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230 Course South Cerney

Old 26th Feb 2010, 11:53
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Reckon I must be one of the oldest! Joined No. 145 Course on 18 Jan 1960 - scraped through to Syerston in May. It was bloody cold, I remember but a great bunch of guys.
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Old 27th Feb 2010, 18:24
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Yes JENKS that was my course at Leeming. I believe I met the Bentley driver a couple of years ago in Luxembourg!

Never did think of the perimeter track as a runway but did sometimes operate off the autobahn which was much more fun!!

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Old 27th Feb 2010, 23:14
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Naa! you are not old. 143 course for me.
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Old 28th Feb 2010, 10:02
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Ah, the peri-trak at South Cerney. V. foggy day so sent on a run, cunning wheeze to sit out the 2nd circuit in the inside of the Meteor(?) hulk with several other cadets (all having a smoke!!) ... then the PTI lobbed in a Thunderflash!! - hearing was never quite the same again!
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Old 28th Feb 2010, 10:26
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199 Course to start with, but recoursed to 202 via Headley Court after assault course mishap.

Headley in '64 was bliss compared with Cerney.
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Old 28th Feb 2010, 11:24
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I think I was on 152 Course at South Cerney which went on to Syerston as 149u.
Certainly I remember the C.O. Barnard who decided to 'gate' us on our only free weekend at a Parade. He took a question from one of our 'ennobled' members. " Would you mind telling the Prime Minister that I will be unable to dine this evening due to the cancellation of the weekend pass? Sir!
The restriction was immediately lifted to much mirth.
Barnard was not well remembered!
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Old 28th Feb 2010, 20:42
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'Tweren't just the benches carted round the peri-track that led to my life-long love of exercise; one must not forget the medicine balls toted round with two hands at the back of the neck.
May I recommend this practice as a thrice daily ritual for all scrotes exiting the law courts, for the period of their judicial sentence. (3 months minimum even if acquitted, 'cos they prolly got off on a technicality anyway!)
Biased, Curmudgeonly... Moi? Surely not.

JENKINS..welcome a call soonest, meeting Dobbin for lunch tomorrow.
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Old 4th Mar 2010, 22:58
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237 course

I think we were the last SC entry. My memories: the NAAFI wagon, the Cirencester laundarette, wearing hats off base (how they must have laughed at us, my god the Beatles had arrived....but not at SC.)
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Old 5th Mar 2010, 06:34
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Anyone from 204 course. Sept 64 - Jan 65. The amazing Flt Sgt Fletcher?
Then on to 13 JP course Church Fenton. Good days.
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Old 5th Mar 2010, 17:50
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How about 197 Course, Apr - Jun 64 'ish. Then 11 Course Church Fenton:
Dave Featherstone
Alan Londesborough
Alan Curtis
Mike Schofield
Marcus Maclean
John Barnett
Dave Lawrence
Roger Morton
Tony Alcock
Neil Evans
Terry Adcock
Mike Titterton
Tom Taylor
Phil Boreham
Keith Monkhouse
Bob Frith
Geoff Brindle
Dave Gill
Neil Wharton
John Darby
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Old 5th Mar 2010, 20:41
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187 course was -fun??

..oddly enough I enjoyed it quite a lot. I never was as fit before or since. I've never forgotten FS Kerry's exhortation on day one "Nice and easy start gentlemen - bunny hops" (slight sniggers in the assembled throng) "to the far end of the hangar and back -GO!"
Followed by agonised gasping five minutes later.
My Flt Cdr was Cec Crook (he of the stolen train in RAFG) who had an individual, yea slightly eccentric, approach to fltcdr-ing. Many many years later at a dinner I mentioned his name and my Air Marshal looked up sharply and asked how I knew him. When I explained his role in my "career", his only comment was "Well well that explains a lot!"
What is bothering is when I look at the course photo and count how many are no longer with us. Right now seems to be a particularly bad time as I've lost three friends in the last three weeks. My old Scottish toast of "here's tae us, wha's like us,damn few, an' they're a' deid" is getting to damn close to the facts, and the other old Scots saying "A' richt ye've never died a winter yet" just isn't holding true this year.
Sgt Sparkes our DS pitched up at St Mawgan as the SWO many years later. One Friday as I was due to take over the SDO duty I rang OC GD Flt's office to explain I'd be over for the brief when I finished a course debrief. As I put the phone down a little bell rang in the back of my mind and I rang the number again and asked "Were you the DS on 3 Sqn at South Cerney in 1963?"
"Yes, I was, and I recognised your voice too Mr Rossian" He and I had wrestled many times with Cec Crooks "eccentricities", as I was the oldest stude on the course and was senior stude for two whole months. I was almost treated as a grown-up.

The Ancient Mariner
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Old 5th Mar 2010, 20:46
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Aah, Sgt Sparkes. I came across a display featuring a .303 last year and managed to do a fair impression of rifle drill. Not bad, considering the last rifle drill was early '65. He taught us well.
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Old 5th Mar 2010, 21:53
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Saarant Barnes for drill on 222. He truly excellent.

High-gloss paint on his boots.

True.
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Old 8th Mar 2010, 07:26
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South Cerney Courses

Hi Guys,

Can't quite recall my course number, think it was 210 or 211.
My first Flight Commander was Derik Ikin, I then dropped a course mainly for admin reasons & then had `Porky` Bond, two nice guys. We started with Sgt Sparkes & then got Sgt Naylor for drill & ground defence, both hard & made us work like hell, but pretty fair all the same. A few names from my course, Bob Kirkham (ex Sgt AQM), Dick Campbell-Jones, Rod Newman, John Edward, Norm Hartnell & a number of others, our course leader was Graham Young also ex SNCO. After we graduated some of us remained at Cerney & did a flight grading on Chipmunks before moving onto Flying Training schools.
I also can recall Sgt `Killer` Kerry (PTI) who took great pleasure in making us run round the peri track carrying a bench over our heads, another hard bugger, but fair as well provided you gave 110%. Many years later we met up in the Mess at Luqa, he was commissioned then & proceded to put the RAF & world to right, I hope he felt much better than I did the following morning!
Hope this might mean something to someone out there & great to hear of Cerney again,

Cheers.

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Old 11th Mar 2010, 08:52
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194 Course

Hi DGAC, I was on 194 cse (1.12.63 to 25.3.64) and then on to 174 at Acklington. Lots of familiar names on your list. Until a couple of years ago went back to Cerney for reunions courtesy of the Army. The parade ground was a car park and absolutely no sign of 2 Mess.
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Old 12th Mar 2010, 19:25
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January '66

Hope you guys will indulge an intrusion from an outsider.

Were any of you at South Cerney "Initial Training School" around January - March 1966? Were all the South Cerney courses for would-be Direct Entry aircrew?

Chris
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Old 12th Mar 2010, 20:14
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Chris, they were all for potential officer aircrew, but not all were direct entry. There was a smattering of people coming up "from the ranks", and very welcome their experience was too.
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Old 12th Mar 2010, 21:00
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May '66 222 Course had many NCOs. One, Cpl Chillery, if I remember correctly, was made course leader.
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Old 12th Mar 2010, 21:38
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I think I was on 186 starting April 63. Anyone left? Does anyone remember Flt Sgt Maunder - aka the 'voice'? I remember Sgt Kelly and running with the medicine balls round the peri track. Wish I could still do that now!
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Old 12th Mar 2010, 22:03
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203, then sport injury recourse to 205, then disciplinary recourse (on pass-out day) to 207 course. Pity because by the time I graduated at Valley they'd decided to cream a few of us off to the V-Force. Things (including me) sort of went downhill from then on.
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