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Can you help me? RAF 1960s.

Old 5th Apr 2019, 10:17
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Passed the B then it was abandoned. Same with the C. Finished the 2 year ISS which was then reduced to 18 months. But my luck changed when I completedt the 6 month ASC which had just been crammed into 10 months.
Ah, the wonderful 'year' of ASC. I found it most agreeable, even if unaccompanied due to my wife's posting at Brampton. I started the Course with a small advantage over most students ... I already had 3 Staff tours under my belt! (HQ MATO, NATS and 11 Gp)
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Old 5th Apr 2019, 13:10
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re. Church, not Church Parade:

at JHQ Rheindahlen where I totalled 9 years in several postings, there were three churches for the various persuasions. There were no parades as such, but Battle of Britain and Remembrance Day were very well attended by all ranks, and in uniform. "Ordinary" Sundays were also well attended and some wore uniform. Because it was a multi-service and multi-national "station"/ "garrison", a wide variety of uniforms could be seen.
Major occasions were followed by a family curry lunch in the Mess.
[And wives wore hats, which I loved!]
Thank you Langley. Do you think the Family Curry and use of uniforms on a Sunday in church were specific to RAFG / overseas and less common in the UK?
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Old 5th Apr 2019, 15:26
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Thank you Langley. Do you think the Family Curry and use of uniforms on a Sunday in church were specific to RAFG / overseas and less common in the UK?
Yes I do, although in UK we lived in our own houses and not on a married patch so saw little of Mess or station church weekends. My mess usage was confined to lunch, happy hour, and dining in nights. and the occasional wedding reception on a Saturday.

Being cynical, I think part of the church in uniform thing was because very senior officers attended!
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Old 5th Apr 2019, 17:52
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I can well imagine. Thanks.
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Old 5th Apr 2019, 18:41
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Would definitely agree with Langley about church/Sundays/Mess in the UK based on Coningsby start of and again mid 70s and Leeming late 80s. From the odd occasion when I was dragged there on a Sunday there were very few people present and no one in uniform other than Remembrance Sunday. JHQ as stated by Langley.
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Old 5th Apr 2019, 19:11
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Never, ever, encountered a Church Parade (1965-1993). I must have served on God-less Stations.

Perhaps there was one at IOT (Feltwell, '65) but no recollection of the event.
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Old 5th Apr 2019, 19:35
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Nor me, 61-81
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Old 5th Apr 2019, 19:53
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Late '50's - church parade every Sunday (and the unthinkable now - "Fall out"-- ( certain religions) - who remained on the parade ground until the service (?) was complete! Unreal !!

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Old 6th Apr 2019, 08:03
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Remember doing the full fig at Kinloss one year, late 70s, no idea why, and vaguely remember all the left footers falling out.
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Old 6th Apr 2019, 16:02
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I remember one particular and very religious C.O. who held church parades (and plenty of rehearsals for them). Everyone thought he must have had flat knees as he spent so much time on them!!
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Perhaps there was one at IOT (Feltwell, '65) but no recollection of the event.
Not a church parade as such, but after the passing out parade at Feltwell in 1964 most of the course, together with parents, wives etc repaired to the station church, while the handful of left footers (self included) went to the small RC church for our own service. Other than my sister in law's requiem mass in around 2005 it was the last RC Service I ever attended. Been to lots of C of E services since - the architecture and the singing are a lot better!
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