John, the photos above bring back many happy memories. As you know, I first came to Suffolk, and Bawdsey in particular, courtesy of the RAF. I was posted from Basic Recruit Training at Swinderby, Lincs, to RAF Bawdsey in mid-October 1964. I spent nearly 2 years at Bawdsey and came to know the area quite well. The good Admiral's mentioning of Charlie Brinkley brings back the memories of a great many trips on his ferry across the Deben. Something to be experienced in the middle of winter with a very strong tide running out of the river. Charlie was a grand old chap as was Albert, the charabanc driver who always drove us to and from Felixstowe.I left Bawdsey in May 1966 and have not yet been back to Suffolk. That is something I must rectify on my next return to the UK.
This photo was taken of Bawdsey from Felixstowe Cliffland Carpark, here we can see in the distance the Manor with a Martello Tower in the middle foreground and to the left is Felixstowe (FXT) Ferry Golf Course. To the right of the manor is one of those very early RADAR masts, sadly English Heritage tried to protect it but there was too much corrosion in the mast and so it was brought down