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I am the
son Sgt. R. T.
RAFP ) (
I wonder if any of my
contemporaries were still
could contact me and
tell me about
him and if
The Norfolk Constabulary Cold Case Investigation Team is investigating a murder of an unidentified and headless body of a female found on 27th August 1974 at Cockley Cley, near Swaffham Norfolk. The original investigation was unable to identify her despite extensive publicity and enquiries during 1974 and 1975. The body had been found in undergrowth bordering farmland and was wrapped in a large plastic cover with the initials NCR thereon. The investigation failed to locate where this cover came from. The body had been tied up and was wearing a nightdress that had been sold by Marks & Spencer’s around that time period.
The victim would have been aged between 20 - 35 yrs old, between 5’2”tall.
The BBC Crimewatch programme aired in September 2008 publicised this murder and the investigating officer, Det. Insp. Andy Guy appealed for any information about women who went ‘missing’ during that period.
‘Missing’ women has a broader meaning in that it does not solely relate to official reports to the police but includes where any person within the family or as a friend believed that a woman had disappeared and was never seen again by them.
Information has been received concerning the possibility of a ‘missing’ woman who lived at RAF Hemswell during that period. The information stated that wife of a RAF man who was possibly with the RAF police had disappeared and left the husband with the children’. It is believed that this woman was known to have been the local ‘Avon’ representative at that time.
The information also mentioned a possible theft of a NCR cover from the RAF supply unit at RAF Scampton late 1973 - 1974.
If any former RAF personnel have any knowledge of:
1. Any report of a ‘missing’ woman fitting the above details during 1973 - 1974 in the RAF Hemswell married quarters.
2. Any report of a theft of office equipment (large NCR cover) as similar in time and location.
Please contact Norfolk Constabulary Cold Case Investigation Team on 01953 424520 or email Coldcaseteam@norfolk.pnn.police.uk
As an ex RAFP I was talking today to one of my
security officers and it came up in the conversation that
his father ?>
I am a serving member of the RAF Police, and I
am urgently seeking photographs of RAF Police from RAF St
Athan for St Athan’s
General Police Duties
RAF Police Post
No.7 Sqn, 2 GPW
MOD St Athan
95421 79 7386
Civil 01446 797386
Can anyone out there confirm this chap as RAFP.... Dave Brookman is 90something sure! Surname COLLINS Forenames/Initials James Terence Rank FS Service Royal Air Force Service Number S3524624 Station RAF Akrotiri Place of Birth/Home Town Hartlepool, Co. Durham Date of Birth 15 October 1938 Age 43 Date of Death 08 July 1982 Cemetery Name Military Cemetery Cemetery Address Dhekelia Cyprus
My father(HORACE WILLIAM HART(BILL)
CPL)died last year
in the R.A.F
POLICE the Suez
, around 1955.
He was to my
knowledge based in
EL-FIRDAN. I have
to RAF WADDINGTON in
I would love to find someone who maybe he served with and knew him.
Hello One and All. My first input from our new
home in France. Still reading with interest the many posts
here and recognise
the odd name here
and there. I have a
favour to ask
here in our hamlet are having a small fete early July
I am trying to get hold of some
RAF gizzits to help
thing I am looking for is little
badges, keyrings, aircraft prints,etc and I am
to pay any postage costs.
Can anyone offer any assistance or advise
where I can ask.
I realise time is
of the essence.
Well we had a good day yesterday and even the dreaded weather held for it. At the lunch there were about 100, mainly older people and we handed out badges and the keyrings to various people who thought it was a lovely gesture. Even the local mayor got a keyring and badge and was chuffed to bits. There was a heavy involvement in the resistance during the war in this area and I met a man, Marcel, who is 89 years old and the standard bearer for the local d, acien combatants who was actually executed by the nazis about 6kms from our hamlet. He and 2 others were captured and shot and left for dead, however, despite having been shot in the head and face , he survived - what a guy. He carries the standard with such pride it is quite humbling.
All in all
a lovely day and a great opportunity to practice my bad
french and thank you
very much for
the support of the
With Best Wishes
During my continuing trawl through the internet for anything historical connected with the RAF Police, I recently came across a snippet of information regarding the RAF Police at RAF Akrotiri being placed on standby sometime in 1959 to deal with a mutiny and riot involving members of No 194 (Field) RAF Regiment Squadron at their tented barracks within the French Camp area. Strangely, it seems that all trace of this incident has been erased from the records and the squadron, which formed in 1952, was disbanded in 1960. To assist with my ongoing history of the RAF Police during its first 100 years, I would like to hear from anyone who can tell me more about this incident. I have e-mailed the web master on the RAF Regiment website and await any response although I doubt it will be positive because I understand that the incident may well have caused extreme embarrassment at the time to the RAF and the RAF Regiment.
Once again, if anyone can help
then please contact
me via my e-mail
Many thanks in anticipation.
I have just found in my attic some old films which I
must have taken when I was at the RAFP Depot Debden in
I have tried to view these but have not the ability to do it.. but looking at the films (with a magnifying glass) it would appear that it was the station sports day and there are several things happening -- like tug of war --discus - running and jumping.. plus shots of the "square" and the main gate -- with an aircraft standing out side..
from the date on the box it was 1st August 1962 -- and I was in 26 B.S.C. No 1 Squadron...
There are four films in total and others have pics of RAF Newton (when it was a rocket school) same year -- and I think of my wedding and RAF Wildenrath
If any one knows what I can do with these -- or may want them for historical interest -- drop me a line..
I have no real idea of the quality as they are over 45 years old !!! like me !!!
- Jan Smith
- firstname.lastname@example.org – is trying to
find out details of her later father’s wartime service in
the RAF Police. Her
father was PETER
Office say this number was
allocated to some-one else).
Occupation Butcher. Served between
1940 and 1946 in
I am looking for some information about my uncle George Rideout. He was a RAF policeman stationed in Malaya during the emergency. Uncle George was also a boxing Champ.
I was a National Serviceman
between 1956 -1958 and underwent basic recruit training at RAF Bridgnorth. At the
end of basic
flight I was in were
Station Drill Cup
cannot recall seeing this trophy, and neither do I have
photograph of it, but after
near the main
For some time I have been trying to trace its current resting place and I have had various pieces of advice on where to enquire. The latest comes after an appeal made in the Bridgnorth Journal with a telephone call suggesting that the RAF Regiment could be a useful source of information. Whilst not wishing to ignore this idea, my belief is that the Police may have been accountable for the disposal of trophies and awards.
The campsite was auctioned off by a Bridgnorth firm who assure me that they did not have the disposal of silverware in their brief, just buildings and land.. I should be very grateful for your comments on this search which is now becoming a bit of an obsession. Sincerely Peter Williams
Although I have graphic accounts from Akrotiri, Episkopi and Polimedhia of what took place from a RAF Police point of view during the Cyprus Emergency 1974 (Turkish invasion) (July / August), I would very much like to hear from anyone who was stationed at Troodos, Famagusta, Nicosia, Larnaca or anywhere else in or outside the ESBA at the time.
Also, just a reminder; I am now preparing my next book (No 4) "RAF Police Operations Cape Town to Kabul" with a view to sending it to the publishers www.woodfieldpublishing.com in the New Year for release in the autumn of 2007. Should anyone have a story to tell me of your time in Africa, Malta, Cyprus, the Middle East & Persian Gulf, Iraq, Iran or Afghanistan (and all points within) then now is the time to let me know so that you can be included in next years book.............. So, don't be shy, give me a call or send me a message!
Many thanks once again in anticipation of your continued support.
Steve Davies email@example.com
Hi, there, I wonder if anyone can help me. A friend of mine had her car written off by a lorry that turned left while she was along side it. The lorry did not use any indicarors. She was informed by police that indicators are NOT required when turning and that they are only used as a courtesy measure. That's NOT the way we were taught to drive !! Can anyone give me any information regarding this and let me know which section of the road traffic act is applicable ?
I checked the higway code and it seems that indicators are needed, but here is where it puzzles me,
the truck was leaving a building site where my friends hubby works, so no lanes, she came up on his left and waited for him to go so she could get out, but he carved her and dragged her down the road, to me it seems like driving without due care and attention at the least, but the response from merseyside police left me gobsmacked, so I'd ask any of our members who knows to contact me and try and get this lady out of her problems, she's been told that she might be liable for the RTA cheers Jim.
Many thanks, Jim Clark
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Keith Mair (member)
Recently whilst responding to a burglar alarm activation at one of my clients properties I met with one of our young ( well they all look young nowadays !)local police officers. During the 20 min or so chat we had after checking the house I learned that he started a police badge collection a couple of years ago and he asked if I had any spare ones I could give him. I went through my meager collection and yesterday handed over what I had and he was extremely grateful. I have been wondering if any members could help further his collection with 1 or 2 spare badges they may have. If anyone can assist please contact me off group for my address and I will personally refund any postage costs if required.
Many thanks and regards to all
My name is Fredrik Cronqvist and i live in Sweden. I´m collecting patches from Police,Fire & Rescue, SWAT, K-9 and Sheriff Departments all over the World.
So, i wonder if you have some patches i can get from your service??
You can see my collection of patches on my webpage: http://www.fredrikspatches.se
I thank you very much!
S-286 72 Asljunga
I am searching for some old copies of the Provost Parades.
Since the first copy of the magazine ' Provost Parade' was published in 1947, to date, there have been 215 issues.
I have managed to obtain 210 copies for the archives.
I am most grateful to all who have donated copies including the three hard bound copies from the 1949 - 51 period.I recently received
However to complete the set of Provost Parades I am searching for the 5 missing copies from 1949.
The missing issues are January to May (inc) 1949 Volume 2 / Issues 2 - 6 inc.
If any member holds all,or any, of the missing copies can I please borrow them to copy for the archives, or better still have the originals to retain.
Reg Bagnall is my dad, he served his National Service from 1957 to 59 in the RAF Police, I know one of the places he was stationed was Portland. I am trying to find any of his colleagues who remember him, one name I remember is Tony Duke. We are arranging a surprise 70th birthday party for him in June and would love to either have some special guests or if not some photos or messages for him.
Thanks very much - and once the party is done I will tell my dad about this website and get him to join. I promise!!
Can anyone give me some info on this tankard I bought
it at a car boot sale in Suffolk, made by HOLKHAM. RAF
Police Crest on one side
hoops on the otherside.
a Demonstration Team
Stewart click on thumbnail for full sized picture
Can anyone help out with information on this matter on behalf of Bernie Condon the son of late Warrant Officer Jim Condon RAFP: All replies can be filtered through me; Steve Davies firstname.lastname@example.org
Bernie's message to me:
Steve thanks for putting the message seeking information about my father on the RAFPA web site, I've had some response, including a few things that helped me understand a 'family mystery'! However one thing I was reminded of was Dad investigated the finding of a WW2 bomber while he was stationed at Gutersloh. I remember it, as I was off school at the time, and went to the scene with him. It turned out to be a RCAF Lanc (I think it was a Lanc anyway). There were remains of the crew found in the wreckage and I understand that this meant the remains could be returned to the families. I am intrigued by the above, and would like to find out more. However, I seem to have come up against a brick wall. I contacted P&SS UK, but they don't seem to have any idea where the files from RAFG went. I tried the Canadian Armed forces, who were not helpful. Any ideas where to try next? All I can recall was the wreckage was uncovered in about 1977, in Hannover. Not much to go on I realise! Regards ...... Bernie Condon.
As a result of the article I had a call from Keith Self trying to get a copy of the photograph of the 40 RAFP who were on the Coronation Parade .
He was one of them but did not get a copy.
I have forwarded him this photograph.
It has raised a few questions,
Who was missing from the photograph.
Was he from 5 District???
Why are they not wearing RAFP armbands
Why is the cross strap supporting the ammo pouch and not the weapon.
They are not wearing whistle chains or lanyards?
Anyone any ideas ?
I have now got the Harley up and running and with the correct,(as far as I know), logo's etc. in place. it is mot'd and road taxed, ( free, as a Historic Vehicle,) but has to have an MOT, of course. I am now looking for a period uniform etc. to complement it, and, hopefully, wear at future outings, i.e. Rallies, shows, charity do's etc. so if any of you have any of the following bits, or know where perhaps they may be obtained, I would be glad to hear from you, I am willing to pay your price for anything that you have to offer, plus, I will throw in a copy of my book of my 30 years in the RAF,(1938 - 1968). Fortunately I am still quite fit and able to ride it OK, although it takes me a little bit longer to get my leg over these day's, but we won't go into that. What I am looking for is:- Battle Dress Blouse, size 42 chest, RAF motorcyclist's Riding Breeches, 38 inch waist, Pair of white sea boot socks, ( I already have the Dispatch Rider Boots), The white webbing comprising of Belt, Cross Strap, Holster and Ammo pouch, Sgts Stripes, 2 Crowns, (Kings If possible), and the pudding basin type helmet, Blue RAF shirt size 16. So please have a look through your wardrobes fella's, have been looking through E-Bay, but no luck there so far, thanks a lot. Frank Authers.click on picture for full size
I'm a writer trying trace anybody who served in the RAF Police with Geoffrey Ellerker (from Leeds) between January 1952-4 in connection with a book on policing and crime in Leeds in the late 1960s
This is the only information I have unfortunately
Please contact me on email@example.com
This might sound as a bizare request,but would help in tracing,my possible father and mother!!
I`m afraid all I have is a bit vague as to details,so thought posting a message on you site might reveal something,or someone who might know something.
From what I am lead to believe,my father was an air traffic controller,I presume somewhere round the London area,as I was adopted in Croydon,and my mother was invloved in personnel at,as far as I know,the same place.
All I have is the name Morrison,,I have no idea of rank,or whether it was his name,or her name,,,he was Irish,and she was a Scot. This was round the late 50`s,as I was born in 1960,,,,,,so if anyone has
memories going back that far,,,,,,,,,,I don`t!!!,,,,,,please contact me,if you know anything.
Urgent assistance Requested ------ The RAF Police are currently in the process of commissioning a painting from the artist Mick Ewins depicting the RAF Police at work around the world since the beginning in 1918. Thanks to the RAF Police project co-ordinator Sergeant Mick Davies (HQ 2 Gp ATSy Brize Norton Ext 5261) I have seen a draft sketch of the painting and it is remarkable even in its raw state; the finished item should be a most impressive tribute to the RAF Police (including kennel-maids and RAF Police Auxiliaries) and the duties they have conducted.
Mike Davies has been trying to obtain/borrow a good quality photograph showing the front of the RAF Police 'Blue Lantern Club' at RAF Aldergrove so that it may be included in the painting. Therefore if any member has just an item then you please scan a copy to Mike Davies at his e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org or if you are unable to scan it then just let him know and he will arrange to have it copied and returned to you.
My Father, William J. Sutton posted a note on your guest book in 1999.
Comments: 1946-1955 RAFP(D) Staverton, Beaulieu, Singapore Changi and Seletar and points north, and then 4 District Inspectorate. I would like a contact with anyone and specially the first Display Teams, Royal Tournament, & Royal Welsh Shows. 3236 Senior Instructor Dog Mick might jog a memory. Teams at Royal Tournaments and Royal Welsh Shows. There must be some of you still alive and kicking.
My father passed away in Feb 2004 (born 1928) and after a chance meeting with someone in Singapore I am trying to get funding from the lottery to make a documentary about his life and involvment with RAF dog handling.
If you can assist in introducing me to anyone still "alive and kicking" as he put it... I would greatly appreciate it.
My name's Bernie Condon, My father, Jim retired as a WO RAF Policeman. Sadly he died some time ago. You mention on the RAFPA site that you have a large database regarding the RAFP. I was wondering if you had any info on my dad? If so it would be appreciated.
If it helps, he was at the following stations:
1967 - 1970 Acton
75-78 P&SS Gutersloh
Mostly he was SI & CI in P&SS units
Regards ...... Bernie Condon email@example.com
My father served in the canal zone, but unfortunately
died 15 years ago. None of the family survive from his
time in Egypt, so I am
find the information
I need to apply
for this GSM on
behalf of my
All I can give you is the following
b April 1929
RAF Military Police
I think he was a Corporal
He joined up rather than doing National Service, and he did the Kings Year which I am certain was served in Egypt
I don't know his army service number or squadron, and am uncertain of dates enlisted and discharged, but would have joined up in the Rotherham/Sheffield area. I also think he did his basic training in UK over an extremely cold winter, possibly in Bedfordshire (?). He may have been discharged from Doncaster area.
I remember stories mentioning Ismailia and the sweet water canal and I think he was there early days with the evacuation of British nationals. He came home on a troop ship and I think he was supposed to be posted out to Burma from UK, but his discharge date prevented that happening.
Could this info be used on your website to try and locate someone who knew him and could help me more ?
Does any of the above tie any dates down regarding his service period. Is there anywhere I could try to get the information I am looking for
Many thanks if you can help. Please use firstname.lastname@example.org as a reply address if you require rather than my work baa email
Steve Davis (Webmaster's note - not OUR Steve Davies)
Information required by Mrs Sally Paul about her Grandfather Ronald Hunt, a wartime member of the RAF Service Police who was travelling in a RAF aircraft which crashed between Stornaway and Penrith sometime on 25 April 1943. He was first taken to Lews Navy Hospital in Stornoway before being transferred to Lincoln where he later died of his injuries. Any details about Corporal Hunt or indeed the crash can be passed to Steve Davies RAFPA Historian at email@example.com
His details are as follows:
Full name: Ronald Hunt
Service number: 1512105
Rank: A/ Corporal
Date of enlistment/service: 15 August 1941, aged 38 . Lincoln.
B orn 31 December 1903. Overseal in the district of Burton-on-Trent.
Formerly discharged 12 August 1943; died of cancer caused by wound from crash, 5 October 1943 Lincoln.
No medals, apart from his medal for being in the 2nd World War, which Mrs Paul obtained from Gloucester
Service Record: Under the heading of Unit:
15 S.F.T.S. H.H. 26/9/41
Pol.Sch. H. 1/1/42
YOS. Wing HH 26/2/42
182/43 Admitted Naval Hosp. Stornaway 25/4/43
On his death,
according to Mrs Paul's Grandmother and father,
two senior RAF
their home and 'took over'
all the funeral
etc. There was a
cortege, a full guard of honour and a
representing the RAF
present at the service.
which Mrs Paul
hold in excess of
people, was very full and many of
mother who lived in
Lincoln as a child and knew
the RAF said that it was not typical of the
people she knew
During the evening of the 19th September 1957, three RAF Police NCOs, Flight Sergeant J W S Child, Corporal C S Middleton and Corporal D L Waterman were on duty at RAF West Raynham in Norfolk, when they witnessed an American B-45 tornado jet bomber crash on the outskirts of the station. They immediately responded to the incident and were on the scene very quickly. The aircraft however, was already a raging inferno with thousands of gallons of burning aviation fuel pouring out all over the place. The intense heat was causing the aircraft's ammunition to explode around them, making conditions extremely perilous. However, with little regard for their own safety and with no protective clothing at hand, they continued their rescue bid and managed to get to the cockpit where they successfully brought the crew out. Their gallant efforts were only just in time because as soon as the crew had been removed the cockpit and the armed ejection seats erupted in flames. The successful rescue had been achieved by the prompt and gallant action of all three RAF Police NCOs that night and had they not been there, the crew would certainly have died in the flames. The three NCOs were commended for their bravery and Colonel J G Glover Commander of the USAF 47th Tactical Bombardment Wing wrote personally to thank each man and to the Provost Marshal expressing his gratitude for their swift actions and their courage.
My question is simply this: Did these 3 NCOs only receive a commendation - if so, what type? or did they receive any gallantry award? Any help on this one would be most appreciated and if anyone is in contact with the 3 former NCOs I would very much welcome an introduction to hear their story of events.
I am trying to find out information, on behalf of the widow, with regards to Sgt Micheal Greely. Micheal was in the RAF at the time of his death (1966). He is pictured here. Could you enter the photos on to your site and request your members to scour the vast archive of memory that they have and see if anyone has any information, stories, photographs of Micheal.
FS Rob Park
Course Design Team
(Defence College of Police and Pers Admin)
I'm attempting to research my late father's RAF history and have his Service & Release book, his RAFP armband, and a bag of old photographs from 1946 to 1947 when he was serving in Iraq (Habbaniya). His name was Derrick Taylor (Cpl) and he came from Leicester. On the reverse of the photo's there are a number of names - Freddie Bancroft, Paddy Hart, Norman Barras, Tommy Cole, Reg Wales. Tich Sheedy, Charlie Ormond, Jock Douglas, Don Burnett - are a few of them.
I'd be grateful for any assistance and would of course, provide copies of the photo's I have if anyone recognises the names above as a member of their own family. I can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org .
I was a humble SAC Air Wireless Mechanic at Biggin Hill (600 Squadron) in 1950-52 and am looking for anyone who might like to contribute to my memoirs on www.worduser.net, where I have already referred to my 'friendship' with one RAF Police Sergeant in the matter of the Bisley Rifle Championships and a Christmas Tree!
Seriously though, memories are dear, and would really like to meet up again with him or anyone who served in the guard room (or elsewhere) at that time. We did not exactly think of them as best friends, but . . .
2461367 SAC Loosley, A.
I am trying to find out if anyone still has an intact
bottle of the Provost Marshals Special reserve whiskey
produced by the RAF
flight in the mid
I came across the RAF Police Association website today and was wondering if any of your members served with my Grandad, W.O Cliff Annear, at various UK airfields, mostly in the South West, during WWII.
My grandad passed away nearly 30 years ago now, and unfortunately we don't know much about his exploits but I'm hoping there will be some of his oppo's around who do.
I still have his memorabilia, including kit bag and copies of the Kings Regs.
Particularly interested to hear if anyone knows what he did to be awarded an Oak Leaf, as apparently the records were lost in a fire. Could it have been anything to do with his going out on Sunderlands?
Greetings from New Zealand
My friend Allan Newlands is trying to trace details of his sister Muriel's death in Hong kong circa 1955-1957.She was married to an RAF Sergeant, named John Carmichael who was stationed in Hong Kong during that period. Only other info so far is that he was a general duties NCO rather than a specialist signalman.
Can you provide any information or point me to a possible source please ?
Have secured a photo(attached) of John and Muriel Carmichaeland another couple taken at a tennis game in Hong Kong in 1955
click on the picture for a larger version
Does this trigger any memories for someone?
HI ALL, I AM LOOKING FOR SOME HELP , MY SON-IN-LAW AND DAUGHTER WHO LIVE IN STANTON ARE MEMBERS OF AN AMERICAN CLUB "FRIENDS OF SHEPHERDS GROVE" OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT AND THEY HAVE BEEN INVITED TO MISSOURI, USA TO A BIG MEETING OF FORMER USAF PEOPLE WHO SERVED AT RAF SHEPHERDS GROVE. I BELIEVE THE YANKS TOOK OVER FROM AROUND 1952 ??
I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE NICE IF WHEN HE WENT TO THIS GET TOGETHER ,HE COULD TAKE SOME MOMENTOES/PHOTOES OF THE RAF POLICE,S TIME AT THE CAMP.
I HAVE OFTEN SEEN FORMER RAF POLICE MEMBERS MENTION THEIR TIME AT SHEPHERDS GROVE, SO IF YOU CAN HELP WITH ANY PHOTO'S STORIES OF THEIR TIME THERE I WOULD BE GREATFUL.
Two helps here that I am not sure we can do much with but let's try please - Webmaster
hi,my name is larissa brown and i am trying to track down a man called tony who was in the army visiting raf driffield in june/july 1985.hopefully anyone can help me.thank you email@example.com
any memories of my mother, Peggy Raby, WRAF, a plotter, trained at RAF Stanmore, Ceylon and Hong Kong, in WW2....also her brother Peter Raby, in the army in Italy, 8th army, WW2. Sally Beaver
Hi Everyone, I am trying to contact anyone who has photo's from the RAF in West Malling,Kent about1947/52. My father Jack Hitchens was in the police there and I am looking for anyone who was there when I was a kid. My mother ran a club for toddlers and although I have been in touch with The Kent Messenger, I can't get more information about that time. Can anyone help me.Take care. Liz
My name is Tom Winter jr.
My father was Sqn.Ldr. Tom Winter, one of the original "Provost Parade" team.
My mother, Cynthia Winter who now lives in Somerset West RSA, was the initiator of the magazine.
There are no copies left in our "family attic" as my father gave his collection to the RAFP museum many years ago.
I am compiling a free-form autobio/family history book, am very keen to include certain cartoons which appeared in Provost Parade and I would really appreciate your pointing me in the right direction re: obtaining copies of the issues in question or - just as good - print quality scans of the cartoons.
The first cartoon was in an issue which appeared in 1949 (after February). It shows my father holding a howling infant (me) and saying "If you don't pipe down I'll post you" (or words to that effect) I don't know who the artist was.
The others are cartoons which I drew when I was about
ten years old, when we were stationed at RAF
One was in response to the Parade's first ever Dog Pin-up. It shows a dog writing to the "editur", asking him to "keep the pin-up".
The other I'm not sure about (I drew a lot of cartoons when I was ten) but I think it showed a dog handler
guarding a Vulcan and explaining the presence of his wife with her poodle to an irate officer "But Sir, I help her with the housework" or something like that.
I used to enjoy reading Provost Parade when I was a kid. I remember being "disappointed" when the originalsmall format with plain cover and Gryphon badge was changed for the photo-cover format!
Tempis fugit something awful, so I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Thank you very much indeed for your attention!
Tom Winter jr.
(in Hamburg) firstname.lastname@example.org
I am an ex-civvy police officer and collector of code
and cipher equipment.
In a bundle of things I received recently (from New York of all places) was
an RAF Police note book for the period Nov 1942 to Feb 1943.
It is a fascinating read, the regular duties of an RAF Cpl in central London
and concentrating on Railway stations.
Anyway, it seems to be becoming a research exercise. So ...
I would like to know whether 1545077 Cpl S.A. Chatt is still around and, if
so, where he might be contacted. Maybe someone out there knew him?
Its a long shot but you never know!
Can you help John Curtis?
am editing the life story of Bill Barrass for his widow Jackie.
As it will be a book for her distribution to her family I want to get as many facts right as I can.
Bill did not identify the people on these two photographs
1. SI Course at Debden Jan 1969.
a.Who is standing between Alf Newsham and Bill on the back row
b. Who is sitting between Mike Hall and John Park on the front row
c.Who is sat in front of Mike Cattigan and next to Andy Chalmers.
2.On the reverse of this picture is written 'basic' but I know it could not have been.
Bill did his basic training in 1961 and people like Bill Fitzpatrick and Bob Pimborough are on it.
It must have been a refresher or advanced course of some kind.
Can you identify any of the people. I can see Spike Window in the background.
I have been going through quite a few web sites about the RAF because I am trying to find out if anyone can remember my grandfather William (Bill) Dronfield. He was at RAF Norton in Sheffield and The RAF Police 1942 -1945. He was also and entertainer and was well known for saying monologues.His nickname was SAM because of the monologues about Sam Small. He was a lovely man unfortunately he was only in his early 50's when he died.
My father, Kenneth was showing me my grandad's autograph book for the first time ( and I'm nearly 50!) it was so interesting as it was signed by all his friends in the airforce.They all mention his kindness and his love for entertaining and this prompted me to try and find anyone or anyone who knew someone who knew my grandad.
I would be most grateful for any info
Tricia Wragg email@example.com
I have just turned up a certificate we received in 1945 and awarded to our alsatian dog "For Loyal and Faithful Service 1939-1945". Our dog, Michael, was loaned by us during the war to act as a RAF Police Patrol Dog, registration N° 3066
and was returned to us at the end of it. Is it still possible to trace the records of his service (location, handler(s), notable
events etc.) ?
Webmaster's note: I passed this on to the oracle, Steve Davies, who has advised Barrie to contact the Commanding Officer (at the Defence Animal Centre, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, England) to see if the wartime records are still there. Unfortunately, no-one has ever come back to him to say 'yes' or 'no'. Apparently the Police School and the Public Records Office in Kew do not hold these records and he suspects they may well have been destroyed years ago. Unless someone has them under his or her bed!!!!
Sid (Taff) Denning My dad served from 1939 to 1976 or therabouts, through all the good old days of, Singapore, Germany, Gib, Thailand and so on...Sadly passed on some time now but I'm keen in my middle years to try and piece together his life and times. Bit late now perhaps, but anybody remember him? firstname.lastname@example.org Mike
I received a phone call today from George Clapperton about a book he is writing. He asked me if I could contribute to it in any way from an ex kennelmaids point of view. Apart from supplying him with photo's, I also said I would post a wee note here to requesting any ex dog-handlers to get in touch with George or e-mail me personally and I will pass any details they need to get in touch with George. He told me he has wrote to a lot of people already (Jim Henry being one of them) but hasn't got much so far from kennelmaids. I was a kennelmaid from 1979 to 1986 and served at, apart from Newton, P & S.S. Rheindahlen up to my discharge. If anyone can contribute towards George's book it would be very much appreciated.
Finally, are there any kennelmaids in this group apart from me?? Take care - Liz Rush (nee Waugh) Ljakrush@btinternet.com
I am Heinz from Germany and living in the
neighbourhood to the former RAF Station Geilenkirchen ( 1953 - 1968 ) now being home to NATO
Since my childhood I am very interested in history of that station and please apologize my unusual request.
I am looking for photos showing the airfield, buildings, aircrafts and the gate guardians and for the two station crests which changed sometime before 1960. Naturally I´ll pay for the costs of the copy prints and p&p.
Thanks in advance
Heinz Jansen email@example.com
If you can help with some doggie questions like do the marines use dogs and if you have any doggie pictures - please click on the link here to go the the doggie page for then full story
During a successful Hants & Dorset Branch visit to the RAF Museum, one of our number commented on the fact that the effigy of a RAF Police Dog Handler was wearing full whites - a somewhat unusual sight ! Following that I received the enclosed message from the Museum, which I pass on to you, in case anybody is able to assist.