RAF Upper Heyford 1946-1950

All Photographs courtesy of George Sizeland
SERVICE ss
Notice of Service
MEMORIAL ss
Memorial Plaque
HEYFORD COURSE c. PODGER ECCLES et al
Undated Course photograph. George Eccles third from left and Jimmy Blyth is sixth left on the front row
MARCHPAST SS
Officer Cadets march on for wings parade
BILL PAUL, JOCK BROWN
Bill Paul second  left, Jock Brown on right (undated)
HEYFORD INSTUCTORS
Heyford PJIs c. 1950 Jimmy Blyth standing on right, Bill Coad sitting second left
HEYFORD STAFF PARADR ss
AOC Inspection
TOWER ss
Tower
HEYFORD TRAINING HANGAR. FAN TRAINERjpeg
Fan descent trainer
LANDING TRAINER ss
Slide landing trainer
PROGRESSIVE LANDING TRAINER ss
Progressive landing trainer
WHEEL LANDING TRAINER HEYFORD
Wheel landing trainer
MOCK DOORS HEYFORD
Mock doors
HEYFORD PACK
Packing section
HEYFORD HANG SS
Drying room
DAD STRATTON SS
Sgt “Dad” Stratton
KITBAG SS
Kitbag
GEOREGE ECCLES ss2
Flight Sergeant George Eccles
23 SEPTEMBER 1947
Dakota mass drop 23 September 1947
DAK EMPLANE
Dakota emplane
DAKOTA STICK ss
Dakota exits 12 May 1949
KITBAG ss
X Type 10 Jan 1949
WESTON ss
Weston DZ 11 Jan 1949
ALF LOUD HAILER SS
Alf Card on loudhailer, Weston
BALLOON WESTON c. 1950
Balloon Weston circa 1949
GARY LAWRY ss
Basic Course 276 September 1949 1st Balloon descent. Photo courtesy Gary Lawry
blyth exit for heyford?
Jimmy Blyth drifter exit
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PTS Staff emplane C82 Fairchild Packet (undated)
C 82 ss2
C 82 exits
C 82 EXITS ss
C 82 sim sticks
WESTON 1951 ss
Weston 1951. Hastings with C82s

PMRAFNS 1949

1949 was the year we trained the Nursing Team. I despatched them on their final descent on 24th June at 1130 from a Dakota over Netheravon, but I didn’t train them!  Val Valentine was their Instructor and he insisted on being on the DZ so he would get a hug from the female members of the team!!!  So would have been on the DZ facing the Press etc.

George Sizeland September 2018

PMRAFNS COURSE 1949
First course

Royal Tournament Earls Court 1949 – 1950

WRAF CARDINGTON ss
Cardington rehearsal 1949
PARAMEDIC ARENA ss
Paramedic descent
EARLS COURT.undated jpeg
Arena

Royal Tournament Earls Court June 1950

ARENA 1
Earls Court Arena June 1950
EC LINEUP
Demo contingent
EC1
Balloons in situ
EC 2
Fan exit
EC FAN CLOSEUP
Landing position

In the foreground is a copy of a death slide which extended the length of the display area. The PJIs wore a harness with two liftwebs which passed through two slots of a bar which had a grooved wheel attached to the cable. A single file stick of six would step off at one-second intervals and hurtle the length of the stadium then.  The PJI then released his grip on the ‘liftweb and completed a parachute roll.

The Fan in the same picture is a miniature balloon with just one jumper.  He steps into the cage and goes up 30 feet and jumps out and runs out of the arena. There are gasps from the audience because the end of the cable is attached with a piece of 18 thread, which breaks as he runs out.  With the spotlight on him they don’t notice the cable!

All designed be the brilliant STAN KELLAWAY PJI with the talent as an engineer   (A couple of years later he designed the Tree Lowering Equipment for the SAS in Malaya (Jumped with that one also in 1955 but it wasn’t much fun!!!)

(George Sizeland September 2018)

KELLAWAY LETTER
AOC Letter

ANNEX  – Transport Support Aircraft and Gliders (from Heyford Archive)
COVER ss
INDEX SS
Index
WHITLEY SS
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley
ALBERMARLE
Albermarle
STERLING Mk 4
Stirling Mk 4
STERLING 4 containers stick
Stirling re-supply container drop
STERLING INTERIOR
Stirling troops at action stations
HALIFAX
Halifax – 10 troops or heavy drop
C47 SS
C 47 Dakota
C 82 SS
C 82 Fairchild Packet
C 82 FAIRCHLD PACKET. TAILGATEjpeg
C 82 Tailgate
INTERIOR C 82 SS
C 82 Interior
HASTINGS HANGAR
Handley Page Hastings prototype
HASTINGS PROTOTYPE
Hastings at Upper Heyford February 1948
PROTOTYPE RUN-UP copy 2
Hastings running-up