Collection HAW - HAW, Sqn Leader Charlton (1920-1993)

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Reference code



HAW, Sqn Leader Charlton (1920-1993)


  • [1993] (Creation)
  • 1991 (Creation)
  • [1987] (Creation)
  • 1984-1985 (Creation)
  • 1956 (Creation)
  • [1939-1951] (Creation)

Level of description



3 files, 1 audio cassette

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

General Information

Name of creator


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.

Custodial history

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1995.

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 from open material for research purposes only.

Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, via the Archives.

Language of material

  • English
  • Russian

Script of material

Language and script notes

Mainly English, but some Russian

Finding aids

This collection level description.

Existence and location of originals

Off-campus collection

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Related descriptions

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

Alternative identifier(s)

People and Organisations

Genre access points

Rules and/or conventions used

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000.


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