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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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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.

MReynoldsWT[Ser#-DoB]-150731-02.pdf
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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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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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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Writes about returning from his leave and that he misses her. Catches up with family news.

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He writes about him bombing Kiel the previous night and that he has applied for leave.

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Writes that he has no news and is browned off. Mentions that time went quicker when he was operating and it will take a long time to complete his tour. Catches up with family news and mentions a Rolls Royce course which he has applied for.

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He writes about flying to St. Nazaire. He is not flying tonight and is going to RAF Binbrook. He misses his wife and mentions that they have been married for six years. Catches up with family news.

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Thanks her for letter and cheque. Mentions skipper posted and crew went with him to RAF Grimsby. Describes local area and facilities. Catches up with domestic matters and mentions trip to Marham.

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Writes of operational schedule and recent operation to Stuttgart. Mentions leave has been put back. Catches up with family news. Writes he is feeling miserable and meeting skipper's family. Writes that he has 11 operations to do.

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He writes about his bombing operation to Nuremberg and that they had to fly back from Germany on only three engines. Mentions that he has been put in charge of flight engineers on the station. Catches up with family news.

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He writes that he had landed safely the night before and he is hoping for more leave soon.

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Writes of operation to Nuremberg and interview for his commission with Group Captain Hughie Edwards.

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Discusses disturbing financial matters and complains about RAF remuneration and the way they are treated.

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Writes about mail issues and requests she does not worry about him flying. Mentions his captain has been posted away and he hopes to get the previous one back. Catches up with acquaintance and family news and mentions pay.

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Vivian Williams was born in Wales but began working in engineering in London. After serving in the Territorial Army in a searchlight unit, he volunteered for Air Force and trained as a flight mechanic. He discusses his recruitment, training and…
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