(Memories written by members of Forces Reunited)
543Sqn. RAF Wyton in 1957
Written by Allan DandridgeLate in 1957 one of the Valiants was in the hangar undergoing servicing when it caught fire, ending up as a long pile of ash (fuselage) with the tailplane and upper fin, pressure cabin, and both wings resting on the hangar floor. Fire appliances from all local towns and airfields attended, with a crew from USAF Alconbury taking crash-crew duties because their equipment couplings did not match British ones.
RAF Wyton in 2002
Written by Anthony DaffurnDoes anyone remember the fire circa 1958-1959 in (I think) No4 hanger. I never did find out what or who caused it. I was walking back to my section past the hanger when it broke out. There was pandemonium and every Tom,Dick & Harry was dragging Canberras out from under the wings of the two Valiants that were parked in there one of which I am sure was on fire. Can anyone who was in the hanger tell me how it was caused. There were lots of rumors flying about,sabotage,fifth columnists and that sort of thing....WHAT REALLY HAPPENED ??
RAF Wyton in 1960
Written by Richard StockMy name is Richard (Rick) Stock. I was stationed at RAF Wyton from July 1960-October 1961. I was a member of the Drifting Strangers rock band, along with Paul (Kookie) Allison, Pat Kealey, Peter Ritchie et al. Does anybody out there remember me or any others from the band?
RAF Wyton in 2008
Written by BowenI was posted to Wyton in August 1955 from airframe mechanic training at Kirkham. I was posted onto Radar Recce Flt,as an airframe mech on Lincoln aircraft.Radar recce flt.also had 3 canberras on the flt which were hangered in the same hanger in which the 543 sqdn Valiant blew up.