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Keith was five at the start of the war and lived in a farm adjoining the airfield at RAF Skellingthorpe. He describes the airfield and how the trees were cut down in the farm belt. The airfield was closed soon after the war, bought by the City…

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Jan Albone grew up on a farm in Lincolnshire and discusses her life during and after the war.

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A young girl standing in front of a crashed aircraft engine.
The photograph is repeated in another album with the following handwritten on the reverse 'Therese del Sole devant le moteur d'avion env? 1945 a Notre Dame de Bliquetuit'.

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An evacuee at the start of the war, He later became one of three Meteorological Officers at RAF North Creake. He discusses the role of the Met Officer.

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Long table with table cloth, flower table decorations, bunting, plates of party food, young children seated at the table, mothers standing behind, houses in background.

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Page captioned, 'Enschede Xmas Party, Xmas party given to the Dutch children, by 35 wing.' Four photographs, two showing two views of a large building with windmill, of the other two one is showing the inside of a large building decorated with three…

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15 young chidren, three older boys, some of the young ones have bunches of flowers. Two adults one RAF the other a female in uniform. They are standing in a playground buildings in the background.
On the reverse, handwritten 'Belsen'.

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Two photographs of three children.
#1 the three are in swimming trunks and is captioned 'Cutteslowe Park, Oxford 1940'.
#2 the two boys are on bikes and the girl is standing on the wall at the front of their house. It is captioned '556 Banbury…

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Popeye doll with red scarf, blue jumper and trousers taken on flights by a crew for luck. The word 'Foreign' is written on the back of its neck.
The mascot was recovered from the crash of Lancaster WS-O LM432. The aircraft was flying from Manston…

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Arthur Hydes grew up in Ingham and his family were closely involved with the life of the RAF camp during the war, watching the airfield being built and operations from there. He talks about the village before, during and after the war, including…

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Sidney and Una both experienced the effect of the war in Sheffield as a child. When Dunkirk survivors arrived at the nearby Reception Centre Sidney collected many souvenirs such as cap badges and his aunt also took two soldiers in to her home while…

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Top left - a full length image of an airman wearing tunic with half brevet and sergeant rank and a side cap, standing in a garden with a dog seated on his left.
Top right - an airman wearing tunic with half brevet and sergeant rank squatting down in…

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Top - three children seated at table with clown crouched between two of them. Table has cups, saucers, plates and Christmas decorations. Captioned 'Kiddies party RAF Penhold, Xmas 1941'.
Bottom - large group of children seated at 'u' shaped table…

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Jean's stories about growing up in wartime England. Food features in her tales as do crashed RAF aircraft. She describes village life and personalities then tales about her village school.

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Hector's stories about growing up in wartime Edgcott. His family moved there in 1941 when he was 10. He covers his school life, working on his father's farm, mock fighting, playing on a bombing range, working as a cowman, tractor work, working in a…

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Young boy riding on a tricycle on pavement with houses in the background. Captioned 'Gerald, June 23 1940'.

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Two airman wearing tunics with sergeants rank and on the right with pilot's brevet kneeling and squatting either side of a young boy and girl toddler. In the background a baby's playpen.

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Reminisces about pre-war and early war days as a schoolboy in Lewisham. Recalls events at the beginning of the war. Includes photographs of aircraft and naval ships. Continues with history of events through the war's early years including…

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Recalls German twin engine aircraft flying at very low level over Lincoln. He subsequently though it was a Ju-88. Adds some other wartime anecdotes. Includes b/w photograph of a JU-88.

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Describes growing up in the Netherlands before the war. Writes of the political situation in the Netherlands before the war. Mentions the invasion by the Germans and subsequently describes life under occupation. Includes photographs of Rotterdam…

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Glad she enjoyed panto and explains aeroplane picture he sent. Mentions that Mr Jenkinson was pleased with the letter he received from her. Concludes by saying no chance to sail boat yet.

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John Smith grew up near Corby surrounded by aerodromes so he was used to the sight of aircraft. He observed Lancaster aircraft practicing for the Dambusters raid over Eye Brook Reservoir. He also witnessed glider practice and was impressed by the…

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Margaret was almost twelve years old at the outbreak of World War Two and living in Romford, Essex. She remembers the announcement made by Neville Chamberlain on the radio on September 3rd 1939. Margaret recounts being issued with a gas mask and how…

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Irene Tansley on the left wearing dress. Ernest Tansley on the right wearing jacket and tie. with young Peter in front. They are standing on a path in a garden. Captioned 'photo is of Mum, Dad (EH Tansley) and my brother Peter, taken 1939'.…

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On the right a lady wearing knitted top with wings broach. In the centre a girl wearing white dress and on the left a boy wearing dark jacket and shorts. All sitting in line. Captioned 'Peter,Anne,Mum 1942, Peter & Anne Tansley with their mother,…
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