92nd Entry news


The 92nd Entry joined the Royal Air Force in May 1959 as part of the N°1 Radio School at RAF Locking in Somerset, England. The three year intensive program of transforming teenagers into competent, adult members of the armed services engraved much more than a service number into the minds of those youngsters. Memories of our service and subsequent careers are kept alive during April reunions and friendships formed all those years ago still stand. Any help in tracing or providing news of those 92nd entry members that have not yet been contacted would really be appreciated. 

Please click here email link if you have any information, news or are indeed one of the 92nd yourself. 

 It’s a mad, mad world due to Covid and the usual 92nd reunion in April 2021 cannot be held this year.  We usually hold our reunion along with the RAFLAA reunion and AGM as that makes it two days and many of us know people in other entries. This year the RAFLAA cannot hold its usual AGM and reunion but does plan to have an AGM by Zoom so watch their website for details if you would like to participate.

 The chairman, Tiny Kuhle, has said that they hope to organise a ‘get-together’ in September.  If and when they do, the 92nd will receive an email outlining how you can join your old comrades in 2021.  I hope to organise a 92nd reunion around it depending on the dates. Failing that, hopefully, thinks will back to near normal in 2022.

 Chris (Tett) 

    60th anniversary reunion April 5 2019         Click for more pictures  


Locking Memorial

RAF Locking closed in 2000 and the RAFLAA has spent several years negotiating with authorities and builders to erect a Memorial to all the apprentices who passed through the gates.  Finally in June 2018 the Memorial was complete. It is sited just inside the entrance where the gate guardian aircraft used to be. On Wednesday 18th July 2018 the Memorial was dedicated. About 70 people attended including about 40 ex-apprentices.  
We met in what used to be the church, now a community hall, and were led to the memorial by a piper. An ex-apprentice minister led a short service with Tiny, Chairman of the RAFLAA, and Martin Palmer, President of the RAFLAA, speaking as well. The plinth had an RAF flag over it which was unveiled by Martin Palmer. 
The memorial states:
Locking Parklands was formerly the site of Royal Air Force Locking from 1939 to 2000.
No 1 Radio School was established here from 1950 to 1998 where over 5,750 apprentices were trained in the ground and air electronics trades from 1952 to 1976.

Once upon a time - in 1959

Keep up to date with details of the next reunion.

Farnborough Road & modern view of where our billets were.

                                    Roger Chivall's Documentary

The National Arboretum in Staffordshire is a year round centre of remembrance. It holds many tributes to our armed and other services and now has a monument to the Apprentices of RAF Locking. It was sponsored by the RAFLAA and unveiled at a service on Saturday 19th November attended by over 100 people including three from the 92nd.

The National Arboretum is a fascinating and moving place including an impressive monument with the names of nearly 50,000 servicemen and women who have died since the Second World War. It is well worth a visit.

These photos show a memorial sculpture, the RAFA monument and a few from the RAFLAA ceremony including our much more modest monument. The photo on this page shows the three 92nd who attended on behalf of the entry, Chris Lewis, Chris Tett and John Hall. To see more photos and/or a video, visit the RAFLAA website

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To celebrate 20 years of the RAFLAA a trip to Bletchley Park, home of the Code Breakers in World War II, was organized.
It was followed by a group meal at a local 
Hilton Hotel. The 92nd were represented by 
John Hall and Chris Tett.

           Remember when?                                


Breaking news

Paris was under attack from the Gilets Noirs - that's why I ran in disguise
Photo - Jean Sibille

The famous Brewer's Arms also home to my Matchless G9

John Hall undertook a dangerous mission on our behalf to discover the historical monument where Scrumpy is thought to have been discovered & drunk by the few for the many.

John Hall  -  Barwell Cup winner season 2018
Sweet revenge beating the 2017 holder

One careful owner - still runs

Can you hold successive trophies in your hands awarded 42 years apart?
1973 Swanton Morley Inter station 5-a-side cup winners - our team had a lucky goalkeeper. On the other hand, 3rd place in the 2015 Philadelphia half marathon old codgers division. You might find Alan Marshall in the Guinness book of records one day.
If not, try the Foster's book.

There are still some of us out there..

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