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Old 9th Feb 2013, 12:51
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I have recently acquired a Lecture Precis for Pilots Manual for the Vulcan Conversion Unit which was based at 230 OCU RAF Finningley. The name of the pilot, written in ink on the front cover was a M S ASHLEY. The name appears again at the top of the contents page with the addition of 'Refresher 65' written in ink. I am a historic aviation enthusiast (and lapsed PPL) and would very much appreciate any information on this gentleman. Another name mentioned in a letter dated August 1967 at the beginning of the manual is S L McClure, Major, USAF who I understand was a USAF exchange officer.
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Old 10th Feb 2013, 10:23
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Mike Ashley was certainly a Vulcan copilot on one of the RAF Scampton squadrons in the late 60s, and according to the London Gazette he retired as a Flt Lt in 1993. I think he might have been the boss of a simulator somewhere either after or just prior to retirement.

Maj McClure I think was the Chief Groundschool Instructor (CGI) on 230 OCU at that time.

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Old 10th Feb 2013, 11:21
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M S Ashley

Many thanks for the information. It is much appreciated. Mike
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Old 10th Feb 2013, 12:46
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230 OCU Précis Notes

I remember Major McClure on the OCU, as has already been stated he filled the Chief Instructor position. IIRC he was promoted to Lt. Col. while in post in about 1968.

Between 1965 and 1971 I was employed on maintaining the 230 OCU Vulcan B2 Flight Simulator(in reality more of a CPT than a simulator). I did the full ground school course - sans the flying and the secret ECM bits. I think I had a copy of the précis myself but it has long since been lost.

During my time at Finningley OC simulators were F/L John Barnes, F/L Colin Lamont a F/L whose name I can't recall and my final boss before moving on to Phantoms S/L Lunn.

One of the simulator instructors was the co-pilot on XH556 when the under carriage retracted on the ground. (John Cummings?)

All in all Finningley and the OCU was probably the best posting in the service.

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There is (was a yr or two ago) a CAA examiner called Mike Ashley based at EGTC. Not sure if its your man though
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I think that you may be confusing for Nigel Ashley who was CAA examiner at Cranfield...?
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Old 6th Mar 2013, 13:47
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Mike Ashley was on the Tucano Sim at Linton-on-Ouse, retired a few years ago.
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Mike Ashley was on Dominies (Hs125) at Finningley late 80's early 90's but not sure where you might find him now.
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Mike and I went through training together, he went to Vulcans I did better and went to Victors!

He was later my best man 1966 and then I lost touch. I did see him at Finners, he was based and I was flying chippies for the AEF but I was v pissed off at being refused re enlist at 38 so kept away, wished I hadn't now but stuck with it.
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Mike and I, ably assisted by Hoskins and Arnott, drunk our way successfully through AOTS at South Cerney during the first few months of 1964. 195/196 Course I recall. Pictures available.

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Old 22nd Apr 2013, 18:42
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Does anyone know anything further about Flt John Barnes who used to do a bit of civvy flying with Ernie Crabtree's Northern Air Taxis at LBA in the late 60s early 70s?
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MS Ashley

The RAF Retired List 2002 gives ; Flt Lt 25-9-69 and Retd GD 12-1-93 .
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