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1191, LO/538/488
Leicester Oral History Archive Collection

Speaker: Oliver, George Richard, 1921 - , Interviewee, Male, Pilot
Speaker: Saunders, P, Interviewer, Male

Summary of interview item: Gives brief family background in Balder, Western Australia. Recalls always being interested in flying, joining air force at start of Second World War. Describes training, journey to United Kingdom by ship, being posted to 196 Squadron and coming to Stoughton, Leicestershire. Details modifications to Stirling aeroplane, secret missions to supply resistance in Europe. Describes barracks at Stoughton Aerodrome, trips across fields to Oadby Ale pub, trips into Leicester for cinema, meeting wife and leaving for honeymoon on bus. Mentions first solo flight, old and new transmission cut outs, daily routine at Stoughton. Gives impressions of 'hospitable' Leicester at the time.
Place of birth: Balder, Western Australia
Education: To age 15
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Electrician
Mother's Occupation: Secretary, housewife
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1930s, 1940s
Language: English

Recording Date: 20/4/1989
Playing time: 45 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
Cross Reference:

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