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Old 16th Apr 2019, 19:49
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Is that the Mike Betts who went on helicopters and ETPS, if so it is the guy with whom I was in the school pipe band at Harrow County. That is a WHILE ago
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Old 17th Apr 2019, 09:46
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Anyone from 137 Course still around?

Bill
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Old 17th Apr 2019, 21:04
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Originally Posted by JENKINS View Post
Always worth looking back when this thread appears. Had been so pleased some time back at seeing on 193 a Welsh-speaking Flight Commander from early 1970-s that I missed another on the front row who attended my wedding in 1968. He was a chum of my parents, jumping bean applies.
Ref the above shot, here are the front row names - cut in the scan:
Flt Lt T Hearnshaw, Flt Lt G Goulding, Flt Lt D Jenkinson, Flt Lt HA Griffiths, Sqn Ldr RW Chartres AFC, G Cpt A Deere DSO OBE DFC ADC, Gp Capt PG Ottewill GM AFC, Wg Cdr JA Ryan, Flt Lt BA Reader, Flt Lt GA Smart, Flt Lt K Watson, Flt Lt GP O’Brian.
Yes, that was Al Deere in the middle, who took our parade on pass-out. I have never been closer to an ace before or since...

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Old 18th Apr 2019, 15:15
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Al Deere was Assistant Commandant at Cranwell, I guess mid 64. Graham Smart was my flt cdr on Towers Leadership Camp Easter 63.
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Old 19th Apr 2019, 16:02
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Beatles Twist and Shout became our course song (we had a scouser band player who later had a fatal accident at Valley).

Words on the lines of:
Come on pretty Baby now,
Lift and drag
repeat

You twist so good
Twist so fine
You’ve got a rope and a pulley now
And a personal line...

Sounded less corny after a beer or two but reflected what we were hearing every day.
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Old 24th Apr 2019, 09:38
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Originally Posted by bill fly View Post


Ref the above shot, here are the front row names - cut in the scan:
Flt Lt T Hearnshaw, Flt Lt G Goulding, Flt Lt D Jenkinson, Flt Lt HA Griffiths, Sqn Ldr RW Chartres AFC, G Cpt A Deere DSO OBE DFC ADC, Gp Capt PG Ottewill GM AFC, Wg Cdr JA Ryan, Flt Lt BA Reader, Flt Lt GA Smart, Flt Lt K Watson, Flt Lt GP O’Brian.
Yes, that was Al Deere in the middle, who took our parade on pass-out. I have never been closer to an ace before or since...
Fifty five years on and I still maintain I cannot remember how Brian Reader's boots found their way out of the para teepee and into the Brecon downpour.

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Old 24th Apr 2019, 09:42
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Originally Posted by middlesbrough View Post
Recognise many on the photo of 193 Course, I actually graduated on 194 Course but haven't got a course photo. Wondered if anybody had one..........
I could help
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Old 25th Apr 2019, 19:31
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Originally Posted by Top West 50 View Post
Fifty five years on and I still maintain I cannot remember how Brian Reader's boots found their way out of the para teepee and into the Brecon downpour.
Now then Top West... We must have slept close together that night! Did you borrow my battery shaver next morning?
Anyway I am glad you had nothing to do with the boots...
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Old 28th Nov 2019, 10:43
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Originally Posted by Brian 48nav View Post
Anybody know if my mates on 218 course are still on the perch?

Don Boyes -last heard of exHercs late 70s
Stu Ross -Victors then I think QFI, may have joined Brittania
Clive Willsdon (spelling?) - LIghtnings? BCal ?
Ian Travers-Smith - think I heard he was a Tornado boss in Gulf War 1
Pete Howarth - Nav on Canberras then Herc - maybe Supply later



I'd be glad to hear of any 218ers, and 88 nav course!
Trav is alive and well living in Aylesbury - Sec of the No 16 Sqn Assc
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Old 29th Nov 2019, 09:45
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Amazing! It's virtually 9 years since I posted that - and yours is the first response about any of those five.
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Old 9th Dec 2019, 19:21
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I think I was on 214 and 215 courses.
On 214 with Mike Cunningham, Tony Burkby etc and 215 with Jim Robb, Robbie Walker etc.
Was also in HK with RHKAAF and GFS.

Anything ring a bell?
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Old 9th Dec 2019, 20:03
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RHKAAF, I imagine that you might not have seen note about death of Bill Tait. In our circles we all must have passed by Bill at some stage.
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Old 9th Dec 2019, 21:01
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Thanks Pat, I had not heard about Bill.

We are now living in Canada,just outside Ottawa so do not get any news apart from PPRuNe.

How is Bransbury these days ?
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