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I love to see Queen Mary photos, this was one of my loads once. I was 20 when I took this from Andover to Kemble. The wings and tail-planes were taken to Colerne first, then I took the fuselage to Kemble, and then from Colerne to Kemble with the wings and tail-planes.

David Hunt

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The R.A.F. Welfare Bus Service was a project started (1946-ish) by H.Q. 205 Group, (Transport Command, to run off-duty people to off-camp relaxation areas.

The service began around 1946, with a fleet of converted Chevrolet troopers, working out of a hangar on R.A.F. Abyad. The Chevs were replaced over time with Dodge troopers – converted into ‘buses by ditching the canvas tilt and its hoops, replacing with a wooden passenger cover and replacing the benches with forward-facing individual seats. Oh, and finishing in fleet colours, royal blue below, white above.

In mid-1953 the R.A.F.W.B.S. guv’nor, Flt.Lt. A.J. Putt, (D.S.O., D.F.C.) learned of a cache of buckshee Dodge spares at R.A.F. el Firdan, and organised with 109 M.U. M.T. to collect them. I didn’t go on the trip, so sadly I only have these few pictures, which I took of the unloading, at the ‘bus service hangar.

I’ve also included;

“109 Water Bowser” – to show one use of the tilt-hoops – surrounding our garden of desert sand. A 109 M.U. Bowser is delivering “sweet water”– in our day, liquid s**t.

“Assorted RAFWBS” – included because the guy posing as driver in the Morris coach is also driving the crane in “Dodge Engine”.

"R.A.F.W.B.S. drivers, conductors and mechanics were local civilians, managed by a small R.A.F. staff, hence “posing”. He could have driven it with one eye open, but wasn’t one of ours.

“Bedford by Canal Road” – no idea which unit owned this vehicle. I just happened to be there.

“Trinder + CABS”. See below.

The bus service was strictly a P.S.I. type operation, separate from the R.A.F. and run like a private company, even to having its own books of account. The army ran a similar service – the Canal Army Bus Service (CABS for short). They were a great gang, as witness “Trinder + CABS”.

John Grant


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Bedford by Canal Road & Treaty Road junction


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Trinder + CABS


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109 Q.M. at
RAFWBS hangar


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Dodge axle


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109 Water Bowser


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Assorted RAFWBS


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109 MU 5 Ton Crane


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Dodge Engine
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109 MU 5 Ton Crane
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Dodge axle

As 109 M.U.’s M.T. section reduced during the “re-deployment” (1955-ish), the Welfare Bus Service quit its hangar, and moved into one of the M.T. section’s old workshops.

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RAF Weeton, looking towards Blackpool from the east, 1946.

I know Weeton was No 8 School of Technical Training, but cannot remember the No of the Recruit training School.

Cheers one and all.

Dave Bale 

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Can anyone identify this vehicle, Town patrol Sylt 1950's ?

Tom Padgett

Tom, The vehicle is a Tempo Matador,  see this link

Ted Angus

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