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RAF Hunters in Thailand ?

Old 23rd Apr 2020, 20:59
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Originally Posted by pr00ne View Post
The 20 Squadron deployment to Thailand was not some secret squirrel covered up mission, it was covered at the time in the monthly magazine Air Pictorial.
I would imagine the article in Air Pictorial covered the open Exercise Cobra only. Anything else would have been D Noticed out of existence toute suit!.
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Old 24th Apr 2020, 13:19
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Originally Posted by ORAC View Post
Four month stint at Mount Alice in the 1980s. Didn’t send a single bluey back to family at home (single, so refer to parents and sisters).

“Why didn’t you write?”, they asked when I got home.

”Nothing happened”, said I.

Relations were a bit strained for a few years after that.

I recall my mother sending me a stamped self addressed envelope once..
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Old 24th Apr 2020, 13:28
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Originally Posted by TBM-Legend View Post
I recall my mother sending me a stamped self addressed envelope once..
In 1966 as a nineteen year old in Singapore there were many more demands on my time than putting pen to paper - until the day I was called into the Flt Cmdr's office to be handed a telegram from home. My father (always careful with his money) had sent "RUOK NoNews4Ages."
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Old 25th Apr 2020, 00:23
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When 20 Squadron deployed to Chaing Mei, as was the local custom, "Entertainment Establishments" were set up in the vicinity. On return to Tengah it was alleged that over 100% of cases of the personnel who had deployed to support the squadron had contracted "Tropical Diseases", meaning that some had been there long enough to be cured of the first dose before suffering a second.
As Tengah Type will recall, on arrival in FEAF, all ranks had to view the film which told you how to avoid getting a dose of clap. This came too late for a chum of mine who was part of a crew ferrying an Andover out from the UK to form 52 Squadron at Seletar, which had staged through Thailand. Having visited one of the "entertainment establishments " referred to, he duly arrived in Singapore with a dose. Wisely he didn't report sick, as the then station commander was very hard on officers thus afflicted, but went to the well known Indian "clap doctor" somewhere down Jalan Kayu, who would treat you for a fee, but with no questions asked.
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Old 25th Apr 2020, 12:28
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And I always thought NSU was a German moped........
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Old 26th Apr 2020, 00:22
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I think my chum's was very specific!
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Old 29th Apr 2020, 11:15
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On twenty in the early 60's we were offered the chance to be interviewed by a group of syndicated news hacks. Local Northern Papers if I remember correctly.
Anyway we all took our turn said our dutiful pieces and waited for the stories to be printed...., nothing except for a very small bit about one of our number who would never live it down being very fond of his beer, the piece merely said out of the whole interview SAC ****** loved milk and missed his mum.
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