The Telegraphist’s Tale
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With nothing better to do while on night shift, I looked up RAFDET Salalah via Google and came across your website.
Not too sure if relevant for your website, but I, an RAF telegraphist, was posted to RAFDET Salalah at the end of 1975 and spent most of 1976 out there (9 months + extension). Hostilities were over by then but as the official end was only announced in September 1976, I was still awarded the GSM with Dhofar clasp.
My only “serious” dealings with the FST was when there was a call for blood donations over the radio (Radio 219) for my blood group. Several of us arrived at the FST, including an RAF Policeman (“Snowdrop”), built like a brick loo…..if you know what I mean. After donating we were given a can of beer (Amstell) and told to sit outside in the shade for 30 minutes or so “just in case”. The RAF copper reckoned he felt fine and decided not to follow the doctor’s orders, walked out into the sun and fell like a scalded hippo into the dust. When the dust settled the medics had more problems calming us down, crippled with laughter as we were than getting the copper back on his feet. He was never allowed to forget that day! As medic you will know what can happen when you donate blood and don’t allow the body to recover…..
One of my photos is of the RAF FST which I attach for your interest.
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Crozier, Simon Mr LN 5 SIG CMD [firstname.lastname@example.org.]