camps; groups from the camps; the brighter side; 'send us books...'; how they help (fundraising at home); examination…

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Includes: editors comments; for sailors and seamen (Marlag und Milag Nord camps); official reports from the camps; the letters they write home; groups from the camps; [two pages missing] income tax relief; how they help (fundraising at home);…

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Includes: editorial matters; all in a day's work; life in a Japanese prison camp; fun and games; letters they write home; official reports from the camps; group photographs from the camps; how next of kin are helping (including knitting pattern for…

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Eddy Smythe reminisces about his father, John Henry Smythe, who was from Sierra Leone and served in Bomber Command during the Second World War. John flew as a navigator until his aircraft was shot down in November 1943. He became a prisoner of war in…

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Account of Jim Copus's last operation to Frankfurt during which his 97 Squadron Lancaster was shot down by a Me 110 night fighter. Includes the task of air gunners, the engagement by the night fighter which disabled all hydraulics including those to…

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Addressed to Stalag Luft 1. Welcomes him to Caterpillar Club and encloses membership card.

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Roy Hill and his crew were shot down over the Ruhr by a German night fighter and incarcerated for six months in Stalag Luft 1. He worked as a photographer in Farnborough following the war.

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James Copus grew up in Oxfordshire. He volunteered for aircrew and after training, became a mid-upper gunner and flew operations with 97 Squadron. He remembers a crash while taxiing to take-off, baling out of his empty Lancaster and how he kept…

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An account of operation as Pathfinder against German naval and submarine base at Kiel when his aircraft was shot down by 'Schrage Musik' equipped night-fighter which cause the aircraft to break in two. Describes crew actions during bomb run and…

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On his return to Great Britain after his release from prisoner of war camp, Geoff Packham was interrogated by his commanding officer. His aircraft was damaged during a raid on Sterkrade by Holten. The bailed out over the Netherlands. He was captured…

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Opens with mention of Bomber Command memorial in Green Park and 55,573 despite killed, moral was high due to belief that winning was vital. Tells story that he was guest at two weddings in 1943 with three other members of bomber command and that all…

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Belonging to Sergeant Tom Whitehead, B.P.O.W. 1051, Stalag Luft 6. Contains newspaper cutting with news of Tom Whitehead as prisoner of war. Main dates of events and locations from shoot down to liberation. Includes a poem 'Joe', cartoon, diet sheet,…

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Two standing men, one dressed as a pirate, the second, a sergeant is an observer in the Royal Air Force. Behind is a fence and a watch tower.

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The three men are standing in front of a hut. Two are dressed as cowboys and the third is wearing civilian clothing and flying boots. A fourth person is partly visible, seated and working on clothing.

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Four men dressed as a cowboys, one man dressed as a cowgirl, all armed, one with a blunderbuss. They are standing in front of a hut.

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Two men, one dressed as a cowboy, the second as a cowgirl. They are standing in front of a hut.

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Three quarters portrait of three men dressed as cowboys, standing in front of a hut.

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A group of 19 men which includes eight cowboys, one cowgirl, one pantomime cow, two airmen and the remainder dressed in civilian clothes. The front row is kneeling with the cowgirl seated on an airman's knee. The back row is standing. Behind is a…

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A band of nine men formally dressed on stage. In the front row are two saxophone players, a guitarist and a pianist. The back row of five musicians are playing trumpets, drums and upright bass. Covered music stands are in front of each player and the…

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Two pirates and one one man dressed as a lady act in front of the nine man band. Partly visible is the conductor of the band.

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Four men dressed as cowboys, They have their pistols and one blunderbuss pointed at the camera. They are standing in front of a hut.

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Four men dressed in shirts and ties, seated with their instruments behind music stands decorated with 'JF'. There are two guitarists, a drummer, a cellist, a saxophonist and one trumpet player. Behind is a poster with a painting of a woman and the…

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Three men wearing black sitting holding hats in their left hands, with the six man band seated behind them. The covered music stands have 'JF' on the front. On the wall a poster of a woman and a name 'Nat Fender'.

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A group of 29 Canadian officers arranged in 4 rows, one seated cross legged on the ground, one seated, one standing and the fourth standing on a bench. They are wearing a mixture of uniform and flying clothing and nine have beards.
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