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MPN11 5th Apr 2019 10:17


Originally Posted by Top West 50 (Post 10439093)
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)

James Blatch 5th Apr 2019 13:10


Originally Posted by langleybaston (Post 10439103)
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?

langleybaston 5th Apr 2019 15:26


Originally Posted by James Blatch (Post 10439760)
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!

James Blatch 5th Apr 2019 17:52

I can well imagine. Thanks.

Paying Guest 5th Apr 2019 18:41

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.

MPN11 5th Apr 2019 19:11

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.

NRU74 5th Apr 2019 19:35

Nor me, 61-81

Bill Macgillivray 5th Apr 2019 19:53

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 !!

Bill

Pontius Navigator 6th Apr 2019 08:03

Remember doing the full fig at Kinloss one year, late 70s, no idea why, and vaguely remember all the left footers falling out.

Blossy 6th Apr 2019 16:02

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!!

Tankertrashnav 6th Apr 2019 23:44


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!

James Blatch 8th Apr 2021 17:55

Well, it's taken a while, but The Final Flight is out. Thank you all for your valuable help. Any authenticity errors are entirely mine.

As a thank you to those above who helped, I can send a link to an electronic version of the book (can be loaded onto most devices). Drop me a PM with an email address.

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune....1ff713842a.jpg

Alternatively if you feel generous it's available in paperback at Amazon and (at the time of writing) available for pre-order on Kindle. Also available until next week more widely at Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple Books etc. (It goes exclusive to Amazon next week).

I hope it will be an enjoyable foray back to the 1960s Royal Air Force for you.

This link will take you to the Amazon page relevant for your country: https://geni.us/thefinalflight

James.

oldmansquipper 9th Apr 2021 16:10

Just spent this weeks pocket money on a copy. Thank you!
:ok:

k3k3 9th Apr 2021 16:31

Pre-ordered for me too!

James Blatch 9th Apr 2021 22:19

Thank you. Hope you enjoy it :)

treadigraph 10th Apr 2021 08:56

I've blown this month's pocket money on a DVD copy of B-25 Mitchells Do Fly IFR, but it's on the shopping list!

James Blatch 10th Apr 2021 14:59

treadigraph

I've blown this month's pocket money on a DVD copy of B-25 Mitchells Do Fly IFR, but it's on the shopping list!
To be fair, that sounds pretty good. :)


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