Tales from Halton
Stories and anecdotes from the 69th's time at RAF Halton, between 1951 and 1954, and from outide in the wider world.
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"
The message went out to the Senior Scouts - do not turn down any food. Meet us and hand over all the surplus you will find out why when you come up to the Rovers!
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
The helicopter hit the water with a thump. Water surged through the door and windows. Slowly it sunk and rolled over. It grew darker and the water rose up to my face
Few realised then that Lebanon was about to embark on its incredibly savage civil war in which thousands were to die and the centre of the city would be left looking like Berlin in 1945
- 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
- Clubs, Societies and Sports at Halton
- Dispersal: into the RAF
- Tributes to Halton and the Brats
- The 69th's commemorative windows
- 69th Entry Reunions