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Lists letters he had received and catches up with family/friends news. Asks if any Rhodesians have been repatriated from Italy and discusses repatriation of wounded people. Writes that he was fit and of show he had seen previous night. Sorry that…

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Writes of good war news and weather. Mentions athletics sports meeting and comments on national scores. Writes about play he had seen previous week and camp orchestra. Catches up with family news and says he would really like to go an work on the…

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No news apart from seeing recent play which was very good. Comments on the weather which was poor and he would never complain about heat again when he got home. Catches up with news of friends in camp and asks if they had heard anymore about a news…

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Reports arrival of letter and catches up with news. Mentions receiving tobacco and asks them to thanks donors. Keeping fit and doing a bit of sunbathing. Writes about theatre built by prisoners and getting a lot of entertainment. Looking forward to…

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Writes that month had been very exiting and they were hopeful after hearing of the invasion. Mentions recent camp sports day with lots of side shows like a fair ground. Writes of gambling with cigarettes, band playing and sweepstake. Also mentions…

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Continuation of previous letter same date. Writes of film sent through by Red Cross but quality was poor. Reports arrival of her letters and catches up with news from home.

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Speculates on when he would be home, Comments on recent good news and how it effects them. Writes he is keeping fit having recovered from flu and mentions a small epidemic probably due to hot weather and flies. Comments on recent film and that…

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Reports arrival of latest letters and catches up with news from home. Writes that his Christmas had not been very merry but they had had a good meal [two sections are blacked out by censor]. Mentions choir recital and church service.

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Thanks him for having allowed them six barrels of beer for a farewell party for aircrew leaving the squadron.

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Reg Woolgar was born in Hove. He volunteered for the Royal Air Force in December 1939 and trained as a wireless operator/air gunner. He flew Hampdens with 49 Squadron. His aircraft was damaged by anti-aircraft fire on a mine laying operation to Oslo…

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Les Rutherford joined the army and was in the 51st Highland Division which formed the rear-guard defence, allowing for the evacuation of Dunkirk. He escaped out to sea on a barn door and was picked up and taken to England by a French trawler. He…

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Rosemary Lapham is the daughter of Roy Chadwick CBE, the designer of the Manchester and Lancaster aircraft. She tells her father’s story. Her father was born in 1893 and when he left school at the age of fourteen he became a draughtsman at…

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Les Rutherford talks about the prisoner of war diary he compiled while an inmate of Belaria compound at Stalag Luft 3. Two months after arriving, he exchanged three chocolate bars for the notebook which became this personal memoir. He recollects…

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Martin Catty grew up in London and was evacuated to Westward Ho! with his school at the beginning of the war. He completed a short training course at Cambridge University in 1942 and joined Air Force. After training he flew 40 operations as a…

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Ronald Indge was a wireless operator on 578 Squadron and became a prisoner of war after his Halifax aircraft was shot down.
Upon leaving school, and unable to obtain employment in his chosen career, his father arranged a bound apprenticeship with a…

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Hilary Robinson grew up in Yorkshire and volunteered for the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force. She trained as a driver and served at RAF Elsham Wolds and at 1 Group Headquarters at Bawtry Hall. She married and lived on a farm after the war.

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Don was brought up in Newcastle, where he worked for a number of years. He attended a meeting a year before the war began, about alternatives to war and that war didn’t have to be accepted as inevitable. Don joined a community which organised…

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Dave hopes his fiancée, Betty, had a happy birthday and asks if she has received his gift. He tells about the cold weather and snow, but says that the flights continue. Dave lists the films that he has recently watched; and expresses the desire to…

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Dave advises his fiancée, Betty, that he has received a letter and a parcel. He informs her that he has settled in the new place, but has to work even harder than at Elementary Flying Training School. Dave explains that the course is difficult, but…

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Dave has received letters from Betty and is waiting for a parcel. He describes working hard for various exams. Dave has not yet decided where to spend his Christmas holidays. Dave updates Betty on the latest films he has seen; and emphasizes his love…

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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 with general conversation about attending St. Paul’s School in Darjeeling. Writes about school studies, trips out and sends late birthday wishes to his father.

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Letter from David Boldy to his father with general conversation about attending St. Paul’s School in Darjeeling. Someone had broken into his locker and stolen some money. Had a visit from his mother and she now keeps his money.

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Letter from David Boldy to his father with general conversation about attending St. Paul’s School in Darjeeling. Complains about not being able to horse ride, due to being caught riding too fast in the High Street. Discusses exams results and has…
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