Saw somebody with an Oshkosh on a photo on your site so thought I would send you some
photo's, I am an ex MTD from 75-97 since I came out one job I let myself in for (lord knows why) was to join a company called Fastrax and get to drive one around England, and sometimes Germany and in this case sunny Iraq.
The Oshkosh is one hell of a beast capable of carrying a fully laden Challenger 2 Tank the
photo's are of me in Iraq as a PTE in my wagon, The lineup of all the vehicles on the park in Basra, Another one waiting for a load somewhere in Germany.
At last as promised sometime ago I have got a photo of the 'Hoscosh, (if it is spelt like
this) I am the bloke on the left with my mate Mike Leonard an ex MT Warrant Officer at RIAT2004, we are looking forward to next year's show.
Picture's 1 &
2: A Vampire at RAF Bentley Priory brought in for a function in the mess
one weekend - 1985.
Picture 3: 21 year
old tanker (We held a party for it) pictured on 28 Sqn pan at RAF Sek
Kong, summer 1986.
Picture 4: A borrowed 'Gurkha Transport Regiment' tank transporter, the MT
at Sek Kong used to move a fork lift truck from the New Territories to the
RAF Airport Unit in Kowloon. Not long after the picture was taken,
the driver got it stuck in Osborne Barracks, Kowloon whilst going to
We got it out again
- after we demolished the RSM's ornamental wall! "Cpl Arnold -
report to me after class........"
promised I have finally found a few photos for the gallery.
first Major tank move in
for 1 Sqn RAF Reg from 431 MU circa 83/84,
sliding bogie trailers those days, spoilt nowdays!!. We had to find an
R&D ramp or a grass bank!
following selection were sent in by Pete
1000 Gal bowser
parked in Williamson site next to Air movements notice the red
scales in background used for weight watches clubs when WRAF air
hostess off VC10 where transiting in/out of APC.
Anyone who had
reason to go to Belize had the Blackpool equivalent of the death ride
from APC to Belize City. Seen here parked at the faithful swingbridge
in central Belize on a Sunday evening. This service was used regularly
on a evening to go to Belize City after the NAAFI bar had closed. The
location we all headed for the was a bar called the 102 which of
course was the local brothel as the beer was chilled better there!!!!
However we did have to go to the POOP Deck First to watch the odd
shooting between rival black groups. Sat nights will never be the
Belize MT CONTROL on right is a RAFP landrover and behind that the
park for the odd duty fire crew.
The great thing
about the location of this office is that you could sit in the office
in the morning with the door open and watch the pongos parade past
when they did morning parades something we only ever did once in
our careers and that was at St Athan on basic driving course.
The best thing you
could drive in Belize, as when you had been down town you could sleep
on the way back. I remember one MT outing with Sgt Tug Wilson as the
SNCO I/C MT and he made Steve Patterson take the crash amb to JB Bar
why the Crash Amb, Well anyone that has been to JB bar all knows
that you do feel a bit sleepy after a 4 hour session and the journey
home was one of sheer bliss ZZZZZZZ
Bedford MK Hiab
Deep in jungle
after a puma went down with engine problem so muggings here had to
take an engine and escort some poor squaddie armed with a SLR in
to the jungle to located the downed chopper. We found it after 8 Hours
and the ground crew flew in, fixed the chopper, and flew out leaving
us to drive back the next day after an engine swop. I went back to
this location a month later and the bridge was totally washed away.
Tanker Pool Belize
1985/86 Phil Taylor can been seen on his Knees to the Left of the 1000
gal refueller, we went out as a PMC decision. No tanker pool was
established in the GEF compound so they sent Myself and Phil brown who
was a Cpl at the time to set up and bring into line the Tankerpool.
RAF Regiment did the 1000 Gal task up to that Period with APC MTD,s
doing the Harrier refuelling on the 3000 gallon, however it came out
that the SAC's being posted out were not all Q-MTD- Tanker qualified,
some unforeseen mistake
by trade desk at Innsworth.
Note a Unimog next
to Tanker This was taken at a lunch time as we used whatever transport
we could get our hands on to get back across from Williamson site to
the Army Mess, Which did live up to it's reputation as being crap at
the best of times. Also notice water on floor monsoon
weather in Nov 1985
CIO Team Nottingham 1992 from Left to right Bruce (Now at Doris
Cranwell TG Admin) Pete Spink (Now a faithful TG MTD Civvy) Pete
Brown (ARM ENG Last seen in Nottingham) WRAF Sgt Name not
remembered TGStores (Last seen in the Pig's bar Sgt's mess RAF Newton)
A rather motley
crew seen in front of the CIO display gazelle, Donnigton Park F1 bikes
1992 40ft supplied by 2MT.