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ABowkerD151117.mp3
David Bowker joined the Air Force and was originally training to be a wireless operator / air gunner but remustered as a pilot. He discusses rudder lock on early versions of Halifax. Jacqueline Bowker his wife, discusses her life during the war and…

LJarmyJFD134695v1.pdf
Navigators log book for J Jarmy covering the period from 7th August 1942 to 12th November 1957. Detailing his flying training in Canada and England and operations flown, including various certificates and a list of his operational crew. He was…

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Low level oblique aerial photograph showing large bright explosions in the centre with a building to its left. Another building further left appears to be on fire. On the reverse 'Cam 2, Ops 142, Daylight/Night attack on La Ricamerie, Date 10/11-3…

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A newspaper article referring to the French Forces of the Interior who had liberated Bordeaux and Toulouse. It is annotated 'Express No 18 5/1/45 6 1/3 hours 200 a/c + PFF and 300 a/c +PFF = 500 a/c 2 attacks'.

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A newspaper article referring to the US Army and its 400 mile offensive. It is annotated 'Express No 8 6-11-44 4 ½ hours 1033 a/c + PFF Bang On'.

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Headlined biggest air attack of war. 2,000 tons of bombs in 90 minutes. Herald of what Germany will receive. Article includes sections entitled outstanding success, small losses and 107th raid on Cologne.

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Article 1: with headlines: a bomber every six second, enemy defences saturated and success of new plan. Contains outline of operation. special message to crews from Air Marshall Harris, pilots reports, Group Commander sees for himself and German…

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How Germany reacts to air attacks. Official counter-measure. Article discusses effect of operation against Cologne. Section on anxious memories mentions that effect casualties on eastern front and air attacks revives first world war saying "Wir…

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Propaganda leaflet aimed at the German-speaking population.
Page 1. announces that the first two 1000 bomber raids have taken place and promises more.
Page 2 gives quotes from allied leaders outlining the rights a defeated Germany could expect from…

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A group of 12 airmen waving off Lancaster U. They have their backs to the camera. On the reverse 'F/O Roberts F/S Pidding F/S Smale F/S Briggs F/S Rosario. Sgt Bewon Sgt Davies being waved off by members of 576 Sqdn when taking off on 1000 bomber…

MBoltonJD67631-170906-01.pdf
162 Squadron crew lists and record of operations from 19 December 1944 to 17 April 1945 and John Bolton's memoir.

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Lists 11 crews and aircraft with standby for special duty on 6 May 1945.

YHedgesEC19260127v1.pdf
Mentions anniversary of death of Uncle George December 1942. Daily activities for January and some of February and sporadic entries after that. Writes of going to pictures and walks. Contains some telephone numbers and addresses of friends.

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Four newspaper cuttings from 1944 describing four separate operations. Salzburg captioned 'Oct 17 1944', Essen captioned 'Oct 25th 1944', Dunkirk and Vienna captioned 'Nov 4th 1944' and Gelsenkirchen captioned 'Nov 6th 1944'.

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A commemorative poster with a map of Southern Europe and North Africa. Around the outside is a list of locations where operations were carried out. There is a paragraph with details of the operations.

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A newspaper cutting referring to operations to Essen, Homberg, Hamm and Hamburg-Harburg. Annotated 'Express No.1 25-10-44 4½ hours 846 a/c plus PFF'.

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A list of 37 Squadron aircraft, with aircrew and role. 11 aircraft and 58 airmen are listed.

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Group portrait of 40 airmen, formally arranged in three rows in front of huts. 14 are seated, the rest standing; all wearing side caps, some greatcoats. Two men in the back row are looking towards each other, the left hand of whom has been marked…

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Hard book cover annotated 'Secret' with label '44 Squadron Briefing Reports'.

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A minute by minute account of a night bomber operation on Germany. Found in the papers of an airman recently lost in action. Records every incident in flight of Lancaster.

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A commemorative document detailing the operations undertaken by the squadron during the Second World War, the weight of bombs dropped and the number of sorties. Also it states 73 aircraft did not return. At the bottom is handwritten 'Good Luck!…

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Night oblique aerial photograph showing a town with flares top centre. On the reverse 'Cam 1, Neg 1, 10.4.44, 150, St Cyr Airpark, 617,S/Lfr Munro, Lancaster, 0200,orbiting,10000/6000'.

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Photograph 1 and 2 are sequential vertical aerial photographs of the marshalling yards at Arras. They are partly obscured by smoke. They are numbered 5018 and 5017 and captioned 'RS 636 88 30.APR44//D14" → 10,000'Z'. Captioned: '30 April 1944,…

9 Squadron was formed as a Royal Flying Corps unit at St Omer, France in December 1914. In February 1939, the squadron moved to RAF Honington, equipped with the Wellington and was first employed in anti-shipping operations. The squadron was…
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