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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Hall
HALL, Sqn Ldr John Anthony Sanderson 1921-2003
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 volume or 0.01m3


Name of creator(s)

Hall, John Anthony Sanderson, 1921-2003, Squadron Leader

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1921, Oxford; educated Leighton Park School, Reading, and British Institute in Paris, 1934-1939; joined Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 1940; commissioned as Pilot Officer, Sept 1941; joined 85 Squadron, Feb 1942; Flying Officer, Sept 1942; Flight Lieutenant, Sept 1943; joined 488 New Zealand Squadron, Allied Expeditionary Airforce, Nov 1943; Acting Squadron Leader, Sept 1945; retired with rank of Squadron Leader, Nov 1946; died 2003.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family, September 2005 and June 2006.

Content & structure

Scope and content

John Hall: A Memoir by Alison Fenton (Oxfordshire: The Charlbury Press, 2005). Includes descriptions of Royal Air Force training in night flying and air gunnery, 1940; defending the British coastline from incoming bombers; providing air cover for the D-Day landings, 1944; and providing air support for the British Liberation Army, including for the Battle of the Bulge, December 1944. Includes text of 'Pilots Personal Combat Report', 21 January 1944, describing combat with a Dornier Do 217 and Junkers Ju 88 over English Channel; and text of BBC broadcast by John Hall about his experiences of night flying, 14 February 1944.

System of arrangement

1 volume

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archives and Information Management.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Summary guide entry on-line.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives



Decorations: DFC plus Bar

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled by Katharine Higgon in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

July 2007

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  • International conflicts
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Hall, John Anthony Sanderson, 1921-2003, Squadron Leader
  • Hall, John Anthony Sanderson, 1921-2003, Squadron Leader

Corporate names

  • RAF, Royal Air Force

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