Level: Category
Sound Archive
Level: Fonds
Scope and Content:
Title: Operation Varsity from Earls Colne Airfield
Speaker(s): David Vickery
Date of recording: 1990
Length oftape: 15 minutes
Depositor: BBC Essex
Restrictions: BBC Essex
Synopsis of tape: Account by RAF Bomb Aimer of 297 Squadron of secret SOE (Special Operations Executive) operations and Operation Varsity (crossing of Rhine operation) from Earls Colne Airfield; purpose and method of flying SOE operations; stories about time off spent in Coggeshall; graphic description of mounting of Operation Varsity in March, 1945; take-off of formation - writer Ernest Hemingway on airfield; description of huge armada of aircraft in flight across the Channel and into Germany; release of gliders over the Rhine (Unedited interview for Essex Airfields at War)
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Publication Notes:
Extracts from this recording were used for the book 'The Occupied Coast: Living in the Shadow of the Atlantic Wall' by Aline Sax, Hannelore Vandebroek, Jonas Raats and Maarten Mahieu, researchers from the Geheugen Collectief, commissioned by the Province of West Flanders (Hannibal Publishing, 2014) ISBN: 978 94 9137 686 3

Key terms

TypeKey termsDescription
Subjects Second World War Operation Varsity from Earls Colne Airfield 1990
Document Types Sound recording Operation Varsity from Earls Colne Airfield 1990