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 Entry Representative: Geof Duggleby

 This Web Page has been raised by the Webmaster.  The Entry List was initially based upon data held in the RAF Cranwell Association Database but then checked against the history of the Entry, "8M3 Then and Now"

The 8M3 (50th) Entry of Cranwell Apprentices are probably the best documented Entry ever, thanks to the work by John Smailes, together with his "collector of photographs" Gordon Homer, and Entry Members who put together a history of the Entry entitled "8M3 Then and Now".   The book has a Foreword by Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Keith Williamson GCB, AFC, FRAeS, himself a member of the 8M3 (50th) Entry.   A copy of the "Foreword" is repeated below.   

 

Foreword to
"8M3 Then and Now"
by
  Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Keith Williamson GCB, AFC, FRAeS

"Take a bunch of young adolescent boys, put them in uniform and subject them to military discipline while training them in the somewhat esoteric science of radio/radar; get them to commit themselves for service for twelve years after their eighteenth birthday and then make sure that the place where you train them is as far away from civilisation as is possible in these small islands - You now have the perfect recipe for the Aircraft Apprentice Wing at No 1 Radio School at Cranwell in the nineteen forties.

When we arrived at Cranwell in the closing stages of the last war to join the Wing, I think I and my contemporaries on 8M3 Entry were aware that they were momentous times for the Country, but I, for one, had no understanding of just how important our time at Cranwell would be for each one of us personally.   For we were about to start three years of tough, challenging and character-building training at that very sensitive time of our lives as we emerged from boyhood into manhood.   By the time we left Cranwell at the end of those three years, we were more mature and resilient and as a consequence, well able to face the future, wherever it was destined to take us.   For that, we have reason to be grateful to Cranwell and to Lord Trenchard's Aircraft Apprentice Scheme.

Looking back at those events of fifty years or so ago, my main memories are centered, not on the technical training or even on the unfamiliar rigours of Service Life, but on the friendships formed during those three years, many of which have prevailed until this day.   It is the memories of the people with whom we served, and of the comradeship that was part and parcel of life at Cranwell at that time, that John Smailes has evoked in this Scrap-book, and we should be grateful to him for reminding us so graphically of a very important time in our lives."

 

John Smailes kindly sent me a CD with pictures of all the pages within the book "8M3 Then and Now", and some 500, repeat 500 photographs of the Entry taken during their time at Cranwell and thereafter.   This webpage has drawn heavily on this material.

In February 1945,  61 young hopefuls arrived at RAF Cranwell as the 8M3 (50th) Entry to train as Air or Ground Radio Fitters.   During their training they gained 10 from Senior Entries,  6 ceased training, while 10 of their number were re-classed to later Entries, leaving 55 to pass out in March 1948.

The Entry List below is presented in alphabetical order:

NUMBER

SURNAME

INITS

KNOWN AS

REMARKS

582324

Baggaley

G

Geoff

Deceased Association Member (14th Mar 1997)

582225

Bissett

S D

Stan

 

582220

Boden

D E G

David, AKA "Taff"

Association Member.

582023

Bracchi

E

Ernie

Joined with 49th Entry.  Deceased Lapsed Association Member (Aug 1998)

 582294

Canning

D

Don

FT'd to 51st Entry.   Association Member

582223

Cawthorn

L

Lewis

 

582218

Cawthorne

R

Ron

Discharged

582337

Chapman

F N

Frank

Association Member

582333

Clarke

S E

Stan

Deceased 21st Nov 1961

582291

Clarke

T

Trevor

Association Member

582098

Cleaves

M C

Maurice

Joined with 49th Entry.  Deceased Association Member (4th Sep 2002)

582384

Collins

A M

Tony

Discharged.  Deceased c1984

582433

Copleston

T F

Trevor

Deceased date N/K

582274

Copping

G

Gerry

Deceased Feb 1951

582367

Costello

K T

Ken

FT'd to 51st Entry

582442

Cousins

C W

 

 

579981

Dalziel

H

Heath

Joined with 49th Entry

582217

DeBurgh

M

Mike

 

582222

Drayton

V

Vic

 

582387

Duggleby

G

Geof

Association Member

582254

Farrell

F L

Frank

Deceased 12th Jul 1951

582285

Hampson

P H F

Pat

 

582391

Hartley

H

Harry, AKA "Ginger"

FT'd to 51st Entry.   Deceased Association Member (20th Jan 1994)

582135

Heathershaw

D F

Duncan

Joined with 49th Entry.   Association Member

582106

Holcroft

G R

Gordon, AKA "Joe"

Joined with 49th Entry.  Deceased 12th Mar 1991

582311

Homer

G E

Gordon

Deceased Association Member (12th Nov 1999)

579989

Hutchings

R T

Reg, AKA "Hutch"

Joined with 49th Entry.   Association Member

582293

Joass

W

Bill

Deceased 1979

582282

Jolliffe

P I

Peter

FT'd to 51st Entry.

582233

Jones

R D

David

Deceased Jun 1951

582227

Knowles

D

Derek

Deceased post 1973

582296

Leheup

M D

Mallcolm

Association Member

582340

Lomas

G N

Geoff

FT'd to 51st Entry.   Deceased 1960

579990

Marshall

J F

Sid

Joined with 49th Entry

582343

Morris

T W

Tom

 

582355

Murphy

J N

John

Association Member

582329

Nash

D R

Derek, AKA "Peter"

 

582279

Nevin

S K

Sam

FT'd to 51st Entry, then Medical Discharge 12 Feb 48. Deceased 15th Sep 1999.

582354

Nicholson

J G

Jack

 

582438

Noble

E

Eric

 

582286

Norman

E A

Ted

Deceased 1970

582362

North

T W T

Tom

Deceased 19th Jan 1993

582341

Osborne

P R P

Peter

 

582253

Palmer

R A S

Rod

FT'd to 51st Entry then given Compassionate Discharge

582312

Parsons

T W L

Tim, AKA "Lofty"

FT'd to 51st Entry.   Association Member

582342

Peace

B W

Brian, AKA "Charlie"

 

582323

Peacock

G

Geoff

Deceased date N/K 

582058

Persighetti

F G

Frank

Joined with 49th Entry.   Discharged.   Association Member

582315

Phillips

T F

Tom

FT'd to 51st Entry.   Discharged.   Association Member

582385

Pike

D W

Derek

 

579961

Poore

N G

Norrie

Joined with 49th Entry.   Died Mar 2002.

582292

Rankine

G S

George

Deceased date N/K 

582265

Ross

R

Ron, AKA "Jock"

Discharged.   Association Member

582346

Sancto

R C

Roger

 

579985

Savage

J N

Jim

 

582263

Sheppard

R I

Reece

Deceased late 1970's

582348

Silk

H G

Kerry

Deceased 31st May 2003

582278

Simpson

W M

Slim, AKA "Bill, Wilfred"

 

582303

Skelton

S S

Stan

 

582317

Smailes

J R

John

Medical Discharge January 1948.   Association Member.

582226

Southon

V A

Vic

Association Member

582304

Taylor

E S

Eric

Association Member

582256

Thearle

P H

Peter

Medical Discharge 1947.

582236

Thompson

G

Titch, AKA "Peter"

 

582234

Thomson

P N

Pete

Deceased Lapsed Association Member (6th Jan 2007)

582386

Trickey

J M

John

Deceased date N/K 

582242

Waller

H A

Hugh, AKA "Titch"

Association Member

582261

Webber

L H E

Les

FT'd to 51st Entry

582359

Whitaker

R

Roy

Deceased 12th Jul 1951

582252

Williamson

K

Keith

 

582094

Wilson

E

Tug, AKA "Willie"

Joined with 49th Entry.   Deceased Association Member (11th Dec 1992)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

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