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Two identical photographs of Halifax Ferdinand II being serviced. In the top left corner one ground crew is standing at the top of a ladder looking at the nose of the aircraft. The nose has nose art of a cartoon character of a bull and the title…

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Letter to his mother from Aircraftsman First Class Leslie Mellor Tetley. He writes about the results of his first examinations at No 6 School of Technical Training RAF Hednesford, the pressure of work and what was expected on the course in future.…

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Stanley Archer’s account of his training as one of the first flight engineers for Lancaster operations in 1942. First he attended an air gunnery course then transferred to 97 squadron at RAF Woodhall Spa. He comments on a daylight operation on…

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Side view of Lancaster R5868, being bombed up. In the foreground three trolleys full of bombs. Aircraft is under maintenance with two airmen on the wings and one in the pilot’s seat. Symbols indicating numerous operations on nose of aircraft. Four…

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Describes wartime service from 1939 to 1945. Joined as Halton apprentice in September 1939. Posted as fitter engine to RAF Wittering working on Wellington Hampden and Manchester aircraft. Followed by tour at RAF Upper Heyford working on Wellington…

MBubbGJ1477939-160322-01.pdf
166 pages of instrument course including notes with details and hand-drawn colour diagrams of aircraft instruments and gauges including pressure gauges, warning systems, clocks, compasses, bomb and gun sights, flight instruments and telecoms…

MBubbGJ1477939-160322-02.pdf
64 pages of course notes. Inside front page ' Bubb G J 1477939, Entry 35, Berryfields, Melksham, Sept 2-21 1943' Contains information of batteries and motors in general then specific notes on F24 camera and controls, night photography MkIII, torpedo…

MBubbGJ1477939-160322-03.pdf
56 pages of course notes. Contains basic theory of thermometers, electricity, magnets, dynamos and batteries. Has more detailed notes on the atmosphere and gyroscopes followed by detailed description of Mk IV autopilot and all its component systems…

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At the top, a photograph of George Bubb in battledress uniform standing in a field with low hedge in the background. In the middle a red dog tag and aircraftsman rank badge. At the bottom red and green dog tags, leading aircraftsman and lance…

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States that G Bubb is the authorized owner of a bicycle with its frame number and details. Royal Air Force Spilsby guardroom stamp dated 17 October 1945.

On the reverse, On the left side, four numbered train times from Preston to Birmingham with…

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Top is photograph of 13 ground crew and aircrew in two rows. Front row has five non commissioned officers and one officer in the centre sitting on a trolley. All apart from right hand man are aircrew. All are wearing tunic or battledress. At the…

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Five airmen, three sitting on ground, are in front; two are kneeling behind. All are wearing battledress. In the background parts of two buildings. Caption 'Grandpa with ground crew, Spilsby 1945'; on the reverse of one photograph 'Spilsby 1945'.

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Aircrew and ground crew stand in front of and on a Lancaster, which has the letter 'S', a cartoon of walking person on the port nose plus a bomb log of 24 operations, three of which are ice-cream cones. There is also a beer tankard. Some crew sit on…

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Donald Briggs was born in Lealholm near Whitby in Yorkshire. After school, he became an apprentice with the Royal Air Force. He trained at RAF Halton in 1939 and became an engine fitter working on Wellingtons and Manchesters. He volunteered for air…

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Three ground crew at work on Manchester L7477, QR-N. Repairs are being made to the starboard side where there is battle damage and two men are working on panels under the wing. The bomb bay doors have been removed. A ladder is propped against the…

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Two Lancasters with engines running are being waved off by a group of ground crew. The nearer Lancaster is ED860 QR-N and the farther one is ED588 VN-G. Both have nose art depicting many operations.

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The aircrew wearing Mae Wests are standing under the nose of Lancaster 'Y2'. The ground crew are kneeling. Frank Tolley is second from the left on the back row.

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Photograph 1 is of four airmen standing in front of two Nissen huts. Captioned ' L to R "Nobby" Clark, Lou Morgan, "Russ" Johnstone, Jack Round'.
Photograph 2 is of nine airmen in two rows under the inner starboard engine of a Lancaster. Captioned…

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Aircrew and ground personnel sitting on loaded bomb trolleys infront of the Lanacster Mike Squared. Group Captain Sheene on a stepladder is painting a bomb symbol on the nose of the aircraft. Captioned '"Mike Twice" after 138 trips. C/V Sheene on…

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Photograph 1 is of a bomb being loaded into a Lancaster X.
Photograph 2 is of Syd Marshall at his engineer's position in a Lancaster.
Photograph 3 is of Syd Marshall and a woman.

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A handwritten list of the crew of Lancaster PM-C 44-45,
F/O Lou Morgan Pilot
Russ Johnston Nav
Nobby Clark B/A
Ivor Cole Wop
Murray Ward A/G
Jack Round A/G

F/O Breheney Eng Leader
F/L Wymark Gunnery leader
S/L Van Rollagem flight com
F/O…

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Photograph 1 is of armourers with a bomb under the nose of a Lancaster X.
Photograph 2 is of an aircrew under the nose of a Lancaster. The nose displays a number of operation symbols.

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John Bagg worked as a clerk before joining the Royal Air Force at the age of twenty. He was trained as an Instrument Mechanic before remustering and completing a specialist camera course. He went on to serve on several training stations. After the…

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The nine airmen are positioned in two rows under the port inner engine of a Lancaster. Aircrew are wearing life jackets. On the reverse 'The gang and three of the ground crew before we took off for Germany'.
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