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S E R V I C E F L Y I N G
In May 1946 posted to HMS Nuthatch, RNAS Anthorn near Carlisle, Cumberland, as a Ferry Pilot, ferrying various types of aircraft around Britain. In 1946, after a temporary posting to HMS Siskin, RNAS Gosport to learn to fly Hoverfly R4B's one of the first helicopters, back to Anthorne and then on to HMS Peregrine, RNAS Ford, Sussex on 27 Aug 1947 for a twin engine course. Following this, transferred to HMS Goldcrest, RNAS Dale, West Wales on 24 Nov 1947 flying Mosquitoes of 790 Squadron. On 13 Dec 1947, the Squadron moved to HMS Seahawk, RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall.
|Dale 1947 - 790 Squadron|
Pembrokeshire, south west Wales
Standing by for Kete programme
Refuelling at Dispersal
Harry Hunt - S.P. (Senior Pilot)
Line shooting - Kerry Toms
Bill Croft & Harry Hunt
Jim Maddocks & T C Evans foreground (killed Feb '49)
Big Jim Maddocks - Mavis on the left
Baffles them all - Kerry, Bill Howley & Jim
So that's it eh?
Beech's best smile. What a set!
|BRASS MONKEY WEATHER|
Tommy tells how!
Harry makes the grade
Harry hauls in the "injured" Maisey
Robbie & Harry Hunt
Seafire - Ginger Wade, AME Glyde lines up the tail wheel
Val & Jim ready to go
"We three" - Viv, Harry, Buck
|790 Sqdn - 1947 - 48|
|WORK OR PLAY|
Lofty makes 4 Spades - Joe Hunt (barely visible), Lofty Rouse, P.O. Barker, Ken Wharmby & Maisey
Rogues Gallery - Tubby Read, Wreford, Buck & Jim
"Bill Howley Eric Manuel (R) Hill (J) Glyde
Taff Stone Jim
Toms Willis - - - (J) Crane"
Allan Burness - Ketch
4 No Trumps perhaps? - Joe, Thornton, Lofty, Paddy resting
|HELSTON FURRY DANCE 1949!|
(just a couple of photographs)
P.C. Robbie (pickled) - Polly Parrott & his wife!
VAL and JIM around this time
|by now 790 Sqdn had transferred to Culdrose|
790 Squadron and Mosquito, Culdrose 1947
(Names added to enlargement)
|Preparing at Lee-on-Solent for Carrier Service with 813 Sqdn, flying Blackburn Firebrands|
The Range - 813 Squadron
Water landing wheels down - aftermath
(seaplane - type not known)
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C A R R I E R F L Y I N G
On 11 Jul 1949 posted to fleet carrier HMS Implacable flying Firebrands V's with 813 Squadron. Off Norway with the Home Fleet in September 1949, and later, after Christmas leave, she sailed to the Mediterranean. After further leave, posted to 767 Squadron at RNAS’s Henstridge and Yeovilton, Somerset where he did nothing but take-off and land on a dummy flight-deck at Henstridge while 'batsmen' learnt their trade. Known as 'clockwork mice', once the course was completed, they had to do the same thing for real - on any aircraft carrier that was available.
|HMS Implacable - 813 Squadron|
Our ship - HMS Implacable
Lt Arthur Smith, "BATS" - Gaylord Arthur
|OFF TO INVER "G" - Invergordon|
Firebrand landing on
Passing mail and bread
(HMS St Kitts, Battle-class destroyer)
|HIGHLAND GAMES INVERNESS|
Massed bands - a hundred pipers an a' and a'
ON THE WAY HOME - November 1949
Off S Ireland in a gale
Mount Bay, Cornwall, 1949