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Tricia Greenwood sent in these pictures of her late Father Paddy Ryan (see RIP)

If anyone can identify the location in Germany Tricia would be grateful if you could drop here a line.

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Smudge & Jock Malaya or Singapore,
early 1950's

Fred in Malaya 1950

Malaya early 1950's

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1950's somewhere in Germany

1950's somewhere in Germany

1950's somewhere in Germany

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1950's somewhere in Germany


1950's somewhere in Germany


1950's somewhere in Germany


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Dad, Tiny Ervine and Eddie Edwards


Dad and Mick Leavey


 1964/5 at Khormaksar


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MT Section Akrotiri 1969/70

1950's somewhere in Germany


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Rudloe Manor

Possibly Germany

 Benson around mid 1970's

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1950's somewhere in Germany

1950's somewhere in Germany

1950's somewhere in Germany

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 1964/5 at Khormaksar

 1964/5 at Khormaksar

 1964/5 at Khormaksar

Len Slade sent these three to add to others earlier in the archives.

First, Drivers in Christmas Island 1958, second, Me at Cardington 1950s (In uniform) and finally, me today at 73. Miami. 

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John Lawrence sent in this collection of snaps from his album taken when he was at Geilenkirchen Dec 59 to June 62. 
Plus one from his Balloon Course.

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Yours truly with 'Maggi'
at Dusseldorf Docks
circa 1960

'Snowdrop' Escort
through Hamburg - 1961

Anyone out there remember who?

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Ford Coach

'Maggi' & trailer on the
way to RAF Sylt

Main Guardroom
Geilenkirchen - 1961

Anyone remember my
personal transport?

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Matador - Geilenkirchen

Tanker Pool, Faun's

M.T. Control

O.K. Crane

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V.W. Runabout
paper/post run to
H.Q.'s Germany

Pumps at Geilenkirchen

View from M.T. Control
Geilenkirchen - circa 1961

Line up of Hippo's, 
Faun's & Maggi's

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Magirus Deutz at rest

O.C.'s Opel Kapitan

Line of Maggi's

Who remembers the
Windmill Cafe on the
Hanover Autobahn?

Balloon Course
June 1962

Restored Queen Mary trailer snapped during a recent visit to the Yorkshire Air Museum

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Pat Honey Sent in a couple of pictures taken from his website, Airfield Construction Units of the RAF (missing link - please update, Ian)

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Geof Cope sent these from his archives.

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.
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The M.T. Section at RAF Kuching. My office in the lean-to and M.T.S.S. on the right.
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My Scammel at El Firdan  (Canal Zone) 1954

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Me on the left as C in C's driver MEAF outside staff billets Kyrenia Cyprus, 1956

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Scammel from Chivenor, 1969, at Braunton Burrows, during cross country driving training

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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

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Pete Wileen sent in this fine collection of relics from yesteryear.

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Mickie Collins, Ex MT Control Clerk. at North Luffenham sent in these 5

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Ron Mills
sent in this collection, which needs space of it's own.

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Click on the picture to view his album.

The 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.

Joe Snook

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I 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.

Cliff  Lowe

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John Walker dug up these two taken at Bridgenorth, Weeton & Hack Green

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The 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 searching.

This 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.

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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.

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Ian/Bill , Came across your site today which I think is excellent even though I'm only an ex aircraft "Techy".

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 Wyton. Can't remember the drivers name but he lived opposite me in Devon Road AMQ's.

Hope you can use it, good luck.


Michael Slorance

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