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Welcome to the Guest book archive! All these entries below are from the old, and current book up until 30th August 2001. This book has now been emptied, ready to start afresh! Entries have been date sorted. To find a year that you're interested in, just click on it below. You will then be at Guest book entrants who were on or passed through Gan during that particular year. The blue names, when clicked on,will give their e-mail address. I have assumed that Guestbook entrants will not mind their e-mail address being made public. If you do then please let me know.

Pre`57 : 1957 : 1958 : 1959 : 1960 : 1961 : 1962 : 1963 : 1964 : 1965 : 1966 : 1967 : 1968 : 1969 : 1970 : 1971 : 1972 : 1973 : 1974 : 1975 : Adduan / Maldivian : Others

Pre`57
Still waiting!

1957.
What is your name? Neville COOPER
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1957, 1964
Were you...: RAF
In what section? 205 Sqdn Shacks and FECS VIP Hastings
What was your rank at the time? M.AE.O
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Link from another site
Where do you live now?: S.W
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! Used to spend two weeks at a time on SAR duty from RAF
Changi.My ham website is at: http://www.G3LMO.com Back up

Your Name?: Pete Faulkner
Your rank on RAF Gan?: SAC
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!): 1957, or was it 58
In what section?: Attached to Sigs
Comments (Max 30ish words!): Detached from Seletar, servicing HF aerials.
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1958
What is your name? Geoff Willis
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!) may/june 1958 to april 1959
In what section? marine craft
What was your rank? sac
How did you find this site? : Friend
Comment or slag off at will! Ilike the desktop but someone has nicked all the trees!! Has anyone
got the words to the Gan song? Itwas based on harry belafonte's island in the sun.
I can only remember the first verse.Back up

What is your name? Bill Webb
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1958
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Motor Transport
What was your rank at the time? Senior Tech
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I`ve been
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Where do you live now?: Australia
Comment/Slag off at will! I have posed this message on behalf of my father( also Bill Webb)
who was at Gan for 6 months in 58 approx. We were left at RAF Katanayeke Ceylon. He was
casevac'd home in a Valletta (pig) due to a snake bite. The journey in was finished on one engine.
I believe the runway was under construction during his tour. He would have been responsible for
Motor transport servicing and probably got involved in the construction plant to. Back up

 


1959.
What is your name? Clifford Rogers
When were you on RAF Gan? 1959 & 1960 to1962
In what section? 205 SQD Search & Rescue from singapore
What was your rank? SAC
Comment/slag off at will! Many memories of our 2 week visits, had a very good time swimming
& flying arround the atolls.Does any one rember Brian Cleverley as a ground wireless mech, i think
this is the right name, we met every time we flew in for a visit & through him i managed a trip over to
HITTADU where the main transmitters were. My visit in 59 was when the camp was still being
built by Costain & we had to refuel out of 44 gall drums quite a feat Back up.

What is your name? John `Gary` Cooper
When were you on RAF Gan? MAY 1959 for 3 weeks/ and see below
In what section? SASF
What was your rank? J/T ENGINE FITTER
Comment/slag off at will! I WAS A PASSENGER ON BOARD HASTINGS TG579 OF 48
SQUADRON WHICH DITCHED INTO THE SEA ONE MILE OFF GAN ON 1/3/1960,I
WOULD MUCH APPRECIATE ANY INFORMATION FROM ANY CREW/PASSENGERS
/ASR/BOARDS OF INQUIRY OR ANY OTHER PERSON RELATING TO OUR 'BAPTISM'
ON THE EQUATOR THAT NIGHT! Back up

What is your name?Andy Mutch
When were you on RAF Gan? 1959/1960
In what section? SAS Flt
What was your rank? Cpl
Comment/slag off at will! WE had a great time,everyone mucked in together regardless of rank
or trade,I remember working along side the CO pumping avaition spirit from 50 Gal drums into
bowsers. Alsops lager and a GAN spanner was all you needed Cheers Back up

What is your name? Alan Bass
When were you on RAF Gan? 1959
In what section? Stores
What was your rank? 4236908LAC
Comment/slag off at will! Great place but no women!- then. Fishing and swimming great.
Never enuf beer. I was there when the Hastings played "submarine" one Sunday morning.
I've only skimmed the surface of this website tonight but intend revisiting it again and again.
The photographs are wonderful and already this has been a very nostalgic trip down memory lane -
until now I've relied on my old 8mm movies of my stint there. Back up

What is your name? Brian Wilmer
Your e-mail address? nanwill144@aol.com
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!) March 1959 to March 1960
In what section? Air Wireless
What was your rank? 3525144 SAC B Wilmer
How did you find this site? : Link from another site
Comment or slag off at will! Best year of my life! Great mates, wish I knew where they are now! Back up


1960.
What is your name? Alan Bass
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1960
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Stores
What was your rank at the time? LAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: No
How did you find this site?: Been here before
Where do you live now?: N.Z
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! Back up.

What is your name? Graham J Jones
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1960
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Catering Office
What was your rank at the time? L A C.
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Where do you live now?: Canada
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! Great site. Back up.

What is your name? David Minns
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1960
Were you...: RAF
In what section? medical
What was your rank at the time? sac
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Where do you live now?: S.W
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! your home page does not mention Afif Didi who,
outraged at being taxed from Male for services never provided, declared independance
and founded the Suva Divan Republic which basically consisted only of Addu. Do you
know what has happened to him in the aftermath of the RAF withdrawal? Also, who, if
anyone is leasing Gan now? How can I re-visit and take a holiday there? It lives in my
dreams as an only partially spoiled paradise. Back up.

What is your name? Idris Welch A/B Royal Navy. D/J 971120
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1960, 1961
Were you...: Navy
In what section? Torpedoes And Anti Submarine
What was your rank at the time? Able Seaman
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Link from another site
Where do you live now?: Australia
Comment/Slag off at will! we were only there to stop the locals from causing trouble and to
show the flag. Whilst we were there we contacted a russian submarine, which was taking photos
of the RAF basethrough his periscope. We then proceeded to chase it out to sea We chased it out
of the lagoon and out to sea, we kept her down for thirty six hours harassing her all the time till
she was really low on oxygen and battery power. We then got orders to disengage and let her go.
However when we reported her to the admiral in charge far east fleet he ordered us to sink it. We
ran in on her and at a range of 200 yards we got check, check check, his order had been overturned
by the RAF. walla in charge Far east operations. I know how close we were to sinking her as I was
operating the range recorder(it fires the squid mortars) and i had to wind it back like hell to stop the
contact being made. Back

What is your name? David John Green
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1960, 1961
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Station Sigs
What was your rank at the time? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Link from another site
Where do you live now?: Other
Comment/Slag off at will! Having served there before the golf course and other exotic things they
built in later years I can only say those that followed the early 60's had an easy time of it. One thing
that I do remember was the Grand opening of the Astra cinema the film was South Pacific which I
thought was very appropriate at the time. We even had to dress up in collar and tie, with long sleeves
for the event. Really enjoyed the leve to Singapore and Malaya (went back to KL last summer and
what a difference. Given the chance I would go back to Gan tomorrow just to see the changes.
Apparently there is a hotel there now run by a French company. Found this bit of info in my local
Japanese English Language paper. Wish that I could meet some of the guys from my days, Cpl Dave
(Flogger) Jeapes Danny Davey Mick Rule and any others. Back up

What is your name? Bruce (Jock) Thompson
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!) 60-61 and 67-68
In what section? station signals
What was your rank? SAC
How did you find this site? : Search engine
Comment or slag off at will! I liked the first tour so much I went again, can you remember the
WVS lady I think she was called Gwen Caton, she got better looking every time I saw her,
I also did three months up in the north islands at Male attol on Dunidu with the UK rep
Humphrey Arthington-Davey, which I did enjoy, all in all this site has brought back very enjoyable
memories Back up.


1961
What is your name? Royce Rosario
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1961, 1962, Staged through frequently
Were you...: RAF
In what section? RAF fire section
What was your rank at the time? sac
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Friend
Where do you live now?: Central Back up

Your Name?: Graham J Barker
When were you on RAF Gan?: 1961/2
In what section?: Comm Cen
Comments:: You only remember the good times
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Your Name?: Cliff Phillips
When were you on RAF Gan?: April 1961 to February 1962
In what section?: TASF
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What is your name? Dave Pluright
When were you on RAF Gan? 1961 to 1963
In what section? Ground Radio
What was your rank? S.A.C.
Comment/slag off at will! Not stationed on Gan, just a visitor when the radar needed servicing.
P.S. Please use this e-mail address.
The one on my previous e-mail is wrong. Back up

What is your name? John Roberts (Nickname "Elcid")
When were you on RAF Gan? jun 1961 to july 1962
In what section? commcen
What was your rank? sac
Comment at will! I thought everybody had forgotten that place ever exisited. I was there when
Princess margret and Princess Alexandrer came what a time that was and the old aussi WRVs lady
who could drink anybody under the table and did frequently. Also did any body remember the drunk
naked lady expereince. Also Dr Bostick menace. I was well known for giving the chiefie(Commcen)
a heart attack by going to work in a canoe. Back up

What is your name? Roy Daniel
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1961, 1962
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Communications
What was your rank at the time? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Where do you live now?: N.Central Back up


1962
What is your name? Clifford Rogers
When were you on RAF Gan? 1959 & 1960 to1962
In what section? 205 SQD Search & Rescue from Singapore
What was your rank? SAC
Comment/slag off at will! Many memories of our 2 week visits, had a very good time swimming
& flying arround the atolls.Does any one rember Brian Cleverley as a ground wireless mech, i think
this is the right name, we met every time we flew in for a visit & through him i managed a trip over to
HITTADU where the main transmitters were. My visit in 59 was when the camp was still being
built by Costain & we had to refuel out of 44 gall drums quite a feat Back up.

What is your name? Bob Peace
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!) 62/63
In what section? Marine Craft Section
What was your rank? SAC
How did you find this site? : Friend
Comment or slag off at will! Looking back, some great times and good memories.But I do remember
that all I wanted to do when I got back home was walk for at least a couple of miles..In a straight line!
Visiting this website was a pleasure, I remember what special people Gannites were then and
probably are still. You could not "Hack it" and not be changed in some way. Back up

What is your name? STEWART TIDESWELL
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1962
Were you...: RAF
In what section? COMMCEN & SIGNALS
What was your rank at the time? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Not a snowball`s chance!
How did you find this site?: Link from another site
Where do you live now?: N.E
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! DOES ANYONE REMEMBER FLT.SGT ENTWHISTLE
THE ISLAND DRUNK, ALWAYS AFTER A FREE ONE EITHER FROM SHOP OR
BFPO180 Back up

What is your name? Dave Lloyd
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1962, 1963
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Radio Servicing - Air Wireless Mechanic
What was your rank at the time? sac
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Maybe if I was really masochistic!
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Where do you live now?: S
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! 3 visits to Gan 1 - 62/63 "the tour" all 4 months of it -
after 22 months in Singapore - Seletar.
2 - 1970 en-route "Bersatu Padu".
3 - 1973 en-route "Westabout" by Herc - ground support for Waddington Vulcans.
Left Jan 63 by Comet - to El Adem - then Britannia to UK -brrrrrrrr!!!!
Highlights? informing anybody who wished to know - "4 months!!!"
and my Christmas request from home - "Stranger on the shore" if only they knew - after
26 months in FEAF. Back up.


1963
What is your name? Ray Kite (Spike)
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1963, 1964
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Comcen first, then receiver station
What was your rank at the time? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Definately considering it!
How did you find this site?: Link from another site
Where do you live now?: S.Central
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! Can't remember the bad times, though they were real
at the time. Fond memories of a punch-up at Christmas '63 with Pete Kirk (later to be my best
man!). Loads of football. Good site, congratulations. Back up

Your Name?: John Ward
Your rank on RAF Gan?: SAC
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!): 63/64
In what section?: Commcen
Comments (Max 30ish words!): Spent the whole year in the Air-to-Ground cabin.
Doing a grand job Alistair, will see what I can dig out. Back up

What is your name? Ken Ferguson
When were you on RAF Gan? '63 - '64
In what section? Station Sigs
What was your rank? SAC
Comment/slag off at will! Thinking back - had a great time but, at the time, couldnt leave fast enough.
Good times with Graham Harper, Dave Hand et all (Mega Names cant remember...) Back up

What is your name? John Ward
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1963, 1964
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Siggies/Air-to-Ground
What was your rank at the time? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Been here before
Where do you live now?: S.E
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! Keep it up Ali, come a long way since you started it. Back up

Your Name?: John Sadler
Your rank on RAF Gan?: 63/64 SAC , 70/71 Cpl
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!): 63/64 and 70/71
In what section?: Systems Control/Relay Commcen
Comments (Max 30ish words!): Great Web site brings back some good memories

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Your Name?: Mick Lawton
When were you on RAF Gan?: 1963/64
In what section?: teleg/commcen
Comments:: Had a great year there. Tried for a second tour but ended up in Sharjah.
Great site Alistair, have loads of slides somewhere, will dig them out and send you any
interesting ones. Back up

Your Name?: Lyn Lovesey
Your rank on RAF Gan?: SAC
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!): Feb 63-64
In what section?: Station Sigs
Comments (Max 30ish words!): Nice site,- I was at the Male' detachment in the
Northern Atoll for 5-months, can give you plenty of info on this and Gan if required.
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Your Name?: Peter Tuckfield
Your rank on RAF Gan?: SAC
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!): Sep 63 - Aug 64
In what section?: SHQ and Movements
Comments (Max 30ish words!): Remember good snorkelling, I learned to swim then!
Enjoyed visiting RN ships after the 'uprising'! I learned to drive in Movements landrover
75AA01 I was sent to Brunei for two months during the 'confrontation'. Back up

What is your name? Lyn Lovesey
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1963, 1964
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Siggies and 'Male detachment
What was your rank at the time? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Been here before
Where do you live now?: Central
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! Great to read all these reminiscences Alistair -- it's come a
long way since the old site -- and it keeps growing. Back up


1964
What is your name?Bryan Jones
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1964, 1965
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Catering
What was your rank at the time? S.A.C
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Where do you live now?: Central
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! Great site, brings back many memories. Thanks a lot

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What is your name? Rod Pettet
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1964
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Signals (Ground wireless)
What was your rank at the time? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would like to go
How did you find this site?: Link from another site
Comment/slag off at will! Good friends, plenty of beer and singing, not much work, driving 120 miles
a day in the signals minivan, flying in the Shackleton, Sweaty Betty and Leather Heather (sorry ladies),
Wing Co Moss, R & R in Singers, Beer and singing, the shark cage, tea and stickies, the 10 year old
eggs in the mess, the midnight bed bug attacks, cockies running around under the red hot mess toaster,
did I mention the beer? Yes we look back with rose coloured glasses, most of us hated it then as we
were so young with so much to do. Now 30 to 40 years on, of course we would love it. Anyone who
remembers me (pain in the bum I probably was) is welcome to contact me.
I now live in Aussi land down under. Back up

What is your name? Tom Feeley
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1964
Were you...: RAF Regt
In what section? Detachment from 26
What was your rank at the time? Cpl
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: No
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Where do you live now?: N.W
Comment/Slag off at will! You never seem to mention the "Rock's" mind you as we only did the
month's detachment I suppose that does not count as a "tour". I remember flying courtesy of 48
via Butterworth for our trip out to the island, although mine did not last long. Was looking forward to
spending my birthday there, cheap ale & all that rubbish, ended up in S S Q, flew back to Changi
with a duff appendix after only four days there. Last time I saw Gan was on the way back Casavac
1965, via Comet 4b, did not off load was strapped to a stretcher, only person I saw from Gan was
another guy who was Fire that I had served with at St Mawgan. Want to go back to Changi first
before I revisit Gan. Just think we got there for nothing!!! Now it costs a bloody fortune. Good Luck
with the site, I know what it entails as I am building one for "Rocks". www rockape.org.uk
Hard going but getting there, it must be our old age that makes us do these daft things.
Yours Aye Tom Feeley "Rock & Proud of it"! Back up

What is your name? Tony Witt
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!) March 64 - April 65
In what section? Catering - Officers &Sgts Messes
What was your rank? Cpl
How did you find this site? : Link from another site
Comment or slag off at will! Generally, hated every minute -definitely the worst of FOUR
consecutive unaccompanied tours!Remember some of the more bizarre things,such as the
RAF Gan Mountaineering Club; the Fedu-Gan Railway Preservation Society; building a canoe
from tea-chests & an old Land Rover tilt; the visit of HMS Eagle and her damned Gannet; being a
Venture Scout; fruit bats on patrol; a steel band(RAF Regiment?); hanging around Singers pending
messy leg surgery on a trolley in a corridor of Changi Hospital - certain things come flooding back.
Sorry to have gone on a bit..!!! Back up

What is your name? John Leighton
When were you on RAF Gan? 64/65 and 70/71
In what section? Station Siggies
What was your rank? SAC
Comment/slag off at will! Great site. What more can I say. Back up

Your Name? : Bob Skinner
Your rank on RAF Gan? : Cpl
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!) : 1964/1965
In what section? : Comcen (CCS)
Comments (Max 30ish words!) : Most memorable posting in 12 years
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What is your name? Tony Henton
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!) Oct 64 - May 65
In what section? Oct - Dec 64 Hittadu, Jan - May 65 GRSF
What was your rank? SAC
How did you find this site? : Friend
Comment or slag off at will! Arrived on a Comet 4C, left on a Brit and loved every minute.
Probably the best posting mid-60's. Definitely the best food. Clearly remember Easter 65 -
British Eagle Brit on its way to UK and an RAF Brit on its way to Changi both went U/S. Transit
Mess full, girls on island. HAVING!! Back up

What is your name? Peter Humphreys
When were you on RAF Gan? 64/65
In what section? CCS and Comcen
What was your rank? CPL
Comment/slag off at will! Happy memories,thanks for this site.
A good word for the Catering boys who served up good fare during my tour.Also nice two weeks
in Singapore,stayed at the church club off the tanglin rd if my
memory serves me right. Back up

What is your name? Mick Mills
Your e-mail address? (If you wish!) mickmills@hotmail.com
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1964
Were you...: Rock Ape
In what section? On one months detachment June/July
What was your rank at the time? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Where do you live now?: Australia
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! I am still trying to find out who sabotaged our service issue Bicycle
prior to The Great Round Island Bicycle Race in June 1964. Great Site will be back Back up.

Your Name?: Terry Furminger
When were you on RAF Gan?: mid 1964-1965
In what section?: Met and ATC
Comments:: Excellent page keep it going. Will try to dig out the old photos. Has anyone
been on holiday since. pity must pay to go now Brilliant site Back up

Your Name?: Geoff Mann
When were you on RAF Gan?: 1964
In what section?: Circuit control Section
Comments:: Best wishes Back up

What is your name? Neville COOPER
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1957, 1964
Were you...: RAF
In what section? 205 Sqdn Shacks and FECS VIP Hastings
What was your rank at the time? M.AE.O
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Link from another site
Where do you live now?: S.W
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! Used to spend two weeks at a time on SAR duty from RAF
Changi.My ham website is at: http://www.G3LMO.com Back up


1965
What is your name? Brian Mott
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1965, 1966
Were you...: Met Office
In what section?
What was your rank at the time? Civvy
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Friend
Where do you live now?: N.W
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! What a great website!
Martin Futcher asks whether anyone else remembers the events of Christmas Eve 1965.
Well, I'm the Brian Mott who ventured with him and Trevor Calvert on that lunatic expedition to
Bushey Islet, in an old dhoni that eight of us had bought for 24, but had not managed to fix the
steering gear before we set off! Following our exhausting return, Martin and Trevor went on to
the Christmas Eve celebrations; I grabbed my bike and went to work (where I should have arrived
three or four hours earlier for a 1900-2300 evening shift) to face my boss, who I found pacing the
office floor, believing that we had been swept out into oblivion through the Wilingili Gap. Then it
was I who was introduced to the irate CO, directing 'rescue' operations in the Marine Craft
Control Room, to be told what I already knew: that I was "a bloody fool".
Thirty five years later, in January 2001, when scaling an anemometer mast at London Luton Airport,
I mentioned to the Tels engineer who was escorting me, that the first time I climbed 30 feet to get
at a wind system was on a little island in the Indian Ocean. He said: "It wasn't Gan, was it?" It turned
out that he had bee Buccaneer ground crew on HMS Eagle when that vessel and HMS Arc Royal
staged a mock attack on Gan, on their wat to southern Africa during the Rhodesian crisis. What a
small world! I clearly remember that day and night; we thought WW3 had started.
Other unforgettable events during my tour included the spectacular landings of British Eagle's
'Endeavour' - transforming the golf course into a ploughed field; and the ex-Masirah Canberra that
spent hours circling the island, burning off excess fuel before executing a brilliant landing - without a
nose wheel - to the applause of the whole island's population.
The Gan experience was fantastic, and I was lucky enough to celebrate my 21st birthday in No2 Mess.
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What is your name? Martin Futcher (and below)
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1965, 1966
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Met Office
What was your rank at the time?
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Where do you live now?: Central
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! I wish I had read all the comments from previous signatories
of your Visitor's Book before I made mine.
Do any civies or "blue or brown jobs" remember the 3 NZ lads who arrived at Gan in their trimaran
during 1966. They were young guys taking 2 years off after Uni before starting work!! Arrived at
Gan having run out of food & water with their boat in some state of disrepair. We in No 2 Civilian
Mess accommodated them for a week while the local sail-maker repaired their sails. That was a good
week, much drinking out on the trimaran in the lagoon in the evenings. Their plan was to sail west to the
coast of Africa then up to Suez & into the Med where they hoped to sell their boat in the S of France -
failing that, carry on to UK & try their luck again.
I wonder where they are now? I think one had done Law, another maybe Medicine, don't know about
the third.
Does anyone else remember the events of Christmas Eve 1965, when Trevor Calvert, Brian Mott &
myself sailed to Bushy Is for the day - & nearly didn't make it back! We managed to get back over the
reef mid-evening just as the S&R launch was setting off to look for us.
The S&R Shack was u/s (no radar) at the time. I remember the current C.O. was informed of our
being missing whilst at his Christmas Party & he was not best pleased. We were the talk of "2 Mess"
that Christmas I can tell you.
Another event well remembered was the football World Cup Final. I was on duty that night, listening
to it on radio. Couldn't believe that German equalizer right on the stroke of full time. But the final outcome
was worth waiting for.
How about the Boeing 707 tanker en route from Djibouti to Jakarta (or visa versa) which only
just made it on take off. John Kneale (Radio-sonde)& myself were at the end of the runway watching
it wave hop for what seemed ages.
Well there you are, just a few happenings during my very enjoyable tour of Gan 1965/66. Back up

What is your name? Lloyd Tooze
When were you on RAF Gan? 1965/66
In what section? Commcen
What was your rank? SAC
Comment/slag off at will! It was such a long time ago I would like to have fond memories. I think not!!!
Christmas on Gan has to be experienced to be believed. Still it was hot and the beer and smokes were
cheap.And to think people want to pay lots of money to go on holiday the maldives. Dagama! Back up

What is your name? david (dicky) valentine.
When did you go to RAF Gan?: 1965
Were you....: RAF Police
In what section? barrack / clothing store
What was your rank on RAF Gan? cpl
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Comment/slag off at will! good posting looking back. Back

What is your name? Martin Futcher
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1965, 1966
Were you...: None of these
In what section? Met Office
What was your rank at the time? Met Observer
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Friend
Where do you live now?: N.W
Comment/Slag off at will! Please add Met Office to the "section list" above. Many hundreds of UK
Met staff served their 12 months on Gan. I would imagine most enjoyed it, few hated it, but like just
about ALL the staff ever posted there, look back on Gan as something a bit out of the ordinary. I
certainly enjoyed my year there & altho' I ticked off the days on the calendar, like most, the 12 months
soon went. What a shame it costs so much to go there now. To think we were paid to serve there
when many would have gladly paid much to be in our positions. Back up

What is your name? Charles Sewell
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1965, 1966, 1967, Staged through frequently
Were you...: RAF
In what section? 5001 Airfield Construction Sqdn.
What was your rank at the time? Ch/Tech.
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: No
How did you find this site?: Accidentally!
Where do you live now?: S.E
Comment/Slag off at will! I was based at Seletar,staged through 6
times. Temporary duty det.from 5001 A.C Sqdn. 1965 and in 1967 when I was then
seconded to 51 Field Sqdn.(Airfields)RE as C.O.W. Electrical.
I can remember the NAAFI managers van registration MR10PC it was very apt.
Did any one ever find a source for some GAN ties mine was stolen by a burglar I
often wonder how he explained the logo to his mates.
If this is seen by any one who served with 5001 or any other A.C. Sqdn. lets
hear from you via Email. or check us out on www.raf.acb.btinternet.co.uk Back up

What is your name? Chris Ogden
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1965, 1966
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Station Armoury
What was your rank at the time? j/t; Cpl
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Not a snowball`s chance!
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Where do you live now?: N.E
Comment/Slag off at will! Hated it whilst there, couldn't wait to get back to get married. Remember
the Brit and Victor. A very long year but great swimming, drinking and oggling the dolly birds when a
transit landed. Back up

What is your name? Dan Gleed
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!) December 1965 to December 1966
In what section? Air Traffic Control
What was your rank? Flying Officer
How did you find this site? : Friend
Comment or slag off at will! It was a great year with good memories! Diving, sailing, drinking,
almost no work - what more could you want - well, yes, one thing but that wasn't (usually) available!
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What is your name? Len Moore
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!) 65-66 73-74
In what section? SASF
What was your rank? Cpl - Ch/Tec
How did you find this site? : Friend
Comment/ Slag off at will! Where have all the SASF Gannets gone, it seems there are only Siggies left
Its nice to look back and remember the good times, there must have been some bad ones, but I think
Tiger erased them.
To think you can have a seven day holiday there for about a thousand quid ! I did 12 months
plus another 9 for nothing, HM paid for my holiday. God bless her. Good site Alistair Back up

What is your name? IAIN HARWOOD
When did you go to RAF Gan?: 1965, 1966, 1969, 1970
Were you....: RAF
In what section? WOP CABIN,FLT WATCH,MARINE CRAFT UNIT
What was your rank on RAF Gan? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would like to go
How did you find this site?: Link from another site
Comment/slag off at will! BOWLING ALLY. AND WILLINGILLIES.THE CURRYS IN
THE CEYLONESE MESS. AND 2MESS WHERE THE MET OFFICE LADS WHERE.
OUR BOSS WINGCO MOSS AND B GEE. SQN LDR RATNARAJAH. AND PHIL LEWIS
MCU. ALF GILAN THE FORMAN OF WORKS. AND MANY OTHERS THE VICTOR
THAT WAS ON FIRE FROM CHANGI, AND THE BROKEN BANK LINERS MAKRANA
THE MANTUA BRITISH CURLEW AND BRITISH SEAGULL. THE DEEP MONSOON
DRAINS THAT WE FELL IN FROM THE MARINE BAR. AND THE BICYCLE WE LEFT
UP THE FLAGPOLE OH HAPPY DAYS AND HAPPY HOURS CHEERS IAIN. Back up

What is your name? Alan Whitelaw
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1965
Were you...: RAF Police
In what section? Provost & Security
What was your rank at the time? CPL
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I`ve been
How did you find this site?: Link from another site
Where do you live now?: N.Central
Comment/Slag off at will! Hi once again . Who can remember the Manager of the NAAFI taking
delivery of his new Mini Car in 1965 ? Registration No MR 10 PC . Mr 10% .Was it still there
at the closedown ? To all who did serve . Hope you had as good a time as I did . Best wishes .
Big Al [ Geordie Whitelaw ] Back up

What is your name? Alan Whitelaw
When did you go to RAF Gan?: 1965
Were you....: RAF Police
In what section? Provost & Security
What was your rank on RAF Gan? CPL
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would like to go
How did you find this site?: Link from another site
Comment/slag off at will! It was lonely at times but all in all I had a great time and it also
enabled me to put some cash in the bank , something I could do with now . But as the old
saying goes .That's Life .Who remembers the day the British Eagle Britannia crash landing
and upsetting those that played golf on the island . No the pilot didn't get a hole in one on this
occassion ! Not on the course any way . To all that served out there who read this short note
and may remember the crash , hope your still enjoying life . Best Wishes . [Big Al] Back up

Your Name? : Len Moore
Your rank on RAF Gan? : Cpl(first tour) Ch/tec (second tour
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!) : 1965-66 * 72-73
In what section? : SAS flt
Comments (Max 30ish words!) : Worth browsing, brings back quite a few memories.
Enjoyed looking at the aircraft pics
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What is your name? Eric Lewis
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!) 1965
In what section? Hospital
What was your rank? SAC
How did you find this site? : Search engine
Comment/ Slag off at will! Back up

What is your name? Des Brailey
When were you on RAF Gan? March 65 to Mar 66 (375 days on island)
In what section? Commcen
What was your rank? SAC
Comment/slag off at will! How many moonies are there out there? Back up

What is your name? Lloyd Tooze
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1965, 1966
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Commcen
What was your rank at the time? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Where do you live now?: S.E
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! Any advance on 28 mins to walk around the whole island. Back up


1966
What is your name? Ken Yates
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1966, 1967
Were you...: RAF
In what section? station sigs
What was your rank at the time? sac
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Link from another site
Where do you live now?: N.E
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! Brilliant site relating to what I thought was a brilliant tour.
Does anyone know what has become of Roger Cleverley, Bill (Taff) Stote, Rod Welch, Dave
Lawrenson
?? Would love to hear from anyone who remembers me. I thought as a callow youth when
I got to Gan that I would show the old timers how to drink beer. I spent my first night after a few
tigers with my head down a monsoon drain !! (Not just the first night either !!!) Back up.

What is your name? Dave Hanson
Your e-mail address? (If you wish!) davenann@mnsi.net
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1966
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Station Sigs
What was your rank at the time? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Where do you live now?: Canada
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! GOOD OLD FRED. Tea and stickies watching the football, the G.I.P.
The Frog Olympics, the Tour de Gan bike races. GOOD OLD FRED Back up.

Your Name?: Dave Hanson
When were you on RAF Gan?: 1966
In what section?: Station Signals
Comments: I never thought I'd see a website on RAF Gan. Anyone remember the frog
olympics, the "Tour de Gan" on standard issue RAF Bikes, and the much loved
"Gan Island Post" Best wishes Dave Hanson Back up

What is your name? Vic Merrill
When were you on RAF Gan? 1966
In what section? SASF
What was your rank? C/T
Comment/slag off at will! What was it about Gan?Back up

What is your name? MICK ROBERTS
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!) 66/67
In what section? siggies
What was your rank? sac
How did you find this site? : Search engine
Comment or slag off at will! Anybody still manufacture the Not-having tie?? (wanting) - If not, would
be able to flash-up a manufacturer and get some ordered. This of course depends on interest in project
- if anyone wants a tie or knows of the original manufacturer please give me the word. Dependent on
interest will consider getting something moving. Watch this space. (Tie available now! Contact Mick)
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What is your name? Mick Roberts
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!) 66/67
In what section? siggies
What was your rank? sac
How did you find this site? : Search engine
Comment/ Slag off at will!
sorry to come back again troops, correction to my email address now as above - sorry for
previous cock-up, like i say, i is new to this (haven't worked out the function of a fountain pen yet!!
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What is your name? Rick Payne
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1966, 1967
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Sigs
What was your rank at the time? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Where do you live now?: S
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! Still remember wingco Moss, tea and stickies, the willingilies, the golf.
The Eagle Airways that fried the flying fish as it came in short and then ploughed up the golf course. The
air hostesses that were slip crews on Gan during a month of the Indian- Pakistan war forcing the Eagle
crews out of Sri Lanka. My many late nights at the ham radio club and visits to the mpbw club on the way
back where i used chalk up my drinks at 3 in the morning. Not having the xmas bars oh on it goes! I would
like to hear from any one who was on the island at that time. Oh any one ever hear of mr 180 or Alex
Shoteh or the 2 guys who went down in the shark cage. one was an Oz who worked in control tower
other was a wop in sigs who went up to some spot off Male. Back up

What is your name? Tony Brown
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1966, 1967, Staged through frequently
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Medic
What was your rank at the time? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Friend
Where do you live now?: Central
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! You know... I'm a bit perverted hence "would you go back
for a holiday?" the answer would be YES. Crazy but it was only in the last few months that I
appreciated the island, it's sea and shore and the locals. The Pakistanis taught me to make curry,
the locals taught me how NOT to kill a chicken (too slow a death poor sods... but they did make
a great curry) and snorkelling. I really miss that.Oh, the Bollywood films and M'hamed Raffi the
Hindi singer. I still fantasise about Wadifa Didi... you don't want to know that boys!! Back up

What is your name? Paul Fynes
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1966, 1967
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Air Traffic Control
What was your rank at the time? Fg Off
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Accidentally!
Where do you live now?: S.E
Comment/Slag off at will! Many happy memories--some sad ones. Oh to be that age again! Anyone
remember the sharks put in the water tank? Or the brand new 3 tonner they reversed
off the landing craft? Back up

What is your name? Dave Hanson
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1966
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Station Signals
What was your rank at the time? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Been here before
Where do you live now?: Canada
Comment/Slag off at will! Great site that brings back many memories. Tea and stickies watching
the football. Gan Island Post (any copies survived?) Tour de Gan bike race. GOOD OLD FRED
Marine Bar etc etc Back up

What is your name? laurie malley
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1966, 1967
Were you...: RAF
In what section? ground radio
What was your rank at the time? sac
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Maybe if I was really masochistic!
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Where do you live now?: Canada
Comment/Slag off at will! good place to leave Back up

What is your name? Pete Ross
Your e-mail address? PKAMRoss@zajil.net
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!) 1966
In what section? supply
What was your rank? SAC
How did you find this site? : Search engine
Comment/ Slag off at will! Back up

What is your name? Tony Holmes
When were you on RAF Gan? 66-67
In what section? sasf
What was your rank? j/t
Comment/slag off at will! returned for holiday 1998 and plan to go again Back up

What is your name? Dave Hanson
When were you on RAF Gan? 1966
In what section? Commcen
What was your rank? SAC
Comment/slag off at will! Only did 6 months and got exchange posting to HQFEAF when
"Her indoors" arrived there. Well remember the tea and stickies watching the afternoon
football, the Gan Island Post, frog olympics and the Tour de Gan bike race.
Great website, will try and dig up some photos from the depths of the biscuit tin!. Back up

What is your name? Dave Doy
When were you on RAF Gan? April 1966 - April 1967
In what section? Commcen
What was your rank? SAC (then)
Comment at will! Well I've been reading the guest book and I can't help thinking. You didn't all really
like Gan as much as you seem to be saying. Has time made u all forget? An island about 3 X 2 miles,
no town, little chance to visit other islands, 700 men, one (elderly) female, 12 months there and only
2 weeks leave. Not much to do except get pissed or go to the flicks. Okay so the swimming was
good and the sunsets superb, but most people there couldn't wait for repat. Back up

What is your name? Dave Doy
When were you on RAF Gan? Apr 66 - Apr 67
In what section? Comcen
What was your rank? SAC
Comment/slag off at will! To Alistair (after I had said to Dave that basically that there were
far worse postings than Gan!)
Yes! I guess you are right, it was indeed unique. I always though
Gan was a bit like an aircraft carrier, which in itself must make it unique amongst RAF bases.
In fact I was there when the Ark Royal itself visited Gan. I think if my memory serves me right there
was about 700 RAF (plus some civies)on the island but when the Ark Royal came there was about
3000 blokes on that ship. They just about took the place over, you couldn't get in the 180 Club for
matlots, drinking Gin out of pint pots. Anyone else there then???? Back up

What is your name? Paul King
When were you on RAF Gan? March 66-March 67
In what section? Ground Elect,MT Lox Plant
What was your rank? J/T
Comment at will! I stepped off the Brit saying I would love it and a year later only went home
when they packed my fishing gear up!!
I truly loved the fishing, shell collecting and friendships. Back up

What is your name? Brian Hawksfield
Your e-mail address? b.hawksfield@virgin.net
When did you go to RAF Gan?: 1966
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Station Signals
What was your rank on RAF Gan? Senior Aircraftsman
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Maybe if I was really masochistic!
How did you find this site?: Search engine Back up

What is your name? Peter Smith
When were you on RAF Gan? 1966-67
In what section? I/C Police Dog Section
What was your rank? Cpl
Comment/slag off at will! Glad to see the old place remembered, I had a brilliant time there,
Ogging Trogging, fishing or as they say these days just chilling out, tea and cake from the mess
mid afternoons, what more could we want Back up

What is your name? Bob McDonald
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1966
Were you...: RAF
In what section? SAS Flight
What was your rank at the time? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Friend
Where do you live now?: S.Central
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! A few beers in the marine bar would be nice. Back up


1967
What is your name? Mike Roberts
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1967
Were you...: RAF
In what section? siggie piggie
What was your rank at the time? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Definately considering it!
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Where do you live now?: N.W
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! Ref earlier entry by Cliff Mitchell. I strongly refute the allegation
that whilst in a drunken frenzy I pounded my Omega watch to death with a rock in order to prove its
durability. It was in fact a Rolex. Any more such innuendo and I will be forced to seek the services
of Max Clifford. I rest my case m'lud. By the way, is Al (Delay) Hatten, SASF Engines out there
anywhere?? Last heard of in Okehampton as a wage slave to the local authority.
Any ole Ganimals always welcome to give me call, 01704 871357. Back up.

Your Name?: Bob Mann
Your rank on RAF Gan?: SAC
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!): 1967
In what section?: Stn Commcen
Comments (Max 30ish words!): The WVRS woman (Joan Parsons) began to look
beautiful after the first 3 months! I was never POSB of the year! Good Luck. Back up

Your Name?: John Cross
When were you on RAF Gan?: July '67- Aug '68
In what section?: RSF + Marine craft
Comments:: Wonderful times! Spent most of it in Radio Gan and Bar Sinister/ Bar
Dexter, falling straight out into the oggin. Hope there are others from that era out
there. Well done Alistair for setting the site up, particularly as not only non Gannite
but non RAF!
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What is your name? Dave Mayhew
When were you on RAF Gan? May '67 - May '68
In what section? Station Sigs
What was your rank? SAC
Comment/slag off at will! Best tour ever, once I got over the "MOONIE" phase!. I see Bob Mann
found this site. What about Cleverly, Rimmer and Westwood? Siggies Seats down the front at the
Astra! Posh seats for the "Relay Boys" at the back! Good Old Fred.....No bottles, Cans or Gum
at the CSE Shows. Back up

What is your name? Dick Ledger
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1967, 1968
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Com Cen Radio
What was your rank at the time? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Where do you live now?: S.W
Comment/Slag off at will! Had a great time every time I hear the beach boys radio Gan at
xmas comes to mind Back up

What is your name? Cliff Mitchell
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1967
Were you...: RAF
In what section? SASF
What was your rank at the time? Cpl
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Definately considering it!
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Where do you live now?: S.E
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! What a brilliant idea, to have a site that brings back so many
hangovers!
Christmas 1967 - sleeping in a boat outside the Marine Bar; the pile 'em high can contests; pinching
the road roller from outside the Sgts Mess and driving it drunkenly, with Al Hatten (a sooty), all the
way to the Marine Bar for another beer;Taff Roberts demonstrating how the Omega watch he saved
for months for could survive having a concrete block dropped on it. It couldn't - great sobering-up ploy,
though;dropping the Hastings on the pan for crash practice - who forgot to drain the oil tanks?; having my
name painted on the buckled prop andhung in the Marine bar;finally escaping to Singapore.
Great, great times fondly remembered. Back up

What is your name? Ron Ford
When were you on RAF Gan? Feb 1967-Feb 1968 and Sep 1975-Mar 1976
In what section? 6 SU Relay and Terminal Commcens
What was your rank? SAC and Cpl
Comment/slag off at will! Oh what wonderful memories on both occasions. My photographs and
slides bring it all back. It is now a holiday island and I have a home video of it, given to me by Nobby
Shipperly when he visited the island for one day only. Back up

What is your name? John Simms
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!) 1967-68
In what section? Marine Craft
What was your rank? Cpl fitter
How did you find this site? : Search engine
Comment or slag off at will! Great to read incidents which I remember to well like the Ark Royal
visit. Also the Lightnings and Victor tankers and the Buccaneer which missed the arrester wire and
rolled into the sea. We were called out for the rescue to find the fire crews had walked out in the
shallow water to collect one very embarrassed pilot. Good memories but glad to get home. Back up

What is your name? Mac Graham
When did you go to RAF Gan?: 1967, 1968
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Ground Radio

What was your rank on RAF Gan? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would like to go
How did you find this site?: Accidentally!
Comment/slag off at will! Memories include Noddy the Monkey and how the WRVS lady started
to look attractive around the 10 month mark so went to Singapore to get tanks blow! Marine Bar
RAFA Club Billet bars at Xmas. Shitty fruit bats, bicyle diving,Tiger Beer, posbies and scalies
whinging. Oggin Troggin,stepping on frogs! Back up

What is your name? MIKE ROBERTS
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1967, 1968
Were you...: RAF
In what section? siggies
What was your rank at the time? sac
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Maybe if I was really masochistic!
How did you find this site?: Been here before
Where do you live now?: N.W
Comment/Slag off at will! Had a few enquiries about reviving the 12month Not Having tie.
In touch with a manufacturer but before I can go further would like to find out if anyone has the
copyright on the motif and who the original designer was, having great difficulties in finding this out.
Secondly and most imprtantly, if anyone interested in the tie can you please e-mail me so I can get
an idea of numbers to make the project viable, the more orders the cheaper they come apparently.
I'm sure you know, but a picture of the tie is on the picture gallery page under 'general' look forward
to a response, Have a good life Ganimals.(Tie is now available from Mike. Ed)
Regards, Mike Roberts. PS Feel free to call me on the tellingbone at any decent hour;
01704 871357 Back up

What is your name? Mac Graham
When did you go to RAF Gan?: 1967, 1968
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Ground Radio

What was your rank on RAF Gan? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would like to go
How did you find this site?: Accidentally!
Comment/slag off at will! Memories include Noddy the Monkey and how the WRVS lady started
to look attractive around the 10 month mark so went to Singapore to get tanks blow! Marine Bar
RAFA Club Billet bars at Xmas. Shitty fruit bats, bicyle diving,Tiger Beer, posbies and scalies
whinging. Oggin Troggin,stepping on frogs! Back up

Your Name?: Roger Brown
Your rank on RAF Gan?: J/Tech
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!): Sept 67 - Sept 68
In what section?: Comcen 5 unit servicing
Comments (Max 30ish words!): It seemed very long those 366 days, only broken up
by the scuba diving, waiting for the mail, and the one trip to Singapore. Back up

What is your name? Bob Mann
When were you on RAF Gan? May 67 - May 68
In what section? Station Siggies
What was your rank? SAC
Comment/slag off at will! After the 1st couple of months, the WRVS woman (Anne Parsons)
started to look beautiful! Anyone remember the CSE shows and the POSB of the year award?
Don't forget the 3pm tea and cake run to the Mess with or without flask!Back up

What is your name? Mick Roberts
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!) 67/68
In what section? stn siggies/flt watch
What was your rank? SAC
How did you find this site? : Search engine
Comment/ Slag off at will! Amendment to my last; Sorry, new to this understand using CAPS
is rude! apologies. Got some crackin' photos of personalities and pishups, sending them to Alistair
for inclusion on this website at later date. Hang on in there Ganimals. Has Davy Holmes still got
his tight white flared hipsters?? Back up

What is your name? Stan Young
When were you on RAF Gan? 1967/68
In what section? M,T,Section,
What was your rank? Cpl,
Comment/slag off at will! Was MTO,s W.O,Fred Smith,s favourite Cpl, MT Drivers
eat your heart out.Had a great time. Back up

What is your name? John Cross
When were you on RAF Gan? '67-'68
In what section? RSF and Marine Craft
What was your rank? Sgt
Comment/slag off at will! Keep it up, Alistair! Glad you found some of my slides of use. I loved it there,
especially after having been flown to Changi for a tooth out during my first couple of months. Spent many,
many happy hours in Radio Gan with a great bunch- that sort of posting brings the best , and unfortunately
the worst, out of people. Nice to see i/p from a C.O.instead of just us "erks"! Back up

What is your name? Bruce (Jock) Thompson
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!) 60-61 and 67-68
In what section? station signals
What was your rank? SAC
How did you find this site? : Search engine
Comment or slag off at will! I liked the first tour so much I went again, can you remember the
WVS lady I think she was called Gwen Caton, she got better looking every time I saw her,
I also did three months up in the north islands at Male attol on Dunidu with the UK rep
Humphrey Arthington-Davey, which I did enjoy, all in all this site has brought back very enjoyable
memories Back up


1968.
What is your name? Mick Hill
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!) 68-69
In what section? Commcen Gan
What was your rank? SAC
How did you find this site? : Link from another site
Comment or slag off at will! Gotta make a comment or two, had my 21st birthday there and to
this day dont remember it!!I know I went to the 180 club....after that it gets hazy......But I
remember the Posbies in the front rows in the Astra, troggin round the island and tea and stickies
every afternoon.....and panic tanning in the last few weeks!! Back up

What is your name? Malcolm Price
When were you on RAF Gan? 68 - 69
In what section? Station Signals
What was your rank? SAC
Comment/slag off at will! Although I am sure everyone had negative feelings of some kind while
on the island, we have a knack of remembering only the positive, for me that was the comradery,
the card games, Tiger beer, the 180 Club, The Beach Bar, The Marine Bar, the bowling alley,
the billet bars at xmas and getting rat arsed with Karl Denver. the 2 weeks in Singapore, the
boozy Moral Leadership course in the Cameron Highlands. Did I waste my 12 months on the island?
Ahh well it was a learning experience, I was only 20/21. Back up

What is your name? Roger Brown
When were you on RAF Gan? Sept 68 Sept 69
In what section? 5 Unit servicing/comcen
What was your rank? J/Tech
Comment/slag off at will! I remember the Tennants in the 180.
A chit chat hitting the ceiling fan messy. A whole years diving in the clearest waters I have been in.
2 weeks in Singapore. Repat.... Back up

What is your name? "Stan" Standring
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1968, 1969
Were you...: RAF
In what section? SASF
What was your rank at the time? Cpl
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Media appeal
Where do you live now?: Other
Comment/Slag off at will! Oct 68 to Nov 69. Oh joy, the many happy (and drunken) times spent
boozing in the SAS Flt bar. The proud honour to be a member of The Willingilli Working Man's
Club and to have one's name painted on the old Hasting's rudder (have photo to prove it). Back up

What is your name? Charles Haywood
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1968, 1969
Were you...: RAF
In what section? SASF
What was your rank at the time? CPL
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Link from another site
Where do you live now?: Central
Comment/Slag off at will! Got here from your add on RAFBEA SITE
How about dates on the pics.
Any chance of more detailed history, some of the pics must be from after I left -
'Causeway'?? Back up

What is your name? Bob Pimborough
When did you go to RAF Gan?: 1968, 1969
Were you....: RAF Police
In what section? RAF police Flight
What was your rank on RAF Gan? Cpl
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would like to go
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Comment/slag off at will! Not happy about being posted there but enjoyed it and had mixed
feelings when I left. Member of RAF Police crew who won the Dhoni Race in 1969 Back up

Your Name?: Ken Addison
Your rank on RAF Gan?: SAC
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!): 1968/69
In what section?: Station Signals
Comments (Max 30ish words!): Thanks for your recent response Ali. Ken
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What is your name?
Your e-mail address? (If you wish!) khamis@anet.net.sa
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972
Were you...: RAF
In what section? 68/69 Supply BFI. 70/71 Air Movements.
What was your rank at the time? SAC CPL
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I`ve been
How did you find this site?: Link from another site
Where do you live now?: Saudi
Comment/Slag off at will! Great site. Only just found it through UKMAMS OBA. Holiday
visit in 98. Old Sgt's Mess now the hotel. Single Sri Lankan women working in an underwear
factory. Living in the old blocks. Astra cinema still standing Those were the days. 1 Pink Milk
a Spam roll from Moosa and then the ritual of the adverts before the main feature. The arrival
of the WRAF Loadie. Happy times. Besr regards H. RAF Sqn Ldr working for RSAF
in Saudi Arabia Back up


1969
What is your name? Dave Hardy
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1969, 1974
Were you...: RAF
In what section? S.C.A.F and Air Movements
What was your rank at the time? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: No
How did you find this site?: Friend
Where do you live now?: S.E
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! Great site, I know some of the names on the guest book. I did two
tours (fool) Back up.

Your Name?: John Richardson
Website?:
When were you on RAF Gan?: Nov 69 - Nov 70
In what section?: Station Sigs
Comments:: Good site. Nice to see the photographs . In hindsight a great
year...."Good old Fred" Back up

What is your name? Taff Wathen (Bob now I am married)
When were you on RAF Gan? 1969/70
In what section? Royal Signals
What was your rank? Corporal
Comment at will! Sadley missed with found memories to numerous to mention. I constantly tell the
one about the chap writing to his wife to have a mattress strapped to her back at Brize Norton. She
replied by requesting he be the first off the VC 10! Back up.

What is your name? Ian Hunt
When were you on RAF Gan? '69/'70
In what section? SAS Flight
What was your rank? Promoted Sgt when there.
Comment at will! Hi Alistair, Just had a chance to check out your new site. Great Job!!
As an ex-Gannite I appreciate your enthusism and interest in taking the time to put together your
record of a little known part of RAF history.I have recently updated my Gan Page(s). I have
included a link to your page. Hopefully you will reciprocate.My page can be found at:
http://ianhunt.tripod.com/maldive.htm
Anything I can do to help just let me know.Keep up the good work. Ian Back up.

What is your name? Peter Hales
When were you on RAF Gan? June 1969 to June 1970
In what section? Air Traffic Control
What was your rank? SAC
Comment/slag off at will! Well done and what a good idea.I would like to trace any old pals that
remember me easpecially the Christmas celebrations in 1969.Flt Lt Gellatti (circa) was a splendid
man.My life time regret is not learning to sail there.
I was the manic Arsenal supporter!!
And such memories of the wonderful 180 club Back up

What is your name? Malcolm Potts
When were you on RAF Gan? Sept 69- Sept 70
In what section? 5-unit & SES+ Editorial adviser to G I P
What was your rank? Jnr Tech
Comment/slag off at will! Enjoyed every millisecond, and even volunteered to do a double tour!
This was accepted but a few days later the boss (Gus Buckle) called me in to his office to say
that unfortunately my relief was already on embarkation leave so I had to go back to Locking.
Wonder whatever happened to the admirable Mr Sandy, bar-steward extraordinaire of 180 club
fame ? He would be an asset to the Ocean Club or whatever the Sgt's mess is now named.
This is a wondrous site I must say. I'll be back ! Back up

What is your name? Rusty Wickson
When were you on RAF Gan? Dec69 to Dec70
In what section? 5 Unit - Teleprinter servicing - Comcen
What was your rank? J/T
Comment/slag off at will! I volunteered for this place and I'm still bloody insane - good effort though
Alistair - mess could have done with a good baker.....!! Back up

What is your name? Bob Dixon
When were you on RAF Gan? 1969-70 and 1974
In what section? Duty visitor - see below
What was your rank? Flt Lt
Comment/slag off at will! Not a proper man 0'Gan but in 1969-1970 I was Cargo Officer in Changi.
After several trips to Gan to see friends, we set up a direct ordering service for Hi-Fi etc to save the
Gannites having to pay exhorbitant extra costs the NAAFI in Singapore had added for "Transport costs"
- Quite a cheek when their goods went via on our own truckie fleet! In 1974 I was OC blanket stacking
and fuels on a tour in Masirah and the powers that be in Cyprus decided that we could not visit Cyprus for
mid-term R&R. (They had a little trouble with the Turks) So we fixed up a trip to Gan. ostensibly to see
Gan's methods of ship-to-shore refuelling, but mainly for a week long vacation. Good old Gan. The
difference between Gan and Masirah was that Gan had everything and some people didn't use the facilities
they had whereas Masirah had nothing, but it was in use all the time! A great website about a special place.
Well done! Back up

What is your name? Barry Leech
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1969, 1972
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Marine Craft
What was your rank at the time? Cpl
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Definately considering it!
How did you find this site?: Been here before
Where do you live now?: E
Comment/Slag off at will! Holding a Marine Craft reunion May 2002 massive interest especially
from ex Gannites who maybe just saw the launches from afar. Who cares if you fancy a great weekend
and meet others from all eras please mail me for details. Back up

What is your name? Dave Potter
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1969, 1970
Were you...: Met Office
In what section? Met Office
What was your rank at the time? Mr bloody civvie!
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Friend
Where do you live now?: Central
Comment/Slag off at will! I had my 21st birthday on Gan and loved almost every minute of it.I am still in
touch with Met Office friends met there. Well remember the SKC yelling 'good old Fred' when the
Tom and Jerry cartoons came on - Fred Quimby the producer. (I still do but my wife does not understand)
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What is your name? Dick Roberts
When did you go to RAF Gan?: 1969
Were you....: RAF
In what section? VAS
What was your rank on RAF Gan? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Comment/slag off at will! l only spent about 6 weeks on Gan, but it is engraved on my memory.
Is Dave Beveridge out there? He helped me!!! Back up

What is your name? Mike Bailey
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1969, 1970
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Visiting Dental Team
What was your rank at the time? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: No
How did you find this site?: Accidentally!
Where do you live now?: S.E
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! Regular visitor from Tengah and equally regular diver. Made
welcome by all and managed to dive to BASC 2nd class. Good times but then I went home after
2 weeks! Great site. Back up

What is your name? John Eden
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1969, Staged through occasionally
Were you...: RAF
In what section? SHQ
What was your rank at the time? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Link from another site
Where do you live now?: S
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! I remember staging through Gan on my way to the Far
East (RAF Changi, posted there from May 1969 until closure fo the station in Dec 1971.
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What is your name? Steve McKay
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1969, 1970
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Marine Craft
What was your rank at the time? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Not a snowball`s chance!
How did you find this site?: Friend
Where do you live now?: S.E
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! Looking forward to meeting many old friends at the
ASR/MCS Reunion 17th/19th May 2002. Back up

What is your name? IAIN HARWOOD
When did you go to RAF Gan?: 1965, 1966, 1969, 1970
Were you....: RAF
In what section? WOP CABIN,FLT WATCH,MARINE CRAFT UNIT
What was your rank on RAF Gan? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would like to go
How did you find this site?: Link from another site
Comment/slag off at will! BOWLING ALLY. AND WILLINGILLIES.THE CURRYS IN
THE CEYLONESE MESS. AND 2MESS WHERE THE MET OFFICE LADS WHERE.
OUR BOSS WINGCO MOSS AND B GEE. SQN LDR RATNARAJAH. AND PHIL LEWIS
MCU. ALF GILAN THE FORMAN OF WORKS. AND MANY OTHERS THE VICTOR
THAT WAS ON FIRE FROM CHANGI, AND THE BROKEN BANK LINERS MAKRANA
THE MANTUA BRITISH CURLEW AND BRITISH SEAGULL. THE DEEP MONSOON
DRAINS THAT WE FELL IN FROM THE MARINE BAR. AND THE BICYCLE WE LEFT
UP THE FLAGPOLE OH HAPPY DAYS AND HAPPY HOURS CHEERS IAIN. Back up

What is your name? Ken Bailey
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1969, 1970
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Siggies
What was your rank at the time? Cpl
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Friend
Where do you live now?: S.E
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! Oh to live my life over again! Back up

Your Name?: Chaz' Jordan
Your rank on RAF Gan?: Senior Aircraftsman
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!): August 1969-70
In what section?: Commcen (RBSSWA)
Comments (Max 30ish words!): Hi, I have a few colour photographs that I am will
to share on the website + in return for any complete aerial shots of GAN Island. Regards, Chaz
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What is your name? Barry Leech
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!) 69-70 and 71-72
In what section? The Best of course. Marine Craft
What was your rank? J/T Cpl
How did you find this site? : Other
Comment/ Slag off at will! Do any of you remember my monkey Noddy. I was hoping to see
more RAF water babies on here but we were always well behind in that dept. Good old Fred
at the cinema, Joan who would remind me of what a female was (just) and the marine bar. I would
like to return but cannot find it in the brochures. Fond memories but the gozome charts remind me
of the living hell it really was.I have a video of the film made by Anglia TV in 69 anybody want a
copy please mail me. Back up

Your Name?: Dave Butler
Your rank on RAF Gan?: J/T
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!): 69 - 70
In what section?: 5 SU
Comments (Max 30ish words!): Originally posted to Hittadu to refurbish TXs,
but caused a diplomatic incident and got sent to Gan working on Teleprinters!

What is your name? Steve Drewett
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1969, 1975
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Marine Craft
What was your rank at the time? SAC/CPL
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Friend
Where do you live now?: S
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! Great site, seems to be a shortage of webfeet though.
Considering our turnround times for tours I would have expected to see more of us.
Come on you boaties, get in touch. Back up

What is your name? Alan Robinson
When were you on RAF Gan? 1969-70
In what section? SAS.Flt A Shift
What was your rank? J.T
Comment at will! great site. memories come flooding back.It seems like only yesterday.Not 30
years ago.I also was presenter on radio Gan.Any one still got any GIPs?Cheers for now. Back up

What is your name? Dave Hardy
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1969, 1974
Were you...: RAF
In what section? S.C.A.F and Air Movements
What was your rank at the time? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: No
How did you find this site?: Friend
Where do you live now?: S.E
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! Great site, I know some of the names on the guest book. I did two
tours (fool) Back up.


1970
What is your name? Roy Salmon
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1970, 1971
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Engineering
What was your rank at the time? Squadron Leader
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I`ve been
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Where do you live now?: Central
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! Well - this entry on behalf of Roy Salmon. From his son just
doing a little research into his father's life in the RAF. Would like to hear any stories from
those that knew him, especially Corporal Ozzy Ozturk - I still have the painting on perspex, he
did of the atoll islands. Back up.

Your Name?: Geoff Parselle
Your rank on RAF Gan?: Corporal
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!): 6 Dec 1970 to 6 Oct 1971
In what section?: Photography
Comments (Max 30ish words!): It was hot,humid and enjoyable, made even better
as my posting home was to JARIC at RAF Brampton!!

What is your name? John Leighton
When were you on RAF Gan? 64/65 and 70/71
In what section? Station Siggies
What was your rank? SAC
Comment/slag off at will! Great site. What more can I say. Back up

What is your name? Chris Allen
When were you on RAF Gan? 70-71
In what section? Station Signals (Flt Watch & W/T)
What was your rank? SAC
Comment/slag off at will! A super idea for a website.
I really enjoyed the tour, taking the opportunity to learn to dive. Actually went diving with
Joe Brown when he did a gig there!
Got a jolly to FEAFOC in 1971 - just what I needed after six years in Singapore!
It's great to see names of old friends in your guestbook; keep up the good work! Back up

What is your name? Keith Stone
When were you on RAF Gan? 1970/71
In what section? Station Sigs/Flight Watch/WT Cabin
What was your rank? SAC
Comment/slag off at will! It was a good tour, most off duty time was spent down the Sailing Club,
and at the Cinema with "Good ol' Fred" and "Up yur nose" Back up

What is your name? Spike (Paul) Howden
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1970
Were you...: RAF
In what section? MTSS
What was your rank at the time? SAC ( MT Mech)
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Media appeal
Where do you live now?: E
Comment/Slag off at will! Attended Gan 4 Jan 1970 until mid Aug 1970. Worked for 3 months
as driver in MT, Driving Coaches, the rest of the time in MTSS until dis-established. I remember
Astra Cinema adverts"Get your hair cut" ect, Paki Pictures, Bicycle Polo! Water Polo (the pool
was green) Dhoni race at easter, sitting in the "Trannie" Hotel at 0300 waiting for the VC10 to arrive,
Bicycle's(everybody had one, or so it appeared), also seem to remember-a bit fuzzy here- waking up
in the depths of a monsoon drain after a night out at one of the many bars!! I am now a civvie
(MOD Empoloyed) left the RAF 3 years ago after 28 years service. Of all my postings, for me
GAN was the best. Back up

What is your name? alan brooks
When did you go to RAF Gan?: 1970, 1971
Were you....: Army Sigs
In what section? 19th Signal Regt (Gan Island Det)
What was your rank on RAF Gan? Cpl
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would like to go
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Comment/slag off at will! Being 1 of 12 permanent Pongos (9 Signals and 2 Royal Engineers
{the Posties}) our greatest achievment was holding the Station football team to a 1 all draw.
The Marine Bar and SAS Flight were also very high on our popularity stakes. Back up

What is your name? Robbie Robinson
When did you go to RAF Gan?: 1970, 1971
Were you....: RAF
In what section? Commcen
What was your rank on RAF Gan? Cpl
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes
How did you find this site?: Accidentally!
Comment/slag off at will! Great year, right hand has recovered ??No more 'not having'.
Thanks for the site and pictures Back up

What is your name? GEOFF PARSELLE
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!) 6 DEC 1970 TO 6 OCT 1971
In what section? PHOTOGRAPHIC, PART OF SASF
What was your rank? CORPORAL
How did you find this site? : Friend
Comment or slag off at will! Aah! Gan! What memories!! Good posting, hot, sticky and noisy.
Interesting work, everything from passports to suicides! I remember the Marine Bar, Moonies,
Hittadu, Shambles the boat, MCU, Bushy dances, frogs, golf, SAR bicycles, Shackleton flights,
female AQMs and the Q board in the photo section, Smiler my room boy, Dhoni races and much
else. Where did they post me back to - JARIC - of all places, what a let down after Gan.
Alistair, thanks for all this, it brings back good memories. Back up

What is your name? Clive Pellett
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1970, Staged through occasionally
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Police
What was your rank at the time? Corporal
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Accidentally!
Where do you live now?: E. Back up

What is your name? Corneilius Field
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1970
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Flight Watch
What was your rank at the time? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Friend
Where do you live now?: E
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! Would like to hear from anyone who was there in 1970/71.Also who
played against HMS Lion/Tiger football thinks we won 1-0. Neil Back up

What is your name? Bob Brown
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1970, 1971
Were you...: RAF
In what section? GEF
What was your rank at the time? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Accidentally!
Where do you live now?: S.Central
Comment/Slag off at will! It was a hard life in Gan - finish work then play football or
volleyball - early evening 5 a side then off to the cinema as I was a projectionist (had to doctor
a few ads) then on to the marine bar - threw beer over Joe Brown (not me) At Christmas had to
row a boat then cycle round the Island then on to visit a load of new bars which used to spring
up at this time of year. Finally take photos of the sky. It sure was a tough life!!! Back up

What is your name? Brian Morris
When where you at RAF Gan?: 1970, 1971
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Commcen
What was your rank at the time? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Maybe if I was really masochistic!
How did you find this site?: Link from another site
Comment/slag off at will! Linked from another site was in fact the RAF News advert
you placed! Back up

Your Name?: Tony Butler
Your rank on RAF Gan?: Ch/Tech
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!): Feb 70 to Feb 71
In what section?: Comcen [C watch]
Comments (Max 30ish words!): Glad I found this site and I learned more history of
Gan than I knew existed. Will try to dig out some slides. Would love to hear from anyone
who knew me. Back up

Your Name?: John Sadler
Your rank on RAF Gan?: 63/64 SAC , 70/71 Cpl
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!): 63/64 and 70/71
In what section?: Systems Control/Relay Commcen
Comments (Max 30ish words!): Great Web site brings back some good memories

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What is your name? Graham Wilson
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1970, 1971
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Marine Craft
What was your rank at the time? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Friend
Where do you live now?: Wales
Comment/Slag off at will! Glad to see a site that I can relate to. Back up

What is your name? Brian Morris
When where you at RAF Gan?: 1970, 1971
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Commcen
What was your rank at the time? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Maybe if I was really masochistic!
How did you find this site?: Link from another site
Comment/slag off at will! Linked from another site was in fact the RAF News advert
you placed! Back up

What is your name? Ralph (Taf the Met )Cooper
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1970, 1971, 1972
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Meteorological Office
What was your rank at the time? Mr..Bloody civvy
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Definately considering it!
How did you find this site?: Friend
Where do you live now?: Central
Comment/Slag off at will! All you blue jobs p**s me off dodah dodah [ grin]
Bring back the Marine bar, anyone for a game of freckles?
I held the record for big betsie [ 3 pint mug in the MB, 13 seconds. Anybody break that
record before Gan closed?
Sweet SKC, one boat on film and the cry MCU to which all replied w**ker!
Loved every minute on that place. Back up

What is your name? Dave Devine
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1970, 1971
Were you...: RAF
In what section? GRSF
What was your rank at the time? Sergeant
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I`ve been
How did you find this site?: Accidentally!
Where do you live now?: S.Central
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! Anyone else get a Q pregnant on Gan? I wish I hadn't, I married
her. I managed to get back there twice to sevice the AR1 radar. The second time was just before the
hand over when there were only 80 left to come home on a boat. It was very sad to see.Back up


1971
What is your name? Mal Whyte
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1971
Were you...: RAF
In what section? 11 RFP
What was your rank at the time? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Where do you live now?: N
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! After all these years, could not believe how "good" it is
to see pics of the atoll, etc. Must be ageing!! Back up

Your Name?: Mick Campbell
Your rank on RAF Gan?: SAC
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!): 1971
In what section?: 11 RFP
Comments (Max 30ish words!): I'd like to find others who were there! By the way,
it's independence. Cheers! Back up

Your Name?: Sandy Sandford
Your rank on RAF Gan?: SAC
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!): Aug 71 to May72
In what section?: Air Traffic Control
Comments (Max 30ish words!): Best days of my RAF career so far Will go back on day

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Your Name?: Bill Cuthbert
Your rank on RAF Gan?: SAC
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!): Mar-Dec 1971
In what section?: Siggies
Comments (Max 30ish words!): Would welcome any contacts from ex colleagues on Gan
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Your Name?: Dave Massey
When were you on RAF Gan?: Nov 71 - Aug 72
In what section?: Station Sigs
Comments:: Great memories - great place. Looking forward to seeing more photos
of the place, hopefully. Recognise a few names in the guest book. Happy days.
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What is your name? Tom Owen
When were you on RAF Gan? Sep 71 - Jun 72
In what section? Medical Centre
What was your rank? SAC
Comment/slag off at will! Had a great tour. I was there during royal visit by the Queen and Prince Philip.
Managed to do my whole tour without getting a haircut (apologies to Jack Russell -SWO). Would love to
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What is your name? Bill Cuthbert
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!) March-December 1971
In what section? Siggies
What was your rank? SAC
How did you find this site? : Search engine
Comment or slag off at will! A memory of Gan that still makes me laugh ....... at the Astra Cinema
they used to run a scratchy vintage Brylcreem advert, featuring a guy punting a boat down the river -
all in whites with the girl draped across the back seat in a flowing white dress... and the whole
audience used to bob and sing to the music .. "Brylcreem - A little dab'll do ya, Brylcreem -
You look so debonair. Brylcreem - the girls'll all pursue ya - They love to get their fingers in your hair .... "
(Laughing again) Great memories. Back up

What is your name? Barry Leech
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!) 69-70 and 71-72
In what section? The Best of course. Marine Craft
What was your rank? J/T Cpl
How did you find this site? : Other
Comment/ Slag off at will! Do any of you remember my monkey Noddy. I was hoping to see
more RAF water babies on here but we were always well behind in that dept. Good old Fred
at the cinema, Joan who would remind me of what a female was (just) and the marine bar. I would
like to return but cannot find it in the brochures. Fond memories but the gozome charts remind me
of the living hell it really was.I have a video of the film made by Anglia TV in 69 anybody want a
copy please mail me. Back up

What is your name? andy musgrove
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!) Dec 71- Sept 72
In what section? medical centre
What was your rank? SAC
How did you find this site? : Search engine
Comment or slag off at will! Great site brings back many memories.
Would like to hear via e mail from anyone who remembers me Back up

What is your name? John Thomas
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1971, 1972
Were you...: RAF
In what section? SASF
What was your rank at the time? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Media appeal
Where do you live now?: E
Comment/Slag off at will! Great site. Would love to hear from anyone who knew me from Gan
and SASF in particular. Back up

What is your name?
Your e-mail address? (If you wish!) khamis@anet.net.sa
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972
Were you...: RAF
In what section? 68/69 Supply BFI. 70/71 Air Movements.
What was your rank at the time? SAC CPL
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I`ve been
How did you find this site?: Link from another site
Where do you live now?: Saudi
Comment/Slag off at will! Great site. Only just found it through UKMAMS OBA. Holiday
visit in 98. Old Sgt's Mess now the hotel. Single Sri Lankan women working in an underwear
factory. Living in the old blocks. Astra cinema still standing Those were the days. 1 Pink Milk
a Spam roll from Moosa and then the ritual of the adverts before the main feature. The arrival
of the WRAF Loadie. Happy times. Besr regards H. RAF Sqn Ldr working for RSAF
in Saudi Arabia Back up

What is your name? Tony Sirrell
When were you on RAF Gan? 1971 mar-dec
In what section? 6 su, commcen
What was your rank? sac
Comment at will! i only did the short tour, 9 months, great time, paki pictures, beach bar etc.
still remember a few names.
anyone reading this and recognises the name above, drop me a line. Back up.

What is your name? Clive Schofield Clive Schofield
When were you on RAF Gan? 1971 & 1973
In what section? 11 RFP
What was your rank? SAC
Comment/slag off at will! Hi to all who "hacked it" with me and Ging Campbell and Trevor Ball.
Great memories. I still owe Dave Salisbury 5 bob! plus interest !!!!!
Hi again to all who finished behind me in the Gan Island TT in 1971.Back up

What is your name? David Sidgwick
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1971
Were you...: RAF
In what section? SASF
What was your rank at the time? Chief Technician
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Where do you live now?: E
Comment/Slag off at will! my first visit to the site. Saw it in RAFNEWS. Back up


1972
What is your name? Jim Conway (bald eagle mki)
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1972, 1973
Were you...: RAF
In what section? siggies (flight watch & commcen Gan)
What was your rank at the time? sac
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Friend
Where do you live now?: S.W
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! Good one Gannite must be a fully qualified K.O.S.!!!
Great to see some of the familiar names rod matheison(all right jock, my tel at work is
still the same 01380-734110),police comms at Devizes(civvy),also jock dunlop.Anyone
heard of scottie harper, bill(grumpy) fowler!! sorry bill I know you found squash on gan a
bit warm!! alan larvan - pti extraordinaire!!(rehab expert) ron barron(atc,still in uxbridge area ron??
Anyone remember the US Herc which came in on 3 engines from Diego Garcia with a load of
SEEBEES on board?? all had an enforced stay for about a week until spare engine flown in,by
then they had a tiny idea of how "to do a bit of drinking!!but still having probs understanding it all,
they were glad to gat away to R&R in Thailand or wherever.I have a collection of GIP's covering
about a year & as those of you who wrote some of the really serious articles in it will know it
covered the mountaineering club,underwater parachute regt club,& who will ever forget the
willingilli railway!!(the steam trains!!).If anyone has become a millionaire since demob etc how
about making a movie of the place & of course the appropriate depiction of "the cinema"
performances (b4 the film started).
To anyonw who remembers me(at that time was a qualified alcoholic plus a fanatical squash player
(but never very good) oh & did get involved in commecn work from time to time. it would be great to
hear from ye - my time on RAF GAN - flight watch(GANAREA or similar!! & commecn Gan) was
december 1972 to september 1973 when I returned to RAF Rudloe Manor Corsham Wilts, we have
many ex-Ganites in the area so Now thatI have accessed this I will be encouraging them to Re-enlist!!
DI DA DI DA DIT(anyone remember Tommy Tickle fm RAF cosford Comms training.???
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What is your name? Len Slade
Your e-mail address? (If you wish!) susanslade@peoplepc.com
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1972
Were you...: None of the above
In what section? Motor Transport
What was your rank at the time? Sgt
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Friend
Where do you live now?: U.S
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! I was in the Motor Transport Section. My job was to organise
transport on the daily running on the Island. I drove Princess Margaret and Princess Alexandria
when they visited. My staff would teach the local Islanders to drive, and I had to pass them for
a licence. Once I had to visit one of the Islands and was driven by the Chief of the Island. I will
never forget that ride. He used first gear only and most of you know what the roads were like on
other Islands. How many of you remember 'The Good Shepherd' Group Captain Shepherd?.
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Your Name?: Ian (nobby) Clarke
When were you on RAF Gan?: 1972-73
In what section?: commcen
Comments:: I lived in the B.I.N. with budgie Kirton and Ian Mac. Good tour
but can I have my camera back. I lost it when HMS Hermes????? came to visit.
Think i may have been smashed. I have loads of 35mm slides of ganites. who
remembers my signature tune from my stint on Radio Gan. Back up

Your Name? : Len Moore
Your rank on RAF Gan? : Cpl(first tour) Ch/tec (second tour
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!) : 1965-66 * 72-73
In what section? : SAS flt
Comments (Max 30ish words!) : Worth browsing, brings back quite a few memories.
Enjoyed looking at the aircraft pics
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Your Name?: Lew Paterson
Your rank on RAF Gan?: WO
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!): 1972
In what section?: Supply
Comments (Max 30ish words!): I'll try to dig out some photos for you Back up

Your Name?: Les Bywaters
Website?: http://www.netcomuk.co.uk/~lesb/canberra.html (Canberra Website)
When were you on RAF Gan?: 1972-1973
In what section?: SASFlt
Comments:: Good to see a dedicated Gan site for us Not Having types. Had a
great time on the RAF's "Island in the sun" including running a Country and Western
show on Radio Gan. Still have a good collection of model Dhonis and cowrey shells.
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What is your name? Nick Lewis
When were you on RAF Gan? jan-oct 1972
In what section? ATC
What was your rank? sac
Comment/slag off at will! glad to see you used some of my slides regards, nick Back up

What is your name? Dave (Paddy) Slane
When were you on RAF Gan? 1972
In what section? 11 R.F.P./S.E.S.
What was your rank? J/T
Comment/slag off at will! DID SOMEONE REMEMBER TO TAKE THE LITTLE OLD
W.V.S. LADY HOME AFTER GAN CLOSED DOWN? Back up

What is your name? Mike Hamilton
When were you on RAF Gan? Jan-Oct 1972
In what section? Siggies
What was your rank? SAC
Comment/slag off at will! Still get the shakes when I remember the Marine bar! Back up

What is your name? Ian (nobby) Clarke
When were you on RAF Gan? 72/73
In what section? rbss comcen central
What was your rank? sac
Comment/slag off at will! who's got the missile that was near the old gas chamber? Back up

What is your name? Paul Smooker
Your e-mail address?
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!) 72-73
In what section? Medical Centre--Operating Theatre
What was your rank? Cpl
How did you find this site? : Search engine
Comment or slag off at will! Is there a Gan club, does anyone have a spare tie? Would like to buy one!
Loved and would like to revisit.
1 Southend Ave, Darlington,DL3 7HL
Would also like to hear from ex-Gannites/join Gan Society if it exists. Back up

What is your name? Willie Dunlop
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!) Oh yes!!!!!!!!!!! (72/73)
In what section? SIGGIES
What was your rank? SAC
How did you find this site? : Link from another site
Comment or slag off at will! Hi to all ex Gannites, I was the in 1972/73 and all I have
are happy memories of the 180 club,the siggies club, cinema, (front row of course) Tiger beer,
Xmas billet bars, Tour de Gan, Dhoni race as Easter, and all the guys I met out there. Lou
Bridgnell, Ian Birkby, Rod Matheson,
etc etc. I would be glad to hear from
any ex siggies there in 72. all the best Back up
Willie.

What is your name? Dave Webb
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1972, 1973
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Supply (Fuels)
What was your rank at the time? Flight Lieutenant
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Link from another site
Where do you live now?: Other
Comment/Slag off at will! Gan was surely the best unaccompanied tour that I did whilst in the RAF.
I was somewhat rushed out there from 11mu to take over from a Flt. Lt. who had to come home
one month early for compassionate reasons, thus I spent 13 months there looking after the BFI, Tech
Stores and offloading oil tankers. My other duty was Officer i/c Radio Gan, a most fulfilling job.
I ran 3 programmes, Jazz Hour, Classical Hour, and Letters From Home, all of which I thoroughly
enjoyed. My other "duty" was sitting next to the inimitable George Caird at the Mess bar, George looked
after the tanker in the lagoon, the Wave Ruler, I think it was.
Although my tour at Gan was followed by an accompanied tour at Akrotiri and I had several other
overseas tours, Labuan, Changi, etc., nothing can ever compare to Gan. Happy, happy days.
I am still serving, but now with the United Arab Emirates AF & AD, after spending 12 years in SOAF.
I have a 9 month and a 12 month "No Nookie" tie, but both are well worn and require replacement, so
I will certainly buy another if I am able.
(Gan Tie available from Mike Roberts at: JJoeldesign@aol.com. Contact him for more details. Ed)
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What is your name? JOHN ALLEN
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1972, 1973
Were you...: RAF
In what section? VASF
What was your rank at the time? J/T
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Where do you live now?: Central
Comment/Slag off at will! Brilliant site. I've still got my tankard.
Anyone who remembers me is more than welcome to email me. Back up

What is your name? Rod Matheson
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1972
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Commcen
What was your rank at the time? Heady rank of SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Accidentally!
Where do you live now?: S.E
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! Brilliant site, nice to read through and recognise some
of the names and try and remember faces to go with them, especially Willie 'Jock' Dunlop,
Llew Bridgnell.
Any more of the 'gang' that were there at the same time, and partook of the
odd crate of Tiger by the swimming pool after late shift, get in touch.. Back up

What is your name? Willie Dunlop
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1972, 1973
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Siggies
What was your rank at the time? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Link from another site
Where do you live now?: Scotland
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! Hi to all ex ganites, just a quick one to let you know
that I have managed to contact Rod Matheson and Llew Bridgnell after all these years.
I was great just to hear from them again. All the best for now Back up

What is your name? Paul Storer
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1972, 1973, 1974
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Skynet
What was your rank at the time? J/T
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Accidentally!
Where do you live now?: S.Central
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! It was a pleasure to be a Hermit and live the life that
people now pay good money for......I was 21 on Hittadu along with Moyse it was a great party
over Christmas.......Back up

What is your name? Bob Young
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1972
Were you...: RAF
In what section? catering inflights
What was your rank at the time? sac
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: No
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Where do you live now?: N.W
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! brought it all back especialy pics i remember the phantom losing
lts hood i still drink posby cocoa amstells and charlies good one Back up

What is your name? Pete Brierley
When were you on RAF Gan? 1972
In what section? Siggies
What was your rank? Sergeant
Comment/slag off at will! siggie siggie siggie.
'Not Having Inn'
A little bit of brylcream (Astra) Back up

What is your name? Phil Horton
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1972, 1973
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Air Movements
What was your rank at the time? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Friend
Where do you live now?: N
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! It,s good too see some good photos of the old place the way
things are going all these overseas tours will be nothing more than a memory soon .By the way
the ties in the picture the one on the right is a "SAS Flt marine bar tie" all in all a good site . Back up

What is your name? P J (Josh) Harrison
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1972, 1973
Were you...: RAF
In what section? ATC
What was your rank at the time? Flying Officer
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Definately considering it!
How did you find this site?: Been here before
Where do you live now?: N.E
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! I was Editor GIP, Oi/c Radio Gan, Member Sub-Aqua Club.
Had a great time but missed my nookie!! Back up


1973
What is your name? Tony Mitchell
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1973, 1974
Were you...: RAF
In what section? 6SU, Commcen, Flightwatch
What was your rank at the time? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Where do you live now?: S. UK Island
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! Many memories. Seeing these pages and all the photos. Many
hours spent swimming, snorkeling, bubblying, riding the bike around the island. RUNNING
AROUND THE ISLAND. Playing volleyball outside the block, playing rugby. Hours spent by
the fence of the Blue Lagoon gazing longingly at the women staging through. Getting absolutely
legless. Curries and the open air cinema. Astra cinema and shouts of 'Siggy, Siggy, Siggy,
Wank, wank, wank' etc. Not forgetting the 'Spanner wankers' of course. The easter time dhoni race
and the bike race down the main runway on Christmas day 1973 - the Fire section had an unfair
advantage, they had a fire engine half way down, hosing everyone else down. Some of the guys
and locals caught a blue marlin, I took a photo of it and it went in the RAF News.
I also enjoyed trips in 1125 MCU craft when I did some 'WOPing' on the 'Dr Knox' tests. Also met
a lot of the lads from CCS from 1970/1971. Where are you all now???
Oh, mustn't forget the mug of tea and the toast in the afternoons. LUXURY.
Anyone remember the Gan - Willingilli railroad ;-) Back up

What is your name? Clive Schofield Clive Schofield
When were you on RAF Gan? 1971 & 1973
In what section? 11 RFP
What was your rank? SAC
Comment/slag off at will! Hi to all who "hacked it" with me and Ging Campbell and Trevor Ball.
Great memories. I still owe Dave Salisbury 5 bob! plus interest !!!!!
Hi again to all who finished behind me in the Gan Island TT in 1971.Back up

What is your name? Nick Price
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!) 1973
In what section? supply ( SCAF )
What was your rank? Corporal
How did you find this site? : Link from another site
Comment or slag off at will! A great chance for the wife to be unfaithful ( which she did ) turned out
to be a favour. I enjoyed my tour very much. I became chief projectionist, remember those naughty
bits we used to show. by the time we doctored the over 18 films, they became PG. Remember the
pop manufactured on the Island it was delicious. Oct 73 there were 25 entries in the Gan Island Dhoni
Race I was the Cox and Supply came in a decent 8th place.Anyone remember the only lady on the
Island a nurse, she was in attendance holding the red cross flag ?
yes it was a unique place for which I have many fond memories. Back up

What is your name? Len Moore
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!) 65-66 73-74
In what section? SASF
What was your rank? Cpl - Ch/Tec
How did you find this site? : Friend
Comment/ Slag off at will! Where have all the SASF Gannets gone, it seems there are only Siggies left
Its nice to look back and remember the good times, there must have been some bad ones, but I think
Tiger erased them.
To think you can have a seven day holiday there for about a thousand quid ! I did 12 months
plus another 9 for nothing, HM paid for my holiday. God bless her. Good site Alistair Back up

What is your name? LLEW BRIDGNELL
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1973
Were you...: RAF
In what section? SIGGIES
What was your rank at the time? S.A.C.
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Friend
Where do you live now?: S.E
Comment/Slag off at will! WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM OLD FRIENDS FROM
GAN /SINGAPORE OR GENERALLY RAF BUDDIES INCLUDING WILLIE DUNLOP
AS I CANT GET IN TOUCH WITH HIS E-MAIL ADD LLEW Back up

What is your name? Eric Hibbett
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1973, 1974
Were you...: Met Office
In what section? Technical
What was your rank at the time? Civvy
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I`ve been
How did you find this site?: Friend
Where do you live now?: S.E
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! Very good memories. Went back in 1992 to fix a small
wind-finding radar, Met Office still the Met Office - stayed in Ocean reef club (old Sergeants
Mess - room had showers `grafted on' slope on floor meant water went into room rather than
down plug!) A lot of the island reverted to `jungle' - Fazil Road quite overgrown - old Radio Sonde
area difficult to find so overgrown (it was next to Dog Section). Remember good relations with
MT - once got the JU upto 65 on the M1! Gozomies, orange & lemonade from Golf Club bar whilst
working on weather radar, `pink' milk & pasties. Astra cinema, cries at start of programme (Siggy
Siggy, Spot the Dog, MCU W--k! lights dimming if female (AQMs) in audience - lots, lots more!!
A real `for life' memory place. Back up

What is your name? Alex Scott
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1973, 1975, Staged through occasionally
Were you...: RAF
In what section? COMMCEN
What was your rank at the time? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Where do you live now?: N.E
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! I passed through GAN at night en-route to Tengah. Ive been
told that was the best time to see it. I think I would have liked it. Back up

What is your name? vincent osborne
When did you go to RAF Gan?: 1973, 1974, 1975
Were you....: RAF
In what section? commcen
What was your rank on RAF Gan? sac
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would like to go
How did you find this site?: Link from another site
Comment/slag off at will! I am writing a book /play (?) about R.A.F Gan and would love to hear
from anyone who served there during the late 60s - 70s . Any funny stories any copies of
Gan News, the slang that was used at the time also any photos. I also would like to know did
anyone have sex on Gan? love to hear from you too,any info sent will be treated as secret &
confidential . Cheers!!! Back up

What is your name? Harry Howick
When did you go to RAF Gan?: 1973
Were you...: RAF
In what section? In-Flight Catering
What was your rank on RAF Gan? Cpl
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would like to go
How did you find this site?: Accidentally!
Comment/slag off at will! Good Web page having !! How many shells did it cost ? ( 8 conches and
a couple of Gizzits!>Webmaster)
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What is your name? Bob Blackwell
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1973
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Visited the comcen 5days only
What was your rank at the time? Sergeant
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: No
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Where do you live now?: S.Africa
Comment/Slag off at will! I enjoyed my vist to Gan what I can remember that is. I came with a
Aussie CPO from Changi in Singapore. I served my unaccompanied in
Masirah in 1970. Gan would have been a lot nicer to serve. Love to hear from old RAF friends.
I have been living in South Africa since 1975 Back up

What is your name? Steve Smith
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1973, 1974
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Medical Centre: X-Ray
What was your rank at the time? Jnr Tech
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Friend
Where do you live now?: Australia
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! I wonder what happened to.....
Great times and lonely times for not having.
Best volleyball experience to be had. Back up

What is your name? Allan Brooke
When were you on RAF Gan? 73-74
In what section? Fire Section
What was your rank?
Comment/slag off at will! hi i am the son of allan, and trying to get any info on what it was like
on the island. my dad use to have his own show on gan radio. i also trying to find anyone who
was out there at the same time and might remember him. it is great a site and fantasic to see a
pic of the island, my dad always say how he had a great time out on the island.. Back up

What is your name? Llew Bridgnell / lou
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1973, Staged through occasionally
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Siggie/ Flight Watch/ Commcen
What was your rank at the time? S.A.C
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Definately considering it!
How did you find this site?: Friend
Where do you live now?: S.E
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! Yes I do beleive we only rember the good times like the
180 club where I use to come in through the window with my guitar in Sandy Diddy's bar,
the CSE shows when we all got pissed with Mike Harding in the marine bar,he fell off the
wall and broke his leg and did the next show in plaster.
the buff club, the civy mess and all my old mates that I knew.
remember this one=
"GAN GAN GLOROUS GAN
THERES NOTHING QUITE LIKE FOR GETTING A TAN
SO FOLLOW YOUR GRANNY DOWN TO THE TRANNY
FOR YOU'LL GET NO FANNY ON GLOROUS GAN". Back up


1974
What is your name? Colin Dawe
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1974, 1975
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Skynet,Hittadu
What was your rank at the time? J/T
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Where do you live now?: S
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! Eccentric way of life...easy posting ..if u kept yourself busy no
problems. Back up.

Your Name? : Ian Southward
Your rank on RAF Gan? : sac
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!) : 1974
In what section? :
Comments (Max 30ish words!) : PASSING THRU AS PART OF 38GP TCW ON
MY WAY TO SINGAPORE. CAME BACK IN EARLY 75 - AND NEARLY BROKE
MY NECK PLAYING RUGBY FOR RAFSUPU TENGAH (REMEMBER THAT?)
WHAT I REMEMBER OF IT IS THAT IT WAS HOT, AND IT WAS HOT!!!. Back up

Your Name?: Ian Cooper
When were you on RAF Gan?: Jan - Sep 1974
In what section?: Teleg/Commcen
Comments:: Interesting site - pleased that Gan is getting the recognition it deserves.
Although I have fond mememories from my time there, I still suffer recurring
nightmares where I am being carried "kicking & screaming" onto a Gan bound
VC10.
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Your Name?: Mike Wilks
Your rank on RAF Gan?: SAC
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!): 9/74 - 6/75
In what section?: Med Centre
Comments (Max 30ish words!): Whoa...just seen Mick (now Mike ...like me) Joss on
your guest book..we were almost roomates and I clearly remember M Joss as the only
serving fully paid up hippy in the RAF!!! He must be legit like me now...Mick get in
touch mate. Great effort keep it up
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Your Name?: Andy Souter
When were you on RAF Gan?: Jul 74 to Mar 75
In what section?: Ground Radio
Comments:: Great Site. I am working on some tales from my tour to pass to you.
Any Ground Radio ex-gannites send me an email. Andy 7-15 Souter
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What is your name? Andy Souter
When were you on RAF Gan? 1974 -1975
In what section? Ground Radio Flight
What was your rank? Cpl
Comment at will! I have great memories! Thanks to Alistair for the site. Keep up the good work.
Anyone remember me? I would welcome an email. I am still working for the MOD and radar.
Andy 7:15 Souter. Golf! Golf! Back up.

What is your name? Barrie (BAZ) Fretwell
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1974, 1975
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Ground Radio,5 unit workshop(NAILBENDER)
What was your rank at the time? Jnr Tech
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Where do you live now?: E
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! Great memories...Singing along to the ads at the astra cinema.
Flip Flop failure!Amstel beer and going straight to breakfast after an all night session.Oh and not to
forget a "dear john" from home. Back up.

What is your name? Gerry Brown
When were you on RAF Gan? Aug 74 - Apr 75
In what section? 6 SU terminal commcen (Flt watch)
What was your rank? Cpl
Comment/slag off at will! Great to click into the site. Al you have done a good job mate.
Trust you will use some of the pics I sent you eventually.
Where are all the siggies on this site, only seen Pete Sass from my era, where is Mick Young,
Ron Small, Tony Tony, Terry Tank, Lorri salvoni to name a few
for all you ex sigges...keep the QSO
Gerry Back up

What is your name? Bob Dixon
When were you on RAF Gan? 1969-70 and 1974
In what section? Duty visitor - see below
What was your rank? Flt Lt
Comment/slag off at will! Not a proper man 0'Gan but in 1969-1970 I was Cargo Officer in Changi.
After several trips to Gan to see friends, we set up a direct ordering service for Hi-Fi etc to save the
Gannites having to pay exhorbitant extra costs the NAAFI in Singapore had added for "Transport costs"
- Quite a cheek when their goods went via on our own truckie fleet! In 1974 I was OC blanket stacking
and fuels on a tour in Masirah and the powers that be in Cyprus decided that we could not visit Cyprus for
mid-term R&R. (They had a little trouble with the Turks) So we fixed up a trip to Gan. ostensibly to see
Gan's methods of ship-to-shore refuelling, but mainly for a week long vacation. Good old Gan. The
difference between Gan and Masirah was that Gan had everything and some people didn't use the facilities
they had whereas Masirah had nothing, but it was in use all the time! A great website about a special place.
Well done! Back up

What is your name? Frank Todd
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!) OCT 74 - MAR 76 ( Cruise to Cyprus )
In what section? Police Flight
What was your rank? Cpl
How did you find this site? : Friend
Comment/ Slag off at will! Great site.Lots of good memories. I went back in 1992.The Marine
Bar is still standing, all the chalk graffiti was still plainly legible on the rafters, this after 16 years!
Fairly easy to travel there, although you will probably stay on another atoll (the one I stayed on,
was at the top of the chain. Half of the staff on my holiday island were ex-Gan employees.They
recognised me immediately. Well off to the cinema, Siggie Siggie Siggie , you know the rest!
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What is your name? Stephen O'Connell (SOC)
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1974
Were you...: RAF
In what section? 1125 MCU
What was your rank at the time? J/T
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Where do you live now?: N
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! MCU!!!! WANK
Siggie, Siggie Siggie!!! Wank, Wank, Wank. Back up

What is your name? John Mulligan
Your e-mail address? (If you wish!) johnmulligan@netscapeonline.co.uk
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1974
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Comm center
What was your rank at the time? Sergeant
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Where do you live now?: S.Central
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! Nice to look back at old memories. Kouni
charge 800 per week to go there. Back up

What is your name? Greg Codling
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!) 1974- 1975
In what section? Hittadu Transmitters
What was your rank? Sgt.
How did you find this site? : Search engine
Comment/ Slag off at will! Would like to hear from any of the HERMITS who were on Hittadu
at that time.It seems a long time ago but I think we had some fun and would love to do it again.
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What is your name? Martin Chivers (known as 'Prof' then)
When were you on RAF Gan? Sept 1974 to Jul 1975
In what section? H F Systems
What was your rank? SAC
Comment/slag off at will! Hi Alistair - great site! Happy memories of the Gan days - I went there
to escape Lossie! Swimming, unforgettable sunsets, 10.00pm cocoa, shouts of 'Good old Fred!'
in the cinema. Did a bit for Radio Gan, helped decorate the winning billet bar at Xmas '74
(The Nailbenders), one of few people to have 'hacked the Atoll', remember the night we ate a moonie's
shiny new flip-flops in the Marine Bar - happy days, eh! I have slides and bits'n'bobs if of any help.
Keep up the good work. Back up

Your Name?: Gerry Brown
When were you on RAF Gan?: Jul 74 - Apr 75
In what section?: Commcen
Comments:: Great site Ali and looking forward to the new site when you go
on line with it. Any ex Radio Gan members from my time, remember me?....
GeeBee on RG in the big IO. Regards Gerry Back up

What is your name? Ken Graham
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1974, 1975
Were you...: RAF
In what section? MT
What was your rank at the time? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Definately considering it!
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Where do you live now?: S
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! Iwant my pushbike back who has got it?? I need it to go for
my posby tea or chase a Q around the Island tanker wankers rule okay. Back up.


1975
What is your name? Sid Searle
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1975
Were you...: RAF
In what section? On 4 days R & R from Masirah
What was your rank at the time? Jnr Tech
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Link from another site
Where do you live now?: E
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! Back up.

What is your name? Eddie Heywood
Your e-mail address? (If you wish!) 101513.2346@compuserve.com
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1975, 1976, Staged through frequently
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Henlow fitting/removal parties
What was your rank at the time? Chief/Tech
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Definately considering it!
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Where do you live now?: S.E
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! Although never posted to Gan I visited
many times to install equipment on Gan and Hittadu.
Have many memories of swimming, diving,fishing and of course the many bars dotted around the island.
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What is your name? Ron Ford
When were you on RAF Gan? Feb 1967-Feb 1968 and Sep 1975-Mar 1976
In what section? 6 SU Relay and Terminal Commcens
What was your rank? SAC and Cpl
Comment/slag off at will! Oh what wonderful memories on both occasions. My photographs and
slides bring it all back. It is now a holiday island and I have a home video of it, given to me by Nobby
Shipperly when he visited the island for one day only. Back up

What is your name? Bryan Salvage
When were you on RAF Gan? 1975
In what section? Commcen
What was your rank? Sgt
Comment/slag off at will! Was only there for about 3 months and managed to get home early
but still have quite a few good memories. Golf Golf Golf Back up

What is your name? Graham Brunton
When were you on RAF Gan? 1975-76
In what section? RAF Police Dog Section
What was your rank? Corporal
Comment/slag off at will! Great to see a web site on Gan, would be happy to contact anyone
who knows me.
Was there for close down and sailed to Cyprus with last Gannites. Remember well good drink
sessions, spot the dog and siggy siggy siggy at the cinema, football with Dennis o'Regan and
Nobby Shipperley, celebrating 2 New Years whilst on night shift. Abdullah Wahid our room boy
and Sgt Mo of Pakistani Auxilliary Police, Dhoni race and supporting blisters. Back up

What is your name? Dave Webber
When did you go to RAF Gan?: 1975
Were you....: RAF
In what section? Fire Section
What was your rank on RAF Gan? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would like to go
How did you find this site?: Friend
Comment/slag off at will! I enjoyed my 270 days on Gan. Where are
all the Firemen ( none in guest book ) There must be the odd one out there that
can work this E-Mail thingy. Keep up the good work Alistair. Back up

What is your name? Jim Wright
When did you go to RAF Gan?: 1975
Were you....: RAF
In what section? 6 SU, Flight watch etc.
What was your rank on RAF Gan? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would like to go
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Comment/slag off at will! I have a mix of good and bad memories of Gan, but would not have
missed it for anything. Got the last scheduled VC10 flight on 1st Jan '76 off the island.I would love
to go back to see what it is like today.
Drop me a line if you remember me. Back up

What is your name? WILLIAM GLOVER
When did you go to RAF Gan?: 1975
Were you....: RAF
In what section? CATERING
What was your rank on RAF Gan? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would like to go
How did you find this site?: Link from another site
Comment/slag off at will! THE BEER WAS GOOD , I HAD 9 GREAT MONTHS
WHER ARE ALL THE GAN CATS Back up

Your Name?: Dave Walker
Your rank on RAF Gan?: SAC
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!): 1975
In what section?: 6su flightwatch
Comments (Max 30ish words!): 6 months of great memories. Back up

What is your name? Steve Drewett
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1969, 1975
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Marine Craft
What was your rank at the time? SAC/CPL
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Friend
Where do you live now?: S
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! Great site, seems to be a shortage of webfeet though.
Considering our turnround times for tours I would have expected to see more of us.
Come on you boaties, get in touch. Back up

What is your name? Taff Small
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!) 1975
In what section? Siggie
What was your rank? SAC
How did you find this site? : Search engine
Comment/ Slag off at will! Good tour !! Is Mick young, Del Granger, Roy Clifford. Paddy
Mounsey et all still with us ?? Back up

What is your name? John McQuillan
When where you at RAF Gan?: 1975, 1976
Were you...: RAF
In what section? 6 SU (Systems Control)
What was your rank at the time? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would like to go
How did you find this site?: Friend
Comment/slag off at will! HAPPY HAPPY MEMORIES
ASTRA CINEMA (SIGGIE SIGGIE SIGGIE) UMBRELLAS UP WHEN IT RAINED AND
THE INVASION OF FROGS AFTER IT RAINED180 CLUB WHERE I SPENT MY 21st
BIRTHDAY SIGGIES WE WILL NEVER SEE THE LIKES OF AGAIN "NOBBY SHIPERLY,
REG HOWARTH (RIP) GERRY BROWN"
(GB ON RG IN THE BIG IO)TERRY TANK,
THE LIST IS ENDLESS Back up

Your Name?: Jim Brierley
When were you on RAF Gan?: 1975
In what section?: None
Comments:: Son of Sargeant Pete Brierley (RAF) on the way to Singapore for a 18
month tour. Pete did his 9 month stint in 1972 and still remembers everything as it
was yesterday! We'll get in contact soon, Ali. Well done! Back up

What is your name? John Macdonald
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1975
Were you...: RAF
In what section? 6SU
What was your rank at the time? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: No
How did you find this site?: Accidentally!
Where do you live now?: Scotland
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! You may remember me better as 'Johnny Christie' who was never
off the radio.In fact I got a poor assesment for being more into that than work. I never grew up and
can be heard daily at The Southern General in Glasgow. Hi Taff Small and others of 75. Back up

What is your name? Richard Harcourt
When did you go to RAF Gan?: 1975, 1976>
Were you....: RAF
In what section? 6 SU
What was your rank on RAF Gan? Sgt
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would like to go
How did you find this site?: Link from another site
Comment/slag off at will! Alistair,
Very nice to speak to you last night. There is so much to talk about. After we spoke I went into the
archives and retrieved the album of negatives and sat up till gone midnight looking through them.
I have just about every section in a section by section photo shoot, unfortunately they mainly have
no identification other than the likes of SAS, Police and Air Traffic which was taken in the tower.
I'll definately have to set up a large website and put them all on. I don't know if you have come across
the RAF Heraldry Trust. I have been watching this site with interest since it was first set up and have
been in touch with them on a number of occassions. The link is http://www.griffon.clara.net/rafh/heraldry.htm
I am interested in a number of badges, but today I have sponsored the Station Badge for RAF Station Gan.
It is one of the many badges that is awaiting sponsorship and to this end I was wondering if you could
add a link to your site and pass the info on to any others. Have you also thought of having a NEWS page
that snippets can be added to from time to time?
I'm going to add this info to the Guest book.
Regards and Best Wishes
Richard (Dick) Harcourt G7MUB Back up

What is your name? Richard (Dick) Harcourt
When did you go to RAF Gan?: 1975, 1976>
Were you....: RAF
In what section? 6SU and Station Photographer
What was your rank on RAF Gan? Sergeant
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would like to go
How did you find this site?: Link from another site
Comment/slag off at will! Hi Alistair
Thanks for a great site. Will be in touch further. To all who were there at the bitter end keep
watching I have all the photos I took during my stay including all the official ones that were
copied by the Air Historical Branch, who then very kindly returned the originals to me. Regards to
Bill Edwards et al. Back up.

What is your name? Alan Taylor
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1975
Were you...: Army Sigs
In what section? 602 Signal Troop
What was your rank at the time? Lcpl
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Definately considering it!
How did you find this site?: Link from another site
Where do you live now?: N.W
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! Pongo Power Rules Back up

What is your name? Mike Joss
When were you on RAF Gan? February - November 1975
In what section? Medical Centre
What was your rank? JT
Comment at will! A memorable place both professionally and socially. Back up

What is your name? Graham Williams
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1975
Were you...: RAF
In what section? air traffic control
What was your rank at the time? sac
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Definately considering it!
How did you find this site?: Media appeal
Where do you live now?: Wales
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! was there from may to dec 1975--still have vivid memories
of the football, diving and r and r in hong-kong-- Back up.

Your Name?: John Giles
Your rank on RAF Gan?: Sergeant
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!): 1975/76
In what section?: SAS Flight
Comments (Max 30ish words!): I was there when it closed down. There were some
real funny things happening that probably did'tn seem funny at the time. Back up

Your Name?: Mike Joss
Website?: http://www.island.net/~mjoss/ and http://www.abebooks.com/home/MJOSS/
When were you on RAF Gan?: February - November 1975
In what section?: Medical Centre
Comments:: I think that stuff they put in our coffee and tea is starting to work :-).
Great job Alistair, thanks for your efforts.
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What is your name? RICHARD (DICK) MAUGHAN
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1975
Were you...: RAF
In what section? TERMINAL COMMCEN B WATCH
What was your rank at the time? CPL
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Maybe if I was really masochistic!
How did you find this site?: Link from another site
Where do you live now?: E
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! EXCELLENT SITE ALONG WITH OTHER
GAN SITE Back up.

What is your name? John McQuillan
When where you at RAF Gan?: 1975, 1976
Were you...: RAF
In what section? 6 SU (Systems Control)
What was your rank at the time? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would like to go
How did you find this site?: Friend
Comment/slag off at will! HAPPY HAPPY MEMORIES
ASTRA CINEMA (SIGGIE SIGGIE SIGGIE) UMBRELLAS UP WHEN IT RAINED AND
THE INVASION OF FROGS AFTER IT RAINED180 CLUB WHERE I SPENT MY 21st
BIRTHDAY SIGGIES WE WILL NEVER SEE THE LIKES OF AGAIN "NOBBY SHIPERLY,
REG HOWARTH (RIP) GERRY BROWN"
(GB ON RG IN THE BIG IO)TERRY TANK


Adduan / Maldivian

What is your name? Senn
When did you go to RAF Gan?: Staged through frequently
Were you....: None of these
In what section? none
What was your rank on RAF Gan? none
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes
How did you find this site?: Link from another site
Comment/slag off at will! well i am not any british.. inface I am on from Addu atoll.. and I use
to here stories about english people in GAN. Love the places you guys made there in GAN..
they still use that power house you know and that canon is stillt here :) now there is a brigde
constructed between GAN and feydhoo.. you guys made the first bridge.. the base is still that
one i think.. any way nice web page here :) Back up

What is your name? Farah D
When where you on RAF Gan?: Local Adduan?
Were you...: None of the above
In what section?
What was your rank at the time?
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I`ve been
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Where do you live now?: Maldives
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! An extremely interesting and thought-provoking website about
the British Forces at Gan! I enjoyed it very much. Back up

What is your name? Ahmed Zahir
When were you on RAF Gan? I never work there
In what section? -
What was your rank? -
Comment/slag off at will! I go to the gan island quite often, because I am from Hithadhoo.
When the RAF Gan was there I was a very little kid. My father and some of my uncles used to work
there. (I don't know where) According to them the beauty of the real RAF Gan is not there anymore.
But still there are some memories of RAF Gan is left and it is so nice for the people of our age to see
those places as a historical memory of our Atoll. Back up

Your Name?: Ahmed Nasih
Website?: www.bandos.com
When were you on RAF Gan?: 1976
In what section?: visitor
Comments:: I found your site very interesting with new updates. Thanks.Back up

What is your name? Mohamed Naseem
Your e-mail address? (If you wish!) mdnadeem@avasmail.com.mv
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1976
Were you...: RAF
In what section? DOE/PSA Power Station
What was your rank at the time? Power House Clerk / Planned Maint. Off.
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I`ve been
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Where do you live now?: Maldives
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! This site is very interesting and it is
very good. I was a soccer Ref with RAF
and it was very helpful. After the British withdrawal from Gan I had a chance to officiate a zone
tournament in Hithadhoo. I had a written letter from the Atoll Chief to say that I have officiated in
all the matches fairly.
Thanks. Back up

What is your name? Mohamed Jinah
Your e-mail address? (If you wish!) jinaah@avasmail.com.mv
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1972
Were you...: RAF
In what section? power house
What was your rank at the time? engine driver
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Friend
Where do you live now?: Maldives
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! good to know of your this site.
It is very interesting. I would certainly get more information from those I have seen on the
pictures here. thanks. Back up

What is your name? Hassan N
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975
Were you...: Maldi worker
In what section? Photographic Section, SASF
What was your rank at the time? Trainee/Assistant Photographer
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Definately considering it!
How did you find this site?: Friend
Where do you live now?: Maldives
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! Before I saw Gan I heard Gan! Fighter Jets and various
kinds of Air Crafts landing and taking off regularly broke my sleep at night when I was a small child.
My first trip to Gan was to attend classes held at The Education Center for children. I was about 8
or 9years of age at that time.
Since then I began to visit Gan for some reason or other. I hanged around the Education Center most
of the time, and later found a job at Medical Center as a an assistant boy in the Treatment Room and
Drug Store(Pharmacy).
After few years I moved around from one job to another, untill I landed in Photographic Section of SASF,
Engineering Squadron Headquarters.
I was trained there as a Station Photographer by Cpl. Hildritch, Paul, Cpl. Brown, and Cpl. Brian
Lawrence.I learned to take Black & White and Colour photographs and process and print them within a
short notice.
At the sametime I attended to the GCE O,level classes held for Airmen at Education and Vocational
Training Center. I was studying Phyisics, Maths, Electricity and Electronics and Art. I got Cambrige
O'level Certificate in Maths only. I had no time to sit other exams before the British leave Gan.
I learned in Gan the value of dicipline and punctuality. The training had helped me to get an opportunity
to serve my government as a photographer to the President.
Now I am a pensioner, but am still working in photographic field. Back up

Your Name?: Ali Rafeeq
Website?: http://www.haveeru.com.mv
When were you on RAF Gan?: circa 1970 (as a civilian visitor)
In what section?:
Comments:: Hi Alistair I found your site interesting, especially the different
pictures! Congrats.
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What is your name? Ali Mahir
When were you on RAF Gan?
In what section?
What was your rank?
Comment/slag off at will! Hello! to all surfers.It's 'SILVER JUBILEE '. Yes. 25years
since British left Gan, Addu and Maldives. Some were happy. But not all. Those who cried on
29th March 1976 will cry even today. Just to celebrate and remember those days.I am proud to be an
Adduan and also to say that I am alive because of RAF Medical Team who worked in HOSPITAL.
I thank all those who worked at RAF Gan Hospital. Back up


Others

What is your name? Bob Morrison
When where you on RAF Gan?: Never
Were you...: Army
In what section?
What was your rank at the time?
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: No
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Where do you live now?: S.E
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! Interesting site. My only 'connection' with Gan was in 64
and was about to leave Christmas Island for the UK after 8 months on The Rock. Some clever
dick worked out a spoof Telex stating that my posting had been changed to RAF Gan. I had never
heard of the place, and when I found out I went ape!!. Fortunately I was told of the joke before
I went over the reef into shark-infested waters!. My friend has started a similar website which
Ganites might find interesting. Have a look at www.geocities.com/furkler/ and you will find that
you Ganites were not alone in your frustrations!.Best of luck. 23746571. Royal Engineers.
Back up.

Your Name?: David Martin
When were you on RAF Gan?: 1966
In what section?: NONE
Comments:: Just a son of WO Joseph B Martin MBE returning from Changi
on a RAF Transport Command Comet 4C. Gan fascinated me. Still does. Well done!!!
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What is your name? Peter `Chatty` Chatfield
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1969, 1970, Staged through occasionally
Were you...: Army
In what section? Petroleum
What was your rank at the time? Cpl
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I`ve been
How did you find this site?: Friend
Where do you live now?: S.E
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! Sadly I didn't get to see a lot. On both occassions it was dark.
A quick "sarnie" fill up and away.
I'm trying to get EX Grapples from Christmas Island to get involved in my new Web Site. If you fancy
getting your revenge on "Pongos" now's your chance.
Christmas Island Site Address. www.geocities.com/furkler
Give it a shot. Chatty. Back up.

What is your name? Richard A Wakeham
When where you on RAF Gan?: Never
Were you...: None of the above
In what section?
What was your rank at the time?
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: No
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Where do you live now?: Australia
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! Hi Alistair,
I came via your invitation via email. I have now bookmarked the Site which I have found
extremely interesting. Thank you for your invitation via "nicked" address book. I came to
the "other" site via yahoo royalwings group.
May I suggest you advise the royalwingers at royalwings@yahoogroups.com of this site.
There may be some in the group now or in the future who could assist with reminiscences.
Congratulations on this informative site,
Richard Back up

What is your name? GERALD GATTERBAUER
When where you on RAF Gan?: Never
Were you...: Civilan visitor
In what section? AIRPORT LNZ
What was your rank at the time? manager
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I`ve been
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Where do you live now?: Other
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! HELLO WEBMASTER,
YOUR WEBSITE IS REAL GOOD.I THINK THIS PAGE IS THE BEST SITE
I HAVE SEEN THIS ONE EVER.I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST AND MUCH SUCCESS!
ALL WEBMASTER!
Please writes you down on my TOP 100 AVIATION LIST!
BEST REGARDS
WINGS OF AIRCRAFT POWER Back up

What is your name? Michael Blackmore
When where you on RAF Gan?: Never (El Adem)
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Met
What was your rank at the time? sac
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: No
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Where do you live now?: Australia
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! Gan enjoyed similar status in the raf to the station I served 18
months of two years at, El Adem. People didn't live there....they staged through! Back up

What is your name? Les Colbert
When where you on RAF Gan?: Staged through once
Were you...: RAF
In what section?
What was your rank at the time?
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Accidentally!
Where do you live now?: Central
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! ta for good site. working in saudi so can holiday in gan soon! heard
so much about it from people who were there - i was still in training when it closed Back up

What is your name? Pusser Hills
When where you on RAF Gan?:
Were you...: Navy
In what section? Comms
What was your rank at the time? RO2(T)
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I`ve been
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Where do you live now?: Central
Comment/Slag off at will! Interesting website - visited Gan on HMS Bulwark and Juno. Thought
you may like to look at HMS Juno site at www.hms-juno.co.uk for jokes and even a pinup.
Yes I would visit Gan again if I could afford it. Back up

What is your name? Clive Brooks
When where you on RAF Gan?: Never
Were you...: RAF
In what section?
What was your rank at the time?
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I`ve been
How did you find this site?: Link from another site
Where do you live now?: S.E
Comment/Slag off at will! An interesting look at a place I never got to in my almost-30 years
service (1958 - 86). However, the site gave a good feel to what I had missed and the aircraft
pictures were certainly to be enjoyed. If you want to see what bit of the RAF I was mainly concerned
with then take a look at the Website I have put together "www.shineytwojag.co.uk". As they say,
"different strokes for different folks".
Best wishes - Clive Brooks Back up

What is your name? Dave Larrington
Your e-mail address? (If you wish!)
When where you on RAF Gan?: Staged through once
Were you...: None of these
In what section?
What was your rank at the time?
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Link from another site
Where do you live now?: S.E
Comment/Slag off at will! Passed through on the way back from Hong Kong in September 1974
(aged 10!). I never did get to see the place, as it was the middle of the night, but I recall drinking the
most revolting tea in the Universe while the VC10 was being refuelled. Back up

What is your name? Jeff Mays
When where you on RAF Gan?: Staged through frequently
Were you...: Navy
In what section? Many different ships and on my way East
What was your rank at the time? LRO
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Friend
Where do you live now?: W
Comment/Slag off at will! I never did work out why they closed the NAAFI when the Navy
was in - all I know is I never did get to buy a cheap bottle of spirits !!!
Happy memories of staging through on countless occasions and the Blue Lagoon.
And finally, whats this about frogs and the game of dots ? Jeff Mays.
HMS Tenby Association Back up

What is your name? Rudy Preus
When where you on RAF Gan?: Never
Were you...: Foreign Forces
In what section? RCAF
What was your rank at the time? Major
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: No
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Comment/slag off at will! I am a retired Canadian Air Force pilot. My hobby is Stained Glass
and my Three Dimensional Stained Glass Aircraft may be of interest to your guests. If anyone
wishes to view my work, please visit me at http://members.home.net/stellarimages Back up

What is your name? Phil Simpson
When did you go to RAF Gan?: Never
Were you...: RAF
In what section? Flight Watch (Episkopi)
What was your rank on RAF Gan? SAC
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: No
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Comment/slag off at will! I never went to Gan, but I talked to them often from
12 SU flightwatch quote "Gan Area, Gan Area, Gan Area this is Cyprus, Cyprus,
Cyprus - Radio Check, Over".Does anyone remember why it was called Gan Area ? Back up

What is your name? Brenda Redford (for David Goodchild, early 60`s)
When did you go to RAF Gan?: Never
Were you....: None of these
In what section?
What was your rank on RAF Gan?
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: No
How did you find this site?: Link from another site
Comment/slag off at will! I have never been to Gan, but.... My brother was stationed there in
the early 60's. Does anyone remember David Goodchild (23837719) Signals. Back up

What is your name? Nathalie Wong
When did you go to RAF Gan?: Staged through occasionally
Were you....: None of these
In what section?
What was your rank on RAF Gan?
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes
How did you find this site?: Link from another site
Comment/slag off at will! Hi - I have just started a brand new Aviation Site List and would like
to invite you to join if you are interested. Thank you. Back up

What is your name? Jason French
When were you posted/did you go to RAF Gan?: Never
Were you: RAF Regt
In what section?
What was your rank on RAF Gan?
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Select:
How did you find this site?: Friend
Comment/slag off at will! I have enjoyed my visits to your site. Though I never did serve in Gan I
feel as if I wished I had now. Good luck with your site and its much improved background. Most
of the pics are stunning and I like the graphics too. One thing puzzles me though. If you are not
ex-RAF, why RAF Gan? :-). BTW banner links are now on my site...main page and links page ...
.drop by and view..........Cheers. Jason Back up

What is your name? Rabbie Burns
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!) Yes On Roulement from Raf Tengah
In what section? RAF REGIMENT DEFENCE UNITS
What was your rank? SAC
How did you find this site? : Link from another site
Comment or slag off at will! I thoroughly enjoyed my times on Gan and was there
when HMS DAINTY (wot sort of name is THAT for a warship? Ed.) visited and at
several other occasions. Back up

What is your name? John Joyce
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!) Never[Thank God]I was at RAF Seletar
In what section? Marine/Craft
What was your rank? J/T
How did you find this site? : Link from another site
Comment or slag off at will! A lot of my mates served on Gan during the mid 50,s/60,s and at that
time the posting was considered almost as bad as Colchester,I understand that after the construction
of the camp was completed life improved.I do have contact with bods who served during this period
and will point them to this great site. Back up

What is your name? Mick (SPIDER) McGuinness
When were you on RAF Gan? Thank GOD never!
In what section?
What was your rank? SAC (with bar (NAAFI))
Comment/slag off at will! Was never on GAN, I did my purgatory at Masirah, but knew lotsa lads that
where sent there for thier sins, anybody recognise the handle, feel free to drop me an email. Back up

Your Name?: Brian McInnes
When were you on RAF Gan?: Never
In what section?:
Comments: 74/75 I got the other 9 Monther at the sharp end in Masirah Commcen.
Now know how the other half lived!! Back up

What is your name? Peter Sass
When were you on RAF Gan? n/a
In what section? Commcen/RAF Masirah
What was your rank?
Comment/slag off at will! Like another visitor did the sand tour in Masirah, however cannot forget
the faces of our first tour guys on a football visit to Gan. Not only was it green, but it rained as well,
and one could buy ice cream from a kiosk. My Ganite friends still insist on telling me it was a hard tour.
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Your Name? : John Reynolds
Your rank on RAF Gan? : SAC
When were you on RAF Gan? (If at all!) : July 94 - Feb 95 (??)
In what section? : MTSS
Comments (Max 30ish words!) : I was commadore of the Gan Island Sailing
Club and Station controller on Radio Gan during my visit. I have several arial
photos of the island taken from low altitude plus some of the usual sunsets over
the gap in my loft if you are interested. Back up

What is your name? Jim Love
Your e-mail address? (If you wish!) gisajl@ntlworld.com
When where you on RAF Gan?: Staged through once
Were you...: Army
In what section? 7 Parachute regt RHA(16 Para Bde)
What was your rank at the time? Gunner
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Not a snowball`s chance!
How did you find this site?: Link from another site
Where do you live now?: S
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! I remember getting pissed on Drambuie. %pence a double.
The Pilot of the vc10 telling us to put our boots on and to leave the aircrew alone or he wouldn't take off.
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What is your name? Ken Macleod
Your e-mail address? (If you wish!)
When where you on RAF Gan?: 1971, Staged through once
Were you...: Army
In what section? RMP
What was your rank at the time? Cpl
Have you been/would you go back for a holiday?: Yes I would love to go
How did you find this site?: Search engine
Where do you live now?: S.E
Comment/Suggest/Slag off at will! Staged for 36 hrs when the VC10 from Hong Kong went US!
Didn't take long for it to dawn on me why the WRVS lady wore the biggest smile I've ever
seen! - She was obviously happy with her lot! Back up.

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