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Posted by Alan F Doney. on July 26, 2016 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

I wonder if any Ex Members of the following entries monitor this site. 1. GRM(C)54 ...2. GRF(C)108 ?. OR ANY PERM. STAFF OF 2T BLOCK  INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE (GROUND RADAR) CIRCA 1960 to 1968?.


Posted by Alan F Doney. on July 26, 2016 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (1)

I wonder if any Ex Members of the following entries monitor this site. 1. GRM(C)54 ...2. GRF(C)108 ?. OR ANY PERM. STAFF OF 2T BLOCK  INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE (GROUND RADAR) CIRCA 1960 to 1968?.

Sea Mosquito Break-up 1948

Posted by Peter Auliff on October 28, 2015 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (1)

Does anyone remember this air crash in 1948?

I was about 200 metres from the end of the runway when I saw a Sea Mosquito take off from the airfield at Weston-Super-Mare. It was the straightest take off that I had ever seen. The pilot kept the ‘plane directly in line with the runway for several minutes, until it was almost out of sight, before turning right and continuing to climb up into the clouds.

After climbing up to about 5000 metres the pilot weaved through the clouds until he was directly over my head. At this point, the pilot put the ‘plane into a power dive. When he got down to about 1000 metres and was travelling at about 1000 km/hr, I said. “You bloody fool”. I continued to repeat. “You bloody fool “. “You bloody fool”. Until he was down to about 200 metres above my head, when he pulled out of the dive. As he levelled out, he started to roll to the left. At this point, I changed from saying. “You bloody fool”. Into, “You was a bloody fool”. “You was a bloody fool”.

I watched as the ‘plane roared over me and starting into a roll. Within seconds of starting the roll, the port navigation light cover broke off allowing the force of air to collapse the whole of the light fitting. Air pressure then built up in the wing tip and it broke off. This was followed by the wing, from the tip to the engine, splitting in half from the top surface and bottom surface. These fluttered to the ground in front of me, while the plane continued on, rolling onto it’s back, skimming over the road and slamming alongside the runway in front of the control tower.

After the roar of the engines, there was a second of absolute silence, then the explosion that only lasted a few seconds. Only a small pile of debris was remaining on the runway. The engines had continued on to the edge of the airfield and the wooden structure of the ‘plane had gone back up to about 1000 metres and pieces were picked up scores of kilometres away.

Fortunately there was no traffic on the road otherwise there may have been an even greater disaster than the previous bus and aircraft accident.


Boy Entrant Flight Mechanic (Engines & Airframes)

Posted by Peter Auliff on October 27, 2015 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (1)

Can we change the title of the web page to include the other trades who were taught at Locking?

The way we were.

Posted by edited out on March 8, 2015 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (4)

Some arial views of Locking after the war:-


Posted by edited out on February 27, 2015 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (4)

If anyone would like to organise a reunion of any sort, pleas use the site as a tool for organising it. This would be a stimulus to lots of other social activity among members, not to mention its news value.


Posted by David John Pluright on February 25, 2015 at 6:30 AM Comments comments (8)

Does anyone remember ARAA, one of the earliest radars at Locking? Also the Decca ACR7D?

Hello-oh anyone home?

Posted by edited out on February 25, 2015 at 3:50 AM Comments comments (6)

RAF Locking's site is still with us, it just needs some activity. The blog and forum are there for your literary skills to be displayed. everyone loves a good read, but unless someone writes something, it can't happen

Free Walls ice cream at the Astra

Posted by Peter Green on March 3, 2013 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The night before a parade/inspection my wife offered to polish my buttons for me, I had shown her how to brasso and clean-off the dried white polish.  This left me free to hit the books before going to bed.  Saturday morning I walked over to the station from the Summers Lane caravan park and joined the parade.  The inspecting officer walked between the lines, occasionaly pointing to an airman and the attending corporal would would take the airman's name and number.  He came to me and to my suprise he pointed at me!  One of my buttons hadn't been polished-off and the raised eagle was covered in white crud.  I received 2 nights 'jankers' i.e. walking around the camp-site with a pick handle.

I noticed that the Ad- Astra cinema lights had been left on and reported at the guard-house sergent who entered the report into the log book and instructed me to switch off the mains to the building on my next circuit.

The following morning My name and number were called over the tanoy with the instruction to report immediately to the guard house. So with trepidation I presented myself to the sergent - when I had switched the power-off the ice cream freezers had thawed over the weekend, making the ice cream unsaleable resulting in a loss of hundreds of pounds.  Fortunately the instruction to turn-off the mains had been entered into the log-book and I was not held responsible. 

For the next couple of days airmen going to the cinema were offered free semi-frozen Walls ice cream bars.  Anyone who remembers receiving a free ice cream can now give me belated thanks...

RAF books for sale

Posted by Mark Griffin on September 6, 2011 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

In case anyone is interested, I've added a pile of RAF-related books to my site where I'm flogging some surplus stuff off. Please go to

Cheers, Mark


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