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Anyone stationed here?

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Yes. I was at Geilers, 61-65. On 3 Sqn with their Canberra B(I)8s. javs of 5 and 11 Sqns were there at the time as well as a couple of Meteors on Stn Flt.





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On my last tour, I had the opportunity to go there twice, getting some information from the Yanks on AWACS, loved the place and would have loved a posting there.

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I was there on 3 Sqdn from 1962 to end of 1964 mostly on the line - I think I was a Cpl/Tech rigger then who had to put the stripes up the other way in the reshuffle. Went to Kuantan with them in '64 on detachment. Happy days!


Peter Hindley



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Hi Peter

We must have been on 3 together. I was only an SAC rigger at that time, mostly on the line. I've got a fair amount of photos of 3 Sqn's B(I)8s on my website. You may wish to have a quick shufti at the B(I)8 Galleries, maybe even bring back some memories. Such as this one . . .



Seem to recall that the other big 'change' was that we had to become used to having a letter in front of our service number - for computer purposes, Hollerith?

Les

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Hi Les


Yes I'm pretty sure I remember you now - tallish, black curly hair? Photo brings back memories let me have your web address I'll have a look at the rest. I've got some myself somewhere - some on the pan at Geilers and some from Kuantan on detachment, I'll dig them out.


Cast your mind back to '63/'64, I used to play lead guitar in Al and the Kossacks - the "station group"


Cheers for now


Peter



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Peter

Tallish yes, back hair, yes, but not curly. Never mind, two out of three ain't bad over the years. I remember the group, seem to recall lead guitar was a slender blonde haired bloke. No? The group always seemed to play Shakin' All Over at the time.

My web site is Tribute to the EE Canberra. This takes you in by the front door. When the title page is displayed look for the "B(I)8 Gallery" on the menu on the left frame. Browse the rest if you have time, especially the Survivors pages. There's also a page of pics and memories about Kuantan (link from the main B(I)8 page).

Be pleased to receive any pics you may wish to send along. Could they be used on the site? Always on the lookout for pics from individuals as such pics seem to have more 'history' and are more interesting than the official ones.

Are you in the 3 Sqn Association? I'm organising this year's reunion here in Derby. There's a few of us from the Geilers days as well as quite a few from the WWII days and later. One of the B(I)8 pilots of our time, Jack Long, has just published a book on the history of 3 Sqn - "Three's Company".



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Hi Les


The guy you describe was  Pete Hickman who played rhythm guitar - I'm still in touch with him, he retired from the RAF as a Sqdn Ldr. I'll send you a photo of the group and some others which may interest you especially of the Geilers days but they are slides so will have to have a go at copying them.


Thanks for the website addresses - I've been on both of them for a short while and will have a good look later this week when I have a bit of spare time. They are both pretty good and I see some familiar names in the guest book.


Perhaps it might be easier if we now contact through our private e-mail addresses


I'll dig out these pictures and send them to you privately


Cheers for now


Peter



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Hi.


On the 24/10/1957, right out of T.T. I had the good fortune to be posted to Geilenkirchen.


All that time I spent in Holland, made a man out of me (nod, nod, wink, wink!).  On at least two occasions I was poured over the fence that was the border and camp boundery, or at least that is what I was told the next day.


Worked on Canberas, NF 11's and Javelins and, if my memory serves: Swft and Hunter.


Keith 



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Worked int he radio servicing flight 1954 to 57. Sabre, Swifts and Hunters.


Bill



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