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Steve Smirthwaite
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64 years old
About Me

RAF 1973 -1988: Birmingham University Air Squadron 1973 -76, 18 Sqn RAF Gutersloh, 72 Sqn at RAF Odiham, RAF Benson and RAF Aldergove 1981 - 1983, 2 FTS & CFS at RAF Shawbury and 28 Sqn, Hong Kong.

British Airways 1988 -2009 (retirement). Two years BAC 1-11 and 19 years B747 100/200 and 400 series.

Married to Mary since 1980 with 2 daughters and one grandson. Happily retired and living near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire.


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Flight Crew 1981 - 1983


Warhistorian
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Male
40 years old

billie
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clive74
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Male
45 years old
About Me

Hello there,

I have had a keen interest in aviation mostly WW2 since the age of around 5 years. I have visited many old airfields over the years and enjoy research into these. I also enjoy doing a small amount or research for the Britain at War Magazine as a volunteer. Mainly for fun in between studying for my Teaching Diploma. I am currently investigating the accident of Sgt Peter Atkinson of 72 Squadron on the 07/01/52 whilst flying Vampire VZ179. If you have any info please email me directly at [email protected]. I would be very pleased to hear from you.

Many thanks,

Clive.



dinty more
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Male
88 years old

gav wilcox
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Male
61 years old

jb
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Male
72 years old
About Me

Joined service in 1963 as Boy Entrant in 49th entry at Cosford.  Trained as AWM.  Left Cosford in Dec. 1964.  Posted to Odiham in ARSF.  Lasted about a month there then joined 72 Sqdn.  Had first flight in the Wessex in the Jan of '65.  Jock Tarwid was the pilot, Taff Chadwick was the crewman.  Frightened all sorts out of me.  Started a love affair with the Wessex that never faded. 

Did a year in Sharjah in 1967 then back to 72.  Went on Fitters course in '69 then back to 72.  Off to 103 Sqdn in Tengah in 1972.  Back onto 41 SqdnPhantoms in '75.  Didn't like them at all, noisy smelly things whose wings didn't go round.  Finally when 41 folded did short stint on BBMF then out into the IT industry.

Exciting wasn't it. 


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tomdocherty72
Moderator
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About Me

72 Sqn 1993-96 on Wessex as crewman

Membership Sec, Newsletter Editor and Webmaster for 72 Sqn Assoc.



wyborn
Member
Female
About Me

I am the daughter of Flt. Lt. R.G.S. Wyborn who died on 12/7/52 while flying with the 72 Squadron over North Weald. I was born 5 months after his death and have inherited his log books and photos of his career in the RAF. At present I am trying to put them into some kind  of order and have an idea of his career.

His best man at his wedding was Flight Offier J. R. Cruse who I believe was also with the 72 squadron and I was looking for some information on him too.

I appreciate this was all avery long time ago but as I recently managed to contact 2 of his friends from the 208 Sqadron I thought it was worth trying. Failing that the history of the 72 squadron and what air show my father was training for would be of interest. Doris Messer


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