I joined the RAF in 1957 and after initial and trade training was posted to RAF Negombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) for 2.5 years. On the 1st March 1960, I was returning to the UK at the end of my tour in the Far East, but unfortunately my aircraft crashed at night into the Indian Ocean during a fierce tropical storm. For my experiences I was granted membership of The Goldfish Club in that my life was saved due to the use of the Mae West and a rubber survival dinghy.
In 1960 I was posted to RAF Waddington where I served for 4 years. Those four years where hard, but during this period my wife and I fell in love with Lincoln and our first two children were born at Nocton Hall.
In 1964 I was posted to HQ Allied Air Forces Central Europe, Fontainebleau, Nr Paris. (quite a nice posting!). In 1966 I had completed my 9 year engagement, but due to injuries received in my ditching incident, further service was refused.
On discharge I joined the West Midlands Police in which I served until retiring in 1994.
I now enjoy a happy retirement with my lovely wife of 54 years, four beautiful daughters, nine grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Now at the age of 76 I have discovered a new love as a volunteer for the IBCC – I have a spring in my step!