British NCO served as pilot with 57 Sqdn, RAF, Air Component of British Expeditionary Force in France, 9/1939-5/1940; officer served with 571 Sqdn, No 8 (Pathfinder Force) Group, Bomber Command, RAF in GB, 1944
REEL 1 Background in Farnham, GB, 1915-1930: family education; enlistment in RAF, 1930. Recollections of operations as pilot with 57 Sqdn, RAF, Air Component of British Expeditionary Force in France, 9/1939-5/1940: move to France, 1939; basing of squadron near Amiens; searching for German troop movements near Amiens, 5/1940; flying damaged Bristol Blenheim back to RAF Hawkinge, GB, 5/1940; reasons for leaving squadron; loss of aircraft on bombing raid to Stavanger, Norway, summer 1940. Recollections of operations as pilot with 571 Sqdn, No 8 (Pathfinder Force) Group, Bomber Command, RAF in GB, 1944: posting to unit after period as instructor and with Mosquito Training Unit, 1942-1944; characteristics of De Havilland Mosquito B Mk XVI; mine laying raid on Kiel Canal, Germany in which his navigator Pilot Officer Kenneth Rendell was killed and his was wounded, 5/10/1944; hospitalisation, 5/10/1944-8/12/1944; loss of engine over Mannheim, Germany, 10/5/1944; opinion of target markers.
This unpleasant-looking character is called the Squander Bug, and it was created during the Second World War by artist Phillip Boydell, an employee of the National Savings Committee. The cartoon bug appeared in press adverts and poster campaigns as a menace who encouraged shoppers to waste money rather than buy war savings certificates.
American troops and locals at the Dove Inn, Burton Bradstock, in Dorset, 1944.
In 1942, the first of over 1.5 million American servicemen arrived on British shores in preparation for the Allied offensives against Germany during the Second World War. That year, the United States' War Department published Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain to help soldiers, sailors and airmen – many of whom had never travelled abroad before – adjust to life in a new country.