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Vic Farmer volunteered for the Royal Air Force at eighteen and trained as a navigator in South Africa. He describes his experiences of crewing up and serving in 550 squadron, RAF North Killingholme. He saw action on D-Day, and participated in…

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Dr Arnold Pearce Derrington grew up in Cornwall and joined the University Air Squadron at Exeter. He joined the Royal Air Force in 1942 and completed training at RAF Ansty, South Africa, RAF West Freugh and RAF Moreton in the Marsh, where he trained…

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Half-length portrait photograph of Sergeant Arthur Atkinson seated, in uniform with air gunner brevet.

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Full length portrait photograph of Arthur Atkinson in uniform, with a cadet’s hat, a leading aircraftman’s rank insignia.

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Horace James Flowers was born and grew up in Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire. He became an apprentice butcher before being released to volunteer for the Royal Air Force in 1944. He trained as an air gunner at RAF Bridgnorth, RAF Wigsley and RAF Syerston…

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Seven aircrew are in front of the fuselage of a B-24 with 'M 19' painted on it. Five aircrew are standing, two crouched. Some are in flying gear, one has sergeant stripes.

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Five aircrew wearing different combinations of battledresses and non-regulation items such as woollen hats are standing in front of a Wellington parked on a muddy field. Only the nose and part of the inner port engine are visible.

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Six aircrew in flying gear. One of them wears light-coloured trousers; one sports sergeant stripes, a third is in rolled-up shirt sleeves. Two packed parachutes are visible on Marston Mat. Inner starboard engine, part of the fuselage with the marking…

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Head and shoulder portrait of Jim Auton in sergeant's uniform with bomb aimer brevet.

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Head and shoulder portrait of Sergeant Jim Auton in tropical uniform with observer brevet.

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Head and shoulder portrait of Sergeant Jim Auton in uniform with bomb aimer brevet.

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George Reid Williamson standing in front of a Wellington. Trees are in the background. On the reverse 'George with his good friend the Lancaster' [sic].

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Group portrait of 21 officers in three rows outside a building; the front row are sitting, with a wing commander in the centre, the other two rows are standing and all are wearing battledress or dress uniforms, plus various combinations of pilot and…

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William Barfoot in dress uniform with observer brevet standing arm-in-arm with his wife in wedding dress in front of a brick wall.

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Wedding group photograph of eight people standing in front of a wall. William Barfoot, is in dress uniform with observer brevet, is standing in the middle hand in hand with his new wife who is wearing her wedding dress. A bridesmaid, a man in a suit,…

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Flight Lieutenant William Barfoot, in dress uniform with side cap and observer brevet, is standing with his arm round his wife in civilian clothes in front of a hedge.

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William Barfoot in battledress with observer brevet sits on a wooden collapsible chair in front of a concrete hut. He has a whistle attached to his collar and some papers spread across his knees.

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William Barfoot (second from right) and four other air crew are standing by the port nose of an Albemarle. All are wearing flying gear and three have their hand on the adjoining members shoulder. Airman on left has flight sergeant insignia on his…

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William Barfoot is featured among a group portrait of 55 trainees at Eastbourne Navigation School, some standing, some sitting; five men in the centre of the seated row wear observer brevets and two of these are officers, one a warrant officer and…

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Group of three observers in front of a concrete hut. Two are standing behind Flying Officer William Barfoot, who is sitting in a collapsible chair with an improvised desk.

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Squadron Leader William Barfoot in dress uniform, sitting at a desk at RAF Castle Bromwich; he wears a navigator’s brevet and two rows of medal ribbons.

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Squadron Leader William Barfoot in dress uniform at RAF Castle Bromwich. He’s wearing a navigator’s brevet and two rows of medal ribbons. A safe is partially visible.

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Letter from David Boldy to his father about being on a new station. Describes the prospect of attending a gunnery leaders’ course. Enjoys working with his new crew. Misses South Africa and mentions two girl he met whilst there, Shirley (Cape Town)…

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Letter form from David Boldy to his father about settling in with his friend as air gunners on the same crew. He misses his girl friend Babe, who he left in East London five months before. Thanks for the birthday wishes and the subsequent night out…

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Letter from David Boldy to his father about being stationed in Scotland, waiting to start the air observers school. He has visited Edinburgh and been swimming locally.
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