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Eight photographs from an album.
#1 is three airmen in khaki sitting on the tail of a Hudson.
#2 is two airmen leaning on a wall in the hills.
#3 is seven airmen in khaki leaning and sitting on the tail of a Hudson.
#4 is six children in a row…

A march past of airmen and WAAFs. An officer is saluting and the Mayor and Mayoress are standing by. A post-it states 'Cambridge ?date'.

Front quarter view of a Halifax parked on an airfield. A petrol bowser is parked in front of the port wing and there is a step ladder by the starboard inner engine.

Nine airmen wearing dust coats over uniform in a workshop gathered round aircraft engines. On the wall behind blackboards with 'Pegasus' printed on them.
On the reverse '98 Entry B Class Halton 7.5.43' and 12 signatures.

An airman is guiding a bomb being winched up into a bomb bay. A bomb trolley on the right and bicycles behind.

On the left, an airman standing on platform has his head behind a Halifax engine Another airman stands on the platform to the right while another sits on the wing between engines.

An armourer guiding a bomb being winched into a bomb bay. Another airman stands to the left and part of the bomb trolley is visible on the right.

Eight aircrew and two ground crew standing and squatting in two rows under the nose of a Halifax. Aircraft has 'Daisy Mae' nose art.

Two small head and shoulders proof photographs of Arthur.

Informal photograph of Arthur reclining on a grass bank, pipe in hand. Low wall and trees in immediate background, stepped walls and terracing in background.

Top: Arthur's basic training flight, posed in two ranks outside their civilian billets in Blackpool.
Bottom: Arthur with some of his fellow tradesmen in the Mobile Servicing Squadron somewhere in France, posed in three ranks on the steps to one of…

Top: a group of tradesmen sitting on the steps of one of their mobile offices/workshops.
Bottom: King George VI with a group of senior officers including General Montgomery.

Four photographs of Arthur's squadron in Europe.
Top Left is of Arthur in working gear and wellingtons standing in front of some trees.
Top right: a group of tradesmen including Arthur standing in a group in front of some trees.
Bottom left: is…

Two photographs,first one, formal pose in four rows in front of an aircraft, captioned Odiham 1944. Second again formal pose in five rows, many more tradesmen, posed in front of a Spitfire captioned 'Holland 1945'. A handwritten note indicates that…

Three photographs, the first shows five servicemen in working dress posed in a field, captioned 'Jeff, Taf, Dan, Ray and me, taken at Gilze (Holland)'.
The second shows a well camouflaged vehicle, captioned Armoury Wagon'. Third shows four…

Two pages, the first has four photographs the first showing two graves captioned 'Enschede'.
The second showing an industrial steam engine, captioned '?'.
The third has an airforce lorry with three servicemen, captioned 'Grub wagon'. Fourth has a…

Formal pose of the squadron in four rows in front of an aircraft, captioned 'B 10 Plumetot, Normandy'.

Four airmen wearing overalls or jackets standing underneath a Lancaster. On the reverse 'Pete's ground crew, George Broadbent far right'.

On the left eight ground crew sitting and standing wearing belted leather jerkins. One man has a bandage on his head. On the right, six members of aircrew. They are standing underneath an aircraft.
1944-45. Far right: W G Didcote; standing, fourth…

Top left - four airmen standing in line under fuselage of a Lancaster. Captioned 'ground crew on "Z" Zebra, 106 Sqdn 43'.
Top right - and airman wearing battledress with half brevet sitting in wooden chair in long grass with trees and huts in the…

A large group of airmen sitting and standing in three rows in front of a Lancaster and also standing on top of wings. One man sits on each engine and two on top of cockpit.

In the foreground a "V" formation of a very large group of aircrew wearing Mae Wests. Further back a large number of Lancasters parked close together with ground crews in line in front those at the front.

This item was sent to the IBCC Digital…

Top left - poem - cheers for the men on the ground by E Sykes 1942. Six verse poem about forgotten ground crew compared to those who fly. Top right - a reply to Mr Sykes ode (newsletter No 26) by 'Bif' Baker (No 18). Letter putting Mr Sykes to rights…

Top - a large group of trainee airmen wearing greatcoats and side caps sitting and standing in three rows in front of a brick building with large windows criss-crossed with blast tape. On the reverse signatures. Captioned 1 - 'Heaven help poor old…
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