First & Last, Journal of the Halton 81st Entry

Issue Number 36

Aug 2013

The Journal of the 81st Entry

Edited and uploaded by Brian Spurway

Welcome to the 36th edition of The Journal.

Last Post:

The loss of any member of the 81st Entry diminishes us all.

Shortly after uploading the last edition of our journal I received the sad news that Terry Pallister had passed away over a month earlier. I passed our condolences on to Terry's family and friends then emailed everybody on my 81st Entry contact list to let them know of our sad loss; I also ensured the RAFHAA was made aware so his name could be added to the Haltonian obit column. There was, however, one potential embarrassment for me over Terry's passing and that was that I could easily have unknowingly upset his widow by my emailing him after he had gone, which I had done - luckily one of Terry's sons picked up on it and asked me to stop. Having not been advised that Terry had died I was obviously not to know so without saying anything else about it I would hope ........

Terry Pallister, Airframes, who passed away on 15 April 2013.

My heartfelt gratitude to those other than myself, especially the two newcomers, who have contributed to this edition of our journal.

Things are again looking grim as I only have two articles in reserve for future editions - and that's thanks to Martin McArthur alone as they're both from him. We've been here before though and things have always worked out OK when either Mike or I have mentioned the sparcity of articles and the liklihood that production of the Journal could therefore come to and.


With the confidence that all will be well I am adding a little bit to this page, and to the first page of each future journal, by including the silhouette of an aircraft type that is representative of our generation and as such may have been the first 'real-live' aircraft you worked on after leaving Halton; the one of the Hunter will remain on the home page for now (see Feedback).

The Gloster Javelin F(AW)1 started its RAF service in 1956 so it was still a relative youngster when we left Halton; were you one of the 'lucky' ones posted straight onto this type and if so, where and with which squadron? There is at least one article in the archives about an experience with the Javelin; if you have another that you would like to appear in our journal then please send something in, I'll be delighted to receive it and put it in a future edition for all to enjoy. I think I can come up with silhouettes to cover most of our first aircraft types but maybe you were posted on to something just a bit different - for instance Curly Knowlton (who left Halton with the 84th) was posted to Boscombe Down and he says his first type may well have been the English Electric P1 (or maybe the P1A).


If you have any comments on the articles, or just want to say 'Hi!' to old friends please CONTACT BRIAN.

Your comments will be published on the FEEDBACK PAGE.