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  Monday 30th Octobber 2017
293 Thanks to Bill Simmons added a picture of a wing flypast, probably 3 Hunter F.6's from 4 Sqn, 3 from 93 Sqn and 3 Swifts FR5's from 2 Sqn.   Perhaps a practice for AOC's flypast?   [No Backlog)   (Click to see.)
292 Thanks to Bill Simmons added a picture of swans and ducks on what is probably the moat in Jever town.   Left to right: H and C with 2Sqn's Hanger 3 in the background.   [No Backlog)   (Click to see.)
291 Thanks to Bill Simmons added yet another shot of the same 4 squadron Hunter F.6 line up.   Left to right: H and C with 2Sqn's Hanger 3 in the background.   [No Backlog)   (Click to see.)
  Saturday 28th Octobber 2017
290 Thanks to Bill Simmons added a view North across the runway with ATC behind the two Hunters taking off.   [No Backlog)   (Click to see.)
  Friday 27th Octobber 2017
289 Thanks to Bill Simmons added a view along the southern taxiway looking East.   [No Backlog)   (Click to see.)
  Thursday 26th Octobber 2017
288 Thanks to Bill Simmons added another shot of the same 4 squadron Hunter F.6 line up.   Left to right: H and C.   [No Backlog)   (Click to see.)
  Wednesday 25th Octobber 2017
287 Thanks to Bill Simmons added another shot of the 4 squadron Hunter F.6 line up.   Left to right: X, E, F, W, T, Y, H and C.   [No Backlog)   (Click to see.)
  Tuesday 24th Octobber 2017
286 Thanks to Bill Simmons added a photo of 4 squadron Hunter F.6 line up.   Left to right: E, F, W, T, Y and H.   [No Backlog)   (Click to see.)
  Tuesday 26th September 2017
285 Thanks to Al Pollock learnt the sad news of the death of Wg. Cdr "Q" Quintin Miles Bayley Oswell who died at home on 10 September 2017, aged 81.   Darling husband of Ingerid and adored father of Isabel.   Private funeral.   [No Backlog)   (Click to see.)
  Tuesday 19th September 2017
284 Thanks to Bill Simmons added a photo of a 4 squadron Hunter F.6 XJ637 C taxying in.   Hunter F.6 XJ637 C made its first flight 3Jan57 by David Lockspeiser, was delivered to 33MU on 11Mar57.   To 4 Sqn on 22Mar57 and left for 2 Sqn on 4Jan61 as C.   Then to 19MU on 21Mar61 and to 229OCU in Dec64.   To 1TWU 234Sqn as 31 in 75.   GIA Cranwell as 8687M in Jun95 then stored dismantled at Ipswich.   In 98 to Ben Bartell's Jet Centre (previously McCarthy Aviation) North Weald, Hangar 7, Epping, Essex.   Delivered by road from Ipswich in Feb01 to Exeter for eventual restoration by Classic Jets.   Barry Pearson's Hunter Flying Club, Exeter.   Sold on e-bay 9May06 for £4667.00 to a private buyer.   Swift FR.5 XD949 D arrived on 2 Sqn on Tue 5Jun56 and left on Thu 11Dec58.   It was also Cat 3R 23Aug57-18Oct57.    Cat 4(R) Damage returned to 23MU.   [No Backlog)   (Click to see.)
  Tuesday 12th September 2017
283 Thanks to Bill Simmons added a photo of a 4 squadron Hunter F.6 XG267 F taxying out.   Hunter F.6 XG267 F made its first fight on 14Nov56 flown by Duncan Simpson.   It was delivered on 3Dec56 to No.5MU at Kemble.   It arrived on 4 Sqn on Thu 28Nov57 and returned to 5MU on Thu 12Jan61.   Transferred to Jordanian Air Force (801) in Jun62 to Oct62.   [No Backlog)   (Click to see.)
  Monday 11th September 2017
282 Thanks to Bill Simmons added a photo of a 4 squadron Hunter F.6 taxying out.   [No Backlog)   (Click to see.)
281 I have purchased an Epson slide scanner.   This has allowed me to copy the slides that Bill Simmons sent me 3 years ago and they are of excellent quality.   That made me realise that there are probably many of you who have 35mm slides of your time at Jever but no way of turning them into photos for the web site.   Now that I have the scanner I would be pleased to turn any of your 35mm slides into photos for the web site.   In return I will e-mail you full resolution scans of those that I use on the web site.   That would be a way of getting them captured in a useable form for just the cost of posting them to me.
280 Thanks to Bill Simmons added a photo of a 4 squadron line.   [No Backlog)   (Click to see.)
  Sunday 10th September 2017
279 Thanks to Bill Simmons added a photo of a 4 squadron formation landing.   [No Backlog)   (Click to see.)
278 Thanks to Bill Simmons added a photo of a 4 squadron flypast.   [No Backlog)   (Click to see.)
  Saturday 9th September 2017
277 Most of the video clips in the List of Videos are now also embeded in the appropriate place in the Sqn and Stn lists of pictures and videos.   Therefore, in the green jumps under the names in the databases of personnel, a choice has been provided to either return to the Video list or to return to the embedded copy in the Sqn/Stn lists.   This helps when stepping through either the list of videos or the sqn/stn lists of items.   [No Backlog]
  Sunday 27th August 2017
276 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ken Pott's film.   Video showing 118 Squadron Reunion on 8th May 2009 pitch about Michael Kendrick's books on poetry, toast to Arthur and Mollie Asker and David Lockspeiser's toast to absent friends.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
275 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ken Pott's film.   Video showing 118 Squadron Reunion on 8th May 2009 Tribute to Flight Lieutenant Jimmy Talallla clip from Ken Pott's film.   Poet Michael Kendrick wrote a poem in tribute to the WWII 118 Squadron pilot.   This was read by Dineen Talalla, Jimmy's Granddaughter.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
  Saturday 26th August 2017
274 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ken Pott's film.   Video showing 118 Squadron Reunion on 8th May 2009 Tribute to Sqn Ldr Arthur Asker clip from Ken Pott's film. Wilf Crutchley pays tribute to Sqn Ldr Arthur Asker the Guest of Honour and Molly his wife.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
273 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ken Pott's film.   Video showing 118 Squadron Reunion on 8th May 2009 Apologies and introduction clip from Ken Pott's film.   Wilf Crutchley thanks John Freeborn, George Aird and David Lockspeiser for their support while organising the reunion.   Wilf then asks for someone else to take on the next organisation having done two himself.   Wilf announced apologies from Charles Gibbs whose health prevented him from travelling at the last minute; Iain Sutherland, a WWII pilot who was too ill to travel but had sent his son; Ken Potts from Australia who had won a raffle prize to travel to any sporting fixture in the world and had chosen this 118 Sqn reunion.   Ken had brought over a camera to record the event for George Spooner who could not make it from Australia.   Wilf welcomed the whole Talalla family who had attended from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia; AVM Paddy Harbison and Helen, his wife had travelled from Virginia, USA and was the longest wartime member of 118 Sqn as he served from 1943 to its disbandment in 1946.   Finally he mentioned Bob Taylor who had travalled from Spain.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
272 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ken Pott's film.   Video showing 118 Squadron Reunion on 8th May 2009 Before Speeches clip from Ken Pott's film.   This first clip opens with Ken Potts driving home on arrival back in England from where he now lives in Australia.   It continues with shots of the 118 Sqn Reunion filmed before the speeches - many sending get well messages to George Spooner who also lives in Australia but could not make the reunion.   The recorded commentary explains most of the shots.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
  Friday 25th August 2017
271 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Joachim Linke's film.   Video showing second clip from Lt Col Joachim Linke's film.   This clip shows a Douglas A-4 Skyhawk taking off at GAF Wittmundhaven to act as a target towing aircraft for Phantom gunnery training over the North Sea during the visit of ex-members of 101 SU on 7th May 2008.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
270 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Joachim Linke's film.   Video showing first clip from Lt Col Joachim Linke's film.   This clip shows a Phantom from JBG-51 Richthofen Fighter Bomber Group taxying out at GAF Wittmundhaven during the visit of ex-members of 101 SU on 7th May 2008.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
269 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Chris Stone's film.   Video showing CS-08 clip from Chris Stone's video taken at Peter Martin's Wedding in April 1962.   It opens with the guests waiting for the bride and groom outside the hotel where they held the reception.   On the right it looks like John Farley talking to Bob Holiday and on the left of them can be seen Tony Boyle.
Al Pollock is then seen defacing the car windscreen with the words "BOMBER COMMAND".  There are further shots of the guests, then the poor chauffeur is seen trying to remove Al's handiwork from his windscreen!   After more views of guests on the steps of the hotel there is then a shot of Peter Martin's sports car parked further down the drive.   After it is driven up to the reception, Peter in his grey "going away" suit, is seen trying to load his case and bride into the car before too much havoc is wrought on it by the guests.   Al Pollock is hard at work labelling the windscreem "Just Married".   Peter is then seen trying to load their suitcase with some considerable interference.   The bride is then carried to the car and they finally drive off with the usual extras in tow.   Various guests are then seen trying to leave from the reception in their cars.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
268 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Chris Stone's film.   Video showing CS-07 a clip from Chris Stone's film taken at Peter Bouch's wedding on 22nd July 1961 at Treherbet, Rhondda in South Wales.   It opens with Peter Bouch accompanied by Colin Lamont, his Best Man, going up the steps to the church.   Then there is a shot of Peter and Margaret the Bride coming out of the Church again with Colin in attendance.   Peter and Margaret then pose on the steps followed by Peter and Colin.  The next shot shows Marion Stone in light green, next to an Unknown Lady, then Timber Wood and Colin on the steps of the Church.   Peter seems bothered by the confetti on his very smart uniform but he is fighting a losing battle until they get in to the car - a beautifully prepared Mercedes with the necessary accoutrements!   .   They are finally seen driving off to the reception.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
267 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Chris Stone's film.   Video showing CS-06 a clip from Chris Stone's film taken on 93 Sqn when there was a challenge race between the groundcrew and the aircrew to see who could change an empty ADEN gun pack on the Hunter F.6 for a full gun pack.   The opening scene on the hard standing in front of Hangar 4 shows a group gathered to witness the event: Wg Cdr Nick Bowen (OC Flying); Sqn Ldr Olaf Bergh (OC 93 Sqn), and pilots Jeremy Hall, Timber Wood, Barrie Tonkinson, plus one other pilot (back towards) believed to be John Haig.   There is also an unknown bald-headed gentleman in civvies.   In scene 2 Peter Arthur walks towards the camera.   He is (thankfully!) i/c the pilot team comprising Mick Ryan, Dennis Fahey and John Haig.   In scene 3 The fresh gun packs are wheeled into place and then we see the Pilots team on the starting blocks.   Scene 5 shows a Stop watch (held by Timber Wood) starting, and the race is on - pilots on aircraft 'W', and armourers on aircraft 'R'.   Scene 6 Stop watch at 40 seconds.   Scene 7 Pilot team work frantically!   Stop watch (cannot determine seconds).   Scene 8 Dennis Fahey removes ladder (at last!) - and "Flash" Haig lives up to his nick name!   Scene 9 Armourers appear to calmly finish.   OCFW and OC 93 look on at the pilot's team, as John Haig replaces the final sabrina.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
266 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Chris Stone's film.   Video showing CS-05 a clip from Chris Stone's film taken when 93 Sqn were working up for the Wing Flypast for the AOC's Inspection - Thu 5May60.   The clip opens with shots of Hunter F.6 A XG272 on the 93 Sqn hardstanding in front of Hangar 4.   There is a close up of Chris Stone's name on the side of his aircraft.   Next there is a shot of Brian Butterworth in 93 Sqn's Operations Room as he walks past Chris Stone reclining on the Ops Desk and then showing Mick Ryan signing for his aircraft.   If this is the right day it was when Mick acted as "Whipper In" to marshal the shape of the flypast.   He did not fly on the actual day of the inspection which was Tuesday 10th May 1960.   Next we see the 93 Sqn Hunters starting up, taxying out and taking off.   There are then several flypasts in four vics of five aircraft each.   It finishes with a single still taken of Chris Stone's low-level aerobatics display.   Hunter F.6 A XG272 1st flt 4Dec56 by David Lockspeiser, delivered 9Jan57 to 5MU, to 2 ATAF 26Mar57, to 93Sqn as A 2Apr57. Delivered to HSA for conversion to Hunter FGA.9 4Jan61, to 19MU 1Nov61, to 43Sqn as H 15Jan62, to NEAF 16Jan62, to 20Sqn as H 1Jul62, to 389MU 15Oct62, to 20Sqn as H 28Feb63, Cat3R off sqn charge 23Sep69, to HSA 22Oct69, sold to HSA 31May70 as G-9-310, 2,759.40 flying hrs. Converted to Swiss Hunter 58A (J-4111) delivered 22Jun72.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
  Wednesday 23rd August 2017
265 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Chris Stone's film.   Video showing CS-04 a clip from Chris Stone's film taken when 93 Sqn were operating from the N.E. dispersals in the woods at the edge of the airfield whilst the concrete areas on the airfield were being repaired - 17Jun60.   It begins with a shot of a Hunter being refuelled in the dispersal then it fades to a clip of Brian Butterworth practicing one of his "silly walks".   Next Barry Tonkinson in his No. 1 uniform arrives and enters the Operations Room caravan.   Then there is a shot of a Hunter landing on the runway and two taxying in to dispersals.   We think this was Jun60 rather than Aug59 as the Hunters have yellow painted wing tips.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
  Tuesday 22nd August 2017
264 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Chris Stone's film.   Video showing CS-03 a clip from Chris Stone's film taken during a 93 Sqn exchange with a Danish Hunter squadron - 11May59.   The clip opens with an early morning shot of the 93 Sqn Hunter line outside hangar 4.   A Swift is seen taking off and then it switches to a shot of Gordon Talbot topping up on a Carlsberg during a NATO exchange visit to Skrydstrup in Denmark.   The shot pans across John Lakeman, an Opel Rekord and a Danish Air Force officer who presumably was hosting them during their visit.   The clip finishes with a pair of Danish Hunters taxying out and then taking off at Jever, shot from the 93 Sqn Ops Room window.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
263 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Chris Stone's film.   Video showing CS-02 a clip from Chris Stone's film taken during a 93 Sqn detachment to Sylt for APC Gunnery Camp - Mar/Apr59.   A road trip to Oslo took place - 27Mar59.   Chris Stone, Jeremy Hall, Gordon Talbot and Mick Ryan left RAF Sylt at 12.30 hrs on Thursday 26Mar59 in Mick Ryan's blue Volkswagen Beetle and arrived back on Monday 30Mar59 at 1907 hrs 2,027km/1,265miles later.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
262 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Chris Stone's film.   Video showing CS-01 a clip from Chris Stone's film taken during a 93 Sqn detachment to Sylt for APC Gunnery Camp - Apr/May59.   It starts with a Meteor dropping a target flag over the airfield filmed above a line-up of the Hunter F.6s at Sylt and Chris Stone arrives in XJ645 E and unstraps.   The groundcrew are then seen to change over the ADEN gun packs.   There are no blast deflectors fitted on the four ADEN's and the gun muzzles are surrounded by soot from the cartridges.   In the background a Meteor is seen dropping a flag on the airfield so that the bullet holes can be counted and the pilot given his score.   The clip finishes with an armed gun pack being winched into position.   Note the word "green" written on the fuselage by the Hunter intake.   I suspect this is to indicate the colour of the paint on the bullet tips for this aircraft.   As the bullets passed through the flag they leave a smudge of coloured paint on the flag so that the score can be contributed to the correct aircraft and pilot.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
261 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Charlie Powell's film.   Video showing POW-012 clip from Charlie Powell's film.   This final clip is of Vampire gun camera cine film showing air to air quarter attacks on another Vampire.   It was from Charlie's Operational Conversion Course at Pembrey and the clips are from late June to early July 1953 when he was on course No. 5E at 233 OCU.   Some shots are taken on the ground for calibrating the gunsight.   In some shots a white dot is shown on the screen and its position in relation to the cross on the ground aiming board seems to be captured so that the film can be assessed for ranging and tracking.   The PAI would measure ranges by measuring the wing span of the Vampire in the film.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
260 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Charlie Powell's film.   Video showing POW-011 clip from Charlie Powell's film.   This appears to feature Charlie's return to UK from Jever.   The steam train stops at Emmerich which is the Rhine crossing near Arnhem   Then there are shots of London, Piccadilly Circus and Eros.   Fred Butcher has identified the young mother that Charlie is visiting as Marjorie Rogers and her son David.   Her husband, Brian Rogers, was a colleague of Charlie's on 118 Sqn and he was killed in a mid air Hunter collision near Hamburg about October 1955, a few months before David was born.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
259 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Charlie Powell's film.   Video showing POW-010 clip from Charlie Powell's film.   Back on the flight line at 118 Sqn at Jever.   Three unknowns sitting on the grass, then a Hunter being towed out.   Two unknown pilots are seen walking out followed by Alan Powell who sticks his tongue out at the camera.   Pilots are seen strapping in and taxying out.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
258 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Charlie Powell's film.   Video showing POW-009 clip from Charlie Powell's film.   This was shot at the rear of the Officers' Mess.   It begins with a shot from the Senior Officers' Quarters looking over the lawn.   There is then a shot of some officers playing croquet while Sabre the Alsatian, 118 Sqn mascot, looks on.   There is a close up of Charlie Powell playing a croquet shot.   The shot closes with some officers who are playing tennis.   Ken Senar writes: "My dog recognition expertise tells me that the bull terrier (chasing the ball) is 'Pinto', Hammer West's hound.   The other looks very like 93 Sqn. Flt. Sgt. Telfer's dog which must have been commandeered by 118 Sqn as 'Sabre' when Johnny Telfer left Jever.   It was this dog which climbed on top of 18 (yes, eighteen) of us in Landrover AA0049 one Saturday lunch time after work on the way across the airfield to the Mess!!"   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
257 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Charlie Powell's film.   Video showing POW-008 clip from Charlie Powell's film.   This is a Sports Day at RAF Jever.   It starts with the RAF flag flying over the sports ground, some running and then some delightful shots of families.   Does anyone recognise any of the stars?   There is a group of children with someone handing out - maybe, ice creams?   It closes with more running.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
256 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Charlie Powell's film.   Video showing POW-007 clip from Charlie Powell's film.   The clip, believed to have been taken in 1956, opens with views from the Eiffel Tower of the centre of Paris.   There is a line-up of L to R: Unknown, Ken Goodwin, Unknown, Unknown and Bill Brewer.   After shots taken coming down in the lift, there is a shot passing over from right to left: Bill Brewer, Charlie Powell, Unknown, Alan Powell, Mis Misselbrook, Ken Goodwin and Unknown turning away.   The closing shots are of the group, (L to R: Alan Powell back, Unknown and Ian Craig), in front of the Cathidrale Notre Dame de Paris.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
255 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Charlie Powell's film.   Video showing POW-006 clip from Charlie Powell's film.   This is a three ship Hunter F.6 Formation Aerobatic display at Chivenor, probably on the same Battle of Britain Open Day in 1957.   David Watkins tells us that the Leader was Sqn Ldr Bob Kendall, 2 and 3 were Flt Lt Stan Foulkes and Fg Off S Meade.   Bob Kendall went on to form and lead the Chivenor "Black Dragons", which was even better.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
254 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Charlie Powell's film.   Video showing POW-005 clip from Charlie Powell's film.   This is a clip of the Chivenor Battle of Britain Open Day Air Display on 18th September 1956.   It begins with a slow landing of a Chipmunk, and then a flypast of a Miles M.57 Aerovan (see below).   David Watkins tells me that the three Miles classic aircraft were from a local flying club Devonair.   This design was taken over by Short Bros and became the Short Skyvan with a different fuselage and only two tails.   It overflies a de Havilland Rapide which is taking off.   The next aircraft to make a low flypast is the Miles M.17 Monarch (see below) G-AFJU which when first registered belonged to Sir VAGA Warrender at Heston 25Aug38.   It entered RAF service on 1Apr40; was restored 2Mar46; withdrawn from use in 1964; preserved at East Fortune; restored 18Jul06.   Next a Hunter takes off and is then seen making a break over the airfield.   A Miles M-14A Hawk Trainer 3 (see below), or Magister, G-AKAT makes a low pass.   This aircraft was still flying having been photographed at Breighton, England on 7Sep08.   This is followed by aerobatics from the Hunter.  The Miles Monarch makes another pass and then the Hunter is seen again briefly.  Next there is a sequence of the Gloster Javelin and an aircraft appearing to taxy backwards but which I think is a view of a Hunter as the camera drives pas?   3 Lincolns fly by in formation and the Javelin returns for an inverted flypast and a low level display with a final landing.   Thanks to David Watkins and Fred Butcher we know that the Javelin was from 46 Sqn and was flown by the CO Harry White.   They had just been the first RAF Squadron to be equipped with the Javelin.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
  Monday 21st August 2017
253 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Charlie Powell's film.   Video showing POW-003 clip from Charlie Powell's film.   This clip starts showing a tennis player on the Jever Officers' Mess tennis courts then switches to a break and landing of four Hunter F.4s, presumably from 118 Sqn, followed by the landing of two Hunters.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
252 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Charlie Powell's film.   Video showing POW-003 clip from Charlie Powell's film.   This clip starts showing a tennis player on the Jever Officers' Mess tennis courts then switches to a break and landing of four Hunter F.4s, presumably from 118 Sqn, followed by the landing of two Hunters.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
251 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Charlie Powell's film.   Video showing POW-002 clip from Charlie Powell's film.   Short sequence believed taken at Chivenor of two pairs of Vampires taking off in formation.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
250 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Charlie Powell's film.   Video showing POW-001 clip from Charlie Powell's film.   Shows Hunter F.4s taxying out and taking off in pairs.   This is presumed to be 118 Sqn at Jever some time in 1956.   Then there follows a formation aerobatic display by 4 Hunters.   This may have been 93 Sqn as they had Hunters by 1956 and were the authorised 2TAF aerobatic team.   They begin in a box 4, then a line astern loop coming out of a loop in box 4 again.   Next there is a 12 Hunter flypast in four box 4s which may have been the whole wing. These then fly past in an arrow 12.   Next a solo Hunter performs and this may have been Ken Goodwin's display as he was the 2TAF solo aerobatic pilot.   Finally there is a break and landing with the Hunters taxying back in.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
249 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M047 clip which was added to Bill Maish's film showing 111 Sqn taxy out and low level aeros display at RAF Jever.   Anyone know who added these last three clips as Bill Maish does not know anything about them and they are not on his original film?   Someone has added "+Black Arrows" on the VHS cassette.   This might mean this display at the Jever airshow or these last clips are of 111 Sqn practicing?   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
248 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing 4 pilots walking out and then a formation of 4 Hunters doing formation changes being filmed from behind from a dual seat aircraft capable of keeping up with them.   Anyone know who added these last three clips as Bill Maish does not know anything about them and they are not on his original film?   Someone has added "+Black Arrows" on the VHS cassette.   This might mean their display at the Jever airshow or these last clips are of 111 Sqn practicing.   Anyone recognise the pilots?   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
  Sunday 20th August 2017
247 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M045 clip which was added to Bill Maish's film showing a formation of 4 Hunters doing a box take-off, straight into a loop, followed by an aeros display finishing with a bomb-burst.   Does anyone know where this was taken?   Someone suggested Chivenor but it looks as though it is taken from the 93 Sqn Tower of Hangar 4 looking across Hangar 2?   This is clearly low level aeros, which was presumably authorised.   It might be 93 Squadron as they were the 2ATAF Command Formation Aerobatic team 1954 to 1958.   Anyone know who added these last three clips as Bill Maish does not know anything about them and they are not on his original film?   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
246 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M044 clip from Bill Maish's film showing a composite of several different pictures purporting to show the sequence of a 4 ship formation practice sortie.   John Sutton (leader), Jeff Jeffrey, Ian Madelin and Al Pollock flew the formation aircraft, and Criss Cross flew Bill Maish (cameraman) in the Vampire T11.   Take offs and landings were filmed at different times, and the taxy in was on return to Jever.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
245 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M043 clip from Bill Maish's film taken when they had a week end at Soellingen and Al Pollock, Tony Boyle and Bill Maish spent a couple of nights at a ski hotel with borrowed skis and ski poles.   The former were strapped to our flying boots and the latter were made of bamboo.   The film is of Boyle and Maish because Pollock was too competent and took to the higher slopes whilst the 2 of us struggled on the nursery slope - 12/13Apr58.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
244 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M042 clip from Bill Maish's film of Canadian Sabre in dispersals at Soelligen - 8 to 18Apr58.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
243 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M041 clip from Bill Maish's film of Dickie Barraclough and Al Pollock getting checked out on the Canadian Sabre before the "Powers that be" vetoed the idea of RAF pilots going solo on Canadian aircraft.    Later shots of Canadian pilots walking out to their aircraft at Soelligen - 8 to 18Apr58.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
242 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M040 clip from Bill Maish's film of the red car which was our first view of a large American gas guzzler, very modern at that time, at Soelligen - 8 to 18Apr58.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
241 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M039 clip from Bill Maish's film of walking out and taxying Hunters at Soelligen - 8 to 18Apr58.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
240 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M038 clip from Bill Maish's film of Canadian Sabres are at RCAF Base, Soellingen where 4 Sqn had an exchange detachment.   4 of us were briefed to fly the Sabre but word from on high scotched that although we had completed the briefings, simulator and taxiing tests.   Several competitive scrambles were launched, 4 Hunters and 4 sabres each time but we beat them to it each time and then met up at altitude for 4 v 4 combat.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
239 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M037 clip from Bill Maish's film of the Old house where Bill and Shirley Maish had their apartment and started their married life.   It was situated in the Kirche Platz with many old houses around.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
238 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M036 clip from Bill Maish's film of Officer's Lines on Exercise Brown Jug at Schleswig.   Al Pollock, Jeff Jeffrey, Ian Madelin, Tony Boyle and Fred Dawson with large rock trying to break a flat roofed structure.   Bush Barrey, Paddy Hipperson and Barry Dale arrive at 4 Sqn dispersal by Land Rover.   Views of aircraft; Hunters, Swifts and Venoms.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
237 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M035 clip from Bill Maish's film of Red Sky in the morning before the walk out and strap in on the way to Exercise Brown Jug at Schleswig.   Don Riley, Bill Maish, Slash Slaney, Bugs Bendell, Pete Hunwick and Jeff Jeffrey - Sep57.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
236 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M034 clip from Bill Maish's film of Keith Gray and Keith Lawn watching from the Hangar Tower.   Finally the 118 Sqn Hunter markings.   Anglo-German Week Open Day 21Jun57.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
235 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M033 clip from Bill Maish's film of Sycamore demonstration.   Anglo-German Week Open Day 21Jun57.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
234 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M032 clip from Bill Maish's film of 118 Sqn Hunters run in, break, land and taxy in to the pan.   Anglo-German Week Open Day 21Jun57.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
233 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M031 clip from Bill Maish's film of Ground Attack on Castle.   Then a Chipmunk is stolen and chased by the Police Land Rover which is bombed by the Chipmunk with white flour bags and in return the Police fire back Verey flares until at last they hit the Chipmunk - fortunately no damage!   Anglo-German Week Open Day 21Jun57.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
232 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M030 clip from Bill Maish's film of 118 Sqn Hunters taxying out, Ground Attack and Fire Demo followed by Sycamore helicopter CasEvac.   Anglo-German Week Open Day 21Jun57.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
231 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M029 clip from Bill Maish's film of families watching Anglo-German Week Open Day 21Jun57.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
230 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M028 clip from Bill Maish's film of John Lakeman taking a photograph on the airfield.   21Jun57.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
229 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M027 clip from Bill Maish's film of 1957, 1st Anglo German Open Day audience from Sqn hangar.   Bill Brewer and John Lakeman.   21Jun57.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
228 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M026 clip from Bill Maish's film of Summer 1957.   2 visits to Marialinsiel beach with Denny and Joan Denison plus baby, Shirley & Bill Maish, the Hills, Jill Payne, Pat King, John Lakeman, Ginger Dutton, Dickie Barraclough, Avril Buddin, and Keith Lawn, etc.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
227 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M025 clip from Bill Maish's film of Bill Brewer's new TR2, Bill Maish's nearly new Austin Somerset being cleaned.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
  Saturday 19th August 2017
226 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M024 clip from Bill Maish's film of the end of another Sylt detachment in 1957. Bill Maish, Stan Howard, the Boss, Denny Denison, Ken Goodwin and Charlie Powell walking out accompanied by our Sylt PAI, Chunky I'anson who also shakes hand with the Sqn PAI on completion of a record breaking detachment.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
225 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M023 clip from Bill Maish's film of John Lakeman and Bill Maish trying to play golf on the Sylt golf course.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
224 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M022 clip from Bill Maish's film of Cricket Match, 98 vs 118.   Misselbrook getting out caught by a 98 Sqn fielder.   Sabre again - Summer 56.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
223 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M021 clip from Bill Maish's film of some childish high spirits prior to going to the Fassberg closing ball - Barraclough to the fore.   Outside Block 163 at Jever - Autumn 56.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
222 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M020 clip from Bill Maish's film of Jever Town, Main Square and Junior Officers' Accommodation Block 163.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
221 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M019 clip from Bill Maish's film of the back of the Officers Mess, old Luftwaffe single officer quarters, and Dave Young of 98 Sqn playing croquet.   Sadly he was killed soon after when his aircraft caught fire.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
220 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M018 clip from Bill Maish's film of Dickie Barraclough and Brian Faulkes messing about with a re-charging trolley.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
219 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M016 clip from Bill Maish's film of a wonderful sunset looking over the airfield with Pete Saunders in silhouette - early 56.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
218 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M015 clip from Bill Maish's film of another picture of Sabre - early 56.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
217 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M014 clip from Bill Maish's film of when Sid Hughes allowed car races to be held over some disused dispersals and woodland behind the 93, 98 and 118 hangars.   The main inter squadron event was between these 3 squadrons in open top Mercedes Coupes.   93 wore their traditional deer stalker hats, 98 had bone domes while 118 wore flat caps back to front.   Note the movement of "the ballast " from side to side to improve turning performance.   Also racing was Brian Isles, ( red TR2), OC Eng Wing in black Vauxhall, and Wing Co Hammer West in his Service Volkswagen Beetle.   I was behind a tree.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
216 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M013 clip from Bill Maish's film of Ken Goodwin's Hunter F4 Aerobatic Display in May 1956 for the Royal Visit of Princess Alexandra.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
215 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M012 clip from Bill Maish's film of Hunters taking off and flying past.   This was the Wing fly past in March 1956 for the Royal Visit of Duchess of Kent who was presenting the new Squadron Standard to 16 Sqn.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
214 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M011 clip from Bill Maish's film of "Sabre", the Squadron mascot who is camera shy.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
213 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M010 clip from Bill Maish's film of Denny Denison and Dick Barraclough walking out for a practice flypast for a Royal visit by Duchess of Kent to present the 16 Sqn Standard.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
212 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M009 clip from Bill Maish's film of Vampire T11s doing some close formation on the way back from Sylt - Mar56.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
211 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M008 clip from Bill Maish's film of 118 Sqn Hunters airborne shots for as long as we could keep up in the Vampire T11.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
210 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M007 clip from Bill Maish's film of 118 Sqn Hunters taking off at Sylt viewed from the Vampire cockpit.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
209 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M006 clip from Bill Maish's film of 118 Sqn returning from Sylt to Jever in March 1956.   Flt. Lt. Denny Dennison walking out, and the ground crew.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
208 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M005 clip from Bill Maish's film of Sycamore pick up at Sylt for Search and Rescue training prior to sea drill.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
207 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M004 clip from Bill Maish's film of taxying out for the rehearsal from 118 sqn ASP.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
206 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M003 the third clip from Bill Maish's film of Junior Pilots watching the display on hangar roof verandah Right to left:; Fg. Offs. "Mis" Misselbrook, Bill Brewer, and Ginger Dutton.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
205 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M002 the second clip from Bill Maish's film of the 118 Sqn aircrew walking out for practice AOC's flypast; Flt. Lt. Alan Powell ( A Flt Cdr), Sqn. Ldr. Norman Buddin (Sqn Cdr), Flt. Lt. Ian Craig, Fg. Off. Bill Dodds, Fg. Off. Charlie Powell, Fg. Off. Dick Barraclough, Flt. Lt. Ken Goodwin (B Flt Cdr), and Fg. Off. Charlie Powell strapping in.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
204 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Bill Maish's film.   Video showing M001 the first clip from Bill Maish's film of the 118 Sqn Badge and Flag.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
203 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Wilf Zucht's film.   Video 028 showing the whole of Wilf Zuchts Film of Open Day at Jever 6Jun59.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
202 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Wilf Zucht's film.   Video 027 showing Fire Department Demo Open Day 6Jun59.   Does anyone recognise any of the participants?   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
201 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Wilf Zucht's film.   Video 026 showing 111 Sqn Black Arrows Take off and Display Open Day 6Jun59.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
200 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Wilf Zucht's film.   Video 025 showing Formation Break and Landing and Swift on pan Open Day 6Jun59.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
199 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Wilf Zucht's film.   Video 024 showing Families on 2 Sqn Tower Open Day 6Jun59.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
198 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Wilf Zucht's film.   Video 023 showing Hunter Aeros by Mike Tyrrell of 4 Sqn Open Day 6Jun59.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
  Friday 18th August 2017
197 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Wilf Zucht's film.   Video 022 showing Swift and Hunters Formation Flypast 2, 4 and 93 Sqns Open Day 6Jun59.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
196 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Wilf Zucht's film.   Video 021 showing Swift Taking Off and Aeros Display Open Day 6Jun59.   Believed to be Roy Rimington of 2 Sqn according to the local German Newspaper reports.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
195 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Wilf Zucht's film.   Video 020 showing Swifts and Hunters Taxying out and Taking Off for Ground Attack Demo Open Day 6Jun59.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
194 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Wilf Zucht's film.   Video 019 showing Supermarine Swift FR.5 of 2 Sqn Taxying out from Line Open Day 6Jun59.   This may be Roy Rimington taxying out to give his aerobatic display?   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
193 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Wilf Zucht's film.   Video 018 showing de Havilland Comet Flypast Fast and Slow Open Day 6Jun59.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
192 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Wilf Zucht's film.   Video 017 showing Chris Stone's Hunter Aerobatic Display and Taxying back in Open Day 6Jun59.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
191 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Wilf Zucht's film.   Video 014 showing Various Shots in Static Display Open Day 6Jun59.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
190 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Wilf Zucht's film.   Video 015 showing Tanks and Army Equipment in Static Display Open Day 6Jun59.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
189 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Wilf Zucht's film.   Video 013 showing Cocktail Party on Officers' Mess Rear Patio after Open Day 6Jun59.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
188 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Wilf Zucht's film.   Video 012 showing Dog in Green Car Open Day 6Jun59.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
187 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Wilf Zucht's film.   Video 011 showing Lockheed C-130 Hercules USAF Taxying out and Taking-off Open Day 6Jun59.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
186 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Wilf Zucht's film.   Video 010 showing North American F-100 Super Sabre USAF Take-off and Flypast Open Day 6Jun59.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
185 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Wilf Zucht's film.   Video 009 showing Gloster Javelin Taking off and Flypast Open Day 6Jun59.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
184 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Wilf Zucht's film.   Video 008 showing Supermarine Swift FR.5 of 2 Sqn taxying in to Pan Open Day 6Jun59.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
183 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Wilf Zucht's film.   Video 007 showing North American F-86 Sabre 6 German Air Force Flypast Open Day 6Jun59.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
182 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Wilf Zucht's film.   Video 006a showing Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star from the German Air Force taking off during the Open Day 6Jun59.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
181 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Wilf Zucht's film.   Video 006 showing Fairey Gannet of the Federal German Navy Flypast in the Static Display and During a Flypast Open Day 6Jun59.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
180 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Wilf Zucht's film.   Video 005 showing Blackburn Beverley Take Off and Flypast during the Open Day on 6Jun59.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
179 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Wilf Zucht's film.   Video 004 showing Avro Shackleton MR.3 Taking-off during the Open Day on 6Jun59.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
  Thursday 17th August 2017
178 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Wilf Zucht's film.   3rd Video 003 on the Web Site showing Percival Pembroke taking-off during the Open Day on 6Jun59.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
177 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Wilf Zucht's film.   2nd Video 002 on the Web Site showing Arrival of 9 Hunters of 111 Sqn Formation Aerobatic Team Black Arrows at Jever for the Open Day on 6Jun59.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
176 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Wilf Zucht's film.   First Video 001 on the Web Site of Families at Jever in June 1959 watching the Open Day 6Jun59 from the Hanger Tower.   Beverley Transport taxying out.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
175 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Swedish Air Force's film.   Video showing SAF-01 a clip from the Swedish Air Force's film sent to me by the F8 Wing Association at Barkarby airfield, Stockholm.   This was shot during a visit to Barkarby by the 93 Sqn Fleche d'Or, the official 2ATAF formation aerobatic team and the solo 2ATAF aerobatic pilot Ken Goodwin in Sep57.   The F8 Wing had 60 Hunter Mk.50s from 1956 to 1962.   The clip opens with a flame and then a shot of Paddy Minnis climbing into his Hunter.   The team are then seen taxying out.   Shots from Ken Goodwin's solo aerobatic display with his signature negative G manoeuvres follow.   Then the formation team are seen taking off in box formation.   There are several shots of the team in box and Draken formation.   Spectators are seen outside the hanger and after a few more manoeuvres the team are seen to land in box formation.   After taxying in, Paddy Minnis and Taff Taylor are shown climbing out of their Hunters.   There is then a line up of, left to right, Ken Goodwin, "Clam" Clayton-Jones, Sqn Ldr Paddy Minnis, team leader, Geoff Timms and Taff Taylor.   The final shots are of the team talking to the senior Swedish military hosts.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
174 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from John Sutton's film.   Video Final clip shows low flying from the cockpit and then finishes with some aerobatics in the clouds.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
173 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from John Sutton's film.   Video These clips were taken during 4 Sqn detachment to Schleswig-Holstein on Exercise Brown Jug in September 1957.   It begins with a squadron Landrover arriving driven by the new CO Sqn Ldr Tim McElhaw who excitedly examines a strip of film given him by Bill Maish before entering the mobile ops room.   Next it looks like Tony Boyle and, maybe, Jeff Jeffreys arriving in a Landrover and also entering the Ops vehicle.   The final shot is of John Hawtin cleaning his car.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
172 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from John Sutton's film.   Video Taken probably last half of 1956.   The first shot is of the groundcrew queuing up at the NAAFI van and enjoying their purchases.   There follows a shot of John Sutton walking out and doing the external checks on 4 Sqn Hunter F.4 D WV275 then strapping in.   He is next seen airborne formating on another Hunter F.4.   WV275 first flew 13May55 by N J Carter, 15Jun55 to 4 Sqn 27Jul55, to 111 Sqn 21Mar57, finally to 229 OCU and scrapped Jun61.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
  Tuesday 15th August 2017
171 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from John Sutton's film.   Video It starts with Brian Iles talking to one of the groundcrew, then another shot of Sgt. Taylor and the groundcrew lined up in front of Hangar 3.   Next is red-headed Mitch Shearer talking to Jeff Jeffrey and Chris Cross   Finally a Verey pistol is fired to scramble the wing after the operational turnround.   4 Hunters from 4 Sqn taxy out first followed by 4 from 93 Sqn.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
170 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from John Sutton's film.   Video This clip was taken on the day of the AOC AVM Ubee's Annual Inspection - 20Jul56.   It starts with the firing of a Verey pistol to begin the operational turnround timed competition involving the whole wing.   It is described as follows in 93 Sqn's F540: "4 aircraft from each Squadron plus spares took part.   The 16 aircraft scrambled already armed, flew back over the airfield in battle formation, then out to sea to fire off the ammunition, afterwards joining up for a Wing fly past and stream landing.   All aircraft then parked on 4 squadron apron where the turn-round and re-arm was done on an evaluation, this was followed by another scramble and firing sortie, and today, another turn round.   93 Squadron was first on both, taking 12.55 and 15.20 minutes respectively, also we were the only Squadron to fire with no stoppages, a total of 840 rounds."   The ground crews are seen rushing out to the Hunter F.4s which are parked in front of Hangar 3 with the turnround equipment.   4 Sqn Hunter is seen being refuelled, then the crews wind down the empty gunpack and pull it clear, the cockpit is prepared, oxygen added, in the meantime Pete Smith and Tony Pearce, remain in the cockpit.   The groundcrew load a full gunpack and there are shots of 93 Sqn Hunters.   Then in shirt sleeves are seen S/L Des Browne, CO 93 Sqn talking to the tall engineering officer Bill Sykes.   Sgt Taylor in his brown overall is seen supervising the turnround.   AOC AVM Ubee is seen the other side of a Hunter wing with the Station Commander Gp Capt Sid Hughes.   The empty gunpack trolley is pulled back and the groundcrew gather at the back of the ASP as they finish their tasks.   The AOC and the Stn Cdr are seen walking back.   Then there is a shot of OC Engineering Wg, W/C Harrington next to the Stn Adjutant F/L Jim Yates.   The paper work in the F700s is signed off and final ground equipment cleared away.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
169 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from John Sutton's film.   Video This clip was taken on the day of the AOC AVM Ubee's Annual Inspection - 20Jul56.   It begins with the AOC arriving and being greeted by the Station Commander Gp Capt Sid Hughes.   Then there is a wing 16 Hunter F.4 flypast with box fours from each of the 4 Hunter squadrons at Jever at that time - 4, 93, 98 and 118.   Next there is a shot of the groundcrew on the ASP followed by a shot of a Hunter landing and the 4 Hunters taxying in, led by 4 Sqn's CO S/L Chappy Chapman in C XF368.   In the distance turning into line are 93 Sqn Hunters.   It finishes with a shot of Chas Boyack in the cockpit.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
168 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from John Sutton's film.   Video This shows a four ship walkout and strap in.   In the first shot L to R is Chas Boyack, the CO S/L Chappy Chapman carrying his distinctive white bonedome, Pete Smith and Tony Pearce.   Then Chappy Chapman walking out by himself followed by Pete Smith strapping in, then Tony Pearce with pictures of a Hunter being pushed out, the 4 Sqn badge on the nose and finally Chas Boyack who seems to be in his own named Hunter.   It finishes with a line up of the Hunter F.4s with C in the foreground.   This looks like the Summer and must be between C XF368 arriving on 4 Squadron on 27Apr56 and Chas Boyack leaving in Nov56.   Hunter F.4 C XF368 arrived on 4 Sqn on Fri 27 Apr 1956 and was passed to No 3 Squadron on Fri 15 Mar 1957.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
  Monday 14th August 2017
167 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from John Sutton's film.   Video starts with a shot of Brian Iles in front of his Miles M-18.   He is then seen checking the fuel and talking to Danny Daniels.   Next he is strapping in with John Sutton in the rear seat.   John films the takeoff, and some aeros over the airfield, and finally the landing - about 1956.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
  Sunday 13th August 2017
166 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Mitch Shearer's film.   Video showing Mitch Shearer, 4 Squadron, walking out, strapping in and taxying for a 4 Hunter Snake Climb after take-off - some time in 1956.   It is shot in front of the then 4 Squadron Hangar - Hangar 1.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
165 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ken Senar's film.   Video showing SEN-024 clip from Ken Senar's film.   CLOCK: 15.00.   TITLE: and now to the Technical Site.   The technical (operations) site was situated about three miles away down narrow lanes in a hollow in open countryside.   The only fixed building there was the toilet block.   The entourage took a while to arrive because of the poor state of the local lanes.   The A.O.C.'s car arrives.   A pause for discussion.   Stars and pennant in close-up.   He enters the Ops vehicle - a Leyland 'Hippo' adapted for the purpose.   This was the nerve-centre of the Unit.   He next enters a control vehicle.   There were several of these, and it was from them that aircraft were controlled by the use of radar displays and radio.   All vehicles were connected to each other by thick looms of cable.   The toilet block is seen, with an officer emerging - to the merriment of all!   An open air discussion takes place.   During this sequence there was a fleeting glimpse of a Type 13 vertical radar antenna.   CLOCK: 15.50.   The inspection ended by 1600 - and the camp returned to normal routines.   END.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
164 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ken Senar's film.   Video showing SEN-023 clip from Ken Senar's film.   CLOCK: 11.55.   After inspecting the NAAFI and the PSI Shop the inspection moved to the Officers Mess.   There the inspection paused for cocktails, lunch, and an informal chat with the officers.   A quantity of good wine was also consumed, hence the next subtitle!   TITLE: Drive past.   All available motor transport processed round the camp.   The number of vehicles almost filled the available length of road.   A considerable amount of 'out of sight' shunting had to take place in order to achieve the desired effect!   Following this the MT section and Fire section were inspected.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
163 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ken Senar's film.   Video showing SEN-022 clip from Ken Senar's film.   Continued story of the AOC's Inspection at RAF Borgentreich 1st May 1956.    CLOCK: 10.00.   The inspection sequence begins and its progress is timed and titled in the film.   Radio vehicles, the 2 barrack blocks, the Airmen's Mess, NAAFI, Stores, PSI shop, and Sick Quarters are all inspected before lunch.   The inspection is interrupted after the first barrack block by a 'Fire' turnout.   It was usual during such inspections for the Station Fire facilities to be tested.   The A.O.C.'s driver sets some old cardboard boxes alight for this purpose.   The fire alarm is sounded and the Fire Picket turns out, watched, of course, by the A.O.C.   He was satisfied with the speed and efficacy of the response.   Unusually, the building work was also included during the morning's inspection.   This work, when completed, more than doubled the area and facilities on the camp.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
162 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ken Senar's film.   Video showing SEN-021 clip from Ken Senar's film.   The A.O.C. Inspects RAF Borgentreich, 1st May 1956 - The film:   After TITLE: Parade sequences.   The Guard of Honour is formed up outside the Guard Room by the main gate.   Flt.Lt. Ron Young is in charge.   The education officer is supernumerary.   Flt. Lt 'Sam' Weller, station adjutant, hands over the main parade to Station Commander, Sqn. Ldr. 'Paddy' Ryan.   The supernumerary officers take up their positions.   The parade waits.   CLOCK: 08.58.   The arrival:    The A.O.C.'s car approaches.   The A.O.C. arrives, Guard of Honour 'Presents Arms', the ensign is hoisted.   The parade and inspection sequence:   Wives of serving personnel watch from by the flag pole.   There are many close-ups of personnel.   Those of the officers are of:   Fit. Lt. High, C & R officer, and i/c PSI funds.   Fg.Off Taylor, fighter controller, and i/c NAAFI and travel agency.   Flt.Lt. 'Bill' Billing, senior (& chief) controller, Flight Commander 'B' flight.   Fg.Off. McPhail, controller, and i/c sports.   PIt.Off. Peter Bunn, deputy technical officer, and i/c MT.   Officers seen during the inspection are:   Flt.Lt. Ray Street, chief technical officer.   Flt.Lt. Phil Philpott, senior (& chief) controller, Flight Commander 'A' flight.   Close order March!   The parade marches past the saluting base.   In order to do so, with the parade being held on the only available space - a vehicle turning circle outside Station HQ, all Flights had to march in a tight circuit to march past at all!   The Guard of Honour was made up of mostly admin personnel; the other two Flights were a mixture of technical and ops personnel.   One has to remember that a full watch was being worked at the time of the inspection, and nearly a quarter of all personnel would be so employed.   CLOCK: 10.00.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
161 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ken Senar's film.   Video showing SEN-009 clip from Ken Senar's film.   The clip is largely about the village of Borgentreich.   It starts with the "Borgentreich" village sign.   Then, `Sam' Weller and the new Accounts Officer (name forgotten) walk to the village.   Farming scenes along the road.   Farm dog.   Pigeons.   Horse and cart.   Village streets showing the icy state and some farm transport.   Borgentreich was entirely agricultural with almost no private cars at all.   It was a very poor area.   Local children sledging.   Snow plough at work back on camp.   Evidence of the thaw setting in.   Slush.   Finally, a car driving off.   Ken adds this latest up date about Borgentreich in Sep08: "Several 'Old Lags' from Borgers make regular visits there.   From what they have told me I surmise that:   The main village road has been bypassed (route 241).   The Rathaus is now a national organ museum.   The old Married Quarters are occupied by locals (as one would expect).   The domestic site is still intact and is in use by some organisation or other but, I think, can be accessed, maybe with permission.   The old radar site (in the field) is now agricultural.   There are some pubs with 'accommodation' in the village.   (The Schloss Hotel at Trendelburg used to be superb - we stayed there many years ago).   The Rotor site at Auenhausen (to the north) is a bit of a mystery.   It may still be in use, yet others say it is visitable, and yet others say it is some sort of museum.   In honesty, I can't figure out the truth about it".   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
160 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ken Senar's film.   Video showing SEN-008 clip from Ken Senar's film.   The clip shows first a sleigh, and then we follow a car along a road swept of snow.   It is the following Sunday afternoon.   Most off-duty Officers and families decide to go sledging on a steeply sloped field on the far side of the village away from the camp.   The married Officers with cars collected those living-in and took them along.   It is the CO's private car that is being followed.   The sledging sequence is self explanatory.   Some local German youths also briefly share with our fun.   One of them has skis.   The names and descriptions of those present (not in order of appearance) are: Paddy Ryan - yellow sweater, no hat, black trousers; Pam Ryan - with dog - blue sweater, pink striped scarf; Young Julie Hanmore - in red anorak, dark trousers; Cohn Hanmore - blue/grey service anorak; Irene Hanmore - green anorak, yellow scarf, no hat; Roy Bertram - greyish clothes with flat cap; Don Crocker - brown sweater, no hat; Peggy Crocker - red anorak, red & white woolly hat, and green scarf; Fg.Off. Education officer (name forgotten) grey sweater, flat cap.   It is Julie Hanmore who decides to slide without a sledge! - [running gag].   Departure from the field over a small bridge.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
159 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ken Senar's film.   Video showing SEN-007 clip from Ken Senar's film.   The clip shows that the snow has been cleared and the rink brushed ready for skating on a Saturday afternoon.   This lengthy sequence shows personnel of all ranks, and all degrees of competence, enjoying themselves on the ice.   Flt.Lt. Billing (in beret) watches briefly (he was Duty Officer) before the shadows lengthen and the sequence closes.   Regrettably, no names can be recalled with certainty.   This sequence was extremely popular when shown to all ranks in the cinema a few weeks later.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
158 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ken Senar's film.   Video showing SEN-006 clip from Ken Senar's film.   The clip shows the interior of Officers Mess at Borgentreich.   Seen in the ante room is Fg.Off. Doug Breeze, Fg.Off. John Duggan, Fg.Off. 'Jock' McPhail, Plt. Off. Chris Stott (Nat Service), and another National Service Pilot Officer relax with crosswords and `page 3'!   Flt.Lt. Roy Bertram fiddles with the radiogram.   In the bar: FIt. Lts. Ray Street, Don Crocker, Phil Phillpot, and Self.   The Barman (mis-employed Airman) can be seen.   Flt. Lt. 'Sam' Weller (in close-up), then Flt.Lt. Colin Hanmore.   In the dining room: The waiter is Herr Walter Huldt.   A group of Officers, including Plt. Off. O'Hara are at lunch.   Very few officers lived in, most were in married quarters.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
157 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ken Senar's film.   Video showing SEN-005 clip from Ken Senar's film.   The clip starts with young children from the married patch leaving the Airmen's Mess after a Saturday morning film show in the Airmen's Mess cinema.   They walk away with the Airman driver who will take them back home.   Next, Airmen file into lunch and a group of Officers walk past.   The Main gate is the next shot, and the wagon leaves with the children.   Finally Flt.Lt. 'Sam' Weller, Station Adjutant, walks past.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
156 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ken Senar's film.   Video showing SEN-004 clip from Ken Senar's film.   This is from the second (and much larger) part of the film and was taken at Royal Air Force Borgentreich, 83 Group, 2 ATAF, Central Germany, during the winter of 1956-57, with a very few inter cut (mostly interior) shots taken during the winter of 1957-58.   This clip shows it is snowing hard as night falls.   In dim winter light the C.O., Sqn. Ldr. Paddy Ryan's Volkswagen arrives in the morning outside Station H.Q.   Next is the camp main gate with Guard Room to the left of the barrier.   Magirus Deutz (air-cooled diesel) trucks are in evidence.   Fg.Off. Doug Breeze walks past Station Sick Quarters.   An Airman salutes the camera and another passes by.   A Service Policeman makes his way for a haircut.   Next there are shots taken inside the barber's shop.   The barber was a German from the village and he used a room at the rear of the Station Headquarters building.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
155 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ken Senar's film.   Video showing SEN-003 clip from Ken Senar's film.   This is from the second (and much larger) part of the film and was taken at Royal Air Force Borgentreich, 83 Group, 2 ATAF, Central Germany, during the winter of 1956-57, with a very few inter cut (mostly interior) shots taken during the winter of 1957-58.   Ken was a Fighter Controller at the time.   R.A.F. Borgentreich was the base for 537 Signals Unit, a 'mobile' GCI station.   It later became 210 Signals Unit with a fixed 'Rotor' site at Auenhausen; it then had both a GCI and a C & R surveillance role. There were less than 200 personnel (as far as Ken can remember) and only a dozen or so Officers.   Station Commanders were Squadron Leader 'Paddy' Ryan and Wing Commander 'Killer' Kilmartin.   The first sequence shows the use of a fire hose to flood a tennis court to turn it into a skating rink during the exceptionally hard winter of Feb56.   Temperatures at Borgentreich often sank below those at Moscow.   'Conventional' sports being impossible under those conditions, the officers decided to create the ice- rink themselves - for the benefit of all personnel. It was thought unwise to allow airmen to use the hose in those severe conditions because of the risk of frost-bite should there be any 'sky-larking'.   As it was, the water spray landed as slush and this caused problems in creating a level surface for skating.   The 'steam' from the comparatively warm water created a fog over the domestic site and spraying had to be discontinued periodically to allow this to drift away.   Flt.Lt. Ron Young, Plt.Off. Chris Stott, and Ken are seen using the hose.   At the end members of the Fire Picket retrieve the equipment for storage.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
154 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ken Senar's film.   Video showing SEN-020 clip from Ken Senar's film.   TITLE: "Meppen Range".   This final sequence shows the 10ft square targets on the air-ground firing range at Meppen on the heathland that was once used as the Krupp weapon testing ground near the German/Dutch border.   In the sequence are: The range safety tower.   Sabres on target runs.   A Sabre, flown by Fg.Off. Tommy Balfour of 93 Sqn enjoys some particularly low passes for the camera close to, and below the height of, the safety tower.   His aircraft was unarmed!   George Avey wrote on 3Oct09: I was posted from 5 squadron RAF Wunstorf, to RAF Oldenburg, then on to RAF Meppen Range as an Air Wireless mechanic in March 1953 until June 1955.   This was an air to ground firing range which was used for practice by RAF Jever and other airfields.   The range consisted of two towers, one main tower housing the RT equipment and a slave tower to take measurements for when rockets were fired, six eight foot square targets covered with white cloth and individually numbered, were fired at, using 20mm cannons.   After each session the targets were inspected by the german civilian staff, and any cannon holes were marked by sticking a rod in a paint pot, and prodding the holes then counting the number of hits taken, the results given to the safety officer.   Rockets were also fired at a separate target, each tower had a quadrant which was aimed at the point hit by the rocket, and a measurement taken, these two angles were then plotted on a map of the site, and the cross section then gave the distance from the target.   The range was used by Sabres, Venoms and Vampires mainly.   The only buildings were two nissan huts, and a hard standing for a mobile generator, a jap engine was also used to charge the batteries in the RT tower.   The main residence was a twenty minutes drive north.   Situated in a previous Krupps munitions testing ground, surrounded by unexploded munitions, bombs, shells etc, it was wise not to stray too far from the paths."   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
153 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ken Senar's film.   Video showing SEN-019 clip from Ken Senar's film.   TITLE: "Sylt Next Stop" - Sunday 27Dec53.   Live air to air gunnery training was done each year at RAF Sylt where Squadrons went on detachment for about a fortnight.   The Island of Sylt is at the far north west corner of German Schleswig Holstein and is connected to the mainland by a railway across the Hindenburg Damm causeway.   The 93 Sqn MT convoy, mostly Thorneycroft 3 ton trucks, prepares to set off.   Fg.Off Doug Fewell is present near to the Squadron landrover.   The Squadron emblem, an escarbuncle (shield boss) is seen on a vehicle door.   En route along the Bremen-Hamburg autobahn (noticeably almost devoid of any other traffic in those days).   [Web Master wonders how long the unguarded scaffolding stand would last under the bridge in today's traffic?!]   TITLE: "A Sortie from Sylt".   Filmed on a clear January day in 1954, this sequence shows a trip on an Air Sea Rescue launch, one of two on station there.   They were used on range safety duties whenever there was live firing.   Leaving the harbour at List for duty.   (The harbour froze over the next day).   Further shots then depict: The wake when at speed.   Captain - Fg.Off. Pete Saunders - in woolly hat.   The sighting of a ship too close to the range for safety.   The writing of a signal to be sent to warn the ship away.   The shore showing houses at Westerland, the principal town on the island.   (In summer the dunes were used as a [German] nudist bathing area).   Fg.Off. Doug Fewell, passenger on liaison visit (with self).   A Meteor overflying.   Tempest drogue towing aircraft (without drogue).   Tempest 'beating up' the launch for the camera.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
152 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ken Senar's film.   Video showing SEN-018 clip from Ken Senar's film.   TITLE: "Frith v Jones".   This boxing sequence was taken during the 2nd TAF boxing championships held in the sports hangar at Jever.   Details are forgotten although (I think) the event lasted for more than one day.   The lighting was bad.   This clip shows not only the two contestants but the referee (Ken is pretty certain) was Leo Cowan in action.   This was the 2ATAF boxing championships.   (The sports hangar was also used for indoor hockey matches, a particularly `Jever' form of sport which was very fast and could be dangerous on the concrete floor.   It was like a form of ice hockey, but without the benefit of personal protection from a rising hard ball!   It was popular with the aircrew).   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
151 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ken Senar's film.   Video showing SEN-017 clip from Ken Senar's film.   Jever swimming pool in use.   The pool was used by all ranks most evenings and weekends in the warmer weather.   It had very steeply shelving sides and was adapted for use from a pre-existing emergency water tank.   It served its purpose well and was frequently very busy in the summer heat.   It was also sometimes used for dinghy drill.   Robbie Roberts tells us that later he scrounged wood from old discarded jet-engine crates from the Supply Branch, and built a fence round the outside.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
150 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ken Senar's film.   Video showing SEN-016 clip from Ken Senar's film.   TITLE: "Sports Day 1954".   The annual station sports day was a major event and, with Jever being a particularly large camp, it was exceptionally well attended, taking on an almost festive air.   There was an excellent running track and good facilities for all field events.   The sequence mostly depicts the longer track events.   In the distance are older Luftwaffe buildings (including the GSO - German Service Organisation - Mess and barracks) and a range of newer ones in NATO colours.   Field events are taking place in the background.   Seating was provided for visiting spectators, families, and non-competing officers.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
149 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ken Senar's film.   Video showing SEN-015 clip from Ken Senar's film.   This clip opens with one of the new Officers' Blocks - Block 163.   The sequence shows Frau Strobel and Frau Rust (batwomen) balancing on the dust bins for the camera.   There is a contrived series showing the writing of a letter home.   It shows a typical officer's room, furnishings, and personalised decoration.   The writer of the letter (Self) then walks along one of the camp roads to the Station Post Office letter box which was in the SHQ next to the Education Department situated in a building flanking Station HQ.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
148 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ken Senar's film.   Video showing SEN-014 clip from Ken Senar's film.   Game of bicycle polo between 4 and 93 Squadrons (and others) on the Mess lawn.   This highly irregular event was not without its consequences owing to the damage caused to the croquet gear and to the Station Bicycles which had been purloined for the game from all corners of the camp!   Then cut back to: Close ups of Dennis Tann's kitten and with Self (mustached).   Flt.Lt. Les Knell, the Station Adjutant, walks past (in dark specs).   Flt.Lt. Tony Vasey (dark hair and handlebar moustache) in close-up with his black kitten.   `Sandy' the Alsatian belonging to Wg.Cdr. Way (i/c Tech Wing) - not seen himself.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
147 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ken Senar's film.   Video showing SEN-013 clip from Ken Senar's film.   SIGN: "Officers Mess".   This sequence shows officers' weekend relaxation.   The Mess was a large building but there was no accommodation in it.   Officers lived in rooms in separate blocks.   The old Luftwaffe blocks (mostly allocated to Flight Lieutenants and above) had pergolas covered with wisteria on the sides flanking the Mess lawns, these can be seen.   The new, starker looking, blocks were equally as comfortable although a little farther away.   All the area was cut out of dense pine forest which harboured thousands of mosquitoes.   Insects apart, it was a beautiful setting and protected from strong winds by the trees.   The sequence shows:   Exterior front of the Mess building, panning to the main entrance.   Old accommodation blocks at rear on either side of the lawns and tennis courts.   A group, including Fg.Off.s Dennis Tann (dark haired Gunnery Officer, now deceased), and 'Ginger' Friend relaxing on the ante-room patio.   In the background are the tennis courts being put to good use.   Glimpses of Dennis Tann's kitten.   Flt.Lt. 'Johnny' Horrel (with sweat band) leaves the tennis court after a game.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
146 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ken Senar's film.   Video showing SEN-012 clip from Ken Senar's film.   The TITLE: "93 Squadron says goodbye to an old friend".   This sequence was taken on the Sunday morning prior to the departure of Group Captain Powell-Sheddon as Station Commander.   A party, with drinks(!), was arranged in the crew room in 93 Sqn hangar.   There are many shots of the squadron pilots, few of whom are easy to identify in the film as the shots are too short.   The sequence shows the pilots emerging for photographs and to 'wave off' their old Station CO whom they presented with an engraved silver tankard.   Among those present are (I think):   George Hickman, Al Ramsey, Bernie Revnell, Dave Davies, Tommy Balfour, Hugh Culver, 'Dinger' Bell, Bob Page, Geoff Couch.   Then Sqn Ldr. Bob Allen (left) and Flt.Lt. Al Colvin (right), both 'acting drunk'.   Followed by:   Al? Richie, Neil Hampton RAAF (hand filling mouth with peanuts), 'Lulu' Leigh-Lancaster, and last comes Dickie Knight.   (Those without rank were either Plt.Off. or Fg.Off., except for Sgt. Dickie Knight).   Gp.Capt. Powell-Sheddon walks towards the camera, tankard in hand.   In the remaining shots are groups of pilots assembled for a photo call.   The silver tankard seen in close-up on the wing of Sabre 'Q Quebec'.   Sqn.Ldr. Bob Allen is seen pulling a face.   Fg.Off. Hugh Culver is seen with his camera.   The Gp.Capt. fixes his pennant to his car before driving away.   A line-up of 4 Sqn. Sabres can be glimpsed in the background.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
145 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ken Senar's film.   Video showing SEN-011 clip from Ken Senar's film.   The clip was mainly shot when Ken was posted as Flying Wing Adjutant in March 1955. It is called the Office sequence: Wg.Cdr. West at his desk, surrounded by communications equipment.   Self, as flying wing adjutant, at desk (in adjoining room), back to window, overlooking airfield.   Flying Wing Orderly Room. LAC J.E.Roseblade, Orderly Room clerk (featured).   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
  Saturday 12th August 2017
144 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ken Senar's film.   Video showing SEN-010 clip from Ken Senar's film.   The clip was mainly shot when Ken was posted as lying Wing Adjutant in March 1955 and after its title sequence shows the RAF ensign on yard arm outside Station HQ.   A Sabre F86E overflying.   The control tower, which features Fg.Off. 'Bunny' Warren as duty ATC Officer.   It is inter cut with shots across the airfield showing Sabres taxying; Sabres preparing for formation take-off (smoke-cloud visible only); A visiting helicopter airborne.   There are also glimpses of the signals square; the hangars of No.4 Squadron (left) and No.93 Squadron (right, with square tower) against the trees across the airfield.   The control 'tower' was the first floor of a rounded bay-windowed extension built on to the airfield side of the Flying Wing HQ building (formerly a Luftwaffe hospital).   The ground floor of this extension was the office of the Wing Commander Flying, Wg.Cdr. C.S. 'Hammer' West.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
143 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ken Senar's film.   Video showing SEN-002 clip from Ken Senar's film.   This clip was probably filmed in January 1955 and is an airborne sequence shot from the Station Flight's Percival Prentice light aircraft.   It starts showing the Prentice wing tip and then moves on to show villages and snow-covered countryside in the Jever vicinity.   There are interior shots showing the pilot, Flying Officer John Sutton i/c Station Flight, who later went on to become an Air Marshal and Governor of Jersey, taken from rear seat.   The docks (with ice sheets) and the town of Wilhelmshaven is seen from several angles.   Finally the circuit is joined and the runway is clear.   Circling to land there are views of RAF Jever, the hangars, and Flying Wing HQ (close by the trees) on the south side of the airfield.   Jever town is glimpsed.   The RAF Jever domestic site is in the trees.   On 'finals' the runway is very clear and there is a final glimpse of the red and white runway caravan.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
142 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ken Senar's film.   Video showing SEN-001 clip from Ken Senar's film.   This clip was probably filmed during a spell of snowy weather and fog in January 1955.   [Click to see report in 93 Sqn F540 for Jan55.]   The view is from Flying Wing HQ across the 'Met garden' and signals square to the snow removal equipment clearing the single, 2,700yd., runway.   In turn the snow ploughs, hot sander, and snow-blower can be seen.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
  Friday 11th August 2017
141 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ron Gray's film.   Video showing G011 clip from Ron Gray's film.   This clip was also taken from the rear ramp of a USAF C-117.   The clip shows the Handley Page Victor.   This would be one of the prototypes.   It first flew 24th December 1952, following which they had tailplane flutter (and total failure) to overcome, and the first production B.1 did not make its first flight until 1st February 1956.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
140 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ron Gray's film.   Video showing G010 clip from Ron Gray's film.   This clip was taken from the rear ramp of a USAF C-117.   The clip shows the Bristol Britannia, "The Whispering Giant".   Prototype first flew August 1952.   Problems with engine icing.   Into service with BOAC February 1967.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
139 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ron Gray's film.   Video showing G009 clip from Ron Gray's film.   This clip was taken from the rear ramp of a USAF C-117.   Dave Clayton was flying as co-pilot and Ron filmed this sitting between the tri-pod legs of the Movietone film crew.   This is the Private Venture, single-seat, proto-type Folland Gnat.   It first flew on 18Jul55.   Six similar aircraft were built and evaluated by the RAF for the fighter role, but this variant was not adopted.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
138 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ron Gray's film.   Video showing G008 clip from Ron Gray's film.   This clip shows four Hunters from 54 Squadron doing a formation low level display.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
137 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ron Gray's film.   Video showing G007 clip from Ron Gray's film.   Bristol Belvedere twin-rotor helicopter.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
136 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ron Gray's film.   Video showing G006 clip from Ron Gray's film.   An English Electric Canberra powered by 2 Armstrong Siddeley Sapphires as a testbed, makes a run-in and break but before touching down, retracts undercarriage and illustrates it's phenomenal rate of climb on the two Sapphires.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
135 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ron Gray's film.   Video showing G005 clip from Ron Gray's film.   An unknown black Hawker Hunter, probably the Hawker display machine, demonstrating an inverted flypast.   It has white drop tanks and maybe the prototype Mk. F.6 with the 10,000lbs thrust Avon.   WW592 had made its first flight on 25Mar that year flown by Bill Bedford.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
134 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ron Gray's film.   Video showing G004 clip from Ron Gray's film.   The Avro Ashton was developed from the Avro Tudor airliner and powered by four Rolls Royce Nene turbojets, the Avro Ashton was used for research in the 1950s, with a total of six examples being built.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
133 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ron Gray's film.   Video showing G003 clip from Ron Gray's film.   The Short Sperrin proto-type intended as a fill in V-bomber.   Only two built.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
132 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ron Gray's film.   Video showing G002 clip from Ron Gray's film.   The Fairey Gannet, maybe a T.4, does a flypast and an approach for landing.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
131 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ron Gray's film.   Video showing G001 clip from Ron Gray's film.   In the opening title is a reference to Fg. Off Dave Clayton who was posted from 4 Sqn to RAE Farnborough.   He hosted Tony Pearce and Ron Gray at the 1955 show and they had a ride in a loaned C117, with Dave as second dickey, along with the Movietone film crew.   Ron was sat in between the tripod legs of their camera, attached to the C117 with a 'monkey line' and got some quite good shots.   In this clip is the Spitfire Memorial presented by Supermarine, in the garden of the Officer's Mess, Farnborough.   Then a flypast by the Airspeed Ambassador and an approach for landing.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
130 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ron Gray's film.   Video showing G014 clip from Ron Gray's film.   This clip was filmed during a 4 Squadron Sylt detachment in the extremely hard winter during January 1955.   It begins with shots of the Sylt Officers' Mess in the snow and then shows Tony Pearce, Bill Blake and Bob Smith walking on the sea which was frozen solid as it was so cold.   Then there is a shot of Bob Smith with a camera and shows the fishing boats frozen into the sea ice.   A shot follows that shows that Bill Blake was anything but sure-footed - similarly Tony Pearce.   After more shots of the boats, Ron Gray, Tony Pearce and Bill Blake are seen returning to the Mess in their smart winter issue white half duffle coats.   These had to be quickly withdrawn as the officers' ladies stole them for their own use!   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
  Thursday 10th August 2017
129 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ron Gray's film.   Video showing G013 clip from Ron Gray's film.    This clip was taken back at Jever in Mid-54.  The CO's flashes having been added to the Sabre F.4, required Bob Molden to be stuffed down the intake by his colleagues.   These include Les Swart, Brian Watson, Alan Armitage, Pete Langstone, Norman Giffin, Fred Maycock, Les Bradley and Bert Sanders.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
128 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the clips from Ron Gray's film.   Video showing G012 clip from Ron Gray's film.    This clip was taken back at Jever in Mid-54.  It shows a visiting Airspeed Oxford .   This must be a rare piece of film.   The ground crew are seen cranking up the engines, the pilot will have set the throttles and is pressing the booster coil buttons.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
127 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the M18-21 clip, the last, from Brian Iles's film of his return flight from RAF Jever to Bulawayo, Africa in his Miles M-18 light aircraft July 1954.   This clip starts with their day off on Saturday th August 1954 on the beach at Cannes in France.   The next day, Sunday 29Aug54 they took off from Cannes at 1205 hrs and followed the route shown above along the coast before striking north to Lyons, landing there 2 hrs 35 mins later at 1440 hrs.   Two landmarks can be identified, first the stark single tower on the Ile d'Or and then later the stone Chateau D'If on the Island of If, just outside Marseille.   Having refueled at Lyon they were airborne again at 15:30 hrs and landed in Paris after 2 hrs 15 mins at 1745 hrs.   There are shots of Paris from the air.   There is a quick clip taken in a Paris cafe presumably during their overnight stay as they were airborne again from Paris the next day Monday 30Aug54 by 1230 hrs and took some more footage of Paris from the air.   After a 2 hrs 15 mins trip they refueled at Dusseldorf and 1 hrs 30 mins later landed back at Jever at 1810 hrs in the evening.   The clip finishes with shots of the friends welcoming them back as they taxi in.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
126 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the M18-20 clip from Brian Iles's film of his return flight from RAF Jever to Bulawayo, Africa in his Miles M-18 light aircraft July 1954.   This clip shows their flight along the coast of Italy and France to their next destination - Cannes.   This took 3 hours and they landed in the evening of Friday 27th August 1954 at 1815 at Cannes in France.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
125 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the M18-19 clip from Brian Iles's film of his return flight from RAF Jever to Bulawayo, Africa in his Miles M-18 light aircraft July 1954.   At 1020 hrs on Thursday 26th August 1954 they took off from Athens and flew via Araxos to Brindisi where they landed at 14:15 hrs.   After a night's rest they left Brindisi early at 0605 hrs on Friday 27th August 1954 and landed at Rome (Urbe) three hours later.   I think the next shot of a car driving along a road beside a river is probably taken in Rome - but does anyone recognise the monument on the other side of the river?   They obviously did some sightseeing in Rome, including St Peter's Square in front of the Vatican, but after six and a quarter hours they were airborne again from Rome at 1515 hrs that afternoon.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
  Wednesday 9th August 2017
124 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the M18-18 clip from Brian Iles's film of his return flight from RAF Jever to Bulawayo, Africa in his Miles M-18 light aircraft July 1954.   They left El Adem at 04:45hrs the next morning Wednesday 25Aug54.   It was a flight of 2 hrs and 25 mins across the Mediterranean to Crete where they landed at Heraklion for re-fuelling.   There are some shots of the rough seas, presumably in Crete.   Then they are airborne again at 09:20 hours for the 2 hour flight to Athens.   They seem to have taken the afternoon off for some sightseeing around Athens.   There are some shots of the Acropolis and Brian and Sandy reading their guide books.   After more shots around tha Acropolis they are airborne again over Athens the next day at 10:20 hrs on the Thursday 26Aug54.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
123 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the M18-17 clip from Brian Iles's film of his return flight from RAF Jever to Bulawayo, Africa in his Miles M-18 light aircraft July 1954.   After a break in Cairo the flight is resumed at on Tuesday 24th August 1954 at 0750 hrs landing at Mersa Matruh at 1000 hrs for refuelling.   On the way they flew past the pyramids and the Sphinx.   The flight from Mersa Matruh to El Adem took place from 1240 to 1510 hrs on the same day.   I think it finishes on the approach to El Adem where they stopped for the night.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
122 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the M18-16 clip from Brian Iles's film of his return flight from RAF Jever to Bulawayo, Africa in his Miles M-18 light aircraft July 1954.   This is the final flight from Luxor to Cairo Airport from 1000 hrs to 1300 hrs on Sunday 22nd August 1954.   There is a formation take-off filmed from another light aircraft, which maybe from Luxor Airport.   Some of the airborne shots maybe of the Great Pyramid near Luxor.   Then there are tourist shots round Cairo as they took a break.   There are some nice sunbathing shots of Sandy by the pool I assume it is either the Cairo Officers' Mess or Club?   There are some shots around Cairo and various forms of transport.   After some camel riding there are shots of the pyramids and the Sphinx.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
121 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the M18-15 clip from Brian Iles's film of his return flight from RAF Jever to Bulawayo, Africa in his Miles M-18 light aircraft July 1954.   I think this might be the leg from Wadi Halfa to Luxor Airport from 0510 hrs to 070 hrs on Sunday 22nd August 1954.   It shows the large terminal building and some twin engined airliners with finally someone walking out to refuel the M-18.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
120 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the M18-14 clip from Brian Iles's film of his return flight from RAF Jever to Bulawayo, Africa in his Miles M-18 light aircraft July 1954.   Another leg flying alongside what is presumed to be the River Nile.   There is a strange white pointed building and some signs of flooding.  There are views over a much larger city on the banks of the river, which maybe Cairo?   Finishes with yet more locals watching the refuelling.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
119 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the M18-13 clip from Brian Iles's film of his return flight from RAF Jever to Bulawayo, Africa in his Miles M-18 light aircraft July 1954.   This leg includes flying over a large river with steam boats as well as dhows.   There are scenes of flooding.   The shot finishes with a re-fuelling in front of an audience of the locals.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
118 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the M18-12 clip from Brian Iles's film of his return flight from RAF Jever to Bulawayo, Africa in his Miles M-18 light aircraft July 1954.   More flying over the plains with plenty of shots of rhinoceros, elephants, giraffes and buffalo.   They fly over many small villages near the river, some of which appear to be flooded.   They fly past what looks like a large country house with a large oval drive.   Finally landing at a fairly large airfield, where they get help with the map reading from the local natives, show the airfield building, a steam roller and some long grass clearance.   The final shots are of the control tower and the signals square.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
117 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the M18-11 clip from Brian Iles's film of his return flight from RAF Jever to Bulawayo, Africa in his Miles M-18 light aircraft July 1954.   They began their return journey on Monday 16th August 1954.   Airborne again over some flat territories on what looks like a large lake.   There is a built up area alongside a large river and a substantial airfield - it might be Khartoum?   There are some shots from the cockpit of Sandy and a close up of Brian.   The flat plains give way to some rocky outcrops and shots of a fairly large river - maybe the Nile?   There are some low flying shots alongside the river and then they have landed and are refuelling at a not very large airfield.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
116 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the M18-7 clip from Brian Iles's film of his return flight from RAF Jever to Bulawayo, Africa in his Miles M-18 light aircraft July 1954.   They began their return journey on Monday 16th August 1954.   This clip shows them refueling at one of the stops on the way back.   Then there are some wonderful shots of the wildlife that they were flying over, finally racing a train.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
115 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the M18-10 clip from Brian Iles's film of his return flight from RAF Jever to Bulawayo, Africa in his Miles M-18 light aircraft July 1954.   The clip may have been assembled in the wrong order as it finishes with a landing at Tabora, yet the previous clip finished at Kisumu.   I have placed it in what I hope is the right order but if anyone has local knowledge I would be delighted to put them in the correct order.   It starts with shots of a large river and a very distinctive bridge.   Then there are shots of Brian in the cockpit and then an early morning start.   The only early start before Tabora was at Lusaka when they were airborne at 04:25 hours on the way to Ndola.   There are shots of the prop being turned over by hand and an early take-off.   The airfield looks rather large from the air so it may have been Lusaka.   There are shots of Sandy in the cockpit and scenes of roads, rivers and wild life.   Then there are scenes of refuelling at, what looks like, a fairly remote location which appears to have a thatched roof airport building.   This could be Ndola or Abercorn, both in Northern Rhodesia.   There is a shot of a cat on the tailplane, then Sandy applying lip gel, presumably as sun and slipstream protection.   Then they are airborne again with shots over some fairly hilly terrain.   An airborne shot of an airfield appears and there is a picture from the air of the name Tabora where they landed on 18Aug54 at 14:30 hours.   The clip finishes with ground activity at presumably Tabora, in Tanzania showing the airport buildings.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
114 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the M18-9 clip from Brian Iles's film of his return flight from RAF Jever to Bulawayo, Africa in his Miles M-18 light aircraft July 1954.   The clip opens with shots from the M-18 as it gets airborne from Bulawayo and circling over the farewell party by the hangars on the ground.   It then shows shots of Bulawayo from the air with the distinctive power station cooling towers.   Then there are various shots flying back up Africa including a refuel at some place on the route.   They are welcomed by uniformed officers and there are Harvards seen in the background.   This might be Kisumu.   Chris Stone suggested anti-Mau Mau operations of Harvards from Kenya.   Research on the Internet revealed the following piece from the Flight magazine for 8Apr55. about 8 months later: "SECOND BAR to D.F.C.   W/C. G. G. St. David Jeffries, D.F.C. and Bar.   On October 31st, 1953, W/C. Jeffries assumed command of No. 1340 (Harvard) Flight in Kenya.   For the next eight months he led the Flight from advanced landing fields on anti-Mau Mau strikes.   By September 30th, 1954, W/C. Jeffries had personally completed 410 strikes in the Aberdare Mountains and Mount Kenya areas, where violent and unpredictable weather often prevails.   He carried out flying investigations of dangerous downdraughts in the area.   In September 1954 his Flight, with eight aircraft and an average of seven pilots, flew 508 sorties and 577 flying hours.   W/C. Jeffries personally led 89 strikes and flew 95 hours."   If anyone can confirm where they were operating Harvards in 1954 in this part of Africa, please let me know.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
113 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the M18-8 clip from Brian Iles's film of his return flight from RAF Jever to Bulawayo, Africa in his Miles M-18 light aircraft July 1954.   Here are some more shots of their leave in and around Bulawayo.   Today Bulawayo is Zimbabwe's second largest city.   Located in the South-west of the country, it is home to a cosmopolitan people.   The Bulawayo area has been populated since prehistoric times.   The San (Bushman) people painted their delicate pictures in the caves of the Matobo Hills, the Rozvi kings built a stone city at Khami and the Ndebele nation gave the city its name.   The city has wide tree lined streets and is surrounded by beautiful parks, a legacy of Cecil John Rhodes.   There are many places to see from a tourist point of view.   This clip begins with views of the main street, then a bird in a cage, followed by what might be Sandy's parents.   It looks like Brian playing some type of ball game and then shows Sandy introducing presumably the family car.   Next there are scenes of a rugby match with Sandy in the stadium watching.   Then Sandy is seen with some of the local colour, leading in to a sign for a place which I cannot read.   It maybe "The University" - the subsequent shots of the buildings look similar to the architecture in the modern pictures of the University.   They are shown leaving in a Mercedes for a sioghtseeing tour of what looks like The Matopas Park which is located 34 Kilometers south of Bulawayo City Centre, covering an area of 43 200 hectares, the park is positioned in the marvelous Matobo Hills, which are constitute of a series of domes, spires and balancing rock formations cut out of granite solid granite plateau by mother nature through millions and millions years of erosion and weathering.   King Mzilikazi gave the district the name Matobo - 'bald heads'-, he was buried in the Matobo Hills.   Cecil John Rhodes is buried in the Matobo National Park, at the summit of Malindidzimu -'hill of benevolent spirits'.   A place for which signs can be seen - Rhodes referred to it as the "View of the world."   (If we have any viewers in Bulawayo they might like to identify some of the views?)   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
112 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the M18-6 clip from Brian Iles's film of his return flight from RAF Jever to Bulawayo, Africa in his Miles M-18 light aircraft July 1954.   This clip shows them relaxing in Bulawayo and then a train journey presumably to the Victoria Falls which is about 240 miles North West of Bulawayo and which they had flown over on their way into Rhodesia.   Then there are some stunning shots of the Falls themselves.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
111 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the M18-5 clip from Brian Iles's film of his return flight from RAF Jever to Bulawayo, Africa in his Miles M-18 light aircraft July 1954.   This clip seems to have been taken somewhere between Cairo and Bulawayo, Rhodesia - the final destination - from Sunday 25th July 1954 to Friday 30th July 1954.   There are various shots of perhaps the Nile and then some dramatic footage of the Victoria Falls which is on the border between what is today Zambia and Zimbabwe.   There is a clear shot of the road bridge joining the two countries.   The final scenes are probably taken over the outskirts of Bulawayo shortly before arrival.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
110 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the M18-4 clip from Brian Iles's film of his return flight from RAF Jever to Bulawayo, Africa in his Miles M-18 light aircraft July 1954.   This clip I suspect is taken at Heraklion Airport at sunrise on Saturday 24th July 1954.   They took off at 0520 hours, having flown down from Athens the afternoon before.   It shows Brian swinging the prop while Sandy is already strapped in the rear cockpit.   The early part of the flight shows the vast ocean for this was the longest over water crossing from Crete to Mersah Matrah near Alexandria in Egypt.   Presumably they took the shortest route across to the African mainland and then followed down the coast to Alexandria where they landed 2 hours 55 minutes later at 0815 hours.   It is presumed that the airfield shots are taken at Mersah Matrah showing another Miles light aircraft being loaded alongside the M-18.   My research suggests that this maybe a Miles M-16 Mentor as it has a cabin but is otherwise similar to the Miles M-18.   I cannot make out the registration number but it seems rather appropriately to have a racing number of 93.   Perhaps it could be identified from that number?   The Miles M-16 Mentor low-wing cabin monoplane entered RAF service in 1938.   Forty-five examples were used for radio training and communications duties.   (Thanks to The Encyclopedia of Aircraft.)   If anyone knows better, please let me know.   The locals, at what is presumed to be Mersah Matrah, are lined up to see them leave at 1050 hours for Cairo.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
109 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the M18-3 clip from Brian Iles's film of his return flight from RAF Jever to Bulawayo, Africa in his Miles M-18 light aircraft July 1954.   This clip probably shows them on their 3 hour 40 minute flight from Brindisi to Athens on Friday 23rd July 1954.   This was one of their longest legs over water.   They had flown down to Brindisi from Rome the previous afternoon in a 2 hour 45 minute flight.   The clip begins with Sandy preparing his maps on the wing, then checking the engine followed by Brian also working on the engine.   Then they are airborne by 0700 hours and seen leaving land probably somewhere near one of the headlands South of Otranto as this would have been the shortest crossing of the Adriatic Sea/Ionian Sea in the Straits of Otranto to the Greek islands off Albania.   Next they are seen flying down the rugged coastline of the Greek Islands or the Greek mainland.   Does anyone know the area well enough to identify any of the locations?   Finally they are seen orbiting the Parthenon in Athens and then on the approach to Athens Airport landing at 1040 hours in the morning.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
  Tuesday 8th August 2017
108 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the M18-2 clip from Brian Iles's film of his return flight from RAF Jever to Bulawayo, Africa in his Miles M-18 light aircraft July 1954.   This clip shows them on their 30 minute flight passing docks, presumably on the way into Bremen Airport.   After a 2 hr 50 min flight from Bremen to Nurnburg airport for a night stop, Sandy is seen preparing the maps for the next leg of the journey over the Alps on Wednesday 21Jul54.   They had to call in to Munich Airport, a 1 hour flight to top up and obtain border clearances.   The rest of the clip shows some stunning shots of the cloudy Alps and eventually shows them flying past lakes, churches and villages in Northern Italy, before landing at Florence after a 3 hr 35 min flight.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
107 I have been able to convert this video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the M18-1 clip from Brian Iles's film of his return flight from RAF Jever to Bulawayo, Africa in his Miles M-18 light aircraft July 1954.   This clip shows the Station Commander Group Captain Powell-Sheddon arriving at the hangar to see off Brian Iles and Sandy Sanderson.   It shows them packing the aircraft, a shot of the open cockpit and instruments, the Miles M-18 being pushed out of the hangar, Sandy on one wing tip, the Station Commander receiving a 93 Sqn crest, "pep talk" before strapping in and the prop being swung to start the engine, the taxy out, take-off and low flypast.   [No Backlog]
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106 Thanks to Keith Piggott added a short obituary for Thommy Thomson.   [No Backlog]   (Click to see.)
105 I have been able to convert the video clip from the old now defunct .wmv format to .MP4 video format and therefore added back the video clip featuring "Thommy" Thomson.   [No Backlog]   (Video Click to see.)
  Monday 7th August 2017
104 Thanks to Keith Piggott we have sadly learnt of the death of Captain Alexander "Thommy" Thomson on 30Jul17 aged 84.   A celebration of Thommy's life will take place on Thursday 10th August at 1pm at Great Grimsby Crematorium, Weelsby Avenue, Grimsby, DN32 0BA.   Family flowers only please.   Donations in lieu if so desired may be sent to Dementia UK, Second Floor 356 Holloway Road London LN7 6PA.   Enquiries to Mashfords Funeral Service Cleethorpes Tel 01472 200004.   A reception after will take place at Humberston Country Club Humberston Avenue Humberston DN36 4SX.   NB Val, Thommy's widow, would much appreciate knowing the numbers attending the service, please email Keith Piggott who will pass on messages piggott01@btinternet.com .   [No Backlog]   (Click to see.)
  Sunday 6th August 2017
103 Thanks to John Dardemann added a photo of the Hunting Room at the Schutzenhof, just down the road from the station gates = early 1960.   [No Backlog]   (Click to see.)
102 Thanks to John Dardemann added a photo of the bar at the Schutzenhof, just down the road from the station gates = early 1960.   [No Backlog]   (Click to see.)
101 Thanks to John Dardemann added a photo of the Schutzenhof, just down the road from the station gates = early 1960.   [No Backlog]   (Click to see.)
  Saturday 5th August 2017
100 Thanks to Christian Meyerhoff added a photo of the Anglo-German Open Day pictures of a German Navy Fairey Gannet in the static display - 6Jun59.   [No Backlog]   (Click to see.)
99 Thanks to Christian Meyerhoff added a photo of the Anglo-German Open Day even more picture of United States Air Force North American F-100 Super Sabre in the static display - 6Jun59.   [No Backlog]   (Click to see.)
98 Thanks to Christian Meyerhoff added a photo of the Anglo-German Open Day picture of United States Air Force North American F-100 Super Sabre, the Avro Canada CF-100 Canuck and a Hunter F.4 in the static display - 6Jun59.   [No Backlog]
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97 Thanks to Christian Meyerhoff added a photo of the Anglo-German Open Day several more pictures of United States Air Force North American F-100 Super Sabre in the static display - 6Jun59.   [No Backlog]   (Click to see.)
  Tuesday 1st August 2017
96 Thanks to Doug Smith added a photo of 98 Sqn Armourers - 1957.   [No Backlog]   (Click to see.)
95 Thanks to Doug Smith added a photo of 98 Sqn disbandment party - 1957.   [No Backlog]   (Click to see.)
94 Thanks to Doug Smith added a photo of a 98 Sqn Hunter on exercise at Geilenkirchen -1957.   [No Backlog]   (Click to see.)
  Sunday 30th July 2017
93 Thanks to Doug Smith added another picture of the USAF Fairchild C-119 Boxcar transports visiting Jever on Exercise - about 57.   [No Backlog]   (Click to see.)
  Wednesday 26th July 2017
92 Thanks to Christian Meyerhoff added a photo taken at the Anglo-German Open Day several pictures of United States Air Force North American F-100 Super Sabre in the static display - 6Jun59.   [No Backlog]   (Click to see.)
91 Thanks to Christian Meyerhoff added a photo taken at the Anglo-German Open Day Lockheed RF-84F Thunderstreak from the USAF - 6Jun59.   [No Backlog]   (Click to see.)
90 Thanks to Christian Meyerhoff added a photo taken at the Anglo-German Week Open Day several more shots of the Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star and one of the North American Sabre from the GAF - 6Jun59.   [No Backlog]   (Click to see.)
89 Thanks to Christian Meyerhoff added a photo taken at the Anglo-German Week Open Day several shots of the Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star - 6Jun59.   [No Backlog]   (Click to see.)
88 Thanks to Maurice Parker I have just had the following report from "Our Man" in Schortens:   "After nearly 80 years Schortens Town has organized a whole change of address for Schumacher Strasse and Edert Strasse as both were well named after known Nazis.   The change is now history.   It just shows you, even though all families, (nearly 100), were against the change, the Town Council just went ahead and did it.   All in all it must have cost a small fortune but there you are we all have to pay for it.   Maurice Parker.   (I personally think that they are all absolutely crazy)."   Schumacher Strasse is now called Am alten Fliegerhorst and Edert Strasse is now called Zum Upjever Forst   [Backlog 21July17 5 days)   (Click to see.)
87 Thanks to Ton Otten added a memorial page to Fg Off Michael Smith who was killed when his Sabre exploded over Ton's village in Holland on 5Jul1955.   [Backlog 17July17 9 days)   (Click to see.)
  Tuesday 25th July 2017
86 Thanks to Granddaughter Jane, learnt the sad news of the death of Keith "Pompie" Banting.   His wife Maureen also died on the previous Friday 21Nov14.   [Backlog 13May17 73 days)   (Click to see.)
85 Thanks to Barrie Clarke added a couple of names to the Pre-Sylt picture of 118 Sqn Ground and Aircrew.   [Backlog 22Apr17 94 days)   (Click to see.)
84 Thanks to James Tann added an appeal from James for information about the service life of his grandfather Denis Tann.   [Backlog 20Mar17 127 days)   (Click to see.)
83 Thanks to John Mackenzie added an entry for J/T Derek 'Nobby' Hobbs and added cross references for all the pictures where he is mentioned.   [Backlog 18Mar17 128 days)   (Click to see.)
  Monday 24th July 2017
82 Thanks to Karin Meuller added an appeal on the noticeboard for news of Johhny Spencer an airman last at Jever in 1947.   [Backlog 18Mar17 128 days)   (Click to see.)
81 Thanks to Mike Feeney added further details he had researched into the story of George Aird's Lightning ejection on the approach to Hatfield.   [Backlog 24Feb17 150 days)   (Click to see.)
80 Thanks to Ian Short added a photo one of the F700s for 4 Squadron Hunter F.4, XF368 C and N sent us by Ian Short from his father.   This document was opened on 28Jan57.   Hunter F.4 XF368 N arrived on 4 Squadron on Fri 27Apr56left for 118 Squadron on Tue 5Mar57.   C/N HABL003097.ff 29Feb56 Del 7Mar56, 33MU 2ATAF 20Apr56, 4Sqn(N & A) 27Apr56, 118 Sqn(N) 5Mar57, 3Sqn(C) 15Apr57, UK 6Jun57, (NW 12Jul57-23Aug57), 229OCU (ES-N recode 64) 1Jul57 arr 23Aug57, 19MU 17Mar59, NEA 8Oct59, To Admiralty charge 26Oct61, HSA converted to GA11 26Oct61 to 2Oct62, AHU AC 2Oct62, 738 Sqn(LM645) 11Oct62, 738 Sqn(BY645) 10Dec63, RNAY Belfast 15Sep64, 738 Sqn(BY644) 21Oct64, Recode BY784, 5MU 25Oct65, AHU BY 30Jun66, 738 Sqn(BY781) 4Aug66, Ground accident Brawdy 13Nov69, ADW 24Nov69, remaining in service, apart from periods of storage to keep her airframe hours down, until 1995 when she was withdrawn from use. She took part in a 4-ship farewell flypast as she made her last military flight to Shawbury for storage and future disposal. Last flown 25Apr95 with 8439.00 hrs. She remained at Shawbury until Feb01. After being auctioned off in 29Nov00 at Phillips in London for £10,200 and sold to South Africa-based Mike Beachy Head, she was removed to Exeter on 12Feb01 and prepared for export by the Hunter Flying Club with registration G-BZRH, and departed Exeter in 17Jun01, Piloted by AVM 'Boz' Robinson arriving safely at her new home at Cape Town just over a week later via Genoa, Brindisi, Iraklion, Luxor, Asmara, Djibouti, Nairobi, Malawi, Maputo, Bloemfontein. She is based with the Thunder City fleet.   [Backlog 31Jan17 174 days)   (Click to see.)
  Sunday 23rd July 2017
79 Thanks to Mike Ibbett added a photo and his narrative where Mike Ibbett, Al's son, wrote on 30Nov2016: "I see the records/photos refer to my father's forced belly landing due to (I seem to remember him telling us), a front wheel hydraulic failure and while not wishing to contest the memory of Merv Hodson, I would like to suggest that the plane you show was not the one flown/landed by my father at the time.   When I saw it his photo, I thought there seemed more damage than I remembered, so I dug out an old photo I kept before my mother chucked the rest; these, three show the actual landing sequence as it slides down the runway and another stationary on the tarmac.   This is the last one.   The tail plane identity marking is a "Y", not a "U".   As these were given to my dad as a memento(!), I would like to suggest this was the plane he crash-landed in and the other plane must have been involved in a similar incident which as Merv recounted, seemed to happen with monotonous regularity.   It's interesting to reflect that one of the tower/flight crew-room members had the foresight to photograph it, so they must have heard from the tower that my dad was in difficulty.   He did tell us that he had tried until nearly out of fuel (well he would have said that wouldn't have he!!) to get the undercarriage down but finally went for the ditch it approach as he always said he was always worried being long in the leg that he didn't fancy losing his kneecaps if he had been forced to eject."   Swift WK290 Y arrived on 2 Sqn on Mon 11May59 and left on Tue 7Feb61 for 60 MU.  Eventually it went to the Manston Fire School.   [Backlog 30Nov16 235 days)
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78 Thanks to Ken Senar added some more names to the bar picture taken in Dec54.   [Backlog 27Nov16 238 days)
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77 Thanks to Christian Meyerhoff added a photo taken at the Anglo-German Week RAF Jever Open Day several shots of the Avro Canada CF-100 Canuck - 6Jun59.   [Backlog 25Oct16 271 days)   (Click to see.)
  Saturday 22nd July 2017
76 Thanks to Christian Meyerhoff added a photo taken at the Anglo-German Week RAF Jever Open Day Blackburn Beverley showing the cavernous hold and a shot of it towering over other aircraft in the static display - 6Jun59.   [Backlog 25Oct16 270 days)   (Click to see.)
75 Thanks to Christian Meyerhoff added a photo taken at the Anglo-German Week RAF Jever Open Day Blackburn Beverley clockwise L to R: The enormous fixed undercarriage leg, airborne in the display and on the ground before flying - 6Jun59.   [Backlog 25Oct16 270 days)   (Click to see.)
74 Thanks to Christian Meyerhoff added a photo taken at the Anglo-German Week RAF Jever Open Day - unknown groundcrew on the steps of a ladder to the cockpit of what looks like a visiting Lockheed RF-84F from the USAF - 6Jun59.   [Backlog 25Oct16 270 days)   (Click to see.)
73 Thanks to Ray Deacon added a notice for Air Vice Marshal Graham Williams book "Rhapsody in Blue" - the story of his life in the RAF.   [Backlog 30Jun16 387 days)   (Click to see.)
  Friday 21st July 2017
72 Thanks to Jim Attrill added some stories about our previous President Air Commodore Pat King.   (Under both 4 and 93 squadrons).   [Backlog 3Jul16 383 days)   (Click to see.)
71 Thanks to Jack Waterfall who contributed this photo of the Memorial to the crew of Wellington R3236 which crashed in the woods near Luftwaffe base Upjever during WW2.   Picture of some of friends families at the dedication service at the site in Jever forest where the Wellington crashed - 24Jun16.   Jack also wrote: "On behalf of everyone involved with the R3236 Project I would like to thank you for your participation in both the UK Memorial Stone Tour and the visit to Jever.   It was really good to have the Royal British Legion Rickmansworth Standard present at these events, especially for Ralph Ball's relatives.   In recognition of the efforts you have made to support us, we would like to donate £150.00 to the Poppy Appeal.   Please can you please provide the details I need to transfer the funds.   Thank you very much.   Jack."   [Backlog 30Jun16 386 days)   (Click to see.)
70 Thanks to Susan Moss added a notice for her children's book about a PR squadron in Germany.   On the 30Jun16 Susan wrote:   "I'm a children's author, living in Germany, and I have written what could well be the only children's book set on an RAF station in Germany in the 1950s.   It's the second in a series of books, which are retro 'Boy's Own' style adventures about a 21st century boy who goes back in time for all sorts of derring-do with his Grandpop, an RAF pilot.   'Trouble in Teutonia' features a Meteor PR Squadron, and is set in 1957.   The stories were inspired by my dad, who is unfortunately no longer with us - Wg Cdr N.R. 'Micky' Moss.   He was never stationed in Germany, but a good chum of his, Brian Ashley, was.   Sadly, Brian passed away too last year but was an invaluable technical advisor for me."   [Backlog 30Jun16 386 days)   (Click to see.)
  Thursday 20th July 2017
69 Thanks to Jack Waterfall who contributed this photo of the Memorial to the crew of Wellington R3236 which crashed in the woods near Luftwaffe base Upjever during WW2.   Picture of the hosts and families at the dedication service at the site in Jever forest where the Wellington crashed - 24Jun16.   Jack also wrote: "Friday 24th June 2016 - On behalf of the visiting party from both the UK and Australia I would like to thank you and your regiment for involving us in such a wonderful occasion last Friday.   Your celebration event served to enable stronger bonds of friendship to be forged between Jever Airbase and the families and friends associated with Wellington R3236.   The permanent memorial to those who perished in 1940 has been the result of good co-operation between us and the hard work of many, a truly magnificent outcome.   Best Wishes to your Regiment.   May I take this opportunity to wish you and all members of your regiment good luck with your ongoing missions in the wider world.   Everyone in our visiting party were very impressed with their parade and welcomed the chance to relax with them at the base family day afterwards.   Please extend our thanks to the Military Band, particularly for their memorable rendition of 'Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines' - the icing on the cake!   Your generous provision of the coach service during our stay really made our local travel easy and relaxing, thanks to Daniel - 'Pilot of Air Force One'.   Future Visits I'm sure many of us who have already been to Jever and others who haven't, will want to take up your invitation to return in the future.   On the journey home on Saturday morning, our group had a chance to reflect on when it might be appropriate visit again.   As a result of those discussions I would like at this stage to indicate some provisional dates for your diary: 2018 Saturday 10th November   Organise a crash-site dig in search of any remaining wreckage of Wellington R3236.   (This would of course be subject to the approval of the management of Upjever Forest).   The activity would certainly involve the many friends we already have in the local area and possibly others.   Any resulting finds could be utilised to embellish the R3236 Memorial Plinth and add more material to the airbase military exhibition.   At the end of this day, which may be cold and wet, we could possibly meet together for a 'Forest Feast'?   Sunday 11th November   Representation from Jever Airbase, members of the community of Jever and the family and friends associated with Wellington R3236 attend:   The Remembrance Day Service at Sage War Cemetery, Oldenburg.   2020   4th-7th July   Gather in Jever to mark the 80th anniversary of the events of July 1940.   [Backlog 22Jun16 393 days)   (Click to see.)
68 Thanks to Jack Waterfall who contributed this itinerary for the memorial to the crew of Wellington R3236 which crashed in the woods near Luftwaffe base Upjever during WW2.   This is the itinerary for the dedication of the memorial stone in the woods near Jever where the Wellington crashed.   Note our friend Marcus Christ was at the ceremony.   [Backlog 22Jun16 393 days)
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67 Thanks to Jack Waterfall who contributed this RAFA Scotland report on the memorial to the crew of Wellington R3236 which crashed in the woods near Luftwaffe base Upjever during WW2.   This was a report in the RAFA Scotland magazine.   On Sunday 22nd May 2016 an Act of Remembrance was held in the chapel of the Scottish National War Memorial with relatives of all five crew attending the service and meeting up together for the first time.   The service was conducted by the Reverend Angus Smith and, at the conclusion, the piper, Rhys Clark, played a lament "Mist covers the mountains".   In a further act of remembrance and unity, a wreath was laid jointly by Douglas Aylward, a relative of Douglas Lindsay, and the German Consul Herr Heinrich Schnettger.   [Backlog 10Jun16 404 days)   (Click to see.)
  Wednesday 19th July 2017
66 Thanks to Lorraine Bricknell who contributed this entry from the Daily Telegraph of 28Mar52 about a member of her family.   It is a memorial to David Karck, a Sergeant Pilot on 93 Sqn who was killed in WW2 flying from Ramatuelle, Southern France on 24th August 1944 aged 23.   [Backlog 255May16 420 days)   (Click to see.)
65 Thanks to Lorraine Bricknell added details under Sharepast for Sgt. David Karck, a family member who was killed on 24Aug44 during WW2 flying with 93 Sqn in the South of France.   [Backlog 255May16 420 days)   (Click to see.)
64 Thanks to Philip Westwell added a photo of his personalised mug supplied freely by the local brewery for every officer at RAF Jever and held behind the bar.   Philip tells us the story behind them:   "I arrived at Jever, following the usual drag by rail, at about 4 pm. on 24Sep53, in need of liquid refreshment.   The Mess was deserted except for one fellow (named Wolfgang, whom I later learned was the chief barman) who was busy unpacking a number of crates.   He explained that the crates contained a tankard for each officer, all supplied by the brewery.   He apologised that there would not be one for me, and instantly offered to contact the brewery for an additional tankard.   I was certainly surprised by his gesture, and a couple of weeks later, took delivery of same.   As you know, RAF Jever became operational during summer 1952.   In summer 1953, a local brewery (not Jever Pilsner) offered to present a handsome tankard to each officer based at the station.   Accordingly, names with rank were collected and Wolfgang was responsible for liaison with the brewery.   After delivery, the tankards (many scores in number) were soon neatly arranged on shelves behind the bar, and Wolfgang and his colleagues would serve orders duly contained in the appropriate tankard.   Each one bore the name and rank of the officer, the brewery emblem (blue and red in colour, I think) and "RAF JEVER" below.   When I was posted to Oldenburg in summer 1954, the tankard went with me, of course.   Attached is a photo of my tankard.   It is quality glassware, capacity 0.5 litre and hand-painted.   It is slightly different from the bulk order in that the brewery emblem is missing."   [Backlog 245May16 421 days)   (Click to see..)
63 Thanks to Jack Waterfall added a press release about the memorial to the crew of Wellington R3236 which crashed in the woods near Luftwaffe base Upjever during WW2.   It was dedicated in Ely cathedral on Sunday 24th April 1916.   Wellington R3236 was in a flight of three aircraft from RAF Feltwell in Norfolk on Saturday 6th July 1940 to mount a night raid on fuel installations in Bremen but failed to return.   [Backlog 19Apr16 456 days)   (Click to see..)
62 Thanks to Maurice Parker added a newspaper article about the new German Armed Forces Regional exhibition at GAF Jever - Feb2016.   Overseas Operations Presented Realistically.   First Regional Exhibition opened at GAF Jever - 80 Years of Station History.   General Volker Wieker described the exhibition as `authentic`.   In the Spring of 2014, with overseas deployments, structural changes and many other tasks to be accomplished it was no wonder that the CO of the GAF Regiment "Friesland", Colonal Hans Peter Dorfmüller first hesitated when he received a phone call from the MoD.   Could he visualize, he was asked, that the station at Jever be selected to be one of the planned Regional Exhibitions for the Bundeswehr which would be part of a campaign - Bundeswehr Leading, Active, Attractive, Different, so as to improve the image of the Armed Forces.   Dorfmüller finally took this opportunity because the exhibition would fit in well with the forth coming celebrations for 80 years of Luftwaffe at Jever which will take place in 2016 and will consist of several events to mark the occasion.   The opening yesterday of the Regional Exhibition - German Air Force Regiment "Friesland" in Service - by General Volker Wieker as guest of honour one could say was the start of the jubilee year.   Wieker together with other guests at the opening ceremony were very impressed with the new exhibition with its information texts, photos, models, multi-media stations together with many original exhibits which clearly show how service life was in the years in Afghanistan.   In his speech, Hans Peter Dorfmüller especially thanked WO Markus Küpke, who, on the service side, was in charge of directing and building up the exhibition and also for his blood, sweat and tears shed in doing so.   Peter Wallach from the design office of Beier+Wellach - Projects was also thanked for their professional support.   GAF Jever is one of 3 stations chosen for a Regional Exhibition and is the only Luftwaffe one.   The exhibition inform visitors on the station history as well as on tasks and possibilities in the Regiment, primarily on service overseas - from preparations, life, working, debriefing after operations, at Camp Marmal near Mazar a Sharif in Afghanistan.   Nothing has been left out, from the well-being of families left at home to all that service men and women overseas could suffer, even to death when on active service.   More than 15 short videos can be viewed from servicemen and women of all ranks who have recorded their experiences when serving abroad.   General Wieker described, what future civilian visitors to the exhibition will also see - 'as authentic'.   [Backlog 20Mar16 486 days)   (Click to see..)
61 Thanks to Maurice Parker added a photo of the dance floor of the Schützenhof as seen in the early 1960s.   [Backlog 16Mar16 490 days)   (Click to see..)
60 Thanks to Maurice Parker added a photo of what must be well known to most of us.   The "Schützenhof" as seen in the late 1950s.   It Was well situated between the Deutsches Haus in town and the Kaffeehaus in Rahrdum.   [Backlog 16Mar16 490 days)   (Click to see..)
  Tuesday 18th July 2017
59 Thanks to Maurice Parker added a photo of a group of visitors to the Station in 1958 were these 3 members of the then newly formed German Naval Air Arm (Marinefliegergruppe 1) and a member of the RN.   All passing through Jever on their way from RNAS Lossiemouth to Fliegerhorst Schleswig - Jagel.   [Backlog 16Mar16 489 days)   (Click to see..)
58 Thanks to Maurice Parker added a photo of the Grunau Baby II (D-5214) from the civilian Gliding Club on take off at Jever - Early 1957.   [Backlog 16Mar16 489 days)   (Click to see..)
57 Thanks to Maurice Parker added a photo of the Civilian Gliding Club Friesland/Jever - Early 1957.   Many of us will remember the gliding club that used the airfield on most weekends.   Walter Kuntzsch, together with a few other air-minded enthusiasts, founded the club at Jever in 1951 and he became president a few years later.   Kuntzsch was born near Dresden were he made his first glider flight at the age of 16.   In WW II he flew Junkers Ju 52s and later was a civilian employee on the Station.   A used SG38 glider was purchased in 1954 which was named 'Maria' - the last Regent of Jever town (Maria of Jever).   Around 1958 the club was able to work closely with the RAF Jever Gliding Club which proved to be very beneficial for both clubs.   The closure of the station in 1960/61 put an end to all gliding activities at Jever.   Being only a single-seater the SG38 had only a restricted C of A which was not helpful.   The Grunau Baby was only on loan to the club and so was returned to its owner.   The civilian club moved over to the Marianseal Airport around 1960 before finally amalgamating with the Flying Club Waterkant - Zetel.   [Backlog 16Mar16 489 days)   (Click to see..)
56 Thanks to Maurice Parker added a photo of Unknown Central Armoury personnel at the swimming pool - 1957.   [Backlog 16Mar16 489 days)   (Click to see..)
55 Thanks to Maurice Parker added a photo of an SG 38 Glider (D-6113) of the civilian Jever Gliding Club about to take off from the station - 1957.   Production of the SG38 started in 1938 and in the following years must have been the most used single-seat training glider in Europe.   This glider was launched by using a strong rubber rope or later with the aid of a winch.   For safety reasons all pupils were instructed never to fly over the forest but always to remain within the boundary of the airfield.   [Backlog 16Mar16 489 days)   (Click to see..)
54 Thanks to Maurice Parker added a photo of unknown group of armourers celebrating on the top floor of block 35 - 57.   [Backlog 16Mar16 489 days)   (Click to see..)
53 Thanks to Maurice Parker added a photo of Central Armoury personnel watching cricket, all unknown - about Summer57.   [Backlog 16Mar16 489 days)   (Click to see..)
52 Thanks to Maurice Parker added a photo of unknown Central Armoury personnel sitting in the sun on the roof of block 35 - 1957.   [Backlog 16Mar16 489 days)   (Click to see..)
51 Thanks to Maurice Parker added a photo of an unknown group of Central Armoury personnel enjoying the sun at the camp swimming pool - 1957.   [Backlog 16Mar16 489 days)   (Click to see..)
50 Thanks to Maurice Parker added a photo of the main room in the new Regiment Exhibition - 11Feb16.   [Backlog 16Mar16 489 days)   (Click to see..)
49 Thanks to Maurice Parker added a photo of Officers Mess Ante Room - 7Nov15.   [Backlog 16Mar16 489 days)
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48 Thanks to Maurice Parker added a photo of the view from Officers Mess in the direction of the Main Gate.   The barbers shop of our day can still be seen on right - 7Nov15.   [Backlog 16Mar16 489 days)   (Click to see..)
47 Thanks to Maurice Parker added a photo of a somewhat deserted Flying Wing H.Q, these days - 7Nov15.   [Backlog 16Mar16 489 days)   (Click to see..)
  Monday 17th July 2017
46 Thanks to Maurice Parker added a photo of a view across the runway from Flying Wing H.Q. - 7Nov15 No noticeable changes here.   [Backlog 16Mar16 488 days)   (Click to see..)
45 Thanks to Maurice Parker added a photo of Block 40 today as viewed from the Airmens Mess - 7Nov15.   It all looks very much like it did some 60 years ago.   [Backlog 16Mar16 488 days)   (Click to see..)
44 Thanks to Maurice Parker added a photo of a recent view across the square these days - 7Nov15.   The NAAFI of our day on the left and Block 40 on the right.   [Backlog 16Mar16 488 days)   (Click to see..)
43 Thanks to Bob Platt added a photo of Dave Sawford in front of Sqn Swift WK277 N, on a recent visit to Newark Aviation Museum.   [Backlog 20Nov15 605 days)   (Click to see..)
42 Thanks to Bob Platt added a photo of 2Sqn ground-crew Dave Sawford (Inst. Mech.) and Fred Bower (Elec.) with Swift Wk277, on a recent visit to Newark Aviation Museum. The Swift seems to have withstood the ravages of time slightly better than the two cold-war warriors. Shine on Shiny 2!   [Backlog 20Nov15 605 days)   (Click to see..)
41 Thanks to the Daily Telegraph we have learnt the sad news that Group Captain "Bunny" Bernard St Aubyn - beloved husband of the late Breda, devoted father of his children, Paul and Mary and Grandfather of David, Alison, Thomas, James and Katherine.   Died suddenly at home on 4th July 2017 aged 85.   Everyone is welcome at the service to celebrate Bernard's life which will be held at St. Bernardine's RC Church, Buckingham on Thursday 20th July at 1 p.m..   All enquiries to Heritage & Sons on 01280-813188.   [Backlog 20Nov15 605 days)   (Click to see..)
  Sunday 16th July 2017
40 Thanks to Bob Platt added a photo of 2 Sqn Swift WK277 N in the Newark Aviation Museum - Oct 2015.   WK277 N arrived on 2 Sqn on Tue 3Mar59 and left for 60MU on Fri 7Apr61.   It was also Cat 3R 22Jul59-29sep59.   [Backlog 18Sep15 777 days)
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39 Thanks to Bob Platt added a photo of 2 Sqn line-up circa 1961.   [Backlog 18Sep15 667 days)   (Click to see..)
38 Thanks to Glyn Davies added his name to several photos.   [Backlog 18Sep15 667 days)   (Click to see..)
  Tuesday 11th July 2017
37 Thanks to Phillip Westwell added and entry for him under 5352 Airfield Construction Branch list of personnel.   [Backlog 11Feb16 516 days)   (Click to see..)
  Sunday 9th July 2017
36 Added entry for next year's AGM SATURDAY 19TH MAY 2018.   NOTE THAT WE ARE TRYING A NEW TIME OF 1200 TO 1700 TO AVOID AN OVERNIGHT STAY.   [Backlog 11Feb16 514 days)   (Click to see..)
35 Added final report on this year's AGM Saturday 20th May 2017.   [Backlog 11Feb16 514 days)   (Click to see..)
34 Added latest version of popular songs including the Songbook handed out at the 60th Anniversary AGM.   [Backlog 11Feb16 514 days)   (Click to see..)
  Friday 30th June 2017
33 Thanks to Derek Morter added a photo of Left to Right: Jim Browne sitting in the background, Bill Maish (President of 122 Wing Jever Steam Laundry), Fred Daley (President of 124 Wing Reunions) and Eibhlin Morter at the AGM2017 on Sat 20May17. The last of the photos.   [Backlog 11Feb16 505 days)   (Click to see..)
32 Thanks to Derek Morter added a photo of Left to Right: Jim Browne, Crackers Cracroft and Merab Browne at the AGM2017 on Sat 20May17.   [Backlog 11Feb16 505 days)   (Click to see..)
  Thursday 29th June 2017
31 Thanks to Eric Pigdon added a photo of Left to Right: Jo Ryan, Smudge Smith, Derek Morter, Eibhlin Morter, Mick Ryan and Peter Jones at the AGM2017 on Sat 20May17.   [Backlog 11Feb16 504 days)   (Click to see..)
30 Thanks to Eric Pigdon added a photo of Smudge Smith, Derek Morter and Mick Ryan at the AGM2017 on Sat 20May17.   [Backlog 11Feb16 504 days)   (Click to see..)
29 Thanks to Eric Pigdon added a photo of Jo Ryan, Smudge Smith and Derek Morter at the AGM2017 on Sat 20May17.   [Backlog 11Feb16 504 days)   (Click to see..)
28 Thanks to Eric Pigdon added a photo of Eric Pigdon and Johnny Macknish at the AGM2017 on Sat 20May17.   [Backlog 11Feb16 504 days)   (Click to see..)
  Tuesday 27th June 2017
27 Thanks to Eric Pigdon added a photo of Del Gray, Eric Pigdon and Johnny Macknish at the AGM2017 on Sat 20May17.   [Backlog 11Feb16 502 days)   (Click to see..)
26 Thanks to Eric Pigdon added a photo of Eric Pigdon and Johnny Macknish at the AGM2017 on Sat 20May17.   [Backlog 11Feb16 502 days)   (Click to see..)
25 Thanks to Eric Pigdon added a photo of Mick Ryan and Peter Jones at the AGM2017 on Sat 20May17.   [Backlog 11Feb16 502 days)   (Click to see..)
24 Thanks to Eric Pigdon added a photo of Bill Maish, President Jever Steam Laundry at the AGM2017 on Sat 20May17.   [Backlog 11Feb16 502 days)   (Click to see..)
23 Thanks to Eric Pigdon added a photo of David Davis, friend of Michael Collins at the AGM2017 on Sat 20May17.   [Backlog 11Feb16 502 days)   (Click to see..)
22 Thanks to Eric Pigdon added a photo of David Davis, friend of Michael Collins at the AGM2017 on Sat 20May17.   [Backlog 11Feb16 502 days)   (Click to see..)
21 Thanks to Eric Pigdon added a photo of Michael Collins at the AGM2017 on Sat 20May17.   [Backlog 11Feb16 502 days)
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20 Thanks to Eric Pigdon added a photo of Smudge Smith and Alan Pollock at the AGM2017 on Sat 20May17.   [Backlog 11Feb16 502 days)   (Click to see..)
19 Thanks to Eric Pigdon added a photo of Del and Ron Gray, winners of the Golden Share 2017 at the AGM2017 on Sat 20May17.   [Backlog 11Feb16 502 days)   (Click to see..)
  Monday 26th June 2017
18 Thanks to Eric Pigdon added a photo of Johnny Macknish at the AGM2017 on Sat 20May17.   [Backlog 11Feb16 501 days)
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17 Thanks to Eric Pigdon added a photo of Mick and Jo Ryan at the AGM2017 on Sat 20May17.   [Backlog 11Feb16 501 days)
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16 Thanks to Eric Pigdon added a photo of Trish Pollock at the AGM2017 on Sat 20May17.   [Backlog 11Feb16 501 days)
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15 Thanks to Eric Pigdon added a photo of Peter Jones at the AGM2017 on Sat 20May17.   [Backlog 11Feb16 501 days)
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14 Thanks to Eric Pigdon added a photo of Mick Ryan at the AGM2017 on Sat 20May17.   [Backlog 11Feb16 501 days)
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13 Thanks to Eric Pigdon added a photo of Jo Ryan at the AGM2017 on Sat 20May17.   [Backlog 11Feb16 501 days)
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  Sunday 25th June 2017
12 Thanks to Eric Pigdon added a photo of Trish Pollock at the AGM2017 on Sat 20May17.   [Backlog 11Feb16 500 days)
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11 Thanks to Eric Pigdon added a photo of Bill Maish, Jever Steam Laundry President, at the AGM2017 on Sat 20May17.   [Backlog 11Feb16 500 days)   (Click to see..)
10 Thanks to the Daily Telegraph we have learnt the sad news that Sam Newington, pilot on 93 Sqn May57 to Dec58, died peacefully at home on Tuesday 20th June 2017 surrounded by his family. Sam was a husband, a father, a grandfather, an entrepreneur, a fighter pilot, an intrepid navigator, a keen amateur historian, a wonderful present giver, and unfailingly generous to family and friends.   Never knowingly seen without a glass of wine or a pint of bitter, he will be missed by all of us, most of all by Bryony, his wife of 51 years.   He taught us the value of hard work, humility and good table manners.   Sam's Funeral will be held at All Saints Church in Elton at 4 p.m. on 30th June 2017, with a memorial service to follow at St. John's Church, Peterborough at 12.15 p.m. on 15th September 2017.   [Backlog 11Feb16 500 days)   (Click to see.)
  Thursday 22nd June 2017
9 Thanks to Eric Pigdon added a photo of Johnny MacKnish at the AGM2017 on Sat 20May17.   [Backlog 11Feb16 497 days)
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  Friday 16th June 2017
8 Thanks to Linda, his daughter, we have heard the sad news that Air Commodore Reginald "Reggie" Spiers, formerly of Barton Stacey and Penton Mewsey, died on Friday 2nd June 2017 aged 88.   Reggie was CO of 4 Sqn from 13Mar59 to 31Dec60.   Husband nearly 60 years of Cynthia (deceased Jul2016), father of Linda and Carolyn, and grandfather of Olivier, Lawrence, George and Alice.   He will be missed by family and friends.   Funeral will take place at St. Stephen's Church Shottermill at 2.30 pm on Wednesday 21st June 2017.   No flowers please, but any donations to Alzheimer's Society or RAF Benevolent Fund.   All enquiries: David Godsmark, G. M. Luffs, Haslemere.   Tel: 01428-643524.   [Backlog 11Feb16 492 days)   (Click to see.)
7 Thanks to Eric Pigdon added a photo of Jim Browne at the AGM2017 on Sat 20May17.   [Backlog 11Feb16 484 days)
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6 Thanks to Eric Pigdon added a photo of Fred Daley (President of 124 Wing Reunions) and Eibhlin Morter at the AGM2017 on Sat 20May17.   [Backlog 11Feb16 484 days)   (Click to see..)
5 Thanks to Eric Pigdon added a photo of Derek Morter and Fred Daley. at the AGM2017 on Sat 20May17.   [Backlog 11Feb16 484 days)   (Click to see..)
  Monday 5th June 2017
4 Thanks to Eric Pigdon added a photo of Jim Browne at the AGM2017 on Sat 20May17.   [Backlog 11Feb16 480 days)
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  Sunday 4th June 2017
2 Thanks to Eric Pigdon added a photo of Jim and Merab Browne at the AGM2017 on Sat 20May17. [Apologies for the delay in posting the photos - IT glitch now sorted out - power surge responsible , so my CEO assures me.]   [Backlog 11Feb16 479 days)   (Click to see..)
  Tuesday 29th May 2017
1 Thanks to Eric Pigdon added a photo of Jim Browne, Merab Browne, Smudge Smith and Al Pollock at the AGM2017 on Sat 20May17.   [Backlog 11Feb16 473 days)   (Click to see..)