Still available to order, while stocks last, from The Friends of TEARS.
Silk Tie featuring the RAF El Adem Station Badge - £20-00 each.
Prices include postage & packing.
In first instance E-mail John Moir for instructions how to purchase.
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News and Comments
More news from Dave (Taff) Austin regarding the Beverley XR268 aircraft crash. We have received a number of photo's of the funerals of David Marshall and Frank Denby in Benghazi in 1963.
Dave Austin says that, sadly due to age, some of the pictures are of poor quality but in no way does that affect the importance of the occasion. He adds that it is ironic that the aircraft taking the bodies to Benghazi is again a Beverley and shown in one picture, parked on the pan alongside a Hastings - both of which type crashed within a short time at RAF El Adem.
The photo's can be found by clicking on Online Albums Link and then Dave Austin's album. There is also more regarding Beverley XR268 on the Main EDITORIAL Section and Archive 3
The Friends of TEARS are extremely grateful to David Williamson, nephew of David Marshall, for giving us permission to include the photographs.
Update on RAF El Adem (TEARS) Paviour Stone
With regards to news item of 10/10/2015, I requested an update from the National Arboretum about the RAF El Adem (Tears) Paviour Stone. Reply is shown below:-
Thank you for your enquiry.
All the relocated paviours were installed last year, and you should have been informed at that time, sorry if you were not. They are in a block between the chapel and the Amphitheatre, for anyone visiting please can they ask at reception for the exact location of your paviour, there are 6 rows A-F and the information should be able to indicate which row it is in.
I found your address on the TEARS website. I was at my mumís house over the weekend and she was throwing out some old photos, including the one shown here which she says was a photo of some of my dadís mates in Libya in the 1960s. She didnít know any of the details but I thought it worth showing you in case the faces rang a bell.
My dad (Harold David Jones, known as Dave) was stationed at RAF El Adem in 1963 and for a few years after that, having been posted there from (I think) RAF Coningsby. He died a couple of years ago so I canít check the details. He worked in El Adem in some sort of supply capacity (his military career was all logistics) and in some way connected to a maintenance unit there. He used to send ammunition to Sharjah amongst other places, and I know he spent time in Tobruk and Steamer Point.
He actually met some TEARS people in the mid-90s at a WW2 recreation event at Kentwell Hall in Suffolk, and although he got chatting and seemed to be someone theyíd been hoping to track down, he let the connection drop and never got in touch again. Thatís mainly why I thought Iíd like to put the photo your way, as I thought at the time he would have got a lot out of being in touch. Contact me at : email:email@example.com
"Hi. Jim never forget merry also Hi Yesterday I have went to commonwealth cemetery Acroma met with Mohammed Ehinsh he pass great wishes to you all friend and told him about my trip in UK ask me all friends me and he hope visit Tobrouk ASAP"
The above message received on Armed Forces Day, 25/06/16, from our old friend Lt. Col. Mousa Saad Mohamed of Tobruk Police with Mr Mohamed Hanish guardian of the Commonwealth War Graves in the Acroma / Knightsbridge and Tobruk Area. Mousa is referring to his attendance at the final Reunion of TEARS in June 2014.
Clearly on Armed Forces Days 'Our boys' lie in safe hands. Mohamed Hanish is pictured in Michael Palin's book 'Sahara' when he also visited the CWG cemeteries in Libya.
ALL veterans who served in Libya will wish our Libyan Friends and their families PEACE and GOOD HEALTH especially as they celebrate Ramadan.
My husband Daniel Foley and myself Jennifer were stationed in El Adem from 68-69. Dan was a steward in the Sgtís Mess and we lived in Tobruk where our son Ian was born in 1968.
We were amongst the first families evacuated after the coup in 1969. Also I wonder if anyone could tell me the name of the church that stood in Church Square in Tobruk.
It would be lovely to be able to find some of the lads that we knew back then.
There is an update on Editorial page regarding an article from Ted Marston on Wing Com. Craven. Archive 5.
Many of you will have seen, read or heard of the death of Peter Donaldson on 02 November 2015, at the age of 70. Listeners to BBC Radio 4 will have heard his voice reading the News over many years. Peter contacted The Friends of TEARS in the very early days of the association back in October 1992. He was very interested to read of our search for those who were involved with The El Adem Radio Service (TEARS). He had been aware of TEARS during his time as an announcer/presenter with the British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) at Tobruk in the late 1960's. TEARS had a close relationship with the Tobruk professionals during that time and on occasions swapped presenters. In addition to Peter, around half a dozen former BFBS Tobruk people have contacted us over the years including Alan Clough, Stephen Withers, Tony Fawcett and Kay Donnelly. Stephen and Tony attended the first Friends of TEARS Reunion at Northampton back in 1993.
THE BREND HOTELS GROUP - THE AA HOTEL GROUP OF THE YEAR 2015-2016
I received dozens of letters and messages, following our last Reunion in June 2014, in praise of the service, food and other facilities provided by our hosts at The Barnstaple Hotel
which is part of the Brend Hotel Group. So it may come as no surprise to you that the Group has been awarded the AA Hotel Group of the Year 2015-2016. The Group's HQ
is based here in Barnstaple and has 11 hotels located across Devon and Cornwall all of which are 3 or 4 Star rated. This prestigious AA award was presented recently
at a ceremony held at London's Grosvenor House Hotel hosted by television presenter Fiona Bruce.
Not a bad choice for our final big event - even if I say so myself !
For the information of anyone planning a visit to the National Arboretum please note that the El Adem Paviour stone may have been temporally lifted along with many others due to improvement work to be carried out to the Visitor Centre. There are no specific dates given for start or finish of this work. It may be wise to telephone the Arboretum prior to your visit if you specifically want to see the El Adem Paviour stone. Phone. 01283245100 Email:- firstname.lastname@example.org
NEWS UP-DATE from Dave (Taff) Austin
Regarding Beverley XB268 article in Editorial Section
e-mail from Brian Goulden, Botswana
Thanks for getting in touch. Let me say at the outset, "Thanks to you and you colleagues for honouring my Uncle Frank". It really isn't possible to express how grateful I am that someone remembered him and David Marshall 50 years after their death. It is a testament to the spirit of the Royal Air Force that, so long after the event, you and your colleagues paid your respects. Please tell your colleagues that you are all forever in my debt. Frank had a wife but no other relatives except myself as his in-laws (my grandparents) and his sister-in-law (my mother) had all passed away. My father was chronically sick; so for me, he was quite a big figure in my life.
You say you have never forgotten the night of the crash and I can understand that; I have faced some traumatic events working alongside others and the experience has bonded us together such that, even though we live thousands of miles apart, we still keep in touch and, when we get the rare chance to meet, it is as if we met only the day before.
I am still uncertain exactly when I will be travelling but as soon as I know, I will get in touch and see what can be arranged.
I have only recently retired and had time to pursue the backgrounds of family members who have passed away but my motivation, apart from my personal curiosity, is that despite my advancing years, I am father to three-year old twin boys and I want them to know their history.
I am not sure exactly where Overton is but it sounds like the sort of place I could happily live. However, I live on the edge of the Kalahari Desert - which is fine sometimes but we miss the rain (I am from Manchester and my wife, although from Botswana, lived there for some time and relishes the cool, wet weather - strange but true!). It is just the end of winter and today is a very cool 19C and the first day for a while that I haven't worn a sweater - of course in Manchester, we'd be wearing shorts ! Again, thanks so much to you and your colleagues. Please also pass my regards to David Williamson - I am sure he feels grateful like me for your commemoration.
I will be in touch.
There is a new piece about Beverley XB268 on the Editorial page. Click here.
There is a piece by John Moir regarding the passing of Cilla Black, on Editorial page.
Worked in TEARS during my half tour 67/68. In charge
was an RAF policeman who I can only remember his first
name - Mick. We set up the next Twynham hut as a TEARS
Hi. Just happened to 'fall' onto this site. All those memories! All those faces! That's one thing that we have the RAF to thank, it was a family and lifestyle...not a job. I was at Episkopi 68-70 and my leisure time was occupied with my stint at the local Radio network, JFN. When you guys shut down, we managed to snaffle some of your gear. Don't worry, we looked after it and believe me, made good use of it.