in Bulawayo, Rhodesia), 'Black' Hannah
, 'Tommy' Balfour
, and others. I was to meet
the Crew Chiefs, Flt.Sgts. Blair
and their maintenance teams later.
I was excused duty until the exercise was over and was told to find my way
around, hand in my Arrival Card, and familiarise myself with the layout of the
Station and its facilities, get to know as many people as possible and "Get settled in".
It was not long before I discovered that in addition to the two flying Squadrons there were also an RAF Regiment 'rock ape' Wing comprising LAA
Squadron and an armoured car Squadron, also stationed at Jever.5
It was the first
time I had come across any such personnel. Clearly I was part of a very large RAF
Unit with a total, all ranks head count, of well over a thousand.
Although not immediately working with my Squadron
, I had arrived, was
available, and had been accepted.
Officers block 163. My home. My room was at the back, opposite the next to end
upstairs window on the right. The road led to the third modern, but then little used,
Officers block at the back of the Mess.
= Light Ack-Ack. Armed with 50mm Bofors anti-aircraft guns and searchlights.