HAW, Sqn Leader Charlton (1920-1993)

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 and C), 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.

Administrative / 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.


3 files, 1 audio cassette

Access Information

Open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form.

Acquisition Information

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1995.

Other Finding Aids

Summary guide entry on-line at http://www.kcl.ac.uk/iss/archives/cats/, and detailed catalogue available in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

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.


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).

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