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A trip to Rhodes

Today my Dad remembers a visit to Rhodes, Greek hospitality and some strange drinks. Another occasion after a period of flying found us in Rhodes. As usual the famous three went ashore - Sam, Daisy and Ken. Whenever we went ashore in any of these Mediterranean ports we determined

Flying times

Message from my Dad dated 1st August 2009 "I decided that if there was any purpose in this story then I should complete it" I hope my readers see the purpose in the story and welcome comments. Today my Dad talks about flying times from HMS Ocean. Derek "Sam" Turner and I worked together.  There

HMS Ocean Royal Navy

Today my Dad describes life aboard HMS Ocean Royal Navy including cooking duties, lack of privacy and leisure activities. The highest rank in a ratings mess was Leading Seaman.  Petty Officers and Officers were berthed in a different part of the ship.  A Leading Seaman was in charge of each mess

Pilots of 805 Squadron

Today my Dad describes the pilots of 805 Squadron. A typical working day meant a short parade and inspection by the duty officer namely one of the pilots and then we were transferred by lorry round the airfield about 2 miles to our dispersal site.  Here were three Nissan huts.  One

805 Squadron – history

Today Dad describes the history of 805 Squadron which he joined in 1947. 805 Squadron consisted of 12 Seafire 17 fighters.  The Commanding Officer was a Lieutenant Commander (Peter Hutton) under whose command were twelve pilots, all Lieutenants or Sub-Lieutenants and one Sub-Lieutenant Air Engineer Officer. Some half dozen Petty Officers were

Kalafrana in the Forties

Today my Dad remembers life at Kalafrana and how he wanted to join HMS Ocean. Life went on at Kalafrana.  We repaired and packed a few parachutes and dinghies, we swam and we sailed.  By now we had coaxed Bill Cant to let us take out a Navy whaler a rowing/cum

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

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