Please take a look at some information on the collections we host, further information and access to the collections themselves can be obtained from the Centre.
The Centre is proud to Host the Mosquito Aircrew Association Archive.
The Archive was formed in 1991 under the enthusiastic leadership of Eric Atkins DFC KW and acquired from it’s membership a considerable quantity of archival material including the production documents of “the Mossie” magazine produced three times a year for several years.
The CANLOAN Scheme
In the autumn of 1943, a scheme was devised whereby Canadian Infantry Officers could volunteer to serve with Regiments of the British Army. This came about due to the many campaigns fought by the British Army, half way around the world, which resulted in a shortage of junior officers, while the invasion of North-West Europe was imminent.
The Centre Hosts the CANLOAN Website information
803 Flotilla – Royal Marines
The 803 Royal Marine Flotilla was formed in 1943. The crews were Marines that had been re-mustered from other units, mostly the RNASDF – Royal Naval Air Service Defence Force – a unit similar to the RAF Regiment but defending Naval Airfields etc.
803 were trained in North Wales, Hayling Island and Dartmouth. They then moved to HMS Lizard in Brighton and HMS Newt in Newhaven. As D Day approached so we were moved to Hayling Island, from where we sailed on June 5th 1944 for Sword Beach, Normandy.
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