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Vectensian

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Re: RNAY Sydenham Later RAF Sydenham
« Reply #45 on: April 03, 2017, 05:40:47 PM »
My dad was stationed there in the Fleet Air Arm, 1945 to 1951. He was an inspector of aircraft. His name was John (Jack) CHOAT.

DesG

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Re: RNAY Sydenham Later RAF Sydenham - Apprentices 1960 intake
« Reply #46 on: February 16, 2018, 03:56:30 PM »
Hi All, sorry to be so slow in picking up the earlier messages (re April 17 and before). I was one of the first apprentices in the initial 1960 intake. I am looking for some history or memories from around that time. Does anyone know or remember John Gourlay (Donaghdee), Tim Gallagher (+ wee brother Fred), Bobby Potter, Bill Tierney or Dicky Vance? I am keen to hear from anyone who is in touch with, or has news of them. We had to transfer to RNAY Fleetlands in Gosport, Hampshire for 3 years because the Belfast training school had only just been started and there was no training centre. We transferred back to Belfast in September 1963 to complete the final 2 years of our training.

I am currently living in Kings Langley, Hertfordshire, but still attend reunions for DGA(n) and DGEng (Mod PE). I'd be pleased to hear from any interested parties.

Des

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Re: RNAY Sydenham Later RAF Sydenham
« Reply #47 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

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Re: RNAY Sydenham Later RAF Sydenham
« Reply #48 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.

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Re: RNAY Sydenham Later RAF Sydenham
« Reply #49 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 #50 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.

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Re: RNAY Sydenham Later RAF Sydenham
« Reply #51 on: January 12, 2020, 01:34:12 PM »
What does RNAY stand for?

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Re: RNAY Sydenham Later RAF Sydenham
« Reply #52 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 #53 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 #54 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.