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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Haw
HAW, Sqn Leader Charlton (1920-1993)
Created [1939-1951], 1956, 1984-1985, [1987], 1991, [1993]
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
3 files, 1 audio cassette


Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1920; trained as a lithographer; joined RAF, 1939; served with 504 Sqn, Battle of Britain, 1940, and with 151 Wing, Murmansk, USSR, 1941; awarded Order of Lenin, 1941; commanded RAF squadron at Coolham Airfield, West Sussex, and took part in invasion of Normandy (Operation OVERLORD), 1944; Flight Lt, 1946; commanded 65 Sqn on mission to Sweden, 1948;retired, 1951; died in 1993.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1995.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to his RAF career, 1939-1951, dated [1939-1951], 1984-1985, [1987], 1991, 1993, particularly his service in the USSR, 1941, and Sweden, 1948, principally comprising photographs of Haw and his RAF colleagues, [1939-1951]; press cuttings, 1941, [1946], 1948, 1956, [1987], 1991, [1993]; 'Pilot's notes for Spitfire 22 and 24 Griffon 61 engine' (Air Publication 2816 B andC), prepared by the Air Ministry, 1947, with amendments list, 1950. Audio tape of interview with Paul Hamlin, 1993, concerning Haw's service at Coolham Airfield in 1944.

System of arrangement

3 files, 1 audio cassette

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 Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material
Mainly English, but some Russian
Finding aids

This Summary Guide, and published in hard copy in the Centre's reading room

Allied materials

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

Coolham Airfield remembered, memories and anecdotes of a Sussex D-Day fighter station and village compiled by Paul Hamlin and Ann Davies (Paul Hamlin, Horsham, 1996) and Hurricanes over Murmansk by John Golley (Stephens, Wellingborough, 1996).


Compiled Nov 1996

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled 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.

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  • Air warfare
  • Aircraft
  • Armed forces
  • Chemical actions and uses
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Military aircraft
  • Military engineering
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • Pharmaceutic aids
  • Specialty uses of chemicals
  • State security
  • Vehicles
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Corporate names

  • RAF, Royal Air Force


  • Coolham, Sussex, England
  • London, England
  • Sweden, Northern Europe
  • USSR, Eastern Europe

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