British gunner served with Royal Artillery in GB, 1943-1944; NCO served as pilot with Glider Pilot Regt and RAF in GB and Germany, 1944-1950, including Berlin Airlift, 1949; served with Intelligence Corps in GB, Singapore, Cyprus and Germany, 1950-1963; officer served at HQ Intelligence Corps in GB, 1963-1974
REEL 1: Background in Sheffield, GB, 1926-1942: family; education; employment; activities with Sea Cadets; story of joining Army, 1942; awareness of events in Europe during 1930s; reaction to outbreak of war, 9/1939; rationing; gas masks; various memories of childhood in Sheffield; reaction of mother to enlistment; effects of war on daily life; air raids on Sheffield; community spirit.
REEL 2 Continues: military service with Sea Cadets and Home Guard; sporting activities. Aspects of training with Boys Battery, Royal Artillery, Woolwich, 1/1943-3/1944: story of enlistment; cleaning of boots; duties as Boy Lance-
Bombadier; educational classes; attitude to military life and discipline; pay. Aspects of training as gunner with Royal Artillery, Larkhill, GB, 3/1944-10/1944: description of training; reason for wanting to join Glider Pilot Regt; leave and off-duty activities; discipline.
REEL 3 Continues: further memories of period with Boys Battery; social life; story of joining Glider Pilot Regt, 1944; selection board and tests; interview; medical; posted to Fargo Camp, Larkhill. Aspects of training as pilot with Glider Pilot Regt in GB, 10/1944-4/1945: ab initio training at RAF Booker; first solo flight, 1/1945; opinion of Tiger Moth; description of Tiger Moth; controls.
REEL 4 Continues: communications; fuel; pre-flight checks and take-off procedure; circuits and bumps; landings; story of crash during training; posted to RAF Croughton for glider training, 3/1945. Aspects of period as NCO with F Sqdn Glider Pilot Regt in GB, 4/1945-4/1946: comparison of flying Tiger Moth and Horsa glider; description of training as glider pilot; memories of VE Day in Sheffield, 5/1945.
REEL 5 Continues: story of flying to Celle, Germany; role of glider pilots; uniform; weapons; parachutes; attitude to casualty rate among glider pilots; battle course training; opinion of Japanese and Germans. Aspects of period as pilot with Glider Pilot Regt in GB, 4/1946-5/1949: training as 1st Pilot on aircraft and gliders; posted to RAF Netheravon, 1/1947; marriage; social life; opinion of married accommodation.
REEL 6 Continues: attitude of wife to service life; opinion of National Service recruits; political beliefs. Aspects of period as pilot with RAF during Berlin Airlift in Schleswigland, Germany, 5-7/1949: description of daily routine and duties as 2nd Pilot flying Handley Page Hastings from Tegel to Berlin; memories of Berlin; bartering and black market; comparison of RAF and US ground control; relations with Americans; fraternisation; attitude to sexual relations and venereal disease.
REEL 7 Continues: description of Handley Page Hastings aircraft; cockpit; range and fuel. Aspects of period with Intelligence Corps in GB, 9/1950-2/1951: reason for joining Intelligence Corps; description of field security training course, Maresfield; posted to Singapore, 2/1951. Aspects of operations as NCO with Singapore Field Security Section, Singapore, 2/1951-7/1954: military security duties; period on secondment to Commissioner General's office; rank.
REEL 8 Continues: first impressions of Singapore; social life and question of rank; climate; political situation during Emergency; role in military security and counter-espionage operations including monitoring Civil Service Union activities; effect of operations against insurgents; comparison of racial groups; attitude of civilian population to British; relations with Chinese; visits to mainland; liaison with police and Special Branch.
REEL 9 Continues: attempt to learn Malay; attitude to working in hostile environment; story of dog; use of python to control rats; accommodation; relations with Special Intelligence Bureau; returned to GB aboard Windrush, 1954. Aspects of period as NCO with 71 Field Security Section, Osnabruck, Germany, 7/1954-3/1956: accommodation; mess; relations with German police. Aspects of period as NCO at Intelligence Corps Depot. Maresfield, GB, 3/1956; training course; duties as Depot Sergeant-Major; posted to HQ Field Security Middle East, Cyprus, 7/1959-7/1960.
REEL 10 Continues: Aspects of period as photo-interpreter in GB and Germany, 7/1960-1/1963: description of duties; story of being commissioned. Aspects of period as officer at HQ Intelligence Corps in GB, 1/1963-1/1972: summary of duties as administrative staff officer at School of Military Intelligence and as quartermaster; retirement and adjustment to civilian life, 1974; attitude to being commissioned. Reflections on period of military service.
REEL 11 Continues: Further comments on period as photo-interpreter in GB and Germany, 7/1960-1/1963: description of operational duties in Huntingdon, GB and BAOR HQ, Rheindahlen, Germany; attitude to Russians. Reflections on operations in Malaya.