|Letters to the Editor|
am Mr Michael Prendergast at RAF Benson Ground Equipment Section.
I have one item which may or may not be of interest.
I have one item which may or may not be of interest.
happened to the crew on landing I never found out.
would have been around 1970 or 1971.
is Tom Feeley, another Ex Rockape & also the chairman of the Leigh
RAFA branch Manchester. A friend of mine, another ex Rockape, settled down
in Cyprus & once when we were over there on holiday we caught up with
him & his wife. He used to live in the area of Paphos near the Tomb of
the Kings, near the other RAFA branch there. I have written to them also
to see if they can help as well.
Maureen and I are now back home in the cold and wet UK. This is just a short note to thank you for your hospitality on our recent visit to Akrotiri. It was certainly the highlight of my holiday, and one that I will never forget. Akrotiri was always my favourite RAF Station, and after the visit I now know why. It may sound corny, but it almost felt as though I was coming home.
Once again thank you for a really memorable couple of hours.
Maureen and Dennis
|I flew out
to Akrotiri on Comet lV XR399 19 DEC 67 to visit my parents for Christmas.
My father (sadly deceased 2005 - Parkinson's) was then Sqn Ldr Eric
Simpson, SECO at Akrotiri (Senior Eng. Co-ord. Officer) under Air Cdre
North-Lewis. Had a wonderful time; the then Station Chaplain Glenn Bowie
took us over to Paphos where we 'discovered' remains of ancient glass artefacts
etc. Went to Limassol and had our first Mezze? at Niazzi's. My wife and I
were enchanted by it all, didn't want to go back home. Then, in 1971 I
transferred to Hercules, and over the next 30 years saw another side to
Akrotiri, the dreadful BB86 (No air con.) tatty accommodation generally
(all transit aircrew blocks 90-92 etc, passable food in the Officer's
Mess, but all this paled into insignificance with the first Gulf War and
the way the base was transformed to it's former glory of 24hr ops,
aircraft of all types from everywhere; morale eventually soared, team
spirit was revived and then - and then I discovered the Apollo restaurant
in Akrotiri 'village'. Not me personally, I was part of a Hercules crew
from Lyneham, and we had all tasted kebabs before, but never this
restaurant's Sheftalia or the Tahini with all the salad you could eat. Er,
that enough from me, does anyone have a recipe for Sheftalia? I am retired
now, but when I see a Herk over my house at night especially, (I live
under the app to Lyneham at 5nm/1500ft)and I often think of night-flights
to/from Akro; and do you know what? I MISS IT ALL. I also miss the camaraderie
of those days, which can never be found outside of the Military. No other
institution in the world can take a bunch of individuals, misfits,
extroverts, timid mice, bullies, graduates, 'gypsies tramps and thieves' (Cher)
and unite them in the workplace as supremely effective team-players, let
them do the job, then at cease work let them seek their personal comforts,
relax, have a drink or several, go astray - and be at work the next day as
a loyal, proud member of Her Majesty's Armed Forces.
God Bless them all, and those of us who have BTDTGTT (Beentheredonethatgottheteeshirt)
Thank you Tony, we all feel the same about Big "A"
Batt Royal Fusilers Gathering was held at Dhekelia Barracks Cyprus not far from
Larnaca town Centre.
The photo’s Depict 10 Members of the Sheldon Branch of the Association on a visit to the R.A.F. Base at Akrotiri ,
The Base is approximately 18 Sq miles and consists of an 18 Ward Hospital but only a few are in use at this time one of the Wards is dedicated to mothers and Babies.
We didn’t see any Modern aircraft how ever there where Helicopters and one Plane from the late 1950s The English Lighting, which continued to serve for an other 20 years it was primarily used during the cold war, Intercepting Russian spy planes
The English Electric Lighting also holds the Record for the Fastest vertical climb which the record it holds to this day
The second picture depicts 10 members from the Sheldon Branch after having enjoyed a very nice meal at the Sgts Mess with Bill Cundall, the R.A.F.A. Public Relations officer .Thanks for a splendid lunch.
THANKS TO BILL AND ALL AT R.A.F. AKROTIRI
|Richard & Daphne Harcourt
Message: A short message to say thank you to Bill Cundall for showing my wife and I around Akrotiri during our holiday in November 2006. So many changes that it was hard to recognise some areas. Our bungalow at Annes Close hasn't changed except for the addition of a garden shed. Bill has now kindly added the 103MU section to the website along with a selection of photos from the 103MU Reunion Group archives. Rather than take up more of the limited space on the Akrotiri site I will look at creating a site from this end to include a greater selection of photos from my own collection and the 103MU Reunion Group archives, along with other exotic postings such as Butterworth, Singapore, Malta, Muharraq, Masirah, Salalah and Gan. This will of course take time but will post a notice when it is up and running.
Not much of 103MU remains on the ground. The HQ building has gone along with QAS. Air Radio is now a new "Anderson shelter" but Ground Radio is still intact though my little BUHF Section building has gone.
One thing that remains is the loading ramp on which the "103 Noddy train" was parked (there is a photo of me "guarding" it during a TACEVAL in 1973 in the gallery).
Our visit to the Akrotiri Museum was most interesting especially reading ones "obituary" on leaving 103MU for return to the UK and published in "Flamingo" after we had left!!!!!!!!!!!
Many thanks again to RAFA and especially Bill and his wife for looking after us.
|Hello sir, I had the honour of being with "Eagle Flight" with the U. S. Army on RAF AkrotIri between 1987 and 1989 and had a wonderful time there. Your people were absolutely great in dealing with us "yanks". Some of the most helpful people I have ever met. One of them, how I wish I could remember their names, invited me an a number of my group to their home and made a super "thanksgiving" dinner for us. We usually ate in your mess and were always treated as if we were a member of their homes. I should have said thank you to all of them many years ago, and did in person, back then. I sure miss being there and the pleasure of visiting with them at that time. God bless all of you. Jerry Miller, U. S. Army, Retired. email@example.com|
|I hope that this gets to the right people, just to say many many thanks to everyone at RAF Akrotiri who assisted my wife and I, plus our two children during the evacuation fom Lebanon on 19/07/06. You were all so kind and thoughtful to us ( and everybody else) during a difficult time. I know that it couldn't have been easy for you also but the way that you organised and handled every thing you should be very proud of yourselves as you left us not wanting for anything. The staff ( and volunteers ) were all fantastic and made the situation a whole lot better for people who were tired and upset. Being a Police officer ( Derbyshire Constabulary) myself I know how important how we
portray ourselves to the public and everyone at RAF Akrotiri did it in a perfect manner, which I mentioned to Radio one and Central news team from the U.k whilst being interviewed in the departure lounge at your base. Again I cannot thank you all enough and who ever
receives this E-mail would they please pass it on to all concerned.
21st July, 2006
thanks indeed to all those at Akrotiri who helped get my wife and son back