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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Morton
MORTON, Wg Cdr James (1916-1982)
Created 1936-1950
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
3 files


Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1916; educated at Loretto School and Pembroke College, Cambridge; joined Cambridge University Auxiliary Air Squadron, 1936-1938; No 603 City of Edinburgh Sqn, Auxiliary Air Force, 1939-1941; involved in repelling German air attack on the Forth Road Bridge, Oct 1939; took part in Battle of Britain, 1940; served as night fighter pilot, 1941; served with 539 Sqn,1942-1943, and 219 Sqn, UK and North Africa, 1943; in charge of night fighter training at RAF HQ Command, 1944-1945; 613 Sqn, Auxiliary Air Force, 1946-1949; became excecutive director of a consultancy firm which pioneered the process of continuous casting of steel, 1950; died in 1982.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Copies made by the Centre in 1983 and 1984 from originals loaned by the family.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Copies of papers relating to his service with the RAF, 1936-1950, principally comprising log books, 1936-1949, notably covering his service in World War Two, UK, 1939-1945, and North Africa, 1943; notebook containing descriptions of his active service, 1939-1943, notably his involvement in the defence of the Forth Road Bridge, Oct 1939, and the Battle of Britain, Jul-Oct 1940;press cuttings relating to the RAF in World War Two, dated [1940-1946].

System of arrangement

3 files.

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
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


Compiled Jul 1997

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
  • Armed forces
  • Battle of Britain (1940)
  • Documents
  • Information sources
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Log books
  • Military engineering
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • State security
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Corporate names

  • RAF, Royal Air Force


  • Forth Road Bridge, Scotland
  • London, England
  • North Africa

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