British naval aircraftsman served at Royal Naval Air Station, Culdrose in GB, 1948-1949; trained as officer aboard HMS Anson in GB, 1949; officer trained as pilot with Fleet Air Arm in GB, 1949-1951; served as pilot with 802 Sqdn, Fleet Air Arm aboard HMS Ocean, 1952
REEL 1 Background in Chigwell, GB, 1929-1948: family; education; narrow escape from V weapons during Second World War. Aspects of enlistment and training with Royal Navy in GB, 1948: registering for National Service; pattern of basic training; social mix; training as parachute packer at Royal Naval Air Station, Siskin at Gosport; method of packing parachute. Aspects of period as naval aircraftsman at Royal Naval Air Station, Culdrose, 1948-1949: drafting to station; description of airfield; mess characters; decision to attend commissioning board and become officer. Aspects of period as officer cadet aboard HMS Anson in GB, 1949: drafting to HMS Anson; memories of Simon Kimmins.
REEL 2 Continues: decision to learn to fly; naval training staff aboard HMS Anson. Aspects of flying training as pilot with Fleet Air Arm in GB, 1949-1951: start of pre-flight training at Royal Naval Air Station Donibristle, late 1949; opinion of Percival Prentice; pattern of sequence of instruction; correcting spin; circuit and bumps; soloing; pattern of flying training, 1950; navigation exercises and instrument flying; start of advanced flying training, 6/1950; opinion of North American Harvard; pattern of flying training, 6/1950-7/1950; forced landing training.
REEL 3 Continues: attending camp at HMS Condor; obtaining wings, 1/1951; appointment to Naval Advanced Flying School at HMS Fulmar, 2/1951; familiarisation flights in Fairey Firefly; first flight in Supermarine Seafire; pattern advanced flying training; navigating over sea and attack drills; formation flying; character of Supermarine Seafire; appointment to for second part of Naval Advanced Flying School at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose, 5/1951; introduction to Hawker Sea Fury; pattern of training; description of Assisted Dummy Deck landings.
REEL 4 Continues: first deck landings in Hawker Sea Fury, 7/1951; joining Royal Naval Reserve after demobilisation from National Service, autumn 1951. Recollections of operations as pilot with 802 Sqdn, Fleet Air Arm aboard HMS Ocean in Korean War, 1952: story of visiting Admiralty to obtain appointment to 802 Sqdn, Fleet Air Arm, 12/ 1951; journey to Malta; flights in Hawker Sea Fury from Malta; work up squadron; joining HMS Ocean and exercises in Mediterranean; air strikes on insurgents in Malaya; arrival in Sasebo, Japan, 4/1952; problems with water in petrol; start of ground attacks.
REEL 5 Continues: rocket assisted take offs; losses on first patrol, 6/1952; anti-aircraft hit on aircraft; story of Sub Lieutenant Swanson bailing out of aircraft; North Korean method of rebuilding bridges at night; bombardment spotting; attack on rail yard; loss of squadron colleagues; incident of being attacked by Mig 15s; incident of his aircraft being damaged by anti-aircraft fire; ground support attacks; attempt to dislodge hung up bomb off squadron members wing; night take offs; pre-dawn attacks.
REEL 6 Continues: targets attacked, 10/1952; summary of operations flown in Korean War. Aspects of service with Fleet Air Arm, 1952-1957: Mediterranean tour with 802 Sqdn, 1953; incident of ditching in English Channel, 1953; opinion of Hawker Sea Hawk; attitude towards service with Fleet Air Arm.