- 2 Sqn's Meteor FR9s with no Squadron markings - Before 27May54. Nearest aircraft is VZ586 Y arrived on 2 Sqn on Wed 17Jun53 and left Cat4R on Thu 27May54. The original VZ586 crashed on delivery flt Wed 29Nov50.
- First Meteor FR9 on 2 Sqn with Squadron markings VZ609 T - Before 24Nov54. VZ609 T arrived on 2 Sqn on Wed 17Jun53. It was Cat 3R from 24Nov54 until 31Mar55. It left 2 Sqn for 32MU on Wed 7Mar56.
- Belgian Republic F-84 Thunderjet getting some help learning the recce trade from 2 Sqn - 1954.
- 2 Sqn at Sylt from Wahn - 1954. L to R Rear row: Mack, Martin Newman, Dave, Len, Chas Boyer, MacG, Brian Meadley, Ken Bailey and Mike Webb. Front row: Fred Trowern, Dick Fisher, Don Winterford, Reggie Lown, The Boss Sqn Ldr Bob Weighill, Jack Celston, Tony Winship and John Milner.
- Less formal shot - 2 Sqn aircrew on a bowser at Sylt - 54. Front row L to R: Fred Trowern hanging off the hose boom, CO Sqn Ldr Bob Weighill on the bonnet, Unknown, Reggie Lown standing on right mudguard and "Wee" Mac sitting on the right mudguard. Rest unknown.
- Formation of four Meteor FR.9s from 2 Sqn - Between 7Mar and 31Dec1955. From top to bottom: Meteor FR.9 WX978 B-X flown by Dick Fisher arrived on 2 Sqn on Tue 21Sep54 and left for 79 Sqn as B on Wed 7Mar56. Meteor FR.9 WX965 B-Z flown by Pete Young arrived on 2 Sqn on Mon 7Mar55 and left for 79 Sqn as Z on Thu 3May56. Meteor FR.9 WX971 B-Y flown by Alan Middleton arrived on 2 Sqn on Thu 10Jun54, was Cat3R from 9Sep54 to 13Oct54 then left for 79 Sqn as B-Y on Thu 3May56.
- Chas Boyer as 2 Squadron standard bearer for their anniversary, probably early May 1955.
- How NOT to take the salute at Sylt 1955. L to R; Back row: Mike Webb, Don Winterford, Alan Middleton with Geoff Marlow on his shoulders and far right Engineering Officer? Middle row: Dick Fisher looking up, Pete Bufford, Ross Colwill saluting, Ken Pinder, Fred Trowern, Malcolm Woodhams, Dave Fielder, Dave King, Chas Boyer and Ken Bailey. Front row: Martin Newman saluting and Manx Kelly sitting.
- Departure of 2 Sqn CO Sqn Ldr Bob Weighill - Jun55.
- 2 Sqn Meteor FR9 out over the North Sea searching for the C-in-C Sir Harry Broadhurst's yacht - 25Sep55.
- Dutch destroyer in Honte of Westerscheldt taken during the search for the C-in-C's yacht - 25Sep55.
- Allied Services Frontier Pass for AC Jack Goldthorpe from Geilenkirchen - 12Dec55.
- 2 Sqn's Meteor FR.9 WB124 V safely landed after a mid-air collision with Meteor FR.9 WH542 at Geilenkirchen during a flypast on 15Mar56. Flight Comment, 2ATAF's Flight Safety magazine reported the incident as follows: " MAJOR WH542 & WB124, 15March CAT. 3 & 2. These aircraft are taking part in a special squadron formation of twelve which entailed the last four flying in line abreast. (Web Master: Probably the base-line of a formation forming a Number 2 as is shown in the inset from a later flypast with only three in the base line?) During a run over the airfield the middle pair of the four in line abreast collided, the wing-tip of one striking the outside of the nacelle of the other. Both landed safely at base. COMMENT: It is agreed by all concerned that both these aircraft hit the slipstream of the aircraft ahead at the same time, and in trying to recover control they collided. For this to happen, either the section leader on whom they were formatting was insufficiently stepped down, or the two aircraft in question were out of position, or possibly a combination of the two took place. This has not been resolved. However the moral is obvious - slipstream can be (and could have been here) an invisible killer, and it is basic airmanship to be wary of its effects." Meteor FR.9 WB124 V was delivered to 2 Sqn Fri 11Mar55 and declared Cat 4R on Fri 11May56.
- Newly arrived Swift FR.5 on 2 Squadron at Geilenkirchen - May56.
- Newly arrived Swift FR.5 on 2 Squadron at Geilenkirchen alongside a Meteor and a Sabre - May56.
- 2 Sqn Aircrew and Groundcrew Geilenkirchen - May56.
- First Swift FR.5s to arrive on 2 Sqn at Geilenkirchen - May56.
- 2 Sqn Swift FR.5 XD916 E arrived on 2 Sqn Fri 24Feb56. Was damaged Cat3R from 4Nov57 to 1 Feb58 and again Cat 3R from 3 Jul58 to 9Sep58. Finally left 2 Sqn for 23MU Cat4R on Tue 30Dec58.
- 2 Sqn Aircrew Geilenkirchen - May56. L to R Rear Row: Mike Webb, Ken Pinder, Alan Middleton, Ross Colwill, John Whitham, Manx Kelly and Ty Retief. Front Row: Geoff Marlow, Dick Green, Paddy King, Sqn Ldr Ron Mortley, Ray Bannard, Tony Winship and Pete Bulford. Hereward in the foreground.
- Hereward, 2 Sqn Mascot as a pup - May 56.
- Looking smart for the 2 Sqn Birthday Parade Geilenkirchen - 11May56. L to R: Frank Dykes, Dick Hayden and Jack Goldthorpe.
- 2 Sqn Birthday Party Geilenkirchen - 11May56. L to R: OC 2 Sqn Sqn Ldr Ron Mortley, David Dibb and Jack Goldthorpe
- Line up of 2 Sqn Swifts at Geleinkirchen - 1956.
- 2 Sqn aircrew and groundcrew at Geilenkirchen - March 1956 L to R back row: Unknown, Dickie Hayden, Unknown, Jack Goldthorpe, Jim Birkett, Pete Baument, Colin Gore, Jock Dykes, Pete Swanson, Jock Meldrom, Consitt, Arthur Neate, Paddy Hobbins, Unknown, Alan Brown, Unknown, Philips, Johnny Copper, Dennis Atkins, Tommy Tighe and Unknown. Middle Row: Phil English, Bill Jenkins, Dennis Dack, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, George Metcalf, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Taff Williams, Ron Armstrong and George Malcolm. Front row: George Smith, Sgt Griffiths, Sgt Rothney, Dicky Fisher, Manx Kelly, Webb, Ken Pinder, Geoff Marlow, Dicky Green, Major Morris, CO Bunny Mortley, Ray Bannard, Tony Whinship, Pete Bulford, Jim Hugill, Ros Collwell, Tighe Retief, Arthur Causon, Sgt Thackery and Taff Price.
- SAC Jack Goldthorpe in his billet at Geilenkirchen - 1956.
- 2 Sqn Soccer Team that drew against a local German team from Warbach - Apr56. L to R back row: "Vouch" Poole, Jack Goldthorpe, George Malcolm, Alamandras, Ted Tebay and Alan Broom. Front row: John Cooper, Pete Ramsden, Dave Stittson, "Brummie" Mason and Dick Haydon.
- 2 Sqn's Formal photo in front of Swift FR.5 at Geilenkirchen - 28Apr56. L to R Rear Row: Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Tighe Retief, Manx Kelly. Front row: Unknown, Dicky Green, Paddy King, CO Sqn Ldr Ron Mortley and Squadron's mascot "Hereward" at his feet, Ray Bannard, Unknown, Unknown. Anyone add some more names?
- Sun bathing at Geilenkirchen - July 56. L to R: David Dibb and Jack Goldthorpe.
- Geilenkirchen sun bathing - Summer 1956. L to R: Jack Goldthorpe, Unknown, Dick Hayden rear, Ray Abbot, John Brown.
- Visiting 65 Sqn Meteor T.7 being refueled at Geilenkirchen - Summer 1956.
- 2 Sqn Barracks Geilenkirchen - about 56. Jock Gibson and Brian Lydford are in the photo but can anyone put names to faces?
- Clive Thornborough in someone else's bed space at Geilenkirchen - about 56.
- Hereward, 2 Sqn Mascot ready for take-off at Geilenkirchen - September 56.
- Xmas Party Geleinkirchen? - about Dec 56. L to R: Doc Black, Tommy Tighe and Chick Page.
- Xmas Party at Cafe Spiertz Geleinkirchen - Dec56. L to R: W/O Bouette, Cpl McElliott, Cpl Mason, SAC Jack Goldthorpe and LAC MacDermott.
- Another shot at the Xmas Party at Cafe Spiertz Geleinkirchen - Dec56. L to R: Manx Kelly, Paddy King and Sgt Nicholls.
- Smart looking bunch! Ready for 2 Sqn's Birthday Parade at Geilenkirchen on 12May57.
L to R: Jack Goldthorpe, Peter Stanton, Ray Abbott, John Brown, Barry Cornwell and Dave Thompson.
- Parade dated 5Jun57 at Geilenkirchen. Maybe it was AOC's Inspection?
- A group of RDAF FR/PR Flight and RAF No 2 Sqn personnel in front of one of a Supermarine Swift FR.5. The picture was taken by the RDAF Karup photo section during a squadron rotation at RDAF Karup on 14Jul57. Extreme right front row is Jim Hugill - identified thanks to his daughter Alison. Anyone able to supply more names? This would have been a detachment from RAF Geilenkirchen, 5 months before 2 Sqn moved up to RAF Jever. The photo was very kindly sent to us by Col. Steen. H. Hartov, DCOS P&P, HQ TACDEN of the Royal Danish Air Force.
- No 2 Sqn's Winning Soccer Team Geilenkirchen - 56/57 Season. L to R Back Row: Vouch Poole, Jack Goldthorpe, George Malcolm, Alamandras, Ted Tebay and Alan Broom. Front Row: John Cooper, Pete Ramsden, Dave Stittson, Brummie Mason and Dick Haydon.
- 2 Sqn Soccer Team for 1956/57 season - About Mar57. Inter-section League winners & runners up Inter-section K.O. Cup Geilnkirchen L to R Rear row: Ted Tebay, Ray Abbot, George Malcolm, Jack Goldthorpe, Mick Cartwright, Alan Brown. Front row: Pete Ramsden, Dick Hayden, Colin Binns, Johnny Cooper, Alan Simpson.
- 11 Meteor FR.9s in a flypast in the No 2 formation. This maybe some time after the unfortunate airborne collision between two Meteors that occurred on 15Mar56 [Click to see details] when they had, of a total of 12 aircraft, 4 Meteors in line abreast making up the base of the figure 2.
- Presumably the same 11 Meteor FR.9s in an arrowhead flypast.
- Debrief with the Station Commander. L to R: Sqn Ldr Ron Mortley, CO 2 Sqn, Station Commander Geilenkirchen?, Al Ibbett, Unknown and Danny Lavender. Anyone know more names and the occasion? The Swift FR.5 at the rear is XD920 Z which arrived on 2 Sqn on Tue 24Apr56 suffered Cat 3R damage and eventually left the squadron on Wed 10Feb60 to be finally Struck Off Charge to MOD on Mon 22Feb60.
- Peter Stanton is cleaning the windscreen then L to R: Cpl Abrahams, Jock Watt and Don Marston. The hangars do not look like RAF Jever so I presume it is at RAF Geilenkirchen sometime before it was declared Cat3R on 4Nov57. The aircraft is Swift FR.5 XD916 E which arrived on 2 Sqn on Fri 24Feb56, was Cat 3R 4Nov57-1Feb58 and Cat 3R 3Jul58-9Sep58, eventually being declared Cat 4(R) damaged and passed to 23MU on Tue 30Dec58.
- 2 Sqn Swift FR.5 XD916 E at Geilenkirchen - Jun57. L to R: Pete Stanton in the cockpit, Jack Goldthorpe, Lofty Mathews, Cpl Abrahams and Paddy Mathews. Swift XD916 E arrived on 2 Sqn on Fri 24Feb56, was declared Cat 3R from 4Nov57 to 1Feb58, Cat 3R from 3Jul58 to 9Sep58 and finally passed Cat4R to 23MU on Tue 30Dec58.
- RAF Geilenkirchen Swimming Pool - Summer 1957.
- Jack Goldthorpe enjoying the slide at the swimming pool at RAF Geilenkirchen - Summer 1957.
- Swimming Pool at Geilenkirchen - Summer 57. L to R: Chris Bramley, Ron Jull and Ralph Heard.
- Wing Commander Ron Mortley OBE, AFC CO of 2 Sqn with his daughter - 1957.
- Geilenkirchen swimming pool - Summer 1957. L to R: Front row, Jack Goldthorpe, Ron Jull and Ralph Heard.
- 2 Sqn Ground and Aircrew - guess about 1957 at Geilenkirchen?
- 2 Sqn's Meteor T.7 and 3 Swift FR.5s probably at Geilenkirchen.
- 2 Squadron Christmas Card 1957.
- Jack Goldthorpe engine fitter on 2 Sqn in front of Swift FR.5 - early58?
- Bob Barcilon from the No 111 Black Arrows formation aeros team brochure.
- Unknown group of groundcrew in front of a 2 Sqn Swift FR5 - believed to be at Jever but maybe Geilenkirchen. Can anyone supply names, place or date?.
- 2 Sqn Swift in Reheat. Produced by 2 Sqn's Mobile Field Photographic Section (MFPS) by merging a sunset from the Far East with a picture of a Swift in Reheat. - Date guessed 1958.
- 2 Sqn airmens' accommodation Block 35 with Block 36 beyond - Mar58.
- My bed space and pinups in Block 35 - Mar58. L to R: Brian Lydford and Clive Thornborough.
- Clive Thornborough in his bed space with his pinups in Block 35 - Mar58. L to R: Clive Thornborough and Unknown.
- Clive Thornborough's 2 Sqn room mates in Block 35 - Mar58. L to R: Unknown, Unknown, Clive Thornborough, Unknown and Unknown. Anyone able to supply names?
- Clive Thornborough's 2 Sqn room mates joking in Block 35 - Mar58. L to R: Unknown, Unknown, Clive Thornborough, Unknown and Unknown. Anyone able to supply names?
- Clive Thornborough's 2 Sqn room mates hanging out of Block 35 - Mar58. L to R: Unknown, Unknown, Unknown and Unknown. Anyone able to supply names?
- Destroyed submarine pens in Wilhelmshaven.
- 2 Sqn Groundcrew at Jever - 58. L to R: Russel ?, Pug Buck, George Malcolm and Pete Collins.
- 2 Sqn attic bar in 2 Sqn Block - 58?
- 2 Sqn Swifts in Figure 2 formation - Date guessed 1958.
- No 2 Sqn's Swift FR.5 WK288 B being flown by Flt Lt Rimmy Rimington about 58. After landing he was timed by his peers getting out and putting the safety pin in the ejection seat. WK288 arrived on the squadron on Mon 14Oct57 and left for 60 MU on Fri 17Feb61. It was also Cat 3R from 15May59 to 26Jun59, Cat 3R 8Oct59 to 7Jan60 and Cat 3R 31Mar60 to 2May60.
- Lorry load of No 2 Sqn's lads going to work - about 58. L to R seated: Cpl Radio/Radar, SAC 'Ali' Barber, SAC Merv Hodson, Unknown, Unknown and SAC Spence. Standing: SAC 'Scotty' Scott, SAC Guy Claughton, SAC 'Chunky' Church and SAC McDermott.
- No 2 Sqn Swift FR.5 being marshalled in by "Geordie".
- Radio Servicing Flight lads before posting to 2 Sqn. L to R: Unknown, Jack Mason, Unknown and Unknown.
- Local Jever Town BP Garage - Date guessed 1958.
- Cover of No 2 Sqn's 46th Anniversary Parade. 4May58.
- Page 3 of No 2 Sqn's 46th Anniversary Parade. Explanation of Event. 4May58.
- Page 4 & 5 of No 2 Sqn's 46th Anniversary Parade. 4May58.
- Page 6 & 7 of No 2 Sqn's 46th Anniversary Parade. 4May58.
- No 2 Sqn's 46th Anniversary Parade. 4May58. The standard bearer is Jim Hugill
- Marching on No 2 Sqn's 46th Anniversary Parade. 4May58. Led by Sqn Ldr Wade who is followed by Squadron Warrant Officer, Flt Sgt. Ernie Clark.
- No 2 Sqn's 46th Anniversary Parade marching into the Hanger because of the weather - 4May58.
- No 2 Sqn's 46th Anniversary Parade in the Hanger because of the weather - 4May58.
- Obviously a wet day with the march past taking place in the Hangar on No 2 Sqn's 46th Anniversary Parade. 4May58. Led by Sqn Ldr Wade who is followed by Squadron Warrant Officer, Flt Sgt. Ernie Clark.
- 2 Sqn's 46th Birthday flypast R to L: 2 Sqn Swifts, 4 Sqn and 93 Sqn Hunters - 4May58.
- Cake celebrating No 2 Sqn's 46th Anniversary. 4May58.
- Danny Lavender and Boss Wade cutting the 2 Sqn 46th Birthday cake - 4May58.
- Open Day at RAF Jever - 13May58. L to R: Jack Goldthorpe, Barry ? and Peter Collins.
- 2 Sqn Swift FR.5 WK288 B ready on display for the Jever Open Day 13May58. Delivered to the Sqn on Mon 11 May 1959 and passed to 60MU when the Hunter FR.10s arrived on Wed 8 Feb 1961; eventually ending up at the Manston Fire School.
- Head-on view of 2 Sqn Swift FR.5 WK288 B ready on display for the Jever Open Day 13May58. Delivered to the Sqn on Mon 11 May 1959 and passed to 60MU when the Hunter FR.10s arrived on Wed 8 Feb 1961; eventually ending up at the Manston Fire School.
- Four Swift FR.5s from 2 Sqn taxy out at the RAF Jever Open Day - 13May58. The first aircraft is believed to be WK287 A which arrived on 2 Sqn on Mon 14Oct57 and left for 60MU on Fri 17Mar61. It was Cat3R off 2Sqn from 16Sep57 to 14Oct57, 16Sep58 to 30Oct58, 5May59 to 1Jun59, 15Oct59 to 4Dec59 and 5Jul60 to 18Aug60.
- 2 Sqn Swift FR.5s taking off during the Open Day at RAF Jever - 13May58.
- 2 Hunters taking off during the Open Day at RAF Jever - 13May58.
- 111 Sqn Formation Aeros Team taxying at Jever. Probably before or after Jever Open Day 13May58?
- 111 Sqn Hunters in Diamond formation on the Open Day at RAF Jever - 13May58.
- RAF Jever Anglo-German Open Day 111 Sqn Black Arrows performing - 13May58.
- Jim Hugill standing in the cockpit of his Swift FR.5 - date unknown.
- 2 Sqn Swift N WK277. Originally built as an FR.4 then upgraded to FR.5. Arrived on 2 Sqn on Tue 3Mar59 and left, "Struck off charge" on Fri 7Apr61 to 60 MU. Now in the Newark Air Museum (14Dec05).
- Unknown VIP aircraft visitor to Jever sometime in 1958. This has the French Air Force colours and may have carried a VIP mission visiting the German Navy at Wilhelmshaven? Anyone know the occasion? The aircraft is a: SNCASO Sud-Ouest SO.30P Bretagne The SO.30 Bretagne twin-engined transport was designed in the early part of World War II, in spite of the difficulties facing the project given the German occupation of France. Indeed, the two prototypes were damaged during Allied bombardment of Cannes. It was resurrected once peace had been restored. In its definitive form, the SO.30P, the aircraft first flew on 11 December 1947. The subsequent production run totalled 45 examples, four of which were used for a time by Air France. Eight SO.30Ps served with Air Algerie and 12 with Air Maroc. Some were bought by charter companies, continuing in service for a number of years. Others were operated, sometimes under charter, by units of the French Air Force's Transport Command. Crew: 2; Powerplant: two 1,209kW (1,620hp) Pratt & Whitney R-2800-B43 Double Wasp 14-cylinder radial engines; Performance: Max speed 416kph (258mph); Range: 1,500km (932 miles); Service ceiling: 6,500m (21,325ft).Dimensions: Wingspan: 26.89m (88ft 3in); Length: 18.95m (62ft 2in); Height: 5.89m (19ft 4in); Weight: 18,900Kg (39,881lb) loaded; Payload: 30-37 passengers.
- Unknown VIP French AF aircraft, SNCASO SO.30P Bretagne, (Click to see details), visitor to Jever sometime in 1958. The passengers alight and are being greeted. They seem to be mainly civilian.
- Unknown VIP French AF aircraft, SNCASO SO.30P Bretagne, (Click to see details), visitor to Jever sometime in 1958. Waiting for the return of its passengers.
- 2 Sqn groundcrew about 1958. L to R: Taff Evans, George Oliver, Pete Collins and Sgt. Davis.
- 2 Sqn Jever Soccer Team Winners 1958. L to R back row: Jock Chesser, Tither, Paddy Matthews, Jim Birkett, Mick Cartwright and Les Williams. Front Row: Dave Wilson, Stuart Campbell, Jack Goldthorpe, Tony Gibbs and Stockbridge.
- 2 Sqn Soccer Team in colour - Runners Up in Inter-Section KO Cup RAF Jever - About Mar58. L to R back row: Jock Chesser, Tither, Paddy Matthews, Jim Birkett, Mick Cartwright and Les Williams. Front Row: Dave Wilson, Stuart Campbell, Jack Goldthorpe captain, Tony Gibbs and Stockbridge.
- 2 Sqn Soccer Team outside Quarters Block 23 RAF Jever - About Mar58. All unknown except 2nd from right rear row Jack Goldthorpe.> Anyone add other names?
- No 40 Hunter Operational Conversion Unit Course B Flight B Section at Chivenor - May58.
Left to right Back row: Flt Lt Richardson, Plt Off Pat Cliff, Plt Off Pete Martin posted to 4 Sqn at RAF Jever, Plt Off Tony Chaplin and Flt Lt Castle.
Front row: Plt Off Henry Plozek, Flt. Lt. Fergie Ferguson posted to 2 Sqn at RAF Jever, Wg Cdr Lovell, Plt Off Mick Ryan posted to 93 Sqn at RAF Jever and Fg Off Bullock.
- Swift FR.5 N XD927 taxying at Jever - 1958.
- Guy Claughton from 2 Sqn Mobile Field Photographic Squadron standing by the German Gliding Club "Grunau Baby" with an unknown gliding club member in the cockpit - 1958.
- Visiting Dakotas supporting a Danish F-84F Squadron visit, parked on 2 Sqn pan. Mervyn points out that the Swift behind has an auxiliary hydraulic rig connected and air bottles. As an ex-airframe mechanic, he says this probably means that there is a problem with either the Swift's flaps (e.g. flap creep), or flying controls requiring investigation and that functioning checks are taking place.
- Group in front of visiting Dakotas supporting a Danish F-84F Squadron visit, parked on 2 Sqn pan. Mervyn says that he remembers that the corporal on the left was radio/radar but cannot remember any names. Anyone able to help?
- Shot from visiting Dakota supporting a Danish F-84F Squadron visit, if over Jever, very difficult to spot?
- A rough crossing on the Rail Car Ferry, the only way on to Sylt, in Cpl Peter Collin's car - Jun58.
- Main Street, Westerland Sylt - Jun58.
- Sylt Sand Dunes - Jun58.
- Overlooking the sand dunes at Sylt - Jun58.
- Jack Goldthorpe doing an engine run at Sylt - Jun58.
- GAF Republic F-84F Thunderstreaks at Sylt - Jun58.
- Jack Goldthorpe in front of a GAF Republic F-84F Thunderstreak at Sylt - Jun58.
- RAF Search and Rescue Sycamore helicopter at Sylt - Jun58.
- It looks as though they have stopped the troop train carrying 2 Squadron personnel and equipment back from Armament Practice Camp at sylt on the bridge over the Kiel Canal to allow a bit of sight-seeing - Jun58. I'm not sure they would do that today!? Peter Collins and Jack Goldthorpe.
- Road and Rail Bridge over the Kiel Canal - Jun58. It looks as though they have stopped the troop train long enough for the passengers to walk some way from the train stopped on the middle of the bridge?
- Ron Sullivan squirting a fellow swimmer - about Summer 58.
- Ron Sullivan on the left with two other swimmers - about Summer 58.
- Bob Platt by the Beverley during the Metz detachment in Summer 1958.
- Swift K starting up at Metz presumably for a USAF Display Day - Summer 1958.
- Ian Humphreys at RCAF Metz with Sabre - more like Jaws! Summer 1958?
- Bob Platt with Sabre at RCAF Metz - Summer 1958?
- Bob ?, Geoff ('Yorkie') and Ian Humphreys on a Sabre at RCAF Metz - Summer 1958?
- Alan Scurlock at RCAF Metz - Summer 1958?
- Beverley used for the return flight to Jever from Metz.
- Start of a Jever Motor Club Rally, Merv Hodson by VW - 1958/59. Anyone make claim to their car and can date the photograph?
- From the 24th August to the 12th September 1958 USAFE base Spangdahlem hosted the third Royal Flush
event. 2 Sqn won the Gruemther Trophy and all air and ground crews received this copy of the plaque.
- 2 Sqn groundcrew at Spangdahlem for Exercise Royal Flush - August 1958.
L to R Back Row: Cpl Heard, rest unknown last right Paddy Matthews. Front row: All unknown except far right Jack Goldthorpe. Anyone add any more names?
- Another shot of the 2 Sqn groundcrew at Spangdahlem for Exercise Royal Flush - August 1958. Anyone add any names?
- Jack Goldthorpe standing in front of a Douglas RB-66B at Spangdahlem whilst on detachment for Exercise Royal Flush - Aug58. Douglas B-66. In 1953, Douglas received an order from the USAF to modify the A3D as a land-based reconnaissance and bomber aircraft, and five RB-66As were produced for service evaluation in 1954. These were followed by the first production version, the B-66B (72 built), which began to replace the Martin B-57 Canberra in the USAF's tactical bomber wings from March 1956. It was preceded slightly by the RB-66B reconnaissance aircraft, of which 145 examples were built; this was followed by the RB-66C and the RB-66D (77 built of both sub-types), the latter specialised weather reconnaissance version. The RB-66C equipped two tactical reconnaissance wings. Many B-66/RB-66 aircraft were modified for the electronic warfare role as EB-66s and saw action in the Vietnam War. Specifications apply to the RB-66B: Crew: 3; Powerplant: two 4,627 Kg (10,200 lb) thrust Allison J71-A-11 turbojet engines; Performance: max speed 1,015 Km/hr (631 mph); range 3,220 km (2,000 miles); service ceiling 11,855m (38,900 ft). Dimensions: Wingspan 22.10m (72ft 6in); length 22.90m (75ft 2in); height 7.19m (23ft 7in). Weight: 37,648 Kg (83,000 lb) loaded. Armament: two remotely controlled 20mm (0.79 in) cannon in tail barbette.
- 2 Sqn aircrew and groundcrew after winning Exercise Royal Flush at Spangdahlem in Sep58.
- 2 Sqn Groundcrew having a drink in the bar at Spangdahlem after winning the Royal Flush Trophy - Sep58. Only names are 6th and 7th from left are Jack Goldthorpe and Ralph Heard. Can anyone add other names?
- 2 Sqn Swift FR.5s lined up ready to fly to Sylt with the rest of the wing - 1Sep58. L to R Tail letters and airframe numbers are: Unknown, M XD924, U XD930, X XD950 and K XD926.
- 2 Sqn Swift FR.5 U XD930 on the approach - about Sep58.
- Blackburn Beverley used for the 2 Sqn detachment to Odiham in July 1958.
- Ooops! 2 Sqn Swift U XD930 on the grass with undercarriage uplock failure. Category 4 damage. Wed 5Nov58
- Mike Ibbett, Al's son, wrote on 30Nov2016: "I see the records/photos refer to my father's forced belly landing due to (I seem to remember him telling us), a front wheel hydraulic failure and while not wishing to contest the memory of Merv Hodson, I would like to suggest that the plane you show was not the one flown/landed by my father at the time. When I saw it his photo, I thought there seemed more damage than I remembered, so I dug out an old photo I kept before my mother chucked the rest; these, three show the actual landing sequence as it slides down the runway and another stationary on the tarmac. This is the last one. The tail plane identity marking is a "Y", not a "U". As these were given to my dad as a memento(!), I would like to suggest this was the plane he crash-landed in and the other plane must have been involved in a similar incident which as Merv recounted, seemed to happen with monotonous regularity. It's interesting to reflect that one of the tower/flight crew-room members had the foresight to photograph it, so they must have heard from the tower that my dad was in difficulty. He did tell us that he had tried until nearly out of fuel (well he would have said that wouldn't have he!!) to get the undercarriage down but finally went for the ditch it approach as he always said he was always worried being long in the leg that he didn't fancy losing his kneecaps if he had been forced to eject." Swift WK290 Y arrived on 2 Sqn on Mon 11May59 and left on Tue 7Feb61 for 60 MU. Eventually it went to the Manston Fire School.
- His son Peter sent in this photo of his father Maurice and Patricia Dale with other RAF colleagues/wifes. He wondered if this may have been taken whilst he was a Jever or at Sylt as the tankard he is holding he thinks was from either of those two places. Lt o R: Unknown Unknown, Patricia Dale, Unknown, Unknown Lady, Unknown, Unknown and Maurice Dale. Does anyone recognise the people, the place or the tankard? Phil Holden-Rushworth says: "I do not recognise any of the officers in the photo. However, I can say that it would certainly not be taken at Sylt while he was on II (AC) Squadron because the boss, Sqn Ldr Chris Wade, forbade the officers to take their wives with them to Sylt! In addition, I think Maurice looks rather younger than when I knew him in the early 60's."
- 2 Sqn Block Bar - Christmas 58. L to R: Hod Hodson, Cpl Peter "Coco" Collins, SAC "FTT" and Unknown.
- 2 Sqn Block Bar - Christmas 58. These two shifty characters were L to R: Chiefy Clarke and Bob "Jock" Chesser.
- 2 Sqn Block Bar - Christmas 58. L to R: CO 2 Sqn Sqn Ldr Chris Wade , Unknown at rear, Unknown Corporal.
- 2 Sqn Block Bar - Christmas 58. L to R: Unknown, Cpl "Skinny" Baker, Unknown, SAC Geordie Matthews, SAC FTT at back, SAC Merv Hodson in foreground, Unknown with moustache, SAC Jim Ewing with glass, Cpl "Coco" Collins at back, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown right front corner.
- 2 Sqn Arrow Formation from above - about 1959.
- Taff Wallis in his car - about 1959.
- Ooops! 2 Sqn Swift X XD950 on the grass. Merv believes that this was either Flt Lt Taff Wallis or Flt Lt Bengy Hives and was the result of landing with "Brake Boost" accidentally selected. Unknown damage. Believed to be incident reported in 4 Sqn F540 for 29Apr59.
- Michael "Chunky" Church Engine Mechanic 2 Sqn 59-60.
- Outside 2 Sqn Block with the Sergeants' Mess in the background - about 1959.
- 3 Swifts X XD920 or XD950, Y WK290, and E XD916 over the Weser - about 1959.
- RF-84F in trailer, Merv Hodson with Cpl Longley's Porsche, with ATC in the background - about 1959.
- Tail section of Bunny St Aubyn's 2 Sqn Swift FR.5 XD928 G which he abandoned after an engine failure near RAF Sylt on Thursday 9Apr59. Swift FR.5 XD928 G arrived on 2 Sqn on Thu 24May56. It was Cat 3R from 15Oct56 to 22Mar57 and from 10Feb58 to 30Jun58.
- Engine of Bunny St Aubyn's 2 Sqn Swift FR.5 XD928 G which he abandoned after it failed near RAF Sylt on Thursday 9Apr59. Swift FR.5 XD928 G arrived on 2 Sqn on Thu 24May56. It was Cat 3R from 15Oct56 to 22Mar57 and from 10Feb58 to 30Jun58.
- The sea takes its toll of Bunny St Aubyn's 2 Sqn Swift FR.5 XD928 G which he abandoned after the engine failed near RAF Sylt on Thursday 9Apr59. Swift FR.5 XD928 G arrived on 2 Sqn on Thu 24May56. It was Cat 3R from 15Oct56 to 22Mar57 and from 10Feb58 to 30Jun58.
- 2 Sqn groundcrew at Sylt - Apr59.
- 2 Sqn's "Sharpie" Sailing Dinghy at Sylt with L to R Unknown, Chris Bradley , McDermott and Guy Claughton - about 1959.
- 2 Sqn Swift FR.5 N WK277 now in the Newark Air museum, here shown in service, carried the squadron letter N from March 1959.
- Supermarine Swift FR.5 of 2 Sqn - Jever 11May59. 1st a/c left is WK300. It arrived on 2 Sqn on Tue 3 Feb 1959 and was struck off charge back to MOD on Wed 18 Jan 1961. The next a/c along is XD973 which arrived on 2 Sqn on Fri 7 Nov 1958 and was sent to 60 MU on Wed 8 Feb 1961.
- No 2 Sqn Swift FR.5s Lined up on Pan Next to Comet for Headmasters' Visit 11May1959.
- 2 Sqn airmens' quarters - Block 23 through the wire of the tennis courts - about 1959.
- 2 Sqn groundcrew outside Block 23 at RAF Jever. L to R: Front: John Armand, Larry Lomas and Mick ?. Rear: All Unknown.
- Geordie Oldfield and Al Scurlock.
- No 2 Sqn Aircrew Photograph, Jan to 22March1960.
- 2 Sqn groundcrew on a Swift FR.5. at RAF Jever. L to R: Wilky Wilkinson, Michael Church, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown.
- Royal Flush 1V took place at Eindhoven in the Netherlands from the 2nd to the 4th June, 1959. Here a group of 2 Squadron personnel are getting ready to go to Holland for Royal Flush Most are photo developing people generally known as mof-poffs as an abbreviation of their initials. L to R: SAC Sullivan, Cpl Unknown, SAC 'Fitz' Fitzgerald and SAC Chris Bradley.
- No 2 Sqn Swift FR5 G WK295 on display outside the ASF Hangar during the Anglo-German Open Day - 5Jun59. WK295 arrived on 2 Sqn on Mon 1Jun59 and was withdrawn from service on Fri 17Mar61 to be on display at Geilenkirchen.
- Jim Ewing winning the RAF Jever 1,500 metres race in July 1959.
- Jim Ewing winning the 800 mtrs in the 2ATAF v Dutch Air Force Athletics meet in The Hague - July 1959.
- Wreckage of 2 Sqn Swift FR.5 WK304 which crashed near the Olympia Factory just outside Wilhelmshaven after engine failure on a GCA approach to land at Jever. The pilot, Al Martin, ejected safely - 26Oct59. (Click to see newspaper report.) Swift FR.5 WK304 arrived on 2 Sqn on Tue 29Sep59 and crashed a month later on Mon 26Oct59.
- David Sawford standing by the engine wreckage of 2 Sqn Swift FR.5 WK304 which crashed near the Olympia Factory just outside Wilhelmshaven after engine failure on a GCA approach to land at Jever. The pilot, Al Martin, ejected safely - 26Oct59. (WK304 arrived on 2 Sqn on Tue 29Sep59 and crashed a month later on Mon 26Oct59.
- No 2 Sqn Swifts in Tech Wing Hangar 1959.
- Ian Humphreys, Unknown, Sqn Ldr Chris Wade OC 2 Sqn and Chiefy Clarke - Christmas 1959.
- RAF Form 4216 Declaration under the Official Secrets Act for Jack Goldthorpe - 12Apr60.
- RAF Form 856 Certificate of Service for Jack Goldthorpe on transfer to the Reserve - 11May60.
- Deserted Jever, 2, 4 and 93 Sqn pans taken by Bill Sheppard from Swift E300 - Late 1960.
- Back streets of Jever Town near the Kirche - about 1960.
- Downtown Jever - about 1960. Can anyone recognise the building?
- Statue to Maria, Patron Saint of Jever - about 1960.
- Jever Windmill - about 1960.
- Jever Schloss - about 1960.
- Back streets of Jever - about 1960.
- Boozy weekend in Gronigen, Holland. L to R: Michael "Chunky" Church, Mick "Errol" Flynn and John "Mac" Mackenzie.
- Bob Platt in the forest surrounding Jever - Apr60.
- 8 2 Sqn Swift FR.5s at Jever - date unknown. As H did not arrive on th 2 Sqn until 24May60 and Bob Platt left in Sep 60 - it has been filed chronologically as a dull day in May60. Anyone able to get more accurate?
- Railway in the airfield woods. This was used to bring in fuel supplies and also to carry leased trains from Bundesbahn which were loaded with Squadron heavy equipment for detachments such as Sylt. The railway ran round to the South side of the airfield so that loading could take place directly from the Squadron Hangers - about 1960.
- 2 Sqn Swift FR.5 in dispersal.
- Closely parked group of six 2 Sqn Swift FR.5s on Hanger 3 pan.
- Swift FR.2 XD962 J arrived on 2 Sqn Wed 10Aug60; left for 60MU on Wed 22Mar61.
- Sylt beach during 2 Sqn gunnery detachment 1960 - looks like Summer?
- Bob Platt and Ian Humpreys on Sylt beach during 2 Sqn gunnery detachment 1960 - looks like Summer?
- Bob Platt in his hole in the sand at Sylt - 60.
- Jim Ewing singing "I ain't got no body" being supported by Bob Platt Sylt - 60.
- Ian Humphreys cementing Anglo/German relations - Sylt 1960.
- Johnny doing his bit for Anglo/German relations - Sylt 1960.
- Jim Ewing and Ian Humphreys 'Come in it's warm' - Sylt 1960.
- Jim Ewing, Bob Platt and Geordie Oldfield - the three gentlemen of Sylt - 1960.
- Ian Humphreys, Bob Platt - acrobat and Unknown - Sylt 60.
- L to R: Alan Scurlock, Joanna ?, Bill ?, Unknown, and Geordie Oldfield in Copenhagen.
- Ian Humphreys and Alan Scurlock in Times Square, Copenhagen.
- Ian Humphreys and Geordie Oldfield (also monument) in Helsingborg, Sweden.
- Geordie Oldfield and Alan Scurlock at the castle in Helsingborg, Sweden.
- Bob Platt and Derek - 60.
- Derek ? outside Block23 - 60.
- Bob Platt - 60.
- Ian Humphreys and Bob Platt - 60.
- Bob Platt going Tyrolean - 60.
- Bob Platt getting to grips with Derek ? - 60.
- Ian Humphreys and Bob Platt - 60.
- Ian Humphreys in his 'pit' - 60.
- Dave Robinson, room-mate of Jim Ewing with 2 Sqn Swifts in the background - about 1960.
- Jim Ewing in the lead in the 400 mtrs Hurdles in the 2ATAF championships - 1960.
- Jim Ewing 2nd from left in the 400 mtrs Hurdles in the 2ATAF v BAOR meet - 1960.
- 2 Sqn Reunion in London - 1960. L to R: John "Wilky" Wilkinson, Sarge ?, Michael "Chunky" Church and John Armand.
- Forsthaus Upjever in the woods to the South of the airfield - about 1960.
- Bob Platt and Ian "Humph" Humphries outside 2 Squadron Barrack Block - 1960. "Humph" was a 2 Sqn Radio Mechanic from Longsight, Manchester.
- Hanomag tractor towing a 2 Sqn Swift - must be after Jan58.
- 2 Sqn Swift taxying in the snow - Winter 60/61?
- Hunter FR10 XF457 with Sqn. It arrived 15Mar61.
- Bob Platt at Sylt for air-to-air firing - May61.
- Bob Platt turning round a visiting 14 Sqn Hunter - Jever 1961.
- 2 Sqn Hunter FR.10 and Hunter from detached 14 Sqn who were at Jever in April 1961 whilst the runways at Gutersloh were improved ready for air trooping.
- Hanomag tractor driven by LAC Bange and a Hunter from detached 14 Sqn who were at Jever in April 1961 whilst the runways at Gutersloh were improved ready for air trooping.
- SAC "Drag" Aldersea walking past Hunters from detached 14 Sqn who were at Jever in April 1961 whilst the runways at Gutersloh were improved ready for air trooping.
- 14 Sqn aircrew who were at Jever in April 1961 whilst the runways at Gutersloh were improved ready for air trooping. L to R: Unknown, Fg Off Guy Whiteley, Flt Lt Norman, Fg Off Roberts, Fg Off Jerry Saye, Flt Lt Anderson, Fg Off Ian Tite, Flt Lt Colin Hardie, Flt Lt Phil Champniss, Self Unknown, CO Sqn Ldr Faulkes(?), Flt Lt Brook, Flt Lt Clark, Flt Lt Preece, Flt Lt Ian Carr-White, Flt Lt Dave Edmonds, Flt Lt Davis, Flt Lt Wagstaff, Flt Lt Browne, Flt Lt Barr, Fg Off Thomas and Fg Off Wood.
- 14 Sqn on the pan in front of Hangar 4.
- Hunter FR10 WW596 with 2Sqn. It arrived 8Aug61.
- Javelin at Jever with SAC Peter Crawshaw during 14Sqn detachment on the pan in front of Hangar 4.
- Bob Platt sitting on the steps of 2 Sqn Block - about 1961.
- 2 Sqn line-up circa 1961.
- 2 Sqn Pilots on a Swift - about mid-61.
- 2 Sqn Groundcrew - mid-1961. L to R: Sgt. Davey; F/S Barman; Sgt Parsons; Cpl Partridge at rear; Cpl Evans; SAC Scurlock; SAC Young; Cpl "Skinny" Baker at rear; SAC Petch; Sgt. Carley and Sgt Thompson.
- Hunter FR.10 XE621. First Flt: 17Jun56 by David Lockspeiser. Central Fuselage C/N 41H-679979. Delivered 4Jul56 to 56Sqn; 92Sqn; 111Sqn. Returned to HSA, 6Aug59. 135.30 Flying Hours. Converted to FR Mk.10. Delivered to RAF 22Dec60 then to 2(FR)Sqn as 'H' 8Feb61. Declared CAT 5. Aircraft stalled and dived into ground at Papenburg while flying out of Gutersloh; Pilot, Flt. Lt. Stuart Cyril B. Barnes aged 28 was killed. Written Off, 30Jan62.
- John Mackenzie making safe the remains of the gun pack from Hunter FR.10 XE621 H outside the 30mm bay at RAF Gutersloh after the aircraft crashed on 30Jan62. He is extracting the last 30mm round from the cylinder.
- The remains of the gun pack from Hunter FR.10 XE621 H outside the 30mm bay at RAF Gutersloh after the aircraft crashed on 30Jan62. Note the bent barrel that would take some force. The gun contained 540 rounds of HE ammunition and they recovered most of it. The rest was recovered by the Bomb Disposal Team from RAF Butzweilerhof. During their search they happened to locate a German family's valuables which had been buried during the war. The location had been forgotten as a battle had taken place over the spot where it had been buried - lucky for some.
- Bob Platt's German Blood Donor Card from his time on 14 Sqn in 1962.
- Hunter T7 WV372 at Kemble Jul01. It arrived on 2Sqn May67.
- Hunter FR10 XE585 with 2Sqn. It arrived 27May70.
- First Day Cover flown from RAF Laarbruch to RAF Conningsby and return in a 2 Sqn Phantom FGR 2 on 13May72 to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the formation of 2 Sqn.
- Wing Commander Ron Mortley OBE, AFC retired CO of 2 Sqn - 1990.
- 2 Sqn Swift FR.5 at the Newark Air museum. It is N WK277, which carried the squadron letter N from March 1959.
- History of 2 Sqn Swift FR.5 N WK277 at the Newark Air museum.
- 2 Sqn Swift FR.5 at the Newark Air museum - Starboard side.
- 2 Sqn Swift FR.5 at the Newark Air museum - Tail view.
- Swift FR.5 cockpit procedures trainer at the Newark Air museum.
- A sunny day, a Jever Pils (or two), good company and many, many fond memories. Three 2Sqn. Ground crew meet again after 50+ years. L to R: Luis Bower, Lieny Platt, Bob Platt (inst mech), Marge Sawford, Dave Sawford (inst mech) and Fred Bower (elec) - 29Jun14.
- 2 Sqn Swift WK277 N in the Newark Aviation Museum - Oct 2015. WK277 N arrived on 2 Sqn on Tue 3Mar59 and left for 60MU on Fri 7Apr61. It was also Cat 3R 22Jul59-29sep59.
- 2Sqn ground-crew Dave Sawford (Inst. Mech.) and Fred Bower (Elec.) with Swift Wk277, on a recent visit to Newark Aviation Museum. The Swift seems to have withstood the ravages of time slightly better than the two cold-war warriors. Shine on Shiny 2!
- Dave Sawford in front of Sqn Swift WK277 N, on a recent visit to Newark Aviation Museum.