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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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A camp scene of a road with wooden huts and in the distance a bunch of airmen. On the reverse 'Piccadilly Moncton'.

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A cartoon of a prisoner with a forced air camp stove for boiling water. It is dated Oct 17 1944. It is drawn on a prisoner of war postcard.

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Four photographs from an album. All four images show tents being taken down or erected and various items being moved around.

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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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A letter allowing Jack to have his meals as quickly as possible.

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Menu for Christmas meal at RAF Abu Sueir in 1944. Decorated border and artwork top and bottom.

YWarrenHJ619608v1.pdf
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.

BCuthillMSFHCuthillMSFHv1.pdf
Margaret Cuthill's account of her time in the WAAF. At the age of 17 she volunteered for the WAAF and was enrolled as a teleprinter operator. She was sent to Wilmslow for training. After four weeks of drill and physical exercise she was posted to…

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Top left - a road running from the bottom with a row of single story huts on the left. Telegraph poles along right side of road. Caption 'the camp'. Bottom left - a cluster of single story huts in the middle distance. Captioned 'our billets'. Right -…

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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…

YDorricottAArmy2465v.pdf
A handwritten notebook containing the war diary of A Dorricott from October 1914. He embarks the SS Deseado at Southampton and sails through the Bay of Biscay, past Gibraltar to Malta. They continued with naval escorts to Port Said, through the Suez…

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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.…

BBarryCGBarryCGv1.pdf
Starts with description of feelings and actions beginning of the war. Mother had tried to persuade her to join land army and mentions brief experience and unsuitability for farming. Decided to join the RAF. Details enlistment and initial training…

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A view across a snowy landscape with wooden huts.

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Humorous story of a young airman billeted with a war widow.

PKellettR1901.pdf
A book used as a photo and sketch album. It contains sketches of his wife, Dorothy Frances Lydiard Kellett (nee Abbott), two sketches of horses, images taken during plays including ‘Morning Star’, '10 Minute Alibi', '‘Thunder Rock’, 'A Revue'…

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A note to the Heliopolis Palace Hotel requesting accommodation for Dick Curnock.

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A row of five single storey, pitched grass roofed huts arranged along a tree lined roadway. The entrances have screens and lights above with utility wires passing above. On the reverse 'This snap shot shows an avenue of huts similar to the one I am…

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Mention action on getting caught in searchlights, effects of altitude on aircrew, avoiding bombs from above, encounters with B-17 while on operations and getting a bottle of Bourbon from the American crew later. Mentions encounter with probable…

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An aerial view of the airstrip and camp at Robat. It is captioned 'No 12 (B) Squadron Robat Aden S Arabia 1935/36'.

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First, a sketch of a Lancaster in flight, captioned 'Duisburg, 6/7 Sept. 1942 F/Sgt Turner, Sgt Anderson, Sgt Davies, Sgt Hunter, Sgt Coombes, Sgt Cass, Sgt Osterloh. 61 Squadron.' Signed 'A Pollen P/O 1942.' Second, the damaged port engine of a…
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