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steve jones
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PostSubject: Cyprus   11/11/2010, 20:15

I see cyprus has been mentioned in another thread. I went there in '74 with 2 Queens as part fo the UN. Me and another mechanic called Brian Allot. I do remeber it as a good time, though the detail is a bit vague. !!! too much brandy i think.
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Places Served : Dad, Hamburg, Bad Oeynhausen, Iserlohn, Bury, Osnabruck, Worcester. Me Detmold, Bielefeld, NI, HK
Registration date : 2008-01-03

PostSubject: Re: Cyprus   12/11/2010, 10:42

I've been to Cyprus many times but never on a posting. Once when the Turks invaded working with the British High Commission arranging evacuations, and 3 times on coffer installations.

and more times than I can count on holiday. Smile
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Places Served : Tidworth, Sennelarger, Werl, Munsterlager, Catterick, Paderborn, Ripon, Detmold, Marchwood.
Registration date : 2009-02-05

PostSubject: Re: Cyprus   12/11/2010, 11:59

I went there in 1980 with the Transport Squadron i was with. Only problem was they took me as the Electrician and i wasnt needed. Spent 4 of the 6 months UN tour working as part of the staff at the Parachute Centre in Dhekelia.

This is me on my first day in Nicosia at the back of the Workshop accomodation.

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PostSubject: Re: Cyprus   12/11/2010, 12:36

Awe!!!!so young and innocent looking Smile
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Places Served : Troon, Lippstadt, Devizes, NI, Paderborn, Dortmund, Colchester, Belize, Canada, Cyprus, Gutersloh
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PostSubject: Re: Cyprus   12/11/2010, 14:03

Nice shoes - were you in the RASC as well? Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Cyprus   12/11/2010, 14:12

Hee, naughty naughty

They were probably brand new desi wellies mate. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Cyprus   14/11/2010, 21:37

Nice photo Nobby. I never got to jump at Nicosia, but we did do a lot of sea kayaking, which was fun given it was supposed to be a trouble hot spot.
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PostSubject: Re: Cyprus   15/11/2010, 10:38

I managed a spot of that Steve, that and water skiing, good fun. Smile
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Localisation : Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada V2S 7C5
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Places Served : Catterick (1951) - BAOR (1952 -1954)-(Herford - Bunde - Munster) - Japan (Kure) - Korea (Pusan - Seoul) - Cyprus (Nicosia) - Suez Op (1st Guards Brigade) - UK (63 Sigs Regt TA, Southampton)
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PostSubject: Re: Cyprus   15/11/2010, 16:25

Wasn't all 'fun and sticky buns' in 1954 ... Jesus 1954 .. no wonder I'm losing some of the threads on this site ..

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PostSubject: Re: Cyprus   15/11/2010, 17:16

steve jones wrote:
Nice photo Nobby. I never got to jump at Nicosia, but we did do a lot of sea kayaking, which was fun given it was supposed to be a trouble hot spot.


Had a jump at Larnaca once.
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Localisation : Sandbach Cheshire
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Places Served : JLRRA (Hereford) Nienburg Paderborn Colchester Munster Maresfield (Cyprus) Hohne Hemer Op Banner x4 Woolwich
Registration date : 2010-03-02

PostSubject: Re: Cyprus   15/11/2010, 18:09


Not Nicosia then ?
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PostSubject: Re: Cyprus   15/11/2010, 20:12

I think we all got a jump at Nicosia, but i was talking about a skydive. i seem to remeber nobby that they only opperated in the morning because the wind always came up in the afternoon. of course these were the days of round parachutes and so a little wind, especially if you lived on an island, could be a problem.
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PostSubject: Re: Cyprus   15/11/2010, 20:20

brum wrote:

Not Nicosia then ?


Nicosia was for "Other Ranks". Sniff......
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PostSubject: Re: Cyprus   15/11/2010, 21:04

steve jones wrote:
I think we all got a jump at Nicosia, but i was talking about a skydive. i seem to remeber nobby that they only opperated in the morning because the wind always came up in the afternoon. of course these were the days of round parachutes and so a little wind, especially if you lived on an island, could be a problem.

Your right there Steve. Meant i could work in the morning and be on the beach in the afternoon.

Here is a pic of a round that looks like rags.

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PostSubject: Re: Cyprus   15/11/2010, 21:27

Nice one mate, its a Para Commander of some kind. I remember advancing to one of those and thinking i was really hot stuff. prior to that it was T10 LL or TU's. i was so glad when squares were invented !!!!!
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Places Served : Carlisle AAS, Aden, Hildesheim, Bordon, Fallingbostel, Dover, NI Tours, Osnabruck, Herford, Muenster, UN Nicosia, SBA Dhekellia Cyprus x2, Waterbeach, Civi Street 1988. Retired from VOSA 2007.
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PostSubject: Re: Cyprus   15/11/2010, 22:08

Anybody do 'Kingsfield' Dhekelia?

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PostSubject: Re: Cyprus   15/11/2010, 22:18

Happy days at Sennelager along with Pete Hough (later REME Free Fall Team). Chief Instructor Bob Ackerman. Great guy. Great times!



Rheingold is the plane. - The pilot even entrusted us to do the Annual Service on the plane with him..

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PostSubject: Re: Cyprus   15/11/2010, 22:46

alan8376 wrote:
Happy days at Sennelager along with Pete Hough (later REME Free Fall Team). Chief Instructor Bob Ackerman. Great guy. Great times!



Rheingold is the plane. - The pilot even entrusted us to do the Annual Service on the plane with him..


Now there is a name from the past. Pete Hough.

I was on the Freefall team with Pete, and a few others. Wally Wallace, Mike Smith, Pete Padley.
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PostSubject: Re: Cyprus   16/11/2010, 09:11

alan8376 wrote:
Anybody do 'Kingsfield' Dhekelia?



What did she look like? Embarassed Embarassed
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Registration date : 2008-01-03

PostSubject: Re: Cyprus   16/11/2010, 09:39

That's where we landed in the Herc from Germany when the Turks invaded, just a grass strip in the middle of nowhere. It's also where we took refugees to be flown back to the UK. I doubt they flew the whole way in a herc so there must have been some other place to land and put them on a civil flight. Am I right in believing that Nicosia was the only airport on the island at the time.
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Places Served : Carlisle AAS, Aden, Hildesheim, Bordon, Fallingbostel, Dover, NI Tours, Osnabruck, Herford, Muenster, UN Nicosia, SBA Dhekellia Cyprus x2, Waterbeach, Civi Street 1988. Retired from VOSA 2007.
Registration date : 2009-07-28

PostSubject: Re: Cyprus   16/11/2010, 11:21

Here is a photo of Kingsfield Airstrip, Dhekelia. The strip is now tarmac.

LH middle: is a Hercules cammed up (not really effective!). There again, that is why this photo was taken, as the MOD was developing methods for planes.

Top left: is the road from Dhekelia going to Pergamos Camp

Rh top: Shows the water tanks for drinking water


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PostSubject: Re: Cyprus   16/11/2010, 14:17

Pergamos forest is where the Majority of Turkish refugees fleeing the fighting we kept and being guarded by 1 or 2 Para? I think.
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PostSubject: Re: Cyprus   16/11/2010, 19:24

wally wallace and pete hough i knew. jumped with wally at natherhaven years after i left BAOR. i did my first ever jump with the parachute display team, i was at Arborfield with 32 AYT, they were just up the road. i organised a bunch of youths from wokingham to do a one jump course at Brize Norton. Shortly after that i got posted back to munster and did a course at RAPA, and the rest as they say is history.
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Localisation : Scarfskerry, Caithness
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Places Served : Paderborn, London, Rheindahlen, Dhekelia, Laarbruch, Brunssum, Hannover, Minden, Bulford, London
Registration date : 2008-11-22

PostSubject: Re: Cyprus   16/11/2010, 23:17

jim wrote:
That's where we landed in the Herc from Germany when the Turks invaded, just a grass strip in the middle of nowhere. It's also where we took refugees to be flown back to the UK. I doubt they flew the whole way in a herc so there must have been some other place to land and put them on a civil flight. Am I right in believing that Nicosia was the only airport on the island at the time.

Kingsfield was a tarmac strip even in 1974. We couldn't afford the grass. Up until the Greek Officer Cadre's attempted coupe and the subsequent Turkish invasion it had been used for gliding and parachuting. The evacuated refugees had to endure a +9 hour flight to the UK depending on the wind. It was only really used in the early phase of the evacuations.
Nicosia airport was the civil airport. It's Control Tower was run by the RAF. It was closed temporarily.
RAF Akrotiri was used to evacuate refugees from the WSBA and later also took evacuees from the ESBA.

With the refugees all the families living outwith the SBAs were flown home too. BFBS Radio's most requested song at the time was, "When will I see you again," by the Three Degrees. It was played day and night until we were all sick of it!
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Registration date : 2008-11-22

PostSubject: Re: Cyprus   17/11/2010, 11:46

I have to laugh. We had a view people who didn't like Cyprus, it was too far from home, you couldn't get this or that, it was too hot or it was too cold. What really PMO was some whingers even complained, "There's nothing to do!"
Our family was young but there were fantastic beaches. Aya Nappa was still a sleepy village just an hour away. In and around Dhekelia there was dinghy sailing, scuba diving, water skiing, parachuting and a whole myriad of social clubs incuding Scottish Country Dancing!
As far as we were concerned it was our best posting, a two-and-a-half year holiday with minor interruptions for work.
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