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Without doubt the most important crew member in a Bomber Command aircraft was the navigator; if you did not...

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With one of my friends I climbed up in the church tower and had a jolly time ringing the church bells...

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My husband had an aunt who was cook to the then Countess Cowley who lived in a mansion in Wiltshire. This...

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There was still some meatsuch as pigs heads, trotters, tails, hearts, liver, etc., which mum would make up...

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Many reasons, but nevertheless there was still celebrations in Trowbridge with our dear friend Albert...

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In 1940 I was in the RAF stationed in Wiltshire, I was 19 at the time and hitchhiking my way back from...

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However, at the Recruiting Office I was told that they did not accept 16 year olds into aircrew and...

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By about this time, besides the Peace Pledge Union and the Christian Pacifist Forestry and Land Units, I...

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An Irish lad, `Paddy', a driver in `B' or `C' platoon, the selfsame Paddy he'd met in Luton...

My Childhood War

Next to the scullery was the ‘outhouse’ which had a coal fired brick boiler for the washing of...

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I joined three other WAAF's at Temple Meads railway station, duly given travel warrants to Southampton,...

Enid's RAF Memories

Later my friend Gwyn and I decided to volunteer to go to RAF Colerne, near Bath, in Wiltshire... I went...

A Soldier Goes to War Part 5

Doris had already gone home on marriage leave and my leave was fixed to start the day before the wedding...

Tisbury at War

He still retains fond memories of his time in Tisbury: ‘I remember walking the two miles from our...

Reg Gill: RAMC Training and Recruitment, 1939

I went there and reported to Sergeant radiographer who said "Oh you're that bloke from the 18th. I...

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