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The following was originally compiled by the RAF Cranwell Association,
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There could still be errors or omissions.

RAF AIRCRAFT APPRENTICES
0M1 / 55th Entry

No.1 Radio School RAF Cranwell
1947 - 1949

56 Badge


0M1 / 55th at Cranwell

The Entry started with 91 original members, then gained 10 for further training from earlier Entries, giving an overall figure of 101. Similarly 11 were transferred to later Entries, 3 re-mustered to other trades, and 12 were discharged. This left 75 to Pass Out as nominal 0M1 / 55th.

The Passing-Out parade in December 1949 included 67 of the original members. The parade Inspecting Officer was Air Marshal Sir Hugh Walmsley, Deputy Chief of Air Staff.
Sgt. A/A Clark D.A. was in charge of the parade, Sgt. A/A Edwards D.J. was in charge of the Entry, and Sgt. A/A Tongue T.W. was the Parade Warrant Officer.

Also on parade were:

Air Marshal Sir John Whitworth Jones, Air Officer Commanding Tech. Training Command.

Air Commodore E.H. Richardson, Air Officer Commanding No.27 Group

Air Commodore G.R. Beamish, Air Officer Commanding RAF Cranwell

Group Captain H.A. Evans-Evans, Officer Commanding No.1 Radio School

Wing Commander H.P. Simpson, Officer Commanding Apprentices Wing

On the Technical side prizes were presented to:

Cpl A/A Allinson R.W.

Radio Fitter (Ground) 1st prize

Cpl A/A Jones J.A.

Radio Fitter (Ground) 2nd prize.

Sgt A/A Edwards D.J.

Radio Fitter (Air) 1st prize.

Leading A/A Bennell D.A.

Radio Fitter (Air) 2nd prize.

Sgt. A/A Edwards also had the Highest Educational Marks, Highest Aggregate Marks, and was first in General Service Subjects. Leading A/A Langton R.T. received the Victor Ludorum Trophy.

D.J. Edwards, D.A. Clark, and G. Willis went on to the RAF College. Edwards rose to the rank of Air Commodore CBE AFC before sadly dying in 1983 from leukaemia. Clark rose to rank of Squadron Leader before sadly dying in 1977 following an operation on his tongue. Willis also became a Squadron Leader before retiring in 1969.

The Entry List below is presented in alphabetical order:


55th ENTRY ROLL CALL

NUMBER

SURNAME

INITS

KNOWN AS

CLASS

REMARKS

583586

Addison

C A

"Mike"

0M1

 

583696

Ager

N J

Neville

0M1C

 

583519

Allinson

R W

Ron

0M1A

 

583810

Baker

G W

Bill

0M1A

 

583282

Barratt

G M

 

9M9

Joined with 54th Entry.

583709

Bates

G R

Gordon

0M1A

Ceased Training.

582800

Beckley

P A

Peter

9M3C

Joined with 52nd Entry.

583623

Bennell

D A

Don

0M1D

 

583624

Blake

C H

Cliff

0M1D

583756

Brennan

D E

Dennis

0M1E

 

583782

Bristow

G R

Dicky

0M1F

 

583695

Bryce

R

Bob

0M1B

 

583743

Chew

K

Keith

0M1D

 

583635

Churcher

J W

John

0M1C

Died 11th December 1994.

583727

Clark

D A V

Des (Nobby)

0M1B

Died 13th February 1973.

583539

Collins

A H

 

0M1B

 

583306

Cornell

L J

John (Chunky)

9M9D

Joined with 54th Entry.

583512

Crellin

J H

 

0M1A

Retired 4th Sept. 1984 as Flt.Lt. Eng. Branch.

583590

Davis

L N

Les

0M1D

 

583533

Denyer

R W

Dicky

0M1A

Died 1962.

583333

Devall

G A

George

9M9A

Joined with 54th Entry.

583711

Dodds

A

Alf

0M1E

Died 17th May 1987.

583558

Doherty

M R

Dick

0M1A

 

583576

Donaghue

A A

Alan

0M1E

 

583577

Drain-Lowe

P J

Peter

0M1D

Died, date not known.

583649

Du Feu

D F

Derrick

0M1D

 

583792

Edwards

D J

Dave

0M1D

Died 1983.

583546

Emmett

M

Mick

0M1D

 

583729

Farmer

P B

Peter (Bruce)

0M1E

Died 2nd May 2006.

583657

Forrester

C

Colin

0M1F

 

583784

Fowler

D J

David (Cherokee)

0M1C

 

583537

Fowler

R A

Bob

0M1B

 

583670

Gauld

D H F

 

0M1D

Ceased Training.

583740

Grealy

P B

Pat

0M1B

Ceased Training.

583648

Green

R K

 

0M1A

Remustered to Fitter II E.

583592

Gregory

P R

Peter

0M1D

 

583559

Halliday

J R

John (Jock)

0M1B

 

583790

Hamnett

J

Jeff

0M1A

Died 1967.

583549

Handley

V

 

0M1D

Ceased Training.

583798

Hardon

R A

Ron (Allan)

0M1A

 

583641

Harries

D R

David

0M1B

 

583514

Harris

D E

Dave

0M1A

GD Branch. Retired 22nd Jan 1968.

583702

Hewett

R W S

Roland (Roly)

0M1E

Died 28th August 2007.

583632

Holloway

W F J

Bill (Archie)

0M1B

 

583530

Jones

J A

Alan

0M1A

 

583780

Jordan

M M

Maurice (Geordie)

0M1C

Ceased Training.  Died 22nd March 2003.

583667

Jukes

P W

"Rocky"

0M1F

Ceased Training.

583805

Kent

A R

Tony

0M1F

Died 15th December 1990.

583693

Kimberley

K J

Ken

0M1E

 

583643

Langton

R T H

Bob

0M1E

 

583726

Lowrence

R

Rod

0M1D

Died 8th February 1997.

583689

Maddox

W F

Bill

0M1D

 

583797

Mawdsley

W

Bill

0M1B

 

583704

May

D R

 

0M1B

GD Branch Flt.Lt. Retired 6th April 1969.

583658

McCoye

D A

Dave

0M1E

Died 18th April 2006.

583614

McDonald

A

 

0M1D

Ceased Training.

583799

McIntyre

T F

Terry

0M1A

 

583597

McKie

S A

Stan

0M1A

 

583631

Nockels

R L

Bob

0M1F

 

583528

Notman

D J

Don

0M1C

Remustered to Wireless Mech.  Died October 1993.

583714

Peppercorn

J S G

John

0M1C

 

583536

Phelps

H M

"Baldy"

0M1A

 

583651

Pierce

R

Ron

0M1

Ceased Training.  Died 3rd June 2008.

583581

Pughe

D O M

Doug

0M1C

Died 8th February 2010.

583109

Ralphs

D W

Des

0M1F

Joined with 53rd Entry.  Died January 1989.

583802

Readman

W B

Bill

0M1F

 

583515

Redmond

N F

 

0M1C

Ceased Training.

583584

Rowe

R

Reg

0M1C

Died 12th November 2000.

583172

Russell

E W

Eric (Russ)

9M9

Joined with 54th Entry.

583469

Skelton

G W

Gordon

9M9

Joined with 54th Entry.

583296

Slatter

L E

Sam (Lloyd)

9M9

Joined with 54th Entry.

583566

Smith

J G

Gordon

0M1E

Died 30th March 2006.

583600

Smith

K E

Ken

0M1B

 

583601

Snelling

R L J

Ray

0M1D

 

583567

Spittle

F V

Frank (Taffy)

0M1E

 

583801

Stott

P A L

Peter

0M1E

Died February 1987.

583568

Stringer

B

Brian

0M1D

 

583606

Symes

L

Les

0M1A

 

583534

Telford

M

 

0M1A

Education Branch. Retired 31st Aug 1972.

583551

Thwaites

A J

Alan (Al)

0M1B

 

583677

Tomlinson

R C A

Ralph

0M1F

 

583585

Tongue

T W

Trevor

0M1B

Died, date not known.

583638

Tootill

J F

John

0M1F

 

583522

Wardrop

A L

Andy (Jock)

0M1F

Died 9th October 2007.

583550

Whelan

B

 

0M1A

Ceased Training.

583715

Wild

A L

"Isaac"

0M1B

Remustered to Engine Mechanic.

583571

Willis

G

 

0M1D

GD (Equip) Branch. Retired 1st Jan 1969.

583807

Wilson

P

Peter

0M1E

 

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Recent History

 

THE STORY SO FAR
 

1984

Sqn.Ldr. Murphy founded the RAF Cranwell Apprentices Association.

1985

The 0M1's got Roly Hewett to organise an Entry sub-group.

1986

19 of us met at Hendon and held the inaugural meeting.

1987

21 met at Sleaford for dinner and visited Cranwell.

1990

Cliff Blake took over from Roly Hewett as Entry Representative.

1990

6 met at Hendon for Battle of Britain Anniversary.

1994

6 met at Southampton as a local Meet.

1997

19 plus 16 lady partners had a reunion weekend at Newbury.

2000

14 plus 13 lady partners had a reunion weekend at Kenilworth.

2002

8 plus 6 lady partners had a reunion weekend at Worcester.

2003

8 plus 6 lady partners had a reunion weekend in Jersey for The Flower Parade.

2004

4 plus 3 lady partners had a reunion weekend in Bristol for The Balloon Fiesta.

2005

8 plus 7 lady partners had a reunion weekend in Portsmouth for The Festival of the Sea.

Golden Entry Speech at RAFCAA AGM/Reunion - 2000, by Bill Maddox

Patron, Mr President, Mr Chairman, Honoured Guests and Fellow Members.

On the bright, clear and very cold morning of 23rd January 1947, 91 newly attested apprentices of the 55th Entry left Halton for Cranwell. On the journey snow began to fall and settle: arrived at Cranwell, it was already over an inch deep, and didn't disappear before the end of April - by which time we were fully qualified snow and ice clearer's.

At Cranwell we were miraculously transformed into the 0M1 Entry. An awesomely smart SAA "Piss" Poore introduced us to a banister burnishing fetish.

We were "E" Squadron of the Apprentice Wing with "shit & custard" hatbands: we later took over the red & blue of "C" Squadron when the Polish entries Passed Out. We were always hungry - oh for a Corporal Cook like the one at Cosford who told us at the 155th Passing Out Parade "go on have some more - there's plenty." Our progress was much like any other entry. We had our share of NCO AA's, of bandsmen, sportsmen, and those more dedicated to studies. Of the latter Dave Edwards stands out - I don't recall him relaxing at all. He was to become our most senior officer as Air Commodore Edwards CBE AFC, prematurely taken from us by leukaemia.

Of the original 91, 67 Passed Out as 0M1, together with 9 "retreads" from the 9M5 and 9M9 Entries.

0M1's have also occupied responsible posts since leaving the Service, including design and test of equipments for the Services, and also participated in a variety of Space Programmes which included Giotto - the Halley's Comet interceptor. Roy Handley has been the Project Manager of multi-million pound sterling international communications installations. Guernsey were supplied with Chief Constable - Derrick Du Feu, and a town in Canada with a Mayor - Les Davis.

In this our 50th year since Passing Out, it is fitting too, to remember those who cannot be with us today, whether seriously ill like Gordon Smith, or those that have died. Apart from Dave Edwards, we have lost "Nobby" Clarke, Dicky Denyer (aged only 32), Alf Dodds, Peter Drain-Lowe, Jeff Hamnett, Tony Kent, Brian Lamming, Rod Lawrence, Don Notman, Des Ralphs, Derek Scrivener, Peter Stott and Trevor Tongue.

I will now pass you over to David Taylor, a member of the Entry who relieved us of the title "Junior Entry", and promoted us also to Senior Entry, "C" Squadron.

Our Newsletter

Of course we keep in touch with a Newsletter, and from 1990 there have been two issues per year around January / February and July / August, with an occasional summer or winter extra in between.

It is produced on a word processor rather than a DTP package, and the aim is to insert members' letters as written, rather than reporting in the third person. In this way the news content is not reduced. A few letters are suitable as received, but some need a bit of editing to cut out repetition, personal statements, etc, or insert clarification in square brackets.

A six monthly statement of expenses is included to give account to those who have donated towards photocopying and postage.

Subscription rates for the Cranwell Apprentices Association have also been stated for information.

Other RAF or AA news is often covered, along with handy information on things like telephone number changes, and snippets of recent electronic development.

In the past half-tone black & white photos have been included, but a colour sheet now carries photos of reunion groups.

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