I was one of the 54(ish) apprentices that joined the RAF as the 225th Craft Apprentice Entry (B Flight) on 4 Nov 1971
I say -ish- because depending on the different lists referred to the numbers are different! Don't ask me why though but I'll try and explain
I don't know when this photo was taken... anybody got an idea?
These photos are of the Passing In Parade held on 11 Dec 1971, 6 weeks
after we joined up.
They were taken by one of the Cpl Apprentices from a senior entry, Cpl Todd was probably his name (big chap with dark hair and a dark moustache?) [thanks to Robert Dick for jogging my memory].
Some further photos of small groups at the entrance to Gibson Block were recently supplied by Steve Allen - let me know if you can fill in or confirm the names.
225 Craft Apprentice Entry B Flight assembled at RAF Locking, Somerset on 3 Nov 1971, the following day was attestation day and for better or for worse we were 'in'. B Flight (with the yellow discs behind our cap badges) were destined to become Ground Communication Fitters (L Fitt GC - Electronic Fitter - Ground Communications) 2 years hence. Also beginning that 2 year path on the same day was our 'sister flight'. A Flight (with red discs) was a little smaller than B Flight and was destined to churn out Ground Radar Fitters (L Fitt GR).
I have a copy of a loose minute written by our flt cdr, Flt Lt Burke, dated 4 Nov 71 which advises 22 addressees of the nominal role of B Flight. The nominal role is tabulated in 5 columns: Number: Rank; Name and Initials; Religion; and Date of Birth. I'll just list the names here:
Well, that's a list of 54 names which all have a ring of familiarity with me, but then I came across another list which, apart from listing 42 names from A Flight had some definite odd ones from B Flight. The extra B Flight names which don't ring any bells for me are:
But then the following names that are on the first list are missing:
Anyway, that's all a bit puzzling and after 28 years is going to remain a puzzle I'm thinking!
So, for the A Flight radar and ex-radar boys here's your names:
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