Guide to the E. Chappell World War II Royal Air Force Diary Collection, 1941-1943

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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: E. Chappell World War II Royal Air Force Diary Collection
Dates: 1941-1943
Identification: SC/EC
Creator: Chappell, E.
Physical Description: 0.21 linear feet
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Special Collections
Abstract: E. Chappell, from North Barnsley, Yorkshire, volunteered to serve with British forces during World War II on May 26, 1941, and was called to serve with the Royal Air Force (RAF) on June 30, 1941. He served in the RAF until at least 1943. The collection consists of Chappelle's World War II RAF diary, the original diary case and pencil, and assorted pieces of ephemera that were tucked between the diary's pages, and document's Chappell's experiences in the RAF during World War II.
Note:
This collection was purchased with funds generously donated by Gus and Erika Manders.

Biographical Information:

E. Chappell, from North Barnsley, Yorkshire, volunteered to serve with British forces during World War II on May 26, 1941, and was called to serve with the Royal Air Force (RAF) on June 30, 1941. He served in the RAF until at least 1943.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Genre/Form of Material:

Ephemera
Paper records

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], [date], E. Chappell World War II Royal Air Force Diary Collection , Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of Chappelle's World War II RAF diary, the original diary case and pencil, and assorted pieces of ephemera that were tucked between the diary's pages. The diary includes Chappell's height, chest measurement, waist measurement, collar, and shirt size, as well as his ID card number and maps of the London Underground. He was stationed near Norwich through most of 1941 and 1942, and often wrote about his boredom ("Not much to do but sit around"); leisure activities including table tennis, droughts, playing cards, playing darts, riding his bicycle, and sleeping through breakfast. He often noted films he went to see, and frequently noted overnight disturbances caused by "Jerry." Other typical entry topics include night flying assignments, leave, air raids, his work in the armory, and medical examinations. In August of 1942, he sailed to Cape Town, South Africa, about which he noted "Lots of fruit here. Everything's cheap." The last pages of the diary contain addresses of family and friends.

Collection Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

Diary, 1941-1943

Box 1, Folder 2

Diary Case with Pencil

Box 1, Folder 3

Ephemera and Notes