Schwarz, Leonard Anthony (Oral history)

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  • 21018
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  • whole: Duration 35, Number Of Items 2
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  • object name: Oral history
  • object category: IWM interview


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British aircraftman served with 1st Beach Squadron, RAF in Normandy, 6/1944-8/1944

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REEL 1 Background in Glasgow, 1923-1941: family; education; memories of German Air Force attacks on Glasgow. Enlistment and training with RAF in GB, 1941-1944: enlistment, 1/1941; basic training; role of 1st Beach Sqdn, RAF; role as signaller and equipment used; movement of unit in GB, 1944; embarking at Gosport, 6/1944. Recollections of operations with Signal Section, 1st Beach Sqdn, RAF in Normandy, 6/1944- 8/1944: crippling of LST and transfer to Rhino barge, 7/6/1944; landing on Sword Beach; more to Hermanville and setting up of equipment; unit's work; degree of bombardment experienced; story of finding out about death of Corporal McVey at St Valery; return to GB, 8/1944. Period with 5th Air Transportable Signals Unit in Paris, 1945-1946: joining unit in Paris, 1945. REEL 2 Continues: conditions in Paris; role of Air Transportable Signals Units and Advanced Staging Posts; memories of Alan Melville. Attitude to having served in RAF in Second World War.

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