(Memories written by members of Forces Reunited)
RAF Handorf in Germany in 1957
Written by peter maggsI had the pleasure during my time in the RAF to get a posting to the above well being a small camp and compact, if some was going home on demob every body knew about it so we would all go to the main gate, well this day belong to a CPL Taylor from the RAF Police section well as one said we gathered round to say our good byes outside the guardroom and the next movement Cpl Taylor on the cry of three cheers from all of us threw his Peak Cap in the air, the only thing from this movement it never came down from the result of landing on top of the flagpole yes right facing the Guardroom
RAF Handorf, in 1955
Written by alan burridgeExcellent Soccer Team played with success against the large Bases. Team mates-Terry Drewery-Grimsby and Keith Drury-Doncaster
Mechanical Transport, RAF Handorf 469 Signals Unit in 1955
Written by Geoffrey Arnold LloydIn 1955 I left RAF Weeton as a qualified MT Driver and duly arrived at RAF Handorf during the summer. Cpl. MT Mechanic BOB HOGG collected me in a Volkswagen car from Munster hauptbahnof railway station and intimated how welcome was my arrival; MT drivers were in very short supply. It is to be noted that MT corporals were recognised as supervisory, and did NOT drive. Further, the RAF Driving School - RAF - Weeton - were, at this time only accepting RAF recruits with a FULL British driving licence. RAF Handorf was situate some six miles north of Munster (Westfalia) and contained some 200 personnel, and was dependent for coal-and-coke, mail and food on one-or-more British Army barracks in Munster. RAF Handorf was commanded by Squadron Leader Lacy, and thus ALL other officer-ranks were of lower ranking. It is worth mentioning some of these officers by name, as not all WWII officers chose to leave the Service at the cessation of hostilities. I recall Flt. Lt. Keen, decorated pilot; Flt. Lt. Doyle; Flt. Lt. ’’Big’’ Jim Sutherland, sports officer; Flt. Lt. Don Parrott, ex-navigator Pathfinder Squadron and now MT Officer; Flt. Lt. Tessier - a member of the Goldfish Bowl and mentioned in the book: Down in the Drink. Tessier owned a 1950s Standard Ten Saloon. Flying Officer Hinchliffe (the spelling is correct) was Entertainment Officer and as such, saw to it that my dance band was never short of a drink whilst performing at the Officer’s Mess with me at the piano. Our band alternated from Saturday-to-Saturday between both the Sergeants and Officers Mess; and such was our flying fame that we ventured further into the British army in Munster. Rapidly achieving SAC status, my MT driver-mates included LAC ’’Kit’’ Carson; LAC Wooliscroft; SAC Dave Ansell (deceased) SAC ’’Taff’’ Lewis MT; SAC Dave Mell who died whilst driving a Volkswagen Saloon in collision with a train on the Warendorfer Strasse at night. He was driving to RAF Sundern to collect a priority signal. He was given a military funeral and I have details of his last whereabouts. I must also mention MT driver Bill John. Other serving members deserve mention and so we have the camp warrant officer in the shape of Charlie Butt; Sgt. Shenton SNCO i/c Airmans Mess; MT Sgt. Burney replaced by Londoner Flt. Sgt. Tom Phillis who was to receive the BEM decoration. He arrived from RAF Bridgnorth where I had done my ’’square-bashing’’. Phillis was ’time-served’’ and knew his MT trade from back-to-front-and-upside-down. Especially, he demonstrated an impatience with the National Service pilot officer. Flt. Sgt. Phillis was of middle age, portly-in-stature and always wore his RAF best-blue uniform with cap cocked at a rakish angle on the back of his head. Yes, he was fiercesome and took no prisoners. The Air Publication that governs RAF MT is numbered AP 3090 and is our ’bible’. As indicated Chiefy Phillis knew it inside-out, and I well-remember hearing him receive a call for transport from a National Service pilot officer. Very soon, Tom Phillis would lose patience and before slamming down the ’phone would shout: ’’Because AP 3090 states by very virtue of of the -unting fact...’’ The whole point of RAF Handorf was that it was designated as a MOBILE unit. In point of fact it was literally ’set in concrete’ but the moving-blow was to fall. The camp disintegrated and I was posted to RAF Jever, but not before we drivers moved all vechicles to Antwerp docks via several convoys entailing an overnight stay in Holland. At the border of Germany/Holland we had to have our convoy paperwork validated. Whilst this was in progress we took refuge in the bar. We sniggered at the oak statue of a boy in piddling-mode, and when the bar tender pressed a hidden trigger and the statue shot water far-and-wide, our joy was complete! Look-up: ’Little Pis’. I hope my diatribe has triggered Forces Reunited RAF memories to good effect and look forward to replies. Best regards, GEOFF, 4168502 SAC Lloyd G.A.