I apologise for intruding on your website. I am not a Gannite,
although I did serve in the RAF in the late 1950s /early 60s. I was
a dog-handler stationed at RAF Scampton.
One of my interests
now-a-days is building model vehicles and converting existing models
into RAF versions. I am currently building a metal model of a Reef
Rescue Alvis Stalwart, which I understand was in use on RAF Gan. I
wonder if anyone who served there has any recollection of this
unique vehicle (I believe there were two) or if any photographs of
I would be grateful for any assistance.
Hello to all past Gan Guys,
I'm trying to find anyone who was at
RAF Gan on 26 Feb 1966 and who remembers the Victor (XL513) landing
with a bomb bay fire. It was flying from Tengah back to the UK. I
was following in a Vulcan as reserve aircraft for the Victor's on
I've seen a photo on
the internet, somewhere in the past of the Crew Chief or other
standing outside the sorry looking aircraft. It was just as I had
seen it at the time after we in the Vulcan landed. Can Anyone,
possibly those in the Fire Section at Gan shed anymore light on this
incident and direct me to where I can find the elusive photo. I know
what we were told at Gan on that day and I also know what the MOD
said after I enquired many years later. Slight difference in stories
Anthony 'Tony' Wright
I saw a post from a David John Green looking for people he worked
with in Singapore. One name he mentioned was Jeapes who I believe is
my father. Do you have a way I can contact him?
Any one else
looking for a Jeapes?
Jayne Grace nee Jeapes
Hello there!! I'm praying you can help me, I'm trying to trace my
late fathers RAF history. He served all over the UK but was for a
while posted at RAF Gan. I remember as a small child him showing me
photographs etc, I believe it must have been late 60's early 70's.
His name was Brian Liddle. I believe he was a SGT and a technician.
I do somewhere have his service number on his death certificate and
just wondered if you could help at all?
I have just found your site by chance. I was based on Gan in 1957/58
while the main runway was being built by Costains Civil Engineering,
the only transport aircraft that could land were the Vickers
Valetta, and they used to land on a temporary crushed coral runway
across the island, they flew from RAF Negombo in Ceylon (as it was
then) I have a few photographs that I took from the air so that the
whole island can be seen with both runways visible, and some that I
took on the ground, we used to refuel the Valettas from 45gallon
drums, as their fuel range only just allowed them the single flight,
and there was a point of "no return" which once passed meant they
had to keep going, regardless of what the weather was like at either
end, I don't suppose that would be allowed these days !!!
I am now 74 years
old, so if anyone would like any copies of photographs or colour
slides please let me know, as I am sure that my inheritors will
throw all of this lot in the nearest skip when I am gone !
Enquiry/Memories Gail Darnley
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Hi, my name is Steve Frith, I'm trying to
trace my farther past service history.
his service no was 4002996 Cpl Harry frith
that was in Seletar Singapore.
However I do know he served in Gan in the
early 60’s as an aerial erector and helped
out on radio Gan, i have seen some old cine
pics of him.
I’m trying to find any pics of me dad from
Gan, but not having any success, wondering
if you can help me in any way.
On the flight home from Gan
we stopped somewhere in the Gulf before continuing on to Cyprus.
Can anyone confirm the location ?
need to understand that, for me, Gan was, if not the
end all of all things interesting, certainly a period in
my life that I enjoyed and wanted to repeat, but the
authorities were not on the same wavelength. I would
have gone back, but that was not to be.
person, I had come across previously, and arrived there
eventually, was this Corporal from the Signals Section,
Dave Goatley. Fine fellow, kind of chap you would boast
of knowing, but unfortunately, after I left, lost all
contact. I am taling ‘71/’72 time.
So that, if you
have any information, I would be most grateful.
Lindsay B. Louise
Phil, please pass to
I am trying to
establish when and where the British Loyalty was converted to from
Diesel/electric to steam driven – I dived the loyalty in 2004 and 5
and believe that I have photographic confirmation of a triple
expansion steam engine installed in the engine room.
If anybody can shed light on this I
would be very grateful.
01296622378 - Fax: 01296582347 - Mob: 07717221780]
Hi, I am database manager for Club
www.clublog.org/about.php and would appreciate any
information about any amateur (ham) radio operations from RAF
I am looking for call sign, dates of
operation, name of operator, and a scan of QSL card.
All help will be appreciated and
acknowledged in the Club Log entry for the relevant call sign.
Dear Friends, I am looking for a person who new anything
about the Lieutenant William Charles Abbot Meade RNVR. His rank
would have been amended to Captain on transfer to the Royal Air
Force. On 1st April 1918.
I understand Ronald V. Dodds
wrote under the heading “ Marooned in the Indian ocean. About him
and his trip on 21 April by Short seaplane. To search the area
between Male and Ari Atoll in the Maldives, where he hit sudden
storm and lost mother ship Raven II.
Please could you give any
info on my old mate David Mann served with him in
Germany as well as Gan. Thanks
Greetings, Like several other of your contributors I found your
web-site whilst looking for a “chuff chart”. I was at RAF Gan
initially in the communications centre and then attached to the MCU
and “Search and Rescue” . I was also there when the 1st
VC10 arrived., I remember us all sitting with our mugs of tea
waiting for it to miss the runway.
have a video of this and also a “burial at sea”
Does this give
anyone an idea of when I was there ???
looking for an old RAF pal whom I was with at Compton Bassett in
early 1960. His name is Tony Liptrot from the Wigan area. We were
both trainee teleprinter operators. At the end of our course Tony
was posted to RAF Gan and I went to RAF Valley, on Anglesey. We lost
touch at that time, but a few years later about 1970. I happened to
meet him in Blackpool, but we never exchanged addresses and lost
touch again. I wonder if he is still around.
John Bailey RAF no 5074027.
Any references to
(navigator) Brian Gee, CO (I think) of RAF Gan at sometime in the
late 60s-70s? He and I trained together at Winnipeg.
just wondered if anyone remembers my dad, Tony Robinson
who was in Gan for 9 months in, I think, 1973-4, as I
had just started school. He died in 2006 of cancer, but
he always talked about Gan and I wish he had known about
this website! I still have a treasured box of shells
from Gan, and can still smell the flowers he sent home
in his letters.
there, Came across your super website, this has got to be the place
to ask!Attached are a couple of photos of an item that I picked up
at a car boot recently. As you can see a decorative tray with a map
of Gan, measures 11" x 7" approx.
Well made, chunky polished aluminium surround, the base also appears
to be metal, nice printed detail etc. Judging from the style of it,
plus the Comet and what look to be a flight of Brit's passing by,
1950s / 60s vintage.
wondered if you have seen one of these before and can give me any
info as to it's history place of manufacture etc?
thanks in anticipation,
Chris Michell. Ryde, Isle of Wight.
Fascinating website for us former Gannites! I
served there in 1972/3 in Supply Squadron with the fuels
service. A lowly LAC 19 year old then. What I became
more synonymous with though was Radio Gan where I
presented several shows and a weekly blockbuster on
Sundays called "The Bobby Smith Show" I have some
tapes from that time and few photo's I must dig out.
remember few peoples names but if anyone knows the
whereabouts of Ian Pinder (Cpl) who worked on the
station also. I remember "Ian Mac" I think he went under
the name of and did a show. Also a met office
civilian "Hughie ........." a big gentle giant with
bushy beard - a great friend to me.
to make contact with any of them or anyone who remembers
them...One of my abiding memories is falling drunk into
the storm ditches late at night trying to find our
billets! Snorkelling and going beyond the reef.
Stone fish! Fish curries made with lots of freshly
caught colourful fish by locals! I assisted "Ken
Dodd" on his visit to entertain the troops and
interviewed him for Radio Gan.
Driving the jeep round the Island for something to do
late at night like a maniac during the nightshift at the
fuel supply squadron. Cockroaches crawling all over the
mess kitchen floor when you put the light on! Unloading
the fuel tankers with the 'floating' pipeline.
many memories. Would love to share with anyone. Email me
wishes to all Gannites.
Moonies everywhere, Do you know if the Siggies plan another reunion
in the near future. I'm an ex-Stn Sigs Teleprinter Op from 1969-70
name is Russell Ives alias Big Burl. I was at SWCC on A Watch
before I was posted to Gan and I got MOD Harrogate on return.
can let me know if there is anything planned. Reunion having !
I would like to add a photo of my Grandmother's brother
Colin Hall whom I would like to find out about. He used
to fly for the RAF from England to Kroonstad RSA
delivering spitfires and I have NO idea where to begin.
He was a younger brother so must have been born approx
How do I
do this and can you assist me? Please?
Chris & Karen
Hi, I am looking for
anyone who may have any recollections of my father, Eric Tunnicliffe,
who worked as a Civil Engineer on the construction of the runway at
Gan between 1956 and 1959. Sadly my father passed away last week and
I have only just found this site while I was doing some research on
his career. We do have some slides showing Gan in those days which I
will try to get scanned an and sent to you.
I have just found your GAN remembered site. I found to
my surprise I feature in some of the photos posted by Mike
Spencer. The three pictures of RAF GAN football teams I am the
goalkeeper Mike Holloway in all three. I was in Commcen during my
tour in 1970 and new Mike Spencer very well. I also feature in
several of the second batch of 59 that Mike posted. I have not been
in touch with Mike, so Mike if you read this message or anyone else
on the football team, station on section teams or anyone from
Commcen that remembers me, it would be great to get in touch.
I see an entry by Brian Spurway re the Dakota on Gan
in 1959. He is asking for photos. I have two on the site which he
could download, but I have a spare print of three of the Dakota's
ground crew and myself prior to me being taken up for a flight. I
could either send it or email it. Perhaps you will give him my email
address and he may wish to get in touch. Thanks. sorry, but my
computer will not let me contact you through the web site.
Hi there, My father worked for RAF in Gan
between 1960 – 1976. I am the youngest of the five
children of my family. During the 8th month
of pregnancy after I was conceived in 1972, my mother
had an unknown medical problem which resulted in
excessive bleeding and eventually she fell unconscious.
A team of about 10 men, all of them family relatives
including my maternal uncle, sailed off to Gan which is
about 8 miles away, on a rowboat from my island (Midu)
in the hope of seeing an RAF doctor.
My mother had stopped breathing almost
half way into the trip and the notables onboard thought
she had passed away and advised to sail back. My uncle
insisted that he would not go back unless the death was
confirmed by a doctor at the RAF hospital in Gan. The
trip continued and my mother was attended by a young
doctor, who successfully helped her to give birth to the
baby who is me. This was 16th of October
1972, Monday morning.
I would like to contact the doctor and
talk to him and if appropriate thank him. I know he is
Scottish. He went to Maldives on holiday in 1998 and met
my uncle (Adnan Mohamed Didi). I was in UK at that time
so, did not have the chance to see him. Also I know he
has a son who was born in the same year.
I wonder if he is still living. If I am
not wrong he is of the same age as my mother who is now
I am trying
to locate an old mate from the RAF.
He was known as Al Galloway
was an Armourer at RAF Marham 1968 -1974ish.
A Scottish guy full
name being Albert I think.
Any info greatly
Alan Myson 07887 744
remember reading somewhere that Waheed, the police
cleaner / room boy had a shop in Male. Does anyone have
any further info as I am visiting shortly and would love
to meet him again. I was Dog Strangler in Chief in 1970
and had a great time. John Rose was the boss for most of
my time and absolutely brilliant. No wonder he went on
to greater things.
there any chance you could let me have Malcolm Cox's e- mail address
please as he is an old mate of mine who I lost touch with in the
1980s I've left a reply to his message on the guest page but he
didn't leave his e mail address there.
Malcolm, could you pass your e-mail
address to Ron, I cannot find it.
Hi There, Wonderful to have found this
site 41 years after I was stationed there in 1969.
I have just read a posting from John Barter - do you have a contact
e-mail for him as I met him in a folk club in Singars while on a
junket from Gan in 1969, and then again at a folk club in Blackpool
while on leave from my Gan return and then found out that he was
posted to the same station as myself, namely RAF Leeming.
One of the Links you have on your site is to a site by
Ian Hunt, however my e-mails to him keep being returned.
On his site he has 2 photos for RAF Gan SASF.
the gentlemen in the photograph is my father.
His name was Richard "Duke" Earl and he was a sooty, in
both photographs he is stood below the white post to the
left of the photo. Whilst he was serving at RAF Gan I
was but 4yrs old and living in Cornwall as he had
previously been at RAF St Mawgan.
He finally retired from the RAF in 1999 at RAF
Lossiemouth and settled down in Elgin.Unfortunately he
passed away in 2002 at the age of 58.
If you have anyone knew him or possibly has any photos
it would be great to see them.
I worked on RAF . Gan from 1960 to 1976. After British pull
out from Gan I lost contact of all my friends.
I am wondering if any one can trace the following personnel
of M.P.B.W. (Civilian) who (as a team) played a vital roll
on maintenance of RAF. Gan and RAF Hithadhoo as well:
Mr. David Charles Bluff. ( wife is Margret) with two
MR. Daniel Hillon.
Hello, My father, Dr Stanley Goodman was the air
force doctor in Gan in 1957/8. Gan and the Maldives made
an enormous impression on him and all his life he talked
very fondly of his time spent there. Gan particularly
preoccupied his thoughts before he died in 1997. We have
a very interesting account he wrote of his time there
and, more importantly an enormous collection of
wonderful slides. Are you interested in them? How best
should we, his family, use your fantastic site to make
connections and hopefully find a good home / use for all
this memorabilia ?
look forward to hearing from you. Alison,
me re: info.. Phil]
best wishes and kind regards
Served as an Air
Traffic Controller at RAF Gan. Died in his hometown of Glasgow
in 1997 at Gart Naval Hospital. Unfortunately I don't have an
indication of his time in Gan but was most definitely between 1960 -
early 70's. If anybody remembers him or has any photos of him
it would be greatly appreciated.
Please contact me.
My husband, John Green,
served for a year on Gan from 1958-59.
He has told me that he saw
mention of a special
RAF Gan tie. Does this
exist? If so I would be very grateful if you could tell
me where to find one.
Does anyone remember
Corporal Peter (Jim) Burrow (Headingley, West Yorkshire), in
Gan during the '60s. Famous for doing a Jimmy Saville
impression on Radio Gan?
Keen to obtain
I was scanning the web for old expatriate friends (incl. ex-army and
RAF) this evening and I noticed a ‘Stewart Tideswell’ listed as
deceased on the Gan website. I would be interested to know if this
is the same person who also served in Saudi Arabia in the 70’s with
the Royal Saudi Air Force (we all worked for Lockheed, a contractor
to the RSAF).
I haven’t been
in contact with the said ST since I left Saudi, but having met his
family once, I would like my condolences passed on – if it is the
Hi, I have just been looking at your site and what a lot of great memories it
brought back. I recognised the names of Iain Harwood and Chas Jordan
from 1969/70 era.
My name is Russell
Ives "Big Burl" and I was an SAC in Station Siggies, played in goal
in our highly successful 5 a side football team. I also recognised
Bob Brown who was a WOP on Flt Watch on my shift I worked once or
twice with Iain Harwood. I was posted to Gan from SWCC at Rudloe
Manor where I was on "A" Watch, Sgt was Bill Feddon who flew out
with me, last seen at Muharraq as he went to Masirah or Sharjah.
It would be great
to hear from anyone from my time on Gan, it was a great posting.
"Big Burl" Ives
I notice on
your "Enquiries" page a message from a Hank Mobley who was asking if
anyone remembered a Bill Bailey of the Army Signals who was on Gan
in the early 60's.
I cannot email him
direct from the page so I wonder if you could forward this onto him.
I was on Gan in
1961 / 1962 and played in a Group called the Savages in the Gan
Christmas Show of 1962.
One member of the
group was a Bill Baily so I am sure it must be the same man.
I have a
photograph of the cast of that show so I would appreciate it if you
could pass this message on to Hank Mobley.
there, hopefully you may be able to help. An elderly friend of mine
who doesn't have a computer is hoping to track down an old friend of
hers from the late 60s/early 70s.
His name is
Derek Thornley and he was a Corporal at that time at Chivenor.
She thinks he was
then stationed at Gan in Jan 1972. If you do have the contact
details of former members I imagine you won't be able to give them
out due to privacy laws, but I hope I may be able to send you my
friend's details which you could then pass on to Mr Thornley.
My father who is recently deceased
told me that he was in Gan . I am not sure of the dates but he would
have been about 18 to 23 years old. It was possibly around about
1969 to 1975 his name is David Reid birth date 8 February 1949. I
have looked at your site quite a few times but have found nothing. I
was just wandering if you could verify that he was there. I have
been told that he was a radio communicator of some description. I
would be grateful if you have any information .
Miss J Reid (daughter)
Hello, in 1969, I flew on a
Britannia from Singapore bound for Masirah, the tail caught fire and
we had to land in Gan.
I wonder if anyone
remembers the incident, or has photographs of the aircraft, as I
remember, the tail was completely gutted.
Anyway we had a couple
great days there.
Hi, I am Ernie Rackham, and served On Gan Island back in 1957 -58, l
was in the Royal Signals Special Air Formation Troop, (Cable
jointer Lineman) I was just wondering if there are any of the lads
from that time still alive and kicking
I was on board HMS Laymoor in Gan
in 1960. We were there for three or four weeks mooring the Wave
Victor. Do any of your members have any photos of us while we were
Hello, my name is Philip Moore and I was detached to RAF Gan for two
months in Dec 1969 until Feb 1970. A fabulous experience working on
security with the RAFP. I have just found an old mate of mine
the name of Clive Pellet. Unable to contact him by clicking on his
If it’s possible for the powers that be to get him
me I would be grateful.
Hi, I came across the RAF Gan Remembered site while looking for
information on Wilingili and wonder if any of your readers can
help? Whilst sorting through some papers of my late mother in
law (no jokes please - I used to call her the 'outlaw' which is
a bit like an in-law but only wanted), I found a certificate
presented to her when she was an operating theatre sister on a
hospital ship in the Far East during the second world war. This
certificate granted her (and presumably the other crew members)
the freedom of Wilingili.
I know that the place is a tiny atoll near to Gan and this may
be a locally produced 'spoof' certificate. It is dated 19th May
1943 so I doubt if there is anyone out there who will remember
that day with any clarity but perhaps someone reading this can
shed a bit of light on this matter.
(ex Army but worked in an Air Despatch unit in the Far East
I was not at Gan. (only born 1954) However I sailed with a Wg Cdr
Chris Stone (retired) in 1973/1974 on an Elders and Fyffes ship
called the MOTAGUA. He returned as 2nd mate and I was 3rd
mate. He taught me a lot . We lost contact. I do not know whether
he is still live – if he is, he must be in his 90’s ? He used to
tell me of the things he did in Gan and what he and he ‘crew’ did.
He obtained his “masters ticket” before joining the RAF Marine
I don’t know
whether he is the same person but there can’t be that many Chris
Stone’s ex RAF about?
I would be
interested to know whether it is the same person and what happened
to him The photos certainly look like him ( but younger). I have one
photo of him on the Motagua taken in 1974.
Hope you can help
Hi... John (Chas) Owen left an enquiry looking for myself,
Hamish Littlejohn, and a few others.
Unfortunately he did not leave an email link. Any way you
can forward my email to him ?
I am sure that I served with Brian Raper (just looked at his photos
on this website). I served with him RAF Gan communication centre in
1960/61. I am sure he was the young ex boy entrant on my watch while
I was doing my National Service. I wonder if he remembers me as we
only met for a few months all those years ago. I have just found
your web site and I have found it very interesting. Brian was very
good at typing, and I am still no good and my wife is doing this for
Hi My name is Vince Bullen and I have been browsing the website and
come across a couple of pictures of my father Gerry Bullen, front
row 3rd from right (ex SGT ), alongside his mates at Gan Radio in
Not sure where he worked whilst he was on Gan [He
in 6 Signals Unit.. Webmaster]
but would love to hear from anyone who remembers him !
Vince Bullen ( currently Cpl in RAF at Lyneham )
Hi, I am looking for
firemen who were stationed on Gan in 1969 and 1970 for my father..
Paul Flannery.. Anyone who recognised the name please contact:-
Does anyone remember Flt Lt Thomas Murray? Tom served on RAF Gan
from 1969 to 1970 as an Educator. His previous posting was at RAF
Halton, teaching Aerodynamics. Please contact:-
I’d like to know if anyone remembers Bill Baillie (Army, Royal
Signals) who was on Gan for almost a year in the early 60's.
reminisces about his time on the island (especially the football)
and it would be great to hear from anyone who knew him at the time.
Hi, I served on RAF Gan 1966 -1967 in the MT Section.. Would like to
find and contact old mates..
Paul Hilton [nickname Ted]
My name is Ismail
Rasheed the youngest son of Mr. Reki Futha who employed in Her
Britannic Majesty's PSA/DOE at the island of RAF Gan from 3rd
April 1963 to 22nd April 1976 as a MT Driver (Heavy) and
his check No is 190.
I am written this because my father
passed away suddenly on the 10th day of December 1977 a
few months after your withdrawal and I was only15 months old None of
our family or my father's friends or anyone got any kind of picture
of him. I have tried my whole life to get a picture of him and so
far I couldn't get anything except his leaving certificate, issued
on 22nd January 1976.
Therefore I kindly request your good
self's to help me to find a picture of my father (who even couldn't
remember the face of his own father), or any other person who can
help me to get a picture of my father. From the words of my mother,
my father's ID card has been taken from a British man who worked in
the admin office. No one knows who he was!!!
I hope you will help me on this matter
and I am waiting for a quick replay from you.
Thank you in advance.
I have just
visited your site and noticed the name Keith Armitage who was
responsible for some of the photographs being present on your site.
Keith and I were posted to 6SU on Gan for almost the identical
period (May 74 – Jan 75), he being a proper Nailbender in the 5 Unit
Workshops and me the “Tame Shiney” in 6 SU Eng Co-ord. We were both
accommodated in the Nailbenders’ Barrack Block. Do you have his
email address? If you do, I would appreciate it if you could
forward this to him and then he can reply to me if he wishes. If
you do not have his email address could you reply and let me know?
Thanks for taking
the time to read this.
Malcolm “Eddy” Edmunds
I have been in contact with Robbie Cozens over the last couple of
years. Whilst we never actually never met, we have had lots of
people in common, Unfortunately, a severe crash following the rebuild
of my computer, means that I have lost my list of correspondents.
Now back on line, I would very much like to restart my link with
this gent. Googling for him has brought up your site, and very
nearly got me to forget all about Robbie, in my reading of the
extraordinary letters and notes on the various sites. Interesting,
because I was there 70/71, having arrived in a state of query and
having left, after 12 months trying to forget, I forget what,
My email addresses are
on Gan 66/67 in Catering flight and was a member of the Station
Rugby team during my time there .I am posting this photo of the team
and would like to hear from anyone who can put names to the faces on
am fourth from left on the back row and my name is John Sloan. If
anyone wants to contact me with this info or any other matter just e
mail me at
and I will respond. Click On Photo For
Thanks for your great web site. It is thanks
to your web site that I have been able to meet up with an old mate
after 40 years what a great time that was.
Best Regards. John Sloan, Adelaide SA
just found your RAF GAN website. My Father served in Gan, I
have a Pewter Mug Inscribed "Presented To Paddy Knox, From
Sgt's Mess, RAF GAN, Maldives, August 1960
appreciate hearing from anyone who knew my Father, Full Name
David John Knox, I believe he was a Sergeant Coxswain. Any
photos would be appreciated.
in the dark, really.
do you know of anyone who can remember a Mr. Lesley Kemp, who, I
think was the NAAFI manager on the Island during the 50s?
Tony Van Dort
Mystery postcard ?
Going through my Gan photo collection I came across a postcard with
an aerial shot of Gan from Villigili end. I remember finding it in a
book (crime novel) I purchased a few years ago from a charity shop.
It is addressed to a Sqn Ldr & Mrs. CD Andrewartha (A good Cornish
name) and was sent by a Babs and Derek, probably from Gan. They were
obviously travelling home from somewhere 4 hours East? of Gan and
their next stop was Nicosia and then to Lyneham. So, obviously RAF.
Anyone have any ideas? Would either couple like the card back as a
souvenir? Please e-mail
Frank Hugo if
looking for any information regarding RAF Chef Corp John Angus
(known as Ian) who toured in Gan during 1971. If you knew him or
have any photographs of his time in Gan I would be very interested
in contacting you. I am his son in law and I am doing this research
on behalf of his daughter and grandsons. Sadly Ian died in 1979 and
I never actually got to meet him so any leads would be appreciated.
Does anyone know the whereabouts or E-mail address of Keith Shale,
who used to work with me on my watch in 6SU comcen ("the madhouse"
) in 1973 - 74 ?
I am looking for any information on SAC Mick Ward,
Supply Flight on Gan April 1970 to April 1971. Can anyone
Hi came across your great web site of RAF Gan... My father (sadly
deceased in 2005), was on RAF Gan when they closed the island down.
He was a Cpl cook in the catering flight. His name was Stan Eddy but
allot of guys he was friendly with usually called him Taff Eddy as
he came from the Rhondda... The reason why I am sending this
e-mail to you is to see whether anyone on your web site can remember
my father, who was challenged by a young twenty something guy to a
race around the island as he did not believe that my father could
out run him. Of course my father won the race and the young guy had
egg on his face. Hope someone remembers my father.
Hi, Over the past 17 years I have spent quite a bit of time in Addu,
much of it on Gan, studying the reefs. It would be useful to know
when the main pier was put in. From the website I think I can narrow
it down to after 1958 and before ca. 1972. I wonder if anyone can
help me out on this?
Does anyone remember my brother
Cliff Jones who served on Gan in 1968 (Air Movements). A picture of
him is in Gerry Robinson’s photo gallery. It is the first photo
(entitled Air Movements). Cliff is on the front row, second from the
left. Sadly, Cliff died in May 1994 after battling cancer for 18
months. He was only 46. Before he passed away, he had 2 wishes:-
1. To fly with the Red Arrows!!!. Understandably, the MOD wouldn’t
allow this, but they did arrange for us to spend an unforgettable
day at RAF Scampton with the team.
2. To return to the Maldives. He went there in April 1994 on
holiday, despite being quite poorly and had a marvellous time.
would like to hear from anyone who remembers Cliff and who has
special memories of Gan 1968.
is a long shot, but
I have tried quite a
avenues. My last father was a chief engineer in the late 40s-early
60’s for a Liverpool shipping company called the British and
Continental Steamship Company.
Their last three steamers were sold to
Maldives and Indian owners, in the early mid sixties. They were
originally called the Ardetta, Bittern and Clangula.
One was renamed Ocean Princess, I
remember what the other two were renamed. I have photos of these
vessels in Uk waters, but have always wanted prints
of them in the Far east,
under new ownership. Can anyone help?
I was recently looking at your site and saw the pictures of Larry
(Geordie) Dodds, and Mick both of whom I had the pleasure to meet
when they came to Gan in early 2006. I would like to keep in touch
and was hoping you could provide some details to do that.
Myself and others
are here in Addu, managing the building of the new Shangri-La resort
and we were able to take them over to the Island to view the
progress. We enjoyed the stories and the company and look forwards
to the next time!
Director - Project Development
c/o Addu Investments
1st Floor, STO Aifaanu Building
Tel: (960) 332 1715
Fax:(960) 332 1722
anybody know the whereabouts of Yan Tumai. He was a Nurse on Gan
with me in 1971. We were both involved in the Vaccination program
that took place on Villingili. I still have his 'Gan Tie' which
was not available when he left the island. Putting him in touch
would be appreciated.
Just looked at some of your
photos the ones Colin Hall posted for Gan 73/74 I know some of the
people in them! can you please give me Colin's email!! please!! I
was in the catering section at this time! I remember Bronco Lane ,
Rodger Colby. John Lewis all Cpl's and Sgt Card.
Thanks, Stephen Hartley
I was having a drink the other evening with old Pal, not RAF, and
the subject of Gan cropped up. Does anyone remember the Transport
Command motto? I seem to recall it was Ferrio Ferando (or
something resembling that - in Latin) but the recognised translation
- for anyone trying to get an indulgence flight to either Singapore
or back to the UK was "F... off, we're full up!"
You seem to have a lot about the RAF and RAF personnel
stationed at Gan Island but you don’t have anything about the other
folks stationed there supporting the RAF. My father was a RTG in
the Royal Corp of Signals and was based at Gan Island in approx 1970
(sorry his memory isn’t so good nowadays so he can’t be exact….to
much time in the NAAFI bar I think). Was hoping there would be some
stories from that time about other such as the Royal Signals on your
Just thought I’d raise the point as these folks helped just as much
as the RAF folks stationed there.
Any ex Gan
Army 'types' out there ?, grateful for all contributions.. Phil
Hi my dad served on Gan 73/74 he is
called John Bennett he was a steward, did 9 months tour there, won
the tramps fancy-dress that year. Some people say he looks like
Clarke Gable. If anyone remembers him can they get in touch.
45 High Street
many thanks, Linda
My name is Ken
Graham I was on Gan Nov 74-Aug 75, I am looking for an Driver that
was there same time Cpl Andy Mckergan last heard of after Gan was at
Stanbridge then St Athan, I will send some photos have a few but got
to get into the loft.
Just looked at some
of your photos the ones Colin Hall posted for Gan 73/74. I know some
of the people in them! Can you please give me Colin's email!!
please!! I was in the catering section at this time! I remember
Bronco Lane , Rodger Colby. John Lewis all Corporals and Sgt Card.
Thanks Stephen Hartley
name is Les Spearman and I was stationed on Gan 1973-74. You have
some photographs taken by
(He's got the years wrong). I wonder if you by chance have an e-mail
address for him as I haven't seen him since 1974 and it would be
nice to contact him.
I would be too pleased to contact anyone who know
Sheikh Saadi of Gan Library (Feb 1970-Nov 1972),. I was also the
Production Manager of GIP. You can see my name on the last two issues
of GIP that is on the Gan Website. In the later issues of GIP I have
also written articles, and I was "Man of the Month" interviewed by Squadron
Leader Lambe, Education Officer, RAF Gan.
Sharafuddeen Saadi Sheikh
Hi, I've just
this minute discovered the Gan website, been put on to it by a
friend. I was a flight engineer on VC10's circa 1972/76 and always
enjoyed a stopover there. Yes, I know I had a different agenda to
the poor b******s that were stationed there!!! Looking through the
pics on the site, I saw Dave Graham on a photo, > 022 J Giles<, Does
anybody remember him, or know his whereabouts now? I'd love to get
in touch. This would have been probably 1975 or 76. Maybe someone
might even remember me, I used to take crates of fresh eggs out to
the Sgt's Mess, and quite often take home live coral fish that I'd
caught during my stopover !
I had the "Pleasure" of spending a year on Gan in 1962,
things then were very different but thoroughly enjoyable. It's nice
to see all the old stories from all that have been there, and even
better to see that it is still a thriving island.We had many a good
nite in the NAAFI or even better in the Beach Club where new comers
(moonies) were told that that was the only place on the island where
you could watch the telly. Having walked the length of the island
only to find it shut, they returned to the NAAFI and got laughed at,
(being polite there).Have so many happy memories of this place.
one last question, does anyone remember "Sweaty Betty" the only
white lady on the island, she was a star, but only for officers.
RAF GAN TROPHIES
I had a call on Saturday from a guy
called Des Taylor. He had seen my advert in the RAFA magazine 'Air
Mail' regarding day trips to Gan and he wanted to pass me some info
that may be of interest to us Gannites.He said that when RAF Gan
closed down, all the Mess trophies were shipped back to the UK and
they ended up adorning the walls of the RAFA Swindon branch. He
didn't know the reason why they were there, but thought that others
may be interested in their historical significance.
I don't if
this is known in the ex Gannite community, but a note on your web
page might be useful for anyone doing research and I'm sure the RAFA
wouldn't mind anyone popping to have a look, and a few beers!!!
In your gallery [B. Cleverly Photo Gallery,
Photo 0079] you have a
picture of a man sat on a bed writing a letter. I am almost certain
that its my Dad, Michael Kenny, Any chance you can confirm or deny
I'm pretty sure its him, he still sits like that and his hair is
still exactly the same!
Tony Kenny - Son of a Gannite.
From what I've heard, wish I was there myself!
Wondering if any of the RAF Catering Flight Gan1959/60/61 might be
Jim Currie Ex Sgt
RAF Catering Branch
I am trying to
research a Catalina or Sunderland wreck off Kelaa – I aim to be part
of an expedition to survey it next year – any ideas about what it
was. I am already in contact with the Catalina Association.
David B Ball
Tel & Fax:
I spent many
detachments to the Far East between 1965 and 1969 at RAF Gan ,
staging through our Avro Vulcan B2 bombers on their way to and from
Singapore and Malaysia . Many years later , I was serving with the
Sultan of Oman's Air Force at Salalah in Oman . Around 1976/1977 a
detachment of British Royal Engineers were sent from Salalah to Gan
to destroy the airfield and buildings and disable the entrances into
and out of the Addu Atoll so that the Russians could not use Gan as
a base in the Indian Ocean . We were never informed of their
progress on Gan , except that they were repatriated by sea by the
Royal Navy after their mission . I was until today on visiting your
site , under the impression that Gan had disappeared beneath the
waves so to speak forever . I know of many friends here in South
Africa who have visited the Maldives in recent years , ( many of
them ex-Gannites ) and have drawn a complete blank when enquiring
about Gan Island . Can anyone enlighten me as to what disablement
the detachment of Royal Engineers from Oman succeeded in doing in
I don't know if you
can help I served with the Royal Navy in Singapore circa 1965 and we
flew out from Lyneham one of our stops was Gan we flew on I think a
Bristol Britannic 4 prop plane but the pilot made a crash landing at
Gan no one was badly hurt and we all had a few days sunning
ourselves on the beach my question is do you or any of your
colleagues have any recollection or photo's of this accident if so I
would love to hear from you.
Thanks for your
I was in Gan from
71-72. I remember British Eagle Brits visiting on the odd
occasion. I can't remember if there were any Monarch Airways
flights passing through.
I would appreciate
it if anyone could tell me if this was so and secondly does anyone
have any photos of the same?
I used to know a Loadmaster ( WRAF type ) called Jane Conellan. I
know she married a steward in about 73/74 and may have moved to the
I heard she had started a business to do with antiques.
If anyone, especially from 10 Sqn knows of her whereabouts I would
Bill Lloyd, (now in his 70s) was in Gan 1970/71 - a civilian working
for MPBW/DOE. Anyone who remembers him please e mail me. Also
anyone who has any news of Tutu Didi from Hithadu who also worked on
Gan in the 70s, please let us know.
late grandfather was posted to RAF Gan in the 60's...unsure as to when
though, but he was there when Princess Alexandra visited, as the family
have a picture of him meeting her.
If anyone knew
him, please could you get in touch as I want to know more about him
while he was in the RAF.
His name was
Norman Francis Smith,
and he was a
navigator on the Comet at one time, if that helps!!!!
man Dave Cromb is trying to get a RAF Masirah website off the
ground, if any of you out there that have any photo's, anecdotes, trivia
etc., Dave would be very appreciative and glad to have them. So if you
have any, dig them out.
My Dad was at Gan in the early 70s. I guess he'd have been an LAC
at the time, and his name was Colin Harrison. Does anyone remember
him? If so, I would love to hear from them. Please feel free to
publish my email address and my "snail mail" address on the web
Many thanks, and with my very best wishes,
118 Court Road
Tel: - +44 (0)29 2039 4030
Mob: - +44 (0)7830 279547
Brian Raper..... Is trying to make
contact with ex-Gannites Bill Kelly and Marty Rope who were out on
Gan in 61/62 and worked in Commcen
e-mail Bill Kelly or
Bill Kelly [alternative]
was posted to Gan in the late 60's (68, I think).
He was Flt. Lt.
Alan Dennis Williams ("Willi"), and an admin officer/accountant. He
used to send me regular copies of the Gan newsletter, and I remember
he was interviewed briefly by Raymond Barret (BBC - Tomorrow's World
etc.) for a radio/TV programme.
anyone remember him? He died in 1998.
enough, he did a tour in Singapore (Changi) in the early sixties,
and we stropped off at Gan on the way back to the UK - to refuel one
of those new-fangled VC10 thingies.
I can still see it today -
and was able to visualise where he was on that
repatriated early due to illness, but was pleased 'cos he avoided
paying duty on his Seiko watch (which I have, and which still
Regards an article
Just would like to
know two things.
1.Do you remember
any one by the name Mr.Ahmed Didi of Meedhoo , Mr.Moosaa Anwar etc
who worked in the medical laboratory?
2. Do you have any
information about a ship called 'HMS Marloi'. The spelling may be
I am looking
forward to hear from you at your earliest convenience.
You may read more
at the following links
Just a quick enquiry on behalf of my father William Leonard
Halliwell, who was stationed on Gan / Hitaddu in the 1960-61
timeframe, I guess he was a Warrant Officer at the time, if anyone
knows him perhaps they could get in touch.
Chief Technology Officer
L-6815 Château de Betzdorf
Tel: + 352 710 725 614
Fax: + 352 710 725 9828
the right of this photograph is me. I was working at SASF that time.
I wonder if there is anyone who recognize me.
Also I am looking for Cpl Duffy, Cpl Brian Laurance, Cpl Hatchison,
Cpl Brown, and other Station Photographers who were working on Gan
time I worked there.
Best regards to you all,
Najmy & H Najmy
Tel: 960 783398
I was an air stewardess with British
Eagle and we had to call at Gan 1n 1966
to drop off some engine parts and had a very enjoyable couple of
Indeed a few weeks later I received 2 painted coconuts, which our
very strange especially as they were unwrapped and he had to carry
them up 3
flights of stairs to my London flat. Sent by Shaun.
I wondered if anyone remembered this fleeting visit. I found the
site as I
tried unsuccessfully to find Gan on a map.
I have been reading notes from Alex 'Tich' Carrie (10/3/4) in which
he mentions flying a Seleta 15/2/58. I am trying to find out more
about my late husband Harold John Phillipson who was involved in a
flying boat crash (Sunderland? I think in Singapore) for which as I
understand, had a petrol pontoon in its landing path. I believe my
husband also flew on Seletas. He was later awarded the BEM - as I
have always understood for rescuing his skipper.
Any assistance you may be able to give me would be most greatly
My husband was a very quiet person, and passed away 20 years ago -
my son in particular would like to know of any information that may
With kind regards, Elizabeth Phillipson.
If anyone wishes to contact me and catch upon the good laughs and
especially the football I don't know
if any of you remember me I was the ginger haired centre forward +
D.J on radio Gan. No wiser are you? well I would appreciate it if
anyone has a spare few minutes to contact me and if possible send
any old photographs of Gan or the football team at that time.
Any mates out there who worked in siggies Commcen between 1971-72 also any siggies who worked in
Singapore Changhi or Seletar?
Ken Borrett ex footballer looking for any contacts to put me in
touch with old pals.
As a passenger in Belfast XR 368 I remained overnight at Gan on 20
Dec 74 en route Woomera to Brize Norton. Could you please let me know
what were the navaids at Gan? NDB, VHF DF, GCA??
Best wishes for 2005
8 Donald St
Raymond Taylor..... Met Office 2.
I would be pleased to hear from anybody who can remember me. I
was the rather hairy bar officer of No2 Civilian Mess 1973 to 1976
John alias Chas Owen..... GRSF
1967-1968 Looking for Ken LeGarde or Hamish Littlejohn Timber Woods