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Target photograph showing open countryside with fields on the left and an open area on the right. Caption ' 162. WS, 19.6.44, 8", 17500, 030 degrees, C., C., 617'. On the reverse '51:95/8'.

Target photograph showing open countryside. Caption '186, W.S., 19.6.44, 8", 18500, 200 dsegrees, H., H., 617', On the reverse '51:95/9'.

Target photograph showing open countryside with fields bottom left and an open area on the right. Roads run top left to bottom right. Caption '155, WS, 19.6.44, 18400, 020 degrees, J., L., 617'. On the reverse '51:95/10'.

Target photograph showing open countryside with fields, Road runs top left to bottom right. Caption '154, WS, 19.6.44, 8", 020 degrees, J., L., 617'. On the reverse '51:95/11'.

Target photograph showing open country with fields at the bottom and open area at the top. Caption '184, WS, 19.6.44, 8", 17000, 216 degrees, P., P., 617'. On the reverse '51:05/12'.

Target photograph partially obscured by cloud showing open countryside with some roads. Caption '152, WS, 19.6.44, 8", 16700, 240 degrees, S., S., 617'. On the reverse '51:95/13'.

Target photograph showing open countryside with fields at the top. Caption '165A, WS, 19.6.44, 8", 17500, 260, W., W., 617'. On the reverse '51:95/14'.

Target photograph showing open countryside with fields and a road running top left to bottom right. There is an open area with no fields top right. Caption '173, WS, 19.6.44, 8", 17500, 047, X., X., 617'. On the reverse '51:95/15'.

Target photograph showing open countryside with fields at the bottom and open area at the top. A road runs top to bottom on right and another left to right at bottom. Caption '174, WS, 19.6.44, 8" 17500, 047 X., X. 617'. On the reverse '51.95/16'.

States date 19 June 1944, Target constructional works Watten, zero hour 1915/1931. Lists leader/marker Wing Commander Cheshire and marker 2, Squadron Leader Shannon in Mosquito with 18 crews flying Lancaster all armed with Tallboy bombs.

Explains that the enemy had brought much vaunted secret weapons into action including V2 missile. Five launching platforms were known to exits and 617 as a precision bombing squadron to destroy these sites. First target allotted was at Watten to the…

A document written by Jim Allen's navigator. He describes his early training and difficulties when navigating in the UK, Jim Allen's skills, his own behaviour on the aircraft, flying under a bomber shortly before the target, his relief at surviving…

A Short Personal View of a Bit of History (interview with Jim Allen)
'Based at Burn' Introduction by Jim Allen
One More Chalked Up
A Trip to Remember
Sabotage on 578 Squadron at Burn by Joe Dudley
Memories of 578 Squadron at Burn 1944 by Joe…

A memoir of David Storey's service from 27 May 1943 to April 1944. He describes his 32 completed operations as a navigator on Halifaxes and including details of incidents and aircraft losses.

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Jim Weston joined the Royal Air Force because he wanted to become a radio mechanic. While training at Blackpool as air gunner wireless operator, he remustered as a pilot. Remembers being posted to 23 Squadron at RAF Little Snoring, where he carried…

Gwendolyn Wadmore was born in London in 1922, and lived there throughout the Second World War. Her early memories are marching with the Girl Guides. She left school at 14 and began work in a tailor’s shop; at the start of the war she was employed…

Discusses her father’s designs work and remembers both skipping stones on a river during holidays with her father and catapulting marbles over a washtub in their garden. She goes on to discuss the Eder Möhne and Sorpe operation, the bouncing bomb…

Rex Statham was born in Luton. His father died in a motorbike accident when he was very young. Although Rex had been very keen to join the Navy he volunteered for the RAF as a flight mechanic. When he realised that many trained mechanics were being…

Betty Hedges grew up in South London in the final years before the war and she recalls a happy childhood. She describes a close family and community life where the children played unworried in the streets and she talks about the games they played and…

Frank Dell’s father was a member of the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War and so it was perhaps inevitable that Frank would share the fascination with aviation and a desire to fly. As a teenager Frank witnessed the aerial battles of the…

Vertical aerial photograph of Raimbert V-2 storage site. The bottom right of the image is obscured by cloud.
Captioned '6051 Bin. 31-8-44//8" 8,800'

Royal Air Force notebook for workshop and laboratory records containing a large number of hand drawn wartime cartoons including aircraft caricatures. On the cover '547557 AC2 Johnson' and '1209046 LAC Cluett 1940'.

Harry Algar worked as an office boy at Hay’s Wharf in London before the war. He entered the Air Training Corps before joining the RAF when he was seventeen. Started his training on Tiger Moths but was then sent to Canada to remuster as a bomb…

Reginald joined the Royal Air Force in 1943, becoming a flight engineer with 415 Squadron, Bomber Command. He tells of his love of making and flying model airplanes, and that although he wanted to be a pilot, his love of anything mechanical, made him…

George was born at Whitstable and was 17 when the war broke out. He joined the local Defence Volunteers which became the Home Guard. When he reached 18 he volunteered for air crew. He was interviewed at Chatham and sat an exam and selection board to…
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