A page that doesn't fall into any other category than "Help"
friend of mine is writing a Technical & History book about the
military issue BSA WD B40 350cc motorcycles used by the Army,
Royal Navy and RAF Police during the 1960s and 1970s and he is
looking for period photographs which show these motorcycle in
military service. If anyone has any photographs showing an
RAF Police BSA WD B40 350cc motorcycle and would be willing to
offer a copy for inclusion in the book please contact me via email
You will of course receive a credit in the book for the photograph and the only stipulation is that you must own, or know who owns, the copyright of the photograph.
ex-RAF Police 1973-1994
Long shot but I am the Daughter off Arthur G. Bruce, my dad was in the RAF as per the details in the photo attached. Would love to here from anyone who knew him.
I am writing this e mail in the hope that you can assist in
finding information for a member of the RAF Police based in Kai
Tak , Hong Kong during the years 1959 - 1961.
My father, Geoffrey Lambert, served in Kai Tak for two years and will be 80 years old this year. I know he would love to find old pictures taken of his colleagues and himself during his time in service.
I have scrolled the internet on several occasions and cannot find any information or pictures relating to the 1959 - 1961 period.
Would you be kind enough to advise whether you have any contacts or web links that I could investigate in order to provide my father with pictures to add to his memories.
In anticipation of your assistance, most appreciated.
My name is Neill Watson and Iím a Veteran of 14 years serving with the 2nd Battalion the Mercian Regiment. I now work for Age UK Darlington as a Veteran Support Officer. This is a new venture taken up with Age Uk with funding from the MOD to try and find Veterans born prior to 1950, As you can imagine itís been quite difficult to put together. My aim is to set up a Veterans cafť where Veterans can come and have a Tea & biscuit similar to the old Naafi break where they can gather to socialise and talk about days gone by. This Cafť will have a dedicated room of which I would like to fill it with past and present militaria this will in turn become a talking point with the Veterans.
Would this be something that you could support by donating a Cap Badge and Brigade flash? Or any other militaria to enhance the look of the room.
Age UK North Yorkshire & Darlington
Beaumont Street West
My 16 year old daughter Christina went to a disco in Club 47 in RAF Gutersloh on 12th June 1993. She never came home, she was found dead the next day around10km from the camp, she had been strangled. No one has been convicted of her murder.
The Royal Military Police, have carried out a review of her case which concluded that there are grounds for a re-investigation. The investigation has now been launched and an appeal for information will be aired on Crimewatch Roadshow at 9.15 am on Tuesday 13th June, the 24th anniversary of her murder.
If you were in Germany at the time please watch the programme either live, recorded or on the BBC I Player and think back to that time. You will probably have heard about Christina's murder as it was a very big story at the time, both in the services community and in the UK as a whole. If you have any information, or know someone who may have information no matter how insigificant it might seem please pass it to the Special Investigations Branch (SIB) of the Royal Military Police via the number given on Crimewatch.
24 years have now passed and most of the people that were in Club 47 that night will have children of their own, these changed circumstances may allow them to look at it in a fresh light, some people may have held back information at the time because they didn't want anyone to know they were there or they were protecting friends.
Please share this post with your friends and ask them to share it further to ensure as many people as possible will see the appeal. After many years of standing still it is hoped that this appeal will be the first step towards achieving justice for Christina.
21/7/17 Success. Deborah has been successfully located
I am wondering if you can help me?
I am trying to track down someone who I believe was in the RAF Police and based at RAF Patrington in 1973-1974
His surname is Middleton, I am sorry I dont have his first name.
My interest is I believe this gentleman has a daughter called Deborah who was an old school friend of my wifes some 40+ years ago and I would love to arrange a surprise meeting.
As you can imagine I have been looking for quite some time
If you know of this gentleman and can contact him, please could you pass on my details and ask him to contact me
If you can pass this on I would be obliged for a short Email to that effect
Likewise, if you have no knowledge I would also to hear that so I can sign off this line of enquiry
Quite a complicated "Help" about CPL D J SHEPHERD RAFP AKA "SHEP". If you knew him please read
pleased to say that having examined every page of all 1950 Provost
I have found the subject matter.
Gerald was one of the first to serve on TCS, Cyprus when it opened in March 1957
My statement earlier that he did not appear in any photograph was due to the fact that there were more than 50 RAFP named in that picture
When I first started to list all RAFP featured in pictures in the PP's I balked at listing so many (early days and an obvious error ) which I will now correct
I will send copies of article and photo to his daughter tonight
No "Spec Rec" for me on this investigation but at least a tick on the board in the WO's office!!!
I have had a request from the daughter of Gerald Scamp who served in RAFP in Nicosia during 1956 - 1960. Not sure if MGR or District ?
She is putting together a "This is your life" gift and is looking for any info on her father and/ or photographs
She says he won a cartoon competition and received £5 and a copy of the magazine (not sure what magazine)
He is not mention in any issue of PP during that period nor is there a reference to the competition
Can anyone help?
Any info about Gerald would, I am sure, be of help to her in her quest.
Thanks in anticipation
am carrying out research into a sector operations room which
to RAF Kirton in Lindsey in Lincolnshire during WWII. The Ops
moved away from the station to a location near the village of
Manton but the location has been lost!
From what we understand from veterans (whose memories are poor) there were 2 Nissan huts and a guardroom in which there were stairs or a ramp to enter the ops room underground. Do any of you know who would have been in this guardroom? We initially though ordinary airmen but threw this idea out as it was a sector ops room in an unfenced wood! Would it have been RAFP? Any information would be great as we would like to find veterans who served there so we can find the location of the ops room. (The RAF can't remember where it was either!!!)
Thanks Sue Oliver - replies to Steve Davies
have just launched my own website dedicated to the BSA B40GR Motorcycles of the RAF Police at www.rafwdb40.uk As some of you already know, I am in the process of refurbishing my own ex-RAF Police BSA B40GR and will be updating progress on the website. If anyone can help with information and/or photographs relating to these machines I would be very grateful. Regards, Dave
I'm doing research for authors who are writing a book about aviation in Scotland, could you possibly help with the following queries please?
On the Sunday evening of the 30th of May 1948, Lt. Cdr. Kenneth Charles Winstanley RNVR was taking off in a Volunteer Gliding School glider from RNAS Abbotsinch when he crashed. Effectively a naval officer flying a RAF machine. He died of his injuries in Paisley Infirmary. There is only the briefest of mentions of the crash in newspapers in Aberdeen and Dundee. His name doesn't come up in the National Archives, neither does the crash yet others do. He is not even mentioned in the London Gazette. Would the RAF Police have been involved in anyway in investigating this accident? Would a report have been made and does it still exist?
What is being sought is
the glider type and serial number?
What was the cause of the crash?
Also any images of the crash?
Would you have any information, anecdotes, and images of RAF Bishopbriggs?
Also any information and images when the RAF were based at Abbotsinch and Renfrew?
Lockheed had American civilians based at Abbotsinch and Renfrew during WW2, would you know how they proved their identities and any clearance out with those bases in Scotland? It has been a nagging doubt as everyone in the UK at that time had to carry an ID card.
any responses to one of the authors please, his name is Douglas Rough.firstname.lastname@example.org
All sorted now
Warm greeting from Calgary, a request if you can help me; I am a bit of a pack rat for collecting British Police and military police memorabilia, i.e. RAF Police and RMP.
My brother, Cpl Michael ĎMickí Lenton, # 3520024 RAFP was stationed at RAF Akrotiri between 1959-62 he left the February as I arrived there in the March.
A group of RAF Police formed the original Sovereign Base Area Police, at Phassouri. This is where the request comes in I understand they, SBAP, wear a bell shaped patch similar to UK departments. I understand we have several members living in Cyprus, I wonder if one would try to obtain a SBA patch for me. I will refund any expenses required, even Calgary Police patches
It has been identified as RAF Eastleigh.
Hello troops, my mate who researches RAF vehicles has this photo of a guardroom with fire station attached (Or perhaps the other way round!) and he wants to identify location. Presume somewhere in the gulf around the 60ís looking at the RAF domestic fire appliance. All help appreciated.
5/12/15 - 7/12/15A solution has been found - thank you for all the help
Steve, read the following on the website, as this is the birth place of my daughter Zoie in 1967 do you have a photo of the building for the family tree achieves please?
Had this through. Can anyone help?
I have heard that RAF Hospital Akrotiri is going to be demolished, My wife and I lost our son there. Do you know anyone who will know the whereabouts of the Memorial Book for babies. I have heard it possible to get copies of it, if so could you put me in contact with them.
Email me if you know anything please
I own a
1970 ex-RAF Police BSA B40GR 350cc Motorcycle, which I am
back to full RAF Police specification and I am attempting to
much of itís history as I can. I served in the RAF Police for
and rode one of these RAF Police BSA B40 350cc motorcycle on
when I was station at Laarbruch in the mid 1970s. Itís nice to
reunited with one again.
The Motorcycle was initially issued to the RAF in June 1970 and it was despatched to 431 MU at RAF Bruggen in Germany. It was held in storage at 431 MU until it was issued to RAF Gutersloh on the 16th June 1977. It remained at Gutersloh until it was struck off charge in September 1980.
motorcycle was eventually returned to the UK and sold off via
at the Ordnance & Supply Depot at Ruddington,
in the early 1980s. Itís RAF registration number was 37 AX 99.
motorcycle is still in itís original RAF Blue/Grey condition
very well. The restoration needed is mainly cosmetic.
I would be grateful to hear from anyone who was at RAF Gutersloh between June 1977 and September 1980 who might have ridden or had contact with this motorcycle.
I would also be interested to find any photographs of this, or any other RAF Police BSA B40 350cc motorcycles, whether in Germany or anywhere else as I am researching the full history of the particular RAF motorcycles.
Telephone: 01484 682339
We need your help again to locate the Present Day Family of Flying Officer George Bell, died 21/03/1945 a member of the famous 617 sqn Son of George Edwin and Hannah Eliza Bell, of Hull.
Possible siblings Doris b. Mar 5 1909, Emily b. 8 Dec 1913 d. 12 Oct 1917, Lucy M b.Mar 1921, Margaret b. Mar 1923, Brenda b. Mar 1930 d. 1951, John R b. Dec 1930
Reason for asking for information is that there is a reunion of families of the crew that died together. If you know of any family please get in touch email@example.com
I was wondering if, through your Association, I could find out if anyone who served with or knew my father, Denis Patrick Hurry, would be prepared to contact me to share any anecdotes or details of his service in the RAF Police.
Sadly my father and I were not close and I left home at 16 to join the BSA Police in Rhodesia Ė I am now Vice Chairman and Treasurer of the Matabeleland Branch of the BSA Police Regimental Association.
My father passed away ten years ago and I would very much like to learn more about him.
My name is Dave
Police (1974-1996) and I was wondering if you might be able
A friend of mine owns an ex-RAF Police BSA B40 motorcycle which was purchased and restored by his late father some yeas ago. The photo below shows the motorcycle as it is now. My friend has some of itís history and knows the following:
It first Ďservedí at RAF Gutersloh from 1971 to 1977, when it was transferred to 431 MU at Bruggen. It returned to RAF Gutersloh in March 1979 and was then sold off in June 1979. The service registration number was 36 AX 36.
We are trying to find out more about the motorcycle and would really love to find some photos of it when it was in service with the RAF Police.
I did find some photos on the RAFP Association website of some of these motorcycles at RAF Gutersloh dated 1975/6 posted by Jon Scott and I have emailed Jon to see if he has any others, two motorcycles in the photos have different registration numbers but the number of the third cannot be seen. However, I am not sure when these photos were posted and I have not heard back from Jon yet.
So, I was wondering if it would be possible for a request for information and photos of 36 AX 36 could be placed on the RAFP Association website please? Or maybe you have any other advice on this subject?
I don't know if you could help, but a local war memorial at Abergwili, Carmarthenshire, has the name of Sergeant David H Jones, RAF Police, died 1 May 1948.
So far I haven't been able to trace him, and I can't see him on your roll of honour.
I need to make a trip to the local archives at some stage to have a look, but wondered in the meantime if you have any way of finding out more?
Iím helping a chap with info to restore his RAF L/R.
He has collected loads of photos of the VRN range of his L/R, as ever, sodís law, he has not unearthed a photo of his own vehicle.
Anyway, he has collected loads of L/R photos with RAFP leaning on them......... Here are some for interest .
No other info about when or where they were taken, but Iíve no doubt someone will know something!
Iím helping with some
research into RAF L/Rís sent me this photo. Dead
chuffed as Iím in it!!
Has anyone got an original/larger format/better copy?
I am researching the service record of my father, Sergeant Reginald James Weymouth RAF police VR 6-2-41 to 25-2 - 46. Can anyone help?
I am a Police/Sheriff Patch Collector.
I collect Police/Sheriff Patch ( K-9 or SWAT or Mounted Posse or Bicycle or Canine or Dispatch) and I would be glad very happy about it if they could send me a exemplar for my collection.
Many greetings and have a crime free day!
a large number of photos and notes in a house fire some
years ago and now
have some difficulty trying to put names to faces but
someone out there
may be able to do so.
Where ever they are now, I wish them well.
1. Waddington 1967. No 1 Group Tropy Winner.
Myself, AOC and Stn Cdr with Mick Greenaway in the background.
Anybody recognise the real Stars, the winning Handler and his dog?
2. Waddington 1968. Again winners of the No 1 Croup Trophy.
If my memory is correc that is Cpl Hacker 2nd left.
Anyone recognise any other members of the team.
3. Waddington 1967. AOC talking with the Trophy Winner and Mick
Greenaway.Again, my memory fails me.
Iím looking for information about the Police school located in Uccle, Belgium during 1945-1946.
There, Belgian MPs were under the command of the 2nd Tactical Air Force of the British Liberation Army and served in Germany (Celles, Bad-Meinberg and GŁterlŲh) at that time also.
I have some photos, but I am looking for information and archives from British side about that period if still existing.
Iím Christian Wuestenberghs and Iím still Military Policeman in Belgium (Air Force) in the Military Police Group in Evere (Brussels).
Webmaster comment. I sent this to Steve Davies who provided Christian with photos related to BAAPS but if anyone else has any information please let Christian and Steve know.
Bit of a long shot, but does anybody have any information related to this incident in Singapore in 1961. Sgt B J Amery, RAF Police, attended.
Just wondering if this could be posted on your website? It is a request for information on an incident which involved my late father who served as E4257297 CPL GILBERT 'GRAHAM' FREDERICK BATT, RAFP. He served from 1960 until 1967 with tours at El Adem, Akrotiri, Steamer Point & Bishops Court. Whilst at El Adam, a transport aircraft caught fire and exploded on the runway. This must have been circa 1963. Apparently there was substantial loss of life - possibly Egyptian soldiers - and my father was involved in the immediate rescue and subsequent recovery operation. My mother, who was WRAF at the same base, believes that my father received a CO's Commendation, along with other RAFP servicemen.
I found this in a book on Bawdsey Ferry by Phil Hadwen, ISBN 0-9510559-3-3.
Would like to know the year, the people in the photo and any more info. I was at Bawdsey early
80's, ran the Dog Section so would love to hear the history.
Tom Crowley RAFPA No 2274
I wonder if you can help. I am researching the social history of a well known (notorious) street in Valletta (Malta) called Strait Street. I have been doing this research for some time and something that keeps coming up is policing. Alongside ĎRed Capsí we keep hearing about the RAF Police presence (or Ďsnowdrops). I would like to find out whether the RAF Police Association might have any documentation relating to the policing of Malta and Strait Street (aka The Gut) in particular, and whether I can post a note which any veterans will see, being a call for memories, photos etc etc. I do hope you can help.
Email John.Schofield@english-heritage.org.uk - or
Dr John Schofield
5 Silver Street
Somerset TA4 2PA
All photos and other original materials can be returned.
Dr JOHN SCHOFIELD
Cpl. Jack Louis REVELL, Service Police, No.1180849. 15th. July 1940 - 1st. Aug. 1942.
am researching my Fathers' service history which ceased upon
in Jaarmarkt POW camp, Surabaya, Java on 1st. Aug. 1942.
His convoy, WS9A, left the Clyde 3rd June 1941 and arrived in Singapore 5th Aug. 1941. Convoy records show that two ships proceeded from Colombo to Singapore; the "Capetown Castle" and the "Empress of Japan" but not, as far as I can ascertain, which ship carried the RAF Police Draft from Stn. Bridgenorth.
The RAF Museum have informed me of the existence of your Association and I am hoping, at this late date, that you may have a member who may have this piece of information and/or, incredibly, may have been acquainted with my Father.
I would be eternally grateful for any assistance you could give me in this matter.
Steve Davies had no further information to add to this but Cpl Revell's name has been added to the Roll of Honour
Help Page 1