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The Barrack Square


I haven't any photos of this area from my time at MH but I did take some of the unveiling of the new memorial stone where we were fortunate to have three or four passes by the BBMF Spitfire and Hurricane, two of which were stationed here as BBMF in the late 50's early 60's

If anyone has any memories of this area please let us hear from you!smile

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Posted to MH in the first week of the New Year of 1952 straight from St Athan (freezing cold, hard crust snow all about!) & arriving early evening I remember these (if not this particular one pictured) four blocks well. So well especially because they had no room for the two brand new AC1 erks and we had to cram ourselves as best we could into two beds rammed up together in the spare room reserved for room cleaning items - brooms, brushes, buckets & son on all removed for us for one night. Those outside steps/staircases certainly didn't exist then and nearby - even possibly just where the photographer stood to take this shot - was the Mess ie if the present motorway is behind the photographer. And beyond that, ie behind the Mess stood three oldstyle Nissen huts all condemned at the time. One of these was opened up to accomodate us two. We made the most of it and since our names were not on the parade lists yet we managed to dodge Saturday morning parade drill AND even bothered not (by we were taking risks!) making up our beds in the morn! That perk lasted not long & one lunch time we found all our kit thrown out of the windows!! Put on our first charge, we copped what ever after must have been a record 'cos I never heard of a two-day sentence again, the minimum becoming three days CC (confined to camp or "jankers").
Question please: Could anyone tell me the names of the two station commanding officers please? Especially the second in command who I recall wore the VR tabs on his shoulder insignia. I have a suspicion his name may have begun with the letter "F" but memory not being at its best I'll say no more at this stage! Will be grateful if anyone can assist in this.
Cheers (and apologies for not being brief!)

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Dennis the 'motorway' road [A12] runs parallel behind the barrack blocks as being viewed from my photographs, I hope someone can recall the Station Commander



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Dennis,
The Station Commander at that time was Wng Cdr Johnstone.   His adjutant was Fl/Lt Warner.   Unfortunately, Tom Scrivener who was a contemporary of ours, isn't online but perhaps John Cooper could contact him for more gen.    Cheers,
John

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Thanks John, I could probably find out next time I visit the Tower unless of course someone else has some more gen smile.gif

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