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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Really never had any intention of boasting about
anything whatsoever ,simply added a simple fact to the thread for interest many
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.
From Dave Wise
This was the DEEPS GUARDROOM at the entrance to RAF Thorney Island in the 1950's.
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.