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Joyce Exton Wallace recalls being given five clothing tokens by the council to clothe herself and her baby Robert after being bombed. A stranger donated a parcel of baby clothes and she received a pram and more baby clothes from the Canadian Red…

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13 handwritten pages, Margaret describes in some detail her early life and service in the WAAF as a nurse.

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Frank was born in London. He describes V-1 coming over and taking shelter in the London underground.
Frank talks of his evacuation to the countryside near Croxton Kerrial when he was nearly five. He was accompanied by his two brothers and initially…

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Catches up with family matters, share news of relations and tells that all is well.

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Catches up with family matters and tells that all is well.

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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 was born on a farm in North Lincolnshire. She went to school in Brigg. She loved the farm, particularly the horses.
Their farm was close to RAF Kirton in Lindsey which was used as a rest home for men from the Battle of Britain. They worked on…

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Three verse poem about Christmas. Relates children's party and mentions WAAF officer doing party planning trying to bring cheer to Waltham station. On the reverse 'Keith Burrows, RAFA'.

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Ode to a local village girl whose mother took in washing from aircrew. Refers to 100 Squadron. Two versions both annotated 'Kathryn Reid, (half pint)' and other notes.

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The aircrew and ground crew are arranged in two rows in font of Lancaster 'Y'. One of the men is holding a young boy. The aircraft has completed 107 operations. In the cockpit is a sign 'These animals are dangerous'. On the reverse is 'Ground Crew of…

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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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Roy was born in Northampton and was evacuated from Becontree in London to Weston-super-Mare. He gained his degree from Queen Mary College, London, which was evacuated to Cambridge.

After the Air Training Corps, Roy was called up to be a…

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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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Laura Hickey was living in Tottenham at the outbreak of war and was evacuated to Suffolk. Her brother, Charles Henry Clarke joined the RAF and was shot down, becoming a prisoner of war and enduring the Long March. She tells of her times as an…

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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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