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John Diamond

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July '54 West Kirby, then to Yatesbury on the last GRM (CMS) course, I believe it was CMS111, else it would have been a six week wonder course at Locking, the course instructors put the fear of the Lord into us to pass.  Then i was posted to RAF West Malling - Fighter Command and equipment called AN/CPN4 GCA,  got my LAC by mashing the WO's tea and my SAC for ably cooking night rations.   Then a J/T course [NAVMS1 see pic of class] at Locking about March 1957, learning about MPN11A!! then posted to Biggin Hill, thank goodness it was AN/CPN4!!

Then to my surprise back to Locking to do a AN/CPN4 (R/W) conversion course March 1958,and nearly ended up as an instructor!!!  Hadn't learnt to sink the slipper in those days, so Fighter Command sent me to Duxford that promptly closed for runway resurfacing and I ended my 'time' at Strubby an operational airfield for the Flying College at Manby the end of the dog's tail as the airfield 'sported' MPN11A and it was 'stuffed' !!   but to see those three Lancaster bombers taking off for a 'swan' round the North Sea was worth it.  Of Locking I will never forget those Saturday afternoons at the swimming pool the landscape was varied! and of course the dances down the winter Gardens Pavilion and the back row of the flicks and mixed grilles at the cafes.   Good memories. 

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4:20 AM on December 12, 2010 
Welcome on board John, love the pavillion photo, the incident is documented in here, just before my time at Locking, but still talked about.