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616 Gliding School-RAF Henlow,1974

Old 16th Mar 2020, 12:42
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Apparantly the Airfield manager stood down from his role, and the MOD are not replacing him.

Which means I guess that there is no one to run the airfield. The site was due to close down this year but this has now been deferred to 2023 according to the BBC.
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Old 11th Jul 2020, 18:46
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Originally Posted by GrandadGeorgeHuntley View Post
My Granddad, George Huntley MBE passed away aged 66 in 2000 after battling cancer. He was a wonderful man, fantastic granddad and is missed everyday. He always told me many fond memorys he had of gliding and teaching. If you do have any storys about my granddad i would love to hear them.

Unlce Tom (georges elder brother) is still alive and lives in bourmouth with his family.

Kirsty Hughes
Hello Kirsty,
My dad was a member of the 616 gliding school,
​​​​He's name is Doug Caswell, he was there when your grandad was the CO, I have a photo of your grandad and uncle sitting in a venture glider and if you would like I could send you a copy.
Andy Caswell.
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Old 7th Aug 2020, 23:49
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George Huntley / Doug Caswell

Well itís my third time of typing a message hopefully it will let me send it this time.

Thank you Andy I would love to see them. I have some photos too and the originals kept safe Iíll try and upload them here.

I was over Dunstable Downs today watching the gliders with my son and telling him all about grandad. He asked if he was a good glider and I said he was that good he got a medal from the queen. His little shocked face bless him. Itís been 20 years since grandad passed and I still get emotional.

I never got to go up in a glider with my grandad I was too young but some of my cousins did. Itís something I definitely want to do and Iím going to look into it.

I didnít know my Great Uncle Tom very well he lived up north with his family. I never knew he had a crash.

Thank you to whoever started this wonderful forum itís so lovely to read through and remember times gone by

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Old 7th Aug 2020, 23:54
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Re photos

It wonít let me post the photos I have thatís a shame I have some great ones.
please email me Andy at [email protected]
Thank you


Until you have a posting history you don't have access to private messaging and adding urls.
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Old 10th Aug 2020, 11:29
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Kirsty I think you need 10 posts to be able to post photos on PPRuNe ('jet blast' section posts do not count).
If you have any little anecdotes you could post them on here or just keep replying to any posts on this thread.

rgds LR - i am ex 613 gliding school RAF Halton and still an active glider pilot.
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Old 8th Sep 2020, 16:22
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Hello Kirsty,
I started this thread,way back in 2007, and I had no idea we would be posting on it,13 years later.
I had the greatest of pleasure to fly with your grandad George,and I can assure you he was the utmost gentleman .
Soft spoken and precise,and very kind,too.
Much mischief went on in the 70s and George was very good at turning a blind eye, when it was appropriate!

As with so many of my colleagues,I have just come to the abrupt end of a long career, but have no regrets.

616 Gliding School,RAF Henlow,and it’s ATC squadron,was the launchpad for me, back in 1972.

I have much to thank our instructors for...Grandad George,Doug,Peter,Alan,Ken,Roger et al...

Martin Germann.

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Old 12th Sep 2020, 20:51
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Having just seen this thread - how nice to see a photo of Stan Easton. I met him when he was towing at Aboyne - for all too short a time, sadly.
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Old 15th Oct 2021, 23:39
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Now I am sorry to tell you that Russ Way died in September.
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