Letters from Colin Stewart Cameron to George Broomfield, 1943

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Accession Number AWM2018.785.93
Collection number PR04744
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 4
Object type Letter
Physical description 23 Image/s captured
Maker Cameron, Colin Stewart
Place made United Kingdom, United States of America
Date made 1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copying Provisions Copy provided for personal non-commercial use
Source credit to This item has been digitised with funding provided by Commonwealth Government.
Description

Letters relating to the Second World War service of 422410 Flight Sergeant Colin Stewart Cameron, No. 10 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, April - August 1943.

This file is comprised of four letters by Colin Stewart Cameron to 'Uncle' George Broomfield, a cousin of the author's father. Cameron writes about his travels to the United States and Canada in the course of participating in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, and his subsequent period of service in England. He describes sightseeing activities in North America and the United Kingdom, and notes the warm reception of people he meets during his travels, but devotes much of his attention to recalling visits to farming communities and commenting on pastoral and agricultural practices.

In relation to his active service, Cameron remarks on instructing trainee gunners whilst based at Moncton in Canada, his excitement at being posted to the 'famous' No. 10 Squadron soon after arriving in England, training for air operations and logging long hours in the air. In his final letter he provides a detailed account of an aerial battle with four German Junkers Ju 88s lasting over an hour, describing the heavy fire and damage sustained to his aircraft, and praising the skill and composure of crew members.

This file contains:

Letter from Colin Stewart Cameron to G. [George] Broomfield, [United States of America], 10 April 1943;
Letter from Colin Stewart Cameron to [George Broomfield], Kingsway, London, 11 June 1943;
Letter from Colin Stewart Cameron to [George Broomfield], Kingsway, London, 23 June 1943 [envelope attached]; and
Letter from Colin Stewart Cameron to [George Broomfield], Kingsway, London, 6 August 1943 [envelope attached, first two pages are missing].