Thanks for the memories John. Nostalgic pictures!
I transitted through several times as a Brittania passenger with a several days layover on one occasion (u/s 'plane) so was able to wander the site at that time (1961/62). Heard many tales from the permanent staff.
Did my time from 1963-64. Most of the trees had gone by then. I worked in the Commcen for the whole of my tour. It must have been reclad since you left as the whole of the left hand part of the bldg had no doors or windows.
Dont know how true this was, but story goes that the Ground Radio (Section) only had 3 personnel at Gan. The allotted posts were for a Warrant Officer, Cpl and an SAC, RHIP prevailed and the slots were filled by a Sqdn/Ldr, a Flt/Lt and a Warrant Officer!!
Last edited by cbrjock; 07-04-2010 at 11:51. Reason: PTE catching me out!
Which one had the radio?
The Flt/Lt; S/L and WO had loud voices!!
Well, the officers wouldn't have had a clue how to turn it on, the WO would've got it to work just by giving it a stern look.
There may, however, be a grain of truth in cbrjock's question. There was, in the early 60s, a permanent detachment on an island just off the capital of the Maldives, Male. I think that only three men were there on a rolling three-month tour, a telegraphist, a ground wireless fitter and a cook. This may be the origin of the question. As I remember, the Divvies kicked up a fuss one day and blocked the short runway. It was a bit of anti-British sentiment I think, we probably wouldn't let them play with our bat! The chaps on the island had to be taken off by the RN and taken back to Gan, never to return. Rumour had it at the time that they walked around all the time on their island with no clothes on.
Last edited by nimrod169; 12-04-2010 at 18:37.
Nimrod is quite correct. The HF transmittter station on Hittadu was totally self contained with its own mess etc. Personnel stationed there hardly ever came over to Gan island, and Gannites weren't allowed on Hittadu. HF recievers were in Systems Control on Gan island (see my pic No5). From the pic it seems that the ATC Rx's were also in that building, so not certain if they were serviced by station staff or commcen staff. Although a Ground Wireless mech myself, I was one of a number that got stuck with an On Line Cypher course, so I spent the whole tour stuck in the commcen, we even had to lock ourselfs in the room. There was one Telegraph fitter, one Tel mech and three Ground wireless mechs. Two on days the rest of on shift to cover 24/7.
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