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EWakefieldHEWakefiledWE-[Mo]430924.pdf
Writes about operations to Hanover and Mannheim. Describes fires after attacks, poor German defences and German fighter attacks. Offers some sympathy to Germans on the ground and describes a fighter attacking them. Describes their first trip to…

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Writes that he is fit and well after having done six operations and describes some of them. Mentions their usual bomb load. Relates that a fighter had attacked a Halifax just behind them. Mentions eating eggs and bacon before and after operations.…

EWakefieldHEWakefieldWE-[Mo][Date]-01.pdf
Writes about the issue of the 1939-45 star which he and his crew had received. Relates that he had to bale out after his aircraft had been in collision with a Halifax. mentions damage received and describes crew abandoning the aircraft. Goes on to…

BBradleyGBradleyGv2.pdf
Discusses life on the home front, the bombing of Hull, and her training and service in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force at RAF Driffield.

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Six soldiers in desert uniform and shorts sitting in front of tents.
On the reverse -
'Clairwood
8/10/42
Fred
Jim Noden (Cheshire)
Eric Haywood (Surrey)
Ken Barker (Chatham)
Tom Pantry (Hampton Court)
Albert (Blondie) Newman…

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A disgruntled WAAF with a bucket, brushes and pokers. She comments 'Just look at my grate'.

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A cartoon of four meals, all toast and cocoa. On the right are faces which start happy but become sad then angry as the food does not vary.

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Babs Howes hanging out some washing. Large tree and a building in the background.

Additional information about this item has been kindly provided by the donor.

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Shows a WAAF barrack hut with women sitting on their beds reading or sewing. Captioned 'R.A.F. Binbrook Lanc hut 2'.

Additional information about this item has been kindly provided by the donor.

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Shows the interior of a barrack room, some of the beds made up
some broken down showing the mattress biscuits and blankets. Note the coal stove, and the clothing on hangers and the lino floor with small bedside mats. Captioned 'Binbrook Lanc Hut…

PHarrisonRW21040014.jpg
Two aircrew standing on the grass between rows of Nissen huts. From information kindly supplied by the donor, 'Harrison and his mid u gunner Content. Taken at Croft summer of 1944. Those Nisson (sic) huts were cold in the winter!'

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Shows Reg standing outside a wooden building next to a sign stating 'All bicycles to be placed on the racks provided'.
From information kindly provided by the donor. 'Harrison standing outside the Flight Room of 431 Squadron. The bicycle was the…

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Writes of his panned activity to initiate their new English flight engineer into their Australian crew. Discusses best ways to send mail. Mentions other mail received and current weather. Writes of conditions on his station and that they were keen…

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Writes about recent mail and catches up with family and friends news. Comments on conditions at his location including recent snow and thaw and burst water pipes. Reports arrival of cake and going to other nearby station to see Australian newsreels.…

BHumesELHumesELv1.pdf
Recalls joining the RAF as a flight mechanic in 1939 and then employed as a barrage balloon operator. Describes his subsequent selection for aircrew and training in London, St Andrews, Manchester and in advanced navigation at Dumfries. Next covers…

SJoynerJH1812689v1.pdf
A log book used as a scrap book. The photographs and documents cover his aircrew training from November 1943. It has sergeant's mess subscription cards, photographs, correspondence and cuttings.
Many of the entries are post war and a number refer…

BCotterJDPCotterJDPv1.pdf
Describes training and crewing up at operational training unit on Wellingtons. Mentions staying in London on leave with RCAF colleague, using the Canadian forces club London and dining at the Ritz. Includes diary entry describing operational baptism.…

PFOMetheringhamAF19040051.jpg
Top - four airmen, one lying on bed and three sitting on the other side. In the foreground a bed and table with mug. In the background clothes on hangers. Submitted with description '4 RAF airmen relaxing on beds.One of these is stated to be F/Sgt W…

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Top left - three airmen wearing battledress and side caps standing in line with trees in the background. Submitted with description 'Three airmen in uniform, standing in front of hedge. Left to right: P/O Roberts - rear gunner, F/O Bob Wake - bomb…

YCampbellKW423220v1.pdf
Note on front - 'original diary kept as P.O.W. in Germany. Vey illegal, but managed to keep it. 24/7/44 - May 45, K W Campbell A423220'.

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Officers all wearing uniform tunics sitting at dining tables in front, along the sides and at the back of a dining room. An officer stands at back addressing the room. Submitted with caption 'Officers Mess dinner Feltwell No 3 L.F.S January 31 1945'

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A large group of airmen in column led by colour party marching to the right with two story barrack blocks in the background. Submitted with caption 'Urner Field 1942 sixth rank second file Don Cameron'.
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