Operation Santa Claus (1955)
(From 1955 - 65 years ago) Operation "Santa Claus," the RCAF's annual Christmas mail flights to lonely Arctic outposts, is under way once more. This year "Santa" is using a different type "sled," as huge C-119 Packets [Boxcar] have replaced the North Star aircraft used in previous years. The RCAF is using two C-119 squadrons, 435 Edmonton and 436 Lachine, to split the operation, with the western squadron making deliveries to the Central Arctic and the Lachine based aircraft dropping supplies to the Baffin Island region.
More than 11,000 pounds of mail, Christmas parcels, fresh rations, emergency equipment and Christmas trees will be dropped through the dark, Arctic nights to eager hands below. The Edmonton squadron, operating from Resolute Bay on Cornwallis island is making 10 paradrops, including drops at the five joint U.S.-Canadian weather stations. The Eastern flyers are using Frobisher Bay, on the southern tip of Baffin Island, as their operating base to visit 12 Canadian weather, radio and RCMP detachments scattered across the Hudson Strait area and Baffin Island.
Although "Santa" is about a month ahead of schedule the flights must take place during the 10-day moon period which begins on November 25 this year . The operation was therefore timed a month ahead of Christmas to make sure deliveries reached their destinations in time.
The mail, packets, rations, etc., are packed in large wicker baskets with bicycle lights tied to the outside to enable the waiting men, standing by blazing oil drums, to follow the bundles to the ground.
This year, a new Canadian weather base, opened this summer at Sacks Harbour on Banks Island, will receive its first Christmas air-drop, while the most northerly visit will be made to Alert, situated on the very tip of Ellesmere Island. Alert, Canada's most northerly inhabited spot, is just 400 miles from the North Pole.
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Richard (Dick) & Sue Lloyd, Dunfermline, Fife
A very happy Christmas to Movers near and far, and a peaceful and above all healthy 2021. Ever tried to get a mask AND a Christmas wreath on at the same time? Don’t bother!
Eric Batty, Witney, Oxon
Ho ho ho back at you Tony and to all the OB's around the world, from Eric and son Andrew
Andy & Helen Gell, Truro, Cornwall
Tony, thank you for your contribution to our morale throughout a memorable, and hopefully never to be repeated, 2020. Our very best wishes for a brighter and better 2021 to all of your readers.
Richard & Caroline Allen, Newport
Season's greetings to all, hope everyone has a fantastic holiday, keep safe and have a prosperous New Year from Wales.
John and Jean Bell, Birmingham
We hope all our mover friends, including those we have never met, have a good Christmas and a safe and healthy 2021. Stay safe guys.
Len, Diane & the Wood Family, Pembroke, ON
Merry Christmas, Trappers. From the Wood family, we wish all Movers throughout the world a Safe, Prosperous & Happy New Year. May all your dreams come true in 2021. To all the Movers deployed on operations, be safe and a speedy return to your home base.
Don and Jan Milburn, Swindon, Wilts
Felicitations for the Festive season to all serving and ex members of the movements family from Don and Jan Milburn. May your festivities be joyous and don't forget to raise a glass to those that have left the family, may they RIP.
Bob Whitworth, Masirah Island
I would like to wish all Movers, both serving and retired, a Merry Christmas and (do I need to say it ) a boozy New Year! I hope all are keeping safe and well and fingers crossed 2021 will be a good year for us all.
Sid and Marika Thompson, Paltamo
Wishing all Movers past and present, far and wide all the best for the coming year.
Ian and Christine Berry, Swindon, Wilts
Season's Greetings to all we know and others we never met in the Movements Family. We are coming to the end of a very strange year and hopefully we will never experience again. Life is short - enjoy it to the maximum.
Harry & Bonnie Grace, Fort Saskatchewan, AB
Wishing all movers everywhere a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Steve Cross, Doncaster, South Yorks
Cheers to all and here’s to absent friends. May you survive lockdown liver and make it through to 2021.
Russ Carter, Caldercruix, North Lanark
Wishing all Movers, both serving and ex and their families, a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Stay safe folks.
Colin Easdon-Smith, Ingham, QLD
No virus effects up here, we are very fortunate, and the State Borders are gradually coming down, permitting more free travel. Eat up, drink up, be merry, but don't get fat!
Christine Dunn, Upwood, Cambs
Please pass on my greetings to all Movers past and present. May we all have a happy Xmas and a better New Year. Christine (Widow of Brian Dunn).
Jackie and Tony Freeman, Thornhill, Dumfries
We wish everyone at the UKMAMS OBA a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful and Covid Free New Year.
Don & Fern Hatton, Liscomb, NS
Fern and I wish a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all movers, their families and friends and especially for those that are not able to celebrate the holidays together. It certainly will be different for all of us. We generally spend the holidays in Ottawa with our granddaughter, and the other people, but instead will continue into our 30 year self isolation at home. Stay safe and may 2021 bring health and prosperity to all.
Mike Perks, Lutterworth, Leics
To all that read the Newsletter, my very best wishes for Christmas and my heartfelt wish that you and yours are staying safe. I hope that 2021 does not prove to be quite such a child out of wedlock.
George and Eileen Graves, Carlisle, Cumbria
We send our seasonal greetings to all movers and their families everywhere, keep safe everyone and we'll all have a better one next year.
Steve Harpum, York
Please send my warmest wishes to the Movers of the world and their families, wherever they may be, and my sincere hope that 2021 is a lot better for all of us than 2020 was!
Nige and Linda Robinson, Purton, Wilts
Season's greetings to all movers across the globe. May you all have a happy, healthy New Year. Stay safe.
John McGrath, Blackpool, Lancs
Happy Christmas Tony and also to all the movers around the world. Here's hoping that next year will be a much better one than this one turned out to be.
Tom Burrows, Sudbury, Suffolk
To all movers wherever you are. I wish you all a Happy Christmas and a better New Year than 2020. I hope that the light at the end of the tunnel will get bigger and better for everyone wherever you are. I know that because of my age my Christmas present is going to be a covid vaccination. On a happier note, I hope you can all look back, as I can, on some really wonderful Christmases past and look forward to many more excellent Christmases to come. God bless you all.
Jean-Pierre Pichette, Plainfield, ON
To all Movers, wish you a very merry and safe Christmas and let's hope year 2021 will be a lot better than 2020. "Jeep" Pichette, LCol (Retd).
Mick and Sue Bedford, Newton Abbot, Devon
We wish all members a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Stay safe all and look forward to some normality in 2021!
Syd Avery & Riet, Guardamar del Segura, Alicante
Hi, Movers everywhere. Riet and I send Christmas and New Year's Greetings to one and all in this difficult time. Especially difficult for those amongst us who have lost loved family and friends. Very important, particularly for those away from their homes, that we all keep safe, be careful and look after each other. HAPPY CHRISTMAS. Warm Regards, from a cool Belgium.
Gordon and Ann Black, Swindon, Wilts
Greetings from Tier 2 Swindon. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas wherever you may be. Stay safe and here's to a far better 2021.
From: Stephen & Beverley Bird, Chester
Season's greeting to all Movers and their families around the world both serving and retired. Also, we are thinking of those families whom have lost loved ones during the last year.
Gordon Gray, Allestree, Derby
Wishing all members, and your families, good health and whatever happiness you can feel in the current circumstances, wherever you may be in these unprecedented times. It’s 35 years since this old b....r left RAF Upavon on PVR‘ing and sadly since then reflecting on those times but especially my colleagues and those characters who have passed on, particularly this past year. But....I still enjoy seeing and reading about those of you ‘alive and kicking’ and, some perhaps like me if only at half speed! Here’s to the ‘Best of your Christmases and a far, far better New Year for All’🎄
Peter and Rose Herring, Gosport, Hants
To all our friends - and, this year, especially to Donna and family and everyone who shared the mischief, fun and friendship of our dear friend and colleague on NEAF MAMS Colin Allan. To one and all, enjoy a VERY Merry CHRISTMAS and a Happy New Year.
Pete and Shirley Ingham, Carterton, Oxon
Wishing all fellow readers a happier new year than this last one.
Alan and Josephine Potts, Narbonne
Not a good year for anyone I feel sure; however Josephine and I would like to wish all Movers and their families a very merry Christmas and hope that we all have a better 2021.
David and Karen Jarvis, Lunenburg, NS
A shocker from Jarvo land. For the first time in many years we have decided to do presents for each other, normally we are way too cheap but as we can't see family we decided to spoil ourselves. Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas and let's hope the new Year is fantastic for everyone. Love from Jarvo and Little K in Nova Scotia.
Trevor Porter, Vung Tau
Season's Greetings to all past and present Movers. I hope everybody stays safe during these troubling times. I will be spending my Christmas in Vietnam at a seaside city called Vung Tau. I usually come to S.E. Asia to avoid the European winter. However, I didn't foresee when I arrived early January I would still be stuck here for Christmas. At least it's a very safe place from the virus and it's also very inexpensive here and warm. Best regards and Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.
Pete & Chris Price, Calne, Wilts
All the best to all ex MAMS. Have a good time, if you can.
Gerry Blaquiere, Hunter River, PE
I'd just like to wish ALL MOVERS around the world Merry Christmas and a Happy SAFE and HEALTHY 2021!
Bill Nangle, Kingston, ON
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all Muppets, near and far. Let's hope next year brings better times around the world. Best regards to all.
Bob Dickman, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex
A very Merry Christmas to all Movers, past and present.
Derek and Sandra Grayson, Holbeach, Lincs
Greetings to all in the Movements Trade. Not been a good year for everyone, we have lost too many friends, with Covid making it a harder year than ever before. Hope is around the corner as they say and hopefully normality will yet again prevail. So looking forward in a positive way, we wish everyone a Great Happy Xmas and an even better 2021. Cheers and Festive Greetings to you all.
Phil & Anne Horton, Harrogate, North Yorks
Wishing all Movers past and present and future, a Merry Christmas and hopefully a happy and lockdown-free 2021. This year seems to have brought too many departures to 'higher places' of friends and acquaintances; our thoughts are with their families. Stay Safe and all the best from Sunny Yorkshire.
Bruce Gill, Newton Abbot, Devon
To all the movers that know me, a very merry Christmas and a very prosperous New Year.
Geoffrey Cayton, Newport, Mon
Happy Christmas to all UKMAMS 🍷🍷🍷🍷
Jan and Simon Baxter, Louth, Lincs
A very Happy Christmas and a fantastic New Year to movers everywhere, retired, serving, at home or deployed. Take care of yourselves and let’s hope for better year next year.
Mick Goater, Goole, East Yorks
Merry Socially Distanced Christmas - and let us all hope & pray for a better new year!
Brian Cock, Hailsham, East Sussex
Hi to all Old Bods and Movers everywhere; have a great festive season. Enjoy as best as you can under the circumstances. Stay safe and well.
Jim & Maureen Abbott, St Albert, AB
We wish all those in the movements world a Happy and Safe Christmas and New Year. It has been a long sad year for us all, with many months still to come. To those who have lost loved ones, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Let us all see if we can make a difference and end this dreadful virus.
Ted Baker, Brighton, ON
Wishing all present and past Movers the very best this Xmas Season...
Gary Horobin, St Albert, AB
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all movers past and present.
George Fouhey, Bedford
I hope and pray that this Christmas we all get what we want! I also hope that the virus is killed off and all MAMS retired & serving have a safe break. To all humpers & dumpers: God Bless.
James and Jo Cunningham, Fareham, Hants
I would first like to thank you Tony for all the great work you do and wish you a wonderful Christmas and a happy and safe new year. I hope our paths will cross again one day. Please wish all movers around the world a warm and safe Christmas. Keep safe; we have beaten worse than this. I will drink I toast to you all for 2021.
Kevin Koslowski-Smith, Cambridge
As most Movers will know, I'm not much of a religious person but Yule is something special in our family, it's going to be very different this year, however, so we must all make as best of a bad situation (as best we can!). Difficult, I know and easier said than done. But as I have great faith in the only thing I believe in, my Mover family, we'll do it... Have a great Yule everyone, see you in 2021 - What could possibly go wrong? All the Best, Kev K-Smith, Meph, the boys & the dogs!
Brian & Tina Spademan, Lanarca
Tony - Thanks for all your efforts during this trying year. Hope you and all mover and ex-movers and their families, wherever they are, have a safe and happy Christmas and let’s hope 2021 is healthy and prosperous for all. Picture of course wouldn’t be any good without my two loves in it. December in Cyprus. Stay safe!
Terry Fryer, Castle Donington, Derby
To anyone who remembers me and those of you who have served or are still serving I wish you all very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. The photo is of me outside the old UKMAMS HQ at what was RAF Abingdon, now in need of some TLC.
Wayne & Sue Flaherty, Winnipeg, MB
Sue and I send our best wishes to all Traffic Techs and their families for a wonderful Christmas and for only good things in the new year.
Barry Tappenden & Family, Bedford
Merry Christmas and a better New Year... stay safe, Barry Tappenden and all my Family. Photo: If you are unfortunate to have to go for a MRI scan at Bedford Hospital there is now an opportunity to listen to your favourite music while you're in the scanner, thanks to Hospital Radio Bedford who have produced a MStick with a selection of 42 different types of music from 60's,70's, Punk, Rock 'n' Roll, Classical and Country & Western. Just making things a little bit easier because that's what Hospital Radio Bedford does best. You can listen every day 24/7 on Hospital Radio Bedford just click on the red LISTEN button.
Duncan Grant, Edinburgh
Season's Greetings from my new residence in Bonny Scotland . New Year will be particularly celebrated! Do join me in spirit wherever you are and to welcome in a New Year that can only be an improvement on 2020.
Neil Baldock, Royal Wootton Bassett
Happy Christmas all. Happily retired from the RAF for over four years and even more happily employed as the Ground Handling Manager for the A330 fleet at RAF Brize Norton and it gets better still as the best job in the world is now being a Grandad… Stay safe, stay in touch and stay happy.
Gaetan & Sylvie Chasles, Gatineau, QC
Nous voudrais souhaiter Joyeux Noel et Bonne Année a tout les amis du mouvement en ces temps difficiles demeurons fort et sécuritaire.
We just would like to wish all movers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Years in these hard time and everyone to stay strong and keep safe.
Fred & Bonnie Hebb, Gold River, NS
Merry Christmas to all Movers especially those deployed and away from your loved ones. Please stay safe and hopefully get home soon and thank you for your service. To all of the retired movers stay safe, wash your hands and wear a mask no matter how uncomfortable they are. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and all the best in 2021.
Martin Read, Torquay, Devon
I wish all who know me and all other Old Bods a Merry 🌈 COVID free Xmas and New Year and a slow return to a new normal in 2021. Picture of me, my son and grandkids from the summer at Paignton Zoo when the restrictions were lifted. Take care all.
Jim and Trish Bissell, Ellenton, FL
Just wanting to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and an even better New Year.
Clive Hall, Highworth, Wilts
A Christmas message from an oldie with snow on top to wish all members of UKMAMS far and wide a very happy Crimble and New Year but stay safe wherever you are and remember the good times that were had by all!
Mark Hounsell, Eastbourne
Hi all, still at ASDA working nights. Hope you are all well after this hell of a year.
Dave Foster, Cornwall
As an ex-Mover from the 80’s (D Shift Traffic at Brize for 6 Years), I would like to wish everyone a Merry Xmas and lets hope next year will be better than this year. Condolences to the families of the guys we’ve lost over the past few years including Terry Christie (also D Shift), Ecky, Brian Connellan, my WO Officer who got me out of a lot of scrapes at Coltishall and unfortunately many more who have passed away.
Lorraine Hughes, Stourport on Severn, Worcs
Wishing every Mover around the globe a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year. I look forward to when we can meet up again. Very best wishes.
John Delia, Geelong, VIC
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to one and all from Geelong, Australia. Cheers!
Steve Edwards, Queanbeyan West, NSW
HoHoHo - It’s been a very different year, bring on 2021, enjoy your festivities be safe and I look forward to reading the words of wisdom from around the globe from those wise old Airmovers.
Geoffrey (Birddog) Bird, Lake Albert, NSW
To all my Mover friends, Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope the New Year is better than this one and all are healthy and well.
Gerry Davis, Bedminster, Somerset
This coming year it will be 50 years since I left the gates of RAF Lyneham to enter the life of a civilian. Nevertheless, I still feel as though I belong to the Air Movements family; although those I served with all those years ago may or may not be still around. But for all those serving still, and we veterans, may I offer my best wishes to all, a happy Christmas and hopefully a better, prosperous and healthy New Year.
Ricky Howell, Swindon, Wilts
To everyone out there please stay safe have the best Christmas and New Year you can have. hopefully not too much longer before we can all get together for a few beers.
Alan and Lorraine Irving, Royal Wootton Bassett
To all "Mover's" past and present and their families. Have a great Xmas and a wonderful New Year. Let's hope that "21" will be a more memorable year for us all.
John Guy, Northampton, Northants
To all readers where ever they might be. May this blessed season bring you peace, joy & happiness throughout the coming year.
Brian Hunt, Brighton, East Sussex
Wishing all Old Bods, especially Charlie team on UKMAMS, a very happy Christmas and rather better New Year than 2020.
David Boudreau, Greenwood, NS
I would like to extend a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all my fellow Traffic Techs... I wish you all a safe Holiday Season.
Barry & Judy Fletcher, Georgetown, TX
Still here, fit and well. Motorcycling continues to keep me sane, although I can think of those who may dispute that. I hope next year will be kinder to everyone. Stay well and enjoy Christmas safely.
Philip (Nobby) Clarke, Swaffam, Norfolk
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all hope you all have a nice Christmas and all stay safe.
Jacques Guay, Port Charlotte, FL
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to all Movers across the world.
Barney Fielder, Huntingdon Cambs
Wishing all Movers past and present a Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year and not forgetting all those away from their families at this festive time on Ops and dets around the world. Hopefully we can look forward to a bit of normality in 2021.
Howard Firth, Winkleigh, North Devon
I wish “Movers” everywhere a most wonderful Christmas Season and a Peaceful and Safe 2021.
John and Barbara Baker, Kingston, NS
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Nova Scotia to all the former and present movers. In the photo John was presented with the Quilt of Honour. [The mission of Quilts of Honour is to bestow a universal symbol and token of thanks, solace, and remembrance to those who serve in harm’s way to protect and defend our lives and freedoms. Quilts of Honour are made by the loving hands of countless volunteers who wish to thank those who have served and to honor their service and sacrifice.]
James and Rachel Gallagher, Oxford
Dear Old Bods, wishing you all a very Merry and Covid-free Christmas.
Don Hunter, Saint Quentin de Caplong
Dear Movers everywhere! During lockdown/s this year, there has been plenty of time to reflect on the past, and a constant source of great memories has been my time as a Mover. Great friends, great jobs, great experiences. - what more could you wish for?! So here's wishing all movers and their families a wonderful Christmas and a very much better 2021.
David Barrett, Brecon
All the best for Christmas and New Year. Stay safe wherever you may be and a glass or two will be raised to those brothers no longer with us.
Christopher Briggs & Jane Hall, Coventry
We would like to wish all those serving in the Movements Trade and all those Veterans from the trade a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year. Just remember to keep safe until we have all had the vaccine and look forward to a much better 2021.
Jim Gillespie, Hampshire
My involvement with the RAF Air Movements trade was as a member of the Reserve Forces. I had an enjoyable time in the 12 years I was there, and finished in 1995. Sadly, the people I knew the best have since passed away.
Eddie Hewitt, Dorset
Wishing everybody a very Happy (and Covid-free) Christmas, and a much brighter 2021. Thanks also to Tony for another outstanding year of the newsletter.
Colin Foster, Swindon, Wilts
I would like to wish all our past and present members a Happy Christmas and you all stay safe.
Andy & Faith Holliday, St Just, Cornwall
You’re quite right, this damned Covid has turned us into virtual hermits; been nowhere and done very little except DIY and gardening for 9 months now. No holidays in sunny climes hence no cheesy pictures of self plus Faith in lovely places. We do wish all movers and their families, whether active or pursuing other activities now, a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2021. Hopefully we can return to meeting up in the coming months.
Jeremy Porter, Long Ashton, Somerset
To all in the OBA, have a very happy Christmas and I wish you all the very best for the New Year. I hope that Santa brings you the vaccine that you have been looking forward to all year and that his sleigh is "Swift to Move!"
Paul Thornton, Blythe, Northumberland
Wishing all my ex-colleagues and friends a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Duncan Metcalfe, Trowbridge, Wilts
I'd like to wish all my friends, former colleagues and especially those still serving overseas and happy Christmas and a fantastic 2021. Hopefully we'll be able to get together for a reunion soon.
Jessie Sanford, Falmouth, NS
Hi Tony, thank you for all the work you put into the web site. Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year filled with moose milk.
David and Marisa Morrow, Carterton, Oxon
It's been a tough year for Marisa and me! Marisa has Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis and has to give up the job she loves. Her mobility is badly affected. We will fight on with the continuous assistance from MS Mutual Support. A support for Serving, Veterans and their families. We wish all our friends and Movements family a Merry Covid free Christmas. God bless you all; love and peace!
Paul Stanford, Chelmsford, Essex
A very happy Christmas and a healthy New Year to all ex and serving Movers, wherever you may be.
Allan and Kay Mitchley, Rhyl, Denbighshire
I have been depressed. The Welsh government have forced pubs and restaurants to stop selling alcohol and close at 6pm, forcing me to talk to the wife! No seriously. The year has been traumatic for us all. I wish all those from the trade past and present a great Xmas and new year and would be great to get a trade reunion next year if possible. Please all raise a glass for those we knew who are no longer with us. We thank you for all your hard work and support which you have given us. Take care and stay safe.
Bernie & Osa Lafrance, Nanaimo, BC
We wish you and all your loved ones a wonderful Merry Christmas, good Health especially may year 2021 be amazing and a best one yet.
Hammy and Eileen Thompson, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear
Just a quick message to wish all movers past and present a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. All is well with us. Still working hard and counting down to retirement in 2022. All the best!
Dougie & Jackie Betambeau, Swindon, Wilts
In what has been a traumatic 2020, our thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones & have taken comfort knowing that the “Mover Family” is always there for them... peace & love. Seasons Greetings To All... Love & Warmest Wishes... Jackie & Dougie.
Keri and Mary Eynon, Thatcham, Berks
To everyone we are wishing you all a blessed, peaceful and as good a Christmas as you can have given the current situation. Here's hoping 2021 will see the effectiveness of the vaccine allowing people to get back to near normality so here's wishing you all the very best for 2021.
Sue & Bob Dixon, Royal Wootton Bassett
Sue and Bob Dixon send greetings to Movers-worldwide with best wishes to those serving and particular seasonal greetings to those who are now retired from their respective Services in our community of Movers in several nations. We are drinking a toast to you all from our gluhwein glasses accumulated during our previous excursions to the Christmas Markets of Europe. Although this year has necessitated celebrations at home, we look forward to returning to our favourite haunts next year. That’s the thing about Movers: often b-----d about but always bouncing back! Here’s to 2021!
Len & Penny Bowen, Chisholm, ACT
A very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year to one and all. May the Deity of your choice keep you and yours safe in 2021 - which, one would hope, can only be better than 2020.
Duane & Shirley Bach, Carrying Place, ON
To all Movers… Merry Christmas and All the Best in 2021. As Canadians we have endured historical challenges and overcame these with common sense and compassion, please take time and remember those serving our country and our community who cannot be with their families during this special time of the season.
Graham & Mary Allen, Nottingham
Sending warmest Christmas and New Year greetings to all the fantastic Movers and their families past and present. May 2021 be a wonderful year for you all.
Jean-Yves Gagnon, Clermont, QC
I wish a happy holidays to all my friends and all movers around the world. Take care and stay safe.
Steve & Pam Legg, Blackpool, Lancs
A Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New Year to all Old Bods out there. Take care and all the best for 2021.
Axel & Shirley Jinadu, Pollenca, Mallorca
Wishing movers everywhere the best possible Christmas and a healthier, safer and increasingly normalised year ahead for us all. With warmest regards, as ever.
Allan Walker, Burnley, Lancs
To all Movers Past & Present, wherever you are, have a Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year. 2020 has been a horrendous year for everbody and I trust that 2021 will see us all back to a near normal state. Keep safe and "Keep Moving"
Mike and Mandy Pennington, Warrington, Cheshire
Wishing my colleagues in the movements world, a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. Here's wishing that next year is a lot better than this one.
Tony Last, Huntingdon, Cambs
To all Movers wherever, hope you have a great Christmas and a very happy and COVID FREE New Year. Hopefully we can all get back to normal next year and have a gathering. I will raise a glass to you all on the day. Cheers!
Don and Judy Lloyd, Calgary, AB
To all the "Old Bods" and members of all services who are stationed near and far, and especially those away from their families over this festive season may the true spirit of Christmas shine through to you. My wife Judy and I want to wish you all a very "Merry Christmas" and the best possible "Happy New Year".
Ian and April Place, Meanwood, West Yorks
Happy CHRISTMAS to all the Old Bods and their families hope they have a safe and happy new year. Beware of the vaccinator, my wife April, who starts giving covid19 vaccines on the 16th December, Alwoodley Health Centre, North Leeds. All the Old Bods nearby will be lining up (She's very good at it has given over 3,000 flu jabs this year) Love, April and Ian.
Chris Thistle, Ottery St Mary, Devon
I wish all Movers past and present the happiest Christmas and a fantastic Covid free 2021.
Mick Sullivan, Carterton, Oxon
I reflect on the fact another year draws to a close and we have lost more of our number, but thanks to John B for his efforts honouring our fallen. Thank you to Tony for all he does keeping us all in contact through the newsletter and great to read people's stories of yesteryear. Looking forward to 2021. I wish everyone young and old a great Christmas and prosperous New Year. Eat, drink and be Merry, but more importantly, stay safe.
John and Lynne Leek, La Ronde
Very Happy Festive Season from both of us in France to all. Stay safe. Let’s have a much better 2021!
Bob Popwell, Dartmouth, NS
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the folks a Merry, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May the best day of 2020 be the worst day of 2021.
Arthur Rowland, St Ives, Cambs
To all the "Movers", world wide many good wishes to you this Christmas, and I trust you will be safe and healthy. Also have a really good 2021, without any real "tension" unless you are restraining a heavy payload. Thinks, do they use tensioners these days?
Mike and Sandra McCann, Beckwithshaw, North Yorkshire
We both wish all movers, young and old, thick 'n' thin, a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Stay safe and let’s hope that the New Year is an improvement over the old one.
Mick Craner, Yeovil, Somerset
A Happy Christmas to Everyone and hopefully a Better New Year. 2020 diary will probably finish up in the bin!
Colin Pay, Isle of Wight
Merry Christmas 🎄 and a happy New Year to all Movers past and present. Hopefully 2021will be better this one.
Graham Leman, Poole, Dorset
A happy and peaceful Christmas to all across the world. May 2021 bring us wealth, happiness and above all normality.
Dave Milne, Maoribank
Just back from a three year posting to HQJOC 1 Joint Movement Unit in Australia. Fun time with massive bush fires and Covid-19. I'm back in NZ doing the 14 day isolation. All the best to fellow movers and families keep safe, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Jon Felton, Gladstone, QLD
Here’s to a year... that we will never forget, just like our mates that have passed. Stay strong and safe Movers, be well and best regards to you all. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year you lot! Kia Kaha from down under.
Andy Downard, Ballarat VIC
Please pass on my seasons greetings to all ‘Movers’ past and present. As you can see the Lockdown in Australia was particularly stringent!
Simon and Kate Coughlan, Swindon, Wilts
To all my fellow movers, past and present, home and abroad, their families and friends, and a special toast to those we lost this dreadful year. May you achieve some cheer this Christmas, and look forward to a better and healthier 2021 for us all.
Peter Clayton, Wroughton
May I wish all movers across the world a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2021. Let's hope that we see an end to Covid 19 in 2021 and that we are able to enjoy 'normal' life once again. Let us also remember our friends and colleagues who have sadly passed away during the past year. May they rest in peace and condolences to the families left behind. Best regards, Peter. UKMAMS 1975-78, RAF Kai-Tak 1972-74, RAF Brize Norton 1969 - 72, RAF Changi 1967-69
Pete and Jayne Hopkins, Swindon
Wishing all the very merriest Christmas and hoping all enjoy a very prosperous and healthy new year.
Al McGrath, Sunderland
Just want to wish our wonderful community of friends and colleagues a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. A special shout out to all those serving away from their family, haste ye back safely.
Karl Hibbert, Sabang, Dasmariñas City
Best wishes to all Movers past and present. Keep the faith, and keep your spirits up.
James Buchanan, Canterbury, Kent
To all the OBA out and about in our now weird world and all movers past and present have a great Christmas and New Year. More importantly have a safe one!
Howard (Taff) Farrow, Pontardawe
Merry Christmas and a Happy New year to all Movers serving and retired and their families! What a year! Not to be repeated in 2021 (I hope). Let's all keep our sense of humour and stay safe.
Charlie Marlow, Freshwater, Isle of Wight
To all movers, ex-movers and families, Merry Christmas and May 2021 bring you Health, Wealth & Contentment.
Brian Kent, Carterton, Oxon
Another eventful 81st year gone by. Wishing all Movers who I had the pleasure to know during my years in the RAF a Happy Christmas and Healthy New Year. Recovering from Triple Heart By Pass Op due to Cholesterol last Feb/Mar. Walking and light exercise has worked wonders. Keep Moving!
David and Michèle Forsyth, St Hilaire de Riez
Michèle and I wish all Movers, past and present, those we know and those we don’t, the best possible of Christmases and our warmest wishes for 2021. Thanks, too, to you, Tony, for keeping this excellent Newsletter going - always a great read. Merry Christmas and a Happy Hogmanay - despite Covid constraints and Brexit consequences.
Dudley Olsen, Caloundra, QLD
To those who can be with family and friends and those who can’t, either through reasons of Service or because of COVID, may this Christmas season bring you closer to all those that you treasure in your heart. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy and a more normal New year! To you and yours, all the wishes of the season to you and yours and may you all soon receive safe and effective Corona vaccine jabs so that you can continue to enjoy them and to keep up the good work you do keeping everybody informed, especially when you have to put up with slackos like me. Merry Christmas and thank you! Spread the laughter - Share the cheer - Let's be happy - While we're here!
Keith Simmonds, Nottingham, Notts
To all Movers Happy Xmas and New Year. Take extra care, it has not been a good year. (UKMAMS 1969/75)
Roger Titmarsh, Cwmbran, Mon
Merry Christmas to all Movers past and present - Stay safe everyone - see you on the other side!
Brian Lay, Paraparaumu Beach, Kapiti Coast
A big Merry Xmas and Happy New Year from the Kiwi Movers down under and wish everyone the best of luck for next year. Thanks again Tony for your sterling work on this UKMAMS newsletter, wish you and your family all the best for next year and hopefully we see some light at the end of the tunnel to end this damn global pandemic.
Dave Salmon, Springfield, OR
A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all current and past Movers wherever you may be, may 2021 see the world back to normal. The very best to you all!
Daniel Fraser, Liverpool
I’d like to wish all those who are deployed at this time of year a merry Christmas and a happy new year, be safe. I’d also like to take a moment to remember all those we have lost in the past year xxx. To the wider movements family, happy holidays, hold your loved ones close and enjoy all the time together. Merry Christmas to you all xxx.
Robbie Taylor, Doncaster, South Yorks
Here's wishing (especially you Tony) all movers out there young and old all the very best for Christmas and a Happy New Year. It's going to be be a bit different this year so stay safe.
Bryan Morgan, Abingdon, Oxon
I send my best wishes for Christmas and the New Year to all friends and colleagues of the Movements world together with the hope that everyone is looking after themselves under the cloud of Covid.
Rod Elliott, Brinkworth, Wilts
Best wishes to all in the wider Movements community for a great Christmas and healthy and enjoyable New Year.
Gary Spacey, Barnsley, South Yorks
Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2021 to all MAMS Old Bods and your families.
John and Liz Cockayne, Chippenham, Wilts
Liz and I would like to wish all movers A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!
Chris (Pig) Clarke, Burlington, ON
A very Happy Christmas to all my old colleagues and friends all over the world! Hopefully you are not working Christmas like me! 2021 has to be better!
Tony Street, Buffalo, NY
May all movers, past and present, have a wonderful Christmas and a great New Year (In spite of Covid!). Special thoughts to those who cannot be together over the holidays.
Wayne and Sheila Donner, Medicine Hat, AB
During this difficult time throughout the world it is so important to stay in touch and to wish everyone peace, joy and happiness now and in 2021. Merry Christmas. Thinking of you all. Please stay safe and best wishes for a prosperous and healthy year ahead.
Steve Tomlinson, Tenerife, QLD
I will be raising a glass on Christmas day to reflect on those good souls, from the Movements Family, that we have lost this year and a toast to the rest of us who are still "kicking-on" regardless! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!
Paddy and Aileen Power, Lyneham, Wilts
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Roll on 2021. Eat, drink and be merry as we intend to. Stay safe everyone and enjoy the festive season.
Mike (Fern) and Gerry Lefebvre, Burton, NB
This has been a very different year to say the least. Plans were made for a very interesting year with catching up with family and friends from one end of the country to the other, but then COVID-19 came along and everything seemed to go to “the dogs”. Driving across Canada, seeing old friends/acquaintances and family in every province, Alaskan cruise all gone - plans well made but not executed. Now we know why, while serving, we never made any concrete plans. The “kids” were never told of any vacation plans until the day of departure, at least we knew that day we were going on vacation ‘cause the day before who knows what could happen. This only a postponement of our plans - parti remise. Wishing all, serving and retired, a very Merry Christmas and all the best in 2021. For now, let’s all stay safe and healthy.
Keith & Daphne Parker, Bowerhill, Wilts
Merry Christmas and a Happy and Covid free New Year with lots of love to all Movers wherever you are in the world and remember The Allotmenteers Moto: "Tomorrow is Another Day"
Mark (Turk) Bird, Edmonton, AB
Season's greetings to all past and present, here's hoping 2021 will be a better year. Stay safe, warmest regards.
Michael and Susan Stoddard, Carrying Place, ON
Wishing all the movers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Steve & Carol Perry, Royal Wootton Bassett
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all movers and their families. Let's hope for a better year. Stay safe.
Len Henry, Abingdon, Oxon
To all past and present movers, may I wish you a very happy Christmas and hope that you are able to see family members. For the forthcoming year, stay safe and well. If, like me, you are at that age, please get the vaccination!
Chris Wootten, Collinsville, QLD
I would like to take the opportunity to wish all the movers out there the very best wishes for the coming Festive Season with loved ones, and hope that it is safe for all. I hope that 2021 is much happier than 2020. I will raise a glass New Years to wish you all the very best!
Lee Kincart, Basel
Happy Xmas to all Movers old and new.
Merv Corke, Swindon, Wilts
Merry Christmas everyone from Mervyn.
Jim MackIntosh, Glasgow, North Lanarkshire
All Movers Worldwide - wishing you a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy 2021.
Wayne Harker, Edmonton, AB
I would like to wish all my many friends in the MAMS/LOADMASTER trades a very Merry Christmas and all the best in 2021. It has been a tough year for many but we pray 2021 will be better.
Tony Dunphy, Swindon, Wilts
Here's wishing all movers, and their families, the very best Christmas possible and a much safer and better New Year.
Cap'n Al Sadler, somewhere near Martinique
I want to wish all my brothers and sisters in the movements world a wonderful holiday and the very best for you all in 2021. I'm sure there isn't one of us looking forward to starting a new and better year than what we all just went through.
Bob Pountney, Forres, Moray
May I wish you and all the OBA members a very Happy and Healthy Christmas and a Covid19 free 2021 from an unseasonably wet Scotland. Once again an excellent year's bulletins from yourself and looking forward to what the New Year holds in store. (Ex Loadie and Honorary Mover)
Dave "Wishy" Wash, Eastern Passage, NS
For all the movers at home or away; may you all have a merry and joyous Xmas and New Year. Hoping you and your families stay safe.
Jim MacKenzie, Gatineau (sec Aylmer), QC
Hey Tony, Merry Christmas to you and all the other OBA gang. The newsletter is always a treat and a change from the dreary regular news these days. Thanks for the effort. So, with that in mind – Merry Christmas to all and have a good, happy and safe Holiday Season.
Steve Croston, Twyford, Berkshire
Please wish all our colleagues around the World a very merry Christmas and a healthy and safe New Year if at all possible. I will provide an updated photo one of these days, honestly.
John and Allana Gillis, Hanwell, NB
On behalf of Allana and I, we want to wish all Armed Forces personnel and their families a most joyous Christmas and a happy New Year. For all serving members that are away from their families and friends, our thoughts and prayers are with you for a safe return. Thank you for your sacrifices and dedication. God bless.
Lucy Temple, Basingstoke, Hants
I’d just like to say Merry Christmas to all Movers past and present. And to ensure that those deployed or away from their families are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. 2020 has been tough but I also believe that it’s also brought absent friend to the foreground. But regardless of where you are if you’re once a Mover, you’re always a Mover. Travel well my friends. Lucy x
Jeff Thomas, Llandrindod Wells, Powys
As you will no doubt know, we have been in a nearly full lockdown in our area of Wales. No pubs, no mixing with families and no shopping. All very sad really what with Christmas just around the corner. On that note can I wish you and all the guys and girls of the movements world a Very Happy Christmas and a Very Merry New year. There is a great deal of hope for better times just around the corner, roll on 2021.
Barrie Hay, Northallerton, North Yorks
Here’s hoping that all movers and their friends and family worldwide are able to make the most of this Christmas despite the limitations caused by Coronavirus and that 2021 will herald a happier time for all.
Iain Rowlands, Coffinswell, Devon
Wishing all “Movers” past and present a very Happy Christmas and all the very best of all things. Stay safe!
Dougie Russell, Carlisle, Cumbria
Merry Christmas and Happy new year to friends and colleagues across the globe 🌎
Gary Farndale, Torpoint, Cornwall
Merry Christmas to all movers and their families and a covid free? next year!
Neil Middleton, Ipswich, Suffolk
Here’s wishing yourself and all members of the OBA, especially ex NEAF MAMS, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New year. My thoughts also go to the families of members we have lost over the past 12 months.
Michael (OBie) O'Brien, Corinda, QLD
May I wish all and sundry a very happy Festering Season, and a New Year that delivers on the desires you wish.
Jim and Margaret Nadin, Lincoln, Lincs
To all Serving Members and those who will spend Christmas and New Year overseas and away from their loved ones, Margaret and I send you our best wishes and with you, look forward to a much happier 2021. Also to all Veterans we send our Christmas wishes and to those who are currently and bravely fighting illness our prayers for a full recovery.
Liam and Diane Devlin, Port Talbot, West Glamorgan
May we wish a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of the Movers far and wide and we hope that 2021 will be a much better year. HAPPY CHRISTMAS everyone!
Rob & Wendy Williams, Brize Norton
We wish to pass on our sincere best wishes to you all this Christmas and that you’ll be able to spend some time with your family and close friends. Looking forward to a post COVID-19 New Year.
Keith Wilson, Highworth, Wilts
I would like to wish all the Movers and the 50th Entry Boy Entrants a Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year. Let's hope 2021 brings some normality. During these lockdowns I've managed to spend most of my time preparing my allotment for the next season. Got to keep the family in veg.
Wade and Mary Ellen Seymour, Kingston, NS
We want to wish all movers out there a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We will especially remember all families who have loved ones away and will not be home for Christmas. From our family to yours.
Roger Whittington, Prescot, Merseyside
Thanks for all of your hard graft that you put in each and every year to keep us all informed and connected. I hope everyone, serving and retired, has a wonderful time at Christmas and a great New Year. Keep safe and don’t forget to raise a glass to absent friends! The picture was taken at Adlestrop in the Cotswolds, once a very famous railway station in English poetry.
Mick and Myra Maybery, Alnwick, Northumberland
To all friends old and new, here's wishing you all a fantastic Christmas and New Year, stay safe, take your vaccine shot when it's your turn (can't wait for mine!). And especially for Chick Hatch, get well soon.
Keith Hubbard & Family, Kilgetty, Pembroke
The Hubbard's wish all of the Movements family, past and present, a happy Christmas and, let's hope, a better 2021 than 2020 has been.
Gary and Christine Ferguson, Ilkley, West Yorks
Merry Christmas to all hope your year has been great despite the obvious restrictions. Special thanks to all that are still serving and hope that you can manage some time with your families even if it is on Zoom. Chris and I are both well and looking forward to catching up with family over the holidays. Managed a few days out at some of our local attractions such as The Yorkshire Sculpture Park in the picture, honestly its better than it sounds. Let's all look forward to a better year for all. If any of you are in the Ilkley area get in touch, always up for a catch up beer and some golf. Take care and stay safe.
Dave and Rosemary Abrams, Weymouth, Dorset
Rosemary and I would like to send best wishes and Christmas greetings to you all. Hoping for a better 2021.
Jason and Val Murphy, Pershore, Worcs
Happy Xmas to all Movers past and present.
Ed and Karen Stout, Aylesbury, Bucks
This Christmas, may your family be functional and all your batteries be included. Best wishes from Ed & Karen Stout. (Is it just me, or does Santa look younger every year?)
Ingrid Trautrim, Pembroke, ON
To Tony for all his amazing hard work and to all fellow movers near and far, I wish you good health, peace, joy and unconditional love this Christmas and always. Although many cannot be with family and friends, our great memories with infectious laughs will fill our holidays with happiness... Let’s strap the year 2020 to a pallet and jettison it somewhere unknown and live a happy, healthy and safe 2021... Hugs to all❤️🇨🇦
Sean Culligan, Limassol
A very Merry Christmas from Cyprus. It’s been a difficult year for everyone but the monthly bright spot has been receiving the newsletter and skimming down to see who has written in and where they are now. It has brought back so many memories and reminded me of some great times with some of the best people I have ever met! I hope 2021 brings you whatever you want.
Steve & Jodie Boucher, Bridlington, Yorkshire
We’d like to wish all movers and ex-movers a very merry Christmas and happy, healthy new year.
Mike and Pat Green, Coventry, West Midlands
A merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you, Tony, and to all movers everywhere from Mike and Pat Green (with granddaughter Matilda) – featuring one of the 28 St. Albans decorated pillar boxes.
Stan Seggar, Sheffield
Just a message to wish a merry Christmas to all movers and suppliers serving and retired In all areas around the world ,and let's hope for a less worrying and more normal new year.
Andy Kay, Bowling Green, KY
At this time of year let's raise a glass to remember those movers no longer with us and to those deployed away from their loved ones. Let's also say a quiet prayer for all of us during this Covid craziness - 12 months ago, nobody could have predicted the situation we are now in. For me, I am enjoying the retired life and making sure my wife and I stay safe.
Andy and Sue Kime, Llangollen
Greetings from Sue and I in Llangollen, where I am WFH (Wishing from Home). I have recently started working (same job – Support Transformation) as a contractor at HQ AIR, having run out of Reserve Service Days, and definitely looking forward to a quiet, zoom-enabled family Christmas. Season's Greetings to all Muppets, past and present, wherever you are, have a wonderful Christmas and stay safe.
Ron Corrie, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright
I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all Movers worldwide Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year!
Joe Gillis and Family, Grand Mira South, NS
To all my wonderful friends and acquaintances in the Military Movements world, serving at home or on deployment around the globe, my family and I wish you much joy and happiness this season and throughout the New Year. Be safe, be sound and be aware that you are needed and appreciated for all you do!
Dave Elliott, Skelmersdale, West Lancs
Wishing you all a Merry Crimbo from the depths of hell (Skelmersdale, Lancashire) thought I’d show off my new ‘Rona Mask. Have a good one and stay well and safe.
Andy Rice, Ipswich, Suffolk
I would just like to send out my heartfelt Season's Greetings to all the Old Bods out there and wish you all a healthy and prosperous New Year. Cheers, Andy.
Dave (Dutch), Tansy and Jordan Holland, Ringwood, Hants
Season's Greetings to all Movers Far and Wide from myself and the two women in my life, my wife Tansy and my daughter Jordan who happens to be in the RN. Jordan managed to get me a 'butchers' around their new big toy prior to it leaving Pompei for the infamous USA trip. C-19 has in turn curtailed Tansy's and my travels this year but hopefully in 2021...
In the meantime we very much sincerely sympathise with any hardship or losses that some of you have no doubt endured and hope for you all that 2021 will be a far better year along with the festive season beforehand.
All the very best, Dave (Dutch), Tansy and Jordan Holland.
Dutch and Tansy in Sri Lanka last January
Jordan gave her Dad a tour of that new big grey thing
Kent (Siggy) and Shaz Siggery, Derbyshire
A very Merry Christmas to all past and present movers – hope you can make the most of these tough times and celebrate the best you can! Merry Christmas and here is hoping to better 2021!
Frank Lightfoot, Millport, North Ayrshire
I recently moved to the island of Millport. Life on the island is slow and easy for an old fart like me and my White Westie, Kyla. I trust you all will have a very merry Xmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous new year. (ex-FEAF MAMS 'A')
Adrian and Lou Ryan, Quispamsis, NB
Merry Christmas and a better New Year in 2021 to all from Ade, Lou and our grownup kids in New Brunswick, Canada. Eat, drink and most of all, drink!
Mark and Kir Knighton, Madliena
As we look back on a very challenging year in so many ways, we must try to stop every now and then and reflect on the awesome times and endless funny stories we have had with one another, and cherish the eternal bond we will always have. Kir and I send all our love to each and every one of you, and we both wish you all a great Christmas and an amazing and positive year ahead.
Kevan and Ann Lawrence, Cape Town
Spending Christmas with my children in South Africa. We wish you and everyone a lovely Christmas and a better year than this last one. Stay safe everyone!
Jack and Margaret Dunlop, Aberdeen
We would like to wish all old and young movers worldwide. Seasons greetings and all the best for 2021.
Martin and Dee Gledhill, Selby, North Yorks
Have the best Xmas and New Year you can in the circumstances, wherever you may be. No doubt it will include some form of liquid refreshments...
Frank and Janet Johnston, Navarre, FL
Merry Christmas and Happy 2021 to one and all from Florida's Pan Handle.
Brian & Lussi Gibson, Kakopetria
To all Movers wherever you are, Lussi and I would like to wish you and your families a Happy Christmas. This year has been probably the worst that we have ever endured with this pandemic and we sincerely hope you stay healthy and safe. Let's all hope for a better year in 2021 and some form of normality will return.
Paul, Ellie, Mike and Dec Austin, Aylesbury, Bucks
The photo is from 2 years ago when we all got together in Mike's flat, but regardless of the fact that this Christmas is going to be different for everyone around the world, our thoughts still go out to the 'Mover' family. Whether you served in the past or are still serving, my family and I hope you managed to make the most of Christmas Day and that 2021 brings us all some much needed better luck so that we can all start to do more things with the people we love to be around. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Jeremy Dumayne, Port Aransas, TX
Wanted to wish all you story tellers out there a very merry Christmas and a happy new year! All the way from the sunny Texas Coast! Cheers! 🥃🥃
Gerry and Joan Muffett, Cirencester, Glos
Merry Christmas and a happier new year to all who know Joan and me.
John and Kay Tudor, Stevenston, Ayrshire
Kay and I would like to wish all movers wherever they are a very merry Christmas and a good New Year. Stay safe everyone.
Alan and Carol Kilpatrick, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset
Wishing all movers worldwide a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. In the photo is my number 2 son who has been in for nearly 4 and a half years. Sadly not a mover, but in the Intelligence branch. Best wishes and everybody stay safe.
Troy and Linda Lee, Kanata, ON
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all the Movers around the globe from Troy & Linda (retired 4 MAMS 8 Wg Trenton 1996-2001).
Rip Kirby, Bourg St Maurice
Joyeux Noel et Bonne Année to all Movers, past and present, & whatever nationality you are. Hope 2021 is a much better year for everyone. Looks like I picked the wrong year (2020) to relocate back to UK (more news on that at a later date). But, things could be worse I guess. For example, spending Xmas in a lorry cab at Dover - I really feel for any drivers still stuck there. Anyway, hope the photo brings a wee grin to your faces - me with my usual balanced diet, a bottle for each hand!
Kit Ayers, Stow on the Wold, Glos
Many Christmas wishes to all Movers everywhere and just a couple of bits of history I seem to have collected over the years found during lockdown excavations which may amuse you.
Firstly, during Exercise Bersatu Padu in Malaysia in 1970 RAF Changi hosted attached air transport squadrons to supplement the resident 48 Sqn (Hercules) & 41 Sqn RNZAF (Bristol Freighters). Stn Cdr Changi, Dan Honley, sent the following to Stn Cdr Odiham, copy to HQ38 Gp (part of Air Support Command (ASC) – formerly Transport Command) which was at Odiham at the time with a particularly crusty and big headed AOC:
R E S T R I C T E D KET1165 EXERCIS BERSATU PADU FROM STN CDR FOR STN CDR PD KNOWING YOUR KEENESS FOR TACTICAL EXCELLENCE SURE YOU WOULD WISH TO KNOW RESULTS OF LOCALLY SPONSORED PARA SUPPLY COMPETITION HELD BETWEEN RESIDENT AND ATTACHED MRT FORCES THIS STATION PD RESULTS DISTANCE IN YARDS FROM IMPACT POINT DZ PD 48 SQN 17 YDS CMM 41 SQN RNZAF 17 YDS CMM 3 SQN RNZAF 41 YDS CMM ASC DETACH HERCULES 51 YDS PD AVERAGE ERROR BEARS ALMOST DIRECT RELATIONSHIP TO LENGTH OF CREW SIDEBURNS PD WAS NOTICED THAT MAJORITY 38 GP OFFICERS AND MEN DETACHED HERE EQUIPPED WITH WHAT ARE FASHIONABLY TERMED SIDE WHISKERS PD GRATEFUL IF YOU COULD ADVISE IF THESE ARE MANDATORY AT 38 GP STATIONS AND WHAT IS MINIMUM LENGTH LAID DOWN AS OBVIOUSLY NO MAXIMUM CMM SO THAT I CAN ENSURE MY OFFICERS AND MEN SUBSEQUENTLY POSTED LYNEHAM CMM FAIRFORD AND THORNEY CAN BE ORDERED TO GROW EXTRA HAIR ON REPAT LEAVE BEFORE ARRIVING IN HAIR SUPPORT COMMAND
R E S T R I C T E D RTT 075 PERSONAL FOR STNCDR FROM AOC PD IN VIEW OF FACETIOUS NATURE AND WIDE CIRCULATION OF YOUR KET1165 DATED 060430Z CMM WOULD LIKE TO CONFIRM THAT YOU WERE AWARE OF ITS CONTENTS BEFORE DESPATCH
The response was not so enthusiastic:
Secondly, the manning of Ascension Island during Op Corporate and immediately afterwards was strictly unaccompanied male until some in the WRAF organisation decided it was a good place to send WRAF (Women's Royal Air Force), so, a large batch were emplaned on a VC10 schedule Brize – Dakar – Ascension which promptly went u/s at Dakar and eventually became serviceable. There was much speculation and anticipation about this arrival in Ascension. The onward flight from Dakar was announced as follows:
FROM MOVDET DAKAR. THANKS FOR FIRST SHIPMENT WRAF. BUYER WELL PLEASED, HAS OFFERED TO TAKE ANY FUTURE SHIPMENTS AT POUNDS 1000 PLUS 3 CAMELS EACH
No doubt in these politically correct times, with airpersons, scrubbing out of Guy Gibson`s dogs name from its headstone and with equality rubbish, such signals would not be tolerated!
Happy Christmas and a bug free New Year. Kit
New members who have joined us recently:
Brian Scott, Edmonton, AB
Earle Dawson, Vernon, BC
Tomm Everett, Water Valley, AB
RAF Transport Aircraft During the Cold War
Operation HOHOHO 2020
Operation HOHOHO 2020 concluded with 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron giving Santa a lift to the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton. A Royal Canadian Air Force CH-146 Griffon helicopter picked up Santa at Canadian Forces Base Edmonton and flew him to the hospital helipad, a magical journey followed by the young patients and their families via live stream. To ensure the event’s safe execution and compliance with public health measures, Santa was unable to visit the children this year. Toy donations from 408 squadron were delivered to the Stollery Children’s Hospital ahead of time to allow for a two-week quarantine period and safe distribution by hospital staff members.
Operation HOHOHO is an annual event first launched by 400 Tactical Helicopter Squadron in 2005. The aim of Operation HOHOHO is to raise spirits and give back to the community by flying to a local hospital to deliver gifts and connect with the young patients and their families during the holiday season. 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron is proud to make this event an annual tradition since 2018.
And last, but not least, a request from one of our Canadian brethren:
From: Jacques LeClerc, St-Alexandre de Kamouraska, QC
Subject: Request for stickers
As you know, I was a Traffic Tech for 31 yrs and 9 months and now I am a woodworker. I have a little project that I would like to get going. In my shop I have many cabinets and would like to cover all of them with Air Force stickers, and it does not matter what Air Force, could be of UK, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand or USA origin, as long as it has to do with Military aviation.
It could be a sticker of a manufacturer of planes or engines, individual squadrons or stations. Anyway, you know what I mean, and your platform UKMAMS OBA is the perfect place to send a message out with my request.
I am willing to pay for the sticker plus the shipping. Is it possible for you to post it in your forum reference to my request?
Merci, stay save. Jacques L
(There is a link to Jacques' e-mail address in the flags above)
WE ISOLATE NOW, SO THAT WHEN WE GATHER AGAIN, NO ONE IS MISSING