(Memories written by members of Forces Reunited)
RAF HQ 42 GROUP KIDLINGTON in 1949
Written by WI'LLILAM KNOWLESRemember the hockey matches which we played weekly and the devastating results. The evening meal was perhaps the high light of the day. Johnny Oakes in goal. Remember also the comradeship in A6 BILLETT of the *P* staff lads. We made the best of being national service lads. Early morning cleaning, lighting the stoves etc and then a leisurely breakfast whilst the late risers (THE NON CLEANERS) hadto attend morning parade. Remember Flt Lt.Mc.Donough , P2 officer well I have traced him and been in touch with him by post. He was so pleased to be remembered
L.A.D. REME 5 Inf. Bde. Group, Iserlohn in 1958
Written by Maurice BroadhurstI remember making some great friends, notably, Roy Waters (Vasser) from Isle of Man; Bill Williams from Bradford; Emo Emmett from Halifax and Geordie Mufford from Newcastle. I would love to hear from any of them.
RAF KIDLINGTON,. HQ 42 GROUP; MAINT.COMM, in 1949
Written by WILLIAM KNOWLESREFERRING TO MY MEMORY ITEM ALREADY RECORDED. SAD TO SAY THAT FLT.LT. JOHN PASSED AWAY LATE 2004. WE DO EXCHANGE CARDS WITH GREETINGS FOR CHRISTMAS WITH HIS WIFE AND FAMILY. LIFE SEEMS TOO SHORT TO SAY ALL THE THINGS WE OUGHT.
Comacchio Group in 1979
Written by Gordon GilliesBirthed in HMS Neptune after a morning briefing we were divided into two groups, smokers and non smokers. Smokers stayed in Neptune non smokers off to Coulport. Happy days if you were a smoker, the novelty of Coulport soon wore off, with midgies in summer and cold wind and rain (most days) that would rival Elvagee on a bad day, from end of Sept. right through to the following May. Numbers were boosted,sections were formed and we rotated between both locations.
No 1 Vehicle Group, R A O C in 1956
Written by John CarnellIn October 1956 I was sent to Iraq with a group of others both R E M E and R A O C. Our job was to re commission 12 Centurion tanks that had been shipped from Millwall docks to Basra docks. In the group was John Reed , Robert Meek , Jim Cuthbertson , Jim Robertson. Brian Stenning and a few more Whose names escape at the moment. The group was commanded by a Captain Spittal and his 2 i/c was a R E M E W/O 1 A S M Osbourne.