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Eagle Squadron

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posted on 2024-06-05, 19:39 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

Leslie Bryant (father), before war worked in Goods Store in Basingstoke, and was a semi-professional footballer. Joined RAF and in 1941 moved to Squadron 71 'Eagle Squadron' which was populated by American Pilots where he worked as ground crew repairing Spitfire engines. Never spoke about the war afterwards and never left England after 1945. Mother had been too young to serve in the war but remembers planes going overhead and hiding from them.


Item list and details

1. RAF Notebook 2. Certificate 3. Cigarette Case/Photos/Badges 4. Dog Tag and RAF badge 5. Ceremonial badge and newspaper

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Leslie Bryant

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Shared at Hungerford Library, Berkshire on 30 November 2023.

Record ID

114217 | HUN003