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ATurnerB150602.mp3
Betty Turner served in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force with Bomber Command at 92 Group Headquarters, Winslow, and later at RAF Great Massingham, reaching the rank of leading aircraftswoman. She recounts living in chilly stables, being quite bored…

ABulleymentB150603.mp3
Barbara Bulleyment worked at a department store in Boston until she joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force and was initially stationed at 16 Maintenance Unit Stafford and then 209 Maintenance Unit at Broughton. She recounts her life as an equipment…

PAtkinsonA1502.jpg
Full length portrait photograph of Arthur Atkinson in uniform, with a cadet’s hat, a leading aircraftman’s rank insignia.

PBarfootW1609.jpg
Leading aircraftsman William Barfoot standing arm-in-arm with his wife in civilian clothes, outside a house at Brandon.

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PBarfootW1610.jpg
William Barfoot in dress uniform and side cap with white flash is standing outside a house, arm-in-arm with his wife who wears Women’s Auxiliary Air Force uniform. A sailor is on the right hand side; his cap ribbon reads 'HM Patrol Vessels'.

The…

PBarfootW1611.jpg
Mrs Barfoot in Women’s Auxiliary Air Force dress uniform with cap at Brandon, standing in front of a house porch.

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PBarfootW1613.jpg
Head and shoulders portrait of Mrs Barfoot in Women’s Auxiliary Air Force uniform at Brandon.

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PCollyerSmithJ1501.jpg
An air commodore is taking the salute from a Women‘s Auxiliary Air Force march past. The air commodore is standing on a temporary structure with cloth, low post and rope fence. There are buildings in the background with overhead services.

PCollyerSmithJ1505.jpg
Three-quarter length portrait of a leading leading aircraftswoman wearing tunic, peaked hat, shirt, tie and gauntlets standing in front of Nissen hut. On the reverse 'To Jackie, love and best wishes from Johnny'

PGodfreyCR1506.jpg
Half-length portrait of a Women’s Auxiliary Air Force sergeant, without hat. She is looking at the camera.

PCluettAV1552.jpg
In front of a building, ten women are standing outside a building while a man, in the middle, is sitting. All are in work clothing, three women wear collar and ties. On the reverse 'SKELLINGTHORPE COOKHOUSE STAFF 1942-43 (10)'.

PYoungJ1703.jpg
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…

PAlexanderM1601.jpg
Head and shoulders portrait of Leading Aircraftman Denis William Alexander. He is wearing a greatcoat and side cap.

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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.…

PAtkinsAH1506.jpg
Three men standing in uniform with slouch hats holding shovels and pickaxe. Arthur Atkins is in the centre. In the immediate background a row of tents, in the far background a sparsely wooded hill. Captioned '1941'

PAtkinsAH1507.jpg
Six airmen in uniform tunic and slouch hats. Two are squatting in front and four standing to the rear. In the background part of a tent and a very sparsely wooded hillside. Captioned 'Oct 1941'

PAtkinsAH1510.jpg
Arthur Atkins wearing uniform tunic and side cap sitting in the diving seat of an open topped car. In the background a lattice fence and a vegetation-covered wooden building. Caption '38 Singer, Singer 9, Summer 42/43, Rank LAC'.

PAtkinsAH1526.jpg
Two full length portraits of Arthur Atkins. On the left he is standing in uniform tunic wearing side cap with a background of a fence and trees. Caption 'Rank = AC2, 1942'. On the right he is wearing overalls and beret with a background of a bush.…

BArcherSWArcherSWv10001.jpg
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 daylight raid on Augsburg.…

PArcherSW1602.jpg
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…

PArcherSW1604.jpg
A group of 44 airmen. The first row is sitting cross legged on the ground, the second row is sitting, the third row is standing and the fourth row is standing on a bench. They are grouped in 4 groups of eleven, separated by a small gap. Behind is a…

BBriggsDWBriggDWv1.pdf
Describes wartime service from 1939 to 1945. Joined as Halton apprentice in September 1945. Posted as fitter engine to RAF Wittering working on Wellington Hampden and Manchester aircraft. Followed by tour at RAF Upper Heyford working on Wellington…

PBriggsDW1705.jpg
Fourteen servicemen sitting and standing in two rows of seven, all are dressed in battledress uniform. Seven servicemen have aircrew brevets. Donald Briggs is standing second from the right. In the background part of a Lancaster with open bomb bay.

EGrayHMGray[Wi]440715.pdf
Expresses concern over regularity of wife’s letters and length of time that letters take to get through. Mentions that they might not be able to depart on leave until Tuesday as the might be on operations Monday night. Recounts that planned 13th…

EGrayHMGray[Wi]440806.pdf
Starts with complaint that phone calls from wife are replacing letters which he does not like, but did enjoy hearing his wife’s voice. Letter is then a long explanation of why he cannot answer her last letter as it is in his locker at the squadron…
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