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Andypandy48

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Re: RNAY Sydenham Later RAF Sydenham
« Reply #45 on: December 28, 2019, 12:11:41 AM »
Hi all

Would anyone know of an Alex Dunne who worked in G shop in the 60s?

Thanks

DesG

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Re: RNAY Sydenham Later RAF Sydenham
« Reply #46 on: December 29, 2019, 05:57:46 PM »
I'm pleased to have a response to a message to my note sent quite sometime ago.  I assume the "G Shop" referred to was at RNAY Fleetlands in Gosport and not the RNAY Sydenham, Belfast.  Correct?  I'm keen to have any history from both Gosport or Sydenham RNAY aircraft yards apprentices or fitters from around the time of the 1960/1970's.  And later from the DGA(N) and from the MoD(PE) and DG Eng. which I joined in 1979 and continued until 2004.

Andypandy48

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Re: RNAY Sydenham Later RAF Sydenham
« Reply #47 on: December 30, 2019, 05:51:40 PM »
Hi there

Sorry its RNAY Sydenham. Alex Dunne was my Dad and worked there in G Shop in the 60s - not sure which role but have a vague memory of photos of him showing HM the Queen around. Maybe Im just imagining that!
He died 1969 and i do not have many things including photos of him and so was just wondering if anyone know him.

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Re: RNAY Sydenham Later RAF Sydenham
« Reply #48 on: January 09, 2020, 10:06:12 PM »
Hi All, my Dad, Bobby Shields, worked at Sydneham with the RN and RAF until it eventually closed. He joined the UDR part time while working there before getting a job with the Sultan if Oman's Airforce. I seem to remember been shown round HMS Ark Royal when she visited sometime in the 60s. Can anyone confirm the visit. Thanking you in advance for any information.

NPWH2019

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Re: RNAY Sydenham Later RAF Sydenham
« Reply #49 on: January 12, 2020, 01:34:12 PM »
What does RNAY stand for?

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« Reply #50 on: January 12, 2020, 03:06:37 PM »
 I HOPE THIS IS OF SOME HELP.

R.N.A.Y. - Royal Naval Air Yard
R.N.A.M.Y. - Royal Naval Aircraft Maintenance Yard
R.N.A.R.Y. - Royal Naval Aircraft Repair Yard
T.A.M.Y. - Transportable Aircraft Maintenance Yard

The site was specified as:  RNAMY BELFAST.

ACCOMMODATION
Living quarters at S. corner of the airfield and in Victoria Park, adjacent SW.
 
Capacity:
Officers:
58
Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings:
440
W.R.N.S. Officers:
6
W.R.N.S.  Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings;
125
 
ARMOURIES
To accommodate approx 1 squadrons.
 
COMPASS BASE
One, in A.M.Y., diameter 70'.
 
DISPERSAL
8 A/C standings off perimeter track on E. side and 9 on N. side.
 
HANGARS
Hangars in four main sites - Squadron on SW. side, Storage on NE and SW. side, Receipt & Despatch on W. side, and Class B repair yard on E. Side.
 
Number /Type
Size
Door Height
Door Width
1 x Bellman (Squadron)
176' x 95'
25'
90'
1 x Bellman (Squadron)
210' x 82'
20'
200'
7 x Mains (Storage)
60' x 70'
17'
55'
4 Fromson (Receipt & Despatch)
92' x 70'
17'
55'
1 x T.2 (Receipt & Despatch)
240' x 114'
25'
113' 6"
1 x T.2 (Air yard)
240' x 114'
25'
113' 6"
5 x Pentad (Repair yard)
185' x105'
25'
105'
8 x Workshops
84' x 60'
10'
10'
4 x  Bessonneau
temporary hangers used to aircraft assembly at the disembarkation site.
138' x 64' 10''
13' 2''
 
64' 10'
 
MEDICAL
Sick Bay on S. side of airfield, near hangars.
 
METEOROLOGICAL
Meteorological office in the Control building. Fill meteorological service by Naval personnel available.
 
FUEL AND OIL
Aviation:
Storage for 4,000 gallons. All grades available.
M/T:
1.200 gallons
Oil :
No permanent storage.
 
 
TEST BASE
Proposed but not built.
 
TEST BUTT
M.G. range on SE. side of airfield.
 
WORKSHOPS
R.N.A.M.Y. facilities.
 
VISITORS
Visitors parking area behind Control Building.
 
EXPLOSIVES
No known. Practice stocks to provision 2 T.B.R. and 1 F.R. squadron to be held.
 
BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES
Wartime only
Air to air
One.
A/S bombing
One.
 
Information taken from CB 4368 B. Admiralty Handbook of Naval Air Stations Aug. 45 & BR. 1807 Admiralty Handbook of Royal Naval Air Stations Home and Abroad. Mar. 1949  Sep. 1955

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Re: RNAY Sydenham Later RAF Sydenham
« Reply #51 on: January 12, 2020, 03:18:06 PM »
Thanks, just did not know what the initials stood for.

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Re: RNAY Sydenham Later RAF Sydenham
« Reply #52 on: January 13, 2020, 12:22:00 AM »
During my time in Shorts in the 1980's, I worked with a couple of 'oul hands' who told me they served in RAF Sydenham.
 One of them worked as an armourer, he was called Sid (I have forgotten his surname) and told me about test firing aircraft guns into the sand pits.
The other was called Frankie Eccles and he said he had a vice with curved jaws... for holding oleo legs.

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« Reply #53 on: April 28, 2020, 02:01:00 PM »
Hello Des,
I'm surprised I remember so much, but then this set me up for an incredible carrer in aerospace. I was a 1971 intake A/E apprentice and completed the apprenticeship in 1977 as I was released to complete a HND, as an indentured apprentice every day not worked had to be made up.
The Station commander in 1971 was AJ Monk and in 1977 under the RAF it was Group Captain L Jackson, our Training Officer was Jack Mc Keown who was assisted by Harry?. There were at least two other instructors Malcom ? Who supervised the Friday outward bound activities and X Mc Graw.
Some names not necessarily from my intake were Hughie Campbell (later worked for BAW together with his wife Laura), Francis Art, Whiteside?, Crooks?, Moore?, Caulfield and Ricky Carswell (think his father worked in the DO); I have a photo of some others but no names.
I was xferred to London for a while and worked with the MoD Quality Directorate in Shorts and at their Missle Systems Division, later left to join Learfan.
Just retired after 35 years from Airbus in Toulouse France.

Ps the Buccaneer that went down was XV339 in 1972, I recall us all being asked if we had worked on the aircraft.

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Re: RNAY Sydenham Later RAF Sydenham
« Reply #54 on: May 28, 2020, 01:59:26 PM »
Hi DesG, John from D'dee here. Retired in Scotland. Don't know about the others but Bill Tierney is deceased. Come across your post nothing better to do in lockdown.