Gatineau/Ottawa
24 July, 2009

 

From: John Belcher, Chippenham
Sent: 09 July 2009 21:32
Subject: RAF Mystery Photo 071009

Hi Tony,

At last a photo I can give some names to

L to R: Paul Mansfield, Mal “General” Paton, Mick Cocker, Ken Morris, Frank Brookes, not known – but I think it was a Doctor from Lyneham who came along for the ride

All the best

John

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From: Gus Turney, Calne
Sent: 10 July 2009 03:00
Subject: RAF Mystery Photo #071009

Hello all,

My entry for the mystery pic as follows. Front, l to r, Paul "Italian Stallion" Mansfield, Mick Cocker, Ken Morris, ?. On the Landrover is Mal "General " Paton, and it looks like Pig Clarke, though I may be wrong.

Vehicle has been stripped down and prepped for Tac Demo display routine circa 1983 by the looks of it. Great fun if you don't mind being thrown around inside Albert. Zero G as the pilot pushes over for the "Khe Sanh" approach was a blast.

There's a sample of the approach in this video at minute 6:50

 

Rgds to all,

Gus

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From: Jerry Allen, Cheltenham
Sent: 10 July 2009 19:29
Subject: RAF Mystery Photo

Hello Tony

Great read as always.

With respect to Ken and the others who will be recognized by many, I thought I would add a word on my good old friend Paul Mansfield, aka PLP, aka ‘Spick’.

Paul and I went through the same movements course in 1980 (155 OMC). His trademark was trying to ground his yellow Alfasud at the bottom of Shilton Dip and his party piece was storing Guinness in his moustache that he could squeeze out later when he was thirsty.

Not sure what happened to Paul as we lost touch but if anyone can help ………??

Best regards

Jerry Allen

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From: Steve Jolley, Wakefield
Sent: 14 July 2009 12:43
Subject: RAF Mystery Photo 071009

Hi Tony

Just having a quick stab at the Mystery Photo for this issue, don't know them all but here goes...

Sitting, left to right, (1) Mal Paton, (2) ? possibly Bob Duke or ''Pig'' Clarke.

Standing, left to right, (1) Paul Mansfield, (2) Mick Cocker, (3) Ken Morris, (4) ?

Looks like the photo was taken on the Calne Strip at Lyneham around 1984 - 86 ish.

Keep up the great work with the OBA, OBB, maybe will be able to dig out some gems in the future.

Best Regards

Steve (Spider) Jolley

 

From: Jim Marchant, Carterton
Sent: 10 July 2009 02:28
Subject: Dave Howley's Photo

Hi Tony

F8 is Pete Worthington, last seen at Decimomannu in 1975

Regards

Jim

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From: David Howley, Melton Mowbray
Sent: 10 July 2009 06:41
Subject: RE: Dave Howley's Photo

Hi Tony,

The response has been brilliant. Only 3 to be identified.

I like Terry Mulqueen's comment "As I joined up as a Clerk Air Movements, I always wondered why I was given Supply postings."

I did also but found myself on No.5 Supp M course at Kirton in Lindsey. Needless to say, I kicked up stink but got "persuaded" with the promise finish the Supply course and I guarantee you will be on the next Air Movements course here (the School had moved up from Kidbrook but I don't think it ever did a course at Kirton).

Guess what - end of course - Supply posting to 24 Wing RAF Watton - Bloodhound Missiles. That taught me about trusting promises - I made sure it would be in writing or in front of a witness after that! It took until March 1964 and a number of Gen Apps to get a Movs Course.

Keep up the good work, I hope your back is improving.

Regards

David

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From: Charles Cormack, Lyneham
Sent: 12 July 2009 03:52
Subject: Oddball Course

Hi Tony

I can positivly identify F8 as Pete Worthington.

I believe F1 was a guy called Tarbuck but I am afraid I cannot put a face to the other 2 but will tax the brain cells that are left to try to come up with the names. I do not think R4 is Keith Smith .

With regard to John Morgan's query, Terry and Jean Titterington still live in Wootton Bassett and Terry retired from Honda a few years ago and although I did have his phone number I can't put my hands on it and it was ex-directory anyway.

I am trying to get some photos of the 60s in Nicosia from Geoff Vincent who Brian Kent should remember but time will tell.

Bye for now

Chas Cormack

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From: Paul Weir, Leighton Buzzard
Sent: 14 July 2009 03:22
Subject: Dave Howley's Photo

Hi Tony,

Several peeps out there think that R5 is me, Paul Weir.

I know our appearances change with age and memories fade but I am sure that is not me. Also I'm pretty sure I never parted my hair like that either (its certainly thinner on top now).

I cannot remember going on that particular course. During that time I was posted to Gutersloh (around April 71) and worked in R&D until the trade split into TG18 and TG18b. I think it was during 71/72 when I went straight across to Air Movs at Gutersloh. Other guys in Movs at the same time were Colin Menmuir, Mal Place and Dougie Betambeau.

Unless someone out there knows different

Regards

Paul (Stretch) Weir

A rainbow can only be seen in the morning or late afternoon.

Australian Air Force C-17 delivers support in Afghanistan

The Royal Australian Air Force’s giant C-17 Heavy Air Lift aircraft based at Amberley have achieved a major milestone in support of Australian Defence Force operations in Afghanistan with the first landing on the remote air-strip at Tarin Kowt to deliver vital stores and equipment.

“What made the mission a significant milestone for this aircraft was the fact the arstrip at Tarin Kowt is a dirt strip and this was the first ever landing and take off by an Australian C-17 on dirt in a war zone, which presents a whole range of new challenges for jet aircraft,” the Air Component Commander of the Joint Australian Task Force in the Middle East, Group Captain Gary Martin, said.

The Commander of Australian forces in the Middle East, Major General Mark Kelly said the arrival of the aircraft at Tarin Kowt was a significant achievement for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and the coalition mission in Afghanistan. “The aircraft’s first mission to where our soldiers are operating on the ground with their Afghan National Army and Coalition colleagues - and landing on a dirt strip for the first time – has demonstrated not only the capability of the aircraft and the skills of the aircrew, but also our intent to do all we can for those taking the fight up to the insurgents who are trying to destabilise the country,” Major General Kelly said.

The C-17, which only started flying with the RAAF in December 2006, delivered its first load to Australian Army personnel serving with the Mentoring and Reconstruction Task Force-Two (MRTF-2) based at Tarin Kowt in Uruzgan Province, southern Afghanistan. The RAAF’s four C-17 aircraft, part of No.36 Squadron at Amberley, are capable of carrying almost four times the load, over twice the distance, of the RAAF’s transport workhorse, the C130 Hercules, which have been supporting Australian forces in the Middle East and Afghanistan since 2002.

Mission Loadmaster Warrant Officer John Maddigan described the operation as a key moment in the RAAF’s ability to get heavy loads to where they were needed most. “While we have done missions to the Middle East before, being able to take the next step and get bulk stores and equipment into Afghanistan itself is extremely satisfying,” he said.

The RAAF’s C-17s will continue to play a key role in the logistic sustainment effort in support of Australian and Coalition forces in Afghanistan during the upcoming Afghan national elections.

Defence Professionals

 

From: Malcolm Porter, Upton-upon-Severn
Sent: 10 July 2009 03:48
Subject: Re: UKMAMS OBA OBB #071009

Dear Tony,

Once again-thanks for putting my brain into reverse (by about 30 odd years) the recent letter from Gerry Davies, did stir up the grey matter.

I do wonder, in my senility, if I imagined the following or whether others recall it.

When 'leaving' Bridgenorth I was of course as a Mover, sent to Kidbrooke and upon induction into the course, it was stressed that NO-ONE, but no-one went into the flight deck of the Hastings (used as a medium for loading techniques etc). Of course, in our ignorance, we thought that it had something to do with the array of instruments etc! Alas no - it was, as I recall, due to the fact that Chiefy Waltham grew his tomatoes in there and the Discip Corporal (Hicks I think) was tasked with their daily watering.

Then, one was invited to play soccer for the Station Team, "Yes Please" we all said only to find that you had to carry the posts and crossbar up Kidbrooke Park Road and onto the common. If we lost 6-nil to White Waltham Reserves or some such -i t seemed twice as far back again. And does anyone remember the local pub The Dover Patrol?

At Nicosia, some years later, I too recall the guy that Gerry refers to as Smudge. Terry Smith around 6'6" and a super cricketer. Of the others in NEAF MAMS (apart from Gerry) I too am on the same Pills course as he!

By the way-I have a Surface Movs friend of long standing (Neville Marshall - an ACE Bill of Lading expert he tells me) - it seems we both know Jim Aitken -is Jim around anywhere? Same question re Bob Turner??

If anyone is sailing along the River Severn and passes thru Upton upon Severn - do stop - my place is on the river bank opposite all of the Pubs! Google Earth pinpoints it and you won't need a F642 or F738 (that'll test the old Surface Movers!!)

Malcolm

Thanks Malcolm! There are complete listings of OBA members available on the web site, along with contact information. You'll find both Jim and Bob in the RAF pages http://www.ukmamsoba.com/members.htm

Goldfish remember better in cold water than warm water

British Army Ditches Russian Choppers

ARMY chiefs were forced to ditch plans to borrow old Russians helicopters for Afghanistan after one crashed.

Ministers were looking at using ageing Mi8 choppers to bail them out over an embarrassing lack of equipment. Freelance Russian pilots had been lined up to ferry British troops around as they battle the Taliban. They would have helped troops fly
over roadside bombs which have claimed so many British lives.

But 16 civilians died recently in the Kandahar region when an Mi8 crashed on take-off and burst into flames. Mechanical failure was blamed and the crash will heap more pressure on Gordon Brown to beef up supplies for British forces.

The fleet of Mi8 choppers and Mi-26 transport helicopters would have massively boosted air transport for British forces. Military chiefs have also looked at hiring huge Russian Antonov carriers to transport heavy gear from RAF Brize Norton out to the region. But the crash effectively grounded any plan to use the Mi8 fleet, leaving Mr Brown facing claims he is putting troops at risk.

It also emerged that the Government had twice been offered the chance to buy 60 Black Hawk choppers for the armed forces but turned them down. Around half the aircraft would be in use in Afghanistan today had ministers gone ahead with the £600m deal.

Instead, penny-pinching meant they opted for a £350m refit of 33 existing Puma. The scandal intensified with news that eight British Chinook helicopters fitted out for special forces have been lying idle in an air-conditioned hangar at RAF Boscombe Down in Wiltshire since 2001. They cannot be flown because of a row over the rights to the avionics software between the MoD and Boeing. They are now being downgraded to normal choppers, but will not be ready for at least 18 months.

General Sir Richard Dannatt, the head of the British Army, has demanded more troops and choppers from the PM. The message was rammed home to Downing Street last week when the general had to hitch a lift in a US aircraft.

A source said: “[The recent] crash could not have come at a worse time for Mr Brown. He is receiving flak left, right and centre over this thorny issue of Britain’s lack of helicopters. This is not going to help one bit.”

Shadow Defence Secretary Liam Fox said: “To have eight Chinooks sitting idle since 2001 and to have to beg and borrow from allies shows just how much Labour have failed to prepare our forces properly.”

Tory MP and counter-terrorism expert Patrick Mercer said last night: “We have been warning the Government for years that there are not enough helicopters in Afghanistan. It is disgraceful that our troops have not been given the equipment they need.”

Britain is now the poor man in Afghanistan compared to other forces. We only have a handful of Chinooks and our Sea King and Lynx choppers overheat in the desert. In stark contrast, the US has around 120, six times as many as we have.

Daily Star

 

From: Fred Hebb, Gold River, NS
Sent: 10 July 2009 08:44
Subject: Group Captain Baudoux

Hi Tony,

Good story about Gp. Capt Baudoux; a true gentleman.

Gp.Capt Baudoux was my CO at RCAF Station Greenwood back in the sixties. He was liked very much among the troops and was frequently found on the flight line or in the hangar talking to the airmen.

After he arrived at Greenwood I met him in the hobby shop and struck up a conversation. He asked what trade I was and so on and I asked him the same. He told me he was a pilot and worked at the HQ. Only then did I figure out that he was the CO of the Base..

I remember one incident in particular where, after a parade, a well known mover, Oscar, went up to the Gp. Capt and introduced himself saying, "Hey, my old man and your old man were coal miners together in Stellerton" He then went over and introduced himself to the CO's wife. Since then Oscar and the CO became pretty good friends. Oscar was an LAC but it didn't seem to matter to the Gp. Capt or Oscar.

Regards

Fred

Leonardo DiCaprio got his first ‘onscreen kiss’ from a man

 
What:
24th Annual Western Traffic Tech Gathering
Where:
Lancaster Park Golf Club at Edmonton Garrison
When:
4-5 September, 2009

The Western Region Golf Tournament will be held on Labour Day weekend. As in years past, the tournament will be held at the Lancaster Park Golf Club at Edmonton Garrison. The Meet & Greet, Pre-Golf Breakfast and Post-Golf Dinner/Karaoke will be held at the Moose Family
Centre, 10811–146 Ave., Edmonton. For details and application information download the PDF file below:

   
2009 Invitation

 

 
What:
2009 Logistics Movers Association Reunion
Where:
Knights of Columbus Hall, Trenton, Ontario
When:
2nd, 3rd & 4th October, 2009

The weekend kicks off on Friday morning with the Golf Classic followed by the Meet & Greet in the evening. On Saturday the Association will hold it's Annual Meeting followed by the Dinner-Dance. The weekend will be topped off on Sunday morning with a Champagne Breakfast.

Left click on the LMA logo for more details

Pain travels through your body at 350 ft. per second.

What:
Annual Movements WO & SNCO's Top Table Luncheon
Where:
Sgt's Mess, RAF Lyneham
When:
Friday, 13th November, 2009

Later this year we will have an opportunity to bid farewell to our colleagues in style with the annual Trade Top Table. The CMC and Mess Committee at RAF Lyneham have accepted our request and the date is set. As you will be fully aware this event continues to prove hugely popular and this year should be no exception. It is therefore important we start planning now so as to accommodate as many people as possible.

Individuals in the frame this year are Blue Hughes, John Purkis, Al Randle, Bruce Walker, Keith Jevons, and Andy Crisp but I am sure there are others out there who wish to be dined out.  Please confirm if you would like to be dined out this year and pass names to me soonest including who will be making speeches on your behalf. Please note that due to limited places, guests outside TG 18b may only be invited if they are speaking on behalf of those leaving the service.

In keeping with tradition the afternoon will begin at 1200L on 13th November 2009 in the Sergeant's Mess bar at RAF Lyneham. The cost of the function will be advised at a later date but will include wine and port.   The cost last year was £35; cost for this year’s event will be confirmed at a later date.

Application to Attend

 

RAF's first Chinook HC3 flies after 'reversion' work

The UK's non-operational fleet of eight Boeing CH-47 Chinook HC3 transport helicopters has moved a significant step closer to entering service, with a first example flying for the first time after undergoing a so-called "reversion" package of modifications.

Chinook ZH897 performed its first flight on 6 June, after being equipped with replacement avionics equipment similar to that used on the Royal Air Force's 40 Chinook HC2/2As.

Delivered to the UK in May 2002, the extended-range aircraft was originally planned for use in support of operations involving Special Forces personnel, but along with the RAF's other HC3s was placed into storage after it became clear that the type's flight software could not be properly certificated.

Work to prepare the stored aircraft for operational use began in June 2008, with the reversion project to increase the acquisition's cost of almost £270 million ($435 million) to around £420 million.

The current effort involves Boeing, GE Aviation Systems, Qinetiq and the RAF, with the aircraft being modified at Qinetiq's Boscombe Down site in Wiltshire.

The first modified HC3 airframe will be delivered to the RAF's Chinook main operating base at Odiham in Hampshire before the end of the year, with the other seven scheduled for service introduction by late 2010.

UK operations of the Chinook are expected to continue until at least 2040, with the expanded fleet to contribute to an increase in planned flying hours from next year to more than 18,000h.

The RAF currently maintains a detachment of eight Chinooks in Afghanistan, where the type provides vital support to British and coalition personnel in the fight against the Taliban.

Flight International

No one knows where Mozart is buried

From: Tony Street, Buffalo, NY
Sent: 13 July 2009 20:20
Subject: Another Story

"Personal Para"

(Requested by Mike Hagarty)

During my posting to 435(T) Sqn, Tactical Airlift School, RCAF Stn Namao, I had the honour of flying with the two best C130 drivers in the air force; Major Frank Fay and Capt Ted Parnwell.  I don’t think I’ll get any argument on this.

Frank had the best depth perception of any pilot I have flown with.  Couple this with Ted’s right-seat “situational awareness,” and you truly had a dynamic duo, to coin a phrase.

Our story opens when Fay received his posting orders to a desk job (a big mistake, in the views of most of us who knew him). Ted was expecting his at any time.

I was on board a C130 sortie where we were dropping grunts as fast as we could.  We took off, made a racetrack, dropped a bunch of Airborne Regiment types, preformed a tactical recovery and were on the ground before they were.  We’d load another two sticks and do it again.

After the day’s work, we were in the pattern awaiting landing instructions when Fay turned to Parnwell and said, “Ted, how many of these guys do you think we’ve dropped in the years we’ve been at this?” 

“Not a clue,” said Ted, “Many thousands, I should think.”

“I’m gonna jump before I leave this outfit next month. You in Ted?” asked Fay casually.

“Yep,” replied Ted, equally casual.

And it came to pass that the Namao WO & Sgt’s Mess were having their annual picnic around this time and a gala event was planned. As I was on the committee, I suggested to Frank that we put on an airshow for the event.  He and Ted agreed on the condition we were able to get DZ support.  I approached our guys and got volunteers to do the flying bit, now for the ground support effort.

We worked very closely with the Airborne Regiment, based seven miles down the road at their base, Greisbach Barracks. It was there I had become friend with CSM (Company Sergeant Major), Tom Dooley (sic) of the Airborne Support Company.  He said he was a CSM but, by the way he was loved and respected by his troops, I knew he was a Warrant Officer.  Over a brew in the Airborne Mess we hatched a plan.

As 90 percent of the regiment was deployed for peacekeeping to Cyprus, there were many families left to fend for themselves far as entertainment was concerned.  Tom suggested that if the families were invited to the picnic, the remaining Airborne troops would provide all the manpower required to set up/tear down the picnic and provide DZ support, as well as providing troops to jump out of  the Herc. We then started to plan the airshow and, like Topsy, this thing just grew.

For the sake of brevity, I will skip the part about the picnic, other that to say it was a resounding success, enjoyed by both the Air Force and Army families. I return to the matter at hand.

The picnic was held in a farmer’s field, the farmer being a friend of Frank’s.  It was large enough to accommodate both the picnic and the DZ. When the event was well under way, Frank and Ted flew the C130 from the base about two miles away and performed the following stunts:  (we’d cobbled together a checklist to cover all these varieties of drops, much akin to the operation that burned the elephant ears from the last C130 they gave us).

  1. LAPES “Old Shakey,” the 36,000 lb bulldozer, the school’s mascot.
  2. Climb to 600ft and release a CDS bundle.
  3. Climb to 10,000ft and a few Airborne chappies would perform a HALO exercise.
  4. Descend to 1,000ft and carry out a personnel drop of a stick of eight jumpers.

TaDa!

Needless to say, all went as planned. CSM/WO Tom Dooley was manning the DZ recovery jeep and narrating the airshow.  For an army guy he did quite well until he came to the personnel drop, where he finally ran out of words: “Ladies and gentlemen here is the live personnel drop.  Exiting the a/c is Pfc Jenkins of the Airborne Artillery, Cpl Smith of the Medical Corps, Sgt Clark of the Infantry …until the eighth jumper…WO Wilkinson of the Airborne Engineers. Yay.” He lowered his microphone, finished, knowing he had done a superb job. He looked around for acknowledgement of this but instead saw that the crowd was still staring skyward, watching the C130 disgorge two more jumpers, Frank Fay and Ted Parnwell!  (A second set of pilots had taken control of the a/c as soon as the airdrops were completed)  This is when Dooley ran out of words. A hush fell.

Frank, as usual, did things to perfection.  As he descended in the manner laid down in the manual, a mild wind caught him and carried him out of the picnic area where he did a stand-up landing on the gravel access road, immediately in front of the family sedan driven by his wife who was just arriving. I was not privy to the exchange between them but from what I was told by those who were, nobody wanted to be in Frank’s shoes at that time. It was not pleasant. Such is love.

Tom Dooley arrived on-scene in his jeep and recovered Frank’s parachute. He then turned his attention toward Ted. Ted had been caught by a stronger wind than Fay and was being carried further afield, much to the concern of all.  Tom jumped into the jeep and headed off into the woods chasing Ted.  He arrived beside a tall tree that had captured Ted about 15 feet from the ground.

Tom shouted, “Don’t touch anything, Sir; I’ll give you a hand.” Simultaneously, Parnwell punched the parachute harness quick release.  It performed pretty much as its name would imply. This caused Ted to fall from the arms of Father Nature, directly into the arm of Mother Earth. She met him with a broken ankle, something we realized only later.

At the debriefing in my holiday trailer that was serving as the picnic/DZ control center, we all popped a few caps of Molson’s and discussed the success of the mission. Of course, we dismissed any casualties as being the price one pays for glory.  Ted was whining something about pain. As soon as the beer was all gone Frank allowed as he would drive Ted to the base hospital with the warning, “Ted, don’t take your shoe off. At the rate you’re swelling, you’ll never get it back on.”

At the hospital the doctor diagnosed a severe sprain but could not investigate further as the x-ray tech on call couldn’t be found.  “Come back Monday on sick-call,” was the advice.  Ted spent a very uncomfortable weekend.

“Well, Ted,” said the MO on Monday morning, “There’s bad news.  The x-ray shows a broken ankle and because it wasn’t set properly on Saturday, after your jump, it has started to heal improperly. It has to be re-broken and set correctly.”

“Jump? What jump?” inquired Ted, anxiously, as pension implications and the convening of Courts Martial danced through his head.

“Come on, Ted,” laughed the MO, “You guys are the talk of the base, what cojones!” He smiled as he punched Ted in the shoulder and gave him a wink.

Meanwhile, back at the squadron, things were progressing as you would think. Frank had been called into the CO’s office to explain the rumor that had made the rounds over the weekend. After listening to Frank’s testimony (whatever it may have been), and having heard what an outstanding success the picnic had been (extra points for including  the army families), he was caused to remark, “I suppose, Major, whatever story you give me will be sworn to by your pack of people at the other end of the hall?”

“I can’t say what they would swear to, Sir, but I do know that what they will tell you would be the truth. As they see it,” offered Frank.

The CO, knowing that Frank was FIGMO (Fcuk It, Got My Orders) and Ted’s transfer was not far behind, sighed and accepted that there was little point in disciplining the 15 minute heroes, he soon would be shut of them.

The last time I saw these two important men in my life was many years later, at the Queen’s Color Presentation in Namao, marking the 50th birthday of the squadron. Frank had small country acreage and Ted still walked with a limp.

 

From: Robert Taylor, Doncaster
Sent: 14 July 2009 10:40
Subject: Unknown Air Movements Course

Hi Tony,

Not much info on this one, circa Oct/Nov 1965. It was sent to me by Mike Tookey many years ago when I was looking for members of the 46th Entry, Boy Entrants. I do have a few names.

Rear row from left: 2nd Alan Rockey, 3rd Mike Tookey, 6th Jim Martin (No longer with us, drive-by shooting in Iraq couple of years ago), 7th Chris Berry, 10th Doug Matthews, 11th Calvin Shreeve.

Centre row from left: 5th Danny Davies, 9th Snowy White, 10th Pete Jarvis.

That's it, perhaps someone out there can fill in the rest.

Cheers,

Robbie

Let's make them a little easier to see:

R1
R2
Alan Rockey
R3
Mike Tookey
R4
R5
R6
Jim Martin
R7
Chris Berry
R8
Rob Davies
R9
R10
Doug Matthews
R11
Calvin Shreeve
R12
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M1
M2
M3
M4
M5
Danny Davies
M6
M7
M8
M9
Snowy White
M10
Pete Jarvis
M11
============================================================================================================================
F1
F2
F3
F4
F5
F6
F7
F8
F9
F10

Among older men, vanilla is the most erotic smell.

From: Graham Flanagan, Stafford
Sent: 11 July 2009 05:39
Subject: Great old jets - anorac stuff

Tony,

While going thought the latest brief I noticed the article about the Canadian Air Force weekend and suddenly the old grey matter started to work and I remembered an email that I received from Howie Bumford and I think it relates to said weekend.

Don’t know if it can be used but have a look.

Regards

Graham

Indeed it can Graham! The PowerPoint show is here. For those without PowerPoint on their computer, you can download a PowerPoint Viewer here.

 

From: Charles Collier, Devizes
Sent: 16 July 2009 06:24
Subject: Visit of Mohammed Awadh

It was with certain excitement that I waited last Sunday 12th July for the arrival of my good friend Alan D’Arcy whom I last saw in Aden some 44 years ago, accompanied - on this occasion - by Mohammed Awadh the grandson of one of those Arab leaders that were highlighted in my “Aden Days” article which you will have seen.

Mohammed is a 19 year old student at the Pearson College on Vancouver Island Canada. After his studies there, he may well do a university course on Arabic studies in Britain before returning to the Yemen to take leadership of his tribal region north of Aden. As he explained, his grandfather’s generation were all executed when the communist insurgents swept into Aden after we, the British, had left and this laid the way for the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) forces – the Russians - to move in unhindered.

Alan had asked me if Air Vice Marshal Riseley-Pritchard RAF (Rtd) - one time the principle medical officer of the RAF - who lived locally (to me) could attend as he had been in Aden when we were both there and had also accompanied Alan in recent years visiting tribal leaders who were sick. I, of course, accepted and the photograph shows the principle players in my office.

Mohammed also explained that I possessed amongst my 35mm slides precious pictures depicting his country’s history which he was profoundly thankful when I gave him my total holding of slides of the Aulaqui Tribe of Arabs. As I have most of them on my PC I don’t mind if I never see them again.

Life is busy,

Charles


Alan D'Arcy, Mohammed Awadh and AVM Riseley-Pritchard

Thank you Charles - It gladdens me to realise that the OBA, in conjuction with your Aden article, was partly responsible for that meeting - totally awesome!

Hands up all those chaps that just went to the kitchen to smell the vanilla extract

From: Jack Cross, Alicante
Sent: 20 July 2009 03:43
Subject: Moved

Hi Tony,

Have just had word from Howie Bumford/Syd Avery that you were recently asking about my current location. I would be grateful if you could update my particulars with the following details:

Location: Alicante, Spain
Tel: 0034 635 311 485
e-mail: jackcross1 at hotmail.com

Muchas gracias.

Best wishes

Jack

Thanks Jack - I've updated everything this end

 

From: Steve Richardson, Trenton, ON
Sent: 20 July 2009 22:06
Subject: CAF Mystery Photo- 062609

Tony,

Sorry, I must be falling behind on these photos. The Movers depicted in this photo are MCpl Stormont (on the C-17 ramp), Pte Osmond and WO Drew Hine (marshalling) on the K-25 Loader.

The Logistics Movers Association Reunion is being held October 2-4 2009 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Stella Crescent, Trenton, Ontario. See you there!!

Take care,

Steve Richardson

I'll be there Steve - I gather there's free beer - is it OK for me to bring the family too?

An albatross can sleep while it flies (I've known a few pilots who can do that too!)

The second video for this issue features our very own (OBA member) Rob Davies flying his Mustang P51D over Germany

 


All species of beetles are edible

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Women who read romance novels have sex twice as often as those who don't

That's it for this issue

Have a great weekend!

Tony
ukmamsoba@gmail.com