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John Cairns

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Initially flew with 254 Squadron - flying Blenheims – having completed his trained as an observer in 1940. Finding flying coastal and convoy patrols tedious he answered a request for volunteers for ‘special duties’. Was sent for training as a navigator on night fighters. In June 1942 joined 85 Squadron who were equipped with Havocs. During his…

1942 Briefly

I had joined the RAF in Jan. 1941, did square bashing at Blackpool then seven months at No 12 S of T.T. Melksham Wiltshire, aircraft…

Christmas 1944. RAF Bengal India

I had been working hard the preceding three months leading up to Xmas ’44.Apart from my normal duties as Corporal i/c Instrument Repairers…

A Summer Evening in Italy

It had been a hot windless day in 1944 in southern Italy and RAF Pathfinder Halifax's were flying overhead on their night journey eastwards…