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  The Webmaster is looking for the Station Badges of No. 3 Radio School RAF Compton Bassett and RAF Townsend. If you have a copy of these, black and white or colour, then the Webmaster would love to borrow the artwork be it in data (which can be emailed) or hard copy. Any artwork would be returned after scanning.

The great Trifle food poisoning episode of 1956.
from Sid Wright (visitor)

  Does anyone remember the great Trifle food poisoning episode of 1956 (I think), it made the national press. I was a lucky escapee. I refused to queue for meals so waited until almost mess closing time before going over to get dinner.
  On this particular day I had my dinner towards the end of play and was told that the 'sweet' trifle had all gone so that was that. The following day airmen were keeling over left right and centre with food poisoning which was eventually laid at the door of the cookhouse trifle.

Compton Bassett's Radio Station.
from Tas Cotton (visitor)

  Are any of the 'broadcasters' from Compton Bassett's Radio Station in touch with you. I only remember a Dave Cronin and an older chap called Pete who used to play the music of the day in 1960 when I was there as a Local Service WRAF learning the rudiments of teleprinting. Does anyone have a copy of the Murray Code or indeed a piece of Murray Code.
  I remember Mad Mary's mess, the best on the camp by far. Legend had it that she had been posted out several times but just refused to go. Everyone was so scared of her that no one challenged her. but she had a soft centre too. I remember volunteering for kitchen duty (as an alternative to cleaning windows and fire breaks) one Saturday morning. On arrival in her mess she set me and a couple of colleagues to washing a few pots, nothing grungy just cups plates etc. 15 minutes later when we were done she told us to go and clear one of the tables in the mess, telling us that she wanted the plates clearing. When we got there, she had laid out a breakfast to end all breakfasts with lashings of toast to go with eggs, bacon sausage, beans tomatoes, mushrooms and fried bread. The only snag -we had to wash our plates when we were finished. The best volunteering I ever did.

ww2 Airborne Radios
from John McMillan (visitor from Australia)

  Hello OM, I have read much of interest of the early days of Yatesbury, I refer specifically from 1942 onwards , having passed through the wop/air course early 43 and went on to Walney Island to attain the AG brevet. Over the years , many of the documentation of those days have disappeared, though I do recall that the CO at the time was a squadron Leader Klein who had a younger brother passing through the same course as the writer!!.
  My purpose in writing is to ask if there is any literature on the airborne radios 1082/1083 and T1154 and R1155 that our local RTTY group on Ham Radio can use in their weekly broadcasts.
  As a Life member of the RAFA, I have read much of the past but very little on the subject matter of airborne radios and perhaps you may have a member with a history that we could use.

The Guest Book.
Dennis Fallows

  Enjoyed the messages and interested to see so many people contribute. Unfortunately at 71 the memories get a little mixed up but I can recall some of the lessons we learned on the AWM course. I can almost smell the acid in the battery room and can remember skimming armatures etc. The Malcolm Club rings a few bells and I can remember filling in the time on guard duty in the freezing cold pushing my mate around on a bomb trolley to keep warm. Hopefully the enemy didn't get in that night! Good luck.

from Lionel (Jack) Frost (visitor from New Zeeland)

  I was an Instructor ay Yatesbury 1951 - 1956 in 4-wing, Air radar, mainly Rebecca. It would be good to hear from some of my old friends.

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