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RAF AIRCRAFT APPRENTICES
0M1 / 55th Entry

No.1 Radio School RAF Cranwell
1947 - 1949

Entry Representative: Cliff Blake

 

 0M1 / 55th at Cranwell

The Entry started with 91 original members, then gained 10 for further training from earlier Entries, giving an overall figure of 101.   Similarly 11 were transferred to later Entries, 3 re-mustered to other trades, and 12 were discharged, leaving 75 to pass out as nominal 0M1 / 55th.

The passing-out parade in December 1949 included 67 of the original members.   The parade Inspecting Officer was Air Marshal Sir Hugh Walmsley, Deputy Chief of Air Staff.  Sgt A/A Clark D.A. was in charge of the parade, Sgt A/A Edwards D.J. was in charge of the Entry, and Sgt A/A Tongue T.W. was the Parade Warrant Officer.

  Also on parade were:

Air Marshal Sir John Whitworth Jones, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Technical Training Command.

Air Commodore E.H. Richardson, Air Officer Commanding No.27 Group

Air Commodore G.R. Beamish, Air Officer Commanding RAF Cranwell

Group Captain H.A. Evans-Evans, Officer Commanding No.1 Radio School

Wing Commander H.P. Simpson, Officer Commanding Apprentices Wing

On the Technical side prizes were presented to:

Cpl A/A Allinson R.W.

Radio Fitter (Ground) 1st prize

Cpl A/A Jones J.A.

Radio Fitter (Ground) 2nd prize.

Sgt A/A Edwards D.J.

Radio Fitter (Air)  1st prize.

Leading A/A Bennell D.A.

Radio Fitter (Air) 2nd prize

Sgt A/A Edwards also had the Highest Educational Marks, Highest Aggregate Marks, and was first in General Service Subjects.   Leading A/A Langton R.T. received the Victor Ludorum Trophy.

D.J. Edwards, D.A. Clark, and G. Willis went on to the RAF College.    Edwards rose to the rank of Air Commodore CBE AFC before sadly dying in1983 from leukaemia.   Clark rose to rank of Squadron Leader before sadly dying in 1977 following an operation on his tongue.   Willis also became a Squadron Leader before retiring in 1969.   

 The Entry List below is presented in alphabetical order:

NUMBER

SURNAME

INITS

KNOWN AS

REMARKS

583586

Addison

C A

"Mike"

Lapsed Association Member

583696

Ager

N J

Neville

Association Member

583519

Allinson

R W

Ron

Association Member

583810

Baker

G W

Bill

Untraced.

583313

Baldwin

T A

 

Joined with 54th Entry.   Discharged.

583282

Barratt

G M

 

Joined with 54th Entry.  Untraced.

583709

Bates

G R

Gordon

Discharged

582800

Beckley

P A

Peter

Joined with 52nd Entry.  Association Member

583623

Bennell

D A

Don

Untraced. 

583624

Blake

C H

Cliff

Association Member

583783

Bowen

T C

 

FT'd to 56th Entry.  Untraced.

583756

Brennan

D E

Dennis

Association Member

583782

Bristow

G R

Dicky

 

583695

Bryce

R

Bob

 

583743

Chew

K

Keith

Lapsed Association Member

583635

Churcher

J W

John

Deceased 11th Dec 1994

583727

Clark

D A V

Des, AKA "Nobby"

Deceased 13th Feb 1973

583808

Collingbourn

R

Ray

FT'd to 56th Entry.   Association Member

583539

Collins

A H

 

Untraced. 

583306

Cornell

L J

John, AKA "Chunky"

Joined with 54th Entry

583512

Crellin

J H

 

Untraced.  Retired 4th Sept 1984 as Flt Lt Eng Branch

583590

Davis

L N

Les

 

583533

Denyer

R W

Dicky

Deceased 1962

583333

Devall

G A

George

Joined with 54th Entry.  Association Member

583711

Dodds

A

Alf

Deceased Association Member (17th May 1987)

583558

Doherty

M R

Dick

Association Member

583576

Donaghue

A A

Alan

 

583577

Drain-Lowe

P J

Peter

Deceased date N/K 

583649

Du Feu

D F

Derrick

 

583552

Duhigg

L J

Les

FT'd to 56th then 57th Entry.   Deceased Association Member (12th Aug 2001)

583792

Edwards

D J

Dave

Deceased 1983

583546

Emmett

M

Mick

 

583729

Farmer

P B

Peter, AKA "Bruce, Pete"

Deceased Association Member (2nd May 2006)

583657

Forrester

C

Colin

 

583784

Fowler

D J

David, AKA "Cherokee"

 

583537

Fowler

R A

Bob

Association Member

583670

Gauld

D H F

 

Discharged

583740

Grealy

P B

Pat

Discharged

583648

Green

R K

 

 Remustered to Fitter II E

583592

Gregory

P R

Peter

Lapsed Association Member

583559

Halliday

J R

John, AKA "Jock"

 

583790

Hamnett

J

Jeff

Deceased 1967

583728

Handley

R

Roy

Association Member

583549

Handley

V

 

Discharged

583798

Hardon

R A

Ron, AKA "Allan"

Lapsed Association Member

583641

Harries

D R

David

Association Member

583514

Harris

D E

Dave

Untraced.  GD Branch. Retired 22nd Jan 1968

583795

Henry

T R

Tom

FT'd to 56th Entry

583702

Hewett

R W S

Roly, AKA "Roland"

Deceased Association Member.  (28th Aug 2007).

583632

Holloway

W F J

Bill, AKA "Archie"

Association Member

583530

Jones

J A

Alan

 

583780

Jordan

M M

Maurice, AKA "Geordie"

Discharged.  Deceased Lapsed Association Member (22nd Mar 2003)

583667

Jukes

P W

"Rocky"

Discharged

583805

Kent

A R

Tony

Deceased Association Member (15th Dec 1990)

583693

Kimberley

K J

Ken

 

583563

Lamming

B E

Brian

Deceased Lapsed Association Member (3rd Sep 1998)

583643

Langton

R T H

Bob

Association Member

583726

Lowrence

R

Rod

Deceased Association Member (8th Feb 1997)

583689

Maddox

W F

Bill

Association Member

583627

Martin

M A

 Mick

FT'd to 56th Entry.  Untraced.  GD Branch, retired 21st Jan 1969.

583797

Mawdsley

W

Bill

 

583704

May

D R

 

Untraced.  GD Branch Flt Lt, retired 6th Apr 1969

583658

McCoye

D A

Dave

Deceased 18th Apr 2006

583614

McDonald

A

 

Discharged

583799

McIntyre

T F

Terry

 

583597

McKie

S A

Stan

 

583631

Nockels

R L

Bob

 

583528

Notman

D J

Don

Remustered to Wireless Mechanic.   Deceased Oct 1993

583725

Patrick

T N

Tom, AKA "Paddy"

FT'd to 56th Entry

583714

Peppercorn

J S G

John

 

583536

Phelps

H M

"Baldy"

 

583651

Pierce

R

Ron

Discharged.  Deceased Lapsed Association Member.  (3rd June 2008).

583581

Pughe

D O M

Doug

Association Member

583109

Ralphs

D W

Des

Joined with 53rd Entry.   Deceased Jan 1989

583802

Readman

W B

Bill

 

583515

Redmond

N F

 

Discharged

583378

Roberts

J N

 

Joined with 54th Entry.   Discharged.

583584

Rowe

R

Reg

Deceased 12th Nov 2000

583172

Russell

E W

Eric, AKA "Russ"

Joined with 54th Entry.  Association Member

583666

Salter

R A

 

FT'd to 56th Entry.  Untraced.

583637

Scrivener

D E

Derek

FT'd to 56th Entry.   Deceased 1997

583469

Skelton

G W

Gordon

Joined with 54th Entry

583296

Slatter

L E

Sam, AKA "Lloyd"

Joined with 54th Entry.  Association Member

583566

Smith

J G

Gordon

Deceased Association Member (30th Mar 2006)

583600

Smith

K E

Ken

Lapsed Association Member

583601

Snelling

R L J

Ray

 

583569

Sparks

D B

 

FT'd to 56th Entry

583567

Spittle

F V

Frank, AKA "Taffy"

 

583801

Stott

P A L

Peter

Deceased Feb 1987

583568

Stringer

B

Brian

 

583606

Symes

L

Les

 

583534

Telford

M

 

Untraced.  Education Branch, retired 31st Aug 1972

583551

Thwaites

A J

Alan, AKA "Al"

 Untraced.

583677

Tomlinson

R C A

Ralph

 

583585

Tongue

T W

Trevor

Deceased date N/K 

583638

Tootill

J F

John

Untraced. 

583522

Wardrop

A L

Andy, AKA "Jock"

Deceased 9th Oct 2007

583550

Whelan

B

 

Discharged

583715

Wild

A L

"Isaac"

Remustered to Engine Mechanic

583571

Willis

G

 

Untraced.  GD (Equip) Branch, retired 1st Jan 1969

583807

Wilson

P

Peter

 

 

 Recent History

 

THE STORY SO FAR
 

1984

Sqn Ldr Murphy founded the RAF Cranwell Apprentices Association.

1985

The 0M1's got Roly Hewett to organise an Entry sub-group.

1986

19 of us met at Hendon and held the inaugural meeting.

1987

21 met at Sleaford for dinner and visited Cranwell.

1990

Cliff Blake took over from Roly Hewett as Entry Representative.

1990

6 met at Hendon for Battle of Britain Anniversary.

1994

6 met at Southampton as a local Meet

1997

19 plus 16 lady partners had a reunion weekend at Newbury.

2000

14 plus 13 lady partners had a reunion weekend at Kenilworth

2002

8 plus 6 lady partners had a reunion weekend at Worcester

2003

8 plus 6 lady partners had a reunion weekend in Jersey for The Flower Parade.

2004

4 plus 3 lady partners had a reunion weekend in Bristol for The Balloon Fiesta.

2005

8 plus 7 lady partners had a reunion weekend in Portsmouth for The Festival of the Sea.

Golden Entry Speech at RAFCAA AGM/Reunion - 2000,  by Bill Maddox

Patron, Mr President, Mr Chairman, Honoured Guests and Fellow Members.

On the bright, clear and very cold morning of 23rd January 1947, 91 newly attested apprentices of the 55th Entry left Halton for Cranwell.   On the journey snow began to fall and settle:  arrived at Cranwell, it was already over an inch deep, and didn't disappear before the end of April - by which time we were fully qualified snow and ice clearer's.

At Cranwell we were miraculously transform into the 0M1 Entry.   An awesomely smart SAA "Piss" Poore introduced us to a banister burnishing fetish.

We were "E" Squadron of the Apprentice Wing with "shit & custard" hatbands:  we later took over the red & blue of "C" Squadron when the Polish entries passed out.  We were always hungry - oh for a Corporal Cook like the one at Cosford who told us at the 155th Passing out Parade "go on have some more - there's plenty."   Our progress was much like any other entry.   We had our share of NCO AA's, of bandsmen, sportsmen, and those more dedicated to studies.   Of the latter Dave Edwards stands out - I don't recall him relaxing at all.   He was to become our most senior officer as Air Commodore Edwards CBE AFC, prematurely taken from us by leukaemia.

Of the original 91, 67 passed out as 0M1, together with 9 "retreads" from the 9M5 and 9M9 Entries.

0M1's have also occupied responsible posts since leaving the Service, including design and test of equipments for the Services, and also participated in a variety of Space Programmes which included Giotto - the Halley's Comet interceptor.   Roy Handley has been the Project Manager of multi-million pound sterling international communications installations.   Guernsey were supplied with  Chief Constable - Derrick Du Feu, and a town in Canada with a Mayor - Les  Davis.

In this our 50th year since passing out, it is fitting too, to remember those who cannot be with us today, whether seriously  ill like Gordon Smith, or those that have died.   Apart from Dave Edwards, we have lost "Nobby" Clarke, Dicky Denyer (aged only 32), Alf Dodds, Peter Drain-Lowe, Jeff Hamnett, Tony Kent, Brian Lamming, Rod Lawrence, Don Notman, Des Ralphs, Derek Scrivener, Peter Stott and Trevor Tongue.

I will now pass you over to David Taylor, a member of the Entry who relieved us of the title "Junior Entry", and promoted us also to Senior Entry, "C" Squadron.

 Our Newsletter

Of course we keep in touch with a Newsletter, and from 1990 there have been two issues per year around January / February and July / August, with an occasional summer or winter extra in between.

It is produced on a word processor rather than a DTP package, and the aim is to insert members' letters as written, rather than reporting in the third person.   In this way the news content is not reduced.   A few letters are suitable as received, but some need a bit of editing to cut out repetition, personal statements, etc, or insert clarification in square brackets.

A six monthly statement of expenses is included to give account to those who have donated towards photocopying and postage.

Subscription rates for the Cranwell Apprentices Association have also been stated for information.

Other RAF or AA news is often covered, along with handy information on things like telephone number changes, and snippets of recent electronic development.

In the past half-tone black & white photos have been included, but just recently a colour sheet has carried photos of reunion groups.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

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