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Wartime Memories & Stories

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Fl/Sgt Edward Kent, Flight Engineer, 220 Squadron

THE WAR YEARS AND MY TIME IN THE RAF By Fl/Sgt Edward Kent, Flight Engineer, 220 Squadron based in the Azores I was 16 when the war started and serving my time as an apprentice painter and decorator in South Shields. Time went on and air raids became a very…
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Hank Cooper

Although a wireless operator/air gunner Hank Cooper was destined to fly in Mosquitos. Prior to the war Hank Cooper was working on secret transmission systems at RAF Mildenhall. Within a few weeks of the outbreak of war he was called up and after completing…

Operations by Albert Cranthorne, 178 Squadron.
Navigators attend an early briefing. All important timings were given All Aircrew assembled at Main Briefing
Navigators attend an early briefing. All important timings were given All Aircrew assembled at Main Briefing
The Intelligence Officer warned of dangers The Met. Officer gave his best predictions Pins and tape were re-arranged!
The Intelligence Officer warned of dangers The Met. Officer gave his best predictions Pins and tape were re-arranged!
These pictures were drawn shortly after Albert arrived at 178 Squadron. They were drawn on wartime notepaper and are now badly faded. Albert has been able to restore them on the computer and they appear almost as good as new. They still capture the atmosphere of the time!
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Posted: 6 years 1 week ago by JW #4627
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My father's cousin, Peggie Willmott, married Ivor Matthews in 1940. Ivor became a Flt Eng on 178 Sqn. He perished with his crew in KH423 over Yugoslavia on 5 Nov 1944