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

 

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I don't know when this photo was taken... anybody got an idea?                                                                            

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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:

ACKERLEY, WV
ALLEN, SF
BACON, RJ
BIDDLE, MJ
BILLS, CWT
BOOTS, G
BOYES, AJ
BROWN, IG
BROWSE, TM
CORKISH, A
DAWES, TF
DICK, RH
GERRARD, RA
GLEW, JB
GLITZ, PD
GRANTHAM, N
GRIFFITHS, SM
HARKER, DWJ
HOLGATE, CM
HOLLAND, JM
JOHNSTONE, JD
KING, GG
KIRK, RC
KNIGHT, DP
LANE, GC
MANTON, SP
McARTHUR, RP
McELHINNEY, NCM
MOLE, WN
NICOL, B
PERCIVAL, RS
POLLEY, R
ROBERTS, BA
ROBINSON, LS
SALISBURY, MA
SANDERS, K
SARGENT, ID
SEVIOUR, SJ
SHEPPARD, AM
SMITH, AL
SOLOMON, AG
SPARKS, TC
SPEIGHT, B
STARKEY, GT
STEEN, G
STONER, CM
STRATHEARN, PJ
STREET, MP
THOMAS, GH
TORKINGTON, LD
WARREN, PL
WILLIAMS, C
WYTON, MF
YOUNG, NJ

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:

CORION, MG
REYNOLDS, SR

But then the following names that are on the first list are missing:

DICK, RH
GERRARD, RA
STEEN, G
WARREN, PL

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:

ADCOCK, HA
BARNETT, E
BARROWS, BE
BEALL, ST
BONNER, MJ
BOONE, LJ
BURTON, B
CLARK, NT
CLARKE, H
CODLING, MW
COX, RN
CRAWFORD, DN
DODD, FS
DOWD, CP
DOWRICK, TC
EYMUR, GN
FARRINGTON, JC
FERGUSON, J
GRAY, A
HAWKINS, PJ
HOWIE, JD
HUGGINS, C
HURN, P
KAYE, GW
KNOWLES, S
MURPHY, CJ
OGBURN, WD
ORLOWSKY, AD
PEASE, CT
PEMBERTON, WO
RAMSAYER, FM
RAY, MG
ROGERS, ME
RUFFELL, J
SAMPSON, DR
SENTANCE, KJ
SHORE, JC
STACEY JC
SWADLING, RG
TISCHLER, L
WATERS, PJ
WRIGHT, CA

 

 

 

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