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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…

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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…

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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…

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Card with Royal Air Force crest and Chinese characters on the front. Inside a note commenting on enclosed photograph, the Air Officer Commanding's character and other news of colleagues. Sends kiss to Jennifer. Photograph enclosed shows 36 airmen in…

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Reply to a request from Cheshire that 4 Group provide crew. Not possible at present due to heavy commitments and new squadrons forming.

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Notes that Cheshire relinquished acting group captain rank on 25 October 1943 but continued to get paid for that rank until 30 November 1943. This resulted in over payment of £25 5s 8d. Goes on to discuss recovery of the money.

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

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Ted Neale's account of his last operation on a Wellington Mk 10. They had to fly to Grotaglie to take soldiers to Athens. He describes how they fitted the 12 men into the aircraft. On reaching Kalamaki, the airfield was being besieged by ELAS…

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a 29 page duplicated magazine produced by the personnel of Branston Mere Y station. All the items are original, mainly 'in' jokes consisting of stories, jokes, poems and cartoons.

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A duplicated magazine, produced by the personnel of Branston Mere Y station. It includes 'in' jokes, stories, poems, cartoons and a
a crossword puzzle.

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A duplicated magazine produced by the personnel at Branston Mere Y station. It contains 'in' jokes, stories, a quiz, poems and cartoons.

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A duplicated magazine, produced by the personnel at Branston Mere. It includes 'in' jokes, poems, cartoons, and a ghost story.

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Poem describing the hardship of wartime service, stressing the emotional strain of operational missions and the longing for rest.

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A document written by Jim Allen's navigator. He describes his early training and difficulties when navigating in the UK, Jim Allen's skills, his own behaviour on the aircraft, flying under a bomber shortly before the target, his relief at surviving…

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A description of what happened before and during and operation. The battle order was posted, the crew checked over their aircraft, the bomb load was planned, the crew received their briefing, dinner was eaten (bacon and eggs), they dressed,…

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A twelve-page type written memoir by Ray Charlton, entitled 'Ramblings of my Memories'. It begins with his acceptance for aircrew in August 1942, continues with his call up in July 1943, and then a training period until joining a crew as Flight…

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David Donaldson reminisces an operation on Turin, describing the crossing of the Alps at night and the awe-inspiring sight of Mount Blanc. David stresses the uniqueness of the operation, only comparable to a previous one on Munich, and mentions the…

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Group of aircrew putting on flying clothing in a room. On the wall are maps. David Donaldson is seated on the right.

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Offers banter on how well David is getting on compared with his own lack of progress while still waiting for the War Office Selection Board. Hopes for leave in the near future and catches up with news. Additional information about this item was…

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Writes of the impending disestablishment of 100 Group and telling a little of the history. Goes on to say that he has opened a subscription list for a leaving presentation or the A.O.C. Suggest £1.00 for wing commanders and above and 10 shillings…

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A letter from Harry to his wife Jessie relating his day-time flights over the Scottish islands, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Lake District.

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Three-page handwritten letter from Harry Redgrave to his wife Jessie. He writes about having more kit issued, a walk into Hastings and back and having large amounts of drill.

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He writes about how he is miserable and missing her. He has been on four operations to Nuremberg, Cologne, St Nazaire and Berlin since he returned from leave. Mentions he has not heard about his commission.

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Catches up with family news. Writes of new flight and aircrew taking ground crew for a drink in Grimsby along with an amusing incident. Reminisces and thinks about after the war.
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