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Roy Hill and his crew were shot down over the Ruhr by a German night fighter and incarcerated for six months in Stalag Luft 1. He worked as a photographer in Farnborough following the war.

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John Tait was prompted to join the Royal Air Force, as he was American by birth and therefore he had to report to the police station once a month because he was considered an ‘alien’. He was a wireless operator and gunner, flying in Ansons,…

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Reg Payne flew operations as a wireless operator with 50 Squadron from RAF Skellingthorpe.

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Eddie Worsdale was a wireless operator/ air gunner and flew operations with 75 Squadron.

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Jack Meehan grew up in New Zealand and worked on the railway before he volunteered for the Royal Air Force. He flew operations as a wireless operator / air gunner with 75 Squadron at RAF Mepal.

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Colin Cole was brought up and schooled at Twickenham, and worked for a time at W H Smith before joining the Royal Air Force. He trained as a wireless operator/air gunner at RAF Yatesbury and RAF Barrow in Furness. He then served with 617 Squadron,…

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Fred Gardiner grew up in Oxfordshire and worked in a furniture factory before volunteering for the Royal Air Force. He flew five operations as a wireless operator / air gunner from RAF Syerston before his aircraft was shot down. He managed to evade…

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Peter Lamprey writes about basic and wireless operator/air gunner training in the form of a poem.

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Peter Lamprey writes that little has happened since his last letter as operations had been suspended due to high losses after recent missions. He reports that he is now a grade 1 ‘W/OP.AG’ which results in more money. He concluded with a poem,…

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Len Manning grew up in London and worked in a factory before he volunteered for the Royal Air Force. He flew operations with 57 Squadron before being shot down over France. He spent three months living with supporters of the Resistance in a small…

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Richard Franklin served as a wireless operator and flew 34 operations in Bomber Command over Germany. Describes the only operation on which he risked being killed, when his aircraft was attacked by a German night fighter over Frankfurt. Tells of…

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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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Line group of seven aircrew, all in uniform either battledress or tunics with appropriate brevets. Sergeant John Young is standing is on the extreme right. Captioned ‘Sgt Stedman P. F/O Gapes N. F/O Fox O/B W/O Hartley W/AG Sgt Cambell M/U Sgt…

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Three people in a garden in front of a bungalow. Sergeant John Tait is on the on left holding a cigarette; and older bearded man is on the right, and elderly lady is seated between them.

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Portrait of Sergeant William Anderson in greatcoat. and side cap. On the reverse

'George Anderson
George Anderson
George 5633
1942
19 years of age
R.A.F.V.R.
Sgt Wm. G. Anderson
Wireless.Op.A/G 1501026
Born. March 18th 1923
Killed on…

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Head and shoulders portrait of Sergeant Edward Higgins in airman's uniform. On the reverse '207 Sqn Lanc ED412 'O' 12/13/7/1943 Wireless Operator./ AG Sgt. E Higgins RAFVR Vevey'.

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Two rows of pilots in front sitting and two rows of wireless operator / air gunners standing behind. All wearing tunic with peaked or side caps. In the background a building with windows in the roof and two telegraph poles. Stephen Dawson is second…

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A newspaper cutting announcing the death of Stanley Norton. There is a brief description of his life before and during the war. There are details of his funeral at Lincoln and floral tributes.

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A three quarter length portrait of Donald Cochrane in flying gear complete with Mae West and parachute.

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Flight Lieutenant Mercer and crew and ground personnel in front of their Lancaster. On the reverse:
'March 1944 X for Xray
Dunholme Lodge
Bomber Command
Left to right
Isot Pratt. (mid upper) F/lt Mercer D.F.C. (pilot) Sgt Fallan (fit.…

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A head and shoulders portrait of Hugh Woodfield wearing a Sidcot suit. On the reverse
'Hugh Woodfield
Dads nephew
Died 2nd W War . Aged 17.'

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1 - Keith Dexter's grave with peaked cap. 2 - two images of Kieth Dexters grave with other headstones alongside. 3- View over cemetery with line of war graves in front and other graves surrounded by hedges and trees in the background. 4 - two images,…

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A group of 12 airmen, all in fatigues except one man wearing a shirt and tie. On their left is an air raid shelter. Reg Payne is third from the right, back row.

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A group of six airmen arranged in two rows. Reg Payne is top left.
On the reverse
'W/Op training RAF Yatesbury
Reg Payne
Keith Kenway
Robbie Robertson
Ron Boydon
George Plank
Eric "Tubby" Melhuish'.
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