British NCO served as flight mechanic with 19 and 112 Sqdns, RAF during Battle of Britain, 1940; served with 409 Sqdn, RAF in GB, 1941-1942
REEL 1 Enlistment and training as flight mechanic with RAF, prior to 1940: background to enlistment; pattern of flight mechanic training RAF. Recollections of period as flight mechanic with 19 and 112 Sqdns, RAF 1939-1940 including Battle of Britain: posting to 19 Sqdn at RAF Duxford; degree of 'ownership' of aircraft between flight mechanics and armourers; move RAF Horsham St Faith near Cromer; incident when Douglas Bader had a accident on take off at RAF Horsham St Faith; posting to 112 Sqdn at RAF Hornchurch; story of attachment to 409 Sqdn at RAF Digby, 1942; dispersal of 19 Sqdn aircraft at RAF Duxford; role as flight mechanic to Douglas Bader.
REEL 2 Continues: description of Supermarine Spitfire's gunsight; adapting tape sling to stop Douglas Bader falling forward; adapting Douglas Bader's aircraft so he could fly hands off; background to Douglas Bader posting to 19 Sqdn; relations between Douglas Bader and commanding officer Squadron Leader Stephenson; opinion of big wing tactic; story of wearing special insignia whilst working at RAF Tangmere; character of Douglas Bader.
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.