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On the morning of February the eighth the Squadron Sergeant Moodier had us on parade to tell us that later...

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A Schoolboy in Northallerton

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Eric Tansley — My Wartime Story: In the RAF

At long last we saw a coastline and scraped over the cliffs - it later proved to be Bournemouth - and...

Memories of an Evacuee in N Yorkshire

During the times at Northallerton I was really quite happy with plenty of friends both from Bede and the...

Surviving Childhood in World War 2

RAF Leeming was known for its Wellington and Halifax bombers which the residents of Northallerton became...

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A Breath of Fresh Air: Part Two

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The Reluctant Conscript: Joining the Royal Signals

This was a bitter-sweet pleasure for me, bringing Muggsy Spanier, Bix Beiderbecke and Co straight from home...

A Yorkshire Recce Driver's Early War Memories

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