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Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Rex that Beverly was still there when we came back from holiday in India a few years ago we landed in Bahrain to refuel,and it was still a shithouse but had an excellent duty free.
Monday 21 September2020 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

Rex Couch | rexcouch~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
Yes I too had made a few jumps from the Beverly and remember during the early sixties when in Bahrain a Beverlly had flown back from Kuwait and had parked on the runway about 300 yards from our tented camp then during the early hours of the morning it exploded. A bomb had been secreted on board in Kuwait. The remains of the aircraft was later used for exit training.
Sunday 20 September2020 - Birmingham

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
Remember it well. A good jump.
Tuesday 15 September2020 - Whitley Bay

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Its use had been reduced in my early years but I remember it well, jumps from the boom were like sitting in an armchair. Very little lasts forever
Tuesday 15 September2020 - Pateley Bridge

Pete bibby | Peter-pambibby~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Like Brian I remember jumping from the Beverly. Sad to see it go.
Monday 14 September2020 - Essex

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
I jumped many times from the Beverly a great parachuting platform,always prefered the boom you just walked along until you dropped out of the hole. Be a shame to see it scrapped.
Monday 14 September2020 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

Webmaster comments   OK Brian, I wonder how many more...

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Airborne History - The last Blackburn Beverley is up for sale. See link below. Does anyone have memories jumping from this old lady. Should we save her.....

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/retro/call-buyer-save-last-1950s-raf-transport-aircraft-scrapheap-2967683

Just copy and paste.
Sunday 13 September2020 - Worcrstershire

Vic Kelly | jokelly015~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Great to see all those who do remember me and recall past faces in this way. Noddy - I certainly do remember you very well and I must congratulate you on your long and successful marriage - just as well you didn't listen to me then! Sorry to hear about your dog.
Wednesday 9 September2020 - BH31 7DD

Chris White | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Last Thursday I traveled up to Stoke Trentham to play golf in the annual golf competition between the serving Squadron lads and the Veterans. Due to hospital appts Tom Moorhouse was unable to come. The event was organised by Kev Barrs at his local course and he held an after event party at his home. His wife and family booking into a local hotel for the night to give us free run of his home. It was a fantastic couple of days. Partnered with Jimmy Campbell I still managed to play crap which did not spoil the day.
This event is normally part of the Caythorpe weekend which we know was restricted due to coved.
Lets hope next year we can all meet again at our spiritual home at Caythorpe
Monday 7 September2020 - Llanelly Hill

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
Sorry to hear of your loss Noddy I'm sure Freddy will rest in peace in dog heaven.
Sunday 6 September2020 - Whitley Bay

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Sorry to here about your lad Bill, we have had 3 or 4 dogs at any one time for the last 40 years and losing never gets any easier. Our oldest Border Quincy aged 18 died a few months ago, shortly after our Chihuhua Ralph who died at age 10. Joe, our 10 year-old border has just survived a week in hospital with Cushing's disease and diabetes - we thought we had lost him but he is now doing reasonably well although Cushing's will shorten his life. So we just have two now, Joe and Lucy our 14 month old Cavalier King Charles. They have such short lives but the pleasure they bring to our lives almost makes up for the pain of losing them. The only good thing is that they can go to sleep painlessly instead of what many humans have to endure. So sorry mate
Sunday 6 September2020 - Pateley Bridge

Webmaster comments   Hopefully we will all meet again

Noddy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Another sad day, my little dog named Freddy was put to sleep last night and I'm gutted. Rescued him in Spain when he was 4 months he was listed to be put down then so I just gave the girl 50 euro's and took him home. After 2 years we came home and I've had him since almost 14 years. The vet found heart problems and cancer so I had no choice but to let him go. I held him close to me while a sedative was given then the final injection. He was a lovely little lad and never hurt anyone. Love him to bits and we are both in pieces. 80 now so no more dogs couldn't go through this again.
Saturday 5 September2020 - Southport

Webmaster comments   Know the feeling Noddy, we parted with ours a couple of years back - not easy.

Pete bibby | Peter-pambibby~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Hi Vic.I was in the Sqn from 59 to 64 and I remember you well. I was also in the boxing team that you were in charge of and I thiñk Dave Harvey was also involved in the coaching.I also remember that Terry Brown was my regular sparring partner.Good to hear from Vic.
Saturday 5 September2020 - Essex

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
Elliot was YOS and Jackson was FOS when we were in Cyprus and at home.
Wednesday 2 September2020 - Whitley Bay

ralph porter | ralph~DOT~porter~AT~216parasigs~DOT~org~DOT~uk
When we were in Cyprus 63 the FoS was skull Elliot and Jackson was also there so he must of been YoS did you take over from him Vic Terry Brown would know ?
Tuesday 1 September2020 - uk

Webmaster comments   I think Elliot was YoS and Jackson FoS.

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Hi Vic, indeed I remember you. I arrived at the squadron as an 18 year-old and I guess you thought I was wouldn't last long. Anyway, I was the youngest Yeoman in the Corps at age 22 and left the Army as a WO1 at the age of 29, all no doubt thanks to the experience in the squadron. You were ancient to me then so I reckon you must be knocking on a bit now! best wishes
Monday 31 August2020 - Pateley Bridge

Noddy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Hello Vic, we had some good laughs in the Sqn back then.We met up again in Blandford I was Sgt at the P.T. school and you were on a y.o.s. refresher.we went out for a stroll not sure which town.you always tried to convince me I was too young to get married, well its 58 years in March.Good to hear from you fond regards Nod.
Monday 31 August2020 - Southport

Dave Jackson | davejack2169~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Hi Vic. You was the YOS when I arrived as a brand new TE tech. Brilliant Sqn. Retired as WO1 FoS back in 216. Happy and memorable days.
Monday 31 August2020 - Aldershot

Vic Kelly | jokelly015~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Thanks for all the responses and I remember you all too. These days living rather more quietly after sixty years now with Josephine. Will follow this site now but if anyone wants to use email, then that would be fine.
Saturday 29 August2020 - BH31 7DD

Webmaster comments   Welcome to the OCA.

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
When I was in the Sqn Vic was in charge of the boxing team of which I was member along with Vic Zimmer, Rod Cunningham, Jock Connaty and more. If I remember correctly either Hull or Hull Kingston Rovers bought Clive out of the Army to play for them. He also sprinted for the Army, 100yards as it was then. Clive was a great sportsman and colleage. His son Anthony also played for the same Hull team.
Wednesday 26 August2020 - Whitley Bay

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Clive Sullivan - The following request is from the current RSM of 216. Can you help.

Thank you for the email. The Corps are planning on producing a short article on Clive in the Autumn edition of The Wire. To assist with the article and ensure 216 is recognised can you please offer any stories or memories of Clive’s time in the Sqn? My plan is to collate and then submit to the Corps.

Some ideas:

1. What he was like as a person?

2. Was he a sports person? Did he represent the Sqn?

3. What tours / overseas exercise did he deploy on?

4. Any highlights from his time in the Sqn?

Your help is greatly appreciated.

Contact RSM John Miller

John.Miller853@mod.gov.uk
Tuesday 25 August2020

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Heard about Vic but never knew him as he must have joined the Squadron after I left.
Tuesday 25 August2020

ralph porter | ralph~DOT~porter~AT~216parasigs~DOT~org~DOT~uk
always remember Vic Kelly did you take over from Jackson in the sixties also you ran the boxing team
Tuesday 25 August2020 - uk

Webmaster comments   If I recall, Vic was the YOS and Jackson was the FOS.

Gus Hartley | Gushartley~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Vic, I certainly do, I went YofS an retired WO1, a good squadron, Gus
Monday 24 August2020 - Darwen

Vic Kelly | jokelly015~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Anyone out there remember me? Trying to obtain list of past and present sqn names.
Monday 24 August2020 - Nr Ringwood Hants

Webmaster comments   YOS Comms Troop back end of 60's -remember you well.KW

Rex couch | Rexcouch~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
I had a look at the match Saki was referring to regarding Clive Sullivan and the photo is Clive with Geff Tidiman to his right shoulder and it is Noddie Irwin on his left. I can't recognise the other man.
Sunday 23 August2020 - Birmingham

Noddy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Well spotted Gus,cant remember the lad on the extreme left but that was early morning in Volos Greece 1962.
Sunday 23 August2020 - Southport

Gus Emery | kenemery~AT~btopenworld~DOT~com
Hi Dave, on one of the photographs he is with Connie Francis (plate 271x266) cant help with the other one but it is defiantly Geoff Tiddeman. Is the one on the right a young Noddy???
Sunday 23 August2020 - Hampshire

Dave Finer | davefiner216~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Watching Rugby League on BBC 1 this afternoon they showed a clip of Clive Sullivan ex 216, played for Hull and England. Showed briefly a photo of him and 3 other guys in shorts and red berets somewhere hot. Think one of the guys ws Geoff Tidiman.Any info on the other two? Sqn, Hull and Rugby League Legend was Clive.Google him! Saki
Saturday 22 August2020 - Hart Village Hartlepool

Noddy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Didn't have the pleasure to have met Paul condolences to all his family.R.I.P. Paul.
Wednesday 19 August2020 - Southport

Geoff Guy | geoffguy~DOT~gg~AT~gmail~DOT~com
R.I.P Paul, so,sad.
Friday 14 August2020 - Bradford

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
RIP Paul
Thursday 13 August2020 - Whitley Bay

Mick(Taff) Finn | exparasig~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
So sorry to hear the sad news about Paul, another airborne brother taken to early from us. condolences to the family RIP
Wednesday 12 August2020 - Wrexham

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Never knew Paul as he joined the Squadron a few years after I left but met him at the reunions condolences to the family.
RIP Paul
Tuesday 11 August2020 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

WILLIAM HASLAM | haslam216~AT~icloud~DOT~com
My thoughts are with his family. We joined the Sqn at the same time, and had many memorable moments. Sleep well my friend.
Tuesday 11 August2020 - Northampton

Lynn Bailey | Baileylynn874~AT~aol~DOT~com
So Sorry to heat the sad news R.I.P. Paul condolences to all the family.
Monday 10 August2020 - Hereford

Geoff (Geordie) Frazer | geofffrazer~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Sorry to hear of the passing of Paul Hatchman, deepest sympathy to all the family at this sad and difficult time.
Monday 10 August2020 - Worcester

Rick Richardson | george291~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Another Airborne Brother taken too soon. Proud to have served with Paul. My heartfelt condolences go out to Zara, William, Caroline and the rest of his Family
Monday 10 August2020 - Peterborough

ERIC RICHARDS | erichards1~AT~sky~DOT~com
Such sad news to hear that Paul has passed away he will be greatly missed. Our condolences to Zara and family RIP old friend
Sunday 9 August2020 - Tamworth

Norrie Clanachan | John~DOT~clanachan~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Haven't been able to use this means
For some time, so just a radio check
Sunday 9 August2020 - Coleraine N.I

Webmaster comments   Loud & Clear

Gus Hartley | Gushartley~AT~gmail~DOT~com
So sorry to hear this sad news, condolences to the family, Paul was a good friend and comrade and will be sadly missed.
Saturday 8 August2020 - Darwen

Steve(Paddy)Beattie | s_h_beattie~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden passing of our friend and comrade Paul at home in Kenya. Margaret and I send our sincere condolences to Sara, William and family here in UK. RIP Paul
Saturday 8 August2020 - Burnley Lancs

Larry cardwell | Davidcardwell399~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
So sad to hear the news about Paul. Took over from me in N.I. Top man. God Bless you Paul. Sincere condolences to Zara and William.
Friday 7 August2020 - Longside

Dave Iackson | davejack2169~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Very sad to hear that Paul has passed away. The final RV greets another Airb Warrior to its ranks. RIP Airborne Brother
Condolences to the family at this sad and difficult time.
Friday 7 August2020 - Aldershot

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Sad news from John Aspinall - Paul Hatchman.

Could you please put a notice on our website announcing the death of Paul Hatchman, who passed away early this morning whilst living in KENYA. He leaves his wife Zara and son William. Another of the 16 PARA BDE 216 Old and Bold, a good friend who will be sadly missed by all who served with him.

John A
Friday 7 August2020

Webmaster comments   R.I.P Paul Hatchman - Airborne Brother. Sincere condolences Zara and Family.

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Hi Bill, just reading on the news about a lad who puts some of your tricks into second place, he decided to ask his girl to marry him by spelling it out in their flat with lit candles - he burnt the flat out!, he sounds like Squadron material. She is even dafter as she said yes
Thursday 6 August2020 - Pateley Bridge

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Bainbridges in Newcastle ceased trading under that name sometime early in the 2000s, I think it's part of the John Lewis setup now
Wednesday 5 August2020 - Pateley Bridge

Webmaster comments   Shame- and now John Lewis is not doing so good.

Terry Brown | Terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
My first married quarter was a hiring in Cove. We were soon attacked by cat fleas, cats belonging to owner. Robbie Laing quickly got us moved to a quarter in Willems Park, Norrie House next to Roy Koto. One day Viv saw a man and women looking around outside the quarters. She investigated and was told by the gent that he was Lord Norrie and the quaters were named after him. Viv invited them in for a cup of tea and discovered the lady was Miss Bainbridge a well known department store in Newcastle. They enjoyed a Geordie welcome.
Tuesday 4 August2020 - Whitley Bay

Webmaster comments   I wonder if Bainbridge is still going? Anymore happy tales from the old days.

Chris White | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Quite Right Alan. Do I. As a young lad getting married at 18yrs and not entitled to a married quarter until 18yrs i bought a 22 foot standard size caravan off of Gus Emery for £220. Lived in it with my then wife Mo for a number of years before buying a 36 ft caravan.I remember it arriving on the back of a load loader at the site just as I as having to go on an exercise as the met check had cleared us to Parachute. The lorry drivver refused to position the caravan where I wanted it to go. A couple of 1 Para blokes go hold of him and said "You will put the caravan where we tell you to put it. When I came home some days later the caravan was where we wanted it and all connected up. More to follow.
Chris
Monday 3 August2020 - Llanelly Hill

Webmaster comments   36ft sounds a bit posh!!

Bernie McDonough | bbgonebiking~AT~ hotmail~DOT~com
Regarding the post about Pegasus village. I remember babysitting for Paddy Bolland and some other married guys in the squadron in !965!But I can't remember how much I was paid.
Sunday 2 August2020 - Horsham West Sussex

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