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Two photographs, the first is of two airmen, one squatting and one standing behind. It is captioned 'Ted & Tom Bomb aimer & w/op 21 OTU'.
The second is a larger version of the same image and on the reverse is
'F/Sgt Tom Carter W/Op
F/Sgt Ted…

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Three airmen standing at the front of a Wellington with no front turret. On the reverse
'S/Ldr Corbishley Pilot
F/Lt Ray Nav
Sgt R Dobble R/Gunner.
Moreton in Marsh 21 OTU'.

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Six airmen standing outside a wooden hut. Five are wearing flying helmets, googles and flying uniforms. On the reverse 'Moreton in Marsh 21 OTU Gunners'.

MNealeETH1395951-150731-043.pdf
An exercise book kept by Ted Neale with his Navigation notes, as part of his training at 77 Operational Training Unit

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Ted arrived in Portici, south of Naples from training in Palestine. He recalls a trip to Rome driven by Jesse Owens, the Olympic athlete. Afterwards he was transferred to Foggia to join 37 Squadron. There was a shortage of crews and he did not fly…

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Memories of an early operational sortie for Ted Neale. An hour into the flight the cover of the photoflash spinner had come off. This could have caused the flash to ignite in the aircraft and brought it down.

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Bert refers to receiving an earlier letter from Ted. He discusses his social life - beer, food and cigarettes and recalls various colleagues and what they are doing.

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An account by Ted Neale of his training in South Africa, subsequent further training in Jerusalem, crew selection and transfer to Italy. He relates early experiences on operations - including Shederevo oil refinery - and losing a Wellington to enemy…

ELingHTNDudleyCJ891201.pdf
The story of a complete engine failure in Wellington LN 487 over York at 15,000ft at night. The aircraft was over York and crash-landed safely. The rear-gunner had been knocked unconscious but was unhurt, as were the rest of the crew.

BDudleyCDudleyCv1.pdf
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…

BAllenJHAllenJHv1.pdf
A Short Personal View of a Bit of History (interview with Jim Allen)
'Based at Burn' Introduction by Jim Allen
One More Chalked Up
A Trip to Remember
Sabotage on 578 Squadron at Burn by Joe Dudley
Memories of 578 Squadron at Burn 1944 by Joe…

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Jim Allen's experiences after the end of the war. He married in 1944 and had three children. His first job was as a bus conductor, then an insurance agent but he was unhappy so rejoined the RAF. He trained as a Fighter Controller and was posted to…

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A letter from Harry Redgrave to Jessie while at RAF Dumfries. He has just taken his examinations and provided he passes will be posted to the No. 17 Operational Training Unit at RAF Upwood. Trying to arrange for them to meet in London.

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Wellington bomber on the ground, with wheels chocked, and bomb bay doors open. Letters O and KJ appear on the fuselage. Visible in the background is a control tower with a truck in front.

LDonaldsonDW70185v1.pdf
Pilots flying log book for David W Donaldson. This is a newly bound compilation of 3 log books covering the period from 12 March 1938 to 19 September 1945. Detailing his flying training, operations flown, Instructor duties and special duties flying.…

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Two-page (undated) letter and envelope from Harry Redgrave to his wife Jessie. Harry has been attached to 106 Squadron for crew training and will be flying in Hampdens. He writes that conditions are better than at Upwood.

BStoreyDPStoreyDPv1.pdf
A memoir of David Storey's service from 27 May 1943 to April 1944. He describes his 32 completed operations as a navigator on Halifaxes and including details of incidents and aircraft losses.

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13 pilots, standing in front of a Hereford, Ernest Smith second from left. Captioned 'No 16 OTU Upper Heyford Oxon'. Pilots are named on mounting, some with asterisk: 'Sgt Hubbard; Sg Smith; Sgt Hughes; Sgt Day*; Sgt Ivatt*; Sgt Stubbs*; P/O Goode*;…

LSmithEW174520v1.pdf
Pilot’s flying log book for Flight Sergeant Ernest Smith from 11 February 1939 to 31 March 1943, detailing his pilot training and 20 operations with 144 Squadron on the following targets in Belgium, France and Germany: Aachen, Antwerp, Brest,…

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Geoff Packham grew up in Sheffield and worked at the town hall before he volunteered for the air Force. He discusses his father’s service in the Royal Flying Corps in the First World War. He trained in Canada and completed seven operations as a…

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Louis Makens worked as a farm worker before the war but volunteered for aircrew. He discusses his training on Wellingtons and operations flying Stirlings with 196 Squadron including a crash landing, and glider towing. His Halifax was shot down 18/19…

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A summary of Liz Humphrey's service history from January 1942 to 1946. Her service activity included serving in 970 Balloon Squadron, 30 Operational Training Unit at RAF Hixon, 12 Squadron at Wickenby, 1657 Conversion Unit at RAF Stradishall and 1654…
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