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RAF COTTESMORE 1969-1976

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Everett1285
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RAF COTTESMORE 1969-1976

Post by Everett1285 » Thu Sep 06, 2018 5:04 pm

Hi,
Appreciate it might be bit of a tall order but can anyone please help with a full list of aircraft used by the following squadrons during the period 1969 -1976:-

98 Squadron Canberra E.15/B.2/T.4

115 Squadron Argosy E.1

230 OCU Canberra B.2/T.4

Any help would be very much appreciated
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Everett1285

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Re: RAF COTTESMORE 1969-1976

Post by STEVIEJAWS » Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:56 pm

Been trawling through the very comprehensive " Roundel " Magazines ( By BARG ) and came up with the following ( If you want the Individual Histories , let me know and I'll copy and paste them into an E-mail to you )

ARGOSY

XN814 01/02/68 - 02/04/76 ( Re-Designated E.1 31/03/71 )
XN815 12/10/70 - 20/1/71 ( Re-Designated E.1 31/03/71 )
XN816 26/02/68 - 17/3/72
XN851 22/04/66 - 09/01/68 / 08/07/68 - 01/69
XN855 20/01/69 - 01/12/70 / 02/03/71 - /77 ( Re-Designated E.1 31/03/71 )
XP412 07/05/70 - 05/05/72 ( Remained a C.1 for Crew Training Only )
XP413 16.06.69 - /76 ( Re-Designated E.1 31/03/71 )
XP439 07/11/67 - /76/77 ( Re-Designated E.1 31/03/71 )
XP448 10/01/68 - 17/1/68 / 04/11/69 - /78 ( Re-designated E.1 31/03/71 )
XP449 02/07/70 - 15/10/70
XR137 22/07/69 - 03/03/75 / 05/05/75 - 10/01/78 ( Re-designated E.1 31/03/71 )
XR140 21/03/69 - 10/02/78 ( Re-designated E.1 31/03/71 )
XR143 24/04/69 - 04/10/74 / 16/3/76 - 30/01/78 ( Re-designated E.1 31/03/71 )

I'll see what I can dig up on the other stuff as time allows .
Regards Steve............

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Re: RAF COTTESMORE 1969-1976

Post by Everett1285 » Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:51 pm

Thanks Steve as always your efforts are very much appreciated. I would also very much appreciate a copy of the individual histories if it not to much trouble.

Regards
Colin

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Re: RAF COTTESMORE 1969-1976

Post by mustang5861 » Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:59 pm

I'll be back in the UK in about a month's time and will have a ferret through mags and books from the time - pretty sure I'll be able to turn up some info here and there re. those units.

Cheers,
M

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Re: RAF COTTESMORE 1969-1976

Post by Everett1285 » Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:35 pm

Thanks M very much appreciated.

Regards
Colin

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Re: RAF COTTESMORE 1969-1976

Post by STEVIEJAWS » Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:53 pm

Here's what I've dug up on the other requests . All were operated by 98 Sq or 231 OCU between those dates , not sure on exact dates though and not complete .

CANBERRA

Canberra T4 WD944 98 Sq
Canberra B.2 WH911 98 Sq
Canberra E.15 WH948 98 Sq
Canberra E.15 WH957 98 Sq
Canberra E.15 WH964 98 Sq
Canberra E.15 WH972 98 Sq
Canberra E.15 WH973 98 Sq
Canberra E.15 WH981 98 Sq
Canberra E.15 WH983 98 Sq
Canberra B.2 WJ681 98 Sq
Canberra E.15 WJ756 98 Sq
Canberra T4 WT488 98 Sq



I assume you mean 231 OCU not 230 OCU


Canberra T.4 WE192 231 OCU
Canberra B.2 WH848 231 OCU
Canberra B.2 WH919 231 OCU
Canberra B.2 WJ637 231 OCU
Canberra B.2 WJ677 231 OCU
Canberra B.2 WJ728 231 OCU
Canberra B.2 WJ731 231 OCU
Canberra T.4 WJ870 231 OCU
Canberra T.4 WT478 231 OCU
Canberra T.4 WT480 231 OCU
Canberra T.4 WT482 231 OCU
Canberra T.4 WT483 231 OCU
Canberra T.4 WT488 231 OCU
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Re: RAF COTTESMORE 1969-1976

Post by Everett1285 » Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:23 am

Hi Steve,
Brilliant, thanks very much it's appreciated and yes your assumption is right there's a big difference between a Vulcan and a Canberra to many 'senior moments' these days unfortunately and I can't even say it's a slip on the keyboard. Thanks again for your help it's very much appreciated.

Regards
Colin

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Re: RAF COTTESMORE 1969-1976

Post by Ken Cloke » Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:59 am

I spent 19-25 July 1975 on a CCF camp at Cottesmore. Here's the based stuff I logged:

115 Sqn: XN814, XN816, XN855, XP413, XP439, XR137 Argosy E1
98 Sqn: WH981/1, WH972/2, WH983/3, WH964/4, WJ756/6, WH957/7, WH948/8 Canberra E15 plus WD944/- Canberra T4
231 OCU: WT480, WT483, WJ869, WJ877, WE192 Canberra T4 WJ681, WJ731, WJ637/Z, WH919/V Canberra B2
360 Sqn:WK102/A,WK111/B,WJ565/C,WJ625/D,WJ630/E,WH664/H,WH665/J,WH863/L,WF890/M,WH902/P,WD955/Q,WJ977/R,WJ981/S,WJ986/T,WH872/W Cnbr T17
WT488/Y, WJ863/Z Canberra T4

WH791 Canberra PR7 on the gate and WL671/Q Varsity T1 on the dump.

I hope that helps.

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Re: RAF COTTESMORE 1969-1976

Post by Everett1285 » Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:52 am

Hi Ken,
Very helpful indeed, thanks very much for your input really appreciated.

Regards
Colin

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Re: RAF COTTESMORE 1969-1976

Post by mustang5861 » Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:14 pm

Some notes from airshow reports carried on the ‘Scarmble’ website, starting with the ‘home teams’ for two events:

COTTESMORE 18/7/71
98 Sqn: WH948, WH957, WH964, WH972, WH973, WH981, WH983 = Canberra E.15s
98 Sqn: WJ756 = Canberra T.4

115 Sqn: XN814, XN855, XP413, XR137, XR140, XR143 = Argosy E.1s
115 Sqn: XP412 = Argosy C.1

231 OCU: WJ637/Z, WJ728/R, WJ731 = Canberra B.2s
231 OCU: WE192, WJ870/F, WT480, WT483/D, WT488/Y = Canberra T.4s

COTTESMORE 15/9/73
98 Sqn: WH948/8, WH972/2, WH983/3, WJ756/6 = Canberra E.15s
98 Sqn: WD944 = Canberra T.4

115 Sqn: XP349, XR137 = Argosy E.1s

231 OCU: WE192, WT482, WT483, WE192, WT488/Y = Canberra T.4s


Now some ‘away day’ participants at various UK shows:

LEUCHARS 19/9/70: XH583 Canberra T.4 98 Sqn

LEUCHARS 16/9/72: XR137 Argosy E.1 115 Sqn

ABINGDON 15/9/73: WH981/I Canberra E.15 98 Sqn

BIGGIN HILL 15/9/73: XN814 Argosy E.1 115 Sqn

BIGGIN HILL 13/9/74: WJ756/6 Canberra T.4 98 Sqn; XR137 Argosy E.1 115 Sqn

FINNINGLEY 21/9/74: WJ756 Canberra E.15 98 Sqn

BIGGIN HILL 20/9/75: WH964/4 Canberra E.15 98 Sqn

ST ATHAN 20/9/75: XR143 Argosy E.1 115 Sqn

FINNINGLEY 4/9/76: XB819 Argosy C.1 115 Sqn


As said before, I’ll check my reference books/magazines once I’m back in the UK.

Cheers,
M

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Re: RAF COTTESMORE 1969-1976

Post by mustang5861 » Sat Sep 15, 2018 6:39 am

You'll have spotted the deliberate error :whistle: The serial in the very last entry should be XN819, XB819 being a Sabre 4.

M (somewhat sheepish)

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Re: RAF COTTESMORE 1969-1976

Post by Everett1285 » Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:20 pm

Thanks M,
As always very much appreciate your efforts.

Regards
Colin

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