reunion is once again at the Spa Hotel Middleton St.
George. (Teesside Airport) from Friday 18th
May 2018 & Saturday 19th May 2018.
333 353 or alternatively the St. George Hotel
is just around the corner
By John Bennet
click above to read
Squadron 50 Years On
1964 TO 1970
Myself and Nick Dandecker
Welcome to a nostalgic
look back at the RAF Regiment during my time with them 1964 to 1970. The
site is a compilation of photographs and old documents bundled together
with some recollections of the time from some other old “Rocks”. I hope
you will enjoy visiting the site.
I joined the RAF in
1965 enduring my square bashing at RAF Swiderby Links, before heading
off up the A1 to RAF Catterick for Trade Training, another eight weeks or so
later I was then bound off to RAF St. Athen to do a driving course, that
took another eight weeks. Driving course completed and an ‘A’ class
driving certificate to show for it, not a lowly ‘B’ class one obtained
on station, Wow! With chest feathers puffed out, off we went on our first
Squadron posting to RAAF Butterworth in Malaysia to No. 1 Light
Anti-Aircraft Squadron RAF Regiment. This posting lasted for thirteen
months until the confrontation between Malaysia and Indonesia ended.
With 1 Sqn receiving orders to repatriate back to the UK soon after.
Those of us with about half their tour of duty or more still to do, were
exchanged with personnel from 15, 26 & 63 Squadrons in Singapore. I
found myself on 15 Field Squadron at RAF Seletar, Singapore. In March
1968 I returned to number 51 Field Squadron at Catterick in the UK, then
shortly after, the Squadron moved to RAF Wittering when the Harrier came
I have to say all
three Squadrons I served on I enjoyed immensely. The majority of the
guys in all cases were a bunch of great blokes. I am really pleased that
over the last few years with the onslaught of the internet, I have been
able to catch up with a lot of them and we meet up a couple of times a
year. I don’t think there is a closer knit community than what I call
the “Brotherhood of Rockapes”
Here are details of
Alan Delo's Funeral as promised.
Alan's funeral is to be held on Thursday 26th of July
2018 at 12:15 Hrs at Canley Crematorium, Cannon Hill Road, Coventry, CV4
7BX. Then afterwards at 14:00 Hrs at Broadstreet Rugby Club, Binley Woods,
No flowers by family request. Donations please to the
RAF Regiment Association.
It has been requested that those Regiment members
attending please wear your Blazer and Tie, those that have them.
Bofor L70 as was deployed at RAAF
Butterworth until 1966.
Entrance to Butterworth about 2002
Do you remember that bloody
monkey near the NAAFI? his name was Machete and had a cage between the
block's and the NAAFI. When he was let out he was hooked up to a line
running between the monsoon drain and the NAAFI, if you went for a beer
at night and nobody told you he was out, which of course no one did,
(the B******S), once you jumped the drain you would hear the hook up the
line start to move, and he moved bloody fast, you knew then to start
running, and you would be running that fast when you got to the door you
could not stop, you would go bursting through the NAAFI door and
course every one there knew exactly why you were running.
That first pint of Tiger went down
Site Last Updated on
60th RAAF Butterworth
For anyone that was on One
Squadron RAAF Butterworth, or other trades, there is a celebration
being arranged for June 2018. Details are a bit sketchy at the
momment. Anyone interested in attending please contact James Potter
(EX RAAF) now residing in Scotland. You can contact him at