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We capture the personal recollections of our armed service veterans so that their legacy of bravery, sacrifice and suffering can live on.

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Leonard Ratcliff

Wing Commander Leonard Ratcliffe flew 60+ missions with RAF 161 ‘special duties’ Squadron. He drop or land SOE and SIS agents while also bringing out resistants and evaders.

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Bernard Parke

Bernard offers an amusing and insightful take on conscription in the fifties. He secured himself a place in the RAF in air craft movements

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Len Manning

On his 3rd mission, Len was shot down over France on their way to the target. Coned by searchlights, the pilot put the Lancaster into a dive

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Frances McLaren

Frances has an amazing story to share. She worked for the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment which famously developed the bouncing bomb

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Betty Hutton

Betty was just 18 when she joined the WAAF. When she leaves 5 years later, she receives a mention in the Kings despatches.

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John Edward Lee

John Lee watched the Battle of Britain from the ground and knew he wanted to join the RAF. He becomes a Navigator of a Lancaster bomber in 76 Squadron

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Geoffrey Abbott

Geoff was RAF ground crew during the Second World War and worked on Spitfires in North Africa.

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Tony Pickering

Tony was a pilot in 501 Squadron. He was 19 when he flew his first sortie in the Battle of Britain and this was after just a few practice flights.

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Tom Neil

Tom was just 19 when he piloted his Hurricane in the Battle of Britain. He then went onto Malta where conditions were far worse for him.

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Adre Jeziorski

Although aware of the seriousness of the situation unfolding around him. Adre remembers his escape from Poland as an adventure.

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Stamper Metcalf

Stamper signs up for Bomber Command.

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Bob Foster

A conversation with Bob Foster - Battle of Britain fighter pilot.

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Ken Wilkinson

Battle of Britain Pilot shares memories of life in the RAF.

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Geoffrey Wellum

Geoffrey Wellum shares his story about his trip to Malta with no bullets.

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William Walker

William Walker was the oldest surviving veteran of the Battle of Britain.

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Paul Farnes

Paul Farnes is one of the surviving pilots from the Battle of Britain. He was awarded 8 kills and a DFM.

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Terence Kane

Terence Kane gives an amazing account of his short Fighter career in the RAF. Short because he was on shot down over the English Channel

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Alan Johnson

Alan Johnson was a wonderful man who supported Legasee for several years until his passing. He had me in stitches when he told me about his CO's sleeping arrangements.

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Gordon Jones

Gordon flew in Bomber Command. He was one of the lucky ones.

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Dr Joyce Hargrave-Wright

Joyce was a naive 20 year old when she was sent to Bad Eilsen in Germany to work at the Berlin Air Traffic Control centre.

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Ed Meddings

Ed Meddings saw action in WWII and then flew on the Berlin Airlift. A modest man he gives a detailed account of his experiences as a pilot

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John Curtiss

Like many men on the Berlin Airlift, Sir John Curtiss had bombed Germany during WWII.  Sir John passed away on the 14th September, 2013.

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Tom Holland

Tom Holland gives an outstanding account of his life as a pilot in the RAF. He has a long and varied career but it’s his stint on the Berlin Airlift flying the Short Sunderland flying boat that ...

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Sid and Jim

Sid Parsonage and Jim Weston first met each other on the Berlin Airlift in 1948. 65 years later they reminisce about their experiences.

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Alec Chambers

Alec Chambers gives an interesting account of life as a Flight Refueller on the Berlin Airlift.

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Dan Hall

On the Berlin Airlift, Dan Hall worked on GCA, a Ground Control Approach radar system.

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Dick Arscott

Group Captain Dick Arscott gives a detailed and lucid account of his memoirs as a pilot with 48 squadron on the Berlin Airlift.

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Gordon Westwell

Gordon Westwell an Aircraft Engineer on the Berlin Airlift recalls the only fatal crash at Wunstorf which, effected the way he did his job afterwards

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