a photo taken in the foyer of the Sgts Mess at RAF Rudloe Manor, I think in
1986, showing the KPST at the Retirement Lunch for FS Al Ersham.
Ranks are at time of photo, names left to right: Sgts Gary Wild, Paul
Ramsey, Dave Clark, FS John Blaxall, FS Al Ersham, complete with bowler, Flt Lt
John Page, RAF Regiment, Ground Defence Advisor, Sqn Ldr John Greenhalgh OC
KPST, Sgt Bob Stevens, WO Arthur Smith, FS Alan Knowler and Sgt Dick Highmore.
We had another FS on the team, FS Pete Hanratty, at the time who I guess was
absent on leave. The teams were later increased by another officer, Fg Off Paul
Marks was the first incumbent, and 2 more FSs and 2 more Sgts. The section was
formed in June 1985 to centralise the Counter-Sabotage Survey teams from the
Regions to HQ P&SS (UK).
Our office where the SNCO teams worked was situated in the old WW2 10 Group
Ops Room using the space where the controllers sat. The slanted windows, which
were covered in wood in the 1980s, looked down into what was the old Ops Room
where I assume the plotting tables were located, was in the 1980s the RAF
P&SS(Support Squadron) Locker Room.
I have also attached a photo of the now derelict room taken in the Ops Room
area. The slanted windows of the KPST offices can be seen top left. More photos
of the derelict site can be found on the internet. The block included the
Support Squadron offices, a Registry, Photography Section and the Squash
Also attached is a photo of FS John Blaxall in the office busy trying to
write his report. A non- politically correct AIDS poster can be seen on the
notice board behind him. The office space was quite cramped with each team of a
FS & Sgt have to share a desk. Luckily other teams would be out on the road
freeing up their desk space for others to use report writing task.