The year 1950

Review Of The Year 1950
RAF Show – Sky’s The Limit

A little music from the time . . .

Tennessee Waltz – Patti Page
If I Knew You Were Comin’ Eileen Barton
Harbor Lights – Guy Lombardo


Central Signals 90 Group life in 1950 – 1952  By Roy Bending 

I was at RAF Watton Central Signals 90 Group, arriving about October 1950, having completed technical training at RAF St Athan. The conscription period had been increased from eighteen months to two years and this created a problem due to the sheer volume of numbers on the base because bods were not being demobbed until their two years National Service had been completed. The outcome of this was that we were put into temporary accommodation at Watton Green, in huts […]

The View From The Cab The MT Driver’s perspective By John Beavin 

The View From The Cab The MT Driver’s perspective By John Beavin 

I arrived at Watton in Sept 1950 from 90 GP HQ Medmenham. I was an MT driver. I can only recall Lincolns being based at Watton at that time, there were of course a few odds and sods like the Tiger Moth that crashed in front of the Control Tower killing 2 plus the snowdrop who fell off the fire engine racing to the scene. Us drivers kind of selected our own jobs, for instance Draper and Lindsay opted for […]

Peter Long’s brief history of Watton – 1950

The CSE’s problems with shortage of aircraft were compounded when the Station’s Mosquitoes were grounded for most of January. The problem concerned their electrical wiring systems which required modifications before the aircraft could fly again. The third Lincoln to join Watton’s establishment arrived in February. This aircraft was to join Calibration Squadron. It was expected to have all eleven Lancasters replaced by Lincoln aircraft by April 1951. Consideration was being given to the possibility of using Boeing B29 Washington aircraft […]