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Grandad's RAF Days - 1940-1981

Nosher's late Grandad used to fly in one of only two B24 Liberator squadrons - 214 Squadron, based at Blickling in Norfolk - as well as Halifaxes and B-17s, with a spot of teaching at Gunton Airfield in Montgommery, Alabama. Later on, Grandad (Joseph Wilkinson) led an ATC squadron in Christchurch, and most of these photos are from various ATC passings-out. Grandad's location in photos mentioned in brackets.

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Grandad (front, centre) in a wartime crew photo, complete with mascot cat. Crew would have contained Pilot (Grandad), Engineer, Navigator, Wireless operator, Bomb Aimer and the rest would be gunners.

Grandad's sea survival training certificate, 1964

West Raynham, 2nd April 1981 (3rd from right, back row)

Unknown, 5th August 1968 (3rd from left, middle row)

(left, middle row)

(3rd from right, back row)

RAF Marham, 1978 (5th from right, back row). The plane in the background is Valiant B(K)1 XD818, which was withdrawn from service at the end of 1965 and preserved at the station.

(far right, possibly) probable location RAF St. Mawgan. The plane in the background is a Shackleton Mark 3, The antenna on top is possibly 'Orange Harvest', used to list in on radio transmissions for tracking.

(3rd from right, middle row)

RAF Conningsby, August 1980 (3rd from right). In the background is possibly a later-model Spitfire

(right, standing)

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Grandad (front, centre) in a wartime crew photo, complete with mascot cat. Crew would have contained Pilot (Grandad), Engineer, Navigator, Wireless operator, Bomb Aimer and the rest would be gunners.