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Reply FreddieSer
3:36 AM on May 18, 2018 
Hi All im rookie here. Tolerable article! Thx!
Reply DanielHiX
2:51 PM on May 15, 2018 
Hellow my name is DanielHiX. Wery capable article! Thx :)
Reply Thomas Docherty
6:20 AM on May 4, 2018 
Hi Stephen,

Can you provide a little more information about you father? Do you know his rank, trade and where/when he served with 72? It will help narrow down the search for information.

Yours

Tom
Reply Stephen robinson
3:34 PM on May 3, 2018 
Hi can you tell me if your records have my father Raymond Robinson how serve in the 2nd world war. Thanks Steve Robinson
Reply Dave Lloyd
3:36 AM on July 4, 2017 
Really good Centenary event. Nice to see old friends and make some new ones.
Reply Thomas Docherty
11:23 AM on June 20, 2016 
Hi John, welcome to the website. Feel free to add your photos to the photo album pages (captions would be good too). If you think you might wish to join the Assoc you can find all the application forms here on the website too. Your message brought back memories of a couiple of names. I flew with Jon Tapper on Chinooks and knew Scotty briefly on 72, he was leaving just after I arrived.
Reply John Adair
10:42 AM on June 20, 2016 
Just found this site bored in a hotel after the joys of the Airbus Sim working for the Orange mob. Not as much fun as my time on 72 Sqn between 86-88. First tour aged 21 with Jon Taper, both the youngest FOLA members at the time, much wazzing, wing overs and "huges" with Scotty Weir. Being given an excellent bollocking by my Flight Commander for wazzing, then having a tip strike the following week, oops. But we were immortal then. Many happy memories and will always be my best tour and favourite Squadron. Have many pictures of my NI days if your are interested
Red Adair
PS. No relation to Pete Adair, but we often recieved each other mail in error, wish he'd picked up my bar bill mind.
Reply Thomas Docherty
5:39 AM on June 13, 2016 
Pete Adair says...
Stumbled across a thread on SHFNI on pprune and the time on 72 92-94 came rushing back! ( and "D" flight on the Wokka, QUAS, 1137 ATC prior to that, 13AEF post that time!)......best days of my life there at V813 haha. Keep up the good work guys.


Hi Pete, nice to hear from you. Glad you found the thread. You can find more here on our website and our Facebook page too. Come and join us there.

Yours aye

Tom
Reply Pete Adair
9:28 PM on June 12, 2016 
Stumbled across a thread on SHFNI on pprune and the time on 72 92-94 came rushing back! ( and "D" flight on the Wokka, QUAS, 1137 ATC prior to that, 13AEF post that time!)......best days of my life there at V813 haha. Keep up the good work guys.
Reply tomdocherty72
8:32 AM on November 30, 2014 
Hello Cassandra. from my book Swift to Battle Vol 3 i can provide this information:

From 6th to 12th March the Squadron detached to Waterbeach for Exercise Halyard but flying was limited due to very poor weather. The month was marred though by the deaths of Flt Lt R Peterson and Flt Lt JK McLean in a flying accident. Peterson was a New Zealander and had recovered from a loss of confidence following a major flying accident whilst at OCU to become one of the leading pilots on the Squadron. His navigator, McLean, was the officer who had originally suggested that the squadron should have an alligator as its mascot.

The month of June also saw aircrew arriving and returning from places afar; Flt Lt JK McLean had been detached to Malta to take part in Exercise Maltex, a local air defence exercise and on his return his rich suntan belied his bitter complaints of being overworked as the Squadron intelligence officer!

Postings to and from the Squadron were part of the routine of life at Church Fenton, but one new arrival caused a bit of a stir in February. The new arrival was a Squadron Mascot in the form of an alligator. He was given the honorary rank of Pilot Officer (Unpaid) and christened Frederick Lionel Bass-Worthington. The alligator on arrival measured 13 inches from tip to tail and his rate of growth was watched with great interest. As with all new pilots he started his training immediately in the Station Flight Anson and there were hopes that he would soon convert to jets. Flt Lt Mclean was responsible for his welfare, arduous and potentially dangerous as it as, and he and Fred soon became firm friends.
From 6th to 12th March the Squadron detached to Waterbeach for Exercise Halyard but flying was limited due to very poor weather. The month was marred though by the deaths of Flt Lt R Peterson and Flt Lt JK McLean in a flying accident. Peterson was a New Zealander and had recovered from a loss of confidence following a major flying accident whilst at OCU to become one of the leading pilots on the Squadron. His navigator, McLean, was the officer who had originally suggested that the squadron should have an alligator as its mascot.

I hope this is of use.

Tom Docherty