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Rev Michael George Clifton said on May 24, 2013 12:06 PM

My father Charles Samuel Clifton was conscripted during the first world war and served at the airfield from l917 until l919. He served as ground crew only and may have been a messenger as he certainly had a motor bike at that time. He died in 1963 and was proud of his time in the Air force and often wore the RAF tie. I have his call up notice and somewhere his appointment to the airfield. I do not suppose you have many records yet of those who served in the Great War there ? I hope to visit the Museum and bring down the call up sign and the appointment if I can find it. Fr Michael Clifton, retired CAtholic Priest now aged 78.

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Susan Cooper said on May 19, 2013 1:13 PM

MY father Brian PA Coneybeare was at North Weald Airbase in from June 1940 Sept 1940. I see his notes which are jumbled "Sept 15 1940 Spits shot down 75 enemy. Sept 7th 1940. London , 11 miles of dockland on Fire and burning. Round th clock bombing. Sept- 25 men of my groupkilled in daylight raid. (I had day pass and had gone to London for the Day.- Thank GOd. We moved out of Norht Weald to Epping and slept on grass banks in Main Street.- Bombing continued.- Local halls and cinemas full of refugees from Eastend of London Bombing. Mainly women and children - homeless. Later we moved to a New RAF fighter Base in Herts. North Weald fighter Donaldson, Hamer ad Wright. Fighter Aces Hamer? killed in a victory roll on returning to North Weald Base." That is all I have, he later went into the ships from the air arm. Obviously some info is not correct but this is his memoir. He was 17 years old.

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Stephen Grist said on Apr 28, 2013 7:23 PM

My father John Grist served on Halifax Bombers as a Flt Eng and was based at Pocklington in Yorkshire during 2nd WW. He was based at North Weald in March 1946 as a Flt Lt. I have a drawing of him at home complete with his pipe and a fire engine rushing past in the background. Do you have any information about him. Regards.

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Margaret Van den Bergh nee Marshall said on Jan 8, 2013 8:27 PM

I was a plotter at Blake Hall in 1942 before being posted to Foulness then to Beachy Head as radar op. Can anyone put me in touch with any of the Beachy Head (GCI) people?

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John Catchpole said on Dec 6, 2012 2:54 PM

I was a member of 71MU Bicester in the ROS (Repair on Site)section, responsible for Airframes. North Weald was a "customer" for CAT 3 repairs first on Meteors Mk 8 in 1954 and Hunters "Treble one" in about 1955. Did they ever touch in flight ? I dont know but we did repair some wing tips !!. My section leader was John Ward and section c/o was Flight Leutenant Lawrance. Anyone part of the recovery gang who collected a Hunter from Wethersfield USAF base?. Anyone remember the Dennis Fire engine which "blew up " chasing a meteor landing wheels up ?. Happy days the like of which is doubtful that will ever be repeated in spite of the cold war and knowing we were targets.

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Paul Batman said on Nov 26, 2012 4:34 AM

My great uncle Sgt Ralph Batman was at North Weald with 222 Squadron from Dec 1941 to April 1942. He was MIA on 28th April 1942 on 144 Circus operation over St Omer. We have researched this operation and it appears he was shot down by Rudi Pflanz from JG 2. If anyone who knows of my uncle I would be very pleased to correspond with them.

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Derek Smith said on Nov 23, 2012 6:40 PM

My father was based at Northweald during 1939/40 and I have a Xmas menue (1939) here in some papers along with some photographs given to me by my late mother. My fathers full name was Lionel Reginald Frederick Smith nickname Smudge. Can anybody help me find any information relating to my father. Not sure of his squadron Thank you Derek Smith

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Tom Day said on Sep 18, 2012 4:36 PM

I was a Cpl mess steward in the Officers Mess 1954 - 1956 . does anyone remember me.

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Dr Gerald Legg said on Aug 28, 2012 8:20 PM

My father John Horace Legg served at North Weald during the Battle of Britain as ground crew (he was going to train as a fighter pilot but his young wife fell pregnant (my elder brother) (she lived in Chingford, not far away) and this was a strong enough reason not to do so). Unforunately I can not rember his squadron and my mother who is 92 is having trouble remembering. I still possess a rare 24 hour Le Coutre cockpit time of flight chronometer removed from a badly shot-up Hurricane (now serviced and in working order; see chelifer.com/clock). His sqaudron later went elsewhere, including Wick. Should you have any information that might be useful to me to help build a better picture of his time at North Weald I would be most grateful. We do have some photographs, but I am not sure if any include North Weald. Thanking you in anticipation,# Dr Gerald Legg Hurstpierpoint, Sussex

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William Roe said on Aug 8, 2012 7:23 PM

Served as an armourer in the Station Armoury & on the squadrons as needed in the 1950's. Was demobbed from RAF North Weald.

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