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Old 4th Feb 2016, 13:55
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Came across this thread by chance. As a matter of interest I post the following:

On the 6th February 2016 MRS Helen Vidler and No 9 Sqn Association and will host a commemoration ceremony for the crash of A2 378 at Cooinda near Stanthorpe NSW on the 11 January 1974 during flood assistance operations.

Flt LT Reg Van Leuven and SGT Peter Vidler were killed in the crash and several members injured.

A plaque will be dedicated to the deceased and injured in the crash and laid at the site of the crash.

The commemoration ceremony will be held at approximatley 10.30 am.

After the ceremony we will retire to the Warwick RSL for drinks and lunch. Lunch is planned for 1.00pm.

Location: 1973 Inverary Rd Cement Mills QLD 4352. Farm name COOINDA

I was one the aforementioned RAAF blokes on RAF courses with Reg in the UK in '68/9. It will be the first time that other course members: Noel Furber, Bob Hobson, Greg Walsh, (with apologies from Bob Chaplin) & myself will be "with Reg" since those days. Once a friend, friends forever! RIP Reg.
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Old 16th Feb 2016, 19:49
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Taff Harris

Was that APO Taff Harris who I sent first solo on 16 Jun 70?
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Old 21st Feb 2016, 08:34
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Rosco, did you see the PM I sent on 17 Feb? If so, any joy? I really would like to make contact with Bob.
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Old 24th Feb 2016, 10:54
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Harris or Harries?

Was that APO Taff Harris who I sent first solo on 16 Jun 70?
Unlikely...
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Old 18th Jun 2017, 17:19
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Anyone on here who was on 18 Course at Linton.
Please PM as I am trying to arrange a reunion get together. I would have said pi** up but at our age that seems unlikely!
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Old 22nd Jun 2017, 08:10
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Interesting read through these posts. Post 7 shows a photo of Linton instructors. I recognised Chris Tickell. He retired from Channel Express about 1999. He was Captain on the L188 Electra and a true gent. I can provide no further information I'm afraid.
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Old 22nd Jun 2017, 09:09
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Looking back again at the photo of Linton instructors in Post 7, I noticed that one of them is named as Andy ? Hill. I'm fairly sure that his first name is Ian - OC A Flt, 1 Sqn, No1 FTS in 1969.
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Old 22nd Jun 2017, 10:20
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Three of the Aussies went with me to 181 Cse at Syerston.
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Old 22nd Jun 2017, 18:02
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5th from the left, front row looks like the late Bruce Cogram; knew him when he was an AEO doing the Victor1/1A OCU at Gaydon in '63. Sad loss!
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Old 22nd Jun 2017, 19:22
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Yes, sadly Bruce was killed in a Harrier accident in Germany. He was a really nice bloke, and acted as a mentor to the youngsters on the course using his previous experience to great effect.
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Old 22nd Jun 2017, 21:31
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Happy memories, as an instructor from Church Fenton, of playing the Linton chaps at drinking in the Black Swan on Saturday lunchtimes.
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Old 10th Jul 2017, 13:07
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Most of us started on 241 AOTS Course at Church Fenton on 1 April 68... Syerston was a great place for BFT!
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Old 16th Jun 2018, 16:29
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Originally Posted by chopd95 View Post
Teeters, correct re Tom Mitcham, did the senior movs course with him at Abingdon in '70 or '71. There's a course photo on the MAMS site - IIRC Tom did the Majunga slot during the Beira blockade.
Just come across this thread, having recently discovered the site. Yes, I was in Majunga in 1970 - home to the cold and wet in January 71. It's been good to read this thread and the one on 240 Course AOTS. Would be good to get in touch with some of the others from these good times. Best wishes to all. Tom
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Old 18th Jul 2018, 17:20
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Originally Posted by Rhys Perraton View Post
It's now over 40 years since I passed out with 11 other fledgling airmen at No.1 FTS, RAF Linton-on-Ouse.
The photo in my log book shows us steely eyed aces standing in front of a JP displaying our new wings.
The course number escapes me but it was Spring of 1969.
So what became of everybody ?
Some I have been in contact with. Dave Symonds now working with BAe in UK on the Typhoon. Stu Marston was
with me in RBA and I believe is now in Italy or Asia. Laurie Kay is back in South Africa. Rog Lane I think I
heard came to grief in a Hawk some time ago.
Here are the names as I look at the photo.
Rog Lane
Mike Champion
Rhys Perraton
Dave Symonds
Dave Hawkins
Andy Walton
Stu Marston
Taff Harries
Ian Macdonald
Abdul Shokair {RSAF}
?? Michum {I think}
Laurie Kay
And then the instructors ?? I'm sure there were others but here are some names.
Marcus Edwards. RN Sadly passed away and I have recently been in contact with his son,Mike.
Keith Bainbridge RN
Dave Coldicutt
F/L Travers
Stu Robinson
Mac-Crooks
F/L Dodds
F/O Whyte
Dave Thomas
Mike Smith
Bo Plummer
Anyone got any news, stories, contacts etc be great to hear from them.
Does anyone know what became of Andy Walton? My last contact with him was at Lyneham in the 70's, when he was a C130 captain.
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Old 19th Jul 2018, 18:29
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Andy Walton still drawing breath in Dorset. Finished flying in 1995 after illness and consequent loss of licence but prior to that had been with the Automobile Association on their Learjet, followed by Air Europe (B757 / B737), Inter European Airways B737 and finally Airtours International (MD-83, B757, B767)
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Old 24th Jul 2018, 21:52
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And I wonder if he remembers a `tactical` diversion between Naples and Rome in the 125 to show our VVIP Monte Cassino again ,42 years later....
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Old 27th Jul 2018, 14:17
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Originally Posted by chopd95 View Post
Teeters, correct re Tom Mitcham, did the senior movs course with him at Abingdon in '70 or '71. There's a course photo on the MAMS site - IIRC Tom did the Majunga slot during the Beira blockade.
Then he went to Wildenrath as an AMO . Then on to other things!

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Old 27th Jul 2018, 20:53
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Would your Marcus Edwards have been instructing in the ATC,Manston,1977?
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Old 27th Jul 2018, 20:58
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Would your Marcus Edwards have been instructing in the Air Training Corps,RAF Manston,1976?
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Old 8th Aug 2018, 21:07
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Seems no else wants to help you out, YS, so I’ll try an educated guess.
I was Marcus’ Sea Daddy at Dartmouth when he joined the RN on about 106 FW course. That was Autumn 1961.
He was on an 8 year Supplementary List appointment with a 12 year option, as it was in those days.
So that makes his departure from the RN either 1969 or 1973. As he was quite young, he probably went for the 12 year as it had a useful gratuity but no pension.
1973 means he was on the market by ’76 0r ’77 but I think he spent a bit of time out in Jordan with Lee Jones in the nascent Jordanian Airforce Academy at first.
He was also involved with Manx Kelly in the Rothmans operation and later in the Vixen Pair. He was into microlites in South Wales as well later on, back home in the Bridgend area.
Conclusion ? He could have tried doing a bit with the ATC in Kent as he wasn’t interested in the airline option either.
However I doubt it. It was too far from home.......
Any help ?
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