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Reply David Gropper
5:33 PM on April 6, 2017 
I trained at No. 2 R.S. Yatesbury in 1955-1956 as an Air Wireless Fitter (9 month course). Passed with rank of Junior Tech. Posted to RAF Ballykelly and then to 240 Sqdn RAF Ballykelly. Was part of 2 Grapple operations on Christmas Island. (Gilbert and Ellis Islands)
I remember when they moved out the WRAF component and we had to refurbish their barracks,,, Oh! the writing on the walls was surprising ! Missed the ladoes :-(
Reply Steve Tennant
7:59 PM on February 5, 2017 
My Dad, Chief Technician Bill (William Abraham) Tennant was at RAF Yatesbury from around 1959? to December 1964. I believe he was an instructor and we lived in hirings in Swindon Old Town. Mum and Dad used to be active in the RAFA Club in Swindon.

Prior to coming to Yatesbury we were at RAF Seletar and after Yatesbury we want back to Singapore, to RAF Changi. I have vague memories of going to Yatesbury occasionally with Dad. He was also a radio ham, G3IBW in UK and 9M4MX in Singapore.

Dad passed away many years ago, but our travels to Singapore in the 50's and 60's led to my own interest in living in more exotic parts of the world and so having graduated in the 1970's, I went to Oman and Nigeria before moving to Hong Kong in 1980 where I continue to live.

If anyone knew my Dad it would be nice to say hello.
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Reply Brian Norton
7:40 AM on March 7, 2016 
Hi, John. I also played Trombone in the RAF band with Dick Chapman. I think you had just left when I started. We have spoken before.
Reply Brian Norton
7:31 AM on March 7, 2016 
I was having trouble leaving a message, as they were rejected, but I see my last 2 tries were accepted, oops.
What I wanted to say, was that in 1962, I met a J G Weir at the SASRA hut. He married a girl from Calne, a Miss Cook.
Are you out there, J(im)? He was from Dungannon. NI. Any one else know of him?
I enjoyed my time at Yatesbury. When Gliding and joined the band, (trombone), Bandmaster John Mace. Finished my time at Ballykelly, NI.
Reply Brian Norton
7:22 AM on March 7, 2016 
Hi, I was at Yatesbury 1961-1962.
Reply Brian Norton
7:20 AM on March 7, 2016 
Hi, I was at Yatesbury 1961-1962.
Reply Mike
7:41 AM on June 27, 2015 
Hi, My father, Maurice John Dilley, did his national service here between 1952 and 1954. He died in 1996 when I was 16 but he told me many stories about this place. I have no way of verifying any of this but this is what he told me.

He said that most guys hated this place but it was the first place for him that really felt like home, he was sleeping in the bath in his parents house and after he filled out his papers he asked if he join up early on account of his living arrangements. The recruiter arranged something and he was at Yatesbury a couple of weeks earlier than his course was suppose to start following the recruiters advice of allways looking busy, well dressed and carrying a piece of paper.

Mostly he told me about the food in the air force. There was a full breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, a big dinner and then a late supper. Once when I was abut 12 at my insistence we cooked and ate all the same food he ate when he was a young man in the airforce. I really liked the corned beef hash but still cant stand kippers!

He was a Corporal Technician and I got the impression he taught radar classes. He was in some kind of penpal club where he would write to women all over the country and then visit the ones he liked best or maybe showed the most promise!

He had a busted pilot in one of his classes. Apparently he was an experienced prop engine pilot that just couldn't make the change to jets and so the air force busted him to AC2. One day a sargent that was full of himself picked on this busted pilot for no good reason and was mysteriously off the base the next day.

Another story he told me was of an old friend he saw oneday on base and in the morning he was something like a corporal, by the evening and about 6 exams later he was a warrant officer.

I wasn't close to my dad and him dying at young age for me meant I never got to have an adult relationship with him ,I met up with someone he worked with in the 70s and he told me that because my dad worked for a defense contractor he couldn't talk about his day like the other guys could at the pub so he used to talk about the air force. Seemed strange to some but that was him.

One last thing, when I was young my dad passed on a small bible to me the inscription is: From Norman, with sincere good wishes, Melksham 1953. Col 1. v. 27. It's incredibly unlikely but it would be great to get in contact with this Norman. Googling this verse of the bible it seems to be about the greatness inside of you so it could be some kind of mentor trying to instill confidence in a unsure young man. Who knows.

Mike
Sydney, Australia.
Reply Jim Keane.A.R.F (.Fighter.)
5:54 PM on March 18, 2015 
Just located your new Website, very good and interesting.Having spent a lot of time on various courses at Yatesbury
I will never forget it. Joined as a Boy Entrant (Air Radar Mech.) in Jan.1952 and left in Sept. 1953. Back again in May 1954 on Fitters Course (A.R.F.45). Passed out J/T and off to Leuchars.Became A Cpl, then Cpl/Tech and finally Sgt
A.R.F.(Fighter) Demobbed in Dec 1965..Started The Yatesbury Boy Entrants Assoc in 1993 and amalgamated with the R.A.F.B.E.A.in1994. Later I Joined the Yatesbury Association and dropped out I,m now rejoining,Jim Keane.