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Certificate for Tommy Knox, after the completion of eight weeks training in gymnastics, swimming, boxing, games, theory and sports organisation.

This item was sent to the IBCC Digital Archive already in digital form. No better quality copies are…

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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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Four lines of boys doing physical jerks. To the right and instructor standing on his own. Image is double exposed with faint image of buildings. Reported as Stowe school.

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Letter and envelope from Harry Redgrave to his wife Jessie. Harry has passed his Maths exam and is on the list to be sent to Prestwick (after an initial confusion).

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Charles McNally spent his childhood in Dundee and Airdrie, Scotland. He began work at the Post Office as a Telegram Boy before joining the engineering department. This meant he now worked in a Reserved Occupation and he struggled to get permission…

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Margaret Habberfield was born in 1923. At sixteen she joined the Royal Air Force after giving her age as eighteen. She began her six-week general training at Harrogate and was billeted with around 20 other girls. Margaret was then posted to RAF…

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Writes that is not possible to meet and cannot get leave. mentions tetanus shots and clothes coupons. Writes that he has a new pilot as his own was killed recently. Complains of too much training flying. but has done three operations recently to…

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He writes of activities at RAF Silverstone and encloses a bank statement from the National Provincial Bank Limited showing he is £149.9.7 in credit.

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Reg Payne was born in Kettering, he left school at fourteen and worked for the British Legion. He volunteered for the RAF when he was seventeen and a half and trained as a wireless operator and air gunner. He describes his training learning Morse…

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Hugh Parry was born in Oswestry and joined the Air Force in April 1943 and volunteered to be an air gunner. Knowing that there was a height restriction on air gunners of six feet he hid his height by wearing baggy trousers. After training, he was…

Formal group arranged in two rows, the first row sitting, the second standing. Four airmen are in uniform and are standing beside the football team. George Haigh is second footballer in white from right, back row. In the background is a goal with net…

Formal group School of Physical Training No 2 Flight, arranged in seven rows, front row cross legged, second row sitting, remaining rows standing. Dressed in a mixture of shorts, T shirts or topless. Two officers are in uniform. George Haigh is in…

No 3 School of Physical Training. Group of men arranged in seven rows, the first cross-legged, the second seated, the other rows standing. Mixture of white and striped T-shirts. Names printed underneath. George Haigh is in second row from back,…

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Seven men forming a tug of war team. In the background are spectators, huts and a marquee. On the reverse ' Tug O'-war team of junior [indecipherable] at N'avon.
L. to R. Chris Hackworth
C.R.H.
Lewis
Wicks
Webster
"Junior" (James)
"D.A."…

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Peter Lamprey reports that his crew turned back with an un-serviceable aircraft from operation to Berlin but that he was subsequently involved in a ferocious attack on Berlin with four hundred planes bombing inside 15 minutes. On their return they…

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Photographs 1 and 2 are of men high jumping, watched by many spectators with houses in the background.
Photographs 3 and 4 are men long jumping, watched by many spectators in uniform with houses in the background.
Photograph 5 is of a running race…

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John Taylor grew up in Nottingham and was evacuated before he went into sixth form. He left school and started working as an analytical chemist at Boots and although this was a reserved occupation he volunteered for aircrew. After his initial…

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Letter to his brother Henry, Lil and Barbara from Arthur Wright. He writes from the Hotel Metropole, Brighton. He is waiting for a posting but it is not clear whether it is before or after training in South Africa.

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States physical fitness rating and swimming test for Derrick Allen.

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Cyril Abbotts volunteered for the Royal Air Force while he was an engineering apprentice with W T Avery at Smethwick. After his reception at Lord’s Cricket Ground and initial training,he trained as a pilot at RAF Bowden and Moose Jaw in Canada. On…

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Letter from David Boldy to his father about being in the Royal Air Force, with details of training at Uxbridge and at RAF Bridgnorth. He bought a silver cigarette case with Royal Air Force wings.
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