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Relates early life and employment before the war. Was RAF reserve and was called up at beginning of the war. Mentions training including operational training unit before joining 9 Squadron. Includes letter describing in some detail his first…

A wooden model of a Wellington Bomber that Bob Butler gave to his 10 year old nephew, Dick Heslop. Dick was told that the model had been painted with the genuine paints used to paint aircraft. The letters LN B, indicating 99 squadron, are painted…

A painting of a Lancaster in flight.
On the reverse -
'My aircraft
Q for Queenie
Q - Quadriga (4 horse chariot)
100 Sqdn
Elsham Wolds
Call sign - Shopboy from
-Curlwig Q Queenie'.

A list of Bob and his crew. A colour drawing of their Halifax and the location of their graves in Normandy.

Three men in front of a wall of storyboard drawings for the filming of The Dam Busters film. One man has a model of a Lancaster in his hand.
It is annotated 'E541.PUB.47'.

Two poems about loss, love and hopefulness.

A card with a seasonal message and an image of Raphael, The Adoration of the Magi.

#1, 3, 4 and 6 are a model Lancaster, in the air and on the ground.
#2, 7 and 8 are a Stirling model
#5 is a Wellington and Spitfire model.
#9 are a model Stirling and Lightning.

A sketch of a Lancaster and a Spitfire, annotated 'Lancaster on Fighter Affil with Spitfire' and signed 'Ewing 43'.

A chalk and pastel portrait of an observer in uniform. Signed '[?] Gozling 1941'.

A list of six names, including Ron's. It includes a poem by HW Longfellow 'Footprints in the Sand'.

An unused postcard of Dublin.

A b/w postcard sketch of the inside of a pub. On the reverse is handwritten 'This is one of the many pubs in Gloucester. Went here in Feb with Ian Carpenter (Shorty)'.

Unused humorous postcard of two soldiers telling a story.

Unused humorous postcard of a large woman on a donkey.

Unused humorous postcard of man talking to taxi driver.

An unused humorous postcard with instructions for a wife to treat her husband.

An unused humorous postcard.

Two framed drawings of a Lancaster with a reference to two operations.
#1 is the Spezia operation of 18/19 April 1943.
#2 is the operation at Cologne 3/4 July 43.
Each drawing has the names of the crew members and is signed by the AOC RA…

A full length portrait of Johnnie in Sidcot Suit and flying gear.
On the reverse 'My little Yatesbury WOP June 42- June 44. Missing June 9/10 over Lyon-la-Foret.
There is also a handwritten poem.

A half length portrait of Johnnie in trainee uniform. Handwritten is 'Lots of Love, Green Eyes, Johnnie'.
On the reverse 'Johnnie, my Yatesbury WOP/AG. July 1942. ACC/ No. TCC!
Missing June 9/10 neat Lyon-la-Foret. Later reported killed. Buried at…

A poem about bombers and their crew.

Handwritten is 'Johnnie Holden - killed June 1944. Collected poems of WB Yates'. Included is 'When you are old'.

A card sent by Johnnie to Josy from RAF Market Harborough featuring a Wellington flying low over the sea.
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