BRYAN GILLINGHAM ELECTRICAL FITTER (GROUND) D0681700
The 1(A) wing contingent of the 82nd Entry
were altogether in block 9 for a few
JAN 1956-DEC 1958
weeks, then we were dispersed around the wing, two to a
room. I was put in block 10 room 6 where I stayed for 2 years before moving to
block 16 room 2, then in our last term block 15 room 1.
After arriving at Cottesmore I was put on an
electronics centre fitting party and
JAN 1959-JAN 1963
was sent on the following detachments:
Feb -Aug 1959 R.A.A.F. Butterworth where I was awarded
the G.S.M. for Malaya.
Apr –Jun 1960 R.A.F. Changi, Jun -Aug 1960 R.A.F.
Apr -Jul 1961 R.A.F. Changi, Feb –Jun 1962 R.A.F.
I got married in Gravesend Kent in June 1962.
Khormaksar and promoted Corporal. Had several trips up to the Radfan
JAN 1963-JAN 1965
to fix refrigeration equipment, awarded the G.S.M. 1962 for South Arabia
Worked on Vulcan ground equipment. Allocated a married quarter at
JAN 1965-FEB 1967
R.A.F Hemswell. Daughter
born in October 1965.
Worked in the
Ground Electrical Section, promoted to Sergeant in April 1967.
FEB 1967-FEB 1968
Signed on to complete 22 years whilst at Oakington.
FEB 1968-MAY 1970
Arrived at Hendon to take charge of the
Electrical Section of the
MAY 1970- FEB 1973
Promoted to Chief Technician in April 1972. Son born in July 1970.
Returned to Halton on Trade Testing duties.
FEB 1973-FEB 1974
Went on the R.A.F.
attachment to the U.S.A.F. Anderson Base.
FEB 1974-NOV 1974
Maintained ground equipment for the R.A.F.
aircraft staging through. Awarded
the Long Distance and Good Conduct Medal.
Bought our first house in Basingstoke after
years in married quarters.
NOV 1974-JUL 1976
Took voluntary redundancy.
working for Marconi Space and Defence Systems in Frimley as a
JUL 1976-JUL 1979
Author preparing user manuals for the tracker radar for the rapier missile.
Industries as a Technical Author preparing manuals for aircraft
JUL 1979-JUN 1997
for both civil and military aircraft. Made
redundant in June 1997.
Started working for a registered charity as the manger
of a rehabilitation
workshop for the physically and mentally disabled.