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RE: The Royal Air Force

Barry, welcome to the Suffolk Forum Web Sitesmile

This site was spawned from The RAF Forum which in a little over 3 years has attracted over 1.6 million hits and 42000 postings, so if the Suffolk Forum only gets 10% of that little lot I shall be more than happy.

If anyone has an association with the RAF or has family involved in the RAF come and join in some excellent camarderie here



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My first contact with the lovely English county of Suffolk was at RAF Stradishall in 1963/1964 training as an Acting Pilot Officer navigator on Meteor jets... We all had little sports cars (mine a 1934 Singer Le Mans - old Enlish white/Ivory), and met up at the Bull at Long Melford or the Swan at Lavenham for a pint in front of the log fires...

Then I was posted back to the Bury St Edmunds area in 1970, where my daughter Kirsten was born at the old West Suffolk Hospital... We were att RAF Honington (near Thetford, just in Norfolk) on Canberra Photo Recce Mark 7s (No. 58 (PR) Squadron).

We often visit Suffolk, since I am now an artist, and Suffolk was the home gf many fine artists in the last 250 years....

Long may she be so lovely!

Best wishes, and thanks John Cooper for this initiative, happily, Brian Crook, now in Wiltshire.



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Hi again John
RAF Wattisham 29 Sqdn Lightnings 1969 to 1973.
Lived in a hiring in Clapgate Lane Ipswich for a short while before buying my own pad in Troston near Honington. Also lived in Bury St Edmunds for a while where I worked after demob before moving to Thetford. Great area of the country and holds many memories - some happy, some not!
Congrats on raising another fine site.

Reality is an illusion caused by alcohol deficiency


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After completing square bashing and trade traiing at Melsham I was posted to 57 Sqdn at RAF Honington.

They were equipped with B2 Canberras, having recently got rid of the B-29 Washingtons (or so I understand).

I was on 57 for the Suez Crisis when we daily sent off two a/c bombed up with 8 X 1,000lb bombs (with no fuses fitted). They were dropped off (not literally) at various airfields in Cyprus.

The Brits had decided to start a war with no bombs in the vicinity of the anticipated war zone!

So what's new?

From Honington I was posted to Wildenrath in 2nd TAF.

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