Private Papers of Flight Lieutenant B Samways RAFVR
Photocopy of ts memoir (206pp), 1936 - 1946, describing his early life in Dorset and reading Science at Cambridge 1937 - 1940, then his service in the RAF, June 1940 - 1946, training at the Yatesbury Radio School, July - August 1940, and working in various radar stations during the Battle of Britain, before being posted to Egypt and then to Aden to command No. 240 MRU, March 1941 - March 1942, followed by a posting to Trincomalee, Ceylon, to command the mobile radar unit No. 272 AMES, March - July 1942, during which his station detects the Japanese aircraft coming to attack China Bay on 9 April, and then command of No. 292 TRU erecting radar sites in other parts of Ceylon, July - August 1942, and finally as a staff officer at No. 222 Group HQ, Colombo, with responsibility for overseeing the construction of a chain of radar stations around the island, August 1942 - January 1945, before being repatriated to England in February 1945, and including good descriptions of the construction and working of these mobile radar stations and of the living conditions he endured in the various locations.