LYNEHAM 1.

 
 
 
 
 
 
LYNEHAM 1.
 
Lyneham 
 
 
 
 
I received the following letter and attachment from Roy Harper.
Dear Les,
Please forgive this direct approach,
but it appears to be the most effective way to get in touch with ex RAF Lyneham ‘Old Boys’.
 
Coppersfield
Lower goatacre
Nr CALNE
Wiltshire  SN11 9HY
01249     760545
 
                                                             1st December 2011
Dear Sir,
At the Final RAF Lyneham Parade I commented to several Station Commanders that it was a pity that there was no affordable item of memorabilia to recognise the history of Air Transport in Wiltshire.  I was persuaded to `have a go' and produce something that would be unique to RAF Lyneham.  I researched the commissioning of an oil painting but the costs are outside my reach, and the time scale was too long.  
Since then I have worked on an image that, along with The RAF Lyneham Crest, displays The Comet Gate Guard, a Britannia, and The Hercules `K' and `J'.  A professional photographer kindly allowed me to use one of his pictures, the centre piece, and waive issues of copyright.  A photographic designer has done much of the work in laying out the image.  The unique selling point is the signatures of twenty Station Commanders, acquired over many months that have been digitally applied to the image.
The aim of the exercise is to sell 250 prints to gain funds for RAF Charities.
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I am in contact with The RAFA, and intend to approach The RAF Benevolent Fund to see if they can help with publicity and sales.  However, I decided to test the water, in these hard times, to find out if any interest exists out there for this product.  I am happy to report that without advertising I have sold a number of canvass prints to local businesses in Lyneham and Wootton Bassett.  I have been offered £50, while one of the orders is agreed at £30.  Somewhat better than I expected!
I believe I can provide canvass prints in time for Christmas through my supplier (a retired RAF airman).  To achieve this orders must be are received prior to the 12th December 2011.  The printer has charged me nothing for the test and sample prints.
To date the project has zero costing because I am covering the cost of travel and postage etc to get the show on the road.  Nobody will `take a cut' of the income after the printer has submitted his bill. The printer has kindly agreed to charge me when orders are confirmed and paid for to avoid a financial burden (the only printer who offered this level of support).
The print is on canvass and measures 50cm x 40cm (approx 15” x 20”).  The canvass can be produced in either Matt or Gloss finish.  Should you be interested in ordering a print then I will be happy to sell them to you for a minimum of £15 (+ £2.48 postage and packing).  
I look forward to hearing from you.  Please inform squadron personnel, colleagues, friends and family about this venture because they may consider this as a suitable Christmas present!
Yours Aye
Roy Harper
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Den drysdale
Den Drysdale Lyneham 1946/7.
 
 
 
Lyneham workshop crew 1947
Lyneham workshop crew, Den  & Jim ? .
 
Lyneham football team 1947
Lyneham football team 1947.
 
Avro york lyneham 1947
Avro York, Lyneham March 1947.
Above 5 photos from Den Drysdale, 4 sent in via Jim Semple.
 
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R af lynham1949
 
Hastings at lyneham1
 
 
Brigands at lyneham
 
 Home on leave
 
Me and stan brooks at lynham 1949#
 
Bristol
 
 
Bristol 2
Above 6 photos sent in by Ron Boyland.
 
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Timwalmsley
 
 Lyneham 1
 
Lyneham 2
 
Lyneham 3 
 
Lyneham 4
 
Lyneham 5
 
Scan4
Above severn photos sent in by John Harding.
One above is John, he said the following.
 
I was a National Service SAC from 1959 to 1961 serving my time at
RAF Lyneham as a Medic and a member of the Aeromed Team.
 I am trying to trace those who served with me at the Lyneham SSQ.
 
Cross country
 
Dehavillandcometmk2
 
Raflyneham
 
Grahamevans
 
Murray mick
Above five. photos sent to John Harding, by By John Lovett, and then on to me.
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I received the following item from John Holloway today 26/01/2011.
Just a little bit on my time at Lyneham.
 
I arrived back in the UK at the end of January 1957 on one of the first Comet 2's from Khormaksar and my first taste of Lyneham was with a customs officer in arrivals who quized me for ages on the date of the receipt for a rather expensive camera that I'd bought a year ago which meant that I should be able to bring it into the country duty free;he eventually gave up as I stuck to my guns and it was probably his tea-break.
I probably had six weeks disembarkation leave during which my posting arrived;RAF Lyneham !!!.So it was probably some time in March that I arrived at Wooten Basset railway station where I phoned the camp and they sent a car to pick me up;posh;. I was given a billet no to go to, it was one of those ancient wooden billets that really was pretty grim but then after all thats what I had to get used to in the Middle East. I duly got my arrival chit completed and was told that I was to work in Customs shed where the unaccompanied baggage was inspected. Most aircraft arriving from abroad had freight onboard some of which was this baggage;suitcases,wooden boxes etc. There were three of us in the shed,Cpl Len Hudson,me and another and keeping his eye on us a grumpy F/Sgt McKenzie who smoked cigarettes thru a holder.A customs officer would arrive about 9am and we would proceed to open up the various cases and boxes;our main search was for cigarettes,spirits and dirty books and film and believe you me we found loads of it all discreetly hidden under false bottoms in the boxes and well wrapped up in suitcases.
The customs officer chose to look thru all the film and photos and he'd spend all morning holding films up to the light;he never let us see any of it but we did find loads of dirty books and magazines. Of course all of this was undeclared and was confiscated and sent to HM Customs in Bristol;I seem to recall that we were told that thousands of cigarettes were taken out into the Bristol Channel and dumped overboard.
When everything was repacked we took it down to the BR goods depot at Calne where it was sent on to it's owners most a lot lighter than when it arrived !!.
It was a beautiful summer that year so it was shirt-sleeve order and we would pack up work Friday lunchtime so I would be able to spend long weekends at home.
The food at Lyneham was by far better than all the other stations I'd been on almost tempted me to sign on when I was up for demob in August but thinking of all the rotten places there were with a possibilty of going back to that dump Aden I politely declined the offer to sign on.
cheers.
 
John Holloway.
 
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Salvation Army Girls with their Tea Wagon, 1953.
L/R:- Beryl Dunn and Betty Jackman.
 
Jolly trooper 
"Jolly Trooper Inn", Bradenstoke, 1950
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Naffi queue 
Queuing for the tea at the Sally Ann Wagon, 1942.
Above 3 photos sent in by Jim Semple.
 
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Timms 1 
 
Timms 2 
Above two photos of Jimmy Tims, one of his Squadron, 1954
 Jimmy is 3rd from right , front row, and one of his
memorial stone outside the main gate at Lyneham.
 
Jimmytimsgrandson     
 
Tom grandson 
On the top is Jimmy's Grandson John, who was in the RAF for about 6 years,
 and below that is his other Grandson Tom, he was in the Army for 15 years,
and flew out from Lyneham many times. it was Tom who sent the 4 photos in.
 
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Lyneham 6 copy
Above photo sent in by Chris Bashford, he was an Engine Mech on DSS from
1953 to 1955,  looking on are 2 of his mates from DSS, Dave Sharman & Penny Penfold.
 
Lyneham 2d 
 
Avro Tudor Charter.
 
Lyneham 2g
Servicing the station Anson.
 
 Lyneham 5c
 
Casevac unloading in hangar , Probably from Korea.
 
 Lyneham 1b
On the left is Sid Dawkins.
 
 Lyneham 1c
On the right is Bob Daniels.
 
 
 Lyneham 1d
 Further 6 photos sent in by Chris Bashford.
 
 
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Scan0001
 
Scan0004
Above photos sent in by Michael Brice, taken outside
the Flying Clothing Section, R.A.F. Lyneham, 1956.
      Scan3       Scan4 1
 Two more photos sent by Mike Brice. First photo, Eddy Dowwey on
left and Mike on right, and Mike  on his own. 1957/58.
 
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Aircraft 005
 
Sent in by Jim Collier,1961.
 
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Seeing that you are a Hastings buff I thought you might like a couple of stories re' them.
These are from Lyneham in 1950/51. When tyre checking at night one of our bods when checking the tail wheel heard a noise from up inside the tail wheel bay. This Hastings was doing night flying and circuits and bumps which happened most nights..To check on this noise he climbed up into the tail wheel bay for a quick look. As the a/c had back tracked on the runway it was ready take off. The problem was that the pilot didn't wait for the torch to be waved to tell him all tyres were OK. He opened up the engines and away he went with our man up in the tail wheel bay.You may remember that at that time the tail wheel was fixed down due to u/c problems. This was lucky as he stood with a foot on either side of the bay and held on tight.After twenty minutes or so the a/c landed and went back to the caravan at the end of the runway. Our man did another tyre check, waved him off and went back into the van to rest. The controller asked where he had been and then the S*** really hit the fan. The crew was grounded and a major investigation took place as you can imagine. Number two story,one of our bods doing night tyre checking ran out and miss judged his distances. He ran straight into the outer prop which didn't do him much good.The first thing the crew knew was when they checked outside with an Aldis to see what was happening and saw him all over the perry track.Those wheel checks were always a bit dicy, especially in the dark There wasn't much room between you and the props..I'll put another story on another letter as it seems better not to overdo it.
 
Above item sent in by Bob Ashley.
 
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Cpl Eddie Smith I/C Ground Equip Section at Lyneham 1953, we were on
the 1953 floods together drying out flooded houses in Kent with Aircraft
Heaters, photo from Jim Semple.
 
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3 lads on motor bike outside billets at Lyneham 1953, L/R:- Unknown -
Unknown - John Milnes a member who lives in Wootton Bassett.
 
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L/R:- Jim "Jock" King - Unknown, Lyneham 1954.
Above three photos sent in by Jim Semple.
 
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You may be interested in my unusual NS at Lyneham during 1956/57 as an Engine Mech ( SAC ) in 216 Squadron. In1955 I was working for De Havilland Engines at Stag Lane ( having served my time ) and reached the age of 24yrs, married with a baby when I received my papers. At my first interview I am sure I was allocated to Comet 2's
After Hednesford and Christmas Leave I was posted to Lyneham in Jan 1956 but Comets had not arrived so some time was spent on Transit Flt. then the Avon Course at RR and basic AF Course at Hatfield.
To cope with my domestic scene we took a caravan to Jolly Trooper van park ( Bradenstoke ) and lived over the hedge from the AF, it worked very well but hard work for my wife !
In about April '56 the first Comet 2 ( I think XK 699 ) and I worked with all the rest until Oct 1957.
Two particular experiences. I flew one night as Ground Support on a flight setting off for GANDER, what a hope, I suspect someone was stretching the rules. Of course head winds stopped us and we had to turn round about half way across.
Secondly an AC needed work at Hatfield so I hitched a ride, Cunningham flew the AC and I spent the day with DH colleagues, very enjoyable ! !
Hope this is of some interest to anyone putting together archives of 216 Squadron.
Best Wishes.
Terry Morton, 2774626.
 
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My last few months in the RAF were spent at RAF Lyneham where I worked with a couple of other lads along with a civilian customs officer in the Unaccompanied Baggage  Section. This baggage had been sent ahead on airfreight aircraft by personnel returning to the UK which had space available for non-priority freight;the aircraft were normally   civvy charter Avro Yorks.
 
The baggage and cases were brought into the section and we had the job of opening them up and rummaging thru them for undeclared goodies like cigarettes which we would normally find hundreds hidden away in boxes with false bottoms; lots of spirits and pornagraphic books and film which would have to be presented to the civvi customs officer who would usually spend his time looking thru the film
I remember opening up a couple of boxes  in and one seemed to be at least six inches deeper on the outside compared to the inside;yes there was a false bottom to open up and low and behold dozens of the flat tins of ciggies which had to come out. I seem to recall that it was a certain not to pleasant cpl from Aden The other box I'd opened and was waiting for the customs officer to have a look and pass it before re-packing.There was a photo album in it which I had a look thru whilst waiting and came across a photo of me leaning on the deck rail of HMS Diana mentioned in my saga !!!
I've just remembered for the first time the old banding machine we had to use to seal up the boxes with !!
 The Customs Officer told us that all the cigarettes found were sent to Customs House in Bristol and when they had a load they would take them out into the Bristol channel and dump them over the side into the sea ??
Afterwards the cases would be repacked and we would take them down to the British Rail Depot at Calne for shipment to the owners; most were a lot lighter now than when they arrived.
I was billeted in one of the old wooden huts and recall that on the pathways between them there were many m'bikes parked; there were a couple of Vincent HRD's which would be worth a fortune nowadays; anyhow I bought my first m'bike intending to use it to travel between Lyenham and Shrewsbury.It was a Velocette KSS overhead cam,it was only 350cc but a brute of a machine,the advance and retard lever was on the handlebars and if you didn't get the timing right when kicking it up it would kick you back and throw you up in the air. The first or second time I went out on it I was stuck at some traffic lights; when they went to green I let out the clutch and shot across the junction;trouble was the road the other side bore around to the right and I didn't quite make it mounting the pavement and a couple walking toward me had to jump into the road to get out of the way. I stuck to British Rail after that.
I think I only once went over to the main hangar and in to the office where I seem to  remember there was  mechanical computer was for calculating the weight and balance when loading the aircraft mostly HP Hastings.
When we used to come back to camp after a night out in either Swindon or Chippenham we used to get off the bus in the village and casually walk across some rough ground to the huts, no fences or guards.The only times I went thru the main gate was taking the baggage down to the railway goods depot in Calne and I remember the marvelous aromas coming from Harris's Pork factory are now just but a memory; they don't make pork pies like that now they are not allowed to put the jelly in underneath the top crust
One day walking with some of the lads to the section I must have  as usual got my hands in my pockets when this little Regiment F/Sgt spotted me and tore me off a strip whilst the others had a laugh; he saw where my beret had a hole in it where the crown of the badge had worn thru; my issue shoes were crepe soles and heels which we were allowed to have at Mauripur.His face was about level with my chin whilst he ranted at me telling me to get sorted out but of course I only had a few weeks left to demob so I didn't bother.
There was an AOC's inspection and parade whilst I was there and the daft pratts made me right marker so there I was stuck out on the parade ground on my own my best blue a lighter shade of grayish blue after being stashed away for over two years and wearing my boots which had not been worn since square bashing days and which was the last time I ever did a parade; I felt a right twerp.
 Above sent in by John Holloway.
 
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