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Enjoy a selection of articles submitted either by, or on behalf of, our members. If you are an ex-RAF Administrative Apprentice, have served as a member of the RAF Administrative Apprentices training staff, are related to or have served with any ex-RAF Administrative Apprentices, you are welcome to submit an article for publication. To do so click the button below:

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Articles are required to be approved by our website manager before posting and those published will be catalogued by name of the contributor and their entry number if appropriate. They can be on any subject so if you have had an interesting experience either during or after your RAF Administrative Apprentice training or later as a civilian, we would be glad to hear from you.

The Last Hurrah! – Peter Culley (29th)

  I read the March Newsletter with a heavy heart. On the one hand the Editor lamented the fact he had received only a single article, and plea ...Read More

- by Alan Bell

My Service Diary for 1955 – Grahame May (25th)

Last year I found a small pocket sized RAF diary that I had kept for the whole of 1955 and hoped it would prove illuminating, as it covered my first t ...Read More

- by Alan Bell

The Ghost of Credenhill-Peter Culley (29th)

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- by Alan Bell

Hitler and Me – A Shared Destiny – Peter Culley (29th)

Now that the nights are drawing in (and the telly is on the blink) I find myself spending much more time looking back, contemplating my life and exper ...Read More

- by Alan Bell

Music Maestro, Please – Peter Culley (29th)

A few days ago our long-serving TV set finally gave up the ghost leaving us bereft at the suddeness of it all. I accompanied it on its final journey t ...Read More

- by Alan Bell

Queen Elizabeth II Lying in State Westminster Hall – Steve Day (304th)

  The day following the announcement regarding the arrangements for the members of the public who wanted to pay their last respects to HM Quee ...Read More

- by Alan Bell

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RAFAAA Reunion 2022) – Pete Culley 29th

It has happened again! After a 2 year interregnum our sadly-depleted Band of Brothers, just like the Muslim Hajj to Mecca, and the seasonal migration ...Read More

- by Alan Bell

Finally Retired And Wrote About It – John Grimwood

I finally retired a few weeks ago after thirty nine years in the RAF and twenty years as a Military History Tour Guide. I have been writing a book for ...Read More

- by John Grimwood

60 Years Gone In A Flash – John Dyer (46th)

RAF Bircham Newton In autumn 1961 I sat the aptitude and medical tests at the dismal RAF Recruiting Office (shared with The Royal ...Read More

- by John Dyer

Sniper Of The Skies – Ben Croucher (29th)

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- by Ben Croucher

RAF Hereford Main Gates (And More) – Dave Williams (324th)

  Website Manager Note: I have made some minor changes to this narrative to comply with the needs of compiling this page. I have also inclu ...Read More

- by Dave Williams

Leadership Prospects Bircham Newton 1959

A True Story
Newly arrived sprogs were assessed for leadership qualities by the s ...Read More

- by Jeff Short

A Different Aspect Of Supply – Terry McCune 21st Entry

Posted to Salalah mid 70,s to take over as F/S Supply from Frank Phillips (ex 19th)
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- by Terry McCune

A Day In The Life Of A Personal Assistant – Roy Cleife (40th)

I graduated from AATS Bircham Newton 60 years ago as I write. Although I was proud to have been awarded the Air Ministry Secretarial Prize for my entr ...Read More

- by Roy Cleife

Before, During And After AATS Credenhill May 1954 To August 1956 – Charles (Jimmy) James

I had the distinct privilege of serving as an Apprentice at Credenhill for two years and three months. Some regrets, but some good friendships made. ...Read More

- by Charles (Jimmy) James

Memories Of Credenhill – Alastair Cameron 303rd

Some Random Recollections of Credenhill or A Memoir for Johnny Davies, who asked m ...Read More

- by Alastair Cameron


I am sure that every RAF Apprentice or Boy Entrant would agree that their training has had a profound influence on their life, career and outlook in o ...Read More

- by Grahame May

Clangers – Peter Harris (20th)

I just remembered this among the many clangers I dropped.
In April 1955 after passing out from Apprentice Training ...Read More

- by Peter Harris

Two Tales Of Fuel – Peter Follett (20th)

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- by Peter Follett

Court Martial No 2 – Dave Bulleid 24th

In 1965 I was P1A at HQ Signals Command (Formerly HQ 90 Group). As such I was charged with preparing documentation for Courts Martial convened in the ...Read More

- by Dave Bulleid

My Life And Times- Rob Weller 307th

Leaving 3S of TT, RAF Hereford and 307 Entry behind me in 1967 I was soon to begin to learn about the lack of joined up thinking that remained apparen ...Read More

- by Rob Weller

Some Hereford Recollections by Peter Hall

Here are some recollections that might generate some interest in 29th to 34th entries: [caption id="attachment_19918" align="alignright" width="274 ...Read More

- by Peter Hall

Looking Back – Thanks Dad by Grahame May (25th)

I was standing outside the brightly lit cinema foyer, on a chilly Tuesday evening in the late autumn of 1958, with the growing feeling that I was goin ...Read More

- by Grahame May

A Tale Of Anti-Freeze During The Cold War.

On pass out from Bircham Newton I was posted in January 1961 to RAF Feltwell where 77 Sqdn was operational with the Thor Missile System. My remit i ...Read More

- by Mike McCrow

The Generation Game

'It was never like that in my day' my Dad would say grumpily as we entered the Rock and Roll era in the mid 50s and then the Swinging 60s. 'Teddy boys ...Read More

- by Alan Bell

What’s In A Name? – Pat Groombridge 4th Entry

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- by Pat Groombridge

I’m Sent To Be In America – Ben Croucher 29th

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- by Ben Croucheer

A Salutary Tale Of A Cracked Ankle And A Shredded Backside by Alan Bell

I am in discussion with Mike Hamill (40th) who will be shortly submitting an article which will include mention about his time living in Wendover.&nbs ...Read More

- by Alan Bell

A Musican’s Life by Bob Blundell

My father was born on 22 April 1900, the youngest son of William Blundell and Agatha Coutts, Who were respectively, the head gardener and the children ...Read More

- by Bob Blundell

The McCullough Family History – Part 1

I enlisted into the Royal Air Force as an Administrative Apprentice at No 3 School of Technical Training on 9th September 1965.  I wen ...Read More

- by Graham McCullough

An Embarrassing Encounter

In 1961 I took advantage of a 48hour pass from Bircham to my home at R.A.F. Halton, Wendover, Bucks, where my father was an instructor. I was very ...Read More

- by Mike Hamill

A Mercedes Love Affair – Alan Bell (29th)

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- by Alan Bell

Where Is My Medal? – Peter Culley 29th

Now in my 8th decade I find it a little difficult to recall the era of my youth with any great clarity.  It was a very different world then that ...Read More

- by Peter Culley

Loop-the-loop With A Wartime Fighter Ace – Howard Thomas (301st)

Our thanks to the very ‘keen eyed’, Dave Ainsworth (304th) who spotted the following article which appeared in the ‘Peterborough’ C ...Read More

- by Howard Thomas

Some Personal Thoughts – Ron Spurs 320th

I’m sure you will agree fifty years is a long time.  6th January 1971, the swinging sixties had ended and it appears had good mus ...Read More

- by Ron Spurs

My Father’s Story Part 2 – Harry Trumbell 29th

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- by Harry Trumbell

Summer Camp Porthcawl – Grahame May (25th)

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- by Alan Bell

A Dining-In Night To Remember

When I was eventually allowed to leave Apprentice School in 1960 and let loose on the RAF proper I was posted to HQ 11 Group at RAF Martlesham Heath.& ...Read More

- by Bob Danes


SUMMER CAMP – DEVON – 1st to 15th JUNE 1962 About three or four times a year I drive across Dartmoor (I live near ...Read More

- by David Tinley

Job Interviews

The Job Interview - Grahame May (25th) ...Read More

- by Grahame May

Pay Parades

Dear Sir, The article in the September 2020 Newsletter by Alan Bell concerning Pay Parades immediately rang a bell in my mind. I well remember a ...Read More

- by Ronald A.L. Muggleton

Memories Of RAF Changi

I came across an excellent colour photograph of the airmen's swimming pool at RAF Changi that was taken from the Changi Hospital in the early 1960s. I ...Read More

- by Alan Bell

School Days And Puberty – Grahame May (25th)

On recently being "under orders" to clear some space in the loft I came across an old rolled up panoramic photo of the whole of Rosebank High School d ...Read More

- by Grahame May

The RAF Regiment – a curse or a blessing?

Shortly after coming to Canada I enlisted in the Army Reserves (RCASC), being at a loose end and becoming bored with the constant boozing and high liv ...Read More

- by Colin Mount


The team comprises members from the 38th to 41st entries and would have been taken in the 1960-61 hockey season - probably 1961. If anyone can identif ...Read More

- by Dixie Dean

An Absorbing Hobby

I retired 12 years ago and although loved the times of year when you could go walking or do gardening or were fit enough for all those projects put of ...Read More

- by David Tinley

From Charles (Jimmy James) – 24th Entry

Submitted May 2020 Website Manager Comment: Charles posted the following as a comment on a Notice but I thought it worth adding as ...Read More

- by Charles James

Halcyon Days – Grahame May 25th Entry

A few months after my medical discharge in November 1957, I joined a local medium sized company as an Accounts Clerk. I was just nineteen and thought ...Read More

- by grahame may


On Remembrance Day last year I attended the service at our local war memorial as I usually do. After the parade I went to a nearby tea room wearing "b ...Read More

- by Bob Blundell

Music – We all wanted to be Tony Blackburn

Dear Ex Apps, 1971, 16 years old, cold January day, attested and required to take a shower.  Shown to our new home in Malcolm Block first floo ...Read More



Many  years ago I read a number of paperbacks by Bruce Halpenny, which listed numerous strange happenings at many of the old existing RAF and USA ...Read More

- by grahame may

Hereford Gates

There has been some discussion on RAF Hereford Face Book Page Re the Station Gates. i have done some quick research and came up wi ...Read More

- by Bryan Hoare

50th Anniversary of 311

A Happy New Year to you “Admin” & fellow group members . If I may please, to all 311th Entry AA’s (Supp’ Gens & Clerk Secs) RAF Her ...Read More

- by Bryan Hoare on behalf of Jim Hawkins

RAF Hereford Cinema

I found a programme for July 1967, interesting to see what was playing. ...Read More

- by Bryan Hoare