sent in these pictures and notes of 51MT Squadron vehicle convoy from RAF El Hamra in the Canal Zone (Egypt) via Port Said to RAF Akrotiri (Cyprus) via
51 MT Convoy to Cyprus - 14th November 1955 – 23rd November 1955
Drivers: Charlie Norman, Nobby Clarke, Pete Ingham, Rex Flook,
John Deacon, George Richardson, Smudge Smith,
The task was to convey stores and equipment from the Canal Zone (closing down) to RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus (starting up). The convoy consisted of eight Leyland Hippos 10 ton GS Bodies. The vehicles were loaded at RAF Kasfareet and left for Port Said on 13 November 1955. The convoy was secured overnight at Port Said and loaded onto the LST Snowden Smith the following day, 14 November 1955, leaving for the port of Famagusta on the East coast of Cyprus.
Arriving at Famagusta (15
November 1955), the vehicles were unloaded from LST Snowden Smith and left (as a convoy) to RAF Akrotiri at the extreme West of the island. Between Famagusta and Nicosia the convoy halted at the Oasis Café for a break before continuing.
Throughout the journey between Famagusta and RAF Akrotiri, most of the vehicles received punctures. As RAF Akrotiri, at that time, was not fully operational, facilities for the repair of so many punctures were not available. It was therefore decided that the return journey would be via RAF Nicosia where repairs could be effected. On this journey, further punctures occurred and it was essential that all punctures were fully repaired as no spare wheels were available on any of the convoy vehicles prior to our return to Famagusta and to Port Said and RAF El Hamra.
On arriving at RAF Nicosia, we requested accommodation and arranged for the repair of the flat tyres.
Unfortunately, the repairs took longer than expected and we were unable to reach Famagusta in time to board the LST Snowden Smith for the return to Port Said on 16 November 1955 – so we had to stay at RAF Nicosia until the next available ship was available (23 November 1955).
So we had to take it easy for another week!!! Oh dear what a difficult life we lived in those days!!! We had no uniform (just overalls) but did have some civvies, so we kept out of the SWO's way during the day and made up for lost time in the evenings.