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 People who served with 646SU in Germany

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eMeS
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Number of posts : 18
Age : 78
Localisation : Milton Keynes, UK
Cap Badge : RAF
Places Served : RAF Locking, 646SU at RAF Obernkirchen & RAF Scharfoldendorf
Registration date : 2012-09-11

PostSubject: People who served with 646SU in Germany   11/9/2012, 14:22

After trade training at RAF Locking, I was posted to 646SU in August 1958 when it was based at Obernkirchen - to the west of Hanover. Two months later in October 1958 we moved to RAF Scharfoldendorf where I served out my National Service - leaving in August 1959.

I have several photographs of the buildings and personnel, and would be willing to share if there's any interest.
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Number of posts : 1023
Localisation : Winnipeg Manitoba Canada
Cap Badge : RC Sigs (RTG Op) / CF Logistics (Cook)
Places Served : Germany, Egypt, Cyprus, CFS Alert and some other strange places
Registration date : 2007-12-16

PostSubject: Re: People who served with 646SU in Germany   15/9/2012, 22:51

eMeS wrote:
After trade training at RAF Locking, I was posted to 646SU in August 1958 when it was based at Obernkirchen - to the west of Hanover. Two months later in October 1958 we moved to RAF Scharfoldendorf where I served out my National Service - leaving in August 1959.

I have several photographs of the buildings and personnel, and would be willing to share if there's any interest.

There's always an interest eMes, even for those of different , service, time and place. Post'em man, we look forward to seeing them and any tales to go with your service.

Ahh yes. Welcome to the site. Pay no attentions to nurses orders, we all share our meds.
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Number of posts : 18
Age : 78
Localisation : Milton Keynes, UK
Cap Badge : RAF
Places Served : RAF Locking, 646SU at RAF Obernkirchen & RAF Scharfoldendorf
Registration date : 2012-09-11

PostSubject: Re: People who served with 646SU in Germany   16/9/2012, 01:59

Hi,

I'll start with one of the schloss at RAF Scharfoldendorf in January 1959. This housed the dining room, offices, chapel(?), and the library. On the roof was an observation tower with good views around the site, and where we sited aerials occasionally.



The building corner on the rhs is the NAAFI, and I was standing on the road from our barrack blocks.
Sited on the Ith Hills ridge, we had more or less continuous snow cover from December 1958 through to March 1959.
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Number of posts : 2986
Localisation : Camberley
Cap Badge : Royal Artillery
Places Served : Troon, Lippstadt, Devizes, NI, Paderborn, Dortmund, Colchester, Belize, Canada, Cyprus, Gutersloh
Registration date : 2010-10-26

PostSubject: Re: People who served with 646SU in Germany   16/9/2012, 05:33

Nice photograph. Times gone by.
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Number of posts : 1023
Localisation : Winnipeg Manitoba Canada
Cap Badge : RC Sigs (RTG Op) / CF Logistics (Cook)
Places Served : Germany, Egypt, Cyprus, CFS Alert and some other strange places
Registration date : 2007-12-16

PostSubject: Re: People who served with 646SU in Germany   16/9/2012, 10:41

Thanks eMeS
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Localisation : Mississauga
Cap Badge : The Royal Canadian Regiment
Places Served : 1977-80, London ON, Gagetown NB
Registration date : 2010-03-22

PostSubject: Re: People who served with 646SU in Germany   16/9/2012, 18:59

M,

I have to admit that RAFG is not my strongest area of knowledge. So, may I ask; what is an SU? I also don't recognize the RAF stations you've cited. Were they airfields?

By the way, nice shot of the station.

Cheers,
Dan.
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brum
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Number of posts : 2808
Age : 76
Localisation : Sandbach Cheshire
Cap Badge : RA/QOH
Places Served : JLRRA (Hereford) Nienburg Paderborn Colchester Munster Maresfield (Cyprus) Hohne Hemer Op Banner x4 Woolwich
Registration date : 2010-03-02

PostSubject: Re: People who served with 646SU in Germany   16/9/2012, 19:31

eMeS wrote:
Hi,

The building corner on the rhs is the NAAFI, and I was standing on the road from our barrack blocks.
Sited on the Ith Hills ridge, we had more or less continuous snow cover from December 1958 through to March 1959.

God, didn't it get cold over there !
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Number of posts : 18
Age : 78
Localisation : Milton Keynes, UK
Cap Badge : RAF
Places Served : RAF Locking, 646SU at RAF Obernkirchen & RAF Scharfoldendorf
Registration date : 2012-09-11

PostSubject: Re: People who served with 646SU in Germany   16/9/2012, 19:57

Dan M wrote:
M,

I have to admit that RAFG is not my strongest area of knowledge. So, may I ask; what is an SU? I also don't recognize the RAF stations you've cited. Were they airfields?

By the way, nice shot of the station.

Cheers,
Dan.

Hi Dan,

An "SU" was/is a Signals Unit. I don't know what others did but things like radio communication and similar.

The stations I served at in Germany were small and certainly weren't airfields, and in my two years of National Service I only saw RAF aircraft when they were flying along the valleys below us in the direction of the East German border, shortly before which they would turn round and return to their base. The Ith Hills ridge on which we were sited was around 330-360m (~1,000 - 1100') in our area, and hid the aircraft from East German radar.



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