The Air War

Although this whole site is intrinsically about the Air War, here is a collection for easy reference of some of the various topics covered. Some of the items are very short, others are more in-depth. The headings are:
  • General Background
  • Uniforms, Clothing, Emblems, Insignia
  • Europe
  • Bomber Command and the Weather
  • Animals in the Air War
  • Aircraft
  • Pilot Officer Prune
  • Miscellaneous
  • Postwar

GENERAL BACKGROUND

Photography in the Air War

The Lure of Flying

 


UNIFORMS, CLOTHING, EMBLEMS, INSIGNIA

The Caterpillar Club

Bob Butler Wins a Goldfish (Goldfish Club)

Wound Stripes and the Thackway Crash

Frostbite and Flying Boots

Lancaster Gunners: ‘Hotting-up’

 


EUROPE

The Cost to The Occupied Countries

Cook’s Tours

 


BOMBER COMMAND AND THE WEATHER

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FIDO in Operation (Art.IWM ART LD 5593) image: A runway at night, with fires burning down the sides. An aircraft is landing. The moon is visible through the clouds. Copyright: © IWM.

Bomber Command’s Greatest Enemy – the Weather

FIDO

 


ANIMALS IN THE AIR WAR 

La Spezia, 13 April ’43, Carrier Pigeons

A Lancaster is Going to Germany

Carrier Pigeons in the Bomber War

Pathfinder Pets & Tich Palmer

Pathfinder pets – Clayton and his spaniel

Frank Smith & Patch the Dog

 


AIRCRAFT 

Aircraft Codes & Letters

The Last Lancaster

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Lancaster Art: Sugarpuss, 83 Squadron

Colin Drew and Sugarpuss

Keeping a Lancaster Flying

 


PILOT OFFICER PRUNE

TEE EMM & P/O Prune

More on Pilot Officer Prune

Pilot Officer Prune, Again

For more about the man with the bulldog, see: F/L Leslie Barr and Crew

 


Valentine Card Lancaster (2)MISCELLANEOUS

Wakey-Wakey Pills

 

Condolence Letter from a Pathfinder Gunner

Jespersen Condolence Letter

 

35 Squadron, the Erk and the UXB

Superstitions and Lucky Mascots

Valentine Card

 


POSTWAR

 

Repatriation

“You Lucky People” Certificate, 1945

Post-War Happiness