Microfilm of his ts memoirs entitled 'Never a Dull Moment' (c.480pp with 149 illustrations) recording his career in the aircraft industry working for Supermarine, notably during the Second World War, with the memoir starting in 1911 with his early memories of aircraft, First World War memories including a Zeppelin raid on West Hartlepool (November 1916), his first flight, being apprenticed to Supermarine as a Grade 'A' apprentice (April 1926), details of the Supermarine Aviation works, the design and development of the Southampton Flying Boat, working in the machine shop, the metal hull and float shop, the fitting ship, the woodmill, details of the Schneider Trophy races, the takeover by Vickers and his low opinion of Avro, working at Hythe Erecting shops (1928), then the planning and progress departments, moving to the inspection department, working in the drawing office (1930), his good opinion of R J Mitchell, work in the costing wages and business manager's office until he completed his apprenticeship (May 1931), his first paid job, designing a new wing, problems with morale as designers and other staff are laid off by Vickers, the development of the Walrus and Spitfire, acting as assistant to Trevor Westbrook, taking charge of the finished part store, putting the new planes into production, turning down an opportunity to work with Trevor Westbrook when he left, working with the Stranraer Flying Boat, the new Itchen Works opened in 1939, preparations for war, assembling Spitfires, problems with deliveries, problems with sabotage at the works, air raids in Southampton galvanising the workforce rather than terrorising them, building the Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory, Lord Beaverbrook taking over as Minister of Aircraft Production, the works being hit by an air raid (September 1940), dispersing the factories, moving to Hursley Park, Webb having a nervous breakdown due to exhaustion (June 1941), taking over as Transport Manager on recovery, problems due to petrol rationing, taking over Subcontracts Department (1942 - 1945), with details of the firms used all over England, problems of 'gifts' from sub-contractors, a visit and speech by Sir Stafford Cripps, the build up to D-Day, doodle-bugs (V1s), the end of the war and VE Day, moving to Swindon as Assistant Experimental Manager under Joe Smith at High Post and Chilbolton Aerodromes, his respect and affection for Jeffrey Quill, details of the crews and flight testing, the first jet the Attacker (July 1946), new problems faced with high speeds and jet propulsion, landings of the Attacker on HMS ILLUSTRIOUS (June 1947), speed records for planes, work on the Spiteful, Seagull, Seafang and Valetta, safety concerns after crashes, work on the Swift, new ejector seats, taking over the Hursley Park Experimental Hangar, trials of next prototype 525 of Swift (later Scimitar) (April 1954), a crash putting back production, moving as Deputy Service Manager and Technical Liaison Officer to liaise with the RAF, problems with servicing of Swifts in Germany due to Supermarine management, situation improving and Swifts winning a NATO excercise on low level flying, joining the project team on the TSR-2 as a project engineer based at Weybridge (1960), his problems with no firm hand on the tiller at Supermarine since joining Vickers-Armstrong, TSR-2's first flights (September 1964), failing to get contracts and effects on morale, blaming management, the VC10 comparing infavourably with Boeing's 707, and Webb's retirement in 1971, and his view that the Supermarine Team was special before the war and fell into decline. Also included are a record of Spitfire production and list of male and female works employees from Munich to VE Day, and thoughts about his colleagues. Together with: two ts versions of an illustrated account entitled 'A Tragic Story Retold of 2 Many Cooks' (52pp) giving a good picture of the TSR-2 project at Weybridge and its aftermath between 1960 and 1970 and the reasons for its cancellation despite the excellent reports by the pilots who flew it at Boscombe Down; a ts transcription of extracts from letters (71pp) sent to his parents from May 1940 to November 1941 by members of the family, including Denis Webb and his brother Donald, and give good descriptions of life on the Home Front including air raids; and some original Field Service postcards from friends and relations sent to Webb's parents during the First World War, as well as documents appointing his father as a Special Constable and to sit on the local Tribunal, and his father's commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 10th Durham Volunteer Regiment (February 1918) at the age of 45.
Military conflict took place during every year of the 20th Century. There were only short periods of time that the world was free of war. The total number of deaths caused by war during the 20th Century has been estimated at 187 million and is probably higher.