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Tweets from our Archives

Engage with our Archives in a new way! Through Twitter, our team have been sharing some of the treasures we have in our archives, as well as providing a peek into the everyday life of the research team here at the Air Force Museum. 

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This photo of on the left of the WRAF women is from the A.E.W. McDonald Collection; Arnold McDonald was from Oamaru and served in the RFC in World War One. From the collection of the Air Force Museum. 

Make: Lanovia. Model: C-550. Digitised for Air Force Museum of New Zealand by NZMS from original material.

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Still life featuring a negative, light meter, gloves and a magnifier. Air Force museum of New Zealand.

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Unknown civilian man holding a pigeon. England. Original caption reads: "British Official Photograph CH5011. How 'Winkie' an RAF Pigeon Helped Save the Crew of a Derelict 'Beaufort' The crew of four of a 'Beaufort' aircraft of Coastal Command, RAF, forced down into the North Sea owe their rescue partly to a pigeon known as 'Winkie' one of two pigeons carried. When the aircraft was forced down the Wireless operator got out the tin pigeon container. 'Winkie' had broken out; the other, sent off with a message attached, failed to report. The base aerodrome picked up a weak call sign giving a vague indication of the position of the crew in their dinghy - the aircraft having sunk very quickly - but the arrival at her loft of 'Winkie', wet and oil clogged after a 100 mile flight in bad weather, enabled calculations to be made which narrowed considerably the area of search. The crew were eventually located and taken aboard by an RAF high speed launch. The RAF pigeon 'Winkie', which flew a hundred miles in bad weather back to its loft, this materially aiding the rescue of the 'Beaufort' crew. See Air Ministry Bulletin 6428."

Messenger Pigeons of World War Two

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