225 Apprentice Entry RAF Halton
    
(4th November 1971 - 25th October 1973)        

 

 

 

 

 

 

            

 

 

 

 

 

 The 80 or so members of 225 Entry arrived at Halton on 4 November 1971 and were marched off (although it did not look much like marching at that stage!) the following morning to be attested into the RAF. Our motley crew consisted of three classes of Airframes, one of Armourers and one of Ground Electricians, but over the coming weeks and months we gelled into something far more military in appearance.  

After two years of study and hard work (and a certain amount of fun) most of us passed out on 25 October 1973 as 
Junior Technicians, although we did lose some along the way who unfortunately did not last the distance, or stumbled 
at a late stage and left as Senior Aircraftsmen. Of course we also gained a few from more senior entries as they were back-flighted for a variety of reasons.  

Despite the best intentions to keep in contact, postings and the years saw us dissipate around the RAF, and then start 
to drift out into civilian life.

However we did manage to get 26 of the entry together over the weekend of 5 - 6th November 2011 to mark the 40th Anniversary of joining up. It was a well-received event and I hope that we can all get together again in the future - there's the HAA Triennial in September 2016, and hopefully another to follow in 2019 before our 50th Anniversary in 2021.

The search continues for more members of the entry so if you were in the 225s at any time between November 1971 
and October 1973 then please get in touch with Dickie Bird - I hope to see you at the next Triennial, but at all costs make 
sure to keep November 2021 free!

 

 derek.bird876@gmail.com

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