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Old 16th Jan 2022, 18:37
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Hi Hunty, re John Aldington. Do you hve contact details for him? Trying to track down old mates on CFS at Manby 1966 - 1970 which include John.

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Old 16th Jan 2022, 18:39
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Ernie Banfield was also a solo display pilot at Manby 1967'ish. Always remember those days fondly
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Old 16th Jan 2022, 18:47
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Hi, from a few posts on this thread I think some of you may have come across my Dad. Fly Lt Ernie Banfield QFI at Manby 1966 -1971. I'm trying to track down other pilot instructors in my Dads time as QFI at Manby [& in the Macaws] as Dad has passed and a few I am in touch with are joining us in Cornwall in May to say a farewell to Dad.

I'm in touch with a few . As they are coming to Cornwall tthe thinking is this may be an opportunity to have a mini Manby re-union the night before Dad's gathering.

I wondered if you had any contact details for people that might help?
Fingers crossed
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Old 17th Jan 2022, 09:04
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I was at Headley Court with John Aldington in '73 or '74. IIRC he had slipped off an icy wing of a JP and badly broken his leg....... small world innit.
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Old 17th Jan 2022, 10:25
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Small world indeed. John Aldington had a room in the Mess at RAF Manby just round the corner from mine, and I recall his broken leg accident which I think was the winter of 1972/1973. About that time I travelled from Manby to Cranwell to return some ceremonial swords, and took the opportunity to visit John at Nocton Hall, where he was initially treated for his injury.

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Old 17th Jan 2022, 11:34
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Presumably Nocton Hall, or did you go under cover of darkness ?
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Old 17th Jan 2022, 11:53
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Thank you Dave, duly edited.

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Old 20th Jan 2022, 21:24
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Originally Posted by teeteringhead View Post
I was at Headley Court with John Aldington in '73 or '74. IIRC he had slipped off an icy wing of a JP and badly broken his leg....... small world innit.
It was the beginning of the 1973 season, I believe it was spilt fuel on the wing that John slipped on. I was number 3 that year and we continued the season as a 3 ship.
The following year we had moved to RAF Leeming and switched to MK 5ís and renamed The Swords. John flew number 2.
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Old 23rd Jan 2022, 16:18
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Formation teams

Just stumbled across the JP aerobatic teams and though I was never involved I was around the JP world from 63 -64 (Stood) and again 73-76 as a Strukky and recognised many of the names and faces. What surprises me that there is no mention of the Yellowjacks Were they strictly Gnats?
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Old 23rd Jan 2022, 16:42
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Yes, Yellowjacks were Gnat - the predecessors of the Red Arrows
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Old 26th May 2022, 18:35
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Macaws out of Manby, early 1970's
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Old 27th May 2022, 15:09
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Originally Posted by ernst26 View Post
Macaws out of Manby, early 1970's
See posts #1/2/3/9/19/34/35/61/88/90/92/103.
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