British aircraftman served as ground gunner with RAF Regt in GB and North West Europe, 1941-1945
REEL 1: Aspects of period in GB, 1939-1941: employment; service with Home Guard guarding sub-station; employment on building site in London; memory of air raids. Aspects of operations with RAF Regt in GB and North West Europe, 1941-1945: story of volunteering for RAF and problem with spine; basic training; posted to Great Yarmouth; problem of lack of equipment; accommodation; air raids; civilian morale; attitude to military life and discipline; description of basic training; uniform; role guarding airfields; physical training; weapons; opinion of army officers; training with Lewis gun; story of Warrant Officer; problem with feet; story of accident in Holland, 1945; opinion of Dutch people.
REEL 2 Continues: further memories of period in Great Yarmouth; opinion of food; political beliefs; duties as batman in officers' mess; opinion of officers; question of complaints about food; nature of punishments; memory of kit inspections; attitude to military discipline; reason for staying in RAF, 1945-1947; post-war employment as civilian driver for army; memory of VE Day; opinion of Churchill.
REEL 3 Continues: reaction of parents to enlistment; family background; further comments on training; rationing and food shortages; reason for being ground gunner; memory of accident with Mills bomb; nature of Home Guard armaments. REEL 4 [ENDS]