The year 1951
A little music from the time . . .
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 […]
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 […]
All Material on this page is Copyright © Ralph Swift 2003 It is probably true to say that the jet aircraft design of the early 1950’s was still partly rooted in the piston engine era. We were still only about ten years into the jet age and the aircraft we were flying were designed and tested in the immediate war time and early post war years and carried with them all the trappings of a learning experience. The instrumentation and […]
Watton’s Last Lancaster TW864 retired at the end of January. During April, eight Gloster Meteor FMk8’s arrived at Watton’s Special Radio Installations Flight from RAF Wattisham to be fitted with a homing device code named ‘Lunch’. These aircraft were returned to Wattisham as their equipment was cleared for use. Another Meteor F8 arrived at the same time but went to Development Squadron’s ‘B’Flight for development work. In September the GCA Technical School and Higher Maintenance unit were transferred away from […]