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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.


RAF Aircraft Apprentices

     
     
    
     
4M9/45th Entry
     
     
    
     

RAF Cranwell 1942 - 1944

The 4M9/45th Entry was at Cranwell from August 1942 to September 1944.

Due to wartime demands, the training period had been reduced from 3 to 2 years.

The original Entry was 75 strong.

On 1st January 1943 No.1 Signals School was renamed No.1 Radio School.

In August 1942, 75 young hopefuls arrived at RAF Cranwell as the 4M9 (45th) Entry to train as Wireless Operator Mechanics. During training they gained 6 from Senior Entries, 8 ceased training, and 11 of their number were re-classed to later Entries. Thus 62 Passed Out in September 1944.

The Entry List below is presented in alphabetical order:


45th ENTRY ROLL CALL

NUMBER

SURNAME

INITS

KNOWN AS

CLASS

REMARKS

578935

Anthony

K

Ken

4M9C

 

578973

Arabin-Williams

C G

Cyril

4M9A

 

579011

Atkins

A R

Alan (Tommy)

4M9A

 

578941

Bailey

K C

Slim

4M9A

Died 31st July 1986.

579067

Bailey

E J F

John (Titch)

4M9B

Died 25th February 2007.

579026

Barry

J

Blondie (John)

4M9C

Died 10 February 2010.

579168

Beale

S W

Stan

4M9D

 

579141

Bolland

N

Norman (Bol)

4M9B

Died 10th January 2006.

578956

Bower

J B

John

4M9

 

578862

Boyd

T L

 

4M3D

Joined with 44th Entry.

579151

Brown

G

 

4M9B

Ceased Training.

579167

Bryant

A R

Roy (Bry)

4M9D

Died 31st March 2001.

579066

Bunning

F W

Fred

4M9C

 

579055

Butcher

L C

Les (Butch)

4M9C

 

578830

Cash

L B

Les

4M3B

Joined with 44th Entry.

579089

Clifton

B J

 

4M9D

Ceased Training.  Died, date not known.

578936

Comer

L E

Les

4M9

Ceased Training.  Died 17th July 1997.

579085

Corby

R P

Raymond (Mush)

4M9C

 

579111

Dandy

G T

George (Dude)

4M9D

Died 15th April 2002.

578961

Davies

E A

 

4M9C

Ceased Training.

579014

Dinnage

K W A

Spinner

4M9D

Died 1983/84.

579010

East

J C

John

4M9

 

579004

Fagen

D R

 

4M9A

Ceased Training.

579150

Farrington

F G

Freddy

4M9B

 

579064

Fitchett

M J

Maurice

4M9A

 

578964

Fowler

J

John (Chic)

4M9C

Died 14th October 2003.

579104

Frankish

J W

Frank

4M9

Military Medal.  Died January 1993.

579027

Fyles

L A

Les

4M9B

Died 8th December 2000.

578861

Grimson

E J F

 

4M3D

Joined with 44th Entry.

579120

Harris

R G

Bob

4M9D

Died 15th March 2003.

579090

Hatcher

R F

Roger

4M9C

 

578586

Hewitt

J D

 

3M9

Joined with 43rd Entry.

578937

Hewitt

M R S

Mike

4M9A

Died 27th July 1946.

578997

Holland

P J

Dutch

4M9B

 

579035

Huskins

K J

Ken

4M9D

 

579105

Isham

D C

Doug

4M9A

Died 4th November 2007.

578918

Jackson

P G

Jacko

4M9C

Died March 2002.

578875

James

G L

Gerard (Jimmy)

4M3B

Joined with 44th Entry.  Died 5th March 2003.

578917

Jays

K A

Ken (Toby)

4M9C

Died 10th November 2003.

579022

Jenkins

F V B

Vic

4M9B

Died 22nd March 2001.

579054

Johnson

O N

Oliver

4M9

 

578928

Kent

J G

Godfrey

4M9A

Died 2nd March 1996.

578782

Knight

C T W

 

4M3D

Joined with 44th Entry.

579028

Larder

C W

Bill

4M9B

Died 8th July 2010.

579059

Leese

J A

Andy

4M9A

Died May 2006.

578942

Luck

A W

Lucky

4M9C

Died 24th October 2002.

578938

Mathews

I M

Matt (Ivan)

4M9C

 

579144

Mawson

T W

Tommy

4M9B

Died 9th July 1953.

579047

Maxwell

P H

Max (Ginger)

4M9C

Died 30th January 2000.

579025

McQueen

P

Paul (Mac)

4M9A

 

579001

Menear

G H

Geoff (Min)

4M9C

 

579016

Mills

J

Johnny

4M9D

Died 16th December 2003.

578927

Neale

C H

Chris

4M9C

Ceased Training.

579003

Newby

J W

John (Buff)

4M9B

Died mid-1980's.

579119

Newman

K L O

Kenneth (Jankers)

4M9B

Ceased Training.

578947

Norman

D J

Doug

4M9A

Died 7th February 1992.

579159

Page

R A

Ron

4M9B

 

579158

Palmer

G W R

Roy

4M9

 

579140

Peel

R

Ron

4M9D

Died 29th December 1993.

579132

Rowland

A R

Rolly (Dusty)

4M9D

 

578932

Schmuhl

R C

Bob

4M9A

Ceased Training.

578924

Shilton

R

Rex

4M9A

Died 12th June 2009.

579147

Simpson

T

Tom

4M9D

 

579165

Stapleton

L A

Len

4M9B

 

579157

Talboys

N E

Norman (Shake)

4M9B

 

579072

Walters

H G

Harold

4M9C

 

578958

Wood

F

Woody (Freddy)

4M9C

Died 11th September 1953.

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ACHIEVEMENTS

At the age of 20, John Frankish was parachuted into central Java with a team of 8, to take over after the Japanese surrender, but in advance of the arrival of the British Army.

He was decorated with the Military Medal by Field Marshall Slim.



Medal

579104 Corporal John William FRANKISH. Royal Air Force.

Corporal Frankish took over the duties of Rawpi Liaison Officer at Djocjakarta, the main centre of the Indonesian extremist movement on 30th September 1945. He commanded the airfield and maintained the communication flight of light aircraft. Corporal Frankish also negotiated with the Chief of Police and the Sultan of Djocjakarta, securing the release of a large number of Japanese airport personnel who had been disarmed and thrown into prison by the Indonesians. When the airfield was attacked he remained at his post, organising the flight therefrom of serviceable aircraft. During the fighting at Mageland Corporal Frankish operated a wireless set for 70 hours. Throughout the long and dangerous period Corporal Frankish performed his duties often under fire, displaying outstanding courage, initiative and strength of character.

Ken Newman

Ken was with us for 1 years of our training, but then remustered to Motor Transport driver.
In later life he became Sir Kenneth Newman.

1942   RAF
1946   Palestine Police
1948   London Metropolitan Police
1972   Commander, New Scotland Yard
1973   Royal Ulster Constabulary
1978   Knighted
1980   Commander, Police Staff College
1982   Queen's Police Medal (QPM)
1983   Freeman of the City of London
1987   Knight of the Grand Cross of the British Empire (GBE)
1987   Numerous policing and security committees


REUNIONS

Several reunions have all been held at The Manor House Hotel, Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.

  • 1994   35 members attended the reunion on 23rd April.
  • 1996   26 members and 8 of their ladies attended the reunion on 20th April.
  • 1997   26 members and 11 ladies attended the reunion on 4th October.
  • 1998   24 members plus 1 5M3 and 10 ladies attended the reunion on 25th September.
  • 1999   28 members plus 1 5M3 and 15 ladies attended the reunion on 24th September.
  • 2000   24 members plus 1 5M3 and 10 ladies attended the reunion on 22nd September.
  • 2001   29 members plus 1 5M3 and 11 ladies attended the reunion on 21st September.
  • 2002   18th August at Manor House, Leamington Spa to celebrate 60 years, to the day, since arrival at RAF Halton to join as Aircraft Apprentices.
  • 2002   21st September the usual stalwarts were at Warwick University for the Cranwell Apprentice's Association AGM.

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