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The following was originally compiled by the RAF Cranwell Association,
and subsequently updated by ex-Entry members.
There could still be errors or omissions.

In September 1930, 64 young hopefuls arrived at RAF Cranwell as the 3J (22nd) Entry to train as Instrument Makers or Wireless Operator Mechanics.
During their training, they gained 3 from the 21st Entry and 17 of their number were re-classed to a later Entry. This left 50 to Pass Out in July 1933.

The Entry List below is presented in alphabetical order:


ENTRY ROLL CALL

NUMBER

SURNAME

INITS

KNOWN AS

CLASS

REMARKS

564527

Bareham

H J W

 

2D-x

Wireless Operator Mechanic.  DFM.  Joined with 21st Entry.

564794

Bentley

J W B

 

3J-x

Wireless Operator Mechanic.
Flying Fatality on 7th November 1935.

564524

Biggs

W G

 

2D-x

Wireless Operator Mechanic.  Joined with 21st Entry.

564541

Blakeman

L H

 

2D-x

Wireless Operator Mechanic.  Joined with 21st Entry.

564591

Claxton

R

Ronald

3J-x

Died While On Active Service with 55 Sqdn on 12th May 1940. Buried Ismailia War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.

564590

Colbourn

F

Frank

3J-x

Instrument Maker.

564579

Coomber

T A

 

3J-x

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

564593

Crehan

T

 

3J-x

Died While On Active Service with 39 Sqdn on 24th November 1940. Buried Maala Cemetery, Yemen.

564623

Davies

R H

 

3J-x

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

564651

Fitton

S

 

3J-x

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

564627

Flake

A J

 

3J-x

Instrument Maker.

565033

Fripp

A

Alfie

3J-3

Passed Out with 23rd Entry. Died 3rd Jan. 2013.

564643

Froud

J

 

3J-x

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

564655

Gamblin

F T

 

3J-x

Wireless Operator Mechanic.  Mentioned in Despatches.

564626

Gates

R

 

3J-x

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

564839

Hancock

R C S

 

3J-x

Wireless Operator Mechanic. Died 1st May 1985.

564652

Higginson

H

Harry

3J-x

Wireless Operator Mechanic.  Died While On Active Service with 10 Sqdn on 26th October 1941. Buried Leicester (Gilroes) Cemetery.

564671

Horder

W

 

3J-x

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

564693

Hudson

A

 

3J-x

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

564741

Jackson

A E

 

3J-x

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

564864

James

R

Ross

3J-x

Wireless Operator Mechanic.  DFC.  Died While On Active Service with 35 Sqdn on 3rd September 1941. Buried Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetery.

564883

Lamb

T R

Tom

3J-x

Instrument Maker.

564734

Lee

T H

 

3J-x

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

564873

Lowe

B

 

3J-x

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

564919

Massey

B

 

3J-x

Instrument Maker.

564925

Maw

H J

 

3J-x

Instrument Maker.

564933

Mayhew

A E

Bert

3J-x

Wireless Operator Mechanic.  Mentioned in Despatches.  Died 11th June 2001.

564911

Medd

J

 

3J-x

Wireless Operator Mechanic.  Died 2nd September 1937.

564751

Mullinger

E G P

Edwin

3J-x

Wireless Operator Mechanic.  Died While On Active Service with 43 Sqdn on 18th January 1940. Buried Chevington Cemetery, Northumberland.

564941

Newby

H

 

3J-x

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

564939

Nicholson

M

 

3J-x

Instrument Maker.

564897

Norsdell

R J

 

3J-x

Instrument Maker.

564753

Perry

M H

 

3J-x

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

564951

Petch

N S

 

3J-x

Wireless Operator Mechanic.  OBE.

564961

Platt

R A

 

3J-x

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

564966

Regan

B G

Bernard

3J-x

Wireless Operator Mechanic.  Died circa 1976. Buried in Hither Green Cemetery, Lewisham, London .

564982

Rogers

D A

 

3J-x

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

564987

Sexton

C V S

 

3J-x

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

564980

Sims

E A

 

3J-x

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

564984

Sinclair

C

 

3J-x

Wireless Operator Mechanic.  MBE.

564721

Smith

H R A

 

3J-x

Wireless Operator Mechanic.  AFC.

565026

Stewart

J C

 

3J-x

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

565038

Street

R G

Bob

3J-2

Died 24th December 2008.

565045

Warren

F A

 

3J-x

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

564804

Welsh

J

 

3J-x

Wireless Operator Mechanic.  Died While On Active Service with 217 Sqdn on 21st June 1941. Buried St. Martin-de-Re Communal Cemetery, France.

564893

Whitehouse

F E

Frank

3J-x

Author of: 'The Poacher's Brats. A Social History of the RAF Cranwell Aircraft Apprentice' and 'A Concise History of the RAF Cranwell Aircraft Apprentice'.  Died 16th December 1997.

564901

Wogan

L

 

3J-x

Wireless Operator Mechanic.

564805

Wood

L

 

3J-x

Wireless Operator Mechanic.  MBE.  DFM.

564824

Woodcock

F A

Frederick

3J-x

Died While On Active Service with 149 Sqdn on 12th April 1940. Listed on Panel 21 of Runnymede Memorial.

564803

Woods

E J

 

3J-x

Wireless Operator Mechanic.  Mentioned in Despatches.

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