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Gutersloh, Mid 70s

Old 20th May 2010, 20:35
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Nice to see those photos but doesn't the word RESTRICTED mean... well..you know, restricted?
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Yes - I can really see why you'd want to keep those obsolete aircraft and equipment a little bit hush...I think these are well past their keep-it-a-secret-by date.
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Originally Posted by ShyTorque View Post
Nice to see those photos but doesn't the word RESTRICTED mean... well..you know, restricted?
The lowest category of secrecy from many summers ago (before the wall came down and we saved a fortune on HF deployments, active edge and Reforger exercises), I'm not particularly concerned about the whitecaps surrounding my house and banging me up under the official secrets act They've been on facebook a couple of years now and I've not had my collar felt.

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BD, thanks for the lesson on the meaning of military security classifications, although unusually I was required to sign the OSA declaration five times, three times more than most ex-military folk.

Crown copywright lasts 50 years, even for unclassified docs, btw.
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Old 21st May 2010, 08:45
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From Shy:

I was required to sign the OSA declaration five times
Handwriting problems, or crayon too thick?


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Old 21st May 2010, 10:31
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IIRC "Restricted" meant it had already been printed in the Times, Telegraph, Guardian et al. Those were the days before the interweb though.
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Handwriting problems, or crayon too thick?
Bloody school teachers!

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Bloody school teachers!
Me thinks they were called "Tool-screechers" at Gut!
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Gutersloh thru the years

Not sure If I have posted this before but here's a few pictures of the Old Place!!!


Spotting Group GŁtersloh - Flugplatz von 1937 bis heute | EDUOFotos
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Old 21st Sep 2010, 23:01
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Thanks Lloyd,

Brought back many happy memories.
I really liked the Lightning v Lightning shot, although my time was flying Hunters with No 4 Sqn.
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Old 22nd Sep 2010, 06:54
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Bit of a thread drift, but Google Earth are running 1945 views so you can see what your bases used to look like!

Google Earth during the Second World War: Amazing aerial images taken by the daring Allies which revealed Hitler's weapons | Mail Online
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Whilst not doubting pr00nes memory for one moment, the name 631 RSU (Radar Signals Unit) seems to ring a faint bell. In the 80's they lived on the ridge to the north of Gutersloh at Borgholzhausen (in an old Dutch Nike site). I went to visit them once or twice and sat in the radar vans as they played with German Tornado's over the Ruhr.
It was definitely 735 RBSU in 1983. I was posted to 721 RBSU that year, at Spadeadam.

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To throw a different light on things - I went to 'camp' a Gutersloh with the CCF in 1978 for 2 weeks and was billeted the floor above the Garrison which led to a few frightening moments and almost called for our CO to sleep in the dorm with us a protection!

We flew into Wildenrath and 'enjoyed' the boneshaker journey to camp for seemed like hours. Visited 'the wall', one of the dam buster dams, the Rapier section facinated me and others, and was kept very busy (and tired) for the entire time and still have all the momentos (badges etc) in a tin.

On the Sunday we went to matins at the base church where I was christened - my father was stationed there from '63 to '65 and I was born in the RAF hospital at Wildenrath.
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Old 22nd Sep 2010, 17:04
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I was born at RAF Hospital Wildenrath

Don't think so unless it was in the Medical Centre more likely to have been RAF Hospital Wegberg
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RETDPI

Was there any real need for the jibe (the RIC had its purposes) old man. I doubt you know half of what the RIC was involved in, in our efforts to preserve your sorrry backside. Suffice to say, I was privileged to be involved with both 4Sqn Gutersloh and 1(F)Sqn at Wittering training programmes, both operationally and in the training environment. Those young pilots are/were the very best of the best, which they proved time and time again. I did not strangle nuts, neither did I w*** spanners, but the information that I and my contemporaries imparted to those young people was appreciated by them, which they collectively acknowledged on more than one occasion.
Stick to your port and lemon old man and try to control your bile. I do know what banter is and can distinguish between that and dribbling bile.
Apologies to other members reading, but it could not go unanswered.........yes, I bit, big time.
Apart from our friend with the problem, I am enjoying this thread, many thanks.
OH, just to clarify, because I doubt RETDPI even knows what the acronym means, the decode is thus: Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre.
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GŁtersloh - 70s

I have only just stumbled over this thread (like so many other contributors!) and have found it really fascinating, although I have only read about 40 of the posts so far!

I was posted to GŁtersloh around Easter 1972 (from Coltishall) and was one of the shift Sergeants in Ground Radio Servicing Flight. It was an interesting tour but was the last full one I did before commissioning as a Fighter Controller. It was as an FC that I eventually used to visit the Station when I was working out of Brockzetel in the early 80s. In my view, the best time was when the Lightnings were there and held QRA(BF); the pilots were always very appreciative of having radars and comms working on the ground that helped them achieve another successful landing!!
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CS - having checked I stand corrected. Even my passport says it!
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Old 23rd Sep 2010, 15:00
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FEO
No problem happy to help had 2 happy tours there
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Old 23rd Sep 2010, 15:20
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RETDPI

I wonder if this guy's PPPrune title might just possibly be an acronym for
RETireD Photo Interpreter?

Obviously Not - According to our resident Gutersloh IV(AC) Sqn RIC authority "Oneye"

Acccording to "Oneye" REDTPI in his ignorance of RICs could not have appreciated that the term " RIC" into the mid 70's in fact stood for " Reconnaissance Interpretation Centre".
The "Intelligence" part was adopted a bit later.
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But evidently not totally.
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Haraka or is it RETDPI

Haha, good try old man, if you want to go further, take it to PM, rather than bore the 'professionals' on this thread. 'Interpretation?' really! something missing in my 26 years experience I suspect. Intelligence is in the 'eye' of the beholder old man. Never claimed to be an 'authority' on anything, I know what I know, that's all. I will respond to PM, nothing else.
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