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Don Browning was posted to 463 Squadron at RAF Waddington. On one operation two aircraft collided and Don lost friends he had undertaken training with. On an operation to Calais the weather was very poor and the mission aborted but not all aircraft…

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The collection includes his brass button stick and shoe brushes from his earliest service days as a Boy Entrant. they also include his identity discs, Wing Commander shoulder epaulets, two Signaler and an Air Gunner brevet, his medal ribbons, name…

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Arthur Atkinson's mess bill from the Sergeant's Mess RAF Turweston

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Photo 1 is inside a mess with airmen sitting round a large stone fireplace.

Photo 2 is an airmen with a trainee flash, leaning on a wooden railing outside a wooden building.

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Photo 1 is a group of 11 airmen standing outside a wooden building in the snow. They are wearing Sidcot suits and boots.

Photo 2 is a group of six airmen draped over a farm machine, in the snow. They are wearing Sidcot suits and boots.

Photo 3…

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A membership card for a social club for airmen. Open daily for reading, writing, dances, sing songs and meals, it is operated by the Winnipeg Women's Air Force Auxiliary. On the reverse is a sketch of the club's location.

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The first issue of The Dafoe Digest, a magazine produced by No 5 Bombing and Gunnery School, Dafoe. Each section on the base has had a chance to write a short article about their activities.

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Two airmen identified as Bill Willoughby and Stan Chadderton, Navigator and Bomb Aimer, in their beds at Blida.

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Sergeants' Mess Christmas 1944 Menu, RAF Wick

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…

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Photo 1 - an airman with sergeant's stripes with his arm round a woman with a man to their left. They are sitting on a park bench.
Photo 2 - an airman identified as Bill Willoughby, Navigator at Wimpey port gun position.
Photo 3 - Bill Willoughby…

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Daily activities from 25 January 1945 to 31 January 1945. Notes writing to Joan, going out, staying in, working and party.

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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.

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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'.

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Photo 1 - a view of a military hut with a truck.

Photo 2 - a man dressed in shorts standing outside a tent.

Photo 3 - Denis lying on a bed smoking a pipe.

Item 4 - One cent Malayan banknote, showing head of King George VI.

Photo 5 - a…

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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'.

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Cartoon title 'Sergeants Stripes - Letters page 169'. Eight cartoon figures round a bunk bed in various stages of sewing on sergeant's stripes. Caption on bottom 'Getting some brevet-an-tape-stitching-on-hours in'.

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Writes of daily activities and course progress including marks for exams. Notes if he fails as pilot he would be happy as an observer. Worse subject is Air Force law. Mentions other subjects such as hygiene. Only 3 weeks before leave and discusses…

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Writes of guard duty, gas exam and inoculations and their effect. Talks of food and domestic matters. Catches up with home news and makes requests for specific food when he gets home

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Writes of mail received and complains of time taken but will be worse when he gets to Scotland or California. Christmas approaching. Went to chapel and had good carol service. Catches up with home news. Speculates on future as aircrew and possible…

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Written as cadet from posting wing. Sending washing home. Will be glad to get away from current location. Describes daily activity, a friend and going to Westminster Central Hall. Suggests that hardest part of Initial Training Wing will be aircraft…

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Bill thanks everyone for the letters and wishes his father happy birthday. Forgot is was his own birthday and describes all his letters and presents. Thanks everyone. Will send washing home soon. Pilot has gone for x-ray.

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Bill has received her parcel and letter. Visited Bury St Edmunds. Describes area around camp and where it is in relation to part of the village. Would be a good place to use his bike when it is repaired. May remain there but could move if parent…

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Complains at receiving no letters from home. Have done no flying at pilot has injured his knee again. Has found a local YMCA. Little news to report.
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