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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
PAIN, Sqdn Ldr Harry (1921-2002)
Level of description
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
One file or 0.01m3


Name of creator(s)

PAIN, Sqdn Ldr Harry (1921-2002)

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1921; aircraft apprentice, RAF Holton, 1937; Aircraftsman Grade 2, RAF Driffield, 1939; posted to No 7 Squadron Hampdens, RAF Finningly, 1939; volunteered to join 210 Squadron, Coastal Command, 1939-1942; Sergeant, 1940; posted to 407 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force, 1942; Signals Instructor, South Cerney, 1943; Emergency Commissioned Acting Pilot Officer, Nov 1943; Flying Officer, Jul 1944; Flight Lieutenant, Sept 1944; Squadron Leader and Station Commander, Training Area Flying Control Centre, 1945; Flight Lieutenant, 1948; retired as Squadron Leader, 1973; died 2002.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family, July 2004.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Typescript unpublished memoir of Squadron Leader Harry 'Wacker' Pain, 1937-1978, including descriptions of: training as an Aircraft Apprentice, RAF Halton, 1937; wireless operator training in Wallace and Wapiti biplanes; airborne wireless operator training, RAF Driffield, 1939; working for Special Duties Flight, Coastal Command, as a gunner in long range Sunderland flying boats, 1939-1942, including survivor searches after submarine attacks, escorting convoys, account of destruction of flying boats Cabot and Caribou, Bodo, Norway, Apr 1940, training messenger pigeons, serious injury in crash and subsequent reposting as Signals Instructor, 1942, and retraining as an Air Traffic Control Officer, 1943. Also anecdotes from various postings including Nutts Corner, Northern Ireland, 1944-1946; opening a new Area Control Centre in Gibraltar, 1946; RAF Mingaladon, Burma, 1947, and RAF Negombo, Ceylon, 1948; Area Control Centre, RAF Watnall, UK, 1949; RAF Gutersloh, Germany, 1954-1957; Air Traffic Controller at RAF Coningsby, 1957-1959; assisting with the introduction of radar guided systems and the formation of Border Radar in RAF Bishops Court, County Down, Northern Ireland, 1959-1962 and RAF Boulmer, Alnwick, 1962-1964; RAF Paya Lebar, Singapore, 1964-1967; as controller, Northern Radar, RAF Lindholme, 1967-1970; RAF Patrington, Withernsea, 1970-1971; Senior Operations Officer, Border Radar, RAF Boulmer, 1971-1973.

System of arrangement

One file.

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

No additional finding aids.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London

Description control

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Katharine Higgon.

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.

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

Nov 2007

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  • Air defences
  • Air traffic
  • Air traffic control
  • Aircraft
  • Communication process
  • Equipment and Facilities
  • Group communication
  • Higher science education
  • Measuring instruments
  • Military aircraft
  • Military communications
  • Military education
  • Radar
  • Scientific equipment
  • Traffic
  • Transport
  • Vehicles
  • War
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • PAIN, Sqdn Ldr Harry (1921-2002)

Corporate names

  • RAF
  • Royal Air Force x Royal Air Force

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