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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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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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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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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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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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A small band of 13 men seated behind covered music stands. At the side is their conductor. The band has a mixture of string and wind instruments, piano and drums.The music stands has 'MM' in stylised form. Behind is a backdrop with two stars.

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A man dressed as a belly dancer with two men in long shirts and fezs. Behind is the conductor and his band.

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13 man band with guitars, drums, an accordion and harmonicas. One row is seated behind covered music stands with 'G' on the front. The bass drum has 'G' on the front. All dressed with large bow ties. Behind is a backdrop of a city.

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Six men playing ice hockey, watched by a large group of prisoners. In the background a watch tower.

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Six men by the goal during an ice hockey match. They are watched by a group of prisoners. Behind are their huts.

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Nine ice hockey players standing with their sticks and wearing skates. Behind are spectators on the sidelines.

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A group of 12 men with skates and sticks arranged in a small group. Behind are spectators and further behind their huts.

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Six men at the goal during an ice hockey match. Behind is a large group of spectators and a watch tower.
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