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Old 22nd Jun 2017, 20:32   #1 (permalink)
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181 Course RAF Syerston

A previous thread has led me to dig out the Course Photo of this course. I am aware of the sad demise of Bruce Cogram in a Harrier crash, a fatal heli crash for one of the Aussies, and a drowning incident for one of the others whose name I cant recall after all these years. Anyone else still around?
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Old 22nd Jun 2017, 20:34   #2 (permalink)
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Sorry Pic here.

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Old 22nd Jun 2017, 21:06   #3 (permalink)
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Jenkins. Would love to know! I know Tom Conlon went on to VC 10s, and Neil Thurston to Boss of Royal Flight at Benson, but that's all! I'm half way down on the left, and was rotary until retired in 2009.
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Old 23rd Jun 2017, 19:14   #4 (permalink)

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Not quite JENKS mon brave - I was 182 Course (being so young you see!!)

The Aussie rotary mate was Reg van Leuvan, who is the one in the middle row, 2 across from oldbeefer.

There was some more info on Reg in the 1 FTS thread, here:
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Regarding Reg Van Leuvan. I was in Vung Tau Vietnam at the same time as Reg and got along very well with him. He was with 9 sqn flying choppers and he took me up a few times with him on missions over the jungle. A really top bloke and down to earth. Regarding his death- he was flying his chopper near a place Killarney which is near Stanthorpe when he got into difficulties. The only clear place for him to land was a park which had children playing in it so Reg took the chopper away from that area and went bush and crashed. A great pilot indeed.
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On the 6th February 2016 MRS Helen Vidler and No 9 Sqn Association and will host a commemoration ceremony for the crash of A2 378 at Cooinda near Stanthorpe NSW on the 11 January 1974 during flood assistance operations.

Flt LT Reg Van Leuven and SGT Peter Vidler were killed in the crash and several members injured.

A plaque will be dedicated to the deceased and injured in the crash and laid at the site of the crash.

The commemoration ceremony will be held at approximatley 10.30 am.

After the ceremony we will retire to the Warwick RSL for drinks and lunch. Lunch is planned for 1.00pm.

Location: 1973 Inverary Rd Cement Mills QLD 4352. Farm name COOINDA

I was one the aforementioned RAAF blokes on RAF courses with Reg in the UK in '68/9. It will be the first time that other course members: Noel Furber, Bob Hobson, Greg Walsh, (with apologies from Bob Chaplin) & myself will be "with Reg" since those days. Once a friend, friends forever! RIP Reg.
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From (fast fading) memory, the other Aussies in that picture were Greg Walsh (with the Village People Mo) and Bob Chaplin. I did AOTS with the Aussies at Fenton, the others: Noel Furber, Bob Hobson and Ross Walsh did their FTS at Leeming I think. I also STR that Furber came back to the UK as an exchange pilot on Buccs - but that could be memory playing tricks ........ (come to think of it - it all could!)
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Old 23rd Jun 2017, 20:22   #5 (permalink)
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At that time (1968) I'd never encountered an Aussie. My, what a breath of fresh air they were! Now my eldest son is married to an Aussie (girl!), has 3 children and lives in Sydney. I've been there 9 times and have always had a great time. Not keen on the prices of booze in the Bottle Shops - takes me back to days when alcohol was only sold from Off Licences here.

Would love to hear from any other members of 181.
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I usually go to Dan Murphy's.
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Old 25th Jun 2017, 08:42   #7 (permalink)

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I remember the Aussies at Fenton - Feb to June '68. It snowed early in the course and they ran outside to see it. They'd seen snow of course, but never seen it falling ......

And they were indeed a breath of fresh air.

I'll try and dig out and post the (240 Course?) Grad photo from Fenton, which has got all the Aussies in it.
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Yes Teeters, that ties in as I was on 241 which started on Apr 1 1968 (April Fools Day - perfect!) and remember the Aussies there. Was Rog Clements on your course?
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Yes Teeters, that ties in as I was on 241 which started on Apr 1 1968 (April Fools Day - perfect!) and remember the Aussies there. Was Rog Clements on your course?
I was commissioned wef 1APR66 and thought the same thing
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Old 25th Jun 2017, 22:11   #10 (permalink)

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IIRC Rog Clements was on 239 which would have graduated about the beginning of May. My Course - 240 - started 26 Feb and graduated 7 Jun (1968). The courses were every 5 weeks and of 15 weeks duration.

I think we - 240 - were the first course to start at CF, 239 and 238 started at Cerney before moving to Yorkshire - the course that moved may have had extra time added for the move. 240 was a White Course, 239 Red and 238 Blue (I think - it's all a long time ago) which would make your course - 241 - a Blue again?

I've an old mate who was 248; must ask him if any time was added to his course. A giveaway was of course the numbers. The last Cerney issued numbers were 4232xxx and the first CF ones were 8024xxx.
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Old 25th Jun 2017, 22:35   #11 (permalink)
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Thanks Teeters - as you say, all a long time ago. I remember Rog as he met me on arrival at CF and we kept in touch for a number of years after.
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48 years ago today! Doesn't time fly?
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Myles. Are you on the pic?
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Yes! I emailed you twice through this but you don't seem to have received them.
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Doesn't seem like 48 years.... Syerston to a 19 yr old was great! I remember most of us starting at Church Fenton on Apr 1 68...

Don't think I had met an Oz before either. Great blokes!
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Darth49 - would be interested to touch base. Could you PM me please (if the system will let you!
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I have tried Oldbeefer! Not convinced it worked! If not will send e-mail
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Old 16th Jul 2017, 10:46   #19 (permalink)

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Syerston to a 19 yr old was great!
Indeed so! WRAFs on the line (and elsewhere)......

...... an elsewhere which - allegedly - inluded nocturnal trips to the swimming pool at Langar.

And my interesting experience as Orderly Officer, which I have related many times on these pages.........
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Oh c'mon teeters ..........

......you reeeeeely want us to ask to hear the tales again don't you? Go on admit it.

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