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69th Entry

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Data was current at 17th November 2017.

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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.

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In September 1951 some 176 young lads arrived at No. 6 Radio School RAF Cranwell as the 4M9 (69th) Entry of Aircraft Apprentices to commence their training to be Ground Radar, Ground Wireless or Air Radio Fitters, which was airborne wireless and radar equipment. The Entry included 3 members who came from Ceylon, 20 from Pakistan and some 154 from the U.K.

During their training they collected a further 21 from the 68th Entry, making a total of 197 who served with the 69th Entry. Of these 111 passed out with the 69th, 22 passed out with a later Entry, 16 became SAC mechanics, 4 returned to Boy Entrant training, 43 ceased training and the disposition of 1 is unknown.

As part of the Ministry of Defence planning towards ceasing Apprentice training at RAF Cranwell, the title of No. 1 Radio School was transferred to RAF Locking in October 1950 and Cranwell became No. 6 Radio School. On the closure of No. 6 Radio School Cranwell in November 1952 the Entry re-located to No. 1 Radio School RAF Locking whence they passed out in July 1954.

 69th Entry photographs may be seen after the following alphabetical listings.


69th ENTRY ROLL CALL

NUMBER

SURNAME

INITS

KNOWN AS

CLASS IF KNOWN

REMARKS

586916

Adams

N C

Nigel

 

Ceased Training.

P85214

Aftab

A

 

69D

Royal Pakistan Air Force.

586932

Ainslie

EJ

Ted

69B

 

586969

Allison

D

Dave

69H

 

586953

Allsup

D E J

Dave

69A

 

586978

Anderson

R A

Andy

 

Ceased Training.

586962

Andrews

R J

Jim

 

 

P85317

Ashraf

M

 

69D

Royal Pakistan Air Force.

P85323

Aslam

M

 

69D

Royal Pakistan Air Force.

586982

Bagg

M C

Martin

 

Ceased Training.

587277

Bailey

R C

Cole

69A

Resident New Zealand.

1924039

Bason

C

Colin

 

Died 24th May 2011.

587285

Beardsmore-Baldwin

S J

Stan

 

Ceased Training.

586879

Bennett

P J

Phil

 

Ceased Training.

586924

Berriss

R

Bob

 

Ceased Training.

586955

Berry

W J

Bill

 

 

P85397

Bhuiya

M J U

 

69D

Royal Pakistan Air Force.

586939

Blanks

G

Hank

 

Died 5th February 2003.

586622

Blatchley

K J

 

68F

Joined with 68th Entry.  Remustered to Air Radar Mech.

586963

Bowen

M W

Taff

 

Ceased Training.

587273

Braby

J W

 

 

Ceased Training.

586606

Brighouse

M J

Mick

68A

Joined with 68th Entry.   Changed name to Grant in 1955.

586944

Brown

D R H

Dave

69G

 

586988

Buchanan

P

Buck

 

Ceased Training.

586917

Caple

G F J

George

69F

 

NZ75629

Carter

D A

Allan

68G

Royal New Zealand Air Force  Joined with the 68th Entry.  Died 27th June 2005.

586925

Casey

R C

Dick

 

Remustered to Ground Wireless Mech.

586965

Cashmore

H

Howard

 

Ceased Training.

586945

Chambers

D S

Chas

 

Ceased Training.

586935

Chapman

R M

Chippy

69B

Died August 1984.

586896

Clarke

D M

Nobby

69G

Passed Out with 71st Entry.

587303

Cloud

R D

Ron

 

Ex-Boy Entrant.  Ceased Training.

586968

Cobie

H T

Bert

 

Remustered to Ground Wireless Mech.

586918

Coker

R W

Ray

 

 

586933

Coleman

J E

John

 

Ceased Training.

586957

Coleman

J P

Jack

 

Ceased Training.

586907

Cooper

M T H

Mick

69H

 

586929

Cornelius

P C R

Peter

69F

Resident New Zealand.

586940

Cox

E G

Ted

69G

 

586956

Crowhurst

G

Gordon

69B

 

586983

Cunningham

P J

Pat

69G

 

586942

Driscoll

J

Johnny

 

 

587288

Dudley

B W

Bert

69B

 

587289

Duff

A

Alistair

69H

 

586998

Edwards

R J

Ronnie

69F

Died 12th January 2002.

586911

Emberton

P C

Phil

 

Ceased Training.

586891

Eves

J A

Johnny

69B

 

586902

Fenwick

F P

Frank

69B

 

586899

Field

J E

John

 

Died 26th January 1984.

586582

Flegg

R A

Bob

69G

Joined with the 68th Entry.  Died 20th April 2011.

586999

Fowler

C M T

Clive

69H

 

587290

Frampton

R V

Ray

 

 

587301

Franklin

G S

Gerry

 

 

586903

Frazer-Hollins

B G

Brian

 

 

586905

Fryer

G W

George

 

Ceased Training.

586877

Gardner

R C

Robin

 

Returned to Boy Entrant Training.

586897

Gaskell

G G

Geoff

69F

Died March/April 1956.

586922

Gleed

M P

Mike

69F

Died 6th August, 2017.

586966

Govan

W R

Ronnie

69A

Resident Bahamas.

586997

Gray

D F

Grubby

 

Ceased Training.

586989

Green

M G

Mick

 

 

587291

Griffiths

R V

Ron

69H

Resident USA. Died 27th June 2014.

586947

Grinney

R G

Reg

 

 

P85382

Hameed

A

Joe

69D

Royal Pakistan Air Force.

586937

Hamilton

N

Nelson

 

Returned to Boy Entrant Training.

587276

Hamilton

D S

Dougie

69A

 

P85418

Haque

M N

 

69D

Royal Pakistan Air Force.

586894

Hassell

J D

Johnny

69F

 

586946

Hayball

L E G

Ted

69B

 

586991

Hearnden

G A S

George

69A

 

586881

Heath

B W F

Brian

69A

 

587304

Hendy

R B E

Rod

 

Ex-Boy Entrant.  Ceased Training.

586920

Hill

B D

Bryan

69F

 

586990

Hopton

J M S

Jock

 

Ceased Training.

P85322

Hussain

G

 

69D

Royal Pakistan Air Force.

586980

Ilbury

G W

Gerry

69A

Died. Date not known.

586875

Jenkins

D

David

 

Remustered to Ground Wireless Mech.

586950

Jewell

M

Jimmy

 

 

587292

Jones

M M

Malcolm

 

Remustered to Ground Wireless Mech.

586909

Jones

J S

Jim

69F

Died 12th May, 2013.

586981

Joyce

R J

Ray

69A

 

P85398

Karim

F

 

69D

Royal Pakistan Air Force.

586908

Kay

J

Danny

 

Remustered to Ground Wireless Mech.

586961

Kennedy

M

Mike

69A

 

586994

Kerr

R G

Graeme

69H

Awarded Cadetship. Died 2017.

586585

Knight

C F

Colin

68B

Joined with 68th Entry.  Remustered to Ground Radar Mech.  Died. Date not known.

P85230

Latif

M

 

69D

Royal Pakistan Air Force.

587286

Lee

E

Ted

 

 

586887

Lelliott

T J

Tom

69F

Died May 1997.

586890

Lewis

L

Leon

69F

Ceased Training.

586547

Lovell

J

Chippy

 

Joined with 68th Entry.   Died June 1991.

586970

Ludders

N

Norman

 

Ceased Training.

P85269

Mahmood

S S Z

 

69D

Royal Pakistan Air Force.

C10011

Manukulasuria

R

Raman

69A

Royal Ceylonese Air Force.

586915

March

D H

Duncan

 

 

586874

Mayall

B M

Brian

69H

Died 8th December 2000.

586992

McInroy

S S

Steve

 

Ceased Training.

586996

Meek

D C

Don

 

Ceased Training.

586995

Mills

D F R

David

 

 

587293

Mitchelson

M J

Mitch

69B

 

586880

Moir

G

Gerry

69H

Died 2nd May, 2015.

586895

Montgomery

J R B

Brian

69F

 

586976

Moon

J M

John

 

Passed Out with 71st Entry.

586926

Moran

T J

Jersey

69B

Died 14th August 2005.

586876

Morgan

E A

Eddy

69H

Remustered to Air Wireless Mech.

587294

Morgan

B

Bryn

69E

 

586938

Needle

R B

Ronnie

 

Ceased Training.

586589

Newton

M J

 

68A

Joined with 68th Entry.

586949

Norris

D J

Doug

69A

Died 19th March 2006.

586930

O'Neill

C

Charles

 

Remustered to Ground Wireless Mech.

586893

O'Riordan

T M

Terry

69B

 

P85202

Ovais

A

Ahmed

69D

Royal Pakistan Air Force.

586985

Oxley

K

Keith

69F

Re-classed at RAF Locking.

586632

Parker

D

Derek

 

Joined with 68th Entry.  Died date Not Known.

587298

Paterson

R T

Ron

 

Ex-Boy Entrant.  Ceased Training.

587279

Pearson

J

John

69H

 

586975

Penfold

R V S

Robin

69F

Top Entry Prize Winner.  Died 20th October 2003.

586954

Porter

A L R

Arthur

 

Remustered to Air Wireless Mech.

586927

Potter

P R

Pansy

69B

Died. Date not known.

586840

Potts

R E

Ron

68A

Joined with 68th Entry.

586913

Priestley

A C

Alan

69F

Died March 1960.

P85301

Quereshi

S A

 

69D

Royal Pakistan Air Force.

P85375

Rafiq

A

 

69D

Royal Pakistan Air Force.

P85396

Rashid

M A

 

69D

Royal Pakistan Air Force.

P85458

Rashid

M

 

69D

Royal Pakistan Air Force.

P85344

Rizvi

T H

Tajda

69D

Royal Pakistan Air Force.

586971

Roberts

J N

John

 

Remustered and then to RAF Police.

586960

Roberts

A T

Tony

69A

 

586923

Robins

M B

Mike

69F

Ceased Training.

586936

Robson

A R

Alan

 

Ceased Training.

587295

Rushby

K H

Ken

69F

Ex-Boy Entrant.  Remustered to Ground Radar Mech.

586904

Sargeant

J

John

69F

Ceased Training.

586900

Saxby

M J

Mick

69B

Died 9th June 2004.

P85173

Shah

S H

 

69D

Royal Pakistan Air Force.

P85197

Shah

S L

 

69D

Royal Pakistan Air Force.

P85465

Shah

G H

 

69D

Royal Pakistan Air Force.

586610

Sharples

C J

Clive

68C

Joined with 68th Entry.  Remustered to Air Radar Mech.

586885

Sheardown

B W

Teddy

 

Ceased Training.

586979

Shrimpton

R J

Ray

69F

Died 13th June 2012.

586928

Smith

W F

Bill

69G

Died 31st May 2013.

586958

Solman

R G

Reg

 

Awarded Cadetship.  Died in flying accident 30th January 1956.  Buried in Cranwell village church.

586967

Starkey

P C N

Pete

69F

Ceased Training.

586934

Stedman

B F

Sted

69F

Ceased Training.

586884

Stewart

L K

Lawrence

 

Ceased Training.

586921

Strong

K P

Kevin

69B

Ceased Training.

586943

Symons

J C

John

69A

 

586972

Taylor

P R

Paul

 

 

587278

Taylor

J F

John

69B

 

586919

Taylor

M J

Mick

69F

 

587297

Thomas

B N

Brian

 

Ex-Boy Entrant.  Remustered to Ground Radar Mech.

586959

Thomas

E J

Eddie

 

 

586883

Thompson

R J

Rocky

69A

 

586973

Thompson

R J

Rusty

 

Resident Australia. Died 7th July 2016.

586892

Thundercliffe

 

 

 

Ceased Training.

C10016

Thurairasa

A

 

69A

Royal Ceylonese Air Force.  Died. Date not known.

586888

Trail

M R J

Mike

 

 

586986

Trevena

M C

Mike

 

 

587300

Trotman

D B

Trot

 

Ex-Boy Entrant.  Ceased Training.

586595

Tubb

D O

Don

68A

Joined with 68th Entry.

586948

Upstone

D J

Dave

69A

Died 2014.

586626

Velzian

R W

Bob

69G

Joined with 68th Entry.  Died 26th December 1988.

P85220

Wajih

S M

 

69D

Royal Pakistan Air Force.

586952

Ward

P E

Pete

 

 

C10021

Weerasinghe

D K T P

 

 

Royal Ceylonese Air Force.  Passed Out with 71st Entry.

586912

Whiteman

N A

Gordon

 

Remustered to Ground Radar Mech.

586901

Wilkinson

J D

Doug

69B

 

586931

Wilkinson

A

Allan

 

Ceased Training.

587280

Willacy

J H O

Jim

69H

Died 2011/12

586993

Winfield

B

Bryn

69A

Resident France.

586627

Wood

R J

Rusty

68F

Joined with 68th Entry.

586914

Woolgar

M

Mike

69C

 

586889

Young

J V

John

69H

 

 

Entry Photographs

The "C" Squadron element of the 69th Entry at RAF Cranwell

 

69 First Group Photo Autumn 1951.jpg

This photograph was provided by John Roberts. It was taken outside the Gym in the Autumn of 1951.
John says that he is in the third row back, second from the right.

 

The 69th Entry at No. 1 Radio School RAF Locking

 

69th Entry at Locking.jpg

 

 

69th ENTRY FOOTBALL TEAM - 1953

 

69th Football 1953.jpg

Back Row:  Russ Thompson, Mitch Mitchelson, Jock Govan, Mick Green
Middle Row:  Reg Grinney, Ted Lee, Rocky Thompson
Front Row:  Dave Upstone, Crowy Crowhurst, Jim Jewell, Pansy Potter, Chippy Chapman

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