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ABirkbyB150729.mp3
Bessie Birkby grew up in Sheffield and volunteered for the Women’s Auxilliary Air Force in 1942. She first worked in Balloon Command in Scotland and then trained to be a driver in North Wales. She was then posted to 625 Squadron at RAF Binbrook but…

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Harold Mercer served in the RAF initially as a transport driver and then trained to become an air gunner. He worked as a milkman before being called up in April 1942. Was sent to Weston-super-Mare, where he played in the military band. Was then sent…

ABeechH160924.mp3
Harold Beech was born in Middle Rasen, Lincolnshire. He was six when war was declared and saw the construction of many airfields near his home. As a schoolboy he also watched aircraft being transported on the back of Queen Marys. A lodger with his…

EGortonHGortonLCM431029.pdf
He writes of his night flying duties and a taxiing accident.

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Alma Leedham grew up in London and worked for Hawker aircraft on the Hurricane at the start of the war . She later trained as a driver in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force. She served at RAF Scampton driving tractors taking bombs to the aircraft.…

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Vera Willis nee Tomlinson volunteered for the Women's Auxiliary Air Force because she wanted to be a driver. Her driving career in the RAF involved driving long distances as well as driving aircrew to dispersal. Some crew gave her letters for…

MCleggPV[DoB]-150701-01.pdf
A history of the Avro Repair Organisation at Bracebridge Heath. Aircraft with Category B damage were disassembled and taken to Bracebridge for repair. Contractor’s Working Parties repaired Category A damaged aircraft on their station using spares…

AGoslingC180907.mp3
Cyril Gosling trained as an armourer at Kirby in Blackpool and was first posted to 49 Squadron where he worked on the guns and turrets. As part of his role he would go on flights in the bombers to check the guns accuracy by firing at drogues. On…

PArcherSW1602.jpg
Side view of Lancaster R5868, being bombed up. In the foreground three trolleys full of bombs. Aircraft is under maintenance with two airmen on the wings and one in the pilot’s seat. Symbols indicating numerous operations on nose of aircraft. Four…

PBubbGJ16010043.jpg
Top is photograph of 13 ground crew and aircrew in two rows. Front row has five non commissioned officers and one officer in the centre sitting on a trolley. All apart from right hand man are aircrew. All are wearing tunic or battledress. At the…

PBaggJG1609-1.jpg
Four personnel on a motorcycle and sidecar. A leading aircraftsman in the sidecar is holding a reconnaissance camera. Two men are in uniform, the others are in shirt and tie; the rider is wearing a crash helmet. A building and bicycle are visible in…

PColeC1602.jpg
Seven aircrew dressed in uniform, standing in front of a Lancaster. A lorry is visible in the background. Captioned 'Woodhall Spa, Sept 1944 Mid-Upper Gunner, Flight Eng. Bomb Aimer, Skipper, Nav, w/op 'Me' Rear Gunner' On the reverse 'Colin Cole L…

PWatsonD1508.jpg
Lancaster 'N' with pilot at the controls looking out of the open cockpit window. At the nose are trolleys with bombs being prepared by seven armourers. Six aircrew wearing Mae Wests are standing behind the bomb trolley. A tractor and buildings are in…

PWatsonD1509.jpg
A group of ground personnel, some kneeling, most standing, some dressed in fatigues but most in full uniform. Two are standing on a tractor. Behind is a Nissen hut. On the reverse '61 Sqdn Crew Don is in there Somewhere. 1944'

PAllenDJ1532-0038.jpg
Four aircrew, three standing in the rear and one kneeling in front. Two left in rear row are wearing peaked cap and the other two side caps. Rear row wearing battledress with brevet. In the background the rear of a lorry with the arm of a flight…

PAllenDJ1532-0058.jpg
Six aircrew in two rows, front three kneeling, rear three standing all wearing battledress. Derrick Allen is front row left. In the background the nose of a Lancaster on the left and a lorry on the right. Second photograph same as the first

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Aircrew and ground personnel sitting on loaded bomb trolleys infront of the Lanacster Mike Squared. Group Captain Sheene on a stepladder is painting a bomb symbol on the nose of the aircraft. Captioned '"Mike Twice" after 138 trips. C/V Sheene on…

SMarshallS1594781v10022.jpg
Photograph 1 is of a bomb being loaded into a Lancaster X.
Photograph 2 is of Syd Marshall at his engineer's position in a Lancaster.
Photograph 3 is of Syd Marshall and a woman.

SMarshallS1594781v10026.jpg
Photograph 1 is of armourers with a bomb under the nose of a Lancaster X.
Photograph 2 is of an aircrew under the nose of a Lancaster. The nose displays a number of operation symbols.

PHughesAM15010002.jpg
Shows the front of Lancaster R5868 S-Sugar and inboard engines with bomb doors open. Letter 'S' on the nose, eight full rows of mission symbols, and the quote attributed to Hermann Goering 'No enemy plane will fly over the Reich territory'. One…

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Newspaper cutting showing a group of airmen in front of three aircrew buses. Captioned ‘Bomber crews about to start by motor-coach for their airfield and the smashing attack on the great Skoda armament works at Pilsen, in…

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Page entitled 'RAF Hartford Bridge, 11 March 1944'
Photograph 1 is of six airmen officers and a woman. The airmen are standing at attention. Behind is an Anson. Captioned 'Rt Hon Mrs Sinclair.'
Photograph 2 is of three airmen officers walking past…

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A Tiger Moth with wings dismantled loaded onto a lorry. There is an airman in topee on top of the aircraft. In the foreground a group of African on lookers, On the reverse 'Bush prang loaded on to a 3 toner and ready to return to camp, RAF Mount…

PCavalierRG17010033.jpg
Photograph 1 is of Reginald George Cavalier amongst several loaded bomb trolleys. In the background are trucks and aircraft.
Photographs 2 and 3 are of a group of airmen watching a 4000 lb bomb being lifted on slings. Captioned '1000 lb…

PCavalierRG17010041.jpg
Photograph 1 and 2 are of damage to the rudder of a Boston . It is being inspected by air and ground crew. Captioned 'Boston A/C, 88 Sqd returned from a raid on Transformer and Switching Stn near Orleans, France 3rd Oct 1943.' Captioned 'Air Crew…
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