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Five Group Newsletter, number 27, October 1944. Includes a foreword by the Air Officer Commanding, and features about operations, gardening, signals, tactics, air bombing, navigation, this month's bouquets, radar navigation, training, second thoughts…

Two long tables with formal place settings with sergeants and some civilians sitting either side. Along the walls are large windows and on the wall on the left a clock.

A woman and baby lie in bed, A man poses behind them. On the reverse crossed out 'Mrs A J Turner, 28 Married Qtrs, RAF Station Stradishall, Suffolk'.

Man wearing just shorts lying on a bed in a barrack room reading a newspaper. On the wall shelves with clothes. On the floor a tin trunk and a shoe. On the reverse 'John'.

Writes of his last operation in a Halifax when his aircraft was shot down and exploded killing all the other members of the crew. Describes journey to camp and being in Frankfurt while it is under bombing attack. Continues with description of life as…

Group of airmen sitting both sides of a long dining table on a veranda. Front left man has his arm round a locally employed steward. Several other stewards stand behind diners.

Group of eight men sitting round a dining table in a large mess dining room. The four in front are Royal Air Force sergeants. Two men on the far side of table are wearing naval uniform. In the background other tables with diners. Ben Openshaw is…

A man in swimming trunks and sunglasses sits reading a book outside a hut. Above left a man looks out of an open window. On the right, the door of the hut is propped open.

A row of camp beds from front to rear outside the veranda of buildings on two sides of square. An airman wearing tunic is standing front right and others are sitting on and standing by beds in the distance. In the background trees,

Two lines of grass roofed huts with telegraph wires between them. A man stands on the right front and two others in the distance on left..

Four airmen wearing shorts and shirts sitting at a table inside a hut playing cards. On the right the legs of another man lying on a bed. On the reverse 'I bet you can't guess what we are playing'.

Ben Openshaw wearing shorts and short sleeved shirt and tie, stands with hands in pockets in front of grass roofed huts. On the reverse of the second (b/w) photograph 'The first time I put grease on my hair'.

Two airmen, one wearing long trousers and the other shorts standing play-fighting. Behind another airman wearing shorts looks on. In the background grass roofed huts and trees.

A group of airmen kneeling on the ground in front of a figure dressed up in sheets. Another figure stands alongside, dressed up in a towel and sheet headdress. In the background are grass roofed huts. On the reverse of the b/w photograph 'My subjects…

Almost full-length portrait. One colour and two b/w prints of same photograph of Ben Openshaw standing wearing tunic and side cap with grounded rifle in his right hand. In the background left and rear are single storey huts. On the reverse of one of…

Five men wearing shorts and shirts standing in the open. Four are pointing to the man in the middle who is tipping his hat. In the background are grass-roofed huts and trees.

Ben Openshaw standing outside, by an open hut door wearing swimming trunks with a wide-brimmed hat and towel round his neck.

A man wearing shorts, shirt and flying helmet standing with bottle in hand and camera round neck in a doorway. On the reverse of one photograph: 'No, not drunk' and '40 Honiton Rd, Welling, Kent'.

Three men wearing swimming trunks with towels round necks standing in line in front of a hut with open door and window. The man in the middle is wearing a wide-brimmed hat.

Second page has colour photograph of Arthur Hollis, wearing blazer with medals, standing in a field at an event. Narrative covers early life in Hornchurch and Carshalton including schooling and hospital admissions. Writes of Dulwich College studies…

Thanksgiving eulogy for the life and times of Arthur Hollis OBE, DFC of Bomber Command which covers his childhood successes whilst at Dulwich College, his subsequent enlistment into the RAF in 1941, and his pilot training in Florida and the UK. It…

A member of the Woman's Auxiliary Air Force kneeling in snow with two dogs either side of her. In the background a two story building with gabled windows. Reported as Leonard Cheshire's poodle Simon (on the right) with Kitty McQuillan WAAF (later…

From RAF Coningsby concerning 617 squadron working parades. Concludes with discussion on extensions to airmens' passes.

Three airmen sitting in deck chairs in front of a brick built building. The two on the left are reading papers. The two on the right are wearing battle dress with half brevet.
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