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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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From April until June 1944, I learned the basic science and practice of photography at the RAF No 1 School...

Love and Loss for the Clarke-Johnson Family in Both Warsicon for Recommended story

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In his determination “to get back at Jerry for taking my brother,” and impatient to confront...

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