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Old 19th May 2017, 20:16   #1 (permalink)
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Fred Starkey (RAF Navigator)

A long shot, but did anyone out there in Ppruneland know a RAF navigator called Fred Starkey?
His types flown include Shackleton, P-2V Neptune, Canberra (PR) and Dominie, based variously at Topcliffe, Ballykelly, Akrotiri and Singapore.

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Old 20th May 2017, 03:08   #2 (permalink)
 
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Yes, he was a compasses instructor at 1 ANS Stradishall in 1966.
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Old 20th May 2017, 08:29   #3 (permalink)
 
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Fred was a Navigator/Plotter on 45 Sqn flying Canberra B15s at Tengah during my
tour 1963 to 1965.
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As Barksdale Boy said, Fred was an instructor at 1ANS, in my case early '67.

In the late 70s I saw him from a distance at LATCC West Drayton and assumed he was by then in GD/Ground branch as either an ATCO or Fighter Controller.

In the late 90s I was at a party at a friend's house in my village in Somerset and met Fred's daughter, who was working then for my friend in his advertising agency in Bath. Fred was 'still on the perch' then.

He is named in an old Retired List that I have - born 1931, Flt Lt 1957, retired from GD (G) 1978.
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Further to TengahType at #3, I flew with Fred in July 1964. He (figuratively !) held my hand during a shortish day-into-night pilot's benefit trip. I assume that was nice of him - an old hand like him could easily have left such a trip to a younger nav.
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