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Sunny Malta

Today, my Dad remembers idyllic days as a sailor in the Forties in sunny Malta. Life at Kalafrana was idyllic. The accommodation was in two stone built single storey blocks each containing twenty four iron beds and lockers. These bordered onto a small parade ground across from which was

Punishment for sailors

Punishment for sailors Today, Dad's memoirs show how he could be a very naughty sailor and sometimes learned a sailor's lot was not a happy one. Life in the RAF Station for a sailor meant that discipline was relaxed. We had no Navy Officers or NCOs to supervise us and we

Dad’s first flight was a King’s flight

My Dad's first flight was a King's Flight. Today Dad recalls his first flight in a plane which took place when he was a teenage sailor and it was the King's plane! All the aircraft received a lot of attention and maintenance as they had to be constantly available and in spic

World War 2 Aircraft – RAF Bassingbourn

What were the World War 2 Aircraft kept at RAF Bassingbourn? Today, my Dad's memoirs talk about the planes he maintained including the King's Flight. At Bassingbourn were stationed two Bomber Squadrons and King's Flight. The Bomber Squadrons were one of Lancasters and one of the American Lieberator bombers. These aircraft

Navy personnel join the RAF

Today my Dad's memoirs see himself and other Navy personnel joining the RAF at Royston. We got our travel warrant to Royston in Cambridgeshire and on arrival were trucked to the RAF Station at Bassingbourne some 3-4 miles North Of Royston. Bear in mind sailors were like snailes in that

RAF Bassingbourn, Royston – Dad moves on

Today, my Dad's memoirs show him leaving his firm friend and going to RAF Bassingbourn. Early in January, we left Raven and returned to HMS Daedalus. Immediately Ginger and I were back on the guard under the selection process. Time spent in Daedalus was time spent in awaiting transit