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Haven't seen any mention of Leconfield although Lightnings of both 19 and 92 Sqns were based here in the 1960s.  There was a rumour at one time of a haunting of the Tower by a Flt Lt who was frequently seen floating about.  How many RAF Stations have that claim to fame?smile  My own experience of Leconfield was limited to a short detachment by road from Middleton St George to help out in the Tyre Bay during an exercise probably about 1961/62.

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Never got there myself, Gus, but here's a recent aerial view:

http://images.fotopic.net/?id=42685266&noresize=1

Seems to have been busy there on the day the photo was taken.  Lots of trucks around.

There is an RAF Sea King on the pan just to the right of the bottom 2 hangers.  Is the SAR Det still there?

Also, I think there are quite a few stations that have 'ghostly apparitions' wandering around.  At Bawdsey, we had "The White Lady" who was seen from time to time in the grounds of the Manor.  Never saw her myself.  Wasn't there a book written on all the sightings at various stations?


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Laurie

Like Wattisham, the Army have taken control of Leconfield but where Wattisham has a detachment of two Sea Kings of 22 Squadron, Leconfield has two Sea Kings from 202 Squadron.

It is rumoured that all SAR duties will be amalgamated into one unit currently run by the RAF, RN and HM Coastguard

-- Edited by Admin at 08:28, 2007-06-28

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Never served there either, but spent two weeks annual camp there with the A.T.C.
It was an air gunnery school back then in 1954, flying hunters. I had a flight in a Lincoln from there, and visited the air sea rescue launches at Bridlington. The nearby town of Beverly was a lovely place.

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Served at Leconfield on 19 squadron 1962/3 when the squadron was changing its Mk 6 Hunters for Mk 2 Lightnings. For moral and espri decour 19 was the tops. Leconfield was a great station the Station Commander was Dennis Crowley Milling one of Douglas Baders pilots on 242 sqn during the Battle of Britain and afterwards and there he was flying Lightnings.

Leconfield was my first posting with Wrafs and 19 was the popular sqn with them too. 19 sqn airmen used to take over the NAAFI bar with all the tables pushed together and a big circle of guys and girls sitting around having a great time. In comparison 92 sqn which was the official RAF aerobatic sqn at the time and were a bunch of prima dona's never got a look in with the Waffs on the station. In fact the girls offered to wash and iron our shirts. Ive never known being so popular with girls before and never came across it again for the rest of my RAF career.

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So the saying is true then Al, 'The sun shines from out of their ar$e$' what happened when you got to Wattisham? It was always cloudy theresmile.gif

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..............and cold.

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Joined 92 Sdn mid December 1965 along with others from Wattisham.

We were known as the "Wattisham lot" and soon got fed up with being reminded that (92) had cracked the flying target for the last 4 months, no wonder their aircraft showed signs of wear.

We offered to change an engine and a Chief "hovered" watching us carry out the change including runs "said you have done that before, replied yes quite a few over the last 5 years"

Spent about 10 days with them  before moving to Geilenkirchen, spent 3 years and 3 months with them. still part of the Wattisham Lot.........

Squadron Commander on Move to Geilers (Joe Gilbert) became ACM later on...........

19 Had a rough time having moved several months earlier direct to Gutersloh, we moved there late'67early '68 with an easier transfer.

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Did gunnery course after basic at st.mawgan, before going to Kinloss, for shackelton mk2 familiarisation, before joining 42 sqdn at st.eval as air sig.Remember going in to Hull to see Edmund Hockeridge in Carousel. And if memory serves me right, favourite pub in Leconfield was The Green Dragon?.

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JohnC wrote:

So the saying is true then Al, 'The sun shines from out of their ar$e$' what happened when you got to Wattisham? It was always cloudy theresmile.gif



        John,
        Not quite sure what saying you are talking about but the sun
        definitely shines for some people and it shone for me during my
        eighteen months on 19 at Leconfield Except I chose to cross
        swords with the sqn discip Sgt by leaving my boots and shoes
        at the side of my bed instead of at the bottom of the bed on
        inspection mornings after three tellings about it he got his own
        back by getting me posted to Lyneham which was my cloudy period
        In the RAF. If I had kept my nose clean and done as I was told I
        would probably have gone back to Germany with the sqn six months
        later and I definitely would have been happier with that.

        29 sqn and Wattisham came about after I filled in my three choices
        of posting towards the end of my tour in Malta, they were 29, 111
        and Wattisham. My CO called me into the office and told me I could
        not ask for a sqn, I said why not as the form asked for your choices
        of units and is not a sqn a unit. To give him his due he left the form
        as it was.

        To give the application a better chance I decided to have a word with 
        The Worthy Primo of my Buff Lodge. He happened to be the Flt Sgt
        I/C the station discip office, he said leave it with him, and thats how
        I arrived on 29 and spent the next eight years as happy as a
        sandboy although there were no Waffs this time and my dear wife
        Jenny was more than a match in the clean shirts department.

        AL.



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