30th 7J7/7M7

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 Entry Representative: Bill Wilkinson

 This Web Page has been raised by the Webmaster, initially based upon data held in the RAF Cranwell Association Database, then subsequently updated based upon advice from the Entry Representative.

 

In September 1934,  50 young hopefuls arrived at RAF Cranwell, initially known as the 7J Entry, and formed 2 Classes (7J1 and 7J2) to train as Wireless Operator Mechanics and one Class (7J9) to train as Instrument Makers.   Subsequently under a revised Entry Numbering System they were known as the 7M7 Entry (WOMs) and 7J7 Entry (IM).   During their training they gained 1 from Senior Entries,  2 were discharged, while 1 of their number was re-classed to a later Entry, leaving 48 to pass out in July 1937.

Bill Wilkinson advises me that: "We were the last of the small entries before the expansion.   Reasonably good at all sports we were less evidently distinguished in our professional studies as revealed at our graduation.  No cadetships were awarded and there was only one LAC (Humphrey from an earlier entry).  The rest of us made AC1 or AC2.  

We all hankered after becoming pilots and this meant that we had to qualify to LAC under our own arrangements after we left Cranwell.  To achieve this we had to sit a paper and then to spend a week at West Drayton undergoing practical tests and a few of us did this.   Unfortunately having qualified as LAC we became eligible for posting to the Fleet Air Arm, as some of us were to our chagrin.  Although some of us had been recommended for pilot training, the RN would not release us to return to the RAF and when we did eventually get back during the war we were told to "go away because it was easy to get pilots but there was a great shortage of WOMs".  So we never fulfilled our ambition apart from John Vanstone who later received pilot training under a short lived scheme whereby some selected Engineer Engineer officers were so selected.

The Entry List below is presented in alphabetical order:

  7M7's

NUMBER

SURNAME

INITS

KNOWN AS

REMARKS

567235

Allan

J

James, AKA "Titch"

 

567066

Armstrong

L

Laurence

Deceased (Missing) 15th Nov 1942

567017

Armstrong

W

Walter

 

567166

Barnes

P C

Peter

Deceased 1948.

567046

Boon

E J

Ernest

Association Member

567107

Booth

J R P B

James

Deceased date N/K

567015

Breeze

R D

Robert

 

566989

Brickwood

R

Ron

Deceased Association Member (7th Dec 2001).

567058

Cordes

J A

John

 

567009

Davies

J E

John

 

566975

Dodds

W

Whitfield

 

567083

Edwards

C

Clifford

 

566973

Fazey

F

Frank

Association Member

566987

Graham

G A

George

Deceased Association Member. (29th Aug 2006)

567057

Haire

O

Oscar

Deceased 12th Apr 1940 while flyng with 77 Sqn.

566995

Hill

H

Harry

 

567059

Hind

J

John

 

567001

Holliday

J W

Joseph

 

566986

Humphrey

R

Robert

Joined with 29th Entry.

567242

Hunter-Rowe

D H

 

 

567108

Kennedy

D C

David

 

566983

Knight

V B J

Victor

Deceased date N/K.

567002

Lawes

W F

Walter

Deceased.   Shot down serving with 13 Sqn on 16th May 1940 aged 21.  Is buried in a joint grave with Pilot Officer T.H. Borg-Banks in the N.W. part of Vieux-Conde Communal Cemetery, France.

567078

Leddra

E

Edwin, AKA "Pompey"

Deceased date N/K.

566969

Lewis

R

Ralph, AKA "Taff"

Deceased date N/K.

566979

MacDonald

A

Angus

Deceased with 39 Sqn on 12th Jun 1943.  Buried at Kanchanaburi.

566988

May

A

Alan

Deceased 13th Dec 2001.

567038

Mitchell

R J

Robert

 

567076

Moreman

T K

Trevor

Deceased date N/K.

566970

Parker

K

 

Not recognised by Entry Rep and Entry Members as having served with them.   Under Investigation.

566991

Ridd

G B

George

 

567073

Rowbotham

PV

Paul

Deceased 1st Aug 1997.

566984

Scott

N A

Norman

Deceased 11th Apr 1939.

567149

Smith

C E H

Clarence

 

567007

Smitheman

G O

Oliver

Deceased Lapsed Association Member. (24th Mar 1996)

567039

Spells

H

Harry

 

567062

Thompson

A N

Alfred

 

567090

Trelford

A

Aston

Discharged.

567080

Vanstone

D J

John, AKA "Slim"

Association Member.

567189

Wilkinson

W

Bill

Association Member.

7J7's

NUMBER

SURNAME

INITS

KNOWN AS

REMARKS

567239

Allen

P

Patrick

 

567086

Cameron

L A

Leonard

 

566964

Campbell

A

Allan

Deceased date N/K.

567237

Campbell

J F

Jock

 

566962

Chapman

C

Charlie

 

567008

Curtis

A

 

Medical Discharge.

567317

Richards

C I

 

FT'd to 31st Entry.

566976

Ware

S E

Titch

 

567026

Wilson

G

George

Deceased 14th Jun 1945.

567082

Wood

L A

Lewis

 

567238

Wynne

R

Ronald

 

 

ENTRY REUNIONS

In the 1990's the 7M7/7J7's combined with the Halton 30th Entry for some 3 or 4 Reunions at the George Hotel in Solihull.   Regrettably due to the problems in contacting Entry members, only 9 Cranwellians and their wives attended.

 

ENTRY PHOTOGRAPHS

The following photographs were provided by Bill Wilkinson.
Click on any image to see an enlarged version.

 

 

 

 

 

The 7J, subsequently renamed the 7M7 / 7J7 (30th) Entry

 

 

30 Entry 7JversA.JPG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class 7J1 - Wireless Operator Mechanics - Became 7M7A

 

 

30 Class 7J1versA.JPG

 

 

Back Row: Lewis, Smith, Brickwood, Vanstone, Wilkinson, Edwards, Davies, Humphrey, Breeze and Dodds
Front Row: Leddra, Rowbotham, Moreman, Scott, Macdonald, Armstrong (017), Boon, Ridd and Lawes

 

 

 

 

 

Class 7J2 - Wireless Operator Mechanics - Became 7M7B

 

 

30 Class 7J2versA.JPG

 

 

Back Row: Trelford, Mitchell, Spells, Smitheman, Thompson, Allan, Haire, Armstrong (066), Hunter-Rowe, and Hill.
Front Row: Cordes, Kennedy, Holliday, May, Booth, Hind, Fazey, Graham, and Barnes.
Not on Parade: Knight.

 

 

 

 

 

Class 7J9  - Instrument Makers - Became 7J7

 

 

30 Class 7J9versA.JPG

 

 

Back Row: Allen, Wood, Campbell A, and Campbell J
Front Row: Cameron, Wilson, Chapman, Ware and Wynne
Not on Parade: Curtis (CT'd) and Richards (FT'd 31st)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

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