The Webmaster's Selection
One of the reasons, I have always felt glad to undertake the duty of webmaster of this website lies with my late father's connection and duty served within the Royal Air Force, Signals and Cyphers Division, and in which radio and electronics communications played a major part of his service career. In a similar way, my own career has perhaps been shaped by his experience. National service carried him to several international destinations and where he took many photographs using a 'Box Brownie' made by Kodak; many of a personal nature or else unrelated to the subject matter of this website. He was never officially rated as a pilot in the conventional sense but often steered Dakota's over Eastern Africa while the 'official' pilot slept during long journeys. Most photographs, carefully preserved in metal lightproof boxes, have survived in good shape despite the years, yet surprisingly, there are few regarding aircraft of the period. Most are obviously of a personal nature but there were a few taken at Eastleigh, Nairobi in the immediate post-war period. These are presented below without comment or description and following a degree of digital makeover using a modern computer. They are presented here simply to illustrate aeroplane designs of the period.
On a personal level and in the wake of his assignment in Kenya, I'm glad my father elected to reside at 21, Konig Strassa (King Street) in Bukeburg in Germany, rather than the only alternative he was offered. Had he chosen Christmas Island and where unforseen consequences of the the atomic bomb tests were completely unknown to medical science of that period, then my own life might have taken a very different turn. Jokingly, I might have been like that 'Ready Brek' kid in the advert and glowing in the dark! More seriously though, I'm happy to present these photographs because they represent a different time and experience. In closing, the sizes of some photographs may have been altered to suit page design requirements. Enjoy!