B(PR)K.1 WZ397 of 543 Squadron, RAF Wyton, 1963; author
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Brian Bowbrick from SUFFOLK.
Posted at 10:34pm on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
Started my apprenticeship at Weybridge in 1954 when No.4 Aircraft was at then front of the assembly hangar. Lots of memories including hand filing .5 inch off of the engine intake profile plates which were solid Mild Steel when the egine intakes were changed. Also now have hearing problems in both ears due to weeks spent on rivetting the wing surface panels which were the last
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Ted Firth from Chelmsford
Posted at 7:23pm on Sunday, January 8th, 2012
Joined 49sqdr when it was reformed at R A F Wittering in 1956
KEITH MELLOWES from STAMFORD
Posted at 5:05pm on Monday, December 5th, 2011
Joined the Squadron after completing
basic trade training.A great shame that the spars were subject to metal fatigue, the Victor was its replacement but there were a lot of upset Aircraft Servicing Chiefs when the Valiants were being broken up
Stephen Dragoon from london
Posted at 6:34pm on Friday, July 1st, 2011
my father flew on this aircraft, squadron 207 flight lefttennant Dragoon. plane number was xd404 based at raf marham. brought back memories when he saw the very last one some time back at raf hendon. now in raf cosford :)
John Simpson from Nevendon
Posted at 7:25am on Sunday, May 1st, 2011
Very proud to have served on No: 543 Squadron as an Air Wireless Fitter; have many memories of the Valiant and the Victor that followed it. As well as memories of RAF Wyton, which I return to occasionally.
Ken Scofield from Lossiemouth
Posted at 3:01pm on Monday, February 14th, 2011
First of many squadrons I served on and will always have a soft spot for both the squadron and the aircraft. Very overlooked aircraft by its older"V"
Neil Jury from Derbyshire
Posted at 10:18am on Tuesday, February 8th, 2011
Joined 7 Sqd after trade training
at Yatesbury as airwireless fitter
Joiner Sqd 1958-61 at Honington then to Whittering . A great sqd.
David Lloyd from Hampshire
Posted at 11:25am on Monday, December 27th, 2010
Probably the first aircraft I worked on after training as Air Wireless Mech about 1959 at Wyton