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Old 12th Sep 2021, 11:35
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brakedwell - I believe this unfortunate accident was probably before your time at Bovingdon ?

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Old 12th Sep 2021, 21:18
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Originally Posted by OUAQUKGF Ops View Post
brakedwell - I believe this unfortunate accident was probably before your time at Bovingdon ?

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Yes it was before my time, but that accident was well known to all pilots on CCCF during my time as we also had to crawl under the cloud over Wales sometimes on route from Bovingdon to Ballykelly or Aldergrove.
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Old 13th Sep 2021, 08:43
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Communication Squadron Ansons and the Welsh Mountains did a sterling job clearing out the bottlenecks in the promotion ladder.
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Old 14th Sep 2021, 14:26
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Originally Posted by bovingdonboy View Post
Hi Mellywell

I've just, belatedly, picked up your message posted in Jan. 2008 regarding pics. in Aircraft Illustrated.
I used to go flying from Bov. very often in the mid-50s whent I was in the 23f Bushey and Oxhey Sqdn of the ATC. There were a number of us kids, all aged about 14yrs, who used to cycle out from Watford at every opportunity.
I am particularly interested in the pic.of the SM102 which I remember very well. It had wicker seats in it with oxygen masks hanging above.
I remember also that we used to climb inside this aicraft to eat our packed lunches in the flight deck. It was only after some time that we learned that the airplane belonged to "the Italian Embassy".
I often think to myself if the crew ever wondered where all the egg shells were coming from!
I have a number of photographs that I took at the time. If you would like copies I could email them to you.
I too sat in this elegant aeroplane - she was in the service of The Italian Air Attache and was a bit of a 'Hangar Queen'. I think she lived at Bovvy for much of the nineteen-fifties.


Bovingdon 1956. I believe only 21 of these Sm102s were built for The Italian Air Force. Photocredit Arthur Pearcy.






Bovingdon 1961. Photocredit Air Photographic International.



December 1961. Thought to be the same SM102 MM61791 on Bovingdon Fire Dump. ('War Lover' B17 in distance). Photocredit Key AeroForum
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That reminds me of the Fouga Magister that was parked in the CCF hangar. I believe it was meant to be used by the French Air Attache from their embassy, but I cannot ever remember it flying.
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Old 15th Sep 2021, 15:49
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Originally Posted by brakedwell View Post
That reminds me of the Fouga Magister that was parked in the CCF hangar. I believe it was meant to be used by the French Air Attache from their embassy, but I cannot ever remember it flying.
Usually departed on a saturday morning about 9 or 10 am just as we were pulling our gliders out - not the sort of time CCCF would be flying - and always treated us to a nice 'wet' start. Presumably returned mon mornings but by then I would have been at school in Chesham.
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A Few More Gleanings Unearthed


May 1957 Danish Delight. Photo Credit Arthur Pearcy.


January 1957



1957 Photo Credit Arthur Pearcy




Circa 1956. The first Anson MK X11. First flew 5th September 1944. After war used by our Air Attache in Madrid as G-AGLB before being restored to NL152 in 1948.




Same aircraft Circa 1964. Location not known.

These images of the Anson reminds me that Bovingdon could perhaps be described as a Confusion of Communications Squadrons.



These are thought to be members of The Southern Communications Squadron on an unknown date but prior to the Summer of 1968 when the Ansons were retired. In January 1969 The Southern Comms Squadron moved to RAF Northolt and flying ceased at Bovingdon. The squadron then became, in February 1969, 207 Squadron which reformed for that purpose. Photo Credit 207 Squadron Album.



All the above types had, over the years, become familiar sights at Bovingdon. I've found it very difficult to locate any decent snaps taken at Bovvy so the following images are of aeroplanes that have certainly been stationed there or have visited.



DH Devon VP958 Metropolitan Comms Squadron probably then based at RAF Hendon. Over Deptford Power Station which I think closed in the mid-sixties. Photo Credit 207 Squadron Album.




VH-EOB ex VP958 at Mackay, Queensland Australia in 1994. Dismantled in 2014 the fuselage rumoured to presently be used as a chicken house. All Credits Geoff Goodall.




Pembroke XL 929 with 60 Squadron at RAF Wildenwrath in 1986. Photo credit Michael Roeser with thanks.


This particular Pembroke of Bomber Command Comms squadron was the personal aircraft of Air Chief Marshal Sir Harry Broadhurst. Based at RAF Booker the Squadron was briefly based at Bovingdon when Booker closed in 1963.





XL 929 later G-BNPU at South Wales Aviation Museum, St Athan in 2020. Photo Credit Stu Carr.




Beagle Basset XS 782 at RAF Coltishall Battle of Britain Day September 1969. Previously with Southern Comms Squadron Bovingdon but now with 207 Squadron at RAF Northolt. Photo Credit R.A. Scholefield.

According to 207 Squadron History 'Always Prepared' : The Basset was plagued by technical problems made worse by a shortage of spares. They were less comfortable than Devons, cramped and noisy, although pleasant to fly.



XS782 at Bates City, Missouri, USA. 1996.














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