Tales from Halton
Stories and anecdotes from the 69th's time at RAF Halton, between 1951 and 1954. Dates shown refer to when the story appeared in the 69th Association's newsletter.
The armourers of 3 Wing, 69th Entry, at Halton, 1951
The 61st were the last entry to be taught fabric repairs, hulls and floats and carpentry. "We" [the 69th] all know that was incorrect having been taught all three.
He got his name very quickly because of a rich, deep, booming bass voice when some of the younger one's voices still had to break. I am fairly sure Boom was the oldest person to come in with our entry.
One day when it was pouring with rain, Hippo stated "All out on gardening". An intelligent apprentice then said, "But it is raining Flt!" Response, "Well you've got groundsheets!".
Who remembers the first 'go' at bending throttles when we ran those 'clipped wing' Magisters out on the playing fields behind Workshops?
One weekend in my third year I snuck back home. I was back at Halton on the Saturday afternoon as I was to play for the school. At the same time the Station team had a match against Slough.
My one claim to fame, or rather reflected glory, is that I can truthfully say that I flew with Douglas Bader.
Oft-times when going round a 'drome one might have seen some fitter small; looking as though wi' fine toothed comb, to find his toolbox (tools and all).
"Who wants a pork pie?" I enquired. A nervous digit or two poked the atrocity before heads were shaken. "I think its gone critical".
These were work units of limited intelligence and were used to steer the aircraft of that time, before computers took over entirely.
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long. as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. And we were OK.
- 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 69th and the Queen's Coronation, 1953
- The Burmese Brats
- Halton days: stories from the Brats
- Dispersal: into the RAF
- Pen Portraits: 69th careers
- Tributes to Halton and the Brats
- The 69th's commemorative windows
- 69th Entry Reunions