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ABowkerD151117.mp3
David Bowker joined the Air Force and was originally training to be a wireless operator / air gunner but remustered as a pilot. He discusses rudder lock on early versions of Halifax. Jacqueline Bowker his wife, discusses her life during the war and…

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A programme for the revue 'Let's Go Mad' presented by The Station Revue Company at RAF Boscombe Down.

Also included are a pass out and an invitation to a dance at RAF Stradishall.

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Photograph 1 is of a photographer taking a portrait of a French airman. Behind is the photographic lorry and awnings. Captioned 'Photographic tent.'

Photograph 2 is of Reginald George Cavalier painting a partially-clad woman on the canvas of a…

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Hand-written 1944 diary. Detailed entries of flying, camp life, the weather and letters to and from home. Many references to going to cinema. Last entry 17 July 1944.

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Photograph 1 is of a Lancaster AR-Z waiting to take off.
Photograph 2 is of 460 Squadron's crest.
Photograph 3 is of a Lancaster in the air, close to the ground.
Photograph 4 is of the pilot in the cockpit of a Lancaster, captioned 'Lancaster…

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Ted Neale's recalls his absence of memory of the food at No 1 Aircrew Reception at Lords Cricket Ground, apart from the fresh milk. He was posted to Scarborough where the food was so bad that they ate fish and chips and flapjacks at a nearby cafe.…

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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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A poem sent to Betty Turner's friend Billy to celebrate their 80th. Betty describes the wartime hardships she endured, hint at the bereavement after the loss of the men she loved, stresses the sense of duty toward her country, friendship and…

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Page 2, lists names and hut numbers for site 4 and site 5

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A group of airmen sitting in uniform outside a brick building in the sunshine. Most are seated, two are standing . On the reverse it is captioned '"The Boys" working during the hot weather'. There is a list of the airmen.

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Photograph 1 is of camouflaged brick buildings.
Photograph 2 is of airmen eating at rows of tables in a mess hall.
Photograph 3 is a head and shoulders portrait of an aircrew member on an aircraft.
Photograph 4 is of a man sitting reading in an…

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An man covered with a blanket is asleep in the middle bed of three in a bed in a barrack room. There are lockers by each bed and shelves on the wall either side of windows. On the reverse 'Ped in bed, 1941 RAF Mount Hampden'.

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An airman in shorts asleep on a bed in front of a window. To the right a locker and to the left shelve with photographs. On the reverse 'Taff Griffiths in the land of nod, Mt Hampden 1941'.

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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…

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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,

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A number or airmen in short sleeved shirts and shorts sitting and laying on beds in a barrack room. The second man from the left is a corporal and next to him a man is laying on a bed. Behind them a window with curtains drawn.

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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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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'.

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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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Letter to Isabel with inventory of Andrew's effects, asking her to acknowledge receipt of the effects.

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11 items on a page of a scrapbook.
Item 1 - programme for a revue 'Let's Have Another One' taking place on RMS Scythia on 5-8 November 1945.
Item 2 - photograph of A C Coller in tropical uniform standing beside two local boys who are sitting on…

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A section of a bar with pinups on the walls. There are wooden chairs and stuffed seats with wooden tables. Below some of the pinups 'Out of bounds to hell' has been written on the wall.

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Top left, a man in shirt and shorts sitting on the left on a beach alongside to the right a woman in dress.
Top centre, an man in shirt sleeves sitting on a beach.
Top right, five pilots standing in a row in front of a lorry. All are wearing…
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