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Wartime Memories & Stories

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The Navigator's Tale

The following is a personal account of Derrick Clewley, a Navigator with 99 Squadron who served from late 1944 into 1945. He also worked with the Repair and Salvage Units. The account is a transcript from a recording made over a period of hours in early 2002.…
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Five years of a Government Financed World Tour

I was 19 at the time, and volunteered for RAF Aircrew duties. This was March 1941, after various interviews I reported to Blackpool on Sept.3rd.1941,two years to the date of the declaration of World War 2. There I did my initial training of Morse code and…

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: 5 years 2 months 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