Social history is worth recording, Lynn News letters
While he was in Sydney I was on secondment from the RAF to the Royal Australian Air Force, stationed at RAAF Base Darwin in the Northern Territory. I left Oz in 1967, returning to the RAF in Singapore.
I think that his idea of writing it all down for the next generation is brilliant, because I’ve been doing exactly the same thing for a number of years now. Having spent a total of 31 years in the RAF, joining as a sixteen-year-old aircraft engineering apprentice, I’ve entitled mine “An Airman’s Story.” During those 31 years I made notes which were then converted into a short chapter of each particular event.
Having also been a photographer all of my adult life these memories have been backed up by the contents of currently 37 photo albums, the first one started in 1957, plus some 600 colour slides, showing my RAF career, family, holidays, effectively a pictorial history as well.
Like Wensum, I travelled all over the world, being stationed in Australia, Singapore, Malaya, Thailand, Cyprus, Malta, Sardinia and Germany. Not forgetting secondment to the Royal New Zealand Air Force too. These secondments forged lifelong friendships which have resulted in some wonderful holidays in New Zealand in later years.
I’d like to think that my grandchildren, still very young might show an interest in grandad’s “war stories” when they’re older. The opening chapter starts with my parents and their backgrounds plus where and when I was born and my schooldays.
For those ex-service like myself there is a chap named Tod Nicol who carries out home visits, filming and interviewing people who served in HM Forces. It doesn’t matter if you were National Service, regular or volunteer reserve, if he thinks there a story there he’ll travel to meet you.
He interviewed me and my wife Lesley, who is ex-WRAF.
I wish Wensum loads of luck and to keep writing it down, what we as individuals do at any point in time is a social history of our nation and is worth recording for future generations.