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Old 11th Apr 2010, 12:51
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RAF Chipmunks

Dear fellow PPRuNe Members …

I’m trying to locate photographs of the following RAF Chipmunks during their service with No. 1 AEF at the various RAF Stations during the years mentioned … and wondered if any of you might be able to help ?

I know this might be a bit of a long shot for some of the early years. To help, in the early days, No. 1 AEF operated within a “pooled” fleet of aircraft shared with London UAS, RAF Biggin Hill Station Flight and No. 6 AEF. Typically, from the 60’s onwards, there were four resident aircraft at any one time on the No. 1 AEF dedicated fleet, so the additional serials shown reflect various inter fleet transfers made during the specified year.

The No. 1 AEF Fleet List reproduced below has been complied with the kind help of the UK author of “Chipmunk, The Poor Man’s Spitfire” (a recommended read for anyone interested in the history of the Chipmunk) along with some extensive aircrew log book research and cross-reference. That said there is some uncertainty around the final years at RAF Manston from 1988 to when the Flight ceased flying Chipmunks and closed in 1995.

I’m particularly keen to know if a final photograph was taken to mark the cessation of AEF Chipmunk flying at RAF Manston on the 31st March 1995. I seem to recall that RAF Manston had a semi-official Station Photographer who was a civilian working at the time with the Ground Radio Servicing Flight (GRSF) … a Mr Dave Keep … and wondered if anyone might know if he is still contactable these days ?

Any help would be greatly appreciated as I’m most keen to complete a potted history of No. 1 AEF during the Chipmunk years. A previous PPRuNe thread has helped with some useful information but I thought an ask outside the “History & Nostalgia” Forum might be more fruitful.

http://www.pprune.org/aviation-histo...67-1995-a.html

RAF Biggin Hill

1958 WP 846, WK 577, WP 837, WK 621, WZ 876

RAF White Waltham

1959 WK 577, WP 837, WP 846, WD 372 WZ 876, WK 621, WK 636, WZ 850, WP 862

RAF West Malling

1960 WK 577, WP 837, WP 846, WD 372, WZ 876, WK 621

RAF White Waltham

1961 WP 837, WP 846, WD 372, WD 391

1962 WP837, WP 846, WD 372, WP 974

RAF Manston

1963 WP 837, WP 846, WZ 850, WK 621, WK577, WD 304, WD 344

1964 WK 577, WP 837, WP 846, WD 344

1965 WK 577, WP 837, WP 846, WD 344, WD 390, WK 628

1966 WK 577, WP 846, WD 344, WP 837, WK 638, WB 627

1967 WK 577, WP 837, WP 846, WD 344, WB 627, WK 586

1968 WP 846, WD 344, WB 627, WK 586, WP 837, WB 569, WK 577

1969 WK 586, WB 627, WD 370, WB 569, WP 837, WK 642, WZ 845, WP 846, WD 344

1970 WD 370, WB 627, WK 642, WZ 845, WK 586, WB 569

1971 WK 642, WD 370, WZ 845, WB 627, WK 586, WB 569

1972 WK 642, WD 370, WZ 845, WB 627, WK 586, WB 569

1973 WK 642, WZ 845, WB 627, WB 569

1974 WK 642, WZ 845, WB 569, WB 627, WG 466, WD 370, WK 586, WK 518

1975 WK 642, WZ 845, WB 569, WG 458, WK 518, WG 466

1976 WK 642, WZ 845, WB 569, WK 518, WZG 458

1977 WK 642, WZ 845, WB 569, WK 518

1978 WK 642, WZ 845, WB 569, WK 518

1979 WK 642, WZ 845, WB 569, WK 518, WG 430

1980 WK 642, WZ 845, WG 430, WB 569, WK 518

1981 WK 642, WZ 845, WG 430, WB 569,WK 518, WZ 872

1982 WK 642, WZ 845, WG 430, WB 569, WK 518

1983 WZ 845, WG 430, WB 569, WK 518, WK 642, WP 855

1984 WZ 845, WG 430, WP 855, WB 569

1985 WZ 845, WG 430, WP 855, WB 569, WK 642

1986 WZ 845, WG 430, WP 855, WB 569, WK 642, WK 554

1987 WZ 845, WG 430, WP 855, WK 554

1988 WZ 845, WG 430, WP 855, WK 554, ?

1989 WZ 845, WG 430, WP 855, WK 554, ?

1990 WZ 845, WG 430, WP 855, WK 554, ?

1991 WZ 845, WG 430, WP 855, WK 554, ?

1992 WZ 845, WG 430, WP 855, WK 554, ?

1993 WZ 845, WG 430, WP 855, WK 554, ?

1994 WZ 845, WG 430, WP 855, WK 554, WG 458, ?

1995 WZ 845, WG 430, WP 855, WK 554, ?


Kind regards …

Coff.
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