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Waddington 1960
« on: August 09, 2012, 10:12:25 AM »
Hello Out there
I'm Colin Rainer and was posted to RAF Waddington in December 1960. I was on VASF to start with and XH558 could well have passed through but I was only an LAC Inst Mech in those days. One incident I do remember was being told to go into the number 7 tank to change a U/S tank unit. The tank had only been open for about half an hour and was still swimming with fuel and all I had on was my denims . A Cpl was detailed to keep an eye on me but he was overcome by the fumes and went outside for some fresh air. Somebody wanted me for something and found me collapsed in the tank. I was dragged out and taken outside to recover. when I went back after a couple of hours they were drying the tank out with hot air and the next day the guy was in there with breathing apparatus and radio communication. Health and safety!!! What's that.
I moved to 101 Squadron when it reformed with Vulcans. At my age I am finding it hard to remember names of any of the ground crew. Can any one help.
Just one more thing. Thanks to brains_mt for sorting out my problem with posting on the forum.
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Re: Waddington 1960
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2012, 11:07:38 AM »
It's a pleasure and I'm pleased to see it worked!!

Welcome to the forum Colin. :D

Mouse (Kevin Penfold) is one of our engineers famed for being able to squeeze into all the tight spaces on 558. Health and safety is a lot stricter these days!!
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Re: Waddington 1960
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2012, 03:45:20 PM »
Health & Safety was a concept that none of us had heard of in the 60s. That's why we stood underneath Vulcans for hours on end with no ear defenders. When I got demobbed in 82 I was told I had Vulcan ear, (nothing to do with Mr. Spock) and now wear two hearing aids!! :cry:
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Re: Waddington 1960
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2012, 04:57:07 PM »
So you finally managed it then Colin  :D
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Re: Waddington 1960
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2012, 07:47:49 PM »
Hello Colin,
I was never at Waddington but I did look into the history of XM569 which was at Waddington, and the Waddington wing in Cyprus, and at Butterworth etc.....
Wonder if you recognise any of the young lads in this photograph?

It was taken by Graham Waddilove and I have the following text with it -
50 Squadron Flight Line Mechanics on XM569 circa 1982. Graham Waddilove, Terry McAfee, Paul Johnson, Steve Belcher, Pario Portelli (standing), Taff ? (seated), ?.

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Re: Waddington 1960
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2012, 11:02:36 AM »
Hi David
Nice to hear from you but 1982 was well after my time on Vs in fact that is when I was demobbed. I left Waddington in 64 and went to Wittering on Blue Steel Victors for a year and then to Scampton on Blue steel until 1970 when I went on to Phantoms at Coningsby so you can see I did the Lincolnshire Air Force. I finished my time on Sea King choppers on 202 squadron at Coltishall.
All the best
Colin
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