White dinner plate marked with ‘RAF’ under a blue crown, made by W Adams and Sons, England. Used in NAAFI canteens on Tiree during WWII.
Copy of the Swiss magazine Passé Simple containing an article (in French) about RAF airman Léonard Revilliod, one of the 16 flight crew who lost their lives in a mid-air collision over Island House in 1944. Léonard was the grandson of the first President of Czechoslovakia, and served with 518 Squadron based on Tiree. Written by Denis Dumoulin in 2020.
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Hardback book ‘An Expendable Squadron’ by Roy Conyers Nesbit, 2014. A history of Coastal Command’s 217 Squadron which flew bombing raids out of St Eval, Cornwall, into France during WWII. Relates to archive item 2020.1.70 about RAF Pilot Officer Charles MacLean, grandson of Lachlan MacLean, Kenovay.
Hardback book ‘Woe to the Unwary’ by Roy Conyers Nesbit, 1981. Detailed and graphic account of life and operational flying by a young RAF airman during WWII. Based on the navigation logs of the author while he was serving with Squadron No. 217 flying Bristol Beaufort bombers out of St Eval, Cornwal in 1941. Relates to archive item 2020.1.70 about RAF Pilot Officer Charles MacLean, grandson of Lachlan MacLean, Kenovay.
Short memoir about life on Tiree in the RAF during the 1960s. Ray Murton was part of the RAF detachment during 1961-1964.
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An ‘Active Service RAF Privilege’ envelope addressed to Mrs V R Harvey, Hastings, stamped 12 October 1942 , Crossapol, Tiree, containing a series of letters from her husband Harry Harvey who served at RAF Tiree during WWII. In the letters Harry expresses how homesick he is, how he misses his wife and child, and his frustration at missing several shots at the island’s wildlife. The letters were opened and approved by the Postal Censorship Authorities before delivery.
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Montage of a photograph of Raymond Hartshorn, a page from his RAF flight log May-June 1945, noting ‘VE Day May 8th’, and a poem written by him about flying. Raymond Hartshorn was stationed at RAF Tiree during WWII, flying with 518 Squadron Meteorological Observers, and was a member of a crew sent out over the Atlantic in search of a missing aircraft: “23/1/45. 1405. Halifax LL511. Pilot: F/L. Eastman. A.S.R. search for W/C Morris and crew – unsuccessful. Flying times: 4.20 day, 1.25 night.”
Collection of around 45 letters of condolence written to the family of Charles McLean (1917-1941). Charles was the son of Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay and Linlithgow, and his wife Euphemia Terris Stoddart. An RAF Pilot Officer with 3 and 217 Squadrons, he went missing in action over the English Channel in November 1941. The letters provide an insight into the trauma of losing a loved one to active service at that time, and include special letters kept by the family in a red photo album titled ‘The Life and Times of Charles McLean’, and letters from friends and family on Tiree plus other significant letters. Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.
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