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"WE TRAINED TO SERVE"

This acrylic painting
was done by
ex-Boy Entrant Neil Wooding
from 16/17 Entry
to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1st (1947) Entry.

I joined the British Royal Air Force as a Boy Entrant Telegraphist in 1955 at the age of 15-1/2. If you wish to read more about a Boy Entrants life, then just click here.

This is the final photograph of the 26th Boy Entrants taken in 1956 at RAF Cosford, England. It is the Telegraphists and Cooks of the 26th Entry. No. 1 Squadron, No. 1 Wing. The photo was taken April 1957. Just click on the magnifying glass below to go to a larger image. Can you recognize any of these fine lads? Can you find me?

The first Canadian RAFBEA reunion was held on October 6, 2001 in beautiful Calgary.

The RAFBEA reunion was held at RAF Cosford September 7 and 8, 2002.

The second RAFBEA (North America) Reunion was held in Vancouver in 2002.

The third RAFBEA (North America) Reunion was held in Las Vegas November 23-24, 2003.

The RAFBEA reunion was held in England September 11-12, 2004.

The Fourth Annual North American RAFBEA reunion was held in Calgary October 8-11, 2004.

Click HERE to visit the Fifth Annual RAFBEA North American Reunion which was held in Niagara Falls on June 4-5, 2005.

The Sixth Annual RAFBEA North American Reunion was held in sunny San Diego, California on October 27-28, 2006.

The Seventh Annual RAFBEA North American Reunion was held October 26-27, 2007 in the beautiful city of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

The Eighth Annual RAFBEA North American Reunion was held in the fun city of Las Vegas at the Monte Carlo Hotel. The reunion dates were Sunday November 9 - Monday November 10, 2008.

The Ninth Annual RAFBEA North American Reunion was held in the beautiful city of Banff at the Banff Springs Hotel. The reunion dates were October 18-19, 2009.

The Tenth Annual RAFBEA North American Reunion which was held in Florida October 17-18, 2011.

Click HERE to visit the 11th Annual RAFBEA North American Reunion was held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The reunion dates were September 29 - October 1, 2011.

Click HERE to visit the 12th Annual RAFBEA North American Reunion which was held in Palm Springs, California October 19-22, 2012.

Click HERE to visit the 13th Annual RAFBEA North American Reunion which was held in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada September 13-15, 2013.

The 14th Annual RAFBEA North American Reunion will be held in Arizona; details to follow.

This picture was taken September 10, 2000 at RAF Cosford in the Fulton Block mess hall. From left to right: Mel White, Tony Gardener, Alan Mackay, me (Mike Claydon)Terry Wilson, Don Bamford, Laurie Turner, and Chris Simpson.

This sign was unveiled at the RAF reunion on September 10, 2000 in front of Fulton Block. For those of you who have a small monitor (or just can't seem to find your glasses) to read the above inscription, here it is:

FULTON BLOCK
This building was erected in 1938 to provide
accommodation for the thousands of Apprentices and
Boy Entrants undergoing their technical training at RAF
Cosford. During two periods of refurbishment, from
1989-1990 and 1993-1994, Fulton Block has been refitted for
use as training accommodation.

Here is the troop ship HMT Nevasa, where I spent 14 days of Bull and Shine, with plenty of Ports to visit on my way to the Steamer Point on the Arabian Peninsula. The trip was great! Anyone recognize the old bucket, or spent some time on it? There would be one hell of a cheer when we passed another troop ship homeward bound.

Wanna send us an e-mail? Here's our mailbox. We've tweeked our e-mail address a bit to prevent all that awful spam. We think you'll figure out that AT is to be replaced with the @ with no spaces in between the @ symbol.

This page was updated November 21, 2014