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Another station not mentioned so far.  I remember being taken on to the Hoe by my Gran to watch the last Sunderland leave in the 50s.

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That was the best place to view Mountbatten from Laurie, way across the water. I did 4 tours there and it never got any better. A lot of history though. Was supposed to have been one of the first Royal Air Force stations, having been opened only 18 days after the formation of the RAF. It was a busy place during WW2 as well. Lawrence of Arabia was stationed there as Aircraftsman T.E. Shaw.

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Do agree!!

NOSTALGIA.   Whilst i/c RAF SAR worldwide, I got out with our 2 boys on one of those at 40kts or so from Plymouth. Still have it on film.

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Hello there Tim,

I don't suppose you have put the film on the internet have you. It would be very interesting to see it. I have some super 8 silent stuff transferred to DVD I took on HMAFV Sunderland off Gibraltar but nothing moving taken from RTTL's.
Although Mountbatten was our 'spiritual home' as it were it didn't do anything for me. I much preferred the life on the small units. I expect it would seem silly to 'Real' air force types to say that it was too large as it was really quite a small camp as camps go wasn't it. Also to non Marine Craft types into water sports it must have been a great posting.

All the best,

Steve.

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Sadly, no. But we were certainly travelling twice as fast as yours!!

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I had a great but very short stay at Mountbatten. I was posted there from Gib 1964. I did the Marine W/Ops Course then moved onto the boats. Although the RTTLs were great boats to be on, I preferred the Pinnace, the work boat. Unfortunately the RAF decided I needed a sun tan, so in Apr of 1962 I was posted to Aden, but managed to get on the Marine Section there so it wasn't all bad. One thing I do remember of Mountbatten was when out on the booze in Plymouth, phoning the duty crew and getting the MT to pick you up at the Barbican.

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Hello there Crossers...

I was in Gib the same time as you, i was just coming to the end of my tour tho as you arrived..

Got to disagree with you tho on Batten, i loved the place, best situated camp in the RAF, apart from overseas of course.

Have you been back to Batten since the locals got their hands on the place? your hard pressed to find any indication that we were there at all..

Have you had a look at the BPMT forum ?

All the best

Soupie

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Hi there Soupie,

Are you the ex deckhand that was also in Gan 71?

What is the BPMT Forum?

Steve.

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Hi Steve,

sorry, no, i was never fortunate to get to Gan. mind you, i heard so many stories about the place i could convince people i was there the same time as them lol... Willie Whittaker believed me!!

its the BMPT (British Marine Powerboat Trust)

Forum

some good stuff on there, would you believe some guy has got 2748 back afloat, with white hull and numbers on it..  and is getting ready to run her round the Plymouth area i think!!!

Soupie


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That must have been a good job to convince Willie, he did 4 tours on Gan. I was with him on the 71 tour. He now spends a third of his time on his farm on the Cork/Kerry border in Ireland. A third living on his orchard in the south of France and the final third in Goa in India. Tough life init.

I am in touch with him via the internet and convinced him to come to the Marine Craft reunion in 2006. We also met up with other fitters like Chuck Jones, Johnny Perrow, Steve Merrett and Barry Leech. Many 'Fishheads' were there also and it was great to meet up with them all once again.

It was interesting to talk to some of the lads that stayed on the boats with the Civvy firm that took them over. Did you know Steve McKay? He is still on them and is now a captain on one of the boats.

All the best for now,

Steve.

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