The RAF 69th Entry Archives
25th July 1952: The Queen presents the colour to Sergeant Apprentice F. M. A. Hines, who received it on behalf of the No. 1 School of Technical Training. Lord Trenchard was also present.This archive is based on a box of stuff I "inherited" after the 2019 reunion of the 69th Entry to the RAF's Aircraft Apprentices technical training program, which was held at the Stratford Manor Hotel in Warwickshire. It is a collection of memorabilia, a few historical photos, a large collection of paperwork to do with the running of the reunion committee, and many photos of reunions since the first in 1994.
An "Entry" was one of two or three intakes of apprentices per year to a scheme which had been started in the 1920s in order to produce qualified aircraft technicians who would, hopefully, go out into the wider RAF armed with a high level of training.
The 69th Entry of 3 Wing commenced training in September 1951 with a combined strength of 357. About 208 apprentices of the Entry, which became known as The Royal Entry, as it took the new Queen's Colour in 1952, graduated on July 26th 1954. The royal connection continued in 1953 when the 69th formed part of the honour guard, along Regent Street, for the Coronation.
The 69th's motto is "nosce aut face viam", which roughly translates from Latin as "know or make your way", or according to Buckie Buckman as "If you can't find a way, make one". It is also the Entry which included my old man, hence the interest.
- RAF Halton and the Brats
- The RAF Aircraft Apprentices Scheme
- The 69th's Graduation Review, 1954
- The Senior Entry - a graduate's letter, 1954
- A full list of 69th Graduates
- Summer Camp, RAF Formby, 1953
- The Burmese Brats
- Halton days: stories from the Brats
- Dispersal: into the RAF
- Pen Portraits: 69th careers
- The 69th's commemorative window
- 69th Entry Reunions