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RAF Wattisham, Suffolk

Updated on November 4, 2019

RAF Wattisham, Suffolk, ATC and Ops.

The purpose of this page is to attract the attention of anyone who served at RAF Wattisham in Air Traffic Control or Operations during the 1960's. Ex-service personnel who were stationed at RAF Wattisham are creating a photographic memory bank and communal memory and messaging service to link all those who served at RAF Wattisham in Air Traffic Control or Flight Operations; the purpose being to preserve the memory of the station and the local environs at their time and your contribution to that memory bank is invited.

it is obvious that, over time, memories will fade, old comrades will be lost, either through re-location, poor communications, forgetfulness or death and therefore what happened will slowly be forgotten. This site will preserve their memories of a moment in time. The objective is to open and maintain new links and preserve existing links with people and memories of a very special time in their lives. We invite your participation in sending e-copies of your photo's and memories of RAF Wattisham in order to help preserve the historical snapshot of that time and to join in the e-conversation between people with a shared experience, your initial comments are welcomed at the bottom of the page. Text and photo's may also be sent to who will be pleased to include suitable material for you.

The remainder of this page provides further opportunities to explore related subjects.

(The header photograph is taken from the web, we will be pleased to receive the unknown authors permission to use it and acknowledge same)

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Some people we know, are you on the list? Let us know of others

Sgt. John Cullimore

Cpl's Jim Bordley, Chunky Underdown, Nobby Clarke, Jock Shepherd, Arthur Humphries, Don Maile, Ken Hookes

SAC's Bill Fisher, Jeff Jones, Colin Small, Austin Shiels, George Carter, Joe Coyle, Barney Blake, Gordon "Victor" Sylvester, Dave Ah Yong

Call on 01295 277686 if you can add names or help trace others, thank you.

Armed Services Discounts

Discounted fixed price for all serving and ex-service personnel showing I.D. for Psychotherapy and Counselling services.

This is to recognise, and to show support for, the outstanding work done by our armed services in impossible circumstances all over the world. Therapists are ex-services.

01295 812138

Are you in these pictures? - Do you have other pictures of the 1960's?

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DD, Jim Bordley, Joe CoyleJeff Jones, Bill Fisher, Colin Small, Austin Shiels, Nobby ClarkeTerry GriffinColin BallJohn Scoular at Runway Caravan
DD, Jim Bordley, Joe Coyle
DD, Jim Bordley, Joe Coyle
Jeff Jones, Bill Fisher, Colin Small, Austin Shiels, Nobby Clarke
Jeff Jones, Bill Fisher, Colin Small, Austin Shiels, Nobby Clarke
Terry Griffin
Terry Griffin
Colin Ball
Colin Ball
John Scoular at Runway Caravan
John Scoular at Runway Caravan

© 2010 David Dove

Add anything here that might help others to remember the time or to find others. - Leave e-mail address or tel no if call back required

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      7 years ago

      Hi: My father, John (Paddy) Malone, worked at RAF Wattisham. from about 1958 through 1965. He was an Air Traffic Controller. I believe his Rank was a Sergeant or Flight Sergeant. He eventually became Warrant Officer . We used to live on Beech Circus on the base. Our next door neighbor for a while was Flight Sergeant Hartley. My mother, Esther Malone, is still alive at 89 living in Hunstanton. Sadly my father passed away three years ago.. We all really enjoyed our times living at Wattisham. I went to school at Needham Market, then Ipswich College. I was his eldest son, my brother John and my sisters are still living in the UK. I'm living in Santa Barbara, California.

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      goo2eyes lm 

      9 years ago

      very nostalgic. glad you could share your private pictures. you are handsome.

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      9 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Terrific that you are trying to create a 'memory' page for those stationed at RAF Wattisham, Suffolk. In 1992 we took a tour called "Return to England" for the 50th Anniversary of the 8th & 9th Air Forces (U.S. -1942) in England. One of the places we visited was RAF Mildon Hall, which doesn't appear to be very far from RAF Wattisham. Memories from this brief tour will remain with me forever, as I'm sure the memories of those who actually were stationed at RAF Wattisham will remain with them. Good luck on your venture.

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      Virginia Allain 

      9 years ago from Central Florida

      How fun to see the vintage photos. I feel it is important to gather and preserve group memories like this. I hope you find some long-lost buddies from those times.

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      9 years ago from East Central Florida

      Hope this page helps you to find some of these folks!

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      9 years ago

      My first ever Airfix kit was an English Electric Lightening. My brother lives in Sudbury Suffolk. My Dad was stationed at Cranwell which of course is not in Suffolk!

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      9 years ago

      May many memories be preserved!

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      9 years ago

      very interesting, thank you

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      9 years ago

      Hope you hear from your old pals

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      sushilkin lm 

      9 years ago

      Nice lens ! Thanks for sharing


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