|||609 West Riding Squadron, Spitfire (Unknown) (3 comments)
Image shows a Spitfire funded by the Leeds Spitfire fund with members of the 609 West Riding Squadron. When the fund was launched in 1940 nearly £30,000 was raised. The 609 was originally composed of volunteers and were based at Leeds Bradford Airport. They flew Spitfires and won distinction during the Battle of Britain, being the 1st Spitfire Squadron to shoot down 100 enemy aircraft. After the war they were disbanded but reformed in 1946 to fly Mosquito's until 1957 when they were completely disbanded. The Spitfire shown has the words "City of Leeds" on it but it is believed it is not the aircraft bearing that name, as this was lost in action before the photo was taken. The name was chalked on for the photo but the aircraft depicted is actually believed to be P8098 "Enfield".
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|||A.R.P Demolition squad (Unknown) (1 comment)
|13th July 1939.
Members of an ARP Rescue Party stand on the back of a truck, used as an emergency vehicle. The men are dressed in protective clothing, with tin hats and gas masks. The man standing beside the cab is wearing a boiler suit. The truck belonged to M Harrison and Co, quarry business of Post Hill, Pudsey.
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|||A.R.P Demolition squad (Unknown) (2 comments)
|12th July 1939.
A.R.P. (Air Raid Precaution) rescue party stand on the back of a Bedford truck, equipped with ladders, rope and other rescue equipment. The men are dressed in protective clothing with tin hats and gas mask bags. The truck belonged to PE Snowden and Sons Ltd, Firth Road, Beeston, a building contractor.
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|||A.R.P. Demolition Squad (Unknown)
|12th July 1939
Builders truck, used to transport an A.R.P. Demolition Squad and Rescue Party. The men are on the back of the truck with ladders and other rescue equipment.
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|||Air Flight visit to Leeds (Unknown) (1 comment)
|21st April 1927
Officers of the R.A.F. pose for a photograph on a visit to Leeds in 1927. In the background is a Hawker Horsley bomber, one of 112 built between July 1926 and November 1931.
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