30 March 2001


This week the OBA is one year old. From the statistics that I have on the site, during the first full month of April 2000 we received 183 visitors (as recorded by the Hitometer). I must admit though, half of that number was probably as a result of my own doing, as I was constantly checking it out, just like a nervous father looking in on his first born.

As of the time of writing, the faithful Hitometer stands at 5,039 and, of that grand total, 874 visitors were recorded so far in this month alone.

Earlier this week the OBA website received an award from which is based in the USA (the notification e-mail is reprinted below). I alone cannot take total credit for the award, for without the continuing support and contributions of the OBA membership there would not be a website. And so gentlemen, I raise my hat to you and express my sincere thanks. I do believe that UKMAMS is finally receiving the worldwide exposure and recognition that it so richly deserves.

We are pleased to introduce two new members this week:

George Redman from Leigh-on-Sea

Adrian West from Lyneham

Welcome to the OBA!

Jim Aitken of Brisbane, Australia, a newcomer to the OBA, was kind enough to provide us with a beautiful article about the time he spent in Singapore during the late 1950s. You will be able to find "Changi" on the articles page.


From: Jim Aitken
Subject: Mauripur
Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2001 18:01:12 +1000

Hi Tony,

The wonders of e-mail! So far, in the days of "snail mail" this exchange would be in about its fourth week!

I did read John Holloway's article on Mauripur (what a dump that was). I staged thru there once on a flight to Changi (supernumery crew it was known as, or "jolly" if the truth were known). I remember the AQM next day saying "Don't eat the bread rolls supplied by catering." When I asked why he split one open and it was full of flies. Apparently the overhead fans in the bakery swatted the flies and they fell into the dough as it was kneading. Yeuchhhhh!

Interesting too that John, on posting back to Lyneham, worked in Unaccompanied Baggage. I spent almost three years in that section at Lyneham before demob in 1956. John would no doubt remember Bill Forse the civilian Customs Landing Officer, and trips to Calne to despatch the baggage by rail. What was the name of the services club there where I played a bit of table tennis? Ahhh!
good times.




From: David Berry
Subject: The Britannia Association Guest Book
Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2001 15:55:08 -0000

Hello Tony

Receipt of this message is proof that the e-mail link from the guest book works! Thanks for signing in and your kind comments. Thanks too for the copy of the 'newsletter' - I wasn't too upset at the aircrew digs!!


Dave B.


From: Jon Morgan
To: Alan Warwick-Moore
Subject: The first day on shift
Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2001 20:50:58 -0000


Long time no see, it was good to see your name on the old boy's site. It brought back the memory of the Sunday morning up at the Bzz Pax the day after John Ellis's wedding. That was the day the new LAC ran everything whilst we were all sleeping it off. My best suit never did get over Dave Honeybun walking back to Brize through all the fields and barbed wire!

I am currently on the school with Mik Gidney, but on the 2nd April I'm off to SMT at Andover for my sins.

Keep in touch mate, do you still like the EB's?.


Sgt Jon Morgan Ex BZZ D shift 83-86


From: Jim Aitken
Subject: Re: Changi - We're up!
Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2001 08:22:28 +1000

Hey Tony

I'm impressed! The speed at which you appear to get things done makes me wonder if you ever sleep, but then that's an ex-mover for you eh?

The Changi article looks great, I have no problems with it. If I come across anymore 'stuff' you may be interested in, I will pass it on.




From: Jim Aitken
Subject: Photograph for Web Site
Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2001 17:28:50 +1000

G'day Tony

I came across this trim sheet for the Hastings. I 'spose it's all done with calculators and computers these days. Also got a Britannia C.Mk1 trim sheet if it is of any interest.

Sorry about the quality.....too big for my scanner so this is a digital camera image.



[Editor's note: Many thanks Jim. You'll be able to view the Hastings Trim Sheet in the Images page. I think we would all love to see the Britannia Trim Sheet, although I did hear a rumour (after that aircraft was retired from RAF service) that it was impossible to put it out of trim!]


Subject: Congratulations on Your Military Site!
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2001 06:43:24 -0800 (PST)

Congratulations on being selected as a top military site!

Our editors have selected your site as one of the best military sites on the Web. recognizes your website as a valued resource for the military community. We salute you and your efforts. In appreciation, we would like to present you with our Distinguished Military Site Award.

Earning this award entitles you to display the award on your site for the remainder of 2001.

Again, congratulations on a great military site!

Best regards,

The Team


From: Brian Lloyd
Subject: RAF Changi Association
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2001 20:27:44 +0100


Your message to me has been passed on & actioned by our Chairman, Mike James, so you should be hearing from someone representing our Association in the North American Continent.

Meanwhile a couple of points from me. The RAF News published the incorrect E mail address for you which I queried, but with help from a young lady at their office we were able to sort it out. I don't know whether they will republish your ad again for you or whether you're happy with the RAF Changi Assn contact. We also use the RAF News for old pals as I'm a subscribing

In your message you mention a Jim Aitken from Air Movements. He's not one of our members but that can be followed up by our membership colleagues. Meantime I note he lives Brisbane. We have an active Air Movements member in Hervey Bay, Queensland, by the name of Jack Riley (S/L) M838, 1949/51 & 59/61 - two tours. You might like to ask Jim to contact Jack for a chat & as I don't have his (Aitken's) E-mail address. Jack's e-mail is

In addition to his RAF job, Jack was very active on the camp with cricket & also involved in many shows & productions. We also have a member who lives in Perth, WA, who is our Liason Officer for Australia & New Zealand by the name of Rick Harwood.

All for now from me,

Brian Lloyd.


From: Rick Burke rburke1@mb.sympatico.cas
Subject: Webpage
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2001 17:59:16 -0600

Good Day,

I was wondering if you could help a soldier out? My name is Cpl Rick Burke and I am a member of 1 Air Movements Squadron at 17 Wing in Winnipeg. Our 50th Anniversary is this year and my problem is that the 17 Wing internet server was taken down by the powers that be.

My CO wanted a presence on the web so I had to scramble and put up another site on my own. This site contains important information on the 50th. I was wondering if I could get you to link to my page? The URL is Have a look and let me know.

I was attached with UKMAMS for OP Alliance in Split Croatia in 1995 when UNPROFOR left and IFOR hit the ground. it was one of my favorite deployments. A lot of excellent troops on the UKMAMS side!

Thanks for your time

R.H.R (Rick) Burke
1 Air Movements Sqn
204 833 2500 ext 2349

[Editor's Note: Thanks for the comments Rick, the link is in.]


Well that's it for another week - and what a week it was! I am still working on the Kai Tak article (hint!).

Have a nice weekend