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If you or someone you know was stationed at Martlesham Heath after to 1945 [the end of WWII] please state so here by using the REPLY button



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Hello John (and all)

(I can't see an obvious 'Intro' thread, so this seems most relevant.)

I followed your link from Friends Reunited - you are the only other Martlesham member added since I battled with FR Admin to accept that MH had genuinely been an RAF base. I don't often go to FR, so you may have been there some time.

With all the illustrious names I've seen in this forum I am very small fry. My RAF career was limited to National Service 1958-60. Induction at Cardington, square-bashing at Bridgnorth, Trade Training at Compton Bassett then a posting to HQ 11 Group at Martlesham from Easter 1959 until demob in September 1960. Signals - teleprinter operator - with the exulted final rank of SAC. (Ironic that only a very few years later, as a Civil Servant, I was on one or two occasions temporarily equated to Squadron Leader.)

I haven't been back since, although for a long while there was a second-hand link with the developing site. Google Earth suggests that the old Signals Section building - and the Generator House behind? - is still there. I wonder how much more there is.

I can't say that, overall, I was happy there, any more than were other NS bods at the time. Most of us were comparatively old then, having been deferred for two or three years while finishing degrees and most of us resented the major career break. This was almost at the end of NS; when I went to MH probably 80% of Signals were NS but when I was demobbed there were perhaps only four or so NS bods remaining, all ex-deferment. Nevertheless, MH itself was a significant part of my young life and left some strong memories, mostly pleasant. 

There was only one colleague who I met several times afterwards but we lost touch sometime during the late '60s. There are some photos of the Signals lads somewhere - I'll try to dig them up.

Best wishes

 



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Hi Brian and welcome to the forum, we haven't been up and running on here for very long so this is taking time to take off, you were at MH the same time as I but I was only here for 7 weeks with the University of Birmingham Air Squadron of Chipmunks, our paths must have crossed, the only other person I have come across here at that time was Stan Miller who lives [I think] in Kent

The whole place comes alive each Battle of Britain Sunday at the Old Control Tower [now an excellent] museum, if you do manage to find those pics please put them up for us to enjoy too please

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hi my dad was stationed at mh 1951-52, i have a photo of him with his fellow players after becoming runners up in the ipswich and district wednesday football league whilst based at mh.
any more info would be appreciated i believe this was during his national service.
My father is now no longer with us but as i deliver every day to bt and surrounding area i would like to know more.
Many thanks nigel bunn

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Nigel welcome to the forum smile.gif

Do you know what trade or where he worked?

JohnC~Admin

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