Cottesmore was my introduction to bomber command and the big delta ‘beasties’.

Our task as RAD policemen was to guard the QRA (Fully loaded and ready to go) anytime on dispersals at the eastern end of the runway. Dispersals 17-20. Literally in the middle of nowhere except for the ground crew buildings.

The tannoy would announce the alert ‘Edom 02 or 05.’ 02 was a start up and taxi onto the runway. The power of those engines starting within yards of you was something never to be forgotten. The waiting as the three sat at the runway was daunting! Thankfully they never had to take off as I wouldn’t be writing this!!!