Royal Air Force
Administrative Apprentices Association

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Entry Scrapbooks

304th Entry

The THREE HUNDRED AND FOURTH Entry was attested on 9 September 1965. Training in the trades of Clerk Secretarial and Supplier was undertaken at RAF Hereford and Nursing Attendant at RAF Halton: The Entry passed out on 1 August 1966.

594847 – BOWEN M D MALCOLM

594848 – BRETT H M HAROLD

594849 – BURROWS M J MICHAEL

594850 – BURTON T TREVOR

594851 – BUSH J JAMES

594852 – BUTCHER B P BRIAN

594853 – BUTLAND R W ROBIN

594854 – CHAPMAN I D IAN

594855 – CUMNER-PRICE G GEOFFREY

594856 – DANIEL F R D FELIX

594857 – EVANS K D KEITH

594858 – FLEMMING R RICHARD

594859 – FOX R D ROBERT

594860 – JACKSON M W MICHAEL

594861 – JEFFRIES R A BOB

594862 – JONES M B MICHAEL

594863 – KEENE P T PHILIP

594864 – KENDALL T TOM

594865 – KYNASTON T M TREVOR

594866 – LAWS K KEITH

594867 – LINGE G W GEOFFREY

594868 – MacGREGOR D C DONALD

594869 – MANN M MICHAEL

594870 – MILLS K B KARL

594871 – NEWSHAM G R GEORGE

594872 – PURDY T A THOMAS

594873 – QUINCEY N J NIGEL

594874 – ROBINSON J C JOHN

594875 – SPILLER G J GLYN

594876 – THOMAS B B BARRY

594877 – WALMSLEY R A G RONALD

594878 – WHITE B F BARRY

594879 – WIDDESON D A DARREL

594880 – WILSON S STEPHEN

594881 – AINSWORTH D A DAVID

594882 – ALLCOCK M W MICHAEL

594883 – ANGUS N M NEIL

594884 – BARNES J W JAMES

594885 – BEST A R ANDREW

594886 – BLAIR J R JEFFREY

594887 – BRITTAIN J R JOHN

594888 – BURNETT J M JOHN

594889 – BURROWS P J PETER

594890 – COOMBE D P DENNIS

594891 – COURT P H PHILIP

594892 – DAVEY R W ROGER

594893 – COWAN J W JEFFREY

594894 – DAY S S STEVEN

594895 – DUFTON L M LESLIE

594896 – DUNSTONE B R BRIAN

594897 – GARDNER K KEITH

594898 – HARRISON I IAN

594899 – HIGHAM P PETER

594900 – HOOPER M A MICHAEL

594901 – KIRK A R ALAN

594902 – VAUGHAN J JOHN

594903 – HUBBLE D K G DAVID

594904 – HUDSON M E MICHAEL

594905 – HULL H T R HENRY

594906 – JAMES A ALAN

594907 – JOHNSON A P ADRIAN

594908 – KENDELL M RJ MICHAEL

594909 – KEOGH J C JAMES

594910 – KIRK A ALAN

594911 – IRWIN M J MICHAEL

594912 – KNOWLES N NIGEL

594913 – LADDS B BARRY

594914 – LOW W R WILLIAM

594915 – MANGHAN R W RAYMOND

594916 – LOWE S STEPHEN

594917 – MARLOW W WILLIAM

594918 – MASON T R TREVOR

594919 – MATHIE S STEWART

594920 – McCULLOUGH G GRAHAM

594921 – McGILLIGAN M MORRIS

594921 – McGILLIGAN M MORRIS

594922 – MELLER K J KEITH

594923 – MORRIS G GWYN

594925 – NORTH G R GREGORY

594926 – PARDO P J PHILIP

594927 – PHELPS P J A PETER

594928 – MORRIS J B JOHN

594929 – PHILLIPS A ANTHONY

594930 – PICK K KENNETH

594931 – PRESS F J FRANCIS

594932 – PROCTOR A ANTHONY

594933 – QUICK K F KENNETH

594934 – ROBERTS M J MICHAEL

594935 – RAYNER P G PAUL

594936 – SATHERLEY J JOHN

594937 – SEYMOUR I R IAN

594938 – SHENTON R L ROBERT

594939 – SHEPHARD B W BRIAN

594940 – STUART D DENIS

594916 – LOWE S STEPHEN

594917 – MARLOW W WILLIAM

594918 – MASON T R TREVOR

594919 – MATHIE S STEWART

594920 – McCULLOUGH G GRAHAM

594921 – McGILLIGAN M MORRIS

594922 – MELLER K J KEITH

594923 – MORRIS G GWYN

594924 – NEWTON G F GEOFFREY

594925 – NORTH G R GREGORY

594926 – PARDO P J PHILIP

594927 – PHELPS P J A PETER

594928 – MORRIS J B JOHN

594929 – PHILLIPS A ANTHONY

594930 – PICK K KENNETH

594931 – PRESS F J FRANCIS

594932 – PROCTOR A ANTHONY

594933 – QUICK K F KENNETH

594934 – ROBERTS M J MICHAEL

594935 – RAYNER P G PAUL

594936 – SATHERLEY J JOHN

594937 – SEYMOUR I R IAN

594938 – SHENTON R L ROBERT

594939 – SHEPHARD B W BRIAN

594940 – STUART D DENIS

594941 – SOPER A G ANTHONY

594942 – SMYTH S SEAN

594943 – STEWART A G ARTHUR

594944 – WOERNER J R JOHN

594945 – SUTHERLAND D DAVID

594946 – SUTTIE A D ANDREW

594947 – TAYLOR J JOHN

594948 – TOMPKINS K W KEITH

594949 – TOYE R J ROYSTON

594950 – TURNER J C JOSEPH

594951 – WEETMAN E ERIC

594952 – WHITELAM P K PATRICK

594953 – WILLIAMS N E NEIL

594954 – WILMOT D DEREK

594955 – McGLADE A ALAN

594956 – AKEHURST R H ROBERT

594957 – BALLANTYNE W T WILLIAM

594958 – BAXTER D M DAVID

594959 – BEARUP E J EDWARD

594960 – BLOOMQUEST A D ANTHONY

594961 – BOYD W H WILSON

594962 – BREITHAUPT F J FRANK

594963 – BROADHURST S B J STEPHEN

594964 – BRYANT R RONALD

594965 – CALEY J C JOHN

594966 – CANN P S PHILIP

594967 – CHALMERS M MICHAEL

594968 – CHAMBERLAIN P W PAUL

594969 – CHICK P C PETER

594970 – CODY M J MICHAEL

594971 – COOK M MELVYN

594972 – COOPER D C DAVID

594973 – COULTHARD J J JOHN

594974 – COWPER R RONALD

594975 – CROCKER B C BARRY

594975 – CROCKER B C BARRY

594976 – CROMB D J DAVID

594977 – EDWARDS P F PETER

594978 – ENDICOTT J D JEREMY

594979 – FARE R M ROBERT

594980 – FERGUSON P J PETER

594981 – FIELDING M MICHAEL

594982 – FERRIER R S T ROBERT

594983 – FLANAGAN J G JOHN

594984 – FOSTER C G COLIN

594985 – FRAMPTON P W PETER

594986 – GARNHAM T B TERENCE

594987 – GEORGE S L STEPHEN

594988 – GILLINGS D J DAVID

594989 – GREENWOOD B J BRYAN

594990 – HAYES C R CHRISTOPHER

594991 – HAYNES R T ROBERT

594992 – HILL D L DAVID

594993 – HIND P PAUL

594994 – HOLLAND T TIMOTHY

594995 – HAYES (ex HECHT) R R ROBERT

594996 – HOPE C R CLIVE

594997 – HUGHES J F JOSEPH

594998 – IRVINE M S MICHAEL

594999 – JENKINS R O ROBERT

595000 – JOINT T TERENCE

595001 – JONES T G TREVOR

595002 – KILPATRICK A W ALAN

595003 – KING R M ROBERT

595004 – LARCOMBE D T DESMOND

595005 – LILLEY P PHILIP

595006 – LITTLE G D GORDON

595007 – LITTLEJOHN A M ALAN

595008 – LOARING M G MALCOLM

595009 – LUCAS B BRIAN

595010 – MANTON R J RICHARD

595011 – MASON D T DAVID

595012 – MAULE D K DAVID

595013 – MILLS (ex ABBOTT) S STEPHEN

595014 – MATTHEWS G R GEOFFREY

595015 – MILLS-DARRINGTON J JOHN

595016 – MITCHLEY M J MICHAEL

595017 – MORGAN H G HAYDN

595018 – MOSS M S MALCOLM

595019 – MURRAY T J TREVOR

595020 – MATTHEWS R ROBERT

595021 – MUSCROFT B BARRY

595022 – O’REILLY F FREDERICK

595023 – PARKINSON J B JAMES

595024 – PEARCE S J SIMON

595025 – PATRICK D T DAVID

595026 – PETERS R M ROGER

595027 – PLACE I G IAN

595028 – POTTS B BRIAN

595029 – PEARCE D G DAVID

595030 – PUGH P H PHILIP

595031 – ROWE D M DONALD

595032 – RYE J W JAMES

595033 – PEARCE M J MICHAEL

595034 – SADLER J D JEREMY

595035 – SHIEBER K J KENNETH

595036 – SHERWOOD D W DAVID

595037 – SIMMONS D L DAVID

595038 – SMITH I R G IAN

595039 – SPARKES S W STEPHEN

595040 – STAFFORD N P NIGEL

595041 – THACKER R J ROBERT

595042 – SMITH P F

595043 – TIPPER D C DARRELL

595044 – TURNER A P ALAN

595045 – WALKER W WILLIAM

595046 – WARWICK-MOORE A ALAN

595047 – WELLSTEAD F M FRANK

595048 – WHIKE D E DAVID

595049 – WHITE J S JOHN

595050 – WILLIAMS I P J IAN

595051 – WOODYATT I IAN

595052 – YOUNG J D JOHN

595053 – CARTER E ERROL

595054 – SWORN R R ROBIN

594924 – NEWTON G F GEOFFREY


Above: The Gallery Of Images Copied From Old Website

 

Above: Gallery Of Images Taken Under Training At Hereford – Provided By Steven Day

 

 

Gallery Of Images Taken At The Entry’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations 2016

 

 

50th Anniversary Reunion August 2016 – A Report By Dave Ainsworth

IMG_1415In August 1966, as England was still celebrating it’s July World Cup Football victory, 72 Clerks from ‘A’ & ‘F’ Flights of No.2 Squadron joined Cooks and Suppliers at a passing-out parade on the square at RAF Hereford.  Music came from both a full-time Regional Band and from an RAF Apprentice Wing Band.  That RAF station, at the village of Credenhill 5 miles’ north west of the cathedral city of Hereford, is now home to 22 Special Air Service (SAS) Regiment.   Sadly Apprentice training ceased at RAF Hereford in 1973 with the 330th being its last entry.

 

On Saturday 13th August at upmarket Lea Marston Hotel and Spa on the outskirts of Sutton Coldfield, 32 attended a 50th Anniversary Reunion, of whom 19 were ex-Clerk Secretarial Apprentices, with 2 travelling from the States.  A further 6 sent apologies : Ben Brittain, Peter Burrows, Nigel Knowles & Greg North plus 2 Staff members in Flight Commander David Evans and Trade Instructor – then Sergeant Peter Harris, who’d hoped to attend but for a late family illness.  It was the first time an attempt had been made to stage such a Reunion for 304th Entry Clerks.  This idea stemmed from Sid Day who’d started the proverbial ball rolling in 2015, before handing the baton to Mike Hudson – who from his abode in far-away Brechin took on the Organiser’s task.  Publicity was generated by ads placed with Forces Reunited, RAF News, RAF Administrative Apprentices Website, RAF Administrative Apprentices Newsletter, Airmail Magazine, Saga Magazine and mentions in Midlands’ local newspapers & radio stations so covering the area chosen for our function.  The area couldn’t have been more central for allcomers, and was selected after an Organiser’s on-site inspection.

 

The weekend reunion spirit was ignited early as some checked-in ahead of Saturday night’s function, so yarns and tales of past days could be eagerly recalled during the day.  The function commenced with a drinks reception in a private room before dinner.  Organiser Mike Hudson doubled-up as toastmaster and gave a short speech of welcome, after which grace was said and a quality meal enjoyed.   Following our meal tributes were paid to 2 Staff members who are sadly no longer with us.  Then Flight Lieutenant Education Officer Mike Shannon had sent us a message only weeks before he passed-on earlier this year. Mike had an affinity with the 304th as, like ourselves, Hereford was his first posting and we were the first entry he was assigned to.  Legendary genial Northern Irish General Duties Sgt Jack Murray MBE was fondly remembered and a message from his son Jack Jnr. was read out.  Jack’s sister was the late Ruby Murray, who’s best known 1955 No.1 hit “Softly Softly” was mentioned, prompting some to start singing it!   ‘A’ Flight Instructor Peter Harris MBE was equally fondly recalled and his mightly impressive Service record read out – and what interesting listening it made!   During speeches Sid Day proposed a vote of thanks to Organiser Mike Hudson, and the volume of appreciative applause said it all!   Our dinner ended with Mike Hudson proposing a meaningful toast to “Absent Friends”.

 

Cameras came out again as many photographs were taken, adding to those taken at the tables.  We had our room booked until midnight and much time was spent as attenders caught up with one-and-other.  Many hadn’t seen fellow guests for 50 years, so – like all long term reunions – some needed prompting as to who people actually were?  But, hey, nobody minded when asked, “Who are you?”.  Then were just glad to be asked…which is the spirit of such functions.   When a “last orders” bell rang at midnight, another bar was at our disposal until 2am.  Come the morning as attenders surfaced for late breakfasts, our reunion spirit was just as much in evidence around the tables, as final goodbyes were said before the 304th dispersed – most to homes and some on further trips around the UK.

 

Picture caption (left-to-right) : Jim Barnes, Andrew Suttie, Kevin Whitelam, Ian Seymour, Dave Ainsworth, Roger Davey, John Burnett, Mike Hudson, Jeff Blair, Brian Dunstone, Sid Day, Mick Allcock, Graham McCulloch, Tony Proctor, Neil Angus, Neil Williams, Tony Soper, Seon Smyth & John Satherley.

Website Manager Note:

The link below was provided by Steve Day will take you to a  collection of photographs that were taken during the 50th Anniversary of passing out of Apprentice Training event and supports the above published article submitted by Dave Ainsworth. The photographs were mostly taken by Patrick Whitelam, with contributions from various members of the entry (or their better halfs). I have created a visible gallery of this collection which is shown above.

https://goo.gl/photos/2zBvV67a37yqTksf7

304th Entry – RAF Hereford Under Training Images  Provided By Steve Day

The link below will take you to a collection of photographs that were taken during the entry’s time in Apprentice training from 9 Sep 65 to 12 Aug 66 and were shared at the 50th Anniversary event on 13 August 2016.

Website Manager Comment:

A number of the photos in this gallery are new and have not been published on our website before. I have created a visible gallery from the link below which is now at the top of your page, below the gallery created from the previous website. No apologies for any duplicates!

https://goo.gl/photos/iVVG6RMR5mG4JmNT9

 

 

Have You Any Photographs Or Other Memories Of the 304th Entry RAF Administrative Apprentices? If So You Can E-Mail Them To:
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