19th February 2010

New members joining us recently are:

David (Dutch) Holland, Hampshire, UK  
John Baker, Kingston, NS, Canada  

Welcome to the OBA!


From: David Jones, Wellington
Sent: Thursday, January 28, 2010 10:16 PM
Subject: RE: UKMAMS OBA OBB #012910


Attached is a pic (as requested) of the ex-TG17 in NZ uniform – this was taken at a dining in a couple of years back and since then I have acquired the second pip; have a couple of years to go to acquire the third and a course to complete. If things go well the crown could be a further four years(ish) away.

There is a review on at present relating to the Defence Force and a supplementary one on the Cadet Forces. So, time will tell as to what we will look like….still, being a volunteer I have a choice – I am however, getting a little old to be doing this!

With warm regards


Many thanks Davey - hard to stay out of uniform isn't it?

Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes.

From: Paul Amies, Swindon
Sent: Friday, January 29, 2010 3:45 AM
Subject: Re: UKMAMS OBA OBB #012910 Two Six Heave!

Hi Tony,

I would like to thank Jim Aitken for his explanation of “2, 6, heave!”

I’m working as a shift co-ord at RAF Brize Norton and a few of my young lads and lasses have asked why we use this expression whilst loading our aircraft. Now, I can tell ‘em.

Thanks to you too, Tony, for this excellent website.

Best regards,

Paul Amies

Thanks do go to Jim - but having said that, there was also another plausible explanation for the "Two-Six" that stemmed from World War II.

Apparently, when a Spitfire was doing ground engine runs after servicing, a gaggle of erks would be placed with their hands on the leading edges of the wings and then the crew chief would instruct the person sitting in the cockpit to advance the throttle to the number 2 mark (on the command "Two" the erks would take the strain) and when that had been done the instruction would be given to take the throttle to the number 6 mark (as far as it should be taken on a ground run - there were a total of ten throttle positions). On "Six" the erks would push really hard against the wings, preventing the aircraft from moving forward.


From: Konrad Putu, Wellington
Sent: Friday, January 29, 2010 4:34 AM
Subject: RNZAF Mystery Photo 012910

Hi Tony,

I believe these two gents are both ex RAF and UKMAMS.

They are Pete King and Tom Fletcher now of the RNZAF. This photo was taken on Pete's arrival for his last Air Movements conference at Ohakea with pie and a glass of wine.

Just goes to show we will take anyone nowadays!


Thanks Puts - but I heard a rumour that they were both "planted" to show you how it should be done!

From: Brian Lay, Wellington
Sent: Friday, January 29, 2010 5:09 AM
Subject: RNZAF Mystery Photo 012910

This is S/Ldr Peter King (ex RAF Movements Officer) getting welcomed to RNZAF Base Ohakea* by another ex UKMAMS Officer F/LT Tom Fletcher who was the AMO at Ohakea Air Movements.

On this occasion Tom was sucking up to his boss by offering him a pie and wine trying to outdo the Wellington Air Movements section who offer Goat Curries and the famous "Trishes" Pies.

Both Gentlemen are still serving with the RNZAF.


Brian Lay

Thanks Brian - (*) RNZAF Base Ohakea was opened in 1939. It is 22 km west of Palmerston North, near Bulls in the Manawatu. It is also a diversion landing point for civilian aircraft.

The ‘Big Dipper’ is known as ‘The Casserole’ in France.

Building the best military

What sort of defence capability is now needed and how much can be afforded?

The British government has postponed a necessary strategic defence review until after this year's general election. A discussion paper has set out some of the options and has highlighted the differing demands of the three services. All three services want to maintain their ability to fight a modern war with the latest sophisticated equipment, but the costs of modern high-tech ships, aircraft, guns, tanks and communication equipment are increasing all the time. And with new technology being developed, much equipment becomes quickly out of date.

The recession is not over and government indebtedness is a serious issue for the markets. Yet, as the pressure for cuts in expenditures grows, neither the government nor the opposition is proposing that defence expenditures should be exempt.

defence chiefs inevitably pitch their demands for resources on the basis of service experience in the last conflicts in which they were engaged. This leads to them trying to prepare for a repeat of previous wars. But the threats are changing and need to be constantly reassessed.

Although the Cold War is long since over, a nuclear threat cannot be entirely ruled out. But with the United States and Russia both agreeing to reductions in their stocks of nuclear weapons, the likelihood of a nuclear war in Europe for the present looks remote. It is possible that Iran will develop nuclear weapons soon. Pakistan and India both have nuclear weapons: These do not pose a threat to Europe, but instability in Pakistan, where Islamic fundamentalists are active, could lead to nuclear weapons getting into the hands of terrorists.

The British nuclear deterrent is dependent on four nuclear submarines on constant patrol. Three might be sufficient to enable Britain to claim a place at the table of nuclear powers. British politicians of both main parties seem unwilling to accept that the tiny British nuclear potential is of limited value in the world as it is today. It is almost unthinkable that the British or the French would use their nuclear weapons independently of the U.S.

The Royal Navy seeks the capacity to fight any potential enemy at sea and to be able to provide cover for amphibious forces. There is no likelihood in the foreseeable future that any power in Europe will attempt to invade these islands or cut off our trade by attacking our merchant marine vessels. The main current threat at sea comes from piracy. This is a real one, but it can only be tackled by cooperation with other countries and with fast and lightly armored small ships.

There is also a need for minesweepers and a few submarines. The Royal Navy is seeking two huge and expensive aircraft carriers, but where would they be used and would the expense be justified?

The Royal Air Force wants to ensure that it has the best modern aircraft capable of dealing with any possible threat from the air. But what is the likely threat from the air? It is unlikely that in the foreseeable future the British Isles will again be subjected to a bombing offensive such as that in World War II or to an attempt to invade these islands. So where might such sophisticated aircraft be used? Perhaps in support of a local conflict backed by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the United Nations. But how many expensive aircraft does the RAF really need for such a purpose?

The army seeks to maintain a force of modern tanks capable of dealing with an enemy with modern armor. But where is such a threat coming from? The main threat to British security today is from terrorists and guerrillas who, as in Afghanistan, can and do merge with the civilian population. They generally use light weapons such as grenades, rockets and machine guns, but the greatest threat has been from unsophisticated explosive devices hidden on paths and roadways. British forces have suffered over 250 deaths and many more have been seriously injured in operations in Afghanistan.

Fighting the Taliban has been a frustrating experience. Drones and other sophisticated surveillance equipment are useful as are helicopters, but as is so often said, this war is for "the hearts and minds of the local population." This means not only providing security but also infrastructure and above all an adequate livelihood. If the opium poppies are destroyed, what substitute is there to provide an equal income? The army needs more trained and educated men and women capable of reaching out to the local population. Civilian aid must be integrated into the operations.

The strategic defence review needs to take a hard look at the nature of the threats now as well as in the next decade. Procurement of modern high-tech equipment needs to be better planned. While we need to maintain a broad if inevitably limited defence capability, we must concentrate on the immediate threat and recognize that we cannot afford everything. This means closer cooperation with our allies in Europe, particularly with the French and with other NATO countries.

The Japan Times


From: Troy Lee, Ottawa
Sent: Friday, January 29, 2010 7:59 AM
Subject: CAF Mystery Photo 012910

Hi Tony,

I recognise one Mover from 2 AMS Trenton. The fellow with the green safety belt is John Cunningham. I am not sure of his rank because I retired from the CAF in 2005.

It's a chilly day here in the Nation's Capital (-33º C with the wind).


Troy Lee

Thanks Troy - Steve has all the names, see below:

From: Steve Richardson, Trenton, ON
Sent: Sunday, January 31, 2010 11:14 PM
Subject: CAF Mystery Photo 012910


Happy New Year !!! I will take a shot at this photo of 2 Air Movements Squadron movers loading DART Equipment for Haiti. The lady pushing the pallet is Cpl Couture, Sgt. John Cunningham with red hair less moustache is on the end of the pallet. The guy with his head peering in is WO John Nicholls.

An excellent photo depicting true teamwork and professionalism. Keep those photos coming throughout the year!!!

Take Care,

Steve Richardson

Thanks for the details Steve - and a Happy New Year to you and yours!

Coca-Cola was the first soft drink to be consumed in outer space

From: Jim Mackintosh, Glasgow
Sent: Friday, January 29, 2010 8:45 AM
Subject: RAF Mystery Photo 011510

Hi Tony,

The photo identified as RAF Kidbrooke brings back lots of good memories.

I attended both courses run at Kidbrooke in 1960 & 1962 and can remember the drunken nights in the "Dover Patrol".

The catering on the camp was possibly the best I ever came across in the RAF.

In the photo:

John (Jock) McDaid
Graham Cooper
Sqn Ldr Jacobs

Best Wishes to All


Thanks Jim - it's nice to get names to faces


From: Phil Smith, Exmouth
Sent: Saturday, January 30, 2010 10:24 AM

Subject: My Dad, Mad Mitch and me


Regarding the photo in the 011510 brief of Lt Col Colin Mitchell (Mad Mitch), 1st Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, the officer at the back 6th from the left is Major (QM) Ron Smith MBE. My father.

During 1967 both he and I were stationed in Aden, I was at RAF Steamer Point and he was based at Waterloo Lines and of course latterly in Crater. I had volunteered for the emergency draft while at RAF thinking you would not get a suntan in the north of Scotland at that time of year but you would in Aden. ( 18 years of age at that time and very stupid ).

I remember vividly how my father would arrive at the Supply Squadron Steamer Point complete with his 10 man escort, armed to the teeth, to whisk me away for a tour of Crater. Their landrovers did not have doors or roofs on to facilitate a rapid exit if required. It was a hell of a sight to see them arrive and jump out of the vehicles and take up defensive positions outside the Receipt and Despatch Section. They really seemed the real deal compared to RAF blokes dressed in KD that did not fit and wearing black leather shoes in 100 degrees of heat. My mother was not too impressed when she found out her husband was dragging her son into a very dangerous situation unnecessarily. After all, RAF blokes only received a days Ground Defence Training which did not include a visit to a very dangerous place.

Crater was the chosen base in Aden for nationalist insurgents, due to the narrow streets and Mosques used to conceal themselves in. The Argylls were not allowed to enter any Mosque without the Aden Police entering first. The problem was that the Police were just as bad as the terrorists, being responsible for a number of British servicemen's deaths.

Lt Col Mitchell was an iconic figure. When based at Waterloo Lines, British Intelligence informed him terrorist and indeed mercenaries operated from Crater as there was no British presence in the city. Mad Mitch informed his superiors that a presence was indeed necessary to stop British servicemen being killed. He was informed to do as he was told and not to occupy the area. He refused and promptly invaded. He basically defied the British Government. From that point on his long term Army career was in effect over.

My Dad, "Smudge" Smith, is on the right

The British people and the British press loved him. The British Government did not. His actions were completely justified as post Crater occupation British casualties were minimal compared to the period before.

Defence cuts were announced just after the Argylls returned to Seaton Barracks in Plymouth with the Regiment being top of the list. A Battalion Commander would receive a DSO after a campaign like Aden, he, and my father, were Mentioned in Despatches for Distinguished Conduct. He left the Army in 1968 without being promoted. Colin Mitchell had trod on too many toes. He entered politics as a Tory MP from 1970 to 1974. He left the Government for a well paid job in the private sector stating " he could not afford to be an MP". That statement came back to haunt him as the job fell through and he spent the next 10 years attempting to get back into politics, unsuccessfully. He found himself unemployed at times and dissatisfied with his situation.

Colin Mitchell died in 1996 after a short illness. His family have never disclosed the nature of that illness



That's a fascinating insight into that era Phil, but disturbing to note that a true hero of Great Britain went unrecognised

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RNZAF's new helicopter makes its first flight

The first of the Royal New Zealand Air Force's five new A109 helicopters has taken to the air in Italy.

"This is part of the major renewal of the Air Force," Defence Minister Wayne Mapp said today. "The A109s are a significant acquisition for the NZDF. This first flight brings them a step closer."

The A109 Light Utility Helicopter is the replacement for the NZDF's current training helicopter, the Sioux. It is a major step up, with twin turbine engines, carrying three crew and up to five passengers, and with a winch. The existing Sioux date from the 1950s and are only useful as basic trainers.

The A109s will be used for training NZDF pilots and helicopter crew for the Air Force's new NH90s and the Navy's Seasprites. They can also carry out a wide variety of light roles, such as moving small groups, carrying light loads and rescue work with the winch.
"These helicopters will be the basis of training our people for helicopter operations. They will also complement the NH90s and Seasprites in other areas, both military and in support of other agencies," Dr Mapp said.

Manufacturer AgustaWestland is scheduled to deliver the first A109 to the Air Force late this year.

New Zealand Government


From: Ian Staceys, Chicago, Il
Sent: Saturday, January 30, 2010 10:32 AM
Subject: From Ian Stacey

Hi Tony,

Just one addition to Chas' input on the Britannia Oil Lift Photo - right in the middle, behind and between the two chaps in overalls is a very baby faced Mike Green.



Thanks Ian - do you think Mike remembers being there? He didn't comment about the original picture

From: Charles Cormack, Lyneham
Sent: Sunday, January 31, 2010 6:58 AM
Subject: Oil Lift/course photo

I did recognise Sandy and also the bald Cpl to his left on the photo is Bill Robb while the one with the mop of hair 2 to the right is Tony Singleton.

The WO next to Mike Green in the hat looks very much like Ray Marks.

Sandy Sandiford
Bill Robb
Tony Singleton
Ray Marks

On Mal Porters course photo the person he has as SAC fagan is in fact Fagan Donaghy who is also on the picture with the oil drums and the BFLP with his back to the camera, There are a couple of people also in the photo who I recognise but names elude me

Geordie Readman has just sent me a photo of the UKMAMS football team at Abingdon for names but there are a some on the photo who were also station movers, you may be able top get him to send you it as it is a really early one.

Fagan Donaghy


Thanks Chas.

Ok Geordie, send it on!

There are 23 doctors in the U.S. called Dr. Doctor, and one called Dr. Surgeon!

From: Pete Price
Sent: 1/31/2010, 7:12 am
Subject: Guestbook Entry


Does anyone remember the first 25k? If so I will have taught you to drive it when was on ATDU at Abingdon

Pete Price
UKMAMS 65/69

[I did send an invitation to Pete to join the OBA but did not hear back from him]


Lieutenant-Colonel Dave Cochrane named commander for CFB Trenton

Last Friday it was announced that Lieutenant-Colonel Dave Cochran would take over the command of 8 Wing Trenton on February 19, 2010.

Cochrane will be in charge of the Trenton base after the previous commander was arrested for several crimes including two charges of first-degree murder.

Until Cochrane takes the position Lieutenant-Colonel David Murphy is the acting Wing Commander at the base.

“I believe Colonel Cochrane has the exceptional leadership qualities necessary to lead 8 Wing Trenton at this challenging and critical time, as the Canadian Forces are experiencing an unprecedented operational tempo,” said Lt.-Gen Deschamps. “He is a highly experienced, trustworthy and capable commander who is well known in the local community, as are his wife and children. He is a respected member of the air mobility community and has my utmost confidence.”

Cochrane is from Toronto. He enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1982. Cochrane recently returned to Canada after a six month deployment as the commanding officer of the Theatre Support Element Roto 8. Cochrane has been at CFB Trenton since his return in December 2009 where he has begun French second language training.

Digital Journal

An elephant's tooth can weigh as much as 12 pounds

From: Paul Weir, Leighton Buzzard
Sent: Sunday, January 31, 2010 10:17 AM
Subject: Unusual Commissions

Hi Tony,

As requested I have forwarded some of the unusual commissions I have had during the past couple of years Some may be of interest to Movers out there, especially those interested in vintage cars.

All the material I use is Somerset willow which is reputed to be the finest in the world. It is a smashing material to work with.

It is worthy of note that all the baskets I made for these lovely old cars were made from pictures of the car, computer diagrams and, more often than not, hand drawn sketches. This was a feat in itself sometimes trying to decipher the owners interpretation, handwriting etc. Also, all these cars participated in the 2008 and 2009 London to Brighton Rallies and it is very satisfying knowing that I played a part in making these lovely machines complete and so interesting to the public.

A red 1903 Stanley Steam car (Reg No BS8462) The basket I made for this car was rather difficult as I had to incorporate a hole in the base of the basket to accommodate the filler cap for the water tank.

Unfortunately, with basket in situ, this detailed work cannot be seen. Even the sloping side proved to be difficult as well.

A Green Ford Model C (Reg No YJ353) This car fully restored by a gentleman by the name of John Briggs.

Once again this commission proved a very big challenge for me. It was for a pair of baskets this time, but had to be made to fit (externally) exactly around the bodywork of the passenger seating area. One each side making them a mirror image of each other.

It goes without saying that the owners of these wonderful cars worked to perfection and my baskets were no exception.

Another red car a 1926 Morris Oxford. Another very interesting commission but this time it was a basket of a different type all together.

It was an umbrella basket made to exact specifications for the leather fittings to the bodywork (some of which cannot be seen).

The bottom diameter was only 4" and flared out to about 7" at the top. The total height was 30". This was where the challenge began. It was very difficult to prevent the basket from twisting during the making process.

All in all it took me about 10 hours to make.

Yet another interesting commission, a graveyard screen. I made this graveyard screen for a farmer in Hertfordshire who lost his wife at a very early age of 38 years.

She loved the farm and the countryside where she lived and she wished to be buried in the meadow at the back of the farmhouse. On the grave the farmer planted all her favorite garden flowers but the rabbits came along and kept eating them. Hence the large oval willow screen.

This screen took me 3 days to complete and it had to be made on site.

Finally I come to a very special commission I had from a lovely old lady from Herefordshire. She always made me promise that I would make her coffin when she passed away. Of course it was my dear mum.

She passed away almost 2 years ago now and it was probably the hardest thing I had to do during my basket making career. As you can see the coffin is sat on a good old fashion drey pulled by white shire which my brother managed to acquire.

She was finally taken through the village of Weobley in Herefordshire where she was brought up and laid to rest in the church.


Paul Weir
Bedfordshire Basketmakers - A Yeoman Member to the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers in London.

That's brilliant work Paul and I must admit to a pair of very damp eyes!

If anyone would like a full-size detailed photograph of any of the above please let me know and I'll be happy to forward them on to you.


BAe 146 could be transport stopgap

BAe Systems is offering its out-of-production regional aircraft as a bridging solution for armies and air forces affected by military transport delivery delays, and is looking to build on a breakthrough deal with a UK Ministry of Defence contractor.

In December, BAe revealed that Titan Airways had leased one of its BAe 146s to fulfil a six-month MoD contract in the Middle East.

Titan, a UK-based charter specialist, had been seeking an aircraft to fly several times a week between Bahrain, Muscat in Oman and Minhad in the United Arab Emirates, transporting around 45 passengers and freight on these sectors.

Now, BAe's regional aircraft division is seeking to expand its presence in military markets. "We're aware that a number of replacement programmes for transport aircraft are running significantly late, and that there may be some opportunities to provide interim capacity," says Steve Doughty, vice-president of sales and marketing at the division.

"Deployment of an Avro RJ or BAe 146 could allow a military user to get 50% of the capability of a specialist aeroplane at 10% of the price when faced with budgetary constraints or technical delays" he argues.

BAe believes there is also straightforward replacement business to be won, estimating that globally over 1700 ageing turboprop and jet airliners are used for transport and communication tasks by 150 air arms.

Additionally, regional aircraft could be used to free up high-value assets deployed on missions beneath their capability. "Burning up cycles on a C-130 Hercules carrying passengers around, or carrying mail, does not sound like a good use of those assets," says Doughty. "Use those assets at what they're good for: rear loading ramp capability and special mission operations."

BAE first outlined its so-called 146M passenger/freighter proposal at last September's DSEi exhibition in the UK.

Flight International

On average, a disposable diaper can hold up to 7 pounds of liquid.

From: Charles Collier, Devizes
Sent: Monday, February 01, 2010 4:39 AM

Hi Tony,

Well, today, my wife and I depart for New Zealand and Australia with Bangkok and Singapore outbound and inbound stopping off places. We'll be checking on E-mails with a laptop PC so if I may send you some interesting experience encountered if I come across it!

All the best to you Tony and your wonderfull website.

Rgds Charles

Bon Voyage Charles - if you run into any difficulties we do have OBA members in your ports of call!


SAR-H: And the winner is...

Soteria has been announced as the preferred bidder of the UK's Search and Rescue Helicopter (SAR-H) contract.

The consortium, made up of CHC, Thales and the Royal Bank of Scotland, was announced as the bidder of choice for the £6 billion Private Finance Initiative (PFI) in Parliament today, following the launch of the programme in 2006. Soteria will be awarded the contract later in 2010.

The joint Department for Transport (DfT) and Ministry of Defence (MoD) contract will end the involvement of the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy in Search and Rescue operations and new fleet of SAR-equipped Sikorsky S-92s purchased by the bidder will operate under the banner of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), although some military aircrew, roughly 66, will be retained to operate a handful of the new helicopters.

Two-thirds of the money to pay for the PFI will come from the Ministry of Defence, the other third from the Department for Transport. Minister for Defence Equipment and Support, Quentin Davies, said: 'I am delighted to announce that the Soteria Consortium has been chosen as the Preferred Bidder for the Search and Rescue Helicopter (SAR-H) project.

'The new service, which will begin with a phased introduction which is anticipated to begin in 2012, will bring together the current Search and Rescue helicopter provision into one highly effective and harmonised service under a single contract providing the British taxpayer with an excellent service for many years to come.

'The future service will benefit from modern, fast, reliable helicopters and will continue to operate from 12 bases in order to ensure that it provides a fully effective SAR service.' He said the choice of a PfI structure for the provision of SAR services was not 'driven by a cost savings agenda' and the drive was simply on providing a better, more modern service.

Soteria bid director, David Rae said: 'Soteria will work in partnership with the MoD and DfT, and other SAR and civil resilience stakeholders, to ensure that the UK’s history of providing a world leading SAR service is assured and enhanced through the introduction of modern technology in the form of the Sikorsky S92.'

Speaking to, he said he was satisfied with the bidding process pointing out this was the first major PFI that CHC has gone into. 'Our next step will be close the finance and finalise the contract. Now that we have preferred bidder status we can raise the funds that we have been negotiating for with financial institutions over the last 18 months and we don't foresee any issues.'

Rae said in the coming months, the bidding teams would meet with the SAR-H Integrated Project Team to discuss their decision and findings, but said: 'If you look at the strengths of our team, CHC is a major, global helicopter operator with search and rescue as one of its core activities, Thales is a major defence contractor with experience in training and RBS with their financial nous, I have a balanced team working very well together.'

Paul Clark, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Transport, said: 'The new harmonised service is an excellent opportunity to build upon the high regard that the UK SAR service is so rightly held. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency manage a SAR service from their
four bases that has already been successfully delivered by a contractor for over 20 years and the new service will build on this proven track record.'

A spokeswoman for the AirKnight team said: 'The AirKnight team is disappointed that we have not been selected to provide the Search and Rescue Helicopter programme, however both Lockheed Martin UK and VT Group, look forward to continuing to deliver critical programmes to the Ministry of Defence and Department for Transport.'

Soteria would not comment on the number of helicopters which will be used, but Quentin Davies said the contractor had indicated there would likely be at least two helicopters based at each of the 12 bases around the UK.

Details released by the government say that the service will continue to be managed by the MOD and MCA and tasking will continue to be allocated by the Aeronautical Rescue and Co-Ordination Centre located at RAF Kinloss. The new service will be phased in progressively taking over site by site, anticipated to start in 2012. The four MCA bases will transition to the new service first and will be followed by the eight MOD bases. The detailed timetable will be finalised as part of concluding the contract. The new fleet will introduce a single black and orange livery which will according to the government: maximise visibility, signal that this is an emergency service, represent the MOD and MCA by including the RAF, RN and MCA insignia on all helicopters and maximise flexibility by being a single colour scheme.

Among the tough conditions set by the team are a 98% level of availability for the aircraft and the retainment of all 12 current SAR bases. The bid teams also have to be able to carry out 12 missions concurrently. Aircraft have to launch within 15 minutes during the day, within 45 minutes at night and have to be able to reach all 'Very High Risk Areas' and 75% of 'Medium Risk Areas' within 60 minutes, the service also has to have the ability to surge aircraft when required.

Napoleon constructed his battle plans in a sandbox.

From: Malcolm Porter, Upton upon Severn
Sent: Monday, February 01, 2010 6:33 AM
Subject: Re: UKMAMS OBA OBB #012910

Hi Tony,

A line to inform you-and many of the members who have loaded or unloaded the old bird, is that the CL44-O Guppy seems to have reached the end of a very-very long road.

A Bill of Sale was published in the London Gazette by Bournemouth Airport Limited following the transfer of ownership from Heavylift Cargo Airlines of Cairns Australia.

Should no bids be received (and of course the Gup is without engines), I hope to be allowed on board to remove manuals and other treasures on behalf of the Conroy family.

I have recently embarked on a MASSIVE task-to write a book to be entitled CARGO TRAMPS 1950's to 1980- to record the one-off-sometimes hilarious exploits of maybe one aircraft, one -crew company's who flew cargo's-often-not quite legal. Anything of interest from any of your members would be most certainly welcome-any year, any theatre in the world, any a/c type!

One story I CAN relate of the 44 is that we were carrying a full load of day old chicks to some remote hell hole in Africa. I was sat at the Navs table and looked down. "Did we have a yellow carpet when we left Salisbury?" I asked Scotty Fraser the captain. Looking round Scotty saw that hundreds of chicks had escaped their boxes and ventured forward-the flight deck floor was covered in them!

In the meantime, I am attempting to keep alive XF526 a Hawker Hunter located in a farmers field here in darkest England. It first flew in 1956 and was based at Kemble initially.

Now abandoned and largely ruined, I spend a few hours a week on it! The cost in wire brushes is horrendous.

Lastly, I am pleased to report that this year's CL44 Association re union is one big MASSIVE sell out! So many old farts still around it would seem!

Best rgds


Thanks Malcolm - I'll just bet you have a shipload of hairy stories to include in your book!


From: Jack Riley, Urangan, Qld.
Sent: Monday, February 08, 2010 9:54 PM
Subject: Sydney Glass

Morning Tony,

I have had an email from a chap called Sydney Glass who served at No 1 Movement Unit (Embarkation) in London during the period 1951 - 54. He was then an L.A.C. He now lives in Dublin, has recently lost his wife, but is kept up to the mark by a caring family. He would like to hear from anyone who knew him at that time.

I have warned him that at "our age" the chances grow less and less but even so I would be grateful if you could slip a couple of lines into the next Brief just in case. If there are any who remember him fire them on to me and I'll put them in touch.



Done & Done!

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From: Dave Wilkin, Essex
Sent: Sunday, February 14, 2010 7:57 AM
Subject: Tony Singleton.


A number of reports /articles by members about the Oil Lift have mentioned TONY SINGLETON.

Tony was part of the 39th Boy Entrant Entry at Hereford, as was I .

Tony is one I am still trying to locate as it is our 50th anniversary this year and we are having a reunion at Hereford.

So if any one has any news of him, I would be grateful to have it, or for that matter any ex 39th who have not yet been found . I know a fair number did Movement Courses at Kirton or Kidbrooke and some at Abingdon.

As a side track, of the 67 boys who started in Jan 1960 and the 3 joiners from the 38th and 4 Admin App recourse from Bircham Newton, I have located some 40 old boys.

One more thing - Who else did No 10 JMC at Kirton?


Dave W

Thanks Dave - Let's hope you can locate Tony S and a few more of the boys as well!


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That's it for this issue

Have a great weekend!


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