29th Sep 2016: Winkle Brown Memorial Photos from Alan “Spike” Hughes
19th February 2016: John Stevens
My Uncle Buck Rogers ex CPO AH1 always told me that the photo enclosed below, with the guys wearing the Black Caps. was the very first course of Aircraft Handlers. He was a PO Instructor on the course and is sat 4th from the right front row Unfortunately, typically he had never dated it.He had joined HMS Victorious in 1939 as a Boy Seaman and left he in 1945 as a PO Airman. When the Handling Branch was formed he was made a PO AH1 and was an Instructor on the 1st Course of AH.
5th October 2015: Allenton Fisher
Photo of RNAL 50 known as “The Duck”
This was moored on a buoy in Portland Harbour in Dorset and used to train Flight Deck Officer’s (FDO’s) for small ships as well as aircrew for Deck Landing Practice
Photo of the staff of The FDTU Portland in 1981 with Lt Ben Fisher WO Tom Sawyer CPO Roger Sedman PO Pete Lound and PO Dave Munro as well as a few others.
The lady in the front was our cleaner who was most important as she also made the coffee
14 Jun 2015: Don MacGregor
Two photos of the Blackburn YB1 prototype, a contender for the A.E.W. Aircraft requirement. The other contender was the Fairey Aviation GR17. Fairey Aviation won the contract and the “Gannet” emerged as the new aircraft. The “landing on” photo was taken on HMS Illustrious in 1950/51 when the ship was a training and trials carrier.
02 Jun 2015: Donald C MacGregor
This photo may be of interest generally. It was a trials unit with a Whirlwind helicopter from Westlands. They cut a hole in the floor and put in a sonar set for submarine detection. (An entirely novel idea at the time). It was a civilian chopper (but with Royal Navy) painted on the boom. The maintenance crew were civvies from Westlands. Pilots were joint RAF/RN with two ADSIC (pingers) from HMS Osprey the Sonar School at Portland at the time, one of them a PO and the other a CPO. We trialled with HM Submarine “Scotsman” off Portland when the weather was suitable, on other occasions when the weather was indifferent, we delivered fresh bread and newspapers to the lighthouse keepers in the area, all very interesting. The trials unit was a detachment from 705 Helicopter Squadron (S51 Dragonfly’s) at RNAS Gosport, HMS Siskin. I am at the back at the right trying to look intelligent. I suppose you could say that we pioneered airborne sonar detection which became a regular feature some years later.
The full story is at the following:- http://dorset.hampshireairfields.co.uk/chi.html.
Hope you find it interesting
Donald C MacGregor
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