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Old 3rd Sep 2012, 16:22
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Was trawling through some old slides today and thought these might be of interest. All taken in 1967, ergo proof of RAF Britannias using Sharjah.

Earlier in the thread the "coast road" was mentioned. This is what used to happen when the drivers got the tides wrong!



Britannia route stop



Sharjah main street - as was!


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RAFSharjah main gate photo

hi Capt_Salman:I am interested to know the origin of the RAF Sharjah gate photo that you have published. I served there with the RAF May'69 to June'70 with 84 Squadron.

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BcAL Brits at Sharjah

I have a photo of a BCAL Brit at RAF Sharjah taken early 70. When the hosties exited a large number of residents appeared out of nowhere just to catch s glimpse of the ladies walking down the steps. I don't remember any pax getting off.
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MMG

With regards an earlier post................MMG=Men's Mission to the Gulf.

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Apologies: I have just checked the photo and it was a Caledonian Brit..with hostie in kilt uniform.

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"Bloody good time"?? At Sharjah???

But does remind me of an advert for the RAF in the media in the 60s, which showed a young LAC (SAC?) packing to go on a new posting. The caption said "I'm going to Gan, the RAF's own island in the sun!". Apparently, when he actually got there, he was met by a guard of honour, who boo'd him off the flight. He didn't have a very good year by all accounts!
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Apologies: I have just checked the photo and it was a Caledonian Brit..with hostie in kilt uniform.
Any chance of posting the photo, hootnroar (with 84?) I may know some of them
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MMG=Men's Mission to the Gulf.
.... not quite hootnroar ... well - not close really.

When I was on 78 ('70 - '71), it was the Mission to Mediterranean Garrisons. Seems it's still in existence, and has been re-named Mission to Military Garrisons.

More details are here.

Not like 84 to get something wrong .......

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Your version may well be correct, but that's how the organisation was advertised to us "Moonies" on arrival in "69.
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Cali Hosties

Scanner is inop at moment.................must upgrade sometime soon..........will post soonest. Must read how to post photo's here. I am mainly a "lurker" and not a regular contributor.
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Lukeafb1:
Believe me I enjoyed it.
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Caledonian

I was on "78" from Dec 67 - Jan 69. We did a combined excersise with the Army and Navy. The SAS arrived with their landrovers from the back of an Argosy and disappeared then the army arrived on the Caledonian ? (I thought it was a jet, probably wrong)
Lovely sight these tartan clad hosties even from the our part of the dispersal. We then embarked along with the army on the "Fearless" and "Intrepid" for a cruise through the Straits of Hormus and down the coast where we delivered the army to the base of the Wadi Sohar. They then had to fight against the SAS over to Burami Oasis. We were based at Sohar for few days and then moved to Burami before returning to Sharjah.
The hosties were never seen again.

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R.A.F. Sharjah

I served in Sharjah from October 1969 - June 1970 in the Army and have many fond memories of my time there, the open air cinema, swimming in Khan Creek, the char wallah, Joe Brown and the Bruvvers putting on a show etc. but one sad memory as well of the cemetary near the swimming pool knowing that their families had only a remote chance of ever visiting the graves of their loved ones.
When I met my future wife four years later she showed me a photo of her fathers grave and I recognized it immediately as the cemetary in Sharjah. Her father died there in October 1964 when he worked for the M.O.D. as a foreman in the M.P.B.W.
We managed to visit his grave twice in 1985 and 86 when I served with the Kuwait Liaison Team and by then the cemetary was in a sad state and the camp itself was in the process of being demolished.
Over the following years it became more and more neglected until we received a communication in 2010 that the Church (St. Martins) was being extended and the cemetary was being reconfigured with all the civilians being reinturred in a mass grave with a memorial and the military graves being adopted by the C.W.G.C. Chris's father and a Captain Bramhall were to be reinterred with the Military section in new graves.
I have some photo's of the British voluteers refurbishing the Military graves but cannot attach them at the moment.
Does anyone know if the cemetary refurbishment has been completed yet,
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RAF Sharjah

These are the photo's of the Team of volunteers re-furbishing the Cemetery,
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RAF Sharjah

A few more,
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RAF Sharjah

The final two photo's,
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RAF Sharjah

These are three photo's that I took in 1986 when we visited the Cemetery.
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The first one is of the Cemetery and looking accross the Camp which was in the process of being demollished, the second and third the entrance to the compound where I used to work in 1969 -70, the Gulf Plant Workshop REME. We supported the Royal Engineers who frequently went down to Masirah







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May the departed souls Rest In Peace, Amen.
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RAF Sharjah

May the departed souls Rest In Peace, Amen.




Thank you Captain Salman. These are scans of the Cemetery as it was before the recent re-configuration which I can only assume has happened by now,
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152 Squadron B Flight RAF Sharjah

Hi NAVSTAR, it sounds as though you might have been my replacement..... I was there in 1965 and left early in 1966.
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