RE: MISCELLANEOUS NAVAL AND MILITARY

#46 by Frothy , Mon Sep 09, 2013 5:55 pm

Thought this would be of interest to you chocks.... https://www.gov.uk/government/news/royal...to-fly-new-jets


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RE: MISCELLANEOUS NAVAL AND MILITARY

#47 by chocks , Mon Sep 09, 2013 7:49 pm

I'm chuffed to little mint balls to see the Phoenix rise again. Like the Motto says "IMMORTAL"

I spent three of the greatest years of my life on 809 squadron. When we put the squadron to bed in Dec 1978 none of thought we'de ever see the squadron number used again only to see her reborn in 1982 with the Sea Harrier during the Falklands War.
809 Squadron was originally formed in 1941 flying the Fairey Fulmar and through her illustrious history she has flown the Spitfire, Seafire, Sea Hornet, Avro Anson, Sea Fury, Sea Vampire, Sea Venom and every Mk of Buccaneer. She has now been dormant for 31 years but as the legend states "The Phoenix will always be rise from the flames"

IMMORTAL


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RE: MISCELLANEOUS NAVAL AND MILITARY

#48 by Frothy , Mon Sep 09, 2013 8:24 pm

I knew you'd be pleased mate


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RE: MISCELLANEOUS NAVAL AND MILITARY

#49 by Templer , Mon Sep 09, 2013 10:08 pm

I bet that makes you wish you were a bit younger mate, so that you could rejoin.


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RE: MISCELLANEOUS NAVAL AND MILITARY

#50 by Frothy , Mon Sep 23, 2013 5:02 pm

Me and Cath where up town Saturday and missed this.......Drat !!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RGiVwM2m18


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RE: MISCELLANEOUS NAVAL AND MILITARY

#51 by chocks , Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:22 pm

Brilliant. Wish I'd seen that too.


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RE: MISCELLANEOUS NAVAL AND MILITARY

#52 by Frothy , Wed Oct 09, 2013 6:57 am

Mine and temper's drinking friend (para Bob) who died a few months ago, had his ashes dropped out of a plane over Arnam . A fitting tribute for a proud ex para.


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#53 by chocks , Wed Oct 09, 2013 8:48 pm

A fitting send off indeed Frothy.


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Jack Fowler Service Oct 1940 - June 1946

#54 by davidfowler , Sun Feb 02, 2014 10:37 am

As promised to Chocks at yesterdays meet, here is some details of my Dad's service in the Royal Navy.
Here are the first few.

My Dad, Jack, joined from Dunlop on 7th Oct 1940 and went first to the training establishment HMS Royal Arthur in Skegness. He then went to HMS Raleigh at Torpoint, Cornwall, then to HMS Cabot in Bristol before finishing at HMS Victory in Portsmouth waiting to be assigned to his first ship.
He was assigned to HMS Berwick who's main duties were on the Russian Convoys. He served on Berwick from 8th Feb 1941 until 10th Feb 1944.
http://www.naval-history.net/xGM-Chrono-06CA-Berwick.htm

I've got quite a few photos taken on board the Berwick during these icy voyages but they're in the loft so I'll post later. Meanwhile here's a photo of Dad in Class 230, I imagine passing out, at HMS Royal Arthur. He's 3rd row down, 5th from the right.



He was again based at HMS Victory waiting for another deployment. After 5 months he was sent to HMS King George V, a battleship destined for the British Pacific Fleet.

http://www.naval-history.net/xGM-Chrono-...ng_George_V.htm



Not sure of the year this was taken but it's on the deck of the KGV and looking at his face I would guess in 1944, possibly after re-fit in Liverpool. He's 2nd row down, 6th from the left.



Got to stop now to do some "husband -type" duties, not that, shopping and mending stuff! I'll try more posting later.

 
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RE: Jack Fowler Service Oct 1940 - June 1946

#55 by Frothy , Sun Feb 02, 2014 10:45 am

Thanks David. What a tough life our parents had


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RE: Jack Fowler Service Oct 1940 - June 1946

#56 by Mr T ( deleted ) , Wed Feb 05, 2014 7:30 am

Chocks, I assume you docked in Gibraltar, but did you do the rock run?

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RE: Jack Fowler Service Oct 1940 - June 1946

#57 by chocks , Wed Feb 05, 2014 9:05 am

Great Stuff David. Thank's for posting it. Very interesting Mate.
Did you know that Royal Arthur was a Butlins Holliday Camp pre War and that Cabot became a Prison!

It's a case of
"What did your Dad do in the War?"
Well! he had a bit of time at the seaside, then he went in the nick!"

I'll post the badges for all the bases and ships your dad served on later today


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RE: Jack Fowler Service Oct 1940 - June 1946

#58 by chocks , Wed Feb 05, 2014 9:10 am

Quote: Mr T wrote in post #56
Chocks, I assume you docked in Gibraltar, but did you do the rock run?


No mate, I never did the "Rock Run". I went to Gib about 8 times but they only did the run on one occassion and I was on duty that time. Even though I liked running and I was pretty good at it back then I think I may have struggled with that. It was real grueling and only for the fittest of the fit. I did walk up there a few times though


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RE: Jack Fowler Service Oct 1940 - June 1946

#59 by Mr T ( deleted ) , Wed Feb 05, 2014 9:28 am

Quote: chocks wrote in post #58
Quote: Mr T wrote in post #56
Chocks, I assume you docked in Gibraltar, but did you do the rock run?


No mate, I never did the "Rock Run". I did walk up there a few times though


What! No cable car.

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RE: Jack Fowler Service Oct 1940 - June 1946

#60 by chocks , Wed Feb 05, 2014 5:23 pm

David. It seems that there was no badge issued for HMS Cabot the Stokers Training Base in Bristol but I did find this.

HMS Cabot.jpg - Bild entfernt (keine Rechte)


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