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August 18th 2017
09:59:27 PM
What is your name?  

michael cherry

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no

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originally Northamptonshire, now Bermuda

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Browsing

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After square bashing at RAF Hednesford posted to Yatesbury mid 1955 to train as Air Radar Mechanic, then to Waddington and back to Yatesbury spring 1956 to upgrade to V Bomber equipment, followed by Waddington, Boscombe Down. and Waddington again working on the iconic Vulcans. remember F/Sgt Dunlop RAF police who had a fantastic memory and patrolled the camp on a pedal cycle.

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February 23rd 2009
04:18:42 PM
What is your name?  

Don Williams

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no

Where are you from?  

Anglesey, N.Wales

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searching web

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Yatesbury 1958 - 59 on AWF/AWM course. Posted to 2nd TAF.
On return to Blighty and mountain rescue remustered to photographer.

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February 23rd 2009
01:06:58 PM
What is your name?  

Tom Bonner

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No

Where are you from?  

London

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Google

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Did my Radar Operator Training at Yatesbury early 1951

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February 15th 2009
09:10:40 PM
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John & Peter Brown ( twins )

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No

Where are you from?  

Kingston, Surrey

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Google Web

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We were both at RAF Yatesbury Sept/ Oct 1948, coming via RAF Padgate & Wilmslow our DI @ Wilmslow was Cpl Curd does anyone recall ?

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January 17th 2009
05:25:05 AM
What is your name?  

Dennis Avard

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no

Where are you from?  

South Australia

How did you find this Web Site?  

word of mouth

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completed AWM course No 21C at Yatesbury 1948

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December 31st 2008
08:59:59 PM
What is your name?  

Peter Holme EX SAC

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no

Where are you from?  

Australia

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Msn

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Tel op 5 Dec 1954 til 9 May 1955 Ex RAF Padgate, back again
for Tel2 25 Feb 1959 til 12 May 1959, I remember the OC 3 Radio school as Sldr Dursdon who I met again in Khormaksar 1964

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December 27th 2008
02:21:09 AM
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George Best

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No

Where are you from?  

Ontario Canada

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Service Pals

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It was an education and one that has never been fogotten

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December 22nd 2008
08:09:01 AM
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Peter Ashley

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No

Where are you from?  

Appleton, Warrington, Cheshire

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Google

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Posted from Cardington to do a ground radar fitter course in 1954. Subsequently passed out as J/T and posted to Rotor CEW station at Cold Hesledon, Co. Durham thereafter various postings finsihing up as Cpl in 1958 on demob from RAF Benson

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December 15th 2008
11:41:51 PM
What is your name?  

Wooler

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No

Where are you from?  

Near Calne, Wiltshire

How did you find this Web Site?  

Google of Yatesbury

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Live near where the base used to be and often go down there. Very interesting to see what it was like etc and I've already been down there hunting around for what remains of the base.

Thanks for the photo's and information

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December 13th 2008
07:27:15 PM
What is your name?  

Yul Nejatti

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no

Where are you from?  

Romford Essex

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Browsing

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I was with AWF200 at Yatesbury 1961 to1962 I was hoping to come
across some names from that class . keep up the good work

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December 9th 2008
05:00:01 AM
What is your name?  

Alan Merryweather

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No

Where are you from?  

Cirencester, Glos

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Google

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CONTINUED.
We had other courses to attend as some equipment might have to be worked from electricity generated by petrol-electric sets, so we had to learn about the internal combustion engine. I was bored by things such as carburettors and their venturi, and sparking plugs. Some things are still readily recalled. Resistors and their colour code , capacitors with their more difficult colour code, thermodynamic valves of various sorts – from the simple diode to the more complex pentodes used in amplifiers working on the push-pull principle, negative feedback and how lead-acid batteries worked and so on. Workshop practise was interesting, using a soldering iron to put around half a dozen different terminals onto strands of wire in a cable, correct use of a hacksaw and so on. One memorable demonstration was of a small sheet of aluminium allowed to drop through the jaws of cyclotron magnet, clearly showing that although the non-ferrous metal wasn’t attracted to the magnet, it hesitated a little as it passed successively through the magnet’s lines of force.

The final exam was memorable for the massive cheating which went on. There were two electricity geniuses who provided answers on tiny pieces of paper, screwed up and flicked round the room. I duly passed and was told of my posting to remote Pembroke Dock. A long way from home, but at least I wasn’t being sent abroad.

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December 9th 2008
04:57:15 AM
What is your name?  

Alan Fraser Merryweather

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No

Where are you from?  

Cirencester, Glos.

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Google

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RAF Yatesbury, Wiltshire. ca. November 1952 – April 1953.

This camp was on the windswept North Wiltshire plain, about 75 miles from my home. Arriving at such a place in November was not an ideal time of year as there was the winter to face during the forthcoming 26 week course. The regime was much less strict than at West Kirby, but we were still expected to fulfil high standards of discipline, cleanliness and turnout, so life was a full round of work and study. The billet housed about 35 of us. but memories of names are now hazy particularly as I failed the first exam and was re-flighted, that is, put back perhaps by two weeks. This meant a different set of men in the billet.
Cartwright, Ken Colwell; Aburrow; ‘Digger’ and Robertson, a Scot who stayed on as an Tutor. that’s all

Friday night was bull night, when the whole billet, the floor, windows – everything, had to be thoroughly cleaned for Saturday inspection, It was a time of great effort, with lots of good-natured fun and singing of ribald songs and repetitive recitations to help relieve the boredom. Once someone had the idea of asking for alternative song titles. Huge laughter greeted the invention of There’s a pong in my fart.

The corporal in charge of the second billet was Cpl Nicklin, a short, curly-haired friendly very Christian man who was a keen disciplinarian.
Our double metal wardrobes were large, the bottom half of one side comprising drawers. Since I wasn’t interested in sport I used to hide in my cupboard, sitting on the drawers, waiting till an inspection of the billet had taken place to ensure that there were no laggards lying on their beds. Then I took myself off for a long deep, hot bath. However, one day, a pipe-smoking colleague blew a lungful of vile smoke through a hole in the side of the cupboard and I came out spluttering.
On afternoons when missing sports was unavoidable, a group of us found that by running out of the camp dressed in our PE kit, we could cross the road, run up the hill opposite and when out of sight, lay down and smoke and chat. However, one day two PTI’s (Physical Training Instructors) suddenly appeared, rounded us and up and took us for a long and brisk run. A real punishment for me who wasn’t very fit.

Except once, when I had to do guard duties, we were allowed to go home every weekend after lessons finished on Saturday mornings. There was a well-organised coach service to London by a firm operating out of Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire who for a very reasonable fare ran a service (to Hammersmith?) London, returning after midnight on the Sunday . One weekend the whole of southern England was blanketed in a thick pea-souper fog so I had to send a telegram to the Guardroom at the camp to arrange for an extension of leave until the Monday. I didn’t know that on returning to camp, I should have reported to the Guardroom, so later that day I was hauled out of a lesson for a ********** for the mistake

It was at Yatesbury that I first came across Kilroy was here. It was written everywhere. Open a book, a desk, a radio set, behind doors, and once, I was here before Kilroy.
The Winter was a hard one in that bleak place. I recall doing guard duty based on a small hut in some remote part of the camp when it was snowing. Two hours stamping about in the severe cold was very unpleasant. On return to the guard hut where there were beds and tea, I took off my boots and as they were sodden, put them on top of a cylindrical paraffin heater. I then went to sleep and on waking was horrified to find the leather insteps had overheated and bubbled, I sent them to the shoe menders expecting them to be patched up, but a few days later was called out of the class and summoned to the Clothing Store, The Sergeant there asked me what had happened to the boots and I said that they were wet and had been left on the top of hot water pipes. He got hold of each in turn, firmly flexing them, causing the leather to snap. He then made me buy a new pair from my meagre clothing allowance. The new boots had to be bulled up to a shiny state. Taking a short cut, using a hot iron I applied it to the leather, but overdid it around one of the backs, so thereafter, the leather on one heel area sagged a little.

After learning about the basic theory of electricity, voltage, current, insulation and so on, we were taught about the RAF’s principal aircraft transmitting and receiving equipment, the TR1154 and 1155 and the VHF version (from which I had a 400 volt shock), and American UHF equipment. The radio frequency on this last equipment was so high that the usual laws of electricity became irrational. Current, tended to flow around the outside of wire, so hollow lecher bars were used inside the complex set.

Our tutor was a civilian, a very pleasant man, lucid and knowledgeable, but I had a big problem with electricity, spending too much time worrying about how it worked rather than accepting that it did

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December 5th 2008
09:03:54 PM
What is your name?  

Dennis Rayner

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no

Where are you from?  

West London

How did you find this Web Site?  

Google

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Passed Air Wireless Mechanic course from September 1955 & due to go to Lincolnshire as AWM in Vulcans. Looking forward to it very much when my past colour blindness caught up with me and finished up as a penpusher at RAF Horsham St Faith

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December 5th 2008
05:47:10 PM
What is your name?  

Fred Pegman

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no

Where are you from?  

Spain

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web

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I was at Yatesbury doing Radar Op traing late 1954 to 55

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December 3rd 2008
05:30:21 PM
What is your name?  

Jim Wilson

Are you an Association Member?  

No

Where are you from?  

Bexleyheath, Kent

How did you find this Web Site?  

Googled Yatesbury

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I was just brtowsing and googled Yatesbury to see if a web site would come up.

I was in the RAF fromJanuary 1941 to 1945, went to Cardington first of all as a General Duties irk, remustered as a Wireless Operator and went to Compton Bassett, where I trained as a Wireless Operator, passing out as an LAC, retained at Compton Bassett for a time as a Temporary Corporal Wireless Operator Instructor,From there I was posted to Yatesbury and subsequentley to Aston Downs 52 OTU. for a young 17/18 year old it was not a very exciting war but all in all it was a part of my life that I look back on with a great deal of affection. I shall reach the age of 85 in ten days time.

Good luck to all out there who had the good fortune to serve at Compton Bassett, Yatesbury and Aston Downs

Jim Wilson who never rose above the rankof Temporary Corporal [:))][:))]

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November 13th 2008
08:39:58 PM
What is your name?  

peter king

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yes

Where are you from?  

lincoln

How did you find this Web Site?  

search by google

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Just been listening to the news on tv. It brings back memories of the fact that I was on gate guard duties at this time in 1948 when the news came that Prince Charles had been born. I was doing my ab initio training as a wireless fitter at the time. Hard evenings studying wrapped up in a blanket.

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November 4th 2008
03:28:14 AM
What is your name?  

John Murphy

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No

Where are you from?  

Los Altos, California, USA

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Google

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I was born in London, England in 1937. I was in the RAF from November 1955 till November 1957. After Cardington and West Kirby, I spent 8 months at Yatesbury training to be an Air Wireless Fitter. My posting came through upon graduation, to Aden in the Middle East. But owing to an accident (at an open air swimming pool on a nice sunny day in Calne, running onto the open end of a corned beef can which lodged in the heel of my foot-Ouch-still have the scar!), some other poor soul got my assignment, and I spent the rest of my service at an RAF maintenance centre in the Midlands.
Vague memories of the camaraderie with other guys, nights at the local pubs, and girl friends in Calne. Just got back to USA, after a trip with my brother to Yatesbury and Calne, on our way to Wales and ferry to Ireland. Very nostalgic, and not too many specific memories, but made some good friends for many years.
Look forward to other comments on this website.
Regards to all.
John Murphy

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October 29th 2008
08:49:18 PM
What is your name?  

Bert Jones

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no

Where are you from?  

Surrey

How did you find this Web Site?  

search engine google

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Served at Yatesbury in 1955 on air wireless fitter's course.

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October 10th 2008
07:27:24 PM
What is your name?  

ARTHUR CROKER

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no

Where are you from?  

somerset

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I served in the Royal Air Force 1959/61 I was at comton bassettt 1959 and then spent the rest of my time at Eastleigh Nairobi Kenya . Would be great to hear from anyone else who was there at that time

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October 5th 2008
08:13:38 AM
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Allan Walker

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No

Where are you from?  

Burnley

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Browsing

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Served in Supply Squadron from 62-64 as OC EPAF. Remember very cold winter of 63 when camp was closed because of snow drifts. Because of extreme cold Camp was issued with 21C 3001 Stoves Oil Heating which were meant to keep the outside toilets and wooden huts warm. Many could be seen moving down the main road at dead of night, going to who knows where.

Have many great memories including the Drama Club and our clubhouse which was an air-raid shelter outside the Theatre which was an old Canvas Hangar.

CO was Gp Capt Ken Pugh,(Wife had a yellow Buuble Car which we reckon ran on "Fine Old Golden" sherry from the NAAFI) OC Admin Wg Cdr Maurice Claxton and OC Eng Wg Cdr Judy Garland. OC Admin Flight was F/O Ted Ratnaraja ( Slowly Slowly Catchee Monkey) above the door of his office
It may not have had the best accommodation but was a great Unit to serve on.

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