This page started out as strange postings and places but I have now added "strange jobs" to it

 

THIS MUST BE ONE OF THE STRANGEST PLACES TO HAVE AN RAF STATION……RAF SALTPANS,ADEN.

THIS WAS AN RX SITE (HISWA SOME 7 MILES AWAY WAS THE TX SITE). I WAS STATIONED AT SALTPANS IN 1964 DURING THE RADFAN CAMPAIGN AND THEN AFTER THAT FINISHED WAS POSTED TO HISWA FOR THE SOUTH ARABIA CAMPAIGN.

 

THE ABOVE PICTURE SHOWS THE GUADROOM BEFORE THE CHAINLINK FENCING AND GATE S WERE ERECTED PDQ.- YES WE DID PAINT THE ‘BORDER TINS’ WHITE

 

DO YOU HAVE A PHOTO OF A STRANGE PLACE TO HAVE AN RAF BASE AND GUARDROOM TO BOOT?

Alan F Millership

 

We certainly guarded in some very remote and strange places these past 90 yrs-not me personally you understand.

I understand that we even had a Cpl post at Edinburgh Castle at one time.

I was the only RAF Police Sgt on RAF Recruiting duties south of Yorkshire in the late 70/80s period-Tom Watts was the other at Leeds CIO

Alan M


 03/09/15

From Al Knowler

To jog his memory, I took over from Alan at CIO Ilford in 1982 and we had discussed the job over the phone beforehand. 


I served at CIO Ilford until early 1983 until i was posted to CIO Southend until June 1985.



07/09/15

From John Curtis

 I would add my two penny worth of boasting on a new string I WAS THE FIRST RAFP SNCO ON RECRUITING. (or at least I believe that to be true) I was posted onto Recruiting in 1969 to try to boost the falling numbers joining the police trade. I joined RAFP Warrant Officer Wilf Pearn at the Preston CIO in August 69. However in January 70 I was transferred to my home town CIO in Nottingham. In 1971 Rolls Royce made 100's of their senior engineers redundant. I was posted into Derby to open a 'C' class office with the task of recruiting instant commissioned ranks from the redundant RR employees. A busy but enjoyable time. A story I tell is that all recruiters had to attend I of R for training in interviewing techniques. I was given a reprimand following the morning session for 'interrogating when I should have been 'interviewing' The subjects of our training exercise were airmen from RAF Swinderby who had completed their basic training. In the afternoon session I had a young lad who was so 'high' he could not stop telling me what he had been doing at lunchtime. He had 'weed' in his pocket. The interview concluded with my calling for the lads from 5 District to come and take him away to a quieter place!!! I had to make comment at the end of the day that some time interrogation is needed rather than interviewing I like to think that I set the standard that resulted in RAF policemen being a regular member of CIO staff in all parts of the UK. I did say at the beginning of this thread 'I thought I was the first' now I will find out if that assumption is correct??


"So those who are last now will be first then, and those who are first will be last." ... So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.
Matt.20:16
Really never had any intention of boasting about anything whatsoever ,simply added a simple fact to the thread for interest many moons ago.
A famous JC inspired the above quote I am sure he influenced Mathew's writings and our own JC questions whether there is boasting afoot- no intent was made,just a comment.
AFM

From Dave Wise

 

This was the DEEPS GUARDROOM at the entrance to RAF Thorney Island in the 1950's.

 

The Main Guardroom was about a mile away on the Main Camp. This was the control of entry point for the Camp. Manned by 1 RAFP 24/7.