I was captain of a QRA Victor 2 of No 100 Sqdn at RAF Wittering on the night of 22 nova 1963, playing MaJong with my crew in the Mess, when the 6:30pm BBC news broadcast was interrupted by the announcer who said in effect:

‘We are receiving reports of an assassination attempt on the life of President Kennedy at Dallas Texas.’

Within second the station tannoy rang the alarm bells and announced:

‘This is the Bomber controller; QRA force Readiness 05.’

We moved swiftly to our QRA dispersal, where we boarded our aircraft and awaited the next order.