BREAKING NEWS: The record has been returned!
The RAF Association has discovered a 73-year-old wartime recording made by a serviceman to his wife for their first wedding anniversary and are hoping to find the couple behind the recording.
The crackling one-minute vinyl record, which is remarkably well preserved, was handed into the RAF Association’s Flowerdown House hotel in Weston-super-Mare by a member of the public who found it when clearing out their attic.
Contact between the serviceman, identified as Rick Wilkinson from Salisbury and his wife, during the Second World War, likely would have been limited, and the recording demonstrates just one way families kept in touch.
Want to see the story behind this type of record? Take a look at the British Pathé video below.
Many thanks to British Pathé for allowing us to use their footage.
Speaking about the recording, and the campaign to find Rick and his wife, or their family, Rory O’Connor, the Director of Welfare and Policy at the RAF Association said:
“This is a truly remarkable find. Millions of couples would have been separated during the Second World War and have been desperate to communicate in any way they could – most of them through writing. So, it’s poignant for a recording of this kind to have been found and handed in to us. We hope to uncover the full story behind this moving recording and reunite the record with its lost family.”
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How the RAF Association helps today. Storybook Wings and more…
The vinyl recording would have been a special way for Rick and his wife to feel connected, something which is an essential part of our services today. Through projects such as Storybook Wings, each year hundreds of serving personnel, and their children, experience a heart-warming way to bridge the miles and feel close. Through Storybook Wings, serving parents can record a bedtime story for their little ones back home, which can be listened to at times when physical comfort is not possible.
Storybook Wings is just one example of how the RAF Association supports serving personnel. We help in many ways, such as funding free wi-fi in communal areas on RAF stations, refurbishing station ‘contact houses’, supporting childcare training courses and managing the RAF Families Federation.
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