Thought this would be of interest to you chocks.... https://www.gov.uk/government/news/royal...to-fly-new-jets
Honi soit qui mal y pense
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"
NOSTRIS IN MANIBUS TUTI.
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.
You can always tell a Brummie but you can't tell him much
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.
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.
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.
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
Virtus Sine Macula
Virtus Sine Macula