This is a Fordson Utility I was tasked with delivering from the MU at Heywood to Istres
South of France near Marseilles in 1952. The F/Sgt on the right was posted there and it was a convenient trip for him, the Sgt on the left was signals, going to check on the
comms equipment for 38 Gp HQ which was then at Upavon.
This was a small group of the RAF personnel at RAF Kuching on expedition training in the jungle
South of Kuching. I was driving one of the Land Rovers and there was a story attached to this that I
may add at a later date.
This is a number of drivers that formed part of my MT. Section for the 1979 Paris Air Show. There were three coaches, a Bedford 3 ton truck, 2 1800 cars and we hired a fleet of Citroen CX saloons. Possibly the only ones ever to carry the Royal Air Force stickers on the sides and roundels front and rear!
A Fordson WOT 1 monitor fire tender of the type that I drove on crash stand-by when stationed at RAF Upavon 1948 to 1951.
The M.T. Section at RAF Kuching. My office in the lean-to and M.T.S.S. on the right.
My Scammel at El Firdan (Canal Zone) 1954
Me on the left as C in C's driver MEAF outside staff billets
Kyrenia Cyprus, 1956
Scammel from Chivenor, 1969, at Braunton Burrows, during cross country driving training
Liquid Oxygen tanker with Leyland donkey from RAF Hemswell Thor site, during breakfast break en-route to Brinsworth B.O.C. plant Rotherham for filling
Wileen sent in this fine collection of relics from yesteryear.
Collins, Ex MT Control Clerk. at North Luffenham sent in these 5
in this collection, which needs space of it's own.
Click on the picture to view his album.
following photo's are mostly of a Studebaker Prime mover with a Queen Mary
trailer, I used to drive one these on 51 MTC RAF 1945 - 1947. There were
only five of them in the RAF and they were on 51 MTC RAF.
wonder if anyone else has an un-official MT section badge ?
Maybe it was only in the far east where they were so cheap, this was our effort in RAF Sek Kong in 1957.I remember we talked about 'piston broke' but decided against it as it was seen at MTSS at RAF
Seletar. I like the way they did MT in a kind of Chinese style.
Walker dug up these two taken at Bridgenorth, Weeton & Hack Green
picture depicts the crew of HUT 257 in the winter of 1956 whilst
undergoing basic training at RAF BRIDGNORTH. The airman at the
bottom centre was a guy called DARCEY from Ireland. The coloured lad
from top right of the picture was my first close contact with lads from
the West Indies. His name was CAMPBELL and he kipped in the bed next
to me. Our flight commander was the well known cricketer Pilot
Officer Raman Subba-Rowe. Great times as I recall them but I have
yet to get in touch with any one of those featured despite many hours of
picture shows the crew of lads, undertaking their basic driving course
using Austin Lodestar lorries, during a moment of relaxation in the billet
at RAF WEETON in early winter 1957. Although it doesn't show it too
well the chimney pipe of the stove was a bright cherry red as we had
decided to blow our days allocation of coal to dispel the winter chills.
I regret that I do not recall the names of any of my colleagues other than
a guy called Ted from Faversham in Kent who was posted with me to RAF West
Raynham in Norfolk. at the end of the course.
Service and civilian members of the Hack Green M.T. Section when it was under care and maintenance in 1958. Shortly afterwards the station was reopened in order to monitor military air traffic across AMBER ONE the
North/South air corridor whilst PRESTWICH control centre was built. The Corporal in the picture (Sykes I think his name was) was posted in to take over M.T. on my departure on demob. The other civilian members were responsible for supplying coal to the housing at Hack Green populated by personnel from RAF TERN
HILL. They were, Ginger and Pop. The third and fourth members I cannot recall their names. Neither can I recall the young policeman who had only joined about 6 weeks earlier. We all lived in the Officers mess and our Cook Paddy Horgan made us magical meals from goods obtained from stores at Tern Hill. Wonderful times.
Cliff Lowe sent in this small photo album which belonged to a
neighbour's Uncle, 1079016 Cpl Geoff Harrison Swainston was demobbed from 59 MT Coy in 1946, sadly Geoff passed away in
1993. His Niece, Lynn Williams, has kindly forwarded them for inclusion on the site.
Came across your site today which I think is excellent even though I'm only an ex aircraft
This picture is from a Bomber Command Flight Safety Review of Summer 1967 and depicts one of your mates towing a Victor B(SR)2 of 543 Sqn at RAF
Can't remember the drivers name but he lived opposite me in Devon Road AMQ's.