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Wartime memoir covering Dennis Raettig's training at Blackpool and the posting to 104 Squadron at Royal Air Force Driffield in August 1941. Worked on Wellington aircraft and mentions that Driffield also hosted the blind approach landing flight…

ALonghurstWJ180407.mp3
William Longhurst served as an engine mechanic through the Second World War. He was a member of the Hackney Wick Air Defence Cadet Corps before volunteering to enlist in the RAF after his seventeenth birthday. Following basic training at Skegness,…

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Drawing with a view along runway. In the distance a bomber just above runway with two voice bubbles. 'Isn't it about time we touched down?' and 'Air speed 130 any minute'. Service and emergency vehicles in the foreground are chasing after the…

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Target photograph of Gilze-Rijen. Runway running top to bottom of photograph, taxyways visible as are craters and bomb explosions. Centre of photograph obscured by smoke and dust. Red dot centre left. Captioned '3°F', '5B', '2084 SKELL. 15.8.44. …

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Target photograph of Gilze-Rijen. End of a runway lower centre together with taxyways, centre of photograph obscured by bomb explosions, dust and smoke. Craters visible. Red dot lower centre. Captioned '3°F', '6B', '2138 SKELL. 15.8.44. //. 8"…

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Target photograph of Gilze-Rijen. End of runway visible just below red dot, taxyways visible. Much of right side of photograph obscured by bomb explosions, smoke and dust. visible area rural. Captioned '3°F', '5B', '2141 SKELL. 15.8.44. //. 8"…

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Target photograph of Beauvoir. Rural area, end of runway, taxiway and craters visible lower right. Captioned '5°F', '4B', '1159 SKELL.29.6.44.//.8" 17000' [arrow] 120° 1347 BEAUVOIR RD.K.11X1000.4X500.C.32secs.P/O OLIVER.M.50'. On the reverse…

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Target photograph of Gilze-Rijen. Partially obscured by smoke and dust, bomb explosions visible. The end of the runway, a taxi way, two Lancasters flying below and roads also visible. Captioned '3°F', '5B', '2132 SKELL.15.8.44.//.8" 17000 [arrow]…

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Target photograph of Trossy St Maximin. Partially obscured by cloud, smoke and dust. Runway intersection and many bomb craters clearly visible. Also visible are bomb explosions, roads, woods, field boundaries and a Lancaster flying below. Captioned…

AWoodhouseRM151001.mp3
Robert Woodhouse was living in Pembroke Dock when the bombing of the town began. The family relocated to Cardiff when they lost their home in the bombing. In Cardiff Robert joined the Air Training Corps. He had a cousin who had already joined the RAF…

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Thanks her for photograph and card and complains that he has received no parcel. Sorry he missed seeing her but had to be back at base. Flew but overran runway into hedge on landing. Ends with endearments.

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Graham Allen joined the Royal Air Force aged 19. He trained as a mechanic and worked on inspection and recovery of Spitfire aircraft. He later volunteered to be a flight engineer, and flew a tour of operations with 106 Squadron. His first operation…

AWalkerAJ180810.mp3
Alfred lived near RAF Upwood when he was a young child. Alfred’s father was in the army and worked on the Burmese railway. Alfred remembered aircraft going over his grandmother’s house and landing on the runway nearby. One morning an aircraft…

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Before the war, John Casey worked for Vickers Armstrong. He joined the Royal Air Force and completed his training as a warrant officer at RAF Padgate. He learned how to fly Stirling aircraft at RAF Wigsley, Wellington aircraft at RAF Bruntingthorpe…

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Peter Lamprey writes about bombing operations to Bochum and then Kassel after which German aircraft followed them home and bombed runway as they went in to land, subsequently putting the airfield unserviceable with anti-personnel bombs. In conclusion…

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Ronald Davis grew up in the East End and worked in London as a solicitor’s office boy. He joined the RAF and trained as a fitter airframe. He was saddened when the pilot of the aircraft he services did not return from operation because they had got…

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Bill has received her parcel and letter. Visited Bury St Edmunds. Describes area around camp and where it is in relation to part of the village. Would be a good place to use his bike when it is repaired. May remain there but could move if parent…

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An Albemarle has just taken off from a runway towards the camera, towing a Horsa glider; both carry invasion stripes. In the background a long line of Albemarles on the ground. This item was sent to the IBCC Digital Archive already in digital form:…

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Oblique aerial photograph of the may runway running left bottom to top right; on the southern end are two lines of sixteen Hamilcar gliders with further Hamilcars dispersed in the background. On the grass each side of the runway are parked fourteen…

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On the left an aerial vertical photograph orientated with east at the top. On the left side of an airfield with a single runway 13/31 running from bottom left towards the centre. A perimeter track runs round the airfield. At the top is a square built…

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Aerial vertical photograph of open countryside with an airfield marked out on the left side. A perimeter track runs from middle left around the airfield ending at bottom left. There is a loop taxiways from the top right of perimeter track leading to…

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Aerial vertical photograph of an airfield. Airfield fills left hand side with runway 13/31 running from bottom to top and a perimeter track running all the way round. The is a square section of buildings off the top left of the airfield and a series…
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