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LMadgettHR147519v1.pdf
Royal Canadian Air Force pilots flying log book for Hedley R Madgett, covering the period from 23 September 1941 to 15 August 1943. Detailing his flying training and operations flown. He was stationed at RCAF Swift Current, RCAF Medicine Hat, RAF…

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From a friend of John Turner expressing horror on news of John Turners was a casualty. Passes condolence from himself and from other acquaintances at RAF Scampton. Writes other eulogy comments about John Turner and Bill Borley. Hopes they might be…

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Writes of his last operation in a Halifax when his aircraft was shot down and exploded killing all the other members of the crew. Describes journey to camp and being in Frankfurt while it is under bombing attack. Continues with description of life as…

LBarryMR419764v1.pdf
Flying log book for air gunner for M R Barry, covering the period from February 1943 to 10 June 1944. Detailing his flying training and operations flown. He was stationed at RAF Ballarat, RAF West Sale, RAF Lichfield, RAF Church Broughton, RAF…

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Informs her that her son is missing, his aircraft failed to return on night 8/9 April 1943. States that he will write once they have any further information,

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Letter from Wing Commander D W M Smith: she would have heard her son was missing from air operations and the details he gives her should be treated as confidential. Raises possibility that he might be prisoner of war. Tom's belongings have been sent…

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List of aircraft with aircraft letter, what happened to the aircraft, and some with hours or number of operations..

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Thanks Leonard Cheshire for writing when her brother Warrant Officer Brian O'Grady was reported missing. Writes that she has not given up hope,

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In response to Isabel's enquiry about possible news concerning Andrew, stating that nothing has been heard so far.

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From Andrew's squadron commander expressing his sympathy at her loss. Andrew was popular for his 'cheerfulness, willingness and quiet confidence' and was a skilful air-bomber. He was on his 11th operation from the base.

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Letter to Isabel following up the initial telegrams. States that her husband has been reported missing after an operation on 23/24 August 1943.

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Details allowances payable while Andrew is classified as 'missing', Will continue on present rate until December 1943 and then at reduced rate. Also mentioned how to apply for pre-natal allowance.

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Letter to Isabel confirming the information from the International Red Cross that Andrew had lost his life when his aircraft was lost. But he would formally be listed as 'missing believed killed' for six months.

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Telegram informing Isabel that Andrew failed to return from operations on 24 August 1943.

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Informs David that her husband Victor Waterhouse is reported missing in action. Request and news that he can obtain. Writes of her family. Victor Waterhouse was a member of David Donaldson's former 156 Squadron Lancaster crew.

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Thanks David for letter and requests he visits RAF Warboys to try and get information on missing husband 'Vic' Waterhouse. Thanks David for his support and that he knew 'Vic' and hopes that he will have landed safely somewhere.

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A letter from Harry Redgrave to his wife Jessie. Harry writes about life in the RAF including his navigation practice and how a friend is missing after an operation.

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Five letters from Agnes Stott to Mr Blandford, a fellow crew member's father, and one to Mr Blandford from a fellow crew member (Pilot Officer G G Whittle) who did not fly with them on their last operation.

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Letter to a fellow crew member's father commenting on the lack of information and promising to share any new information.

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Wishes David the best for 1945. Catches up with family news and a relation who has been posted to England. Enquires as to whether Ken has started his fourth tour yet and comments that he is stretching his luck. Mentions he was very kind and helpful…

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Mother writes enclosing family letters and goes on with family chat and saying that she is on holiday with her sister, Nettie, She expressing some concern about the amount her daughter-in-law has to do looking after her granddaughter. Concludes with…

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Letter to David Donaldson from Lee Waterhouse wife of former Lancaster crew member who had gone missing some time before. She has heard nothing and is distressed at having no news. Signed on behalf of her two children as well as herself. Additional…

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The letter refers to Les Arrowsmith being reported missing following an operation in a Lancaster to bomb Duisburg on the night of 21-22 May 1944.

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They advise her not to correspond to her husband until it is established whether he is a prisoner of war.
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