Hallo Mr Gillett,
My name does appear sometimes, possibly because of the subjects that were posted on this website.
I never thought that I was widely known in the Met branch, as I said to Gill & Charlie - I was mainly out of the loop never having been drafted to Culdee or Northwood as ships company. Most lads I knew thought I must be a "Bombhead" Chockhead or an AE as I didn't fit the accepted norm of a Met man. Even on a Fleet Air Arm Gun Crew reunion Taff Morgan said to me that no Met had ever made Gun Crew until I pointed out that Arnie Pearson, me, Andy Hales and Taff Hadland had made it!!
I spent my time at sea or at Lee with a brief sojourn at Brawdy and loved most of it except for Portland and Drake, still you cannot win then all!
Just for the count, after leaving Culdrose off course the stations I was drafted to were Portland, Lee, Brawdy
Sembewang (with 815 and 848 sqdns)
Terror for 3 weeks before flying home after coming out from BMH and the ships I served on were HMS Dalrymple, Ark Royal, London & Albion.
Happy days for the most part, Hope you're keeping well. Cheers
Monday 21:39 01.02.2012
Hallo Pete Rees,
Grand to see your name finally appear,
yes, I was on the Ark with you 64-66
and my first name is Richard so you are correct. The missing names are Ken Salisbury, Ray Haynes and Tony Evenden. Ray picked his Chiefs rate up and his place was taken by Roy "Lofty" Barrowclough.
All those years ago, nearly 50! Where have they all gone?
Hope you're well and fighting fit
The very best to you and yours
Wednesday 23:40 12.28.2011
Pete Rees RN 60-69
Looking for any 'old ships' - FAA, esp. Met. I knew Pete Squibb on Ark in 64-66. Is George Blewitt also known as 'Rick'? If so we also served together on Ark in the 60's! So sad to see so many old chums now 'Crossed the bar' Hail and Farewell! Pete Rees(01823 443 382 am only.)
Saturday 20:56 12.24.2011
Happy Christmas from Nav Dept M/V Geo Caribbean offshore Tanzania.
Saturday 17:24 12.24.2011
Hi Gordon - don't know if Wincey Willis off TV is who you are looking for, but it's such an unusual name, I thought it must be her. Good luck with your search!
Wednesday 16:54 12.21.2011
Was Wincey an actual wren???
I have made contact with her through the BBC and she denies and says she doesnt even know what a "Met Wren" is.
My Treasurer "Scrumpy" Crump says he remembers her at Yeovilton around about 63 time.
Wednesday 12:02 12.21.2011
met office 1963-1971.
Seahawk,Osprey,Albion,Osprey,Bulwark.Recognise a lot of the names and faces. Hope you all keep well for another year. Happy Christmas.
Surprising how often Mr. Blewitts name crops up !!!!!!
Tuesday 16:07 12.20.2011
Gordon - Wincey Willis was a Weather girl on TV for many years - I remember her clearly. Could this be the Wincey you mean?
Friday 08:55 12.16.2011
Hi all and a Happy & Healthy Xmas to you all.
Can any of you tell me if you have heard of a Met Wren called Wincey
Willis from around the 60s era. If so I have some info.
Gordon SE Secretary
Friday 00:01 11.25.2011
Just popped into your site out of curiosity as a link from the SE Branch/Association Site. Caught a few names I recognised (cos I spent an awful lot of time @ CULDROSE). A good Site and most interesting. I left the FAA (retired) just after the Falklands War (1982). Joined as a junior at HMS St Vincent but was latterly the Station Survival Officer at Culdrose and then Yeovilton - fingers in lots of other pies since then though but now officially in receipt of State Retirement Benefit !!!!
Strange circle of events sees my daughter married to a RN Hydrographer/MET Officer ex submariner, so I am kept well in touch.
Good luck to you all.
Roy J (Ex SURVO)
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