I was born in Edlington, a mining village near Doncaster.

My father was a minter and my brother was a pilot in the RAF in the latter stages of WW2. I joined the RAF in Jan 1956 ages 20, did initial training at Cardington, Bridgenorth and the radio school at Yatesbury. Posted to RAF Ternhill I worked on Prop Provosts at the flight training squadron.

In November 1956 I obtained a transfer posting to RAF Waddington in Lincs. Worked on Canberra’s with 21 Squadron till it disbanded in 1957. Transferred to 230 OCU and got my first sight of the Vulcan b1 bomber. Shining white with a sound I had never heard before. It was mesmerising.

Worked with the Vulcans before going back to RAF Yatesbury in 1958 and then 1960, to do my Air Wireless Fitters course. Completed this and worked with 44 Squadron and 83 as well as 230 OCU. On of the highlights was being pat of a team doing the 4 minute scramble times, we did a 77 second scramble with 44 Sqdn at Wadding which beat our rivals at Scampton.

During the ‘Cold War’ we slept at the side of the 4 aircraft ready for any alert. We thought the Vulcan was the best thing in the air and when we were on courses it was a bragging thing to be able to say ‘Oh, I work on the Vulcan’. One of the lowlights was the hours spent with a tin of Wadpol getting the extra shine on the large wing area.

In 1961 I did the special course on the Electronic Counter Measures (ECM) course at Yatesbury. On completion I was working on the Vulcan fitting ECM to them and was attached to RAF Finningley doing the same with 50 and 101 squadrons.

In 1963 I was posted to RAF muharraq in Bahrain for 12 months and upon return was posted to Lindholme.

I was very proud when 607 did the Falkland’s bombing proving again how good the aircraft is. It has been a privilege to have played a small part in the history of the Vulcan and still do my bit, contributing both to 558 and the south end Vulcan.

When 558 is grounded, I will still be near enough to visit and re-live memories which will always remain precious.