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97th Entry

Argosy Website

Dereham Pubs

215 Squadron in the Far East

Breckland Roll of Honour

Dereham Roll of Honour
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Royal Air Force Crest
Royal Air Force
Per Ardua Ad Astra
Onwards to the Stars

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RAF Abingdon, Station Crest
RAF Abingdon
PROUDLY

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RAF Benson, Station Crest
RAF Benson
SPECTEMUR AGENDO
Let us be judged by our actions
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RAF Brize Norton, Station Crest
RAF Brize Norton
TRANSIRE CONFIDENTER
Pass through confidently
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215 Squadron
215 Squadron
SURGITE NOX ADEST
Arise night is at hand
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RAF Halton, Station Crest
RAF Halton
TEACH LEARN APPLY
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No 1 S of TT Crest
No 1 School of Technical Training
CRESCENTES DISCIMUS
As we grow, we learn
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RAF Lyneham, Station Crest
RAF Lyneham
SUPPORT SAVE SUPPLY
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RAF Swanton Morley, Station Crest
RAF Swanton Morley
Steadfast to Serve
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216 Squadron
216 Squadron
CCXVI Dona Ferens
216 Bearing Gifts
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RAF Changi, Station Crest
RAF Changi
KAMI MELINDONGI SEMUA
We Shelter Many
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Central Servicing Development Establishment
Central Servicing Development Establishment
LOOKING AHEAD
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RAF Transport Command
Transport Command
Ferio Ferendo
We strike by carrying
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RAF Air Support Command
Air Support Command
Ferio Ferendo
We strike by carrying
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Royal Air Forces Association
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SHAW
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The 97th Entry - does anyone have the original artwork?
97th Entry
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East Dereham
East Dereham

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RAF Abingdon

January 1974 - January 1975, Belfast Servicing Flight

Shorts Belfast Belfast Big, fat, slow, ugly aircraft that I worked on at Abingdon. Wikipedia - Belfast


Dragon Rapide

De Havilland Dragon Rapide G-AGSH Whilst stationed at Abingdon I helped, in my own time, to maintain this aircraft. At that time she belonged to the RAF Sports Parachute Association and was used solely as a jump platform. In this photograph she has just been rolled out of Abingdon's 'big' hangar following a major overhaul and respray, sporting the, then, newly recommended black and white propellers. As you can see from the link she is a venerable old lady. The first time I got a flight in her the pilot had to make a very rapid emergency landing due to a smoke filled cockpit. The scariest moment I ever had flying.

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RAF Benson

April 1964 - October 1965, Scheduled Servicing and Rectification Flight

Benson was the 'home' of the Argosy, being the base of 114 and 267 Squadrons and the servicing base for 105 Squadron based at Aden. 215 Squadron formed here prior to moving to Singapore.

RAF Brize Norton

March 1975 - November 1976, Regional NDT Team


Bryan  "POP"

Pop My stepfather - a good bloke and a good publican. Visit the PUBS page.


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RAF Changi, Singapore, 215 Squadron

October 1965 - February 1968,

Last Argosy January 1968 - The last 215 Squadron Argosy about to depart Changi following the disbandment of the Squadron.

Cherry Tree Public House, Dereham

Cherry Tree

I took over the Cherry Tree in October 1985 with Gina, who became my second wife. Having been brought up in pubs there was a certain inevitability that I would want to run one myself one day.  We had six good years together, then things went wrong and ended in disaster - all part of life's rich tapestry.

"CHOTA"

Chota 4ft 11 and a bit

When I joined the RAF I had not reached puberty and I was just under 5 foot tall, the smallest in the Entry. The drill instructors nicknamed me 'Chota', from the Indian for little one. As in chota peg, small drink.


CARS

See my collection of cars and other forms of transport

CPR Ltd

I worked here for 5 years

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Dereham, Norfolk

Dereham I have lived here so long that the locals talk to me. Photo shows the North end of the Market Place as seen from my desk.

Dereham Pubs

My history of Dereham pubs.

Dinky Toys

Click here to see my collection

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Florrie

Auntie Florrie Dearly loved Auntie

Frank I

Frank the 1st

I only have a vague  memory of my grandfather as he died when I was very young. But I have many fond memories of Nan Shaw as I spent a great deal of time with her when I was a boy. I used to listen to the radio with her (no television in those days) and still listen much more than I watch.

Frank II

Frank Shaw - My Father

Frank III

Frank III, August 2004

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Gina

Gina With Gina (who became wife No 2) at Sergeants' Mess Summer Ball, June 1985 - the last time I wore uniform.

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RAF Halton

January 1961 - March 1964, 97th/98th Entry
No 1 School of Technical Training
97th Entry - A Flt
97th Entry, A Flight
1 Squadron 3 Wing
February 1961

98th Entry Passing Out Parade
Passing Out Ceremony of the
98th Entry of Aircraft Apprentices
Wednesday 25 March 1964

Hope I

Hope 1 The little boat we had on the Broads for a couple of years

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Irene

Auntie Irene Auntie Irene with me in the days when I was into long dresses.

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Granddad Joe

Grandad Joe With Kathy at age 94. Sadly we did not get a photograph of five generations together. Joe - Mum - Me - Karen - Sarah

John O'Groats to Lands End

In June 1984 I ran, as part of an 8 man relay team, from John  O'Groats to Land's End. It took 4½ days, average speed 7.72mph. We each ran the equivalent of a marathon a day.

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Karen and Kathy

My two little girls - now grown up of course.

Sisters


Kathy receiving her OU degree

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RAF Lyneham

April 1968 - January 1974, Comet Scheduled Servicing Flt and 216 Squadron Engineering Flight

216 Squadron. Originally 16 Squadron Royal Naval Air Service, when the Royal Air Force was formed in 1918 it became 216 Squadron RAF, so to this day those in the know always refer to it as "Two - Sixteen".

Comet XR397 of Two-Sixteen Squadron Comet XR397, in which I flew around the world in, pictured at RAF Kai Tak, Hong Kong.

216 Squadron Engineering Flight - 1973

216 Squadron Disbandment

Black 6

Black 6 In 1973 I helped at the beginning of a project to restore this Messerschmitt Bf 109G to flying condition, at that time it was thought that the project would take a couple of years. In fact it was 18 years before it flew. I was posted to Abingdon in 1975 so lost touch with the project. The next time I saw the aircraft was when it flew into Swanton Morley in September 1995. Here it is at Swanton Morley wearing a temporary paint scheme for a film role.

Hercules on the line at Lyneham Hercules - When I was on the Brize Norton Regional NDT Team I spent most of my time inspecting Hercules at Lyneham.

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Marathon

Completing the First Norfolk
Marathon Completing the First Norfolk Marathon 3 May 1981 - 3h.23m 25s (139th)

Mid Norfolk Railway

In 1997 finding myself unemployed and bored I volunteered to help on the Mid Norfolk Railway. I was immediately impressed by the enthusiasm and dedication of the people that I met. They have a 'we will do it' attitude to everything and they always do it, albeit two years behind schedule. The cutting from the Eastern Daily Press shows the first train to travel from Dereham to Wymondham for ten years. I am on there somewhere. The first person that I worked with was Roy, we have worked together ever since. When he was asked to take charge of the drains and fences I coined the phrase D&F Team, we have been that ever since.

First Train to Wymondham for a Decade

Roy and Frank, the D & F Team The D&F Team repairing a fence on a rainy day at Wymondham

Mum

Mum Behind the bar at the Doughty Arms - and she's still at it donkey's years after she should have retired.

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Norfolk Airfields

If you drive, or better still cycle, around the country roads of Norfolk you are likely to come across an airfield control tower, a huge stretch of concrete once a runway, an aeroplane hangar, or a memorial in a well tended garden. These are all reminders of the many airfields, mainly of W.W.II origin, that scatter the county. I have studied and visited most of them and produced a website about them (No longer online).


Home Guard at Wendling

This photo, given to me by one of my old Cherry Tree customers, shows a group of Home Guard visiting Wendling on the 27th November 1944. In the background is a B-24 Liberator.

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Outside Bars

Outside Bar Specialist

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Peddars Way And North Norfolk Coastal Path

Frankie says Relax The best 'walkies' that Rajah ever had.

Pubs

See my long association with pubs.

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RainAir

Rainer in The Backstabbers Arms

I first met Rainer when he was running the Norfolk and Norwich Aero Club at Swanton Morley, we became close friends and had many adventures together. I do not see him much these days as he is busy, in the company of his lady Marcia, running his new venture at Beccles.

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Sally

Sally Wife No 1 as she was when I met her in Singapore in 1965 - what a stunner!

Special Brew

Frank SB A very serious beer. This is me drinkink it whilst trying to design a website. No wonder there are so many mistakes.

Sylvia

Sylvia She also drank Special Brew, but she drank them warm - yuuk!!

RAF Swanton Morley

November 1976 - August 1985, Central Servicing Development Establishment.

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Uffington White Horse

Uffington White Horse

During the long hot summer of '76 we spent many a happy hour flying our Peter Powell Kite above Uffington White Horse.        Aah -  the sweet nostalgia of those never to be forgotten halcyon days.

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VJ Day

VJ Day 15 August 1945 - Ansell Road, Birmingham - Nan Shaw in the front, Mum holding me, 2nd babe in arms from right.

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Wells to Walsingham Railway

Wells Railway 10 ¼ inch gauge railway that runs on the track bed of the Wells-Next-the-Sea branch. The Mid Norfolk Railway is also part of this branch

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