Pugh kindly allowed us to use the
(below) along with these emails he
recently sent us ....
1st Email From Bob ....
Gary & Malcolm,
I was a member of the maintenance
crew that maintained the equipment
used in the control tower.
shop was located in the old WWll
control tower, that is seen in your
photo taken from the control tower.
The repair shop was on the ground
floor, while the VHF radio equipment
was on the second floor. The control
tower also had transmitters and
receivers located on the floor
directly under the tower operating
We had telephone communication to
the tower and also had a hand crank
telephone that was a direct line to
the tower. We spent a lot of time in
the control tower when we had all of
our duties completed during our
We worked a shift that consisted of,
swing-mid, swing, day, day, mid:
swing-mid (on duty 4pm to 8 am), 8
hours off, swing (on duty 4pm to
midnight) 8 hrs off, day shift (on
duty 8am to 4 pm), 16 hours off, day
shift (on duty 8am to 4pm), 8 hours
off, midnight (on duty) midnight to
8 am. Following this schedule, we
would have approximately 4 days off
We worked a schedule like that so we
could get the maximum time off
without being required to have a 3
I believe the huts that we lived in
were on site 4. We had two beds
(bunks) at each end of the hut, with
pot belly stoves at each end for
heat. We had hut inspection every
once in awhile, which consisted of a
tour of the huts by our squadron
commander and our first sergeant.
Seeing we worked shifts, there was
usually always someone sleeping
during the day, so they would come
in, have a quick look and leave
without disturbing us.
crew in my hut consisted of two of
us in radio maintenance and two
control tower operators.
Feel free to use any of the photos
you want for your website.
When they started downsizing
Burtonwood, they scattered us all
over the UK. I was reassigned for my
3rd year at RAF Brize Norton.
Once again, thanks for keeping
I have a few more photos I can send
you as soon as I dig them out."
2nd Email From Bob ....
Gary & Malcolm,
really great that you are keeping
the ghost of RAF Burtonwood alive
for those of us that served there,
and that people of the area will
know that the base existed at one
time. Many a good memory still fills
this aging body of mine, of the days
that I served at Burtonwood.
wife is from Orford, and she has two
brothers living in Great Sankey and
one in Scarborough.
Her Dad was retired from the British
Army, having last been posted at
Peninsula Barracks in Warrington.
was at Burtonwood from July of 1957
to July of 1959.
was assigned to the 1965th AACS
Squadron. Our squadron duties
consisted of operation of the
control tower, teletype section
(which was located on the ground
floor of the main terminal
building), the GCA unit which was at
the approach end of the runway and
the maintenance personnel for these
from Andy Skiba (Friend of Bob
My old squadron mate Bob Pugh put me
on to your website.
I was also in the same squadron and
had the same duty assignment at
Burtonwood. Radio maintenance for
the tower, etc. Ironically my
picture is the first one posted of
the BW pictures. I was only at BW a
short while when the picture was
didn't recall it till another BW
squadron member, Don Prouty brought
it to my attention. I was active in
the Burtonwood Association for a
number of years and was at a reunion
in Warrington right after the
control tower was knocked down and
laying on its side.
sad reminder of the many times we
worked in that building. One of the
UK members of the Burtonwood
Association gave me the voltmeter
face from the backup generator that
was located in the tower.
have it proudly displayed on my home
office wall along with a wood plaque
with the Burtonwood RAF emblem
was reassigned to RAF
Wattisham when they started to phase
out the base personnel.
RAF Wattisham was the home of
the RAF National aerobatic team,
"THE BLACK ARROWS" who flew 11 jet
black Hawker Hunter aircraft. We got
to see an airshow just about every
day when they practiced their
at Burtonwood I spent most of the
time hanging out at the service club
If I remember it was called "The sky
Line Club". They would have danced
at the club every Thursday evening
and would bus girls in from the
Liverpool area to dance with us.
Many romances were started from
those weekly dances.
was at Burtonwood for about 15
months before I was reassigned to
I returned to the Burtonwood
reunions two or three times in the
late eighties and met many of the
people who had been at BW during the
war years and during the Berlin
airlift days. I also got to know
Aldon and Sue Ferguson quite well.
started the Burtonwood Association
and wrote the two books about
Burtonwood and gathered up many of
the photos and history of the base
from all the years.
remember being there only 11
or 12 years after WW II and seeing
much of the structure from those
years still existing.
Thanks for keeping the history of
those years still alive.
Bob Pugh's Photo's
picture above was taken on Liverpool
Road from my jalopy.....I had a
Morris Minor Convertible when I was
to give it away when transferred to
Brize Norton. We had a million
laughs with that old car. Battery
was always low and many a time I had
to push it, then jump in, catch it
in gear, to get it running.
We changed the brakes on it at the
hobby shop. Car wouldn't
start....one of the guys pulled us
with his car...funniest sight you
could see...The front bumper and
parking light were pulled right off
we could see was the pull car going
away with about 15 feet of rope and
the bumper from my car.
Following that episode, I was
stopped in town for not having the
driving (parking) lights on.
the warning from the policeman, I
would hang a military ' L' shaped
torch (flashlight) on the front of
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