A TRIBUTE TO GAN.
Gan Island Post 15th
This is an extract from an article received from Fit.
Lt. Hallums of R.A.F. Tengah, who visited Gan recently.
After a brief description of the Island, its location
and facilities, he went on to give his impressions
of its inhabitants.
"How about the inhabitants? From a distance the
brief shorted dusky population could be aborigines.
Not so, they are airmen doing their monastic stint
of twelve months. What are they like? A happy, talkative
tribe of exiles, revelling in the joys of duty free
living, addicts of fishing and snorkel swimming.
Here the old air force camaraderie is most noticeable.
Mutual assistance is general. Nothing is too much
trouble; working hours are dependant, for most, on
aircraft movements that are announced via a loudspeaker
system of such clarity that annoying repeats are unnecessary.
We met many. Some must be especially mentioned. Corporal
Mulberry, master coxswain, a qualified mariner
who captains the two High speed launches. He invited
us aboard one for a trip to Hittadu, the farthest
which houses a communications centre. He regretted
that the captain's cabin was unlicensed, but never
made us so welcome.
Corporal Paddy Hunt of the transport section last
seen at Tengah. He greeted us as old friends: and
could not do
enough for us.
Corporal Tan Twist. Signals, He is doing a difficult
job. W/T links galore keep him on his toes. No modern
automatic systems for him but wireless operating in
its original concept.
Corporal Jonass (?) is in the armament section. So
friendly, cooperative and so capable.
Warrant Officer Truelove, Air Radio Servicing, who
invited us to chat in his air-conditioned domain.
The N.A.A.F.I. manager whose house, the Bungalow,
we mistook for a bar, and were duly served.
To the Air Movements Officers who were so helpful;
The Transit Mess personnel who made us so
comfortable; The Officer and N.C.O's whose names we
did not catch; Chief Technician Blake and Flight
Lieutenant Hallums extend their thanks".
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