Valley Team Diary 1953-54

0045HrsExercise August Grant  31/7/53  4/8/53

1800Hrs   Left Valley with three trucks and fifteen men.

1930Hrs   Arrived at Gwern y gaf lachaf  map reference sheet107/674 605 and after obtaining permission to camp base camp was set up.

2230Hrs   Informed by Ogwen Cottage to report to the Llanberis Police as there had been a aircraft crash on Snowdon on arrival at the Snowdon railway station I made investigations and found that a party of firemen and Sgt Williams of the Llanberis police were on the summit.

2300Hrs    I phoned Valley central and they had received the message from the Carnarvon fire service that persons unknown had informed them of a plane crash in the Snowdon valley then informed me there was no aircraft missing service or civilian.

2359Hrs    When the police returned from the summit of Snowdon it appeared that an explosion had been heard by people camping in the Llanberis pass, I stood the team down and returned to the area where we were camping.

0800Hrs Saturday    Breakfast  afterwards took parties sent them out searching likely  ???? on Snowdon Crib Goch Crib y Ddysgl  while myself and Sgt Williams searched an area around Glaslyn,

1330Hrs    On returning to base camp at 13.30 I called at the Pen Y Gwryd to see Mr Briggs re equipment but Mrs Briggs informed me that he had gone to the scene of a climbing accident on

Lliwedd

1400 Hrs    The three ton QL had just arrived and I told Cpl Bluer and LAC Brereton to proceed with the Land rover ambulance to the scene where it’s a narrow  track from the Pen Y Gwyrd to Lliwedd the pig (PYG) track. I then returned two base Camp to collect men who had returned from other exercises. In the mean time the parties who were out searching had proceeded to Lliwedd and were helping to bring the stretcher down to the land rover ambulance.

1410Hrs   Mr Briggs informed me that a civilian ambulance was due to arrive at the Pen Y Gwrid and on arrival the lady was transfer to this ambulance corporal Bluer  accompanied the lady to the police station at Caernarfon and the Landrover ambulance following. The dead climber Mr John Single ready mid shipman in her Majesty’s Royal Navy and Mr something were climbing yellow slab on Lliwedd.


53-55A0007

0900Hrs  Monday another fine day after breakfast one party and ATC went to the top of Tryfan while remainder of the Team went climbing  on the slabs at Idwal and a party remained at basecamp in case an emergency arose.

1000Hrs  I was requested by the Coroner to attend the court which commenced at Caernarvon.

1230Hrs  Returned to base camp a meal was being prepared for the returning parties. QC serviceable and sent out for a test run.

1630Hrs  All parties returned to the camp the ATC boys really were enjoying themselves and had a good day.

1730Hrs  QL returned to Valley to take back the duty fitter and two men who were required for duty Tuesday morning also petrol was required for the cookers and vehicles.

0320Hrs  Tuesday LAC ———— reported back to base camp asked him what was the cause of the delay he informed me that he had been involved in an accident and that it had been reported to both the civil and RAF police I informed the officer i/c Mountain Rescue Wednesday morning.

0900Hrs  Several of the team after breakfast went to the wreck of a Bristol Beaufighter across the Carnedds the ATC boys amused themselves in camp at tug of war I provided them with a rope they were not keen on going far as they had to pack up and prepare to return to Blaenau Ffestiniog.

1600Hrs  After a meal the ATC boys left and Flt Lt Jones thanked me for the good time that was given.

1700Hrs  Base camp was struck and the team returned to Valley arriving later in the evening.



MR log 53-55A0008

Exercise 8/8/53  9/8/53

1345Hrs  Saturday, left Valley with two trucks and twelve team members  most of the route was covered in mist from Bangor to Conway.

1630Hrs  Arrived at Nant near Trefriw and after receiving permission to use a suitable site made base camp. reported to the civil police at Trefriw and at Llanrwst of our exact position should we be required by RAF Station Valley. the W/T truck was unserviceable on Saturday so I sent it to MTRF for servicing. Air was seeping into the brake drum of the left hand side front wheel.

Sgt H Michael of Air traffic control came out with the team to see how we work.

1700Hrs  All members had a meal and afterwards discussed the exercise for Sunday.

The exercise was to search an area of the Carnedd mountains for an old wreck.

0900Hrs  Sunday weather warm low ground mist, breakfast eaten under the most trying conditions as midges appeared from everywhere.

0930Hrs

Party Able was taken by truck to Aber and commenced course :- Able Navigator  Cpl Jones,  Johnson,  James,  Redcliffe, Sgt Michael,  Scott

659 724 > 669 701 > 689 691 > 696 682 > 689 658 > 719 642 > 724 646 > 742 628 > 763 624

0900Hrs

Party Baker commenced course from Nant :-
Baker Navigator Maloney, Mathews, Warren, Russell, Hanskel.
763 624 > 718 608 > 718 623 > 698 631 > 684 643 > 674 651 > 688 658 > 689 691 > 669 701 > 659 724.Party Baker were picked up by the truck at 1830Hrs.

1930Hrs  All parties had arrived back at base camp and a hot meal was ready

2030Hrs Camp was struck and the team arrived back at Valley at 23 45 Hrs and hot food and tea was provided in the Airman’s mess.

REMARKS OF NCO I/C TEAM

The W/T truck will be serviceable Monday afternoon.  Sgt Michael of Air Traffic Control enjoyed the outing although he has sore feet and stiff joints and he is still keen on coming out again with the team. I told him he covered 14 miles over very rough country.

The team worked hard and everyone enjoyed the weekend.
Ward F/S
NCO i/c M.R.S
10/8/53

REMARKS OF OFFICER I/C TEAM
Pleased to have one more Senior Non Commissioned Officer interested in M.R.S. Perhapswe can frame(?) him as deputy to F/S Ward

OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING
No Comments.
Jennings Wg/Cd
13/8/53

Station Commander
Seen
13.8.53


Valley MR log 53-55 A0009

Exercise “Momentum”  14/8/53 15/8/53 16/8/53

1600Hrs  Friday left Valley with three trucks and twenty five team members.

1800Hrs  Arrived at Gwern y Gof Uchaf  and after receiving permission to camp base camp was set up. The weather was cloudy and showery, the team were again briefed on the whole of the exercise.

1800Hrs  Radio contact made with Valley and 19 Group Leuchars and Lyneham.

Reported to sub units Ogwen cottage, Pen Y Gwryd,  Llanberis Police and informed them of our camp site and of the importance of mountain rescue being informed of any accident aircraft or civilian

1830Hrs  Radio watch closed.

0800Hrs  Saturday   Raining hard low cloud very warm, breakfast tea cornflakes bacon eggs tomatoes  everyone in high spirits.

0800Hrs Z  Radio watch opened contacted Valley 19 Group every hour on the hour.  Leuchars, Kinloss, Aldergrove were also contacted reception very good indeed.

1000Hrs  Half the team were allowed to practice stretcher lowering on the slabs at Idwal, should this party be required immediately a system of signalling was established between Ogwen cottage and the party on the slabs, the signal two greens fired from a very pistol the rest of the team were at immediate readiness at base camp.

1800Hrs  A hot meal was enjoyed by everyone, tinned steak potatoes peas carrots sweet gooseberry tinned milk tea.

2000Hrs  Supper tinned sausage tomatoes tea.

0800hrs  Radio watch closed.

0800Hrs  Sunday Radio watch opened contacted Valley 19 Group every hour on the hour. Breakfast weather warm and sunny.

0830Hrs  First line obscured

while the rest of the team were at immediate readiness at base camp

1700Hrs  The party on Tryfan  returned and everyone had dinner

1700Hrs Z  Radio watch closed and base camp was struck.  The Team arriving at valley at 2030 Hrs

Remarks of NCO i/c Team

The Austin 1 ton 4×4 on loan to mountain rescue proved to be very satisfactory after undergoing very audacious tests. This vehicle would be most useful to carry two stretchers medical equipment also WT equipment. This would eliminate the cramped conditions experienced in the other vehicles.

It would give the space in two land rovers for carrying twelve team members including drivers.

Signed  FS Ward

NCO I/C MRT

Remarks of  Officer i/c Team

No comments

Officer Commanding Flying Wing

OC MRS

Please see that Wg Cdr Burleigh is kept informed on the trials carried out with the Austin 4×4. I will pass this log to him.


Valley MR Log 53 – 55 10

Exercise Momentum 21/8/53  22/8/53  22/8/53

1800Hrs  Friday  left Valley with 3 trucks and 24 team members.

1830Hrs  Arrived at Cwm Glas Mawr and after receiving permission to camp base camp was set up. The weather was very wet and quite a gale was blowing in the Llanberis pass.

1800Hrs Z  Radio contact was made with Valley 19 group also Leuchars

Reported to Llanberis police station and the Pen y Gwryd and informed them of our whereabouts.

1800Hrs Z  Radio contact closed

0830Hrs  Saturday raining hard and a gale blowing, breakfast  everyone in good spirits.

0800Hrs Z  Radio watch opened contacted Valley and 19 Group listening out on the hour.

0800Hrs  Five team members set out to complete the Snowden Horseshoe equipped with T46 set and pyrotechnics. Five team members went rock climbing on Dinas Cromlech. The rest of the team were at immediate readiness at base camp.

1730Hrs  All parties had returned to base camp where a hot meal was provided.

2100Hrs Z  Radio watch closed.

0800Hrs Z  Sunday radio watch opened. Contacted Valley and 19 Group.

0800Hrs  Breakfast weather wet and still windy.

0930Hrs  One party went climbing on the Glyders and another on the Snowden range the rest of the team standing by at immediate readiness.

1700Hrs  All parties had returned to base camp where a hot meal was provided.

1730Hrs Z  Cannot read.

Team arriving back at  Valley at 2030Hrs


Valley MR Log 53 – 55 -11

Exercise   29/8/53  –  30/8/53

1400Hrs  Saturday   Left Valley with three trucks and seventeen team members.

1600Hrs  Arrived at Betys ‘Y’ Coed and after obtaining permission to camp the camp was set up.
The weather was very wet and cloud down to ground level.

1730Hrs  Reported to the Snowdon ranger hostel and arranged a rescue demonstration to be carried out the following day on Clogwyn ‘Y’ Garreg.

1800Hrs  Radio watch opened Valley and 19 Group being contacted almost immediately.

1830Hrs  Briefing was held at the camp and demonstrations put on for the Snowdon rangers.

1900Hrs  Radio watch closed.

1930Hrs  Reported to Beddgelert police station and informed them of our whereabouts.

0800Hrs  Sunday;  breakfast weather fair preparation of equipment.

0900Hrs  Radio watch opened with Valley and 19 Group conditions good.

1030Hrs  Reported to Snowden Ranger hostel with fifteen team members gave lecture on organisation of mountain rescue .

FOLLOWS, FOR DEMONSTRATION PURPOSES ONLY, NOT AN ACTUAL INCIDENT.

 

1100Hrs  Informed by a civilian that there was a injured climber on  Clogwyn ‘Y’ Garreg two parties were dispatched the parties were made up of  M.R.S. members and Snowdon rangers both parties carried out a sweep search of the area and both parties carried a T46 set and pyrotechnics, base was at the hostel and here a third party waited with medical orderly Thomas stretcher and medical supplies.

1300Hrs  Received instructions that the injured climber had been found and could a party be dispatched —-  unable to read as clipped on photo.  

1330Hrs  Arrived at the scene of the accident and the casualty was treated for a broken leg and shock and then evacuated by Thomas stretcher down a steep piece of  rock 300ft down ropes were used and all precautions taken this was very well executed and the Snowdon rangers were very much impressed, on arrival at the road A.C. Mathews the medical gave a short talk on first aid etc and then the mountain rescue returned to base camp for a hot meal after being thanked for the demonstration by the Snowdon rangers.

1500Hrs  Radio watch closed

1600Hrs  Dinner

1630Hrs  Base camp was struck and the team returned to Valley.

18.30 Hrs Team arrived at Valley.

 Remarks of NCO i/c Team

The demonstration was a success and the Snowdon rangers thanked us for what we had done.

 Remarks of Officer I/C Team

A very successful and enjoyable demonstration.The teamwork was excellent on the part of MRS.

  Remarks of Officer Commanding Flying Wing
Please ensure that when a demonstration is given that the report clearly states that the “casualty” was for demonstration only as all incidents are recorded in the 540.

In future all DRO’s are to contain the names and sections of all MRS personnel required briefing to enable sections to make arrangements for and aware of the members absence from duty in Sections.

Station Commander :    Seen.


Valley MR Log  53 – 55 – 12

CALL OUT TO THE CARNEDDS   24  9  53

1600Hrs  The NCO  i/c of the Mountain Rescue Team was informed of an accident on the ridge connecting Craig Llugwy on Carnedd at a height of 3180 feet Map reference Sheet 107/ 680634.

Captain Teede of the Airborne Special Air Service was carrying out an exercise in the above area with five troopers when one of them collapsed and that he required assistance immediately.

1620Hrs Left Valley with Flying Officer Patterson M.O. NCO i/c Flt Sgt Ward and 12 team members and proceeded to the nearest point on the Nant Ffrancon pass.

1730Hrs  Reached the nearest point and commenced operations reaching the casualty.

1845Hrs  Reached the casualty and strapped him on the Thomas stretcher after being attended to by the medical officer F.O Patterson

1855Hrs  The casualty was evacuated by stretcher.

2015Hrs  The whole party arrived at the Nant Ffrancon pass road and the casualty placed in the Landrover ambulance which proceeded to the Bangor C.A hospital.

2200Hrs  The team arrived back at RAF Valley and the members had a hot meal.

Remarks of NCO i/c team

Could the present Tannoy system be checked as this would ensure more members being called out. The team worked very well together and most of them were soaked to the skin, the going was very arduous, the ground was very boggy which operations were carried out on.

25/9/53        Signed   NCO I/C  Mountain Rescue.

Medical Officers Remarks

The Patient was admitted to Bangor C&A Hospital for observation:  probably appendicitis which will require some surgical attention. Some difficulty was encountered in contacting all members of the team from various Sections. It seems imperative following circumstances exemplified by this incident, that the Tannoy system be overhauled with all possible urgency, to avoid delay in any future callout.

25/9/53   Signed   Medical Officer.

Officer Commanding Flying Wing

I agree with the Medical Officers remarks, could effort be made to service the Tannoy system throughout the Station. A good show by the team.

25/9/53       Signed

Station Commander

O.C Admin – You might care to use this as a specific point to back your case for a new Tannoy A. Good show.

Post Script by O.C. Admin (?)

In spite of our MRS commitment our request was rejected at Air Ministry and I have no doubt that there will be no reconsideration. I will put it in with Provost/Vampire works requirements however. All U/S Tannoys should be reported on F3540 when an overhaul will be done.

Signed


Valley MR Log  53 – 55 – 13

EXERCISE TO THE CARNEDDS   26  9  53

1330Hrs  Saturday left Valley with three trucks and eighteen team members

1730Hrs  Arrived at Nant Map reference 107/763624 and after obtaining permission to camp base camp was set up.

1800Hrs  Endeavoured to establish with 19 Group but Valley informed us that 19 Group were not listening out. Informed sub unit Colwyn bay of our whereabouts also police at Trefriw. Weather was cloudy with bright intervals.

Sunday

0830Hrs  After a good breakfast three parties left base camp:

Weather very wet

Party Able
Navigator  Cpl Jones , ******?  Burns, Russell, JT Ward. Course commenced > 763 624 > 728 064 > 716 623 > 798 631 > 684 644 > 665 631 > 649 605

Party Baker
Navigator  Meadows , F.O Paterson, Mace, Summers, McCulloch course commenced > 763 624 > 726 647 > 698 631 > 688 658 > 687 693 > 655 727.

Party Charlie
S.A.C. James  L.A.C. Edwards, Greenhall, McCoy

This party went rock climbing on Craig yr Ysfa South east slope on Carnedd.

18.30Hrs  The Bedford truck collected all parties and brought them back to a hot meal and a change of clothing.Rum was issued by the NCO I/C team to all members.

1930Hrs  Base camp was struck and the team proceeded back to Valley.

2330Hrs  Team arrived back at Valley after a very wet journey.

REMARKS OF NCO i/c TEAM

A very enjoyable weekend everyone worked hard, the rations were very good. Officer i/c Team on leave

30/9/53                                      Signed

NCO I/C Team

 

OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING

Will the NCO I/C Team please ensure that the thanks of the team are conveyed to the catering staff, a pat on the back will always pay dividends and good food is essential for good team work. 1st October 1953

Signed OC Flying

 

STATION COMMANDER

Seen

8th Oct  1953                                           Signed Station Commander

 


Valley MR Log  53 – 55 – 14 and 15

EXERCISE TO THE MOELWYNS   2 10  53 – 5 10 53

1730Hrs  Friday left Valley with three trucks and seventeen team members.

1900Hrs  Arrived at Wyffingun map ref Sheet107/ 691 567 and after receiving permission to camp from the farmer base camp was set up. S.A.C. Kitson who was driving the Landrover ambulance informed the NCO I/C that while driving through Llandegai village a stone struck the nearside windscreen causing damage to the windscreen and made the vehicle unroadworthy this was reported to the civilian police and duty MT NCO all the necessary forms FMT3s and statements were raised.

2000Hrs  Informed sub unit Pen Y Gwryd of our base camp should a emergency arise. After a meal the team was briefed for a night exercise.

2200Hrs  The Bedford 3 ton truck took two parties to commence courses from map reference sheet 107 697467 and 107/632 446

Party Able
Navigation leader SAC Walker 680 Cpl Warn LAC Scott JT Ward AC1 Laurie. Course commenced 697 467 >   686 461 > 678 465 > 675 476 > 688505 > 697 517 > 688 529 > 684 543 > 691 567.

Party Baker
Navigator leader LAC Mc Cay LAC  LAC Williams   AC2

Course commenced > 632446> 646467>666481>665523>676537

0900Hrs Saturday – both parties returned to base camp in good spirits after a good…(breakfast?), was really first class, after a hot cup of tea and rum issues the men turned in. The remainder of the day was spent servicing equipment.

0830hrs Sunday. After breakfast one party was taken by the three ton truck to Ogwen map reference Sheet 107/648 605.

This party then proceeded to the Idwal Slabs to practise and show some of the new men how to scramble about on rock and rope instruction.

Rock-climbing party
LAC McCay SAC Greenhall LAC McCulloch AC2 Burns J/T Ward AC1 Laurie

Another party proceeded on a navigation exercise.

Navigator Leader Mur….(?) LAC Williams Cpl Warn 680 LAC Scott(?).
Course commenced > 691 567> 686 585 > 666 583> 656583> 628 596> 648 605

1800hrs The Bedford 3 ton truck proceeded to Ogwen to collect both parties.

1900hrs A hot meal was served menu consisting of Steak & Kidney pies, vegetables, tinned fruit and custard, hot tea and cake, bread butter and jam.

The day had been very good, sunshine the whole of the day.

Monday, while frosty(?) weather good, after a good breakfast consisting of cereals, bacon, egg, tea, marmalade, bread and butter.

Two parties left base camp on a navigation exercise to the old wreck of a Aer Lingus Dakota. Map reference Sheet 107/670 522.

This gave the new members a rough idea of what to expect on arriving at the scene of a crash.

Party Able
Navigator leader LAC Williams LAC Murwaw(?) LAC McCay LAC Scott LAC McCulloch
Course commenced > 691 567 > 705 545 > 678 543> 670 522> 668 537>
691 567. (PTO)

Party Baker
Navigator Leader SAC Greenhall AC2 Burns Cpl Warn 680 SAC Walker
J/T Ward AC1 Laurie

Course commenced> 691 567>677 537> 670 522>673 549>706 545>
691 567

1630hrs All parties had returned and after a meal, camp was struck.

1900hrs The team arrived back at Valley.

REMARKS OF NCO i/c TEAM

During the whole of the 72hrs the team worked very hard and much was gained. 9/10/53 F.Ward FS NCO i/c M.R.S.

OFFICER i/c TEAM

No comments (signed)

REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING

Seen (signed) 10th October 1953

REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER

Seen (signed) G. Capt.


EXERCISE TO THE RHYNIOGS 10/1

1330Hrs  Saturday  Left Valley with three trucks and ten team members

1630Hrs  Arrived at Pont y Grible  Map reference Sheet 116  708 307 and after receiving permission to camp from the owner of the land base camp was set up.

1730Hrs  Base camp established radio contact with RAF Valley.

Reported to the nearest Sub unit being the Fire Station at Dolgellau and informed them of where we were camping.

Weather conditions were quite good.

The rest of the evening was spent preparing equipment.

0730Hrs  Sunday breakfast weather good, 3 ton Bedford took two parties to commence courses from map reference Sheet 116/ 606 251 and 116/ 635 175

Party Able
Navigation leader LAC Rippon Cpl Warn760 LAC
Course commenced > 632446> 646467>666481>665523>676537

0900Hrs Saturday – both parties returned to base camp in good spirits after a good…(breakfast?), was really first class, after a hot cup of tea and rum issues the men turned in. The remainder of the day was spent servicing equipment.

0830Hrs Sunday. After breakfast one party was taken by the three ton truck to Ogwen map reference Sheet 107/648 605.

This party then proceeded to the Idwal Slabs to practise and show some of the new men how to scramble about on rock and rope instruction.

Rock-climbing party;
LAC McCay SAC Greenhall LAC McCulloch AC2 Burns J/T Ward AC1 Laurie

Another party proceeded on a navigation exercise.

Navigator Leader Mur….(?) LAC Williams Cpl Warn 680 LAC Scott(?). Course commenced > 691 567> 686 585 > 666 583> 656583> 628 596> 648 605.

1800Hrs The Bedford 3 ton truck proceed to Ogwen to collect both parties.

1900Hrs A hot meal was served menu consisting of Steak & Kidney pies, vegetables, tinned fruit and custard, hot tea and cake, bread butter and jam. The day had been very good, sunshine the whole of the day.

Monday, while frosty(?) weather good, after a good breakfast consisting of cereals, bacon, egg, tea, marmalade, bread and butter.

Two parties left base camp on a navigation exercise to the old wreck of a Aer Lingus Dakota. Map reference Sheet 107/670 522. This gave the new members a rough idea of what to expect on arriving at the scene of a crash.

Party Able

Navigator leader LAC Williams LAC Murwaw(?) LAC McCay LAC Scott LAC McCulloch

Course commenced > 691 567 > 705 545 > 678 543> 670 522> 668 537> 691 567. (PTO).

Party Baker

Navigator Leader SAC Greenhall AC2 Burns Cpl Warn 680 SAC Walker J/T Ward AC1 Laurie  Course commenced> 691 567>677 537> 670 522>673 549>706 545>691 567.

1630Hrs All parties had returned and after a meal, camp was struck.

1900Hrs The team arrived back at Valley.

REMARKS OF NCO i/c TEAM

During the whole of the 72hrs the team worked very hard and much was gained.

9/10/53 F.Ward FS NCO i/c M.R.S.

OFFICER i/c TEAM

No comments (signed)

REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING

Seen (signed) 10th October 1953

REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER

Seen (signed) G. Capt.


EXERCISE TO THE RHYNOGS 10/10/53-11/10/53 Valley MR Log 15

Course commenced 606251> 626 246>662 252>665 273>708 307 base camp

Party Baker

Navigation leader LAC Peel AC1 Russell LAC Brereton.

Course commenced 635175>623 196>632 212>639 223>663 235> 663 258>665 273>708 307.

1700Hrs  All parties had returned to base camp and after a hot meal base camp was struck.

2100hrs The team arrived back at Valley.

Remarks of NCO i/c team

Mainly hillwalking and navigation team in good shape. Another vehicle is urgently required as the present Bedford is overloaded, the landrover ambulance is still waiting for new windscreen.
F Ward F/S
NCO i/c MRS

REMARKS OF OFFICER i/c TEAM
I am very glad to see that the team is keeping up a very high standard of training and work. We are still suffering from a lack of transport. We have made a bid for another tender 3 ton, but have heard nothing. The team is also underestablished with only two landrovers. There is an establishment for three.

  • R SIMS Flt Lt

OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING
A routine exercise. No comments.

I will investigate the shortage of transport with Sqn Ldr Wildman as soon as possible.

(signed?)

I have spoken to Sqn Ldr Wildman. The bid for the 3 tonner was not approved.
The reason for the shortage of (?) 4×4 is that one is being used as a Tender Signals as no vehicle of this kind is available. It is not permissable to be over-establishment in (?) 4×4 owing to the shortage of another class of vehicle.

27 Oct 53 (signature)

STATION COMMANDER

Seen (signature)

19/10/53


Valley MR Log 17

 

EXERCISE TO OGWEN DISTRICT 17 Oct 53 – 18 Oct 53

1330Hrs Seventeen members of the team left Valley in three vehicles. Fourteen searchers were carried in the three-ton. This load together with our camping an s equipment is just over three tons.

15.30 hrs. Arrived at base camp – Gwen-y-Gof-uchaf. Two parties left immediately for a training walk and some rock-climbing on Tryfan.

1730Hrs. The others had a meal prepared for their return.

1800Hrs. Position of team reported to sub-units at Ogwen and the Pen-y-Gwryd.

Close liaison was maintained, as the valleys of Nant Ffrancon, Ogwen and Llanberis were full of civilian climbers attracted by the presence of the Everest Team.

0830Hrs. Breakfast

0930Hrs Team divided into five parties, one left in camp to service equipment, man the W/T sets and cook the evening meal.

The other parties divided as follows:-

  1. Peel and Mace led independent parties over Tryfan to the Glyders and down the Devil’s Kitchen. Their day include practice on rotten rock.
  2. Fallows and Sims led climbs on Tryfan, practice on rotten rock being carried out. Three parties came back via y Gribbin and Bochlwyd.
  3. Johnson and a party went up Glyder Fawr and onto Y Garn and Foel Goch.

Brilliant sunshine all day.

1715Hrs. Evening meal, broke camp.

1830Hrs. A Climber reported that six of his friends were without torches on the North Ridge of Tryfan. He didn’t wish for any help, but I lent him four torches. He understood that he could ring Valley from Ogwen sub-unit if necessary: and undertook to return the torches.

2045Hrs. Returned to Valley.

Remarks of Officer i/c MRS

A good training weekend: we are now looking forward to the winter when serious weather will test our Team under harder conditions than are possible in the summer.

The Team missed an opportunity this weekend. Members of the Everest Team are reported to have been involved in an all  night rescue on Clogwyn d’ur Arddu. This involved an ascent in growing darkness of one of the most difficult cliffs in Britain, solo, by T.D. Bourdillon, and the subsequent guiding to the top of the “rescuees”. Their return to base wasn’t finalised until six o’clock the next morning.

Signed …Sims .Flt. Lt

20 Oct 53 Officer i/c MRS

Remarks of Officer i/c Flying Wing

No comments. Signed ……..Sqn Ldr.

Remarks of Station Commander

Read with interest.

Signed ……

30/10/53 Gp Capt.


MR log 18/19

Exercise to Llanberis pass area  24/10/53

24th October

1330Hrs  Eighteen members of the team left Valley in three vehicles.

1530Hrs  The convoy arrived at Dinas Mott area. It took the team longer than usual to build the camp as most of the equipment had to be carried to the base camp from the main road.

1630Hrs  Local sub units were contacted and informed of MRT base.

1715Hrs Food.

1845Hrs  Message received from Llanberis Police that team had to report to Valley at once.

1900Hrs  Three members of the team were left to guard the camp. The rest proceeded to Valley. On the way the message was confirmed and learned that team had to search North Anglesea coast for missing Vampires.

2030Hrs  Arrived at Valley and the three ton Bedford was sent back to Lllanberis to collect the equipment and the rest of the team. All arrangements were made for a search at dawn and the team retired for the night.

2230Hrs  Air traffic control   *********** as the Hunters moon control alerted the team and instructed to proceed to Conway drill hall where further instructions will be given.

25th Oct

0030Hrs  Additional transport was requested from MT as the three ton Bedford allocated to MRS was still at Llanberis. Officer i/c team and four members left for Conway at once and the rest followed shortly after.

0200Hrs  First part of team arrived at Conway and it was believed that double star red had been fired in the mountain area SW of Conway. Hunters Moon exercise was in progress and double star red was prearranged signal of distress. Plan of search was organised with mobile medical unit (Hunters Moon) whose HQ was at Conway drill hall.

0145Hrs  The remainder of the Team in two trucks left Valley for Conway.

0145Hrs  3 Ton Bedford with seven on the back skidded and crashed into the wall on the road A55 at Llandegai. Four passengers of that truck were slightly hurt and sent to Bangor hospital. These four improved and joined the team later at Conway.

0230Hrs  The Team was divided into three separate parties and commenced the search from Craig– Lywid sweeping eastwards towards Conway Valley. One party was joined by three additional members of the mobile medical unit.  Another party had a United States Air Force medical officer but he retired shortly due to exposure.

0300Hrs  A temporary base camp was established at Sychnant Pass opposite Glyn Inn and manned by two searchers.

0700 -0745Hrs  Parties returned to base camp with nothing to report. By this time the weather deteriorated – continuous rain and fog.

0815Hrs  Check was made with HQ at Conway and another search was ordered in the same area.  This time our army personnel of 30 people were to join the team in this search.  0840 hrs

Base camp was moved to Pen Sychnant.  (next line clipped on photograph  – unreadable)  Resumes (after ) a quick breakfast of egg and bacon the team was ready for action.

0930Hrs  The Team divided into two parties commenced search nearby roads. Map Ref 756 768 Sheet 107.

1130Hrs  All searchers returned to base camp without finding anything.

1140Hrs  Check was made with HQ. Information received there was that all Hunters Moon personnel was accounted for except one. All the facts indicated that the missing one was somewhere in the area previously searched.

In spite of sleepless night and two searches the Team was in good shape.

1155Hrs  After drink of hot tea which was always ready – due respect to MRS cook.

The searchers went out again to search a ridge north of Old Conway Road. The other area south of Old Conway Road was searched again this time by 30 army personnel.

1330Hrs Parties returned to Conway where it was learned that no-one was missing.

1400Hrs  Meal prepared by the army was well appreciated.

1430Hrs The Team left for Valley. One member of the MR team was left behind he was detained by Llandudno hospital in respect of an injury received in our early accident.

1530Hrs  Arrived Valley.

Remarks of Officer i/c MRS

The whole event gave the Mountain Rescue Team a very good training. The injured personnel are now fit and back on duty.

Remarks of Officer i/c Flying Wing

A hectic weekend the team proved itself capable of sustained effort under adverse conditions and despite the unfortunate accident, a good show.

5-11-53       (Signed ) Jennings Wing Commander

Remarks of Station Commander

Officer i/c MRS.

The Team put up a very fine performance throughout the weekend. Please convey my appreciation to all members

(Signed) Group Captain

7-11-53


LOG 20

Exercise to the Arenigs    31-10-53 – 1 -11-53

1400Hrs  Left Valley with sixteen team members and four vehicles.

1730Hrs  Arrived at Capel Celyn Map Ref Sheet 116 /  852 401 and received permission to use the ground to set up base camp, during the whole of the time it poured with rain and a gale was blowing.

1800Hrs  Tried to establish contact by radio.  Corwen subunit informed of our whereabouts also police at Bala and Blaenau Ffestiniog

0730Hrs  Sunday breakfast weather a gale blowing and pouring with rain also hailstones.  Gave a lecture on map-reading and compass

0900Hrs  Radio contact with Valley established weather getting worse.

1200Hrs  Decided to break camp and return to Valley.

1630Hrs  Arrived Valley.

Remarks of NCO i/c Team

Experience gained of erecting camp under very bad weather conditions.

M.T. loaned us a 30 cwt truck which was a great asset. Found the local farmers very co-operative will return to the Bala area for the 72 hour exercise.

2-11-53  Signed  Ward Flight Sergeant  NCO i/c MRS

Remarks of Officer i/c team

This area would be ideal for long weekend exercise and in my opinion the team should carry out exercise in Snowdonia Range only during short weekend. However the team gained some experience operating in rough weather and entirely new area.

3/11/53   Signed Officer i/c MRS

Officer commanding Flying Wing

I agree with the OC MRS remarks, the greater the knowledge the Team have of various areas, the more effective they will be in an emergency.  We now have eight sub-units established, we are permitted to have twelve sub-units, have we sufficient established, OC MRS to confer with OC Flying Wing.

5-11-53     Signed Jennings Wing Commander.

Station Commander

I approve the proposal by OC MRS that sub-units should be established at Outward Bound School, Abertay and Bala.

10-11-53              Signed     Group Captain


LOG 21

EXERCISE TO SNOWDONIA      7/11/53    8/11/53

1400Hrs Saturday

The Team consisting of 21 team members left Valley in 4 vehicles, one Bedford 3 ton, one Fordson 30cwt, one Landrover ambulance, one Landrover WT.

1600Hrs  Arrived at Dyffryn Mymbyr Map Reference Sheet 107 / 692 568, permission had been received to make base camp from the landowner a Mrs Fairbanks co-author of the book “I bought a Mountain”. Weather 8/8 of cloud at 1500 ft very heavy rain wind at gale force.

1700Hrs  A hot meal was prepared and enjoyed by everyone.

1730Hrs  Endeavoured to establish W/T contact with parent unit RAF Valley but failed owing to heavy atmospheric conditions.

1800Hrs  Briefing, team split into three parties and navigators appointed, spent remainder of the evening preparing equipment. Sub-units Ogwen Cottage, Llanberis police station and Pen y Gwryd Hotel informed of our camping site, in the event of an emergency RAF Valley could contact either of these sub-units in a matter of a few minutes.

0730Hrs  Sunday breakfast.

0830 hrs
Parties Abel and Baker were taken by Bedford 3 ton and dropped off at the following map references to commence courses.   Party Charie commenced course from Dyffryn base camp party consisting of the following personnel:
Radio operator SAC Grant
Driver LAC Murray
Cook  LAC  Mu???

Each team member takes a turn at cooking with the assistance of the driver and the radio operator and the standard of cooking is very high.

0900Hrs     Maelurwyin(???) Area

Party Able consisting of the following members:
F/Sgt Ward, Cpl James, AC1 Daniels, Matthews, Mazzani(?) J/T Ward.
Commenced course at Bryn y Dinas   Map Ref 626 503 to Cnicht  2265 ft Map Ref 646 466 to Yr Aruddu 1933 ft Map Ref 673 506 to the old wreck of the Aer Lingus Dakota at Map Ref 670 522 to y Cribau 1938 ft Map Ref 676 537 to Carnedd Moel Siabod 2860 ft to base camp at Dyffryn Mymbyr

1600Hrs  Arriving at base camp

Snowdonia Area

0930Hrs  Party Baker  consisting of the following members:  F/O  Bieniek(?), Cpl Wallace, LAC Greenhall, LAC Rippon commenced course at Snowdon ranger hostel Map Ref 562 553 to Moel Eilio 2380 ft  Map Ref 556 577 to Foel Goch 2000 ft Map Ref 571 563 to Clogwyn Durarddu 2500 ft Map Ref 595 555 to Crib y Ddysgl 3493 ft Map Ref  608 553 to summit of Snowdon 3560 ft Map Ref 611 544 to Crib Goch 3023 ft Map Ref 626 553 to Pen y Pass 1169 ft Map Ref 646 557 to MinersTrack Map Ref 662 567 to Dyffryn Mymbyr base camp Map Ref 692 568

1630Hrs  Arrived back at base camp.

0900Hrs  Glyder Area

Party Charlie consisting of the following members:
P/O Rayman, SAC James, LAC Haskell, AC2 Burns, LAC Brereton, LAC Scott, SAC Fellows  commenced course at Dyffryn Mymbyr   to Llyn Caseg Map Ref 675 584 to Glyder Fach 3262 ft Map Ref 656 583 to Glyder Fawr 3279 ft Map Ref 643 579  to Devils Kitchen  Map Ref 643 589 to Llyn Idwal Map Ref 648 595. The party split into two and SAC James, LAC Brereton, and AC2 Burns went on a rock climb on y Gribin where they did the Gribin Facet and a climb known as the Slab Climb. Rather a dirty route, some 210 ft, standard difficult. P/O Rayman and SAC Fellows did the Faith Climb on the Idwal Slabs, some 200 ft, standard very difficult.  LAC Haskell and LAC Scott did the Slab intermediate route, some 200 ft, standard very difficult.


LOG 22
1500Hrs  Most members went swimming in the river.

1600Hrs Dinner.

1700Hrs  Camp was struck, radio watch closed, team returned to RAF Valley.

2030Hrs Team arrived at RAF Valley.

REMARKS OF NCO i/c TEAM

This exercise was executed very well indeed and the leadership of the new members was really good navigation, this part of the country is really rough and arduous. The radio worked very well indeed, contact being made with RAF Valley and 19 Group HQ the whole of the time. LAC Ash was the operator and had been recalled from leave to have his medical for release.

16th August 1954        Signed  F/S WARD NCO i/c team

REMARKS OF OFFICER i/c TEAM

18th   A most enjoyable weekend, much hard walking and difficult navigation. A new receiver/ transmitter has been fitted to the wireless truck and a new difficulty occurred. It is now impossible to use the powerful transmitter on this vehicle to transmit messages to walkie talkie sets carried by parties on the hills.

19th   This fault has now been seen to, and tests will again be carried out during the weekend exercise. The wireless operator, LAC Ash will be demobbed on the second week of September, and as he will have his “demob” leave between now and September, it would be extremely useful in the training of the team if another wireless operator could be posted to the MRS before September.  I have asked Ash not to apply for leave until it is known whether his successor can arrive so that they can have time together with the team during which Ash can pass on his experience.

The team had a very wet and useful experience

(last line on page clipped?)

to which I would like to draw attention.

The MRT at Jurby closed down some time ago and Valley received all their used equipment. Much of this, in particular the windproof clothing and sweaters, was already fairly old. During a very wet day on Welsh mountains, even in the summer, one can become very cold, and it is my experience that new clothes are very much more effective than old ones (that have been washed many times) in keeping the body warm. It would be much appreciated if, when the NCO i/c the team has ……..

a garment because it is old and frail, he    …….

(Last line on page clipped)

REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING

I have arranged to exchange the worn clothing, and am personally endorsing the voucher for ex-change of 40 pairs of Suits, Drab Smock, and Suits, Drab Trousers.  I have requested an immediate replacement W/Op through HQ 25 Group

20th August 1954    Signed Jennings Wing Commander

REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER

Action by OC Eng. Wing noted

30 August 54    Signed    ?? Grp Capt.

LOG 22 CONTINUATION

1800Hrs Friday  The duty team consisting of 14 team members left Valley in four vehicles, 2 Bedford 3 ton, one landrover ambulance, one landrover W/T

1930Hrs  Arrived at Wern Gof Uchaf   Map ref Sheet 107   / 673 604, permission had been received to use the site for making base camp, most of the ground was under water due to the very heavy rain that continued to fall for over 72 hrs in all, managed to find a dry piece of ground on the banks of the river Nant Gwern Gof Map Ref Sheet 107 / 674 604 and base camp was set up.

2000Hrs Sub-unit at Ogwen Cottage informed of our camping site and tried to establish radio contact with Valley without success due to the failure of the power unit. Hot tea and food was provided by the cooks.  It was intended to carry out a night exercise but owing to the mist being so bad and the fact that we were camping out three days it was best for members to keep all equipment dry and serviceable for an emergency should one arise there being no means to dry clothing. F/O Paterson Medical Officer who is a member of the team agreed that this being an exercise it would be adviseable to keep the men dry.

2130Hrs  Radio operators SAC Grant and LAC Johnstone were still working hard on the wireless equipment they were informed by the NCO i/c to stand down for the night and try again the following morning, ensured that everyone was comfortable.

2300Hrs  Most members had turned in raining hard, cloud down to ground level observed that the river Nant Gwern Gof was at a very high level.

END OF LOG 22


LOG 23

0700Hrs  (Saturday)  Everyone had breakfast one three ton vehicle returned to Valley to collect dry sleeping bags and blankets. Primus stoves put in two tents to dry out groundsheet.

0900Hrs  Tryfan   Rain had turned to drizzle and one party consisting of SAC Fellows, LAC Greenhall, SAC James, LAC Peel went climbing on Tryfan.  Noticed fresh falls of rock, gullies were full of water and moving earth and rock, climbing rather dangerous. The Carnedds were very impressive, gullies in full flood and here and there waterfalls. Cloud kept lifting and descending very few civilian climbers about.

Base camp party consisting of the following member.  F/O Paterson  F/Sgt Ward,  SAC Rawlands , LAC Johnstone,   LAC Murrow(?), LAC Handsell, Cpl Jones, LAC Brereton, LAC Peel, J/T Ward & SAC Grant.

Cooks
LAC Murray, LAC Brereton, Cpl Jones

1200Hrs  Dinner menu    Steak, potatoes, mixed vegetables. Sweet, plums and carnation milk, hot tea.

1400Hrs  The 3 Ton Bedford returned with dry sleeping bags, blankets and ground sheet.

Party that had gone climbing returned to base camp soaked to the skin but in splendid spirits.  The tent was soon put in order after laying the dry ground sheet. The ten members at base camp were at immediate readiness hold this was the kind of weather when we would be called out.  RADIO LAC Johnstone and SAC Grant worked on the wireless equipment and could not find the cause of the breakdown. This would be brought to the notice of the signals people on return to Valley.

1700Hrs Tea, meal most of the evening most of the members amused themselves.

0900 hrs Sunday
During the night a gale developed and one hoped the tent would stay where it was, pegs and guy ropes were inspected and made secure. Breakfast, still raining hard held a discussion on mountaineering in general.  F/O Paterson held a lecture on morphine and first aid very interesting.

1200Hrs  Dinner, F/O Paterson and NCO i/c decided to break camp and return to Valley weather began to get really rough and the tent was beginning to let in water.

1600Hrs  Team arrived at RAF Valley.

REMARKS ON NCO i/c TEAM
More experience again for the team all members in good spirits team a credit to the Royal Air Force Valley. Landrover W/T has now been serviced
19/11/53                         Signed Ward F/S NCO i/c MRS

REMARKS OF OFFICER i/c TEAM
We seem to have a considerable amount of trouble lately with W/T and this is due to inexperience of W/T operators. This matter is being discussed with Officer I/C Signals.

19/11/53                       Signed   ……F/O

REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING
The weekend seems to have been a wet and soggy one, but it must have helped toughen up the team, the cheerfulness of the team is remarkable under such conditions. Well done

20/11/53      Signed   Jennings Wing Commander

REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER
Read with interest.
24/11/53      Signed….. Grp Capt


LOG 24

EXERCISE TO THE MOELWYNS   21/11/53 – 22/11/53

1330Hrs Saturday  The team consisting of fourteen team members left Valley in three vehicles, two Bedford 3 Ton and one Landrover ambulance, the Landrover W/T is being serviced by the signals people and should be serviceable this coming weekend.

1530Hrs  Arrived at Dolwyddelan Map Ref Sheet 107/ 737 515. Permission was granted for the mountain rescue team to camp. Informed police at Blaenau Ffestiniog of new camp site should RAF Station Valley require the team.

1630Hrs  Base camp established weather perfect.

1700Hrs  Tea.

1800Hrs  Briefing took place for a night exercise . Base camp comprising the following:
W/Op LAC Johnstone to man portable searchlight.
Drivers   SAC Rawlands and LAC Butler
Cooks   Cpl Bristow (?) and LAC Prescott

Party Able consisting F/ Sgt Ward, LAC Mace, AC1 Matthews, LAC Scott and LAC Snell

2000Hrs  Party Baker  LAC Williams, AC1 Maggani, SAC Philcott (?), LAC Daniels.  This party were taken by the Bedford three ton to commence course from Pont yr Afan Gam   Map Ref Sheet 107/745 418  to Manod Mawr Map Ref 107/723 447 to Foel Fras Map Ref 107/727 482 to Moel Farlwyd  Map Ref 107/706 487 to Ro Wen Map Ref 107/ 745 498 to Dolwyddelan Map Ref 107/ 737 515

0230Hrs Sunday
Party Baker arrived back at base camp and after a hot drink  and food turned into their sleeping bags.

0700Hrs  Cooks preparing breakfast, the weather was brilliant.

0730Hrs  Breakfast cereal bacon egg tea marmalade

0800Hrs  Party Able were briefed for a day exercise and consisted of the following members:
Party Able   LAC Scott, LAC Mace, AC1 Matthews, LAC Snell (Small?)  were taken by the Bedford three ton to commence course from Ffynnan Eidda  Map Ref 107/758 437 to Craig goch  Map Ref 107/ 753 445 to Clogwyn Candryll Map Ref 107/ 724 444  to Manod Mawr Map Ref 107/723 446 to Moel Marchyria Map Ref 107/759 466 to Ro Wen Map Ref 107/746 498 to Dolyddelaan Map Ref 107/ 737 515.

Base camp party consisting of the following:
W/Op  LAC Johnstone
Drivers SAC Rawlands & LAC Baker
Cooks  Cpl Bristow  LAC Prescott.

1000Hrs  F/Sgt Ward NCO i/c left base camp in the Landrover ambulance to obtain permission to use a camping site at Trefriw for the next exercise weekend at 28/11/53 – 29/11/53.  1130 hrs
F/Sgt Ward returned to base camp.

1630Hrs  Party Able returned to base camp.

1700Hrs  Dinner.

1830Hrs  Base camp was struck.

2030Hrs  Team arrived back at RAF Valley.

REMARKS OF NCO i/c TEAM

It is intended to teach every member in the team to use a compass and read a map and to be able to lead a party in all kinds of weather conditions. The new field cooking grid and oven were a great success and this improved cooking considerably.

27/11/53       Signed Ward F/Sgt NCO i/c MRS

LOG 25

REMARKS OF OFFICER i/c TEAM

Presently the team is without radio vehicle which is under repairs. It should however be ready in a day or two. This does not harbour close liaison with Valley Air Traffic Control or the team can be easily contacted through landline communication whilst the team is out on exercise. I have emphasised to the Signals Section the importance of Radio when in emergency and they promised to make the W/T truck serviceable as soon as possible.

27/11/53      Signed…F/O

REMARKS OF OFFICER FLYING WING

OC  MRS

Please let me know if you have any difficulty of great delay over the servicing of the radio vehicle.

27th November 53    Signed Jennings Wing Commander

REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER

2/12/53       Signed……Grp Capt.


LOG 25 (Contd)  Header clipped

1330Hrs  The team consisting of twelve members left Valley in four vehicles, two Bedford three ton, and the Landrover ambulance and the Landrover W/T

1600Hrs  Arrived at Trefriw and made base camp after asking permission, base camp was set up at Map Ref Sheet 107/ 762 623 Nant.  Informed sub-unit Colwyn Bay of our camp site, also the Conway police.

1700Hrs Tea

1800Hrs  LAC Johnstone tried to establish radio contact with RAF Station Valley.

1830Hrs  Established radio contact.

1845Hrs  Radio watch closed.

1900Hrs  Briefing took place for a night exercise. Base camp party consisting of the following:
W/Op LAC Johnstone
Drivers LAC Brereton, LAC Rawlands, LAC Butler
Cooks  LAC Brereton, LAC Prescott
Standby   LAC Greenhall, SAC Allcott, LAC Roscoe (?)

2030Hrs  The following party were taken in the Bedford three ton and commenced course from Bethesda Map Ref Sheet 107/623 666 to GRYN WIGAN 2018 ft  Map Ref Sheet 107/652 673 to Yr Elen 3051 ft Map Ref Sheet 107/674 651 to Carnedd Llewelwyn 3484 ft Map Ref Sheet 107/683 644 to Pen Llithrig y Wrach 2621 ft Map Ref Sheet 107/716 623 to Creigau Gleision 2213 ft Map Ref Sheet 107/728 615 to Nant Map Ref Sheet 107/ 762 623.

Party Able SAC James LAC Matthews LAC Scott

0730Hrs Sunday Party arrived back from night exercise and after having breakfast turned into their sleeping bags.

0800Hrs  Breakfast.

LOG 26

Party Baker left camp and consisted of the following members:  LAC Greenhall, SAC Allcott, LAC Roscoe (?)  course commenced at Nant Map Ref Sheet 107/762 623 to Pen’Yr Heigi Au 2732 ft .  Carnedd Llewelwyn 3484 ft Map Ref Sheet 107/683 644 to Foel Grach 3195 ft Map Ref Sheet 107/688 657 to Yr Aryg 2875 ft Map Ref Sheet 107/682 674 to (LOG 26 STARTS)  Drosgl 2483 ft Map Ref Sheet 107/663 679 to Bethesda  Map Ref Sheet 107/623 666.

Base camp party consisting of the following:
W/Op LC Johnstone
Drivers LAC Brereton, SAC Rawlands, LAC Butler
Cooks LAC Brereton , LAC Prescott

1000Hrs  Radio contact with RAF Valley.

1600Hrs  Radio contact with RAF Valley closed.

1700Hrs  Bedford three ton left base camp to pick up Party Baker.

1930Hrs Bedford three ton and Party Baker arrived back at base camp.

2000Hrs Dinner

2030Hrs  Base camp struck.

2230Hrs  Arrived back at Valley.

REMARKS OF NCO i/c Team
Radio  serviceable but the petrol electric set requires repairs and is now in workshops waiting spares which is used in conjunction with the W/T.

3/12/53        Signed Flt Sgt Ward NCO i/c MRS

REMARKS OF OFFICER i/c TEAM

Seen.                     Signed ……  F/O

REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING

8/12/53                 Signed Jennings Wing Commander

REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER

Blank


LOG 26 (contd)

EXERCISE TO LLANBERIS PASS (? AS HEADER CLIPPED) 2/12/53 – 3/12/53

1330Hrs  The Team consisting of nineteen members left in four vehicles, two Bedford three ton, one Landrover ambulance and one Landrover W/T.

1630Hrs  Arrived at Map Ref Sheet 107/622 572 in the Llanberis Pass and base camp was set up at Clogwyn y Grochan, permission was given for the team to camp. A party of three civilian climbers were on a climb on Clogwyn y Grochan and were watched by general members with interest, this being one of the hardest climbs in Great Britain, (the cliff of Nea).

1700Hrs Tea and nearly dark. One of the climbers who was on the Clogwyn y Grochan cliffs appeared and asked for assistance it was quite dark by this time and one of the climbers a woman was in difficulties and it was obvious the other climber could do nothing to assist her. SAC Fallows and LAC McCay two of the team’s best rock climbers went immediately to the rescue and the careful handling of the operation enabled her to be brought to safety. The portable searchlight was used to guide the whole party down and appreciation was shown by the civilian climbers, hot tea was provided to the civilians.

1900Hrs  Weather cloudy with clear patches warm and dry, LAC Grant tried to establish radio contact with RAF Valley.

2000Hrs  Radio watch closed, Valley could be heard but could not hear Alpine Victor, this being the Mountain Rescue call sign. Sub-unit at Llanberis police station informed of our camping site.

0900 hrs  Sunday breakfast cloudy and showers of rain.

Base camp party
Cooks  F/O Bienick (?)
LAC Prescott
LAC Roscoe
Drivers   F/S Ward
LAC Brereton
LAC Murray
LAC Butler
W/Op     SAC Grant

LOG 27

The following members took the Thomas stretcher on to the facet of Cwm Glas Mawr:
Map Ref Sheet 107/614 563.  F/O Paterson Medical Officer  P/O Smaile   Pupil Pilot, SAC Fellows, SAC Allcott, LAC Greenhall, LAC Williams, LAC Snell, LAC Mace, LAC Daniels, LAC Maggani,  J/T Ward

The stretcher lowering exercise was quite a success and much was gained, more stretcher work is required and this will be carried out on the next exercises. LAC Grant tried to contact RAF Valley by radio but failed.

1600Hrs  Dinner.

1630Hrs Camp was struck and the team returned to Valley.

1745Hrs  Team arrived at RAF Valley.

2245Hrs LAC Murray received a message from Sgt Jones of the Betws y Coed  stating that a Mr George had reported that a party of four climbers had gone up on Glyder Fawr and the last time they were seen was at 1600 hrs and Sgt Jones decided to call the RAF Station at Valley for assistance.

2250Hrs  Team tannoyed for and the following team members reported with full kit:
F/O Paterson    F/S Ward    Cpl Warn   Cpl McLeney (?)    Cpl Bristow   LAC Prescott
LAC Scott  LAC Daniels   AC1 Maggani  Cpl James   SAC Fellows   SAC Grant  SAC Allcott
LAC Murray      LAC Snell    LAC Ripon   LAC Roscoe    AC1 Daniels     LAC McCoy
LAC Greenhall     LAC Murrow      LAC Williams     LAC Hansell    LAC Brereton
LAC Mace     J/T Ward     LAC Mathews.

2320Hrs  The team left the station in four vehicles at the Menai Bridge the police signalled the Landrover ambulance to stop and informed the NCO i/c team that the four missing climbers had returned to the hostel.  Very thick ground mist made going very difficult indeed.

0100Hrs Monday   Team arrived back at RAF Valley.

0102Hrs  Team stood down.

REMARKS OF NCO i/c TEAM

Radio sent to the Signals for another check it is essential this be rectified, could a radio mechanic be permanent with MRS to ensure 100% serviceability all the way round: the present operator doesn’t seem good enough for Mountain Rescue duties.   SAC Fellows and LAC McCoy are two outstanding members of the team.

7/12/53         Signed Ward F/S NCO i/c MRS

REMARKS OF OFFICER i/c TEAM

I agree with remarks of NCO i/c team as regards a radio mechanic. Radio trouble seems to be a consistent difficulty due to the inexperience of the present radio operator. This matter is being brought to the notice of the Station Signals Officer.

Signed   F/O  (?)

REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING
I concur, OC MRS please let me know the result of your request for a qualified radio mechanic.
8th December 53       Signed    Jennings Wing Commander

REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER
Blank       22/12/53     Signed (?)  Group Captain


LOG 28  EXERCISE TO SNOWDONIA 12/12/53 – 13/12/53

1330Hrs Saturday   Left Valley with fifteen team members and four vehicles, two Bedford three ton, one Landrover W/T one Landrover ambulance, one Jeep trailer.  Weather very good indeed.

1600Hrs  Arrived at Map Ref Sheet 107/533 533. Tal y Mignedd and after asking permission to camp base camp was established.

SAC Rawlands    LAC Johnstone    LAC Murray were climbing on some rock at Map Ref Sheet 107/536 533 when upon hearing the bleating of a sheep repeatedly and no animal was in sight it was discovered by these three members trapped between two rocks in a hole approximately seven feet down and was rescued, the sheep had obviously been trapped for several days due to its weak condition and after a tot of rum it was full of fight. This was reported to the local farmer and quite a coincidence the sheep belonged to him, we were thanked and made welcome to this campsite again.

1700Hrs  Tea.

1800Hrs  LAC Johnstone tried to establish radio contact with RAF Valley and could not due to some fault that lay between the transmitter and the morse key.

1830Hrs   Briefing for the exercise on Sunday preparation of equipment.

1930Hrs   Sub-unit Beddgelert police station informed of the camping site.

0800Hrs  Sunday  Breakfast

0900Hrs The following party went rock climbing at Map  Ref Sheet 107/526 503 Craig Cwm Silin.  SAC Jones and LAC McCoy are two experienced rock climbers, Ward and Brereton being the pupils, both of these men did very well indeed.  The second party consisting of      ?      (page clipped)

J/T Jones LAC Scott   LAC Murray  LAC Mathews  LAC Prescott,  this party went hillwalking and the Bedford three ton truck took this party to Map Ref Sheet 107/ 587 478 Beddgelert where the course commenced, to Moel Hebog 2566 ft Map Ref Sheet 107/ 564 471, to Moel Lefn 2094 ft  Map Ref Sheet 107/526 503 to Tal y Mignedd 2148 ft Map Ref Sheet 107/536 514,  to base camp Tal y Mignedd Map Ref Sheet 107/533 533.

F/S Ward left Map Ref Sheet 107/533 533 Tal y Mignedd to explore Craig y Bere 2000 ft at Map Ref Sheet 107/543 543 to Mynydd Mawr 2290 ft Map Ref Sheet 107/539 547 to base camp Tal y Mignedd Map Ref Sheet 107/533 533.

Base camp party consisted of the following members:
W/Op LAC Johnstone
Drivers SAC Rawlands  LAC Murray     LAC Haskell
Cooks    LAC Haskell   LAC Snell

1600Hrs   LAC Johnstone endeavoured to find the fault that lay in the W/T.  Weather, rain showers, cloudy, windy, on high ground.

1630Hrs    All parties returned to base camp

1700Hrs  Dinner.

1800Hrs  Base camp was struck. Team returned to RAF Valley.

2030Hrs  Team arrived at RAF Valley.

REMARKS OF NCO i/c TEAM
The W/T equipment has now been repaired. The fault lay in the transmitter.  The Austin one ton will be the ideal radio vehicle when available for Mountain Rescue teams.
14/12/53       Signed   F. Ward F/S    NCO i/c Team

LOG 29
REMARKS OF OFFICER i/c TEAM
No comment     Signed      (?)   F/O
31 December 53

REMARKS OF OFFICER  COMMANDING FLYING WING
I wish I was a lost sheep.
No comment
1.1.54      Signed Jennings Wing Commander

REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER
Seen    Signed  (?)   Gp Cpt


LOG 29 (CONTINUING)       LOG 30 & LOG 31                                02 October 2017

EXERCISE HEADER CLIPPED – NO NAME NO DATE EVIDENT

1345Hrs Saturday  The team consisting of twelve members left Valley in four vehicles, 2 Bedford three ton, one Landrover W/T, one Landover ambulance, one Jeep trailer, the roads were slippery in patches due to frost.

1700Hrs  Arrived at Colwyn Bay and informed sub-unit of the camping site.

1900Hrs  Arrived at Pant y Clogwyn  Map Ref Sheet 108/931 569 and permission was granted for base camp to be set up.

2000Hrs  Base camp established and a hot meal enjoyed by all, freezing hard.

2100Hrs  Briefing took place for exercise and there being several new members in the team it was decided to test them out on the T46 set, of its importance used between search parties and base camp.

0800Hrs Sunday  Breakfast.

0900Hrs  Alpine Able consisting of the following members:  J/T Lanter (?),  LAC Scott, AC1 Russell, LAC Snell, there members were taken by the Bedford three ton to commence a course from Map Ref Sheet 108, 948 503 then making their way across country to base camp Map Ref Sheet 108/ 931 569  Pant y Clogwyn .

0930Hrs  Alpine Link LAC Prescott carried out the task of being Link and went to Map Ref Sheet 108/917 541  TRIG POINT 1742 ft.

ALPINE BASE   SAC Grant contacted all parties at 15 minute intervals. Party at base consisted of the following members.

COOKS    Cpl Wallace   Cpl Bristow

DRIVERS      Fl/Lt Sims   F/Sgt Ward, LAC Murray, SAC Rawlands  W/Op SAC Grant

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1100Hrs   SAC Grant established radio contact with RAF Valley.

1115Hrs   Flt/Lt Sims who recently had an operation on his leg decided to give it a test by going for a walk across country as far as Map Ref Sheet 108/917 541.

1600Hrs   All members returned to base camp after a very interesting exercise.

1630Hrs   Dinner

1730Hrs   Base camp was struck and the team returned to RAF Valley.

2130Hrs  Team arrived at RAF Valley.

REMARKS OF NCO i/c TEAM

This was another new area for the team, a very useful weekend, SAC Rawlands who is on leave volunteered to drive one of the vehicles, such is the spirit that exists among all members. Bedford three ton numbers 07AF90 is now on MRS strength.

21/12/53   Signed F/S Ward NCO i/c MRS

REMARKS OF OFFICER i/c TEAM

This was my first outing with the team for several weeks. I was very pleased to find the high spirit such that one of our drivers gave up some of his time on leave for us. Now we have a second three tonner we can carry our equipment safely on the roads.

31 December 53    Signed Sims Flt/Lt

REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING

No comment

1/1/54     Signed Jennings Wing Commander

REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER

Seen           Signed…. Group Captain


HEADING CLIPPED

1500Hrs Thursday Christmas Eve

Six members left RAF Valley in one Bedford three ton, one Landrover W/T, and one Landrover ambulance.

1700Hrs  Arrived at Map Ref Sheet 107/691 567 Dyffryn Mymbyr and base camp was set up after receiving permission to camp.

1800Hrs  Tea.

1830Hrs  Sub-unit at Llanberis visited and informed of camping site, also Pen y Gwyrd Hotel and Ogwen Cottage sub-units informed. Exchanged a medical pack at Llanberis police station which had been used by Sargeant Williams of the police.  A civilian climber fell and was seriously injured while climbing on Crib y Ddysgl Map Ref Sheet 107/610 552.  The climber has since died.  This incidence occurred on Sunday 13th of December 53 and Sergeant Williams did not require assistance from the Mountain Rescue team who were camping at Tal y Mignedd Map Ref Sheet 107/533 533.

2200Hrs   Weather freezing, rum issued.

0900Hrs  Friday Christmas Day

Breakfast, weather very cold, a gale blowing.

1000Hrs LAC Murray SAC Grant went hillwalking to  Map Ref Sheet 107/705 547 Moel Siabod

2860 ft. The following members set about preparing the Christmas dinner.

F/S Ward   SAC Jones   LAC Brereton  SAC Duncan

1500Hrs  LAC Murray and SAC Grant returned to base camp.

1530Hrs Christmas Dinner consisting of Roast Pork, vegetables, Christmas pudding, mince pies, nuts, cigarettes, beer, crackers etc.  Everyone in good spirits, the farmer who rents the land invited the team to his house across the road.

1630Hrs   Established radio contact with RAF Valley.

LOG 31

1000Hrs   Saturday   Boxing Day

Breakfast, weather raining hard, cloud down to ground level. Trenches were dug to keep the camping site from becoming flooded.

1100Hrs   SAC James, LAC Brereton, SAC Duncan were taken by the Bedford three ton to Map Ref Sheet 107/672 604 Wern Gof Uchaf  where the members went for a climb on Tryfan 3010 ft. Map Ref Sheet 107/663 593.

1400Hrs   Radio contact established with RAF Valley.

1430Hrs   Bedford three ton returned to base camp. Members soaked to the skin. Rum issued to all members.

1500Hrs   Dinner, rest of the day spent drying out equipment and cleaning.

0900Hrs  Sunday, weather cold, rain showers.

1000Hrs   SAC James and LAC Brereton left base camp to rock climb at Map Ref Sheet 107/649

594 Idwal Slabs, Cwm Idwal.

1100Hrs Radio contact established with RAF Valley.

1800Hrs   SAC James and LAC Brereton returned to base camp.  SAC James informed the NCO i/c that he and LAC Brereton had assisted civilian climbers to carry an injured climber down from Glyder Fach Map Ref Sheet 107/656 583.  Plenty of other climbers were in the area at the time and the Mountain Rescue members at base camp were not required to assist.

1815Hrs  Dinner.

2130Hrs Rum issued.

0930Hrs  Monday. Breakfast, weather good

1000Hrs  Contacted  RAF Valley by radio.

1200Hrs  Dinner.

1300Hrs  Base camp struck.

1400Hrs  Team left for RAF Valley.

1530Hrs  Team arrived at RAF Valley.

REMARKS OF NCO i/c TEAM

The radio worked very well indeed over the Christmas period. Rations provided by the catering people were very good indeed. SAC James and LAC Brereton be commended on their assistance given at the climbing accident on Glyder Fach.  At least two of the Valley mountain rescue team were represented. The Jeep trailer is unserviceable awaiting new tyres and tail lights connection in workshops.  Bedford three ton 07AF90 in workshops having lighting rewired, suggest modifications to exhaust and equipment boxes be fitted, also the Mountain Rescue sign.

30/12/53   Signed  Ward Flt/Sgt NCO i/c MRS

REMARKS OF OFFICER i/c TEAM

The W/T equipment is in a more serviceable condition now. We expect a new RTV type 115 Bedford 4 x 2 vehicle on the 4th January 1954.  We are established for one wireless operator (AP3172), and one admin orderly: but we have two wireless operators and no orderly:  there are no wireless mechanics for attachment to MRS and I would prefer to continue with our present manning until we can judge the serviceability of the new vehicle and its equipment.

31 December 53       Signed   Sims Flt Lt

REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING

OC MRS.  When the 115 has been operating for one month, let me know whether or not you would prefer to have a wireless mechanic established in lieu of  wireless operator.  1/1/54

Signed   Jennings  Wing Commander

REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER

Seen      Signed   …. Gp Capt.


Log 3

Exercise to the Glyders  31 12 53

Liaison with Cranwell Cadet Officers.

0730Hrs Thursday

Left valley with six team members and two vehicles One Bedford three ton and one Landrover ambulance.

0910Hrs  Arrived at map reference sheet 107/651 519 Llyn Gwynant information was received that a party of fifty cadet officers and their Officer i/c Sqdn Ldr Roberts were marching towards the Pen y Gwryd Hotel to rendezvous with the six members of the Mountain Rescue team.

0930Hrs No 1 Flight

Twenty five officer cadets and Squadron Leader Roberts also three officer instructors LAC McCoy LAC Prescott left map reference sheet 107/ 659 558 Pen Y Gwryd  hotel to walk to map reference sheet 107/ 642 579 Glyder Fawer then to map reference sheet 107/ 656 582 Glyder Fach then to map reference sheet 107/ 663593 Tryfan then to Pen Y Gwryd hotel via the Miners Track map reference sheet 107/ 665 584.

No2 Flight

Twenty five officer cadets three officer instructors and F.O. Bleinek F.S.Ward JT Lantry left map reference sheet 107/ 659558 Pen Y Gwryd hotel to map reference sheet 107/ 685 585 spot height 2499 Ft to map reference sheet 107 656 582 Glyder Fach to map reference sheet 107/ 647 058 Bulch Ddwy Glyder to map reference sheet 107/ 659 558 Pen Y Gwryd hotel.

1630Hrs  Nos 1 and 2 flights and Mountain Rescue members arrived at map freelance sheet 107/ 651 519 Llyn Gwynant

1700Hrs  Dinner.

1730Hrs  Squadron Leader Roberts officer commanding cadets Cranwell thanked all members for a most enjoyable day.

1845Hrs Team members left for Valley

2200Hrs  Team arrived at RAF Valley.

Remarks of NCO i/c Team

A most instructive day and end enjoyed the liaison with the Cranwell cadets

5/1/54                                                       Ward Flt Sgt NCO i/c MRS

Remarks of Officer i/c Team

No comment

7 Jan54                                                 Signed Flt Lt  O i/c MRS

Remarks of Officer Commanding Flying Wing

No comments

7th Jan 1954                                        Signed Jennings Wing Commander

Remarks of  Station Commander

Blank


LOG 33

EXERCISE TO SNOWDONIA      2/1/54 – 3/1/54

LIASON WITH CRANWELL CADET OFFICERS

0710Hrs   Saturday   Left Valley with eight team members and two vehicles, one Bedford three ton, one Landrover ambulance.

0830Hrs  Arrived at Map Ref Sheet 107/651 519  Llyn Gwynant  The party of 50 cadet officers was split into four flights and one Mountain Rescue team member to act as leader, the Thomas stretcher was to be carried by cadets of number 1 flight and cadets taking turns in carrying it, each flight taking turns.

0900Hrs  All flights manned off and commenced to climb Snowdon, Map Ref Sheet 107/608 543 from Map Ref Sheet/627 506 via the Watkin path at approximately 3000 feet soft snow was encountered and great difficulty was experienced by those carrying the stretcher, every officer cadet and Mountain Rescuer had a spell with the stretcher, very cold and a high wind blowing.

1205Hrs  Everyone arrived at the summit of Snowdon and by this time it was snowing hard, everyone had a quick meal consisting of self-heating soup, biscuits, sandwiches.

A party of civilian climbers had broken into the kitchen of the Snowdon Hotel for shelter. This was later reported to the authorities.

1230Hrs  All flights manned off to return to  Llyn Gwynant  via the zigzag, Map Ref Sheet 107/608 548 , the going was extremely difficult for the cadets due to the fact that the snow was freezing and the boots which they wore were grooved not nailed with hob nails, suggested future survival courses that the boots Mountain Rescue be used. At  Map Ref Sheet 107/618 547 a suitable piece of rock was found and the Mountain Rescue members gave a demonstration of stretcher lowering, this impressed the Cranwell cadet officers. One of the cadets was the patient on the stretcher when it was lowered.

1530Hrs  Five Mountain Rescue members arrived at Map Ref Sheet 107/691 568 Dyffryn Mymbyr from RAF Valley and proceeded to set up base camp after obtaining permission from the farmer.

1630Hrs  The four flights of Cranwell cadets and Mountain Rescue personnel arrived back at Map Ref Sheet 107/651 519 Llyn Gwynant.

1700Hrs  A hot meal provided to all and rum issued by the camp Commandant Squadron Leader Roberts.

1730Hrs  All members returned by Bedford three ton to their own base at Dyffryn Mymbyr.

0900Hrs Sunday  Breakfast   Weather cold and dry.

1000Hrs  One Bedford three ton arrived with Squadron Leader Roberts to collect LAC McCoy and J/T Ward  It was intended to take twelve cadets climbing on Tryfan  Map Ref Sheet 107/663 593.

1030Hrs  F/S Ward  SAC Fallows J/T Lanter  AC1 Russell and LAC Murrows (?) left base camp in one Bedford three ton and one Landrover ambulance. It appeared that a wheel from an aircraft had been seen lying in a stream by one pf the parties out on the Saturday, so it was decided to have it investigated.

1050Hrs  Arrived at Map Ref Sheet 107/627 506 the Watkin path. Decided to test the path by driving the Landrover ambulance along it and managed to get the vehicle to Map Ref Sheet 107/612 524. This was quite a feat considering that the going was very rough indeed and the height of the climb was 1000 ft. the distance from the main road being approximately two miles.  This track would prove to be very useful in the event of an accident occurring either to civilian climbers or an aircraft in the Snowdon area. The wheel of the aircraft turned out to be one from an old wreck and not a Meteor of Vampire as it was first thought.

BASE CAMP

COOKS:  Cpl Wallace   LAC Prescott

DRIVERS :  SAC Rawlands  and LAC Pickerington

Sub-units in the area aware of where the team ….

LOG 34

(where the team) was camping in the event of an emergency.

1530Hrs  All parties arrived at base camp after a very interesting day.

1600Hrs  Dinner.

1700Hrs  Base camp was struck and the team left for Valley.

1930Hrs  Team at RAF Valley.

REMARKS OF NCO i/c TEAM

First snow of the season encountered on Snowdon, a very interesting weekend and the Team worked very hard.

6/1/54      Signed   Ward    Flt Sgt    NCO i/c MRS

REMARKS OF OFFICER i/c TEAM

No woollen gloves are issued to MR teams. I am trying to get authority for the local issue: in such conditions as we now have, an occurrence of frostbite is possible. In 1952 one man had to go to SSQ for treatment due to frostbite.

( Initialled?)

REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING

OC Admin Wing

Could arrangements be made for the immediate provision of a W/T operator, although still on strength, no W/T operators are actually available. With only one W/T Op on establishment, the usual procedure of no posting in of personnel until the existing operator has got on the boat is impracticable.

8/1/54     Signed Jennings  Wing Commander

REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER

Seen

Signed   (?) Grp Captain

11/1/54

REMARKS OF OFFICER i/c MR TEAM (Continued)

We were very pleased to have a volunteer driver this weekend, LAC Pickerington from the MT Section.  On 6th January 1954 LAC Johnston, the fulltime W/T operator was posted to the Far East as LAC  Grout the W/T operator attached from the Signals section is to be demobilised on 25th January 1954, the team will shortly be without operators. The establishment of the MR Team is for two drivers, one W/T operator and one administrative orderly. There is no orderly on the strength of the team at the moment, and as both W/T operators have had to be sent on leave, the work of running the Section now rests with the NCO and two airmen.

7/1/54      Signed (?) Flt Lt

REMARKS OF OC ADMIN WING

Action has been taken to obtain a W/T operator for MR team. This should be within the next few days.

11 Jan 54    Signed       (?)


LOG 35        EXERCISE TO THE CARNEDDS   (Date clipped ? 16/1/54 – 17/1/54?)

1330Hrs Saturday   The team left Valley in four vehicles, two Bedford three ton, one Landrover ambulance and one Landrover scout car. The team consisted of nineteen members.

1600Hrs  Arrived at Trefriw and permission was given for the team to camp at Nant Map Ref Sheet 107/762 623 . Sub-unit at Colwyn Bay informed of camping site.

1730Hrs  Tea.

1900Hrs  Team members briefed for an exercise to take place the following day. Members detailed and made into four parties, each party consisting of three men including leader. Each party carried a radio T46 set and pyrotechnics, rations, first aid pack, compass and map of area.

ABLE BAKER CHARLIE DOG
J/T Lanter LAC Harbell SAC Allcott SAC Greenhal
SAC Phillips J/T Ward LAC Matthews LAC Burrows(?)
AC2 Hollingworth SAC Duncan AC1 Russell LAC Prescott

LINK 1
SAC Fallows
LAC Scott
Flt Sgt Ward

BASE
Cpl  Bristow (Cook)
SAC Rawlands (Cook)
LAC Murray (Cook)
SAC Grant (W Op)

0800Hrs  Sunday  Breakfast

0915Hrs  The Bedford three ton took the following parties to commence courses.

ABLE
107/626 658                        107/683 643      107/716 622        107/763 622

BAKER
107/763 605                       107/683 643        107/735 636      107/763 623

CHARLIE
107/721 582                       107/683 643        107/728 632      107/763 623

DOG
107/647 603                     107/683 643       107/715 633           107/763 623

LINK 1
107/763 623                    107/728 613        107/697 631         107/727 636
107/763 623

Radio communication between base, link, and all parties was very good.

1630Hrs  All parties had returned to base camp.

1645Hrs  Dinner.

1730Hrs  Base camp was struck and the team returned to Valley.

2000Hrs Team arrived back at Valley

REMARKS OF NCO i/c TEAM
The team has now got a radio vehicle Bedford 13AF10.   115Mk1 Landrover 40AA19 has been converted back to a scout car.

19/1/54                     Signed WARD     Flt Sgt      NCO i/c MRS

****TIME GAP***????

REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER

Read with interest

12 OCT 54                      Signed (?) Grp Capt


LOG 36 (contd)  ***** Inconsistency of dates and sequence******

EXERCISE TO THE ARENIG FAWR    2-10-54 – 3-10-5

1400Hrs   Saturday  Left Valley with sixteen members and two vehicles, one three-tonner, one ambulance special and trailer.

1800Hrs  Arrived at Hafotty- Filtir-Gerig  Map Ref Sheet 116/H/816 387 and established base camp. The sub-unit at Bala being informed of the team’s whereabouts.

2000Hrs  Briefing held for a navigation exercise to take place on the Sunday.

2200Hrs  Retired.

0800Hrs   SUNDAY

The following parties left base camp to complete navigation courses.

ABLE                                  COMMENCE COURSE H816 388 H827 369
Cpl JONES                           H808 352       H778 345  H85 364   H 816 388
LAC BROOKHOUSE

BAKER
LAC DONE     COMMENCE COURSE H816 388   H785 364        H808 352   H839 346 H827 369  H816 388
LAC KERR

CHARLIE                    COMMENCE COURSE H816 388  H808 352 H779 345 H66 366 H785 364 H816 388
LAC JONES
LAC BOWEN

DOG               COMMENCE COURSE   H816 387  H826 354  H809 352 H779 345 H784 364 H816 387.
J/T EDWARDS
LAC DAVIS

EASY        COMMENCE COURSE H816 387  H821 416  H859 452  H872 446  H851 408 H858 398 H816 387
J/T (Lanter?)     **** page clipped  ****


LOG 37 EXERCISE TO MOELWYNS 23-24 JAN 54

1330Hrs 23rd January 1954
Team of eleven men left Valley with two three-ton tenders(?) and one special ambulance.

1500Hrs Camp established at 1” OS Map Ref 107/691 567, Dyffryn Mymbyr. W/T vehicle set up under supervision of our guest for the weekend, Flg Off Jones: reception was fairly good but our transmission was not heard on W/T.

1600Hrs Two members left for a training walk on Snowdon Horseshoe, the rest established camp and cooked a meal.

1800Hrs Supper.

1830Hrs Briefing for the morrow’s exercise.

0900Hrs 24 January 1954 Breakfast.
A frosty night had chilled some of the newer members of the Team to a point when they couldn’t hold a knife and fork, this was bad luck as it was a good breakfast. Flg Off Jones washed in an icy stream.

1000Hrs R/T Contact established with Trojan 81 and 68. Team left for exercise. Four members remained in camp to operate the R/T and W/T and to cook.

1130Hrs Team arrived at Tremadoc Cliffs . These are a new area for the team but many civilian climbers visit them. Stretcher lowering and rapelling was practised and taught. All the members of the team who attended this weekend will be of use in future rescues on cliff faces.

1630Hrs Left for base.

1750Hrs Supper. A well-cooked and welcome meal.

1900Hrs Broke camp, returned to Valley at 2030Hrs.

REMARKS OF OFFICE i/c TEAM

A most enjoyable and profitable weekend. My first exercise since I came out of hospital. We are again pleased that the activities of the Team continue to attract guests for the weekend. This time and MT driver was of great use, and the wireless equipment profited from the attention of Fg Off Jones.
26 January 54 Signed (?) Flt Lt

REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING
Seen
26 Jan 1954 Signed Jennings Wing Commander

REMARKS OF COMMANDING OFFICER
Seen Signed (?) Group Captain 29/1/54


LOG 38

EXERCISE TO THE GYLDERS (Date clipped)

1430Hrs Friday An advance party left Valley in one Bedford three ton vehicle, the party consisted of ten team members.

1830Hrs Nine team members and three vehicles left Valley, one Bedford three ton, one ambulance special, one Bedford Signals 115 Mk 1. The road from Bangor to Wern-Gof-Uchaf was very bad indeed, patches of which were really dangerous due to thick ice.

2030Hrs Arrived at Wern-Gof-Uchaf Map Ref Sheet 107/674 605, the snow was approximately two feet in depth where the base camp had been established. The advance party had the camp organised and hot cocoa was appreciated by all members.

2100Hrs Very cold indeed, all members had a hot meal. Decided to cancel the night exercise that had been arranged due to the soft condition of the snow. Sub-unit at Ogwen Cottage informed of camping site.

2200Hrs Freezing hard, all members in their sleeping bags.

0800Hrs Saturday Breakfast, more snow had fallen during the night.

0900Hrs Briefing for exercise.

0930Hrs Three parties left base camp and consisted of the following members.

ABLE BAKER CHARLIE
SAC JAMES LAC MCCOY LAC PEEL
SAC ALLCOTT J/T WARD CPL JAMES
LAC BRERETON SAC WALKER LAC SNELL
SAC FALLOWS SAC GREENHALL
AC2 FASKIN
FLT SGT WARD

ABLE Proceeded to y Gribin, Map Ref Sheet 107/653 588 and climbed a deep gully. Snow made the going really arduous, then to Glyder Fawr Map Ref Sheet 107/643 579 and down the Devils Kitchen track Map Ref Sheet 107/643 587 to Ogwen Cottage Map Ref Sheet 107/640 604 to Wern-Gof- Uchaf Map Ref Sheet 107/674 605.

BAKER Proceeded to Cwm Idwal Map Ref Sheet 107/646 594 to the top of the Devils Kitchen via the track Map Ref Sheet 107/643 587 then to Glyder Fawr Map Ref Sheet 107/643 579 to Glyder
Fach Map Ref Sheet 107/656 583 to Cwm Tryfan Map Ref Sheet 107/668 587 then to Wern-GofUchaf Map Ref Sheet 107/674 605.

CHARLIE Proceeded to Y-Garn Map Ref Sheet 107/629 596 via Cwn Tryfan , Glyder Fach, Glyder Fawr then returning via the Devils Kitchen track to Ogwen Cottage then base camp at WernGof-Uchaf.

1000Hrs Radio watch established with RAF Valley.

BASE CAMP
DRIVERS SAC Rawlands LAC Hansell
W/Op SAC Hyder (?)
COOKS Cpl Bristow SAC Duncan

1500Hrs Radio watch closed.

1700Hrs All parties had returned to base camp where a hot meal was prepared and enjoyed by all.

1900Hrs More snow. Evening spent drying out clothing and thawing out. All vehicles had their engines turned over at frequent intervals during the day and night and blankets were used to keep out the cold air.

2100Hrs Supper.

2200Hrs All members in their sleeping bags.

0900Hrs Sunday Breakfast.

1000Hrs The following members proceeded to Cwm Idwal where snow and ice technique was taught, use of the ice axe.
SAC James, SAC Fallows, LAC McCoy, LAC Peel, SAC Allcott, AC2 Farkin, J/T Ward, Cpl Jones,
LAC Brereton, F/S Ward, SAC Walker, LAC Snell, LAC Greenhall.


Log 39

EXERCISE TO THE CARNEDDS 18TH June 1955 – 19 June 1955

1400Hrs Saturday Twenty-two members left RAF Valley in two three-tonners, one ambulance special.

1630Hrs Arrived at Nant Map Ref Sheet 107/H764 623 approximately three miles from Trefriw in the Crafnant Valley and established base camp. Police at Trefiw informed of exercise and base camp.

1730Hrs Tea.

1800Hrs Briefing for navigation and rockclimbing exercise to take place on the Sunday, weather conditions hot and sunny. Instruction given to new members on map-reading.
Instructor SAC Hackney Sgt Martin Cpl Steren (?)

PUPILS J/T Morris LAC Greenwood SAC Morris LAC Healey AC1 Passway LAC Richardson 2300 hrs
Team retired, daylight lasted till 2300 hrs.

0830Hrs Sunday Breakfast. Weather very misty, drizzle, turning later to heavy rain.

0930Hrs The three-Tonner took the following to commence a navigation exercise from Aber .
SAC Hackney, J/T Morris, AC1 Passway, LAC Greenwood, AC2 O’Shea, LAC Richardson.
ABER   LLWYDMOR   FOEL FRAS   Y-ARYG   FOEL GRACH
655 727   687 694   696 683   668 674   689 658

CARNEDD LLEWELYN   CARNEDD DAFYDD   PEN-YR-OLEU-WEN
683 643   665 632   656 619
then down to the road A5 Ogwen.

The following left base camp to commence course
LAC STOKOE, J/T CATNEY, LAC HOLT, AC1 MORRIS
NANT   PEN LLITHRIG Y WRACH   FOEL GRACH   CARNEDD LLEWELYN
766 624   716 623   689 658   683 043

CARNEDD DAFYDD   PEN-YR-OLEU-WEN
665 682   656 619
(next line clipped)

Rock-climbing party left base camp in the three-tonner for Craig Yr Ysfa to the drop-off at
Map Ref Sheet 107/H716 593 and consisted of the following;
Sgt MARTIN, Cpl Steed, LAC Carr, SAC JAMES, LAC JONES, LAC NEWTON, LAC BROOKHOUSE.
Climbs were carried out on the Avalanche Buttress, the Amphitheatre, the Nameless Rib.
BASE CAMP
F/S WARD, LAC HANSELL, CPL WHARTON, J/T EDWARDS, CPL BOWEN.
The farmer had approached the NCO i/c Team regards the filling in of the ruts caused by the heavy vehicles some weeks ago on a dirt road leading to the campsite. The repair was carried out and each time the campsite is used, rubble will be shovelled into any hole made by the vehicles.

1900Hrs All parties were collected in the three-tonner and brought back to base for a hot cooked meal.

2000Hrs The camp was struck and the team returned to RAF Valley.

2245Hrs Team arrived at RAF Valley.

REMARKS OF NCO i/c TEAM
Exercise carried out in wet weather conditions, standard of navigation very good, rock-climbing carried out in a new area, and supervised by Sgt Martin, a very competent rock-climbing instructor.
A wireless operator, LAC Porthouse, is posted to the team W.E.F . 22nd June 1955.

20th June, 1955 WARD F/S NCO i/c TEAM

REMARKS OF OFFICER i/c TEAM
Useful training carried out.

Signed (?) F/O

LOG 40
Remarks of Officer Commanding Flying Wing
OC MRS
I have arranged for the equipment Section to issue large size “Glenfell” gloves so that the woollen gloves issued to airmen in his scale of service kit may be worn underneath these. Also available are aircrew leather gauntlets, I feel sure these would be of some use until the new type of gloves are available.
Let me know if the measures taken are satisfactory, if not, then representation must be made immediately to the Air Ministry for either the issue of woollen gloves or an immediate issue be made of the new type gloves
4 Feb 1954 signed Jennings Wg Cmdr
Remarks of Station Commander
Has an extra pair of airman ordinary gloves been issued to each team member?
6 – 2 – 54 Signed Gp Capt.


 


LOG 41 JOINT EXERCISE TO CADER IDRIS DISTRICT 5-8 FEBRUARY 54
5TH FEBRUARY 1954

1430Hrs Early party – Cpl Bristow, AC2 Forkin, LACs Hansell, Murray & Ash left for camp: Dinas Mawddwy Ref 116/859 152.
Vehicles – tender 3 ton four x four with tents, food and cooker and RVT115

1830Hrs Main party – Flt Lt Sims & Scorer. Fly Off Lewis-Lloyd, Flt Sgt Ward, LACs McCoy, Rippon & Robinson, AC1 Russell, Cpl Jones, J/T Lanter, left for camp. Vehicles- tender 3 ton 4 x 4 with T46 sets, spare petrol and medical equipment, and special ambulance.

1930Hrs Early party arrived camp site, pitched tents and cooked meal.

2030Hrs Main party arrived camp site, meal greatly enjoyed after a long, cold journey.The condition of the snow was perfect. Tentative plans were made for the next day. To bed.

6th February 1954

0230Hrs A greeting was extended to the St Athan team who couldn’t drive their vehicles to the same site as ourselves – perhaps eleven hours driving had left them heavy-handed!

0730Hrs Breakfast

0845Hrs One 3-ton tender left for the Outward Bound sea school at Aberdovey.

0900Hrs Two navigation parties Fly Off J Lewis-Lloyd and four men : and Flt Sgt Ward and five men left for map-reading and W/T practice on Col Affon.

1200Hrs Flt Lt Sims discussed the serviceability of the equipment with the sub-unit at Aberdovey, and was interviewed by the gentlemen of the Press.

1530Hrs The Press arrive Dinas Mawddwy and a stretcher-lowering exercise is demonstrated.

1630Hrs Map-reading parties return and join the stretcher party on the slopes of Y Gribin.

LOG 42 OBSCURED BY NEWSPAPER CUTTINGS

LOG 43 -continuation of log 41

1830Hrs Supper

1930Hrs Discussions with the Press on arrangements for the morrow. It was soon obvious that our plans for a full day on Cader Idris (bearing in mind 19 Gp Instruction not to let the presence of the Press interfere with our training programme , while according to the Press our whole-hearted co-operation)- that our plan would have to be modified. It was arranged that a mock search for an accident be carried out along the side of Y-Gribin. During the above discussions there was no sign of St Athan, so a telephone message was sent to them and eventually two of them arrived. It was very difficult to avoid the attentions of the large numbers of reporters and Valley thought that St Athan should be made to come into the line of fire as well.

2330Hrs At last all the parties have agreed on the programme. The snow which had been fairly steady was soon to turn to rain.

B.D. HRS 7th February 1754
During the night all the tents except one were flooded to a greater or lesser extent, and various migrations took place to the accompaniment of graphic descriptions of the weather.

0730Hrs Breakfast A leak had developed in the hydra-cooker and about seven square feet of canvas in the cooking shelter were burnt. This was accidental and the airmen concerned were not held to blame culpably. At the last A M Mountain Rescue Conference on 24th April 1953, under Para 6 (Ref VAL659/1/org. E33), alternative suggestions were made for cookers, as some teams have had serious fires: it is presumed that the matter is still under consideration.

0900Hrs The Press and St Athan arrived. Photographs, interviews and final briefing took place. Plt Off Weldon from St Athan was in charge of the mock search.

0930Hrs The search begins.

1230Hrs All parties returned and our visitors depart to catch their “editions”.

1300Hrs Two parties from Valley leave for a walk as they found little opportunity for exercise during the necessarily slow process of being filmed.

1700Hrs Supper Rain started again and the bonfire which was to have dried some of the sleeping bags was useless. Another wet night.

8th February 1954

0730Hrs Breakfast

0900Hrs One party left in camp to wash up and pack up. Two parties left for Cader Idris. This mountain is the highest, south of the Snowdon Massif and is largely bounded by rotten scree. It is of importance to the team that there should always be a good knowledge of its topography in the team. The two parties spent about four hours map-reading and walking over the mountain.

1330Hrs Return to camp and have lunch.

1530Hrs Break camp. Return to Valley – 2030 hrs.

REMARKS OF NCO i/c TEAM

This was a most interesting long weekend and quite an experience for the team. All members have sufficient protection from frostbite of the hands New gloves will be issued as soon as possible. Looking forward to a future exercise with the St Athan MRS team in Snowdonia. The rations supplied by the catering officer were excellent.

10th February 1954 Signed Ward Flt Sgt NCO i/c Team

LOG 44

REMARKS OF OFFICER i/c TEAM
This weekend was an unusual one.
Valley team carried out a joint exercise with the St Athan team, and A.M. arranged for representation form the Press and newsreels to be present. On the whole, the weekend was a success, and St Athan wish to come to Snowdonia in the near future to practise rockclimbing, as in their own district it is difficult to find safe rock on which to train new members. Valley team wish to extend thanks to four people in particular this weekend. Flt Lt Scorer who interrupted his leave to come and help give navigation instruction and deal with the Press. Flg Off J Lewis-Lloyd from Oakington who also gave some useful map-reading instruction, but who kept very modestly in the background when there were cameras in the foreground. Cpl Bristow, our permanent cook also gave up some days of his leave to help, and SAC McCoy came out with us as an expert climber and team member on this weekend for which he had a 72 hour pass. The position with regard to gloves is now closed up and all members have sufficient protection. Better gloves will be issued as soon as possible.
10 February 54 Signed SIMS Flt Lt

REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING

A jolly good show by all team members.
OC MRS Please take up the position with regard to the new cooker, if the present one is as dangerous as it appears replacement as early as possible is essential.

11th February 1954 Signed JENNINGS Wing Commander.

REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER
Read with interest.
22/2/54 Signed (?) Gp Capt.


EXERCISE TO ? PAGE HEADING CLIPPED – DATE?

1345Hrs The team consisiting of twelve members and F/O Lewis-Lloyd left Valley in four vehicles, two tenders 3 ton 4 x 4, one Signals tender 115 Mark1, one ambulance special.

1530Hrs Arrived at the Pass of Llanberis Map Ref Sheet 107/622 572 and made base camp. Permission had been given the day before for the camping site.

1700Hrs Tea.

1800Hrs Radio watch opened to RAF Valley, endeavoured to contact the rescue co-ordination centre at Plymouth, but failed due to very bad interference. Sub-unit at Llanberis Police Station informed of where the team was camping.

1900Hrs Change over to night frequency. The W/Op LAC Heyden could hear Plymouth but once again very bad interference. Informed RAF Aldergrove who were taking watch for RAF Valley that he was closing.

1930Hrs Three parties briefed for an exercise on Snowdon. The weather was very good indeed during the day but low cloud descended during the evening and a gale developed, drizzle.

2130Hrs All hands to the tents. The wind had torn several of the guy ropes completely out of the large tent that members were sleeping in.

2300Hrs Everyone settled in their sleeping bags.

0900Hrs Sunday Breakfast. Weather slow cloud, drizzle.

1000Hrs Three parties left base camp to commence courses from the following Map References:

LOG 45 START CLIPPED, resumes.

(Party Able?) …..were taken in the 3-tonner

BAKER
Cpl Jones, F/O Lewis-Lloyd, Cpl Bewnell(?)
CHARLIE
Cpl Warn, SAC Duncan, SAC Phillips

DOG
SAC Allcott, LAC Robinson, LAC Matthews

BAKER proceeded to PEN-Y-PASS Map Ref Sheet 107/646 556 whence to Crib Goch Map Ref
Sheet 107/621 552 via the Pig Track Map Ref Sheet 107/643 555 to Crib -y-Ddisgl Map Ref Sheet 107/605 551 to Snowdon Map Ref Sheet 107/611 554 to Y-LLIWEDD Map Ref Sheet 107/623 534 to PEN-Y-PASS T Map Ref Sheet 107/646 556. CHARLIE commenced from Nant Gynnyd Map Ref Sheet 107/654 524 to Y-Lliwedd Map Ref Sheet 107/623 534 to Snowdon Map Ref Sheet 107/611 544 to Crib Goch Map Ref Sheet 107/621 552 to PENY PASS Map Ref Sheet 107/646 556.

DOG commenced course from Plas Gwynant Map Ref Sheet 107/627 507 via the Watkin Pass
Map Ref Sheet 107/614 525 to Snowdon Map Ref Sheet 107/611 544 to Crib Y Ddysgl Map Ref
Sheet 107/605 551 to Clogwyn Map Ref Sheet 107/ 608 562 to Derwlwyn Map Ref Sheet
107/593 588 to the Pass of Llanberis Map Ref Sheet 107/622 572.

BASE CAMP
Cpl Wallace COOK
LAC Heyder W/Op
Cpl Burnell DRIVER
LAC Murray DRIVER
LAC ELLIS DRIVER

F/S Ward went rock-scrambling at Map Ref Sheet 107/638 562 and joined the party of civilian rock climbers.

1000Hrs Radio watch opened to RAF Valley.

1030Hrs Radio contact established with the rescue co-ordination centre at Plymouth, strength two to three.

1500Hrs Radio watch closed.

1600Hrs 3-tonner proceeded to Pen y Pass to collect two parties.

1700Hrs All parties had returned to Base Camp.

1730Hrs Dinner.

1830Hrs Base camp was struck and the team returned to RAF Valley.

2030Hrs. Team arrived at RAF Valley.

REMARKS OF NCO i/c TEAM
The radio worked very well indeed over the weekend, plenty of civilian climbers on rock in the Llanberis Pass. Most of the snow has gone and that on high ground approximately 2000 ft is very soft and dangerous. A very enjoyable weekend. F/O Lewis-Lloyd and Cpl Burnett both being guests.
23/2/54 Signed WARD F/S NCO i/c MRS

REMARKS OF OFFICER i/c TEAM

The radio truck with its two-way sets is at last fairly consistent in its reliability. The radio servicing section have done much work on this vehicle for the MRS and we can raise stations from Kinloss to Plymouth. The new frequency crystals for the T46 sets are all ready for installation.

23 Feb 54 Signed SIMS Flt/Lt Officer i/c MRS

REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING
No comment

Signed (?) Squad Ldr

REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER

(Blank)

25/2/54 Signed (?) Group Captain


Log 46
Exercise to the Berwyns 26 2 54
1500Hrs Friday One 3 tonner and five team members left Valley.
1800Hrs One 3 tonner and one signals van left Valley with seven team members.
23.00Hrs ,All vehicles arrived at map reference sheet 117/ 124 357 Pantiau and proceeded to set up base camp.

2359Hrs Base camp established and it was snowing quite heavily all members had a hot meal then went to bed.

0900Hrs Saturday Breakfast still snowing.
1000Hrs Three parties briefed for navigation exercise
Able
F/S Ward Cpl Jones LAC Prescott
Baker
LAC Murray LAC Mathews
Charlie
SAC Duncan J/T Ward SAC Phillips
Able
Proceed to map reference sheet 117/093 365 to map reference sheet 117/104 357 to map reference sheet 117/114 386 to map reference sheet 117/ 134 373 to map reference sheet 117/ 124 357.
Baker
Proceed to map reference sheet 117/ 102 334 to map reference sheet 117/ 085 336 to map reference sheet 117/ 084 365 to map reference sheet 117/ 124 357.
Charlie
Proceed to map reference sheet 117/ 117 397 to map reference sheet 117/086 374 to map reference sheet 117/ 104 363 to map reference sheet 117/124 357.
Base camp Party
Cpl Bristow Cook
SAC Rawlands Driver
LAC Murray Driver
LAC Ash W/op
1030Hrs Radio watch opened and established contact with the rescue co-ordination centre at Plymouth and RAF Valley also contact by radio to all parties on exercise at frequent intervals
1800Hrs All parties had returned to base camp and had dinner.
2000Hrs Radio watch closed still snowing quite hard rest of the evening spent drying clothing etc.
0900 Hrs Sunday Breakfast Snow had drifted to a depth of 2-3 feet during the night.
1000Hrs One party consisting of the following members proceeded to walk to Corwen map reference sheet 117/ 083 433.
Able LAC Murray LAC Mathews SAC Duncan.
0915Hrs Radio watch opened and established contact with the rescue co-ordination centre at Plymouth and RAF Valley.
One party consisting of the following were briefed for a night exercise.
F/S Ward J/T Ward Cpl Jones SAC Phillips.
Base camp party
Cpl Bristow cook SAC Rawlands LAC Murray Drivers LAC Ash W/Op
1 Hrs
Instruction given to the following members on map reading.
Clipped unable to read
Log 47
1500Hrs One three tonner left base camp to pick up party Able at Corwen.
1800Hrs Party able arrived at base camp.
1815Hrs Dinner
2000Hrs Radio watch closed, the night exercise that had been planned was cancelled due to a blizzard which developed.
0830Hrs Monday Breakfast, decided to break camp and travel in daylight as the roads were very dangerous in places due to frozen ice and snow.
Radio watch opened and informed 19 Group and RAF Valley that the team was returning to RAF Valley.
1300Hrs The team commenced the journey back to RAF Valley passed several vehicles on the side of the road which were held up by the very bad road surface conditions.
1930Hrs Team arrived back at Valley
REMARKS OF NCO i/c TEAM

Experience of a different area, this being bog heather and pot holes, stamina building. The walkie talkies were tested and with the W/T van up to a distance of ten miles, and worked very well indeed, also the airborne folding stretcher was carried in a new way and found to be of no weight at all at the end of ten miles. The snow was the worst fall experienced this season, snow falling continuously from the Friday to the Monday and a severe blizzard that developed on the Sunday.
2-3-54 Signed Ward Flt/Sgt NCO i/c Team

REMARKS OF OFFICER i/c TEAM
No remarks.
3rd March 1954 Signed (?) Flt Lt

REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING
Seen
4.3.54 Signed Jennings Wing Commander
REMARKS BY STATION COMMANDER
(BLANK)


LOG 48OBSCURED BY NEWSPAPER CLIPPING – full log on Log 49
LOG 49 (CALL-OUT TO?) SUSPECTED CIVILIAN ACCIDENT
2nd MARCH 1954

2150Hrs Informed by Police at Caernarfon that two children returning from school had near Llandwrog had not arrived home and it was feared that they had fallen down one of the mineshafts in that district. The police did not have a very clear idea of where the children were likely to be, but after much questioning, about 12 minutes on the telephone, I arranged for the Mountain Rescue team to meet the police inspector on the road between Carmel and Fron, Map Refs 107/494 550 and 505 548. 2205 – 2230 hrs Personnel told of callout, SDO , Guardroom, airman’s mess and other essential people also informed . Doctor told and asked to standby at his home in case no civilian doctor was available. 2330Hrs Two tenders 3-ton left Valley with 18 MRS personnel, landrover ambulance and signals truck standing by at MRS for further information from Carnarvon police.

2240Hrs Police informed MRS that the children had returned home. Police at Holland Farm asked to stop MRS vehicles on their way through.

2255Hrs Both vehicles returned to Valley. Police at Caernarfon told.

REMARKS OF OFFICER i/c TEAM

No remarks.

3rd March 1954 Signed (?) Flt Lt
REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING
Seen
4.3.54 Signed Jennings Wing Commander
REMARKS BY STATION COMMANDER
(BLANK)

LOG 50 EXERCISE TO THE GLYDERS (date clipped)
1345Hrs Saturday Left Valley with two 3-tonners, one ambulance special and ten team members.
1600 hrs Arrived at Dyffryn Mymbyr Map Ref Sheet 107/691 567.
1700Hrs Base camp established.
1730Hrs Tea.
1800Hrs Proceeded to Beddgelert Police Station Map Ref Sheet 107/588 482 and exchanged two T46 radio sets and informed them of camping site, this being one of the Mountain Rescue sub-units.
1900Hrs Team briefed for a rock-climbing exercise to take place the following day.
2000Hrs Rest of the evening preparing and checking ropes etc.
0830Hrs SUNDAY Breakfast

0930Hrs The three-tonner left with u/m team members and proceeded to Ogwen Cottage at Map Ref Sheet 107/648 603.

LAC McCOY   SAC ALLCOTT   F/S WARD   SAC JAMES   LAC RAWLINSON   AC2 FARQUIN   LAC HANSELL   SAC BRERETON   Cpl WALLACE
1030Hrs Rock-climbing was carried out on Y Gribin at Map Ref Sheet 107/ 652 587 and the following climbs were made by all members, some members rock-climbing for the first time.
Slab recess route standard mod. Slab intermediate route standard V Diff. Base Camp SAC Duncan cooked and prepared dinner.
1630Hrs Tean members returned to Dyffryn Mymbyr in the 3-tonner.
1700Hrs Dinner.
1800Hrs Camp was struck and the team returned to RAF Valley.
2000Hrs Team arrived at RAF Valley.

REMARKS OF NCO i/c TEAM
Very good weekend indeed. Much was done in the way of teaching new members to rock-climb and remarkable in such a short space of time at the progress of new members. We shall have a first class rockclimbing team. All safety precautions taken when climbing upon rock. 24-3-54 Signed WARD F/S NCO i/c TEAM

REMARKS OF OFFICER i/c TEAM
Seen Signed (?) F/O

REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING
No comments
25 March 1954 Signed Jennings Wing Commander

REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER
Noted
26 March 1954 Signed Hrs SDO MO and other interested parties told of cancellation of call-out.
3rd March 1954 Signature (not clear)
REMARKS by OC Flying Wing
NIL
4-3 54
REMARKS BY STATION COMMANDER
Seen Signed ? Group Capt
4-3- 54


LOG 51 –

MOCK CALL OUT TO THE CARNEDDS

0050Hrs SATURDAY 27-3-54
Message received from the controller 19 Group stating that a Valletta aircraft had seen several ground fires approximately six to seven miles bearing 293 degrees from Llanrwst Map Ref Sheet 107/ 700 660, and requesting that they be informed when the Team was ready to move off.

0100Hrs ATC to Valley informed Mountain Rescue that an Oxford aircraft was overdue on a flight from Valley to Shawbury and confirmed the message received from 19 Group. ATC requested that they be notified when Team was ready to move off.

0120Hrs The duty team ready with full kit, briefing for search of Map Ref Sheet 107/700 660, Team split into four parties Able, Baker, Charlie, Dog. ATC Valley informed team ready to move off.

0140Hrs Team ready Valley in three vehicles, one tender three-ton, one Bedford W/T 115 Mark 1, one Landrover and trailer. Bedford (?) was to proceed to Aber Map Ref Sheet 107/663 721 and drop off party Able who would make their way across country to Map Ref Sheet 107/700 660, three tonner then proceed to Nant Map Ref Sheet 107/763 623 where base camp was to be established. Landrover and trailer proceeded with party Baker to Wern-Gof-Uchaf Map Ref Sheet 107/666 065 and commence search, Landrover then proceeded to Map Ref Sheet 107/763 623 Nant. The Bedford W/T 115 Mark 1 proceed direct to Map Ref Sheet 107/763 623 Nant, and to establish radio contact with 19 group and RAF Valley as soon as possible.

0340Hrs Party Charlie taken to Map Ref Sheet 107/724 646 Hafod-y-Rhiw and thence proceed on foot to Map Ref Sheet 107/700 660. Parties consisted of three team members, one leader navigation, one W/Op (last line clipped). Equipment carried:- Leader, rucksack, first aid pack, emergency rations, spare clothing, maps, compass, protractor, torch type C, headband torch, spare batteries, one “ signal pistol cartridges, green white illuminating, double star red, whistle, nylon rope.

W/Op:- one wireless T46 radio set.
First aid man:- one airborne folding stretcher, complete with sheets universal and two blankets.
Parties consisted of the following members:-
ABLE LAC McCoy AC2 Farkin 670 Cpl Warn
BAKER SAC Greenhall LAC Rawlinson LAC Matthews
CHARLIE SAC Brereton SAC Allcott AC1 (?) Gillitt
DOG F/S Ward LAC Ash Cpl Brereton LAC Hansell .

0420Hrs Could not establish contact by W/T to 19 Group or RAF Valley, operator told to keep trying. Contact established between all search parties by radio T46 set. Links used to keep contact.

0800Hrs Party Able reported at Map Ref Sheet 107/700 660 and commenced to search. They were joined soon after by Party Charlie and party Baker, and all parties commenced searches.

0930Hrs Parties told to report to base camp.

1000Hrs Base camp established, tents erected by party Dog.

1100Hrs Still could not contact 19 Group or RAF Valley by W/T. There seems to be a great deal of disturbance on the air, decided to move the W/T to another map reference, this being Sheet 107/752 608 Llyn -Crafnant.

1230Hrs (Changes to ) LOG 52
Contact made with Kinloss and message given to pass to RAF Valley and 19 Group.

1300Hrs Party Able reported back at base camp.

1345Hrs Party Charlie reported back at base camp followed by party Baker.

1400Hrs Informed the controller at ATC RAF Valley that the search had been completed and that the Mountain Rescue team was remaining at the present base camp on exercise till the following Monday.

1430Hrs Dinner.

1530Hrs All equipment made serviceable, team ready for any emergency.

1600Hrs Most team members asleep.

1000Hrs SUNDAY 38-3-54 Breakfast. Most team members went and did some rock-climbing at Map Ref Sheet 107/733 622. Some members wished to attend church at Trefriw Map Ref Sheet 107/782 663, transport arranged.

1400Hrs Dinner.

1500Hrs LAC Ash taken to Valley, this airman had to report to Cosford for medical examination.

1700Hrs Tea.

2000Hrs Most members in bed.

0800 hrs MONDAY – 28-3-54 Breakfast.

0900Hrs (Page clipped) (resumes) Sheet 107/648 605 Rhaiaor-Ogwen thence the team members proceeded to Glyder Fach Map Ref Sheet 107/656 583 and to following rock-climbs carried out.

DELTA ON ALPHABET SLABS Standard very difficult
NEEDLES EYE CLIMB Standard very difficult
DOLMEN BUTTRESS Standard difficult
LAC McCOY   SAC GREENHALL   F/S WARD   LAC DAVIES   LAC MATTHEWS   LAC HANSELL   SAC BRERETON   SAC ALLCOTT   AC1 GILLITT(?)   LAC RAWLINSON

BASE CAMP
Cpl BRISTOW   LAC FARKIN   Cpl WARN

1600Hrs All members back at base camp.

1700Hrs Dinner.

1800Hrs Camp has been struck.

2130Hrs Team arrived back at Valley.

REMARKS OF NCO i/c TEAM

Difficulty experienced in obtaining drivers for Mountain Rescue vehicles on exercises.
The team has five vehicles and only two drivers are established, two MTDMS as per AP3172. The team has one driver MTDM and one MTD. Could the present establishment be raised from two MTDMS to two MTDMS and one MTD. This would ensure more drivers available for call-outs and exercises. On the last call-out two vehicles had to be left behind because of a shortage of drivers. The vehicles were one tender 3-ton and one ambulance special. The establishment of drivers. The team members really worked hard over the mock call-out and members thought it was a real call-out, the team really put up a wonderful show
31-3-54 Signed Ward F/Sgt NCO i/c Team

LOG 53 IS EXACT DUPLICATE OF LOG 52

LOG 54
REMARKS OF OFFICER i/c TEAM
1 The team put up a very good show. They did not know that this was a pre-arranged practice. More practices called out like that will bring the team to the maximum of efficiency.
2 This was the first time for many weeks that W/T contact could not be established although the equipment was serviceable. This was one of those days.
3 As regards establishment of more MT drivers for MRS, this matter will be brought forward at the Air Ministry conference.
Signed (?) Fl/OFF

REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING

A good exercise. Could we get some of the station MT drivers interested in the MRS? This should help the situation if we are not successful in getting an increase in establishment at today’s AM meeting.
Signed (?) Sqdn/Ldr

REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER

Once again the team put up a good show.
I wish to see the Officer I/C Team this pm to have a verbal report on these (decisions?). Officer I/C please speak.

7/4/54 Signed (?) Grp Capt.


LOG 55

SATURDAY 18TH APRIL 1954.

0700Hrs Breakfast. Radio contact with Valley satisfactory.

0800Hrs The whole team apart from two cooks and two helpers left with ATC on our three tonner for Snowdon area. One party set off from Pen y Pass to climb to the summit of Snowdon along Crib Goch. Another party set off from Gwynant also for Snowdon.

1200Hrs Parties met on the top of Snowdon, well-exhausted, especially the ATC cadets but in very good spirits.

1400 hrs Parties commenced descent down to rendezvous point of Pen y Gwryd where transport was awaiting.

1645Hrs All embarked on three tonners for base camp.

1730Hrs Arrived at base camp with terrific appetite. The food was very well prepared by the two regular cooks.

1830Hrs Briefing for next day.

SUNDAY 19 APRIL 1954

0800 hrs Several members of the Team and ATC cadets attended church service at Trefiew village

0830Hrs-0930Hrs Breakfast.

1000Hrs Whole team plus ATC left for Dyffry Farm.

1100Hrs Practised stretcher work for TV programme

1400Hrs Larger party of MRT and cadets left for rock-climbing on Little Tryfan. Four remaining members plus three ATC set off on foot for base camp from Capel Curig..

1630Hrs Walking party returned.

1730Hrs Climbing party returned.

1800Hrs High tea.

MONDAY 20TH APRIL 1954

0800Hrs Breakfast. Radio contact good.

0930Hrs The team set off for rock-climbing Ogwen area.

1000Hrs ATC departed for route reconnaissance in local area. They were also doing field craft.

1600Hrs ATC returned to camp and began to strike their camp.

1700Hrs MRT returned.

1730Hrs Last meal under canvas.

1900Hrs Left for RAF Valley. One 3 ton and Landrover were diverted to take ATC back to Colwyn Bay.

2100Hrs Arrived at RAF Valley, all healthy and sun-burned.

REMARKS OF OFFICER I/C TEAM

Most enjoyable four days. The team worked as efficiently as ever, though two members of the team were warned. One more slip and these two will be out of the team. Because of larger number of people than usual, it was necessary to have two cooks at the camp at all times. Corporal Bristow and Corporal Jones made very good effort cooking for over thirty personnel during 4 days. The team’s help in training the ATC was well appreciated by Officer I/C of ATC and the Team gained further experience in rock-climbing, navigation and stretcher work.

Signed (?) Flying Officer

REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING

A good show

28 April 1954 Signed Jennings Wing Commander

LOG 56
REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER

Read with interest.

Signed (?) Group Captain.


LOG 56 (CONTD) to LOG 60

EXERCISE TO LLANBERIS 24-4-54 TO 25-4-54

1330Hrs SATURDAY 24TH April 1954 The team consisting of nineteen team members left Valley in two tenders three-ton, one car 5cwt, one ambulance special and one signals tender.

1500Hrs Arrived at the pass of Llanberis and base camp was set up at Map Ref Sheet 107/622 572

1600Hrs The team had been briefed for a short exercise to take place Saturday afternoon, team split into three separate parties. 1st party consisting of six members, three members having joined the team quite recently proceeded on a map-reading exercise to the old wreck of the Aer Lingus Dakota at Map Ref Sheet 107/670 522. 2nd party proceeded to the summit of Snowdon
3rd party proceeded to the Idwal Slabs where rock-climbing instruction was given.

1800Hrs W/T contact with Manston only.

2000Hrs All parties had returned to the base camp and a cooked meal was served. Llanberis police station notified of MRT location .

2100Hrs Team briefed for Sunday’s exercise.

0900Hrs SUNDAY 25TH April 1954 Breakfast.

1000Hrs Flt/Lt Deakin and F/O Black and four team members proceeded to the Pen y Pass to commence course of the Snowdon Horseshoe. The rest of the team proceeded to the Idwal Slabs for rockclimbing instruction.

1100Hrs W/T contact with RAF Valley.

LOG 57

1700Hrs All parties had returned to the base camp and a cooked meal was served.

1800Hrs Radio watch closed and camp was struck. Team returned to RAF Valley.

2000Hrs Team arrived at Valley.

REMARKS OF NCO I/C TEAM

A very good weekend of training, hillwalking, map-reading and rock-climbing. Instruction given. Flt/Lt Deakin, medical officer, came out with the team , also F/O Black, flying instructor
26-4-54 Signed Ward F/S

REMARKS OF OFFICER I/C TEAM
Seen

Signed (?) F/O

REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING
No comment.
29 April 1954 Signed Jennings Wing Commander

REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER
Read with interest
Signed (?) Group Commander


EXERCISE TO THE GLYDERS – 28-4-54

0830Hrs WEDNESDAY 28TH APRIL 1954 Left Valley with fifteen team members and one signals tender, one ambulance special, one three tonner.

0945Hrs Arrived at Dyffryn Mymbyr Map Ref Sheet 107/694 573.

1000Hrs Stretcher-lowering practice carried out on some rock, approximately 100 ft in height. All team members practised abseiling.

1200Hrs Dinner.

1300Hrs One party of three new team members went map-reading across the Glyders, rest of the team proceeded to Idwal Slabs to rock-climb. Radio watch maintained with RAF Valley.

1800Hrs All parties arrived at base camp.

1815Hrs Radio watch closed. Team returned to RAF Valley.

REMARKS OF NCO I/C TEAM

A good day’s training.
29-4-54 Signed WARD F/S NCO I/C TEAM

REMARKS OF OFFICER I/C TEAM

Yes, a good day. Possibly when the flying programme is well in hand in summer and we have a games afternoon, more team members will be able to perform.

Signed Deakin Flt/Lt

LOG 58

REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING

No comment
5-5-54 Signed JENNINGS WING COMMANDER

REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER

(BLANK)


EXERCISE TO THE GLYDERS 1-5-54 TO 2-5-54

1330Hrs SATURDAY 1ST MAY 1954

The team consisting of fifteen team members left Valley in two three-tonners, one ambulance special, one signals tender.

1500Hrs Arrived at Map Ref Sheet 107/673 604 WERN-GOF-UCHAF . Sub-unit at Ogwen Cottage were informed of position where team was camping.

1515Hrs Radio watch established.

1600Hrs Base camp established.

1630Hrs Stretcher-lowering practice carried out on Tryfan Bach Map Ref Sheet 107/666 597.

1635Hrs NCO I/C team and one member proceeded to Map Ref Sheet 107/714 548 to place a yellow painted box which was representing a crashed aircraft.

1900Hrs Dinner, all parties had returned to base camp.

2000Hrs Team were briefed for a mock search of a crashed aircraft at Map Ref Sheet 107/714 548 on Sunday. Team split into three parties, each party to carry one rucksack containing spare clothing, map, compass, first aid pack, pyrotechnics, rations etc, T46 set, one airborne folding stretcher, three men in each party. LINK 1 consisted of two members who proceeded to the top of Tryfan, Map Ref Sheet 107/664 595 LINK 2 NCO I/C team and one team member proceed to Moel Siabod to control all parties during exercise, links carry T46 set and spare clothing, food etc.
Base Camp, cooks, radio man etc

2130Hrs Preparation of equipment.

2200Hrs
Retired for the day

LOG 59

0800Hrs SUNDAY 2ND MAY 1954 Breakfast.

Parties taken to following Map References by the three-tonner
PARTY ABLE to 107/659 542
PARTY BAKER to 107/756 574
PARTY CHARLIE to 107/719 517

1400Hrs Mock aircraft located by Party Charlie who inform Link 2 and all parties.

1600Hrs All parties return to Base camp.

1700Hrs High tea.

1800Hrs Base camp was struck. Team returned to RAF Valley.

2000Hrs Team arrived at RAF Valley.

REMARKS OF NCO I/C TEAM

While the team was out on exercise on Sunday, the following team members, LAC HANSELL, SAC DUNCAN, (LAC BORROWS on loan from MT), AC2 FORKIN assisted in the rescue of a climber who was seriously injured when he fell from the Milestone Buttress on Tryfan. These members put up a grand show, which is a credit to Mountain Rescue and RAF Station Valley. The mock search was carried out very well indeed. It gave new team members experience. One glass pickle jar was broken accidently, catering officer suggests members pay for it.

3-5-54 WARD Flt/Sgt NCO I/C TEAM

REMARKS OF OFFICER I/C TEAM
The Sunday’s exercise was a success and we might have one once a month as it gives the team a chance to a) familiarise itself with an area and b) practise with the walkie talkie sets and c) realise the joys of carrying a stretcher over hard country. The injured climber is now out of his “pickle” and congratulations to the members who helped him. Incidentally, it seems that the aircraft 1st aid packs that we carry are not suitable for the type of casualties we are likely to meet. There seems no need to carry around aspirins, constipation tablets etc and a more suitable pack- one to each party would be an advantage.

Signed DEAKIN Flt/Lt

REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING

I suspect that the Officer I/C MRT in consultation with the SMC submits suggestions to the Rescue Centre on the contents considered necessary for the First Aid pack, and if possible re-design the existing pack to suit all essential needs.

5-5-54. Signed JENNINGS Wing Commander

REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER

Officer I/C team, please take action on the recommendation by O/C Flying Wing.

7-5-54 Signed (?) Group Captain.


LOG 60

EXERCISE TO THE “MOEL HEBOG” AREA – 8-5-54 to 9-5-54

1400Hrs SATURDAY 8th MAY 1954 Left Valley with sixteen team members and five vehicles, two three-tonners, one signals tender, one ambulance special, one car 5cwt and jeep trailer.

1600Hrs Team arrived at Tal y-Mignedd Map Ref Sheet 107/533 533 and base camp was set up.

1630Hrs Stretcher-lowering carried out on some suitable outcrop rock, approximately 100 feet in height, standard very difficult. New members instructed on stretcher-lowering, abseiling etc.

1800Hrs Radio watch opened. Sub-unit at Beddgelert informed of where the team was camping.

1830Hrs All members returned to base camp and had a cooked meal.

2000Hrs Team briefed on a exercise, new members split up into parties and experienced member appointed as navigator and put in charge of each party. T46 sets carried. The exercise being on map-reading etc.

2130Hrs Retired.

0800 hrs SUNDAY 9th MAY 1954 Breakfast

0900 hrs ABLE and BAKER parties to commence courses from Map Ref sheet 107/553 443 TYDDYNMAWR. CHARLIE and DOG commenced courses from (last line clipped) reference sheet 107/546 517, and maintained contact with all parties and base camp.

0915Hrs Radio watch opened with RAF Valley.

1630Hrs All parties had returned to base camp.

1700Hrs High Tea

1800Hrs Camp was struck and the team returned to Valley.

2000Hrs Team arrived at Valley.

REMARKS OF NCO I/C TEAM

A good weekend of training, more new team members out this weekend. Movement of fighter aircraft over Snowdonia, 19 Group informed NCO I/C Team to be at readiness. One aircraft seen by NCO I/C team circling Snowdon. It appeared to be a civilian Rapide.

10-5-54 Signed WARD Flt/Sgt NCO I/C TEAM

REMARKS OF OFFICER I/C TEAM
A pleasant though hard weekend. The walkie talkie sets worked well.

Signed DEAKIN Flt Lt

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REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING

No comment.
13-5-54 Signed JENNINGS WING COMMANDER

REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER
Read with interest
14th MAY 1954

Signed (?) Group Captain

LOG 5B0001

EXERCISE TO THE RHINOGS  14-5-54  – 17-5-54

1400HRS FRIDAY  14TH MAY 1954
The team consisting of 15 team members left Valley in four vehicles, two three-tonners, one W/T truck Mark 1, (115), one ambulance special.

1930 hrs  Team arrived at Map ref Sheet 116/609268. TYDDYN BACH.

2040 hrs  Base camp established, supper meal.

2100hrs  Sub unit at DOLGELLEY MAP REF SHEET 116/727177 , informed of camping site.

2200hrs Team briefed for a navigation exercise to take place on Saturday. Teams split into 5 parties, consisting of three walking parties, each carrying a T46 set and one link carrying a T46 set to maintain contact between all parties and base camp.   Base camp consisting of three airmen, one cook, one driver, one W/OP.

2300 hrs   Team retired.

0700hrs Saturday 15th May 1954.
Breakfast
0800 hrs Parties ABLE, BAKER, CHARLIE & LINK,  left base camp to commence navigation exercises.

1000 hrs   Listening watch opened with RAF Valley via Kinloss and Manston.

1800 hrs   All parties had returned to base camp….  (clipped)

1900 hrs  Radio watch closed, team free for rest of the evening.

0900 hrs Sunday 16 May 1954
Breakfast

1000 hrs Listening watch opened with RAF Valley via Kinloss

1100 hrs Briefing for a night navigation exercise, team split into five parties, ABLE, BAKER,CHARLIE, LINK & BASE.  T46 radio sets carried

1300 hrs  Lunch

1900 hrs  Dinner

2000 hrs Parties commenced exercise from base camp.

0300 hrs Monday 17 May 1954

All parties returned to base camp. Hot cocoa and sandwiches.

0345 hrs Team retired. Radio watch closed.

1200 hrs  Dinner

1300 hrs Camp was struck and the team returned to Valley.

1700 hrs  Team arrived at RAF Valley.

REMARKS OF NCO I/C TEAM
Navigation of new members improving, on the whole a very good exercise
20-5-54    Signed F WARD  F/S NCO I/C TEAM

REMARKS OF OFFICER I/C TEAM
No remarks   Signed (?)   21-5-54

REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING
Seen   Signed Jennings Wing Commander

REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER
(BLANK)


LOG  B0002    EXERCISE TO SNOWDONIA – 19-5-54

0900 hrs Wednesday 19th May 1954
Team consisting of 15 team members left Valley in three vehicles,  one three-tonner, one ambulance special, one W/T 115

1000 hrs   Arrived at WERN-GOF-UCHAF MAP REF SHEET 107/ 673604 where base camp was established, radio watch established with RAF Valley.
The team had been briefed for a navigation exercise on the Tuesday evening.

ABLE & CHARLIE parties to walk across the GLYDERS, BAKER & DOG to climb and walk round the Snowdon horseshoe. A link was established on the summit of Snowdon, contact maintained between all parties.  Equipment carried, T46 radio sets, pyrotechnics, ropes, climbing maps, compasses, rucksacks, rations etc.

2155 hrs   All parties returned to base camp and the team returned to RAF Valley

2359 hrs   Team arrive at RAF Valley

0010 hrs Supper

REMARKS OF NCO I/C TEAM
S/LDR D. DATTNER O.B.E.  A.F.C. officer appointed inspector of mountain rescue teams took part in the exercises.  An arduous day, the team worked hard.
Signed   WARD F/S      (DATE CLIPPED)

REMARKS OF OFFICER I/C TEAM
S/LDR DATTNER  Inspector of MRSs went out with the team and evidently enjoyed the Snowdon Horseshoe very much. He seemed generally pleased with the team but made the following forceful points.

  1. The use of compass, protractors etc by the team members not good enough and more practice needed in the taking of bearings and backbearings etc. Would it be possible for the team to have lectures from the Station Navigation Officer?
  2. The wireless operator needs training in the use of the R/T that we have.
  3. Better training in the use of the walkie talkies etc.

SIGNED   (??)   FLT/LT

REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING
Arrangements are being made for the lectures on navigation to be given to the team members by the Station Nav Officer and for the wireless operator to be given instruction in the maintenance of the W/T.
Signed   JENNINGS  W/CDR    21-5-54

REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER
21-5-54    Signed   (?)  G Capt


B004/5

EXERCISE TO NANT Y GWRHYD
22nd May – 23rd May 1954

1400hrs 22nd May
Team left Valley: three officers, one SNCO, and ten airmen in two RLs, two Landrovers, one Bedford type 115.

Convoy passed Ogwen sub-unit and notified Mr Hughes of the team’s plans and established camp at Dyffryn Mymbyr (?)  (107/691568).

1540 hrs
Camp established, radio watch opened, Pen y Gyrryd sub-unit told of the team’s position.

1630 hrs
Flg Off Bieniek briefed the team on the probable organisation of the BBC Television service when the forthcoming demonstration takes place in June.
The part to be played by the MRT in the programme will be an exhibition of stretcher-lowering down a steep rockface and stretcher-carrying over rocky boulder-strewn slopes.
A sheer 50 ft  wall was chosen close to the roadside to enable the television cameras to approach the scene closely.
The position is approximately at 107/696572.
Two practices were completed with A/C  Forkin and Flt Lt Deakin as the “victims” on the stretcher. It was found that a good stance using full-weight hemp, two men could easily lower the laden stretcher, however the speed with which was accomplished was thought to be too great to give a suitably impressive result on a cine film and perhaps more people will be used during the actual filming to help prolong the agony.
The stretcher is now carried over the boulders to the roadside and loaded into the mountain rescue special ambulance, which can be driven to the end of the most rough tracks in the district.

1900hrs
Supper and rock-climbing.

Permission was given for any airmen to leave camp, SAC Brereton being left in charge of the M.T. and the camp. Four airmen were in a local hotel when a minor disorder occurred  between some…   (rest of line clipped)….  and made their exit without attracting attention.

0830 hrs 23rd May
Breakfast

0930 hrs
All team members went through the stretcher-lowering practice again, concentrating on continuity of movement which is necessary in presenting a spectacle.

1130 hrs
An interesting interlude when the team watched the Marines diving into Llynam Mymbyr dressed in frogman suits.

1300 hrs
Parties were given a map-reading and navigation instruction and exercises by Flg Off Bieniek and Flt Sgt Ward helped by a welcome volunteer Plt Off Myers.

1500 hrs
The more experienced team members gave instruction, particularly to the beginners in rope work, knots, belays, abseiling and the technique of rope management in rope-climbing, and the methods of leading a party on a climb.

1800 hrs
Supper

1930 hrs
Break camp, return to base at Valley.

REMARKS OF NCO I/C TEAM
No member of the mountain rescue team was involved in the minor disorder at the Royal Hotel, Capel Curig. The weekend was most instructional, more navigation lectures are arranged for Tuesdays and Thursdays after briefing. The NCO I/C Team and Navigation Officer will do these.
24-5-54
Signed F.WARD    F/S   NCO I/C Team

B006

REMARKS OF OFFICER I/C TEAM
A quiet weekend. The stretcher-lowering practice went well and providing the weather is good, the TV show should come off satisfactorily.  The actual team has been picked and will go out again this weekend.
Signed  Deakin?    F/Lt

REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING
Seen
29 May 1954             Signed (?)

REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER
Noted
?() Searle    G. Capt
9-6-54


EXERCISE TO THE GLYDERS 30-5-54

0930 hrs Sunday
The team consisting of one officer, one senior NCO and fifteen airmen left Valley in one tender three-ton, one tender signals 115 Mark 1, one ambulance special, and one car 5 cwt and trailer jeep.

1100 hrs
Team arrived at Dyffryn Mymbyr Map ref Sheet 107/694573 and base camp established.

1115 hrs
Radio watch opened with RAF Valley.

1200 hrs
Lunch.

1300 hrs
Team proceeded to WERN-GOF-UCHAF, Map Ref 107/673604 in the three tonner.

Stretcher-lowering was practised on Tryfan Bach at Map Ref Sheet 106/666597.
It was intended to use the outcrop rock at Dyffryn Mymbyr but the BBC were holding a live television broadcast called Climbing for Beginners.

1930 hrs
Radio watch closed and camp was struck. Team returned to RAF Valley.

1900hrs
Team arrived at RAF Valley.

1000 hrs MONDAY 31-5-54
The team consisting of two officers, one SNCO and fifteen airmen left Valley in one tender three-ton, one ambulance special, one tender signals 115 Mark 1, and one 5cwt and trailer jeep.

1200 hrs
Arrived at Dyffryn Mymbyr and base camp was established.
(Line below clipped, not visible)

B007

1345 hrs
Team members proceeded with Thomas stretcher and ropes to the site where the stretcher-lowering was to take place.
Officer I/C and NCO I/C also team members were briefed by Mr Thomas the producer of the broadcast of the television programme.

1415 hrs
Rehearsal for the actual broadcast.

1600 hrs
Rehearsal

1730 hrs
Tea

1800 hrs
Radio watch closed , sub-units at Ogwen and Pen-y-Gwyrd informed of team’s whereabouts.
Permission was given to members to leave camp. Some went swimming, others went to the Royal Hotel at Capel Curag.

2200 hrs
Team retired.

0800 hrs  TUESDAY 1-6-54
Breakfast

0900 hrs
Radio watch opened with RAF Valley. Team members proceeded to carry out a stretcher-lowering rehearsal.

1200 hrs
Dinner

1400 hrs
Stretcher-lowering rehearsal

1600 hrs
Stretcher-lowering rehearsal

1700 hrs
Tea

1800 hrs
Members went swimming. Radio watch closed

1900 hrs
Team preparing equipment and kit for television broadcast.

1945 hrs
Team in position on TV set for programme to commence.

1950 hrs
Mr Thomas, Producer, signals that the programme is to commence.

2030 hrs
End of programme

2045 hrs
Team returned to RAF Valley, the camp had been struck and packed into the vehicles during the afternoon

2230 hrs
Team arrived at RAF Valley

REMARKS OF NCO I/C TEAM
The stretcher-lowering was carried out very well indeed by the team.
10 June 1954   F Ward F/S  NCO I/C  Team

REMARKS OF OFFICER I/C TEAM
Rather a lot of hanging about awaiting the big moment but interesting to meet Wynford Vaughan Thomas and Dr Pugh, the Everest physiologist who showed great interest in the team. The weather was excellent.
Deakin (?)    Flt Lt

B008

REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING
Seen. No Comments
Signed (?)   Sqd Ldr

REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER
Read with interest.
Signed (?)  Grp Capt.


EXERCISE TO THE RHINOGS AND AR(R)ANS   4-6-54 – 8-6-54

1500 hrs  Friday 4th June 1954
The team consisting of one officer, one SNCO and nineteen airmen left Valley in one 3 tonner, one ambulance special, one tender signal 115 Mark 1, and one 5cwt and trailer.

1900 hrs
Arrived at Afon-Cwm-Mynach, four miles from Dolgelley, Map Ref Sheet 116/684205 and made base camp.

2000 hrs
High tea, radio watch opened with Valley. Sub-unit at Dolgelley firestation informed of where the team were camping.

2100 hrs
Briefing for Saturday’s exercise

2230 hrs
Retired, radio watch closed.

0730 hrs Saturday 5th June 1954
Breakfast

0800 hrs
Four parties left base camp on navigation exercises.

0900 hrs
Radio watch opened with RAF Valley.

1630 hrs
All parties had returned to base camp.

1700 hrs
Dinner

1800 hrs
Radio watch closed, team given permission to leave base camp.

0900 hrs Sunday 6th June 1954
Breakfast, radio watch opened.

1100 hrs
Four parties left base camp on navigation exercises.

1700 hrs     (bottom of page clipped – cannot read)

LOG B0009

1800 hrs
Radio watch closed. Team members given permission to leave base camp

0800 hrs Monday 7th June 1954
Breakfast

0900 hrs
Radio watch opened. Four parties left base camp in the 3 tonner to be dropped at the following map references to commence navigation exercises-  116/867157, 116/817228, 116/843257 & 116/795209. The wrecks of two wartime crashes were found at Map References 116/857220 and 116/840236, one of  a Mosquito an the other of an American airforce aircraft single engined.   Both of the above wrecks had been found the mountain rescue team in 1944.

1700hrs
All parties had returned to base camp.

1715 hrs
Dinner

1800 hrs
Radio watch closed.

2000 hrs
Members given permission to leave base camp.

0830 hrs Tuesday 8th June 195
Breakfast

0900 hrs
Radio watch opened.

1000 hrs
Camp was struck and the team returned to Valley. Radio watch closed.

1500 hrs
Team arrived at RAF Valley

REMARKS OF NCO I/C TEAM
The navigation of the team is improving, members worked hard over the period they were out.
Signed
WARD  Flt Sgt NCO I/C TEAM   11TH June 1954

REMARKS OF OFFICER TEAM
The weather was terrible. The Saturday was spent in the Rhinogs and  (? Diphnys?). Sunday the weather was very bad and after a late start the team walked to Tyn y Gros in pouring rain. In spite of this, we enjoyed it.
On Monday the rain kept off but the mist was very thick. This made the “mock search” all the more effective and seeing that two parties met up at the plane crash and two were found at the top of Aran Fauddry. The navigation must be improving.
Signed  (?)

REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING
It is encouraging to know that the team can work effectively and enjoy themselves in most adverse weather conditions.
Signed (?) Sqd Ldr

REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER
Read with interest.
17 JUNE 1954    Signed Grp Cpt (?)


LOG B0010

EXERCISE TO THE GLYDERS   16-6-54

0900 hrs Wednesday
The team consisting of two officers, one SNCO, and fifteen airmen left Valley in one three-tonner, one ambulance special, one signals tender 115 Mk 1.

1030 hrs
Arrived at RHAIADR OGWEN and established base camp, map reference 107/648604.

1100 hrs
Radio watch opened with RAF Valley.

1115 hrs
The team split into five parties and proceeded to the Idwal Slabs at Map Ref Sheet 107/647596.  Rock-climbing instruction given to the team by Flt Lt Sims. Each party was taken up the following routes by an experienced climber.

ORDINARY ROUTE       Standard Moderate
CHARITY                       Standard Difficult
HOPE                            Standard Difficult
FAITH                            Standard Difficult

1400 hrs
Sandwiches and tea.

1430 hrs
Stretcher-lowering carried out on some outcrop rock, also abseiling instruction given.

1800 hrs
Radio watch closed.

1815 hrs
All parties  returned to base camp and the team returned to RAF Valley.

1945 hrs
Team arrived at RAF Valley. A meal had been arranged in the airmen’s mess  for 2000 hrs.

REMARKS OF NCO I/C TEAM
The team are improving on rock. Most of the new members did very well indeed on this exercise.
21 – 6-54 Signed   WARD Flt Sgt NCO I/C  Team

REMARKS OF OFFICER I/C TEAM
(NONE)      Signed Flt Lt  (?)

REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING
No Comment
Signed   (?)  Sqd Ldr

REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER
Seen
5-7-54    Signed (?) Grp Cpt


LOG B0011

EXERCISE TO SNOWDONIA   – 19-6-54 – 20 – 6 -54

1330 hrs Saturday
Left Valley with one SNCO and fifteen airmen in two three-tonners and one ambulance special.

1730 hrs
Arrived at DYFFRYN- MYMBYR and set up base camp at Map Ref Sheet 107/697573.

Sub unit at the PEN-Y-GWRHYD Hotel informed of where the team was camping.

1800 hrs
Tea

1930 hrs
Team briefed for a rock-climbing exercise in the facet of the GRIBIN and the IDWAY Slabs to take place Sunday.

Two parties consisting of three  members in each party to carry out a night exercise by climbing to the top of CRIB GOCH Map Ref Sheet 107/626553 from PEN Y PASS, Map Ref Sheet 107/646557 via the PIG Track Map Ref 107/634554.

2300 hrs
Parties taken in the three tonner to PEN Y PASS to commence night exercise. The rest of the team retired.

0530 hrs SUNDAY
Both parties returned to base camp.

0830 hrs
Breakfast

0900 hrs
Team proceeded to the area of the IDWAL Slabs in the three tonner and ambulance special
Two team members left at base camp to do the cooking.

0920 hrs
Team split into four parties and an experienced climber made leader of each party.
(REST OF PAGE CLIPPED)
? hrs (clipped)
The following routes were climbed on the facet of the GRIBIN.
HOME CLIMB     STANDARD  SEVERE
SLAB CLIMB      STANDARD DIFFICULT
SLAB INTERMEDIATE ROUTE    STANDARD VERY DIFFICULT
SLAB RECESS ROUTE    STANDARD   MODERATE

1530 hrs
The weather had closed in by this time and most members were soaked to the skin, parties descended to OGWEN where the transport was waiting with dry clothes and equipment.

1600 hrs
Mr(?) M. Janes informed NCO I/C Team that an accident had occurred on the Idwal Slabs (Hollytree Wall). The team immediately proceeded with the Thomas stretcher and First Aid equipment to the foot of the EAST WALL. The injured climber, one Lieutenant Brian Ward of the Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham, had fallen approximately 25 feet. The climber insisted he would walk but finally he was placed on the stretcher and brought down to the road where the mountain rescue ambulance was waiting to take him to the BANGOR C A Hospital. NCO I/C TEAM informed the civil police at Bethesda who took all particulars of the accident.  It was later confirmed that the injuries to the climber wre scalp woulnds and a broken jaw and shock.

1900 hrs
Dinner

2000 hrs
Camp was struck and the team returned to Valley.

2200 hrs
Team arrived at RAF Valley.

LOG B0012

REMARKS OF NCO I/C TEAM
The team put up a wonderful show, most members being soaked to the skin already when the call-out came and the weather was very bad when the team went up with the stretcher, this was good for the new members of the team and an experience for us all.
SAC Smith, medical orderly, rendered first aid to the injured man and travelled with him in the ambulance to the hospital.
Only when SAC Smith knew that the injured man was alright did he leave the hospital for dry clothes and a hot meal.
21-6-54   Signed WARD Flt Sgt NCO I/C Team

REMARKS OF OFFICER I/C TEAM
Signed Flt Lt (?)   Deakin?

REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING
Signed      (?)

REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER
(BLANK)


LOG B0013

EXERCISE TO THE CARNEDDS – 26-6-54 – 27-6-54

1345 hrs Saturday
Left Valley with one officer, one SNCO and 21 airmen members. Vehicles consisted of two three-tonners, one Landrover Scoutcar, one ambulance special and one tender signals 115.

1630 hrs
Arrived at Nant, near Trefriw, map ref 107/766624 and made base camp.

1700 hrs
A walkie talkie exercise had been arranged, this was to get members used to R/T procedures and general use. Team were split into parties of two, one man carrying a T46 set and parties dispatched to various map references. On the whole this was quite good, most members walking with their sets quite well, more practice is required.

1800 hrs
Contact was made with Kinloss, weather conditions were very bad.

1830 hrs
Dinner

1915 hrs
Briefing took place for a navigation exercise to a place(?) across the Carnedds.
Team split into five parties, ABLE, BAKER, CHARLIE ,DOG ,EASY. Each party carrying full operational equipment.

1930 hrs
Radio watch closed, local police informed of teams’ whereabouts, police station at Trefriw.

2000 hrs
Two members left at base camp to act as camp guard, rest of team being granted permission to proceed to Llanrwst.

2300 hrs
Team retired.

0800 hrs Sunday
Breakfast.

0900 hrs
3 tonner left base camp to drop off parties at the following map references:
107/656725, 107/745696, 107/695601.  Two parties commenced courses from base camp.

1000 hrs
Radio contacted with RAF Valley direct. Contact made by T46 set (walkie talkie) from base camp to all parties and between parties to base camp.

1900 hrs
All parties had returned to base camp after a very arduous day, snow and hailstones experienced at 3000 ft and a wind of gale force was blowing. All members had a hot meal.

2000 hrs
Radio watch closed. Camp was struck and the team returned to RAF Valley.

2315 hrs
Team arrived at RAF Valley.

REMARKS OF NCO I/C TEAM
The present W/OP will be demobilised by September this year, suggest that another W/OP be posted to the team to learn the job otherwise the team will be without an experienced  wireless operator.  L.A.C. McCulloch, who is now a Tel II, and employed in the Signals Squadron, used to be the fulltime W/OP employed on Mountain Rescue duties before he was sent on the latter course.  He is a good man for the job and would like to have him employed on fulltime Mountain Rescue duties.
The weekend was an arduous one all round and this made it an ideal exercise for training.
Three parachute medical orderlies are doing a week’s training with the team.
Signed    WARD    Flt Sgt.

LOG B0014

REMARKS OF OFFICER I/C TEAM
I fully concur with the NCO I/C’s remarks as regards the operator of the wireless truck. Morale was rather low this weekend mainly because of the miserable weather on the Sunday but also because the officer i/c made them walk to Llanwrst (2 ½ miles) for their night out. There is a small number in the team who seem to regard Saturday as an “off day” by divine right.
Signed   Deakin Flt Lt.

REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING
Seen. The position of the W/OP has been taken up with Group.
Signed 4-8-54    JENNINGS   Sqd Ldr.

REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER
(BLANK)


MOCK CALL OUT 30TH JUNE 1954

A mock call out was arranged with 19 Group for Wed 30/6/54.  The intention was kept secret. The call came at 1000 hrs that three Meteors were flying at approximately 2000 ft and one was seen to dive to the ground, approximate map ref Sheet 116/804333. The team were immediately alerted by Tannoy. Some delay was experienced in getting the people from the squadrons  and transport was sent.
Another call from 19 Group gave another map reference, Sheet 116/819355 as the suggested scene.
The team left Valley (25 members ) at 1050 hrs and arrived at Arenig Station, map reference Sheet 116/832393 at 1330 hrs where the base camp was set up. The radio van contacted 19 Group via Kinloss at 1350 hrs.
Five parties set off from base camp at 1345 hrs. Four were fully equipped, ie walkie talkie etc, first aid kits, stretcher etc and one party was instructed to travel light and go without stretcher. Bits of the old crash were located
The mobile party was instructed to proceed to the suggested crash map reference and report. The four other parties set up a line from map references Sheet 116/500360 to 820360 and commenced a box search due grid south.
The advance base was set up at the foot of Moel Llyfnant. At approximately 1500 hrs the mobile party reported nothing to be found at the given first 2 map refs.
At 1520 hrs bits of the old crash were located. The weather deteriorated considerably at this point- mist, heavy rain and poor visibility. Problem (exacerbated? ) by the eclipse of the sun. Accordingly all parties returned to base- soaked after being called in.
The communication was excellent and the walkie talkie sets did their job.
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(resumes after clipped)     heavy and cumbersome.

Comments
The exercise went well and was beneficial in that it gave us an idea of what would happen in an emergency.  25 members arrived at the section. Three members were on essential duties at the time and not allowed to leave their sections.
Signed  Deakin Flt Lt

Seen  Jennings  Sqd Ldr
4-8-54


EXERCISE TO THE GLYDERS   9-7-54 – 12-7-54

1800 hrs Friday.
The team consisting of twelve team members left Valley in five vehicles, 2 -3-tonners, one signals tender, one ambulance special and one car 5cwt and trailer.

2030 hrs
Team arrived at Dyffryn -Mymbyr map reference Sheet 107/694573 and base camp was set up.

2100 hrs
Harpur Hill team arrived and made camp. Team members introduced themselves to each other.

2200 hrs
Subunits at Pen-y-Gwrhyd hotel and Ogwen cottage informed of team camp site.

Team retired.

0830 hrs Saturday
Breakfast, Harpur Hill and Valley team proceeded in 3 tonne vehicles to the IDWAL SLABS to do some rock climbing. Several of the Valley members being the instructors.
A party was left at base camp to cook and stand by.

0900 hrs
Radio watch opened.

1700 hrs
All parties returned to the base camp and a hot meal was enjoyed by all.

1900 hrs
Radio watch closed, team allowed to proceed out of camp and duty driver and camp guard left at base camp.

2300 hrs
Team returned.

0900 hrs  Sunday
Breakfast, radio watch opened, Valley and Harpur Hill team members proceeded in 3 tonne vehicles to Pen-y Pass to climb the Snowdon Horseshoe. One party ascended by the Crib Goch Ridge and another followed a reciprocal route commencing at Llyn Llydaw.
One party left at base camp to cook and stand by.

1800 hrs
All parties returned to base camp, and after dinner the Harpur Hill struck camp and proceeded back to their unit.

1900 hrs
Radio watch closed.

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0900hrs Monday
Breakfast, Valley members proceeded to Craig -y-Bere in the three tonner and carried out a rockclimbing exercise, one party being left at the base camp. Radio  watch opened.

1700 hrs
Team members returned to base camp and had dinner.
Base camp was struck and the team returned to RAF Valley. Radio watch closed.

2330 hrs
Team arrived back at RAF Valley.

REMARKS OF NCO I/C TEAM
The long weekend was most enjoyable and the Harpur Hill MRT liason was very successful and we were thanked by their individual members who hope to visit us again in September in a similar exercise. This gave team members from both teams the chance to mix with one another and to exchange views and ideas, a very successful exercise.
30th July 1954   Signed   WARD Flt Sgt   NCO I/C MRT

OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING
Good show
Jennings    Wing Commander   4-8-54

STATION COMMANDER
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EXERCISE DIVIDEND – PHASE 1

July 17th      to     July 19th

800 hrs               1900 hrs
Seventeen members went into Snowdonia and camped at Wern-gof-uchaf in the Nant Ffrancon to be at  immediate readiness for exercise Dividend. Half the team were kept in the camp and half went on an exercise close to camp and within easy reach.  Listening watch was kept with Valley every hour. At night one driver camped near the Ogwen Cottage subunit to receive any messages. No call came however and the weekend passed quietly.

Saturday 24th
A small party went to the slopes of Carnedd Llewelyn to the scene of an old crash, Map ref Sheet 107/662624. The weather however deteriorated and in heavy rain and mist the party returned to base.

Sunday July 25th.
Stretcher lowering was practised on the rock slopes of Little Tryfan.
The team was supposed to have been led by P/O  Bienieck who was killed 16/7/54 during a Flying accident.   F/O Lewis stepped into the breech and did very well.
The whole team was deeply grieved at the loss of a fellow member
Signed        (?)  . ?? Deakin? F/LT.

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C/O REMARKS
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O.C Flying Wing
So are all the officers. P/O Bienieck(?) will not only be missed by members of the MRS.
Jennings     W/Cdr.


EXERCISE DIVIDEND Phase II

July 24-25th
The team was placed at immediate readiness again from 1330 hrs 22nd July to 26th July 1630 hrs. Thurs, Friday & Saturday mornings were spent in camp, but at 1230 hrs on Saturday July 24th, seventeen team members left to camp in the Nant Ffrancon, again at Wern-gof-uchaf. Similar arranagements were made as last week to be readily in contact with Valley and to be readily available.

Sat.
1600 hrs. Camp was made and the tea cooked. Two members left for Ogwen Cottage to camp by the phone. The rest of team played football, swam and fished.

Sunday
The day was spent in rockclimbing on Tryfan & (Ralston?) Buttress.
Newton, Bowden & McCoy – Nor’Nor’ Buttress
Standard – difficult

Holt, Greenhall & Norris – North Buttress
Standard – difficult

Edwards – Evans   -First?Bird? Pinnacle rib
Standard – difficult

J/T (?) Hastie? Hawke? & F/Lt Deakin  Rifle Company route
Standard – difficult

At approx. 1200 hrs a white flare went up at Ogwen Cottage giving warning of a climbing accident.
F/Lt Deakin & Hawke(?) proceeded to the cottage and learned that a woman had slipped in Gribben Terrace & broken her ankle. Help was given to bring the woman down with the aid of a party  of civilian climbers. She was taken to C&A hospital, Bangor, in the landrover ambulance.
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…Loughborough Mountaineering Club to a demonstration of walkie talkie technique, stretcher-lowering and first aid demonstration.  The youths were notably impressed and gave the team three cheers. The team were suitably embarrassed but glad that their efforts were appreciated.

Comment
A very enjoyable weekend camping comprising a restful day of sport and one of busy activity. The tam were in true “rapport”.
Signed   Deakin F/Lt.

Well done,
Jennings  W/Cdr
4.8.54


EXERCISE TO THE GLYDERS    30-7-54   3-8-54

1730 hrs Friday
The team consisting of twelve members left Valley in three vehicles, two three-tonners, one ambulance special.

1900 hrs.
Arrived at Dyffryn -Mymbyr map ref sheet 107/697573 and base camp was established.

2000 hrs.
Subunits at the PEN-Y-GWRHYD Hotel and Ogwen Cottage informed of the teams whereabouts.

2230 hrs
Team retired.

0830 hrs Saturday
Breakfast.

0900 hrs
One party proceeded on a navigation exercise to the old wreck of the Aer Lingus Dakota at Map Ref Sheet 107/670522.
Two parties proceeded in 3 tonners to the Idwal Slabs.   One party remained at base camp to cook and look after things generally.

1730 hrs
All parties arrived back at base camp and had a hot meal.

2300 hrs
Team retired.

0900 hrs Sunday
Breakfast.  Two parties taken to Capel Curig to commence navigation exercises in the Carnedd Mountains.  One party went rockclimbing on Tryfan. One party remained at base camp.

1800 hrs
All parties returned to base camp and had a meal.

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2330 hrs
Team retired.

0830 hrs Monday
Breakfast, all the team proceeded in the 3-tonner to the Idwal Slabs, and practised stretcher-lowering, rock-climbing etc.
One party left at base camp to cook etc.

1700 hrs
Parties arrived back at base camp and had dinner.

2200 hrs
Team retired.

0900 hrs Tuesday
Breakfast. Team spent morning filling in wheel ruts that the vehicles had made on the soft ground.

1200 hrs
Dinner

1300 hrs
Camp was struck and the team returned to RAF Valley.

1430 hrs
Team arrived at RAF Valley

REMARKS OF NCO I/C TEAM
The present W/Op is on leave and the team proceeded on an exercise without the signals tender.
The team could be contacted in case of an emergency by landline though pone of the subunits near the campsite.  Plenty of aerial activity over Snowdon. Meteor aircraft belonging to auxiliary squadrons.
The August exercise was very successful indeed. The team will suffer the loss of two of its most experienced rock-climbers and navigators, SAC Peel and SAC McCoy, who are returning to civilian life.
Signed     WARD   Flt/Sgt     (Date clipped?)

REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING
Group have asked air ministry for an immediate replacement W/Op experienced in MRS operation.
Signed   Jennings    Wing Cdr     4-8-54

REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER
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EXERCISE TO THE CARNEDDS      7-8-54  –  8-8-54

1300 hrs Saturday
The team consisting of twelve members left RAF Valley to take part in the Rhosneigr annual carnival, the vehicles consisted of two 3-tonners and the ambulance special.

1330 hrs
Arrived Rhosneigr

1420 hrs
Carnival procession commenced.

1830 hrs
Left Rhosneigr

2030 hrs
Arrived at Nant map reference 107/H/766624 and established base camp.   Informed the police station at TREFRIW of team’s campsite.

2200 hrs
After the team had a meal, briefing was held for a night exercise.

2330 hrs
Two parties consisting of three members in each party  were taken in the three ton vehicle to the following map references to commence night navigation exercises, map reference 107/677605 and 107/648605.
Each party carried full mountain rescue equipment, which consisted of one rucksack containing warm clothing, rations, pistol signals 1”, and cartridges, maps, compass etc, one folding stretcher and one T46 radio set.
Each party had to find its way back to base camp after reaching the summit of Carnedd Llewelyn map reference 107/684644.
One party remained at base camp to man the portable searchlight and listen out on the T46 set.

0700 hrs Sunday
One party arrived back at base camp and had breakfast then retired to the sleeping bags.

0800 hrs
Party number 2 arrived back at base camp they  so (clipped)

0930 hrs
Breakfast, NCO I/C team and three team members proceeded to Creigiall Gleision map reference 107/730620 to search for a pistol signal 1” which had accidently been lost by a team member.
Party then proceeded to Craig-Dulyn to search for the wreck of an aircraft which had been seen there by the local inhabitants. This aircraft, as pieces were located (indicated?) it was a B17 Flying Fortress and had crashed during 1942-1943.
The fuselage which was overhanging a cliff was proving to be dangerous so the mountain rescue team that was at Valley during the 3rd April 1949 dislodged it and most of it went down into the lake below.

1700 hrs
Party returned to the base camp and had a meal.

1800 hrs
Camp was struck and the team returned to RAF Valley.

2000 hrs
Team arrived at RAF Valley.

REMARKS OF NCO I/C TEAM
The loss of  the pistol signal 1” was reported to me by a team member LAC (c/e? Cullitt?) and a search was organised which proved to be useless, owing to the very rough nature of the ground.  Team members when on D.R.O.S. for mountain rescue duty, M.R.T. are essentially being put on other station duties, mountain rescue duty team is not recognised by section commanders. Could mountain rescue duty team be excused all other station duties?
The team is still awaiting the arrival of a radio operator.
Could some of the money that the BBC sent to the unit for the team’s part in the television broadcast be spent on purchasing mountaineering books for the benefit of team members?
Signed
WARD    Flt Sgt.
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REMARKS OF OFFICER I/C TEAM
I heartily support Flt Sgt Ward’s suggestion that some of the money paid by the BBC to the MRT for their part in the television broadcast last month be used in starting a library of mountaineering books.  As most of these books are of high quality containing many photographs, the cost is about 20/- each and are too expensive for airmen to afford.
The system that Flt Sgt Ward proposes is that a small fee be charged when the book is loaned to impress on the airmen that they have a responsibility for keeping the book in good condition.  If this suggestion is agreed to, an initial list of recommended books will be prepared.
Signed  ..Deakin? Flt Lt.

REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING
I agree with recommendation with regard to the purchase of books for the MRS. If no money has been paid in by the BBC, these books could I think be purchased by the education section and loaned out by that section to team members.
The loss of the signal pistol must be reported to the armoury and write-off action taken, otherwise payment for the replacement must be made by the team members concerned.
Afterthought.  Could application be made to Air Ministry on books on mountaineering?
12.8.54          Signed    Jennings Wing Cdr.

REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER
I will approve the immediate expenditure of 5 Pounds out of the 15 Pounds 15/- which the BBC propose to give us as payment for the TV demonstration.
Officer I/C MRS should try to obtain books through the Education channel from the Air Ministry. If we meet with no success from these sources, I will approve expenditure of balance of 15 Pounds for books.
17th August 1954  Signed ……..(?)  Grp Capt


EXERCISE TO THE RHINOGS 14-8-54 – 15-8-54

1330 hrs SATURDAY
The team consisting of one officer, one Senior NCO and fourteen airmen left Valley in five vehicles, two three tonners, one signals tender 115 Mark 1, one ambulance special,  one car 500cwt, and one trailer.

1630 hrs
Arrived at Cwm Nant Col map reference sheet 116/609268 and made base camp.

1730 hrs
Tea meal, informed police at Llanbedr where team was camping, radio watch established with RAF Valley and 19 group HQ.

1900 hrs
Team briefed for a night exercise and split into four parties. Each party consisted of three airmen, ABLE, BAKER, CHARLIE, DOG, these parties were taken in the three tonner and dropped off at the following map references: 116/713306, 116/724256,116/689192, 116/635173.
This was a navigation exercise to test the ability of new members to navigate at night across rough country, weather conditions met were fine.
These parties had to make their way back to base, map reference 116/609268.
LINK party made their way from the base camp to map reference 116/652286.
Each party carried the T46 radio set and all round communication was kept between base and Link. In addition pyrotechnics were carried and used with success.
BASE party  used portable searchlight and manned the radio and stood by.

2300 hrs
3 tonner left base to drop parties off.

0730 hrs SUNDAY
ABLE & BAKER parties returned soaked to the skin, breakfast, retired.

0900 hrs
CHARLIE & DOG returned soaked to the skin, had breakfast and retired.

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1500 hrs
Most members went swimming in the river.

1600 hrs
Dinner

1700 hrs
Camp was struck, radio watch closed, team returned to RAF Valley.

2030 hrs
Team arrived at RAF Valley.

REMARKS OF NCO I/C TEAM

This exercise was executed very well indeed and the leadership of new members was very good navigation, this part of the country is very tough and arduous. The radio worked very well indeed, contact being made with RAF Valley and 19 group HQ the whole of the time. LAC Ash was the operator and had been recalled from leave to have his medical for release.
16th August 1954
Signed WARD Flt Sgt
NCO I/C TEAM

REMARKS OF OFFICER I/C TEAM
18th    A most enjoyable weekend, much hard walking and difficult navigation.
A new receiver/transmitter has been fitted in the wireless truck, and a new difficulty occurred. It is now impossible to use the powerful transmitter on this vehicle to transmit messages to walkie talkie sets carried by parties on the hill.
19th  This fault has now been seen to, and tests will again be carried out during the weekend exercises.

The wireless operator, LAC Ash, will be demobbed in the second week of September, and as he will have his demob leave between now and September, it would be extremely useful in the training of the team if another wireless operator could be posted to the MRS before September. I have asked Ash not to apply for leave until it is known when his successor can arrive so that they shall have time together with the team during which Ash can pass on his experience.
The team had a very wet and useful experience
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to which I would like to draw attention.
The MRT at Jurby closed down some time ago and Valley received all their used equipment. Much of this, in particular the windproof clothing and sweaters was already fairly old. During a very wet day on Welsh mountains, even in the summer, one can become very cold and it is my experience that new clothes are very much more effective than old ones (that have been washed many times) in keeping the body warm.  It would be much appreciated if, when the NCO I/C Team has condemned a garment because it is old and frail,  it
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REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING
I have arranged to exchange the warm clothing, and am personally endorsing the voucher for exchange of forty pairs of suits,  drab smock, and suits, drab trousers.
I have requested an immediate replacement W/OP through HQ 25 Group.
20th August 1954
Signed Jennings Wing Cdr

REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER
Action by O/C Eng Wing noted.
20/30? Aug 54      Signed  ? Group Capt.


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EXERCISE TO DINAS MAWDDWY       21-8-54

1330 hrs SATURDAY
The team consisting of 15 team members left RAF Valley in five vehicles, two three-tonners, one signals tender 115 Mark 1, one ambulance special,  one car 5 cwt, and one trailer.

1930 hrs
Arrived at  DINAS MAWDDWY  map reference sheet 116/859153 and made base camp. Visited the subunit at Dolgelley Fire Station and informed the fire officer where the mountain rescue team was camping. Radio watch opened between RAF Valley and HQ 19 Group.

2030 hrs
High tea, radio watch closed.

2145 hrs
Team briefed for a day exercise to take place the following day, which consisted of map reading and compass. Four parties were detailed, ABLE, BAKER, CHARLIE, DOG and T46 radio set, pyrotechnics and general rescue equipment was carried.

2200 hrs
Team retired.

0800 hrs SUNDAY
Breakfast

0900 hrs
Team taken in 3 tonner and parties dropped off at the following map references Sheet 116/879297, 116/86128?, 116/817228, 116/883276.
Base camp party consisted off one wireless operator, cook and MT drivers. Radio watch opened with RAF Valley and HQ 19 Group.

1730 hrs
All parties arrived back at base camp soaked to the skin and had tea and rum was issued. After a meal, camp was stuck and the team returned to RAF Valley.

REMARKS OF NCO I/C TEAM
During the journey from RAF Valley to  DINAS MAWDDWY   the three tonner 07AF90 was involved in an accident between  a Crosville motor bus, a telegraph pole and a wall.
SAC Brereton, the driver of the three tonner, informed me that he had taken FMT3 action and had endeavoured to contact the civil police at WAENFAWR which is about five miles on the BEDDGELERT side of CAERNARVON.
The team regardless of the weather worked hard during the exercise, morale being very high indeed.
31st AUGUST 1954       Signed WARD Flt Sgt NCO I/C TEAM

REMARKS OF OFFICER I/C TEAM
No comment
Signed    (?)  Flt Lt.
3rd  September 1954.

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REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING
I have checked that all necessary and correct action was taken with regards to the M/T accident, so far no further has been heard about the incident.
9.9.54       JENNINGS   WING CDR

REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER
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EXERCISE TO TAL-Y-MIGNEDD 29-8-54 – 29-8-54

1415 hrs Saturday
The team left RAF Valley in five vehicles, two three-tonners, one signals tender Mark 1, one ambulance special, one car 5cwt, one trailer jeep.

1630 hrs
Arrived at Tal-y-Mignedd map reference sheet 107/533533 and base camp was established.

1700 hrs
Radio watch opened with RAF Valley.
High tea.
Informed police station at BEDDGELERT where team was camping.

1800 hrs
NCO I/C Team reported to the Snowdon Ranger Hostel to see  Mr R.M Stuttard, reference demonstration by the mountain rescue team.

1900 hrs
Arrived back at base camp. Most team members were out rock-climbing on CRAIG-Y-BERE.

2030 hrs
Team briefed on the demonstration to take place at 1030 hrs on Sunday.
Team to report to Snowdon Ranger Hostel 1000 hrs.
The mock rescue consisted of the following: a civilian from the hostel was supposed to be out at map reference sheet 107/557538 and to be suffering from a broken leg.
A party of three mountain rescue go out and search for the missing person and upon finding the body, inform the hostel, which is a mountain rescue team forward base, by radio T46 set and green very Cartridges fired at intervals.
The base send out a staging team armed with THOMAS STRETCHER and first aid equipment, splints, bandages, morphine etc and the team consists of male and female Snowdon rangers taking turns in carrying the stretcher, was excellent training for these people.
Upon arriving at the injured person, SAC Smith(?)(clipped…..) and team member gave demonstration……
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splinting the supposed broken leg, this rather impressed the civilian members of the Snowdon Rangers. And as a grand finale the stretcher was lowered down a rather dangerous rockface, some 80 feet in height, hence to the road over very large boulders and scree.
During the actual lowering a live patient was used. He stated afterwards that he would remember this for the rest of his life.
Radio watch closed.

2230 hrs
Team retired

0830 hrs Sunday
Breakfast

0900 hrs
Team left in three tonner and ambulance special for Snowdon ranger Hostel for demonstration mentioned previously. Radio watch opened.

1630 hrs
Base camp party provided an excellent meal when the team returned, soaked but in high spirits. Rum issued.

1800hrs
Radio watch closed. Team broke camp and returned to RAF Valley.

2000 hrs
Team arrived at RAF Valley.

REMARKS OF NCO I/C TEAM
Mr R.M. Stuttard, I/C the Snowdon Rangers, thanked the team personally for the demonstration.  I am quite sure the Snowdon Rangers were surprised to find that the mountain rescue team enjoy getting wet.
The demonstration was carried out very well indeed in spite of the damp weather.
Signed    WARD   Flt Sgt NCO I/C TEAM

REMARKS OF OFFICER I/C TEAM
No comment
3rd September 1954       Signed (?)   Flt Lt.

REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING
Seen
9-9-54                            JENNINGS   WING CDR

REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER
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TRAINING DAY IN OGWEN AREA – 1 SEPT 54

0830 hrs
14 members of the team left Valley with one three tonner, one ambulance and scout car. We collected the extra rations which Air Ministry has directed will be issued for a trial period, for the first time today.  These rations are chosen from a list prepared by the officer and NCO I/C MRS in conjunction with W/O Garden, and are designed to be easily carried on the hill.

1000 hrs
Parked at the subunit, Ogwen Cottage. Mr Williams complained that the “2 star red” were very unserviceable and we promised to bring him more.

1130 hrs
Parties roped up at the foot of Idwal Slabs, for much needed instruction on rock-climbing. I consider this aspect of the mountain rescue to be very necessary as it teaches balance and self-confidence in moving over steep rock, which attributes are quite invaluable in an actual rescue. It also helps to train a youngster to be able to make up his mind and act for himself.
I am very pleased to see several old members of the team and a few new ones are quite at home on the rocks, safe and fast. Some of the new members also, are able to map-read and even to instruct – they are very welcome additions to the team.

1515 hrs
Team split into two groups, one on the Gribben facet, and one higher up the  Nameless Cwm on C mm? Rib below Glyder Foch. More rope work was carried out in these areas.

1830 hrs
I returned to Ogwen to hear that the party on Gribben had seen flares shot by Mr Jones to signal an accident. They had returned to find that a large party of youth hostelers had taken their stretcher to the top of Tryfan.  The policeman to whom the accident had originally been reported had little idea of how to deal with a mountain accident and had sent for an ambulance….(line clipped)
were a few road accidents during the wait.
When eventually the news was reported to Mr Jones, (Mountain Rescue sub-unit), who called in the team, the youth hostel party was approaching the scene of the accident. Eight members of the team nevertheless went up Tryfan to lend what assistance they could.
A lesson was learned through this rescue which might be handed on. The policeman (from Capel Curig) told the team under F/S Ward at the time that they were not needed and could go! That was, in this case, true; but not a very safe conclusion to draw especially as the policeman was so inexperienced. The youth hostel team eventually managed to get the boy down (he had a broken ankle), but they had no ropes attached to the stretcher and were painfully slow.  The lesson learned is to disregard any order from civilians (unless they have in the past proved their worth) and I would be very pleased if the Chief Constable of Caernarvon were politely asked if his constables could be given the groundings of instruction for action in the event of an accident.

2030 hrs
Ambulance (C & A Hospital) left Ogwen. Team departed for Valley.

REMARKS OF NCO I/C TEAM
This was a good day of rock-climbing. In addition the team reported to the east face of Tryfan to assist in a climbing accident.  The civil police informed the NCO I/C Team would not be required but these instructions were completely disregarded and members proceeded to assist where possible.
Signed   WARD   F/S   NCO I/C Team
3rd September 1954

REMARKS OF OFFICER I/C TEAM
See above
Signed     (SIMS)  Flt Lt

3rd September 1954

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REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING
CO.
May I have your opinion on the suggestion made by Flt Sims with regard to the action taken by the police during this accident , and the advisability of requesting the Chief Constable to issue instructions on  “Action to be Taken” to the members of the Police Force.
9.9.54    Signed.        Jennings Wing Cdr

REMARKS OF COMMANDING OFFICER
Officer I/C
Draft me a letter to the Chief Constable.
Signed   (?)  Grp Cpt
11 Sept 54.


EXERCISE TO THE GLYDERS    3rd Sept – 6th Sept 1954

3rd September
1700 hrs  First party left Valley to pitch camp at Dyffryn Mymber in Nant Gwryd (107/697573)

1930 hrs  Camp established: meal cooked. Discussion on plans for weekend until 2130 hrs.

4th September
0830 hrs  Breakfast

0930 hrs Navigation instruction ad briefing for today’s exercise.
1100 hrs Parties left for Moel Siabod – Aer Lingus Dakota – Cuicht – Pen -y- Gwyrd. A message had been received by the sub-unit at P-y-G  from RAF Valley concerning the family of one of the airmen with the team. A vehicle came for this airman at 1400 hrs and he returned to the station.

Navigation Parties

Party Leader Course Time
A Solomon As above 5 ½ hrs
B Peel Reverse 6 hrs
C Brereton As above 6+ hrs

1730 hrs   All parties picked up at Pen -y-Gwryd and taken back to camp.

1800 hrs   Supper. Camp Guard posted, rest of tem given evening off to remain within telephone call.

5th September

0930 hrs   Breakfast

1030 hrs   Climbing parties to Idwal.

Jones  – Bowen  – Cummins  – Davis Galt yr Ogof
Bwlch Tryfan
Ogwen
Newton-Davies Ordinary
Jones -Forkin
Forkin-Newton Slab Recess
Forkin-Smith Slab Intermediate
Peel – Hackney 2-Tree Route
Smith – Evans Hope      Ordinary
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Brereto – Davies Hope         Tennis Shoes (S!)

1930 hrs    Returned to camp

6th September

0800-1200 hrs  Heavy rain and low cloud damped the spirits after such good weather during the rest of the week. Five members went for a walk up the Glyders, the others were told to prepare a vast meal for their return.

1230 hrs   Lunch, in the sun!

1330 hrs   Climbing parties  left for Llanberis where a very celebrated climber – Joe Brown – was met by the team for the first time.  This man is probably the best rock-climber in the world and a very brilliant alpinist.       Parties climbed on Flying Buttress – Dinas Gromlech.

1630 hrs  The base camp party had mended the track to the camp site during the afternoon and despite very heavy rain and soggy ground, we avoided spoiling the field by parking some distance from the tents.

Left site for Valley.

2030 hrs Arrived Valley after a very pleasant and instructive weekend: the extra rations, called “SCRAN”, are a great success and much appreciated, especially for lunch on the hill.

The team is training well, but as there are many more new members (and of course many experienced old members have left) during the last three weeks more navigation and first aid lectures must be given during week days

7th September 1954             Signed    Sims Flt Lt

REMARKS OF NCO I/C TEAM

Flt Lt Kim(LER?) is now back on the station and arrangements have been made to commence navigation lectures during weekday evenings, Tuesdays and Thursdays, also the medical officer will give first aid lectures.

The extra rations are very good and these are used when out on exercises on the hills, the rations consist of sweets, chocolate, sweet biscuits, fresh fruit etc.

8th September 1954          Ward F/S    NCO I/C TEAM

REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING

Seen

9.9.54                                    Jennings   Wing Cdr

REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING RAF VALLEY

Read with interest.

15(?) .9.54                 Signed   (?)  Grp Cpt


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EXERCISE TO CADER IDRIS   11-9-54 – 12-9-54

1400 hrs   Saturday

The team, consisting of ten team members left RAF Valley in three vehicles. Two three-tonners, one ambulance special, one jeep trailer.

2000 hrs Arrived at map reference Sheet 116/657135 Pant-y-clian and established base camp.

Sub-unit at Dolgelley Fire Station visited and informed of where the team was camping.

2100 hrs  High tea.

2200 hrs  Team briefed for a navigation exercise and four parties were detailed, ABLE, BAKER,CHARLIE and DOG. Each party consisted of two members, this exercise was to take place on Sunday.

0800 hrs  Sunday v Breakfast

0900 hrs
All navigation parties left base camp.
Party ABLE
LAC Scott  AC1 Hall(?)
Commenced course at 116/657135 to 664122 to 712132 to 709145 to base 657135.

Party BAKER
F/S Ward and LAC Dane
Commenced course sheet 116/657135 to 709145 to 712132 to 725136 to 688136 to 647122 to base 657135.

Party CHARLIE
LAC Jones   SAC Davies
Commenced course Sheet 116/657135 to 626107 to 665104 to 691136 to 712132 to 708142 to 657135 base.

Party DOG   – BASE
SAC Brereton, LAC Handsell, LAC Ash
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1530 hrs
All parties returned to base camp and a meal was provided.

1630 hrs
F/S Ward , LAC Bowen, LAC James, LAC Scott proceeded to map reference 116/643122 to search for the wreckage of an American B17 aircraft which crashed on the 8th June 1945 with the loss of twenty lives.

1715 hrs
Remains of aircraft located and search among the wreckage proved this to be the aircraft which had been previously located by the Mountain Rescue team when stationed Llanbedr during 1945. Party then returned to base camp, in the meantime base camp had been struck.

1800 hrs
Team returned to RAF Valley.

2115 hrs
Team arrived at RAF Valley.

REMARKS OF NCO I/C TEAM
A silver identification wrist bracelet with the inscription, HOWARD R. HIBBARD, and on the reverse side EILEEN was found among the wreckage.  More navigation instruction  given over the weekend.
14th September 1954                    WARD F/Sgt  NCO I/C TEAM

REMARKS OF OFFICER I/C TEAM
Seen
Signed (Deakin?)
16/9/54                                                       Flt Lt (?)

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REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING
I have spoken to Lt/Col Barton at Command about the identification bracelet, he is going to check with the American Embassy and will collect it when he calls here Thursday 23rd September 1954.
16 September 1954                   Jennings  Wing Cdr

REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER
Seen.
16 September 1954    Signed   (?)  Group Cpt.


EXERCISE TO SNOWDONIA     15-9-54

0900 hrs Wednesday
The team consisting of 14 team members left Valley in one three-tonner and one ambulance special.

1030 hrs
Arrived at Map Reference Sheet 107/615577 BEUDEY-MAWR in the Llanberis Pass and made base camp.   Sub-unit at Llanberis Police Station informed of the teams’ whereabouts.
The team had been briefed for two navigation parties and one rock-climbing party Tuesday evening.

1100 hrs
After a quick lunch, all parties set out.
The following carried out a navigation exercise on the Glyders and visited the summits of Glyder Fawr, Glyder Fach, Y Garn, Llyncaseg Fraith.
SAC Brereton,  LAC Scott, SAC Davies, LAC Jones.
The second navigation party consisted of the following. F/S Ward, LAC Cuthbert (?) AC1 Holt. This party visited Dinas Mot, Crib Goch, Crib-y-Ddisgl, Clogwyn, Person, Clogwyn, Ynys Hettws, back to base.
The third party under the leadership of Flt Lt Sims went rock-climbing.
Flt Lt JR SIMS    F/O JONES, CPL SMITH & LAC SOLOMON.
The climbs  were(?) NEA, on CLOGWYN-Y-GROCHAN. FALLEN BLOCK CRACK on CLOGWYN -Y-DDISGL.

1830 hrs
All parties returned to base where hot tea and sandwiches were consumed.

1900 hrs
Team struck camp and returned to RAF Valley.
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2120 hrs
A hot meal was provided in the airmen’s Mess.

REMARKS OF NCO I/C TEAM
A splendid training day, more navigation instruction and rock-climbing technique.
20th September 1954        Signed WARD Flt Sgt NCO I/C Team

REMARKS OF OFFICER I/C TEAM
Good.
20th September 1954       Signed   Deakin Flt Lt

REMARKS OF OFFICE COMMANDING FLYING WING
Seen
21.9.54                  Signed Jennings Wing Cdr

REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER
(Blank)


EXERCISE TO THE BERWYNS – 18-9-54 – 19-9-54

1400 hrs   Saturday
The team left RAF Valley in two 3-tonners and one ambulance special and one jeep trailer.
The team consisted of seventeen team members.

1630 hrs
NCO I/C Team called at the sub-unit at Corwen to inform them of where the team was camping.

1900 hrs
Arrived at Map Ref Sheet 117/124357 Pantiau near Llanarmon-Dyffryn-Ceiriog.

2000 hrs
Base camp established.

2030 hrs
High tea.

2135 hrs
Team were briefed for a navigation exercise and split into the following parties to be carried out on Sunday.
Party ABLE   SAC PRESCOTT  LAC EVANS
Party BAKER  SAC SOLOMON  LAC KERR
Party CHARLIE    J/T EDWARDS   SAC HACKNEY
Party DOG   LAC SCOTT  LAC JONES
Party EASY  Cpl SMITH   LAC BROOKHOUSE
Party FOX   LAC BOWEN  LAC DONE

0630 hrs SUNDAY
F/S Ward made morning tea for the team.

0700 hrs
LAC Hansell   SAC Milligan  and  F/S Ward commenced cooking breakfast

0830 hrs
Breakfast

0900 hrs
The following parties were taken in the three-tonner 07AF90 to commence navigation exercises from the following map references:
ABLE   J052404       CHARLIE J148427     DOG J071432   FOX J043385
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…..exercise from Map Reference J123357 base camp.
Base party consisted of the following:   F/S WARD, LAC HANSELL, LAC McMILLAN

1700 hrs
All parties returned to base camp and a hot meal was provided.

1800 hrs
Camp was struck and the team returned to Valley.

2130 hrs
Team arrived at RAF Valley

REMARKS OF NCO I/C TEAM
A very good exercise, new members were tested in their ability to navigate over an area they had never been in before, the topography chiefly consisted of knee-high heather and which completely screened the pot-holes and greasy boulders. The team’s ability to navigate individually has improved considerably and we shall miss Flt Lt Kimber who is posted.
During the weekend Bedford three ton 07AF90 blew a cylinder head gasket and the vehicle is now in M.T.S.S. with the form 656 for repairs. Sgt Hall will inform me of the length of time it will take to repair, and could priority be given to this vehicle, otherwise this will mean that the M.T. section will have to supply another vehicle, reference Station Standing Orders Appendix C Para 32.
I have already approached the M.T.O F/O Parker for a relief vehicle and was told that none was available.
20th September 1954
Signed   F/S WARD     NCO I/C TEAM

REMARKS OF OFFICER I/C TEAM
Even tho’ I haven’t been out with the team, they seem to me to be getting over the difficulty of the team constantly changing very well.
The M/T section are unable to provide an alternative vehicle therefore it would be advisable if priority could be given to the..
(clipped)

REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING
A replacement three ton vehicle has been allocated to MRS.
21st September 1954        Signed      Jennings     Wing Cdr

REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER
Read with interest.
23rd September 1954     Signed    (?) Grp Cpt


B0033

CALL-OUT TO SNOWDONIA

21/9/54
1100 hrs   Mr Briggs of the Pen-y-Gurd phoned to ask for assistance in the search for two SAS soldiers presumed lost in the mountains. The police had not been informed and at that moment a car was touring the surrounding roads to see if they had come down somewhere else. They belonged to a party of airborne troops camping near the Power House at the foot of Snowdon. Major Edwards, Airborne Div., was in charge, but he and another officer were searching with two parties on the Glyders.  It was agreed that Mr Briggs would ring back at 1pm after calling police.

1300 hrs No news of the soldiers and Mr Briggs asked us to co-operate. The team was alerted. Fifteen members came out.

1330 hrs  Team left Valley

1515   Arrived at Dyffryn farm and Mr Briggs contacted.  The officers were not available. The two soldiers evidently had been briefed the day before for a long cross country track over  Moel Siabod and then on to the Glyders and were expected to return at approximately 8pm the same day.  (??following??)  Lost men despondant? in the P.O. at Capel Curig. Names Jones and a Southern Irish man McCarthy. (suspicions aroused)

1545 hrs The team was briefed. Two parties were sent in a pincer movement to search the southern cliffs and gullies  of Moel Siabod and three parties attempted a block search of the southern slopes of the Glyders, west of Glyder Fawer.

Weather    Mist at 1000 ft.   V. windy. Hail and heavy rain.

1930 hrs  All parties returned to base after a ………    (next line clipped)
The two officers had meanwhile returned and although there was fair presumptive evidence that they were in the hills (it was felt they wouldn’t dare desert), there was no definite news. The army officers promised to alert the police to search at the soldiers’ homes and inform us if found.

2330 hrs   Team returned to camp for a hot meal and (baths?)

2359 hrs  Major Edwards rang to tell us that the two soldiers had been picked up  by the police in Oldham.

Signed   Deakin  Flt Lt

REMARKS OF NCO I/C TEAM
This was an experience for the team and much was learned from this operation.  Had the army informed the police earlier, more information would have been available.
22nd September 1954      Signed  WARD  Flt Sgt NCO I/C TEAM

REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING
Well done. I hope the two soldiers pay for the trouble they caused, even though unwittingly they gave us a worthwhile exercise.
24th September 1954     Signed   JENNINGS   Wing Cdr

REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER
I have received letters from the Colonel of the regiment and the officer I/C the exercise apologising for the behaviour of the two soldiers. Both soldiers have been given a period of detention and are not to be accepted into the regiment.
As usual, the team put up a very good show. They thoroughly deserve the thanks expressed in the two letters referred to above.
Signed       (?) Grp Cpt     (date clipped)

(END OF B0033)


B0034

EXERCISE TO LAKE VYRNWY       25-9-54 – 26-9-54

1330 hrs   SATURDAY
The team consisting of ten members left Valley in two vehicles, one three-tonner, one ambulance special and trailer.

1830 hrs
Arrived at Cuddig, map ref sheet 117/017165 and made base camp. The sub-unit at Bala had been infrmed of where the team could be camping.

1930 hrs
A hot meal.

2100 hrs
Briefing took place for a navigation exercise to be held the following day.

2300 hrs
Retired.

0800 hrs SUNDAY
Breakfast.

0900 hrs
The following parties left base camp to complete navigation courses.

ABLE                                     COMMENCE COURSE      J022172, J976177,
J951187, J919169, J945151, J974143, J017165 BASE
LAC JONES
AC2 CUMMINGS

BAKER                                       COMMENCE COURSE      J017165, J022156, J024147, J994146,
J956164, J951187, J975195, J021172, J017165, BASE
F/S WARD
LAC DONE

CHARLIE                                    COMMENCE COURSE     J974214, J965198, J951187, J926177,
J975155, J003155, J021172, J017165, BASE
Cpl JONES
LAC KERR

DOG                                           COMMENCE COURSE   J0532262, J025226,    (REST CLIPPED)
Flt Lt DEAKIN
……party on completion of course.

BASE
J/T Edwards and SAC Brereton
These two members cooked dinner etc.

1800 hrs
All parties had returned to base camp and a hot meal was provided.

1845 hrs
Camp was struck and the team returned to RAF Valley.

2230 hrs
Team arrived at RAF Valley.

REMARKS OF NCO I/C TEAM
This is a new area and most of the country being bog and heather, also National Trust country, this is situated in the South BERWYNS, Montgomeryshire.  A most instructive weekend for all of us.
A three tonner Bedford Nos 09AF90 has been replaced by Bedford 09AF96, and this vehicle will be out of workshops after the boxes for equipment have been fitted.
6th October 1954.
Signed     WARD    Ft Sgt    NCO I/C TEAM

REMARKS OF OFFICER I/C TEAM
A new area broached. For future reference, not a good training area – too much heather and bogs.
The wildlife around these less visited parts of Wales is abundant. A herd of wild horses was encountered on the southern slopes below Lake VYRNWY.
The camp site is quite good.
Signed     DEAKIN      Flt Lt

B0035

REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING
Seen.
9-10-54             JENNINGS    Wig Cdr.

REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER
Seen.
12th October 1954                       Signed (?)  Grp Cpt.


WEDNESDAY EXERCISE TO THE GLYDDERS

Eight team members and nine naval students plus  F/Lt Rideal (?) left at 9 am in the naval transport as both reserve trucks were U/S.
The Naval party plus dog were deposited at the Pen-y-Gwyrd Hotel, given a map and compass, and told to traverse the Glydders.   Two team members went with them to make sure they wouldn’t be lost.
They crossed in record time and seemed to enjoy themselves.
The team members proceeded to the Slabs but with the heavy rain and wind, the climbing was abandoned.
Instead the party scrambled up Tryfan and on up Bristly Ridge to Glydder Fawr and down by the Grybon Terrace. The first snow was encountered on top. A good day of scrambling and walking.
Signed   DEAKIN  Flt Lt.

REMARKS OF NCO I/C TEAM
I think the naval people enjoyed themselves and have an idea of what work the Mountain Rescue teams have to do.
6th October 1954    Signed   WARD    Flt Sgt  NCO I/C TEAM

REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING
Good show.
9-10-54    Signed   JENNINGS Wing Cdr.

B0036

REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER
Read with interest.
12th Oct 54                           Signed (?) Grp Cpt.


EXERCISE TO THE ARENIG FAWR    2-10-54  – 3 -10 -54

1400 hrs SATURDAY
Left Valley with sixteen members and two vehicles, one three-tonner, one ambulance special and trailer.

1800 hrs
Arrived at HAFOTTY-FILLTIR-GERIG   Map reference Sheet 116/816387 an established base camp, the sub-unit at BALA being informed of the team’s whereabouts.

1900 hrs
A cooked meal.

2000 hrs
Briefing held for a navigation exercise to take place on the Sunday.

2220 hrs
Retired.

0800 hrs   SUNDAY
The following parties left base camp to complete navigation courses.
ABLE                      COMMENCE COURSE   H816388 , H827369, H808352, H778345, H785364, H816388
Cpl JONES
LAC BROOKHOUSE

BAKER                  COMMENCE COURSE   H386188  H785364,    H808352, H839346, H827369, H386188.
LAC DONE
LAC KERR

CHARLIE                    COMMENCE COURSE      H816388,  H808352, H779345, H766366, H785364, H816388
LAC JONES
LAC BOWEN

DOG                           COMMENCE COURSE      H816387, H826354, H809352, H779345, H784364, H816387
J/T EDWARDS
LAC DAVIS

EASY                          COMMENCE COURSE     H816387 , H821416,  H859452, H872446, H851408, H858398, H816387
J/T CARTER              (rest clipped)

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FOX                                COMMENCE COURSE      H816387, H785364, H779345, H778318, H808352, H827369, H816387.
AC1 FORKIN
LAC MATHEWS

BASE
F/S WARD                 SAC HACKNEY               LAC NEWTON

1700 hrs
All parties arrived back at base camp and a hot meal was provided.

1800 hrs
Camp was struck and the team returned to RAF Valley.

2130 hrs
Team arrived at RAF Valley.

REMARKS OF NCO I/C TEAM
This was another area the team had not been in before for an exercise, navigation continues to improve. Three tonne vehicle 09AF96 is now in service with the team. Scout car 40AA19 still in workshops.
Another instructive weekend.
6th October 1954      Signed   WARD       Flt Sgt     NCO I/C TEAM

REMARKS OF OFFICER I/C TEAM
Seen               DEAKIN   Flt Lt

REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING
Seen                01-10-54     JENNINGS       Wing Cdr

REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER
Seen.                12th October 54         Signed (?)  Group Cpt.

END OF B0037


B0038

EXERCISE TO SNOWDONIA  6-10-54

0900 hrs WEDNESDAY
The team consisting of ten members left Valley in one three-tonner, one ambulance special an trailer.

1040 hrs
Arrived at RHAIADR OGWEN and established base camp, informed sub-unit where the team would be on exercise, map ref sheet 107/648403

1100 hrs
Team briefed for rock-climbing and parties set out from base to do the following climbs on Tryfan.

AC1 FORKIN
LAC SOLOMON
NOR’NOR’ BUTTRESS
LAC MATHEWS
SAC DAVIES
CREVASSED RIB AND N-NORM SIDEROUTE
J/T EDWARDS
LAC BROOKHOUSE
LAC CUBITT
ROWAN ROUTE AND PULPIT ROUTE ON MILESTONE BUTTRESS

 

NCO I/C Team and LAC Hansell visited sub-units at Ogwen Cottage and Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel and changed defective T46 radio sets, also a camp site for the weekend exercise was located.

1600 hrs
All parties returned to base and hot tea and sandwiches were provided.

1700 hrs
Camp was struck and the team returned to RAF Valley.

1840 hrs
Team arrived at RAF Valley;
1900 hrs          ?CLIPPED

REMARKS OF NCO I/C TEAM
A great deal of aerial activity over the mountains during the day, had the team been in possession of a wireless operator, the operator could have listened out on VHF. Another good training day
7th October 1954      WARD    Flt Sgt NCO I/C TEAM

REMARKS OF OFFICER I/C TEAM
Good.
Signed     DEAKIN   Flt Lt

REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING
Well done
9-10-54                  Signed JENNINGS  Wing Cdr

REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER
14 Oct 54            Seen                       SIGNED (?)   Grp Cpt.

END OF B0038


B0039

EXERCISE TO THE GLYDDERS   8-10-54 – 9-10-54

1330 hrs SUNDAY   (SHOULD READ SATURDAY?)
The team consisting of nineteen members left Valley in three vehicles, two 3-tonners, one ambulance special and trailer.

1600 hrs
Arrived at DYFFRYN- MYMYBR map reference sheet 107/701574 and made base camp.

1730 hrs
High tea.
Sub-units at Ogwen Cottage and Pen-y-Gwrhyd Hotel informed of the team’s camping site.

1900 hrs
Briefing for an exercise to take place on Sunday, parties to do navigation, also rock-climbing parties detailed.

2000 hrs
Posting of camp guards, members permitted to proceed out of camp.

2300 hrs
Team retired.

0830 hrs  SUNDAY
Breakfast.

0930 hrs
The following parties left base camp to carry out navigation and rock-climbing exercises.
ROCK-CLIMBING PARTIES

F/S WARD ORDINARY ROUTE AND FAITH
LAC KERR
CPL PULLAN GLYDER FACH – DELTA
AC1 FORKIN
MATHEWS Y-GRIBIN( NEXT LINE CLIPPED)
LAC CUBITT ORDINARY ROUTE AND HOPE
LAC DAVIS

 

NAVIGATION PARTIES

LAC VICKERS SNOWDON HORSESHOE
LAC JONES CRIB GOCH
LAC BROOKHOUSE CRIB -Y-DDISGL
AC1 HOLT Y-WYDDFA.    Y-LLIWEDD
LAC SCOTT CARNEDD HORSHESHOE
AC2 CUMMINGS PEN-YR-OLEU-WEN
SAC HACKNEY CARNEDD DAFYDD
SAC PRESCOTT CRAIG LLUGWY

BASE CAMP
LAC HANSELL      LAC MCMILLAN          LAC ROBINSON

1700 hrs
All parties returned for a meal.

1800 hrs
Camp struck and team returned to RAF Valley

2130 hrs
Team arrived at RAF Valley.

REMARKS OF NCO I/C TEAM
Rock-climbing and navigation carried out, in this area the team can take full advantage of some of the finest rock-climbs and to teach new members the basic principles.
LAC Prescott of 2 Squadron, who attended the (Skife?) mountaineering course has been put on the boat and is now on embarkation leave. We shall be sorry to lose him.
Team at full strength, more volunteers are forthcoming.
Signed    WARD  Flt Sgt
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END OF B0039

B0040

REMARKS OF OFFICER I/C TEAM
Seen
Deakin       Flt Lt

REMARKS OF OFFICER COMMANDING FLYING WING
Seen
15-10-54                             JENNINGS           WING CDR

REMARKS OF STATION COMMANDER
Seen
21 OCT 54                          Signed (?)  Grp Cpt.


EXERCISE TO THE CARNEDDS             15-10-54  – 18-10 54

1600 hrs FRIDAY
The team consisting of 13 members left Valley in the following vehicles, two 3-tonners, one ambulance special and one trailer.

1830 hrs
Arrived at NANT near TREFRIW, map ref sheet 107/776624 and made base camp.
Sub-unit at Ogwen Cottage informed of the team’s camp site.

1930 hrs
A cooked meal was served to all.

2100 hrs
The team were briefed for a navigation exercise to take place on the Saturday

2300 hrs
Team retired.

0800 hrs  SATURDAY
Breakfast.

0900 hrs
The 3-tonner took the following parties to commence navigation exercises from the following map references:
NAVIGATION PARTIES
ABLE                Course commenced  648606 to 684644 to base camp at 766624
Cpl Jones
AC2 Cummings

BAKER                Course commenced 667606 to 665631 to base camp at 766624
Cpl PULLAN
LAC NEWTON

CHARLIE               Course commenced 667605 to 684644 to base camp at 766624.
Cpl SMITH
LAC HOLT

DOG                        Course commenced 685604 to 684644 to base camp at 766624
LAC VICKERS
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END OF B0040

B0041

EASY                                 Course commenced at 766624 to 716623 back to base 726624
FS WARD
LAC HANDSELL

BASE CAMP
LAC KERR
AC1 FORKIN

1800 HRS
All parties arrived back at base camp for a hot meal and change of clothing, rum was issued to all members.

1930 hrs
Camp guard detailed. Members permitted to proceed out of camp.

0900 hrs SUNDAY
Breakfast.

1000 hrs
The weather being extremely bad, it was decided to dry out clothing and improve the camping site.

1200 hrs
Dinner.

1300 hrs
Instruction given on the T46 radio set, correct procedure when working this set to all members.

1400 hrs
All members practised what they were taught on the use of T46 radio set.

1600 hrs
Navigation lecture given to all members, members given a test of navigation by NCO i/c TEAM.

1730 hrs
Tea

1800 hrs
Camp guards detailed, members permitted to proceed out of camp.

0800 hrs MONDAY
Breakfast.

0930 hrs
A white flag representing an injured climber was established at map reference 731618 by two members of the team.
A green very cartridge was fired as a signal for all members to proceed with the stretcher. This operation was carried out successfully apart from very bad weather, which made the whole exercise worthwhile and good for stamina.

1330 hrs
Dinner and camp was struck and the team returned to Valley.

1600 hrs
Team arrived back at RAF Valley.

Remarks of NCO i/c Team
The long weekend was rather damp and rain fell for three days without a break. The River Conway had overflowed and fields were flooded, cattle and sheep standing in deep water. The team was ready to assist in rescuing of stranded cattle.
A good exercise and morale was high for the whole of the period.
Flt Lt Deakin has now been demobilised, a new wireless operator has been posted to the team. He has seven months to serve in the Royal Air Force.
24 October 1954
Signed        WARD     Flt Sgt      NCO i/c TEAM

Remarks of Officer Commanding Flying Wing
Seen
26-10-54      Signed Jennings Wing Cdr

 END OF B0041

B0042

Remarks of Station Commander
Seen
Signed (?)  Grp Cpt
27  Oct 54.

END OF B0042


B0043

NEWSPAPER CUTTING

EXERCISE TO ( NAME OBSCURED BY NEWSPAPER CUTTING) 21-10-54)

1400 hrs SATURDAY
The team consisting of sixteen members left Valley in four vehicles, two three-tonners, one ambulance special and trailer, one Signals tender Mark 115.

1600 hrs
Arrived at DYFFRYN-MYMBYR and established base camp.
Sub-unit at PEN-Y-GWRYD informed of team’s campsite. Radio operator endeavouring to make contact with RAF Valley and nineteen group RCC.

1615 hrs
Message received from the Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel to phone RAF Valley.

1655 hrs
NCO i/c TEAM phones the Duty Controller at Air Traffic Control and controller informs NCO i/c Team to try to contact 19 Group RCC., and the Team to standby at immediate readiness. One team member detailed to act as telephone orderly and remain by the telephone in the hotel, this member to be relieved every four hours.  Landrover ambulance used from base camp to Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel.

1900 hrs
All members had a hot meal.

2000hrs
Still trying to contact 19 Group RCC. Weather very wet indeed and a gale blowing, report received that the A5 is blocked by landslide between Capel -Curig and NANT-FRANCON Pass, road to BEDDGELERT and LLANBERIS is flooded under five feet of water, telephone lines down, rocks and boulders washed onto main roads, team members assisting in removing debris.
The only route back to Valley from Capel-Curig is to BETTWS-Y-COED and to CONWAY.
Earlier in the evening, met Wing Commander Smythe…….(rest clipped)

END OF B0043

B0044   – OBSCURED BY NEWSPAPER CUTTINGS

B0045     (left hand side of page also obscured by newspaper cuttings)

(continues B0043 after clipped section)
..the programme of climbing after the Sunday, it was decided on the MILESTONE BUTTRESS and a party to climb up CWM TRYFAN to LLYN-CARIG-FRAITH thence back to base camp at DYFFRYN-MYMBYR.

2200 hrs
Informed wireless operator to turn in and to have another go at the radio next morning.
NCO i/c ensures team is OK  and takes one member and proceeds to PEN-Y-GWYRD Hotel to remain by the telephone overnight.
(Time obscured)
Team retired.

(Time obscured) SUNDAY
Breakfast and raining  quite hard.

? hrs
W/Cmndr SMYTHE and  eight RAFMA members also eight members of the Mountain Rescue team proceeded in the three tonner to the foot of MILESTONE BUTTRESS.
Remainder of the team at base camp at immediate readiness.
No further progress with the W/T equipment, a fault was found with the PE generator set, also the transmitter.

1500 hrs
A party of four members arrived back at base after crossing the GLYDDERS  from CWM TRYFAN via LLYN-CARIG-FRAITH, snow had fallen to a depth of twelve inches approximately at 2636 feet and quite a gale was blowing.

1530 hrs
Message received form the BETTWYS -Y-COED police stating that a dog was trapped on a ledge at the foot of the Swallow Falls and would we help in the rescue of the animal.

1535 hrs
Ten members…..(clipped)
the police and large proportion of the local inhabitants are waiting.

1605 hrs
Ropes fixed to belays and members abseil down a 100 ft rock face to the edge of the Swallow Falls and commence searching, finally the dog, a Scotch Terrier was located by a member in an exhausted state on a ledge of rock a few feet from the water’s edge, and (due to?) the colour of the dog being grey and black and the roar of the Falls it was extremely difficult to locate it.
A windproof jacket was passed down to one of the members below who put the animal inside and made this secure before coming up.
Members thanked by police and grateful owners, husband, wife and child, the animal’s name was Judy.
The dog was believed to have been hunting squirrels when it fell over the edge.
The three tonner in the meantime had proceeded to the foot of Milestone Buttress to pick up the climbing party.
NCO i/c TEAM proceeded to the base camp and passed the three tonner returning to collect the party at Swallow Falls.

1730 hrs
NCO i/c TEAM proceeded to Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel to ring RAF Valley and ask the controller if we were to remain at DYFFRYN or proceed back to Valley.

1805 hrs
Controller informed NCO i/c TEAM that the search for the missing SABRE had finished and that the team could return back to RAF Valley.

1830 hrs
Arrived back at base camp and all members had a hot meal. Camp was struck and the team,. also the RAFMA, returned to Valley

2030 hrs
Team arrived back at RAF Valley.

END OF B0045

B0046.

Remarks of NCO i/c Team
A very exciting weekend and the liaison with the RAF MA was very interesting. Wing Cdr Smythe thanked the team for the weekend.
The fault with the radio equipment is being dealt with.  Mr GILBERT COLEMAN of Wilmslow Cheshire, will be writing  a letter to the Station Commander.
25th October   Signed WARD  Flt Sgt NCO i/c TEAM

Remarks of Officer Commanding Flying Wing
Well done. The rescue of Judy can only enhance the team’s reputation.
26-10-54     Signed JENNINGS  Wing Cdr

Remarks of Station Commander
I have received a letter  from Wing Cdr Smythe thanking the team for its outstanding help and hospitality.
27-10-54      Signed  (?)    Grp Cpt.


PRACTICE CALL-OUT TO CADER IDRIS   30-10-54 TO 31-10-54

1400 hrs SATURDAY
Message received from Air Movements that a SABRE had been seen to crash at CRAIG -CWM-LLWYD near Cader Idris.  Team called out by tannoy.

1420 hrs
Team were briefed on the area and told what had happened, team split into two parties, each commanded by an experienced navigator.

1435 hrs
21 team members left Valley in four vehicles, two three tonners, one Signals tender Mark 115, and one ambulance special and trailer.

1815 hrs
Arrived at PANT-Y-CLIAN approximately seven miles from DOLGELLEY, parties Able, Baker, Charlie & Dog left base camp for the scene of the crash. The base camp party established base camp and the portable searchlight was manned.  The wireless operator endeavoured to establish a watch with nineteen group and RAF Valley. Sub-unit at DOLGELLEY Fire Station was informed of what was happening. Each party carried full rescue equipment.

2015 hrs

A white Very light was seen by base camp. This was a success signal to the effect that the crash had been located, also a radio message on the base T46 radio was received that the crash had been located.

2130 hrs
All parties returned to base camp for a hot meal and a change of clothing.  Informed radio operator to close down and try the next day on Day Frequency. A hot meal was prepared for all members.

2230 hrs
Phoned the controller at Valley and informed him that the exercise had been completed successfully, and that the team would be remaining on exercise till Sunday 31 October 1954.
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END OF B0046

B0047

0830 hrs SUNDAY
Breakfast

0900 hrs
Radio watch opened with 19 group successfully

0930 hrs
Parties, comprising of two members in each party sent out with T46 radio sets to practise contacting one another, R/T procedure, trimming of aerial etc, giving positions, map references to base etc.

1530 hrs
Radio watch closed.

1600 hrs
All parties returned to base camp and a hot meal.

1700 hrs
Camp was struck and the team returned to Valley.

2100 hrs
Team arrived at RAF Valley.

Remarks of NCO i/c Team
There is till a fault with the transmitter, making contact on the right frequency red range was impossible,  the signals vehicle at the moment is being fitted with a new rear spring, when this is done the vehicle will have to be taken to the signals people to have the transmitter serviced.
The practice call-out was carried out very well indeed, more instruction is required in the use of the T46 radio set, this will be done.
1st November 1954.
Signed     WARD      Flt Sgt  NCO i/c TEAM

Remarks of Officer i/c Team
No particular remarks at the moment as I have only recently taken over the section.
Signed   MANNING  Fg Off

Remarks of Officer Commanding Flying Wing
Seen.
2.11.54                                   Jennings  Wing Cdr

Remarks of Station Commander
Seen
3.11.54                     Signed (?)   Grp Cpt.

END OF B0047


B0048

EXERCISE TO THE CARNEDDS – 6.11.54 – 7.11.54

1400 hrs SATURDAY
The team consisting of 20 members left Valley in three vehicles, two three-tonners, one signals tender 115 Mark 1.

1600 hrs
Arrived at NANT, approximately three miles from TREFRIW, map reference Sheet 107/766624 and established base camp.

1610 hrs
Radio watch opened with RAF Valley, police at Trefriw informed of team’s whereabouts, also sub-unit at OGWEN COTTAGE.

1700 hrs
Tea

1800 hrs
Briefing was held for rock-climbing exercise to take place on the Sunday at the MILESTONE BUTTRESS and the IDWAL SLABS.

1930 hrs
Radio watch closed, camp guards detailed and members permitted out of camp.

2300 hrs
All members returned, the rain had eased and the sky was beginning to clear.

2359 hrs
Clear sky and slight breeze and frost in the air.

0830 hrs
Breakfast.  Snow on high ground from 2000 ft.

0930 hrs
The three tonner left base camp with the climbing parties numbering fifteen members.

0945 hrs
Radio watch opened with RAF Valley via Kinloss, also 19 group via Kinloss. Five members remained at base camp to carry out the usual camp duties.
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..clear sky.

1600 hrs
All parties returned to base camp and a hot meal.
Radio watch closed.

1730 hrs
Camp was struck and the team returned to RAF Valley.

2000 hrs
Team arrived at RAF Valley.

Remarks of NCO i/c Team
Sunday was a splendid day, and ideal for instructing rock-climbing, the rock being dry and in good condition. The fifteen members were divided into parties of three, the leader being a competent rock-climber in each party. The HARPUR HILL Mountain Rescue Team was also holding an exercise in the GLYDDERS, their base camp being at WERN-GOF-UCHAF.
It has been discovered that the road springs on the signals tender 115 Mark 1 are the wrong type, consequently this vehicle is difficult to manoeuvre, new road springs have been demanded by MTSS.
Suggest that a party be held at either the Valley Hotel or the Bull for all members of the Mountain Rescue Team before Christmas and a sum of money used from the C.O.’s Fund to cover part of the cost, there is a sum of money earmarked for Mountain Rescue use, the NCO i/c and Officer i/c Team can make all arrangements for all this in advance.
8th November 1954     Signed   WARD  Flt Sgt NCO i/c TEAM

Remarks of Officer i/c Team
Seen. The arrangements for the MRS Christmas party are in hand at the moment and will be announced later.
Signed   MANNING     Fg Off.

END OF B0048

B0049

Remarks of Officer Commanding Flying Wing
The Party arranged for the MRS to be held before Christmas is an excellent idea. The Officer i/c MRS has confirmed that this party has not been arranged on the assumption that a certain amount of money is being granted from the C.O.’s fund.
However I do recommend that part of the money held by the C.O. for the MRS be granted to defray the cost of this party.
11.11.54         Signed   JENNINGS   Wing Cdr.

Remarks of Station Commander
Party approved.
Signed  (?)  Group Cpt.     (no  date)


EXERCISE TO THE GLYDERS  – 13.11.54 – 14.11.54

1345 hrs SATURDAY
The team consisting of twenty-five members left Valley in five vehicles.

1600 hrs
Arrived at DYFFRYN-MYMBYR and commenced to set up base camp, quite a gale was in progress was the canvas was being unfurled.

1700 hrs
Base camp established and a meal enjoyed by all members.

1830 hrs
Radio watch established, sub-unit at the PEN-Y-GWRYD Hotel informed of the team’s campsite.

1900 hrs
Briefing of the team for a navigation and rock-climbing exercise to take place on the Sunday, team split into parties and leaders appointed.  Radio watch closed.

2000 hrs
Camp guards posted and team members allowed to proceed out of camp.

2330 hrs
Team retired.

0830 hrs SUNDAY
Breakfast

0900 hrs
Radio watch opened.

0930 hrs
Navigation parties left base camp to do the Snowdon Horseshoe, Carnedd Horseshoe, the Glyders consisting of Y-GARN, GLYDER FACH, GLYDER FAWR, MOEL SIABOD etc.
Rock-climbing parties proceeded to TRYFAN and the IDWAL SLABS, also a party made a reconnaissance of LLIWEDD for future climbs.

1000 hrs
One party of six remain at base camp to do base camp duties.

END OF B0049

B0050

1630 hrs
All parties returned after a good day’s climbing and walking.

1700 hrs
Dinner. Radio watch closed.

1800 hrs
Camp was struck and the team returned to RAF Valley.

2030 hrs
Team arrived at RAF Valley.

Remarks of NCO i/c Team
A good weekend of training.
16th November 1954    Signed   WARD  Flt Sgt  NCO i/c TEAM

Remarks of Officer i/c Team
Navigation and rock-climbing exercises very satisfactorily carried out. A well-spent weekend.
Signed  MANNING  Fg Off   Officer i/c TEAM

Remarks of Officer Commanding Flying Wing
Seen.
11.12.54       JENNINGS   Wing Cdr

Remarks of Station Commander
Seen.
29 Dec 54.                  Signed (?) Group Cpt.

END OF B0050


B0051

EXERCISE TO THE GLYDERS     – 17.11.54

0830 hrs WEDNESDAY
The team consisting of twelve team members and eight Royal Navy Officer Cadets proceeded from Valley in four vehicles

1000 hrs
Arrived at RHAIADR OGWEN and made base camp. Parties were taken in the three-tonner and commenced course from DYFFRYN -MYMBYR, PEN-Y-GWRHYD via the PYG Track to LLYN CASEG-FRAITH, GLYDER FACH, GLYDER FAWR via the DEVEIL’S KITCHEN Track to CWM IDWAL thence to RHAIADR OGWEN. One party commenced the course from WERN-GOF-UCHAF and climbed to the summit of TRYFAN then to GLYDER FACH and GLYDER FAWR and completed course as above.

1030 hrs
Radio watch established with RAF Valley.

1630 hrs
All parties arrived back at base camp and enjoyed sandwiches and hot tea.

1700 hrs
Radio watch closed and the team and guests returned to Valley.

1800 hrs
Team arrived at RAF Valley.

Remarks of NCO i/c Team
Liaison of this kind is interesting work. Navy and RAF get to know each other better, a good exercise.
16th November 1954     Signed WARD  Flt Sgt  NCO i/c TEAM

Remarks of Officer i/c Team
Exercises of this nature are beneficial to both the TEAM and the Naval Cadets. It is hoped there be more of them in the future.
Signed    MANNING        Fg Off  OFFICER i/c TEAM

Remarks of Officer Commanding Flying Wing
Seen
11.12.54            Signed JENNINGS  Wing Cdr

Remarks of Station Commander
Seen.
29th December 54     Signed  (?) Grp. Cpt.

END OF B0051


B0052

EXERCISE TO THE BERWYNS  19-11-54 – 22-11-54

1400 hrs FRIDAY
The team left Valley in four vehicles. Fifteen members attended this exercise, the subunit at CORWEN were informed of the team’s camp site and given a map reference.

1930 hrs
Arrived at  Llanarmon-dyffryn-Ceriog and made base camp at Pantiau, map reference sleet 107/1243571.

2000 hrs
Radio watch established. Hot tea and rum issued to all members.

2030 hrs
Everyone enjoyed a hot cooked meal.

2130 hrs
Briefing for a navigation training exercise to take place on the Saturday, parties detailed.

2200 hrs
Radio watch closed.

2300 hrs
Team retired.

0730 hrs SATURDAY
Breakfast, cereal, bacon, eggs, marmalade, bread, butter etc

0830 hrs
Three parties left base camp on a navigation exercise, one party remained at base to cook and do essential base camp chores.

0900 hrs
Radio watch opened.

1600 hrs
All parties returned to base camp, slightly damp but morale was extremely high. Rum and hot tea issued.

1700 hrs
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1800 hrs
Briefing for a navigation exercise to take place on the Sunday.

1900 hrs
Radio watch closed, members permitted to leave base camp after camp guards were detailed.

2330 hrs
Team retired.

0900 hrs SUNDAY
Four parties left base camp to visit Cader – Bronwen. Parties carried T46 radio sets, this was to test out communications between base and all parties. Everyone had breakfast before the exercise.

1000 hrs
Radio watch opened. Base camp party preparing the evening meal, washing plates, cleaning up in general.

1630 hrs
All parties arrived back at base camp and had a hot meal.

1900 hrs
Hot meal and rum issued. Radio watch closed.

2200 hrs
Team retired.

0830 hrs MONDAY
Breakfast. Raining quite hard. Lecture given on First Aid etc. Test on navigation knowledge given to all members of the team by NCO i/c TEAM.

1200 hrs
Dinner.

1300 hrs
Camp struck and the team returned to RAF Valley.

1700 hrs
Team arrived at RAF Valley.

END OF B0052

B0053

Remarks of NCO i/c Team
More new members have recently joined the team. The standard of navigation continues to improve.  Medical lectures are being given by F.O. Clift, who is a member of the Mountain Rescue Team.
25th November 1954
Signed              WARD                      Flt Sgt                  NCO i/c TEAM

Remarks of Officer i/c Team

Fl. OFF. Clift’s presence in the team is an asset. His lecture was well attended and much useful information gained by the team.
(no signature or date)

Remarks of Officer Commanding Flying Wing
Seen.
14-12-1954                  JENNINGS  Wing Cdr.

Remarks of Station Commander
Seen.
29-Dec 54                Signed (?)  Group Cpt.


EXERCISE TO SNOWDONIA     –   24-11-54

0930 hrs WEDNESDAY
The team consisting of ten team members and five naval cadets left Valley in three vehicles.

1100 hrs
Arrived at Map Ref Sheet 107/661558, Pen-Y-Gwryhd, and made base camp.  Hot tea and sandwiches were consumed before the exercise commenced.  Radio watch opened with RAF Valley.

1200 hrs
The first party consisting of three team members and five naval people left Pen-Y-Gwryhd
for Pen-Y-Pass, thence via the PIG track for the summit of Snowdon.
The second party consisting of three members left Pen-Y-Gwryhd,  thence to  Pen-Y-Pass via the PIG Track, to the summit of  Lliwedd thence to the summit of Snowdon, then via the PIG track back to  Pen-Y-Pass.
The third party consisting of three members did the complete Snowdon Horseshoe,  Crib Goch, Crib-Y-Ddisgl, Snowdon, Lliwedd, thence via the Track back to  Pen-Y-Pass.

1630 hrs
All parties arrived back at  Pen-Y-Gwryhd,  and sandwiches and hot tea were provided.

1700 hrs
Left Pen-Y-Gwryhd for RAF Valley.

1830 hrs
Team arrived at RAF Valley.

Remarks of NCO i/c Team
Radio equipment working very well indeed, all vehicles serviceable, training continues to improve.
Signed      WARD       Flt Sgt NCO i/c TEAM

END OF B0053

B0054

Remarks of Officer i/c Team
The team’s standard of training continues to improve.

Signed (?) Flg Off    Officer i/c Team

Remarks of Officer Commanding Flying Wing
Seen.
14-12-54     Signed     JENNINGS      Wing Cdr

Remarks of Station Commander
Seen.
29th Dec 54  Signed (? )     GROUP CAPTAIN


CALL-OUT TO THE GLYDERS   – 28- 11-54 – 29-11-54

2045hrs SUNDAY
Message received from the sub-unit at LLANBERIS POLICE STATION stating briefly that two civilian climbers KEVIN J. BOGGAN of 229 FERNHILL ROAD, BOOTLE, LIVERPOOLand J.PILE of 3 SYLVANIA STREET, LIVERPOOL, had gone for a walk on GLYDER FAWR with two  other climbers and had disappeared.   Apparently these two climbers had become separated from their friends and the friends returned to the main road in the LLANBERIS PASS to await the two who had gone walking; at seven o’clock when they did not return to the main road, this was reported to the police at LLANBERIS who investigated this and then circulated the information to the police stations and youth hostels also sub-units at Ogwen Cottage and Pen-y-Gwrhyd Hotel, and decided to call out the Mountain Rescue Team.

2100 hrs
The team was tannoyed for; 24 members reported to the Mountain Rescue Section.

2120 hrs
Team left Valley.

2250 hrs
Arrived at LLANBERIS Police Station. Questioned the two friends of the missing climbers regards where they had intended going on the mountain.

2330 hrs
Proceeded to NANT PERIS and briefed the team regards searching for these two men then the search commenced.  Searchlight and pyro-technics were used also T46 radio sets which were useless due to very bad weather conditions.

0400 hrs MONDAY
All parties were recalled because the weather had deteriorated to low mist, hail and severe gale.

0730 hrs
Fresh parties commenced search.

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B0055

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…by a green, missing climbers are located and all parties proceed back to base camp. Climbers given hot tea then accompany the police to the police station.
Apparently these two men got caught on the top of the mountain and the mist descended, also a severe gale was blowing, and rain and sleet descended in one raging (?) torrent so they decided to shelter behind some rocks;  they had not got torches and were not wearing proper climbing boots , they said they saw the searchlight in the mist and heard the illuminating flares going up but dare not move, search parties must have gone withing 500 yards of where they were that evening.

1020 hrs
Team returned to RAF Valley.

1200 hrs
Team arrived at RAF Valley.

Remarks of NCO i/c Team
The area that these two climbers were found upon was very dangerous, a cliff face lay immediately between them and in the dark would have meant their death to have moved, the operation was well executed and carried out in weather that was really arduous and dangerous, the team (?) is a credit to the Royal Air Force and in particular to Valley.
Twenty-four team members answered this life-saving call, quite a good turn-out. Much was learned from this operation.
30th November 1954          Signed   WARD   Flt Sgt   NCO i/c TEAM

Remarks of Officer i/c Team
But for the team, these two climbers would have been in a serious position particularly after dark. Such an exercise is extremely beneficial to the team.
Signed    (?)          Fg Off.

Remarks of Officer Commanding Flying Wing
Well done team, I hope the climbers expressed their gratitude. Incident like this show the true value of the MRS.
Signed                       JENNINGS        Wing Cdr
14-12-54

Remarks of Station Commander
This rescue is the culmination of an excellent year’s work. The team has done much to enhance the reputation of RAF Valley and the team has every reason to be proud of itself.
29 Dec 54     Signed   (?)   Group Cpt.

END OF B0055


B0056

EXERCISE TO SNOWDONIA – 1ST December 1954

0830 hrs
The team consisting of fifteen members left Valley in two vehicles.

1000 hrs
Arrived at Pen-y-Pass and made base, contact between RAF Valley and the team would be made by landline from the sub-unit at Pen-y-Gwrhyd Hotel.
The team had been briefed on the Tuesday evening for an exercise, a meal was taken of sandwiches and tea, then the members packed rations consisting of tinned self-heating soup, sandwiches, chocolate etc and prepared for the various courses.

1100 hrs
First party consisted of three members, one member being the medical officer, Flying Officer Clift. They commenced at Pen-y-Pass and thence along the PIG Track to the foot of LLIWEDD thence to the summit and along the ridge to Snowdon Summit, thence via the PIG Track back to Pen-y-Pass.
Second party consisted of NCO i/c Team and two new members, they were taken in the three tonner to where the Watkin Track commenced at Map Ref Sheet 107 of the one inch Ordinance Survey and commenced course via Gladstone Rock, Craig Ddu, Lliwedd, Bwlchy-Saethau, YrWyeddfa (Snowdon), Crib-y-Ddisgle, Crib Goch down the ridge to Pen-y-Pass.
Third party consisted of three members and they proceeded to the summit of Snowdon via Pen-y-Pass, to the summit of Crib Goch, Crib-y-Ddisgle thence down the PIG Track to Pen-y-Pass.
Fourth party consisted of four members who proceeded to the summit of Lliwedd via the Track thence down the ridge and up to Snowdon via Crib-y-Ddisgle, Crib Goch, back to Pen-y-Pass.

1730 hrs
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1800 hrs
After everyone had changed into dry clothing, the team returned to RAF Valley.

1930 hrs.
Team arrived at RAF Valley.

Remarks of NCO i/c Team
This exercise was carried out in bad weather conditions, sleet, rain and a gale developed, snow was encountered at 3000 ft, drifts up to 10 feet and more in places. Parties had to rope to each other because of the severe force of the gale when crossing exposed places on the ridges, everyone enjoyed the exercise, training continues to improve.
2nd December 1954      Signed   WARD   Flt Sgt  NCO i/c Team

Remarks of Officer i/c Team
A useful exercise under adverse conditions.
Signed (?)  Flying Officer
Officer i/c Team

Remarks of Officer Commanding Flying Wing
Seen.
14-12-54       Signed    JENNINGS   Wing Cdr

Remarks of Station Commander
(BLANK)

END OF B0056


B0057

EXERCISE TO THE CARNEDDS     4-12-54  -5-12-54

1400 hrs SATURDAY
The Team consisting of two officers and one SNCO, two members of the press, thirty-one members left Valley and proceeded to make base near GRAFNANT TREFRIW.
Four vehicles were used, two three tonners, one car 5CWT, one trailer, one ambulance special.  The radio vehicle is in the M.T.S.S. being fitted with new springs.

1600 hrs
Arrived at GRAFNANT and proceeded to make base camp.

1700 hrs

Base camp established and a hot meal was provided.

1900 hrs
Briefing for an exercise consisting of stretcher-lowering, rock-climbing and navigation to take place on the Sunday.

2000 hrs
Camp guards posted. Members proceed out of camp.

2335 hrs
Team retired.

0800 hrs SUNDAY
Breakfast.

0900 hrs
NCO  i/c Team and eight team members taken in three tonner to 692602 to commence a navigation exercise. The following places were covered on the CARNEDD HORSHESHOE, PEN-YR-HELIGI-DE, CRAIG -YR-YSFA, PEN-Y-WAEN-WEN, CARNEDD LLEWELYN, CARNEDD DAFYDD, PEN-YR-OLEU-WEN.
F/ Lt SIMS and F/O CLIFT also remainder of the team practised stretcher-lowering on some rock slabs..
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END OF B0057

B0058

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….scout car to the MILESTONE BUTTRESS where rock-climbing was carried out on TRYFAN.

1630 hrs
F/Lt SIMS  and party proceeded back to base in three tonner and scout car.

1730 hrs

Navigation party arrived back at base in three tonner, after changing into dry clothing, a meal was consumes by all.

1830 hrs
Camp was struck and team proceeded back to RAF Valley.

2000 hrs
Team arrived back at RAF Valley.

Remarks of NCO i/c Team
I think the press were very much impressed by the Mountain Rescue team, snow was encountered and quite a blizzard was raging at 3000 feet.
Arctic conditions experience, slight frost-bite.
Radio vehicle being fitted with new rod springs, a good training weekend.
6th December 1954
Signed      WARD       Fl Sgt       NCO i/c TEAM

Remarks of Officer i/c Team
In my opinion there should be more frequent press liaison exercises, the public can never fail to be impressed by news report of RAF teams which does the service a power of good. A most satisfactory weekend.
Signed    (?)     Fl Off               Officer i/c Team

END OF B0058

B0059

Remarks of Officer Commanding Flying Wing
A good show.
14-12-54        Signed       JENNINGS       Wing Cdr

Remarks of Station Commander
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EXERCISE TO SNOWDONIA     – 11-12-54 – 12-12-54

1345 hrs SATURDAY
The team consisting of the officer i/c team, and the NCO i/c team, also 23 members left Valley in five vehicles.
One signals tender Mark 115, one ambulance special, one scout car, one jeep trailer, two three tonners.

1630 hrs.
Arrived at DYFFRYN-MYMBYR and made base camp.

1700 hrs
Radio watch established with RAF Valley via KINLOSS  and LYNHAM.

1730 hrs
A cooked meal was prepared and enjoyed by all.

1830 hrs
The team was briefed by the NCO i/c Team for a navigation exercise to take place on the Sunday.

1930 hrs
Team members permitted to leave camp and the usual camp guards posted.
Sub-unit at the PEN-Y-GWRHYD Hotel visited and the Ofiicer i/c Team introduced to the owner, Mr C. Briggs.

2000 hrs
Radio watch closed.

2300 hrs
Team retired.

0800 hrs SUNDAY

Breakfast.
0900 hrs

Base camp party detailed off, remainder of team split into three parties and leave base camp to commence exercise on the following MOEL SIABOD, SNOWDON HORSESHOE, CARNEDD HORSESHOE.

END OF B0059

B0060

0930 hrs
Radio watch established.

1630 hrs
All parties returned to base camp.

1700 hrs
Rum and hot tea, followed by a hot meal.

1800 hrs
Radio watch closed, camp struck and the team returned to RAF Valley.

2030 hrs
Team arrive at RAF Valley.

Remarks of NCO i/c Team
Snow was encountered at 2000 feet and instruction was given in movement over snow, cutting steps in snow, use of ice-axe etc.
At the summit of MOEL SIABOD a blizzard suddenly descended so this party immediately descended, no worse for the experience which was of great value.
14th December 1954
Signed       WARD  F/S     NCO i/c TEAM

Remarks of Officer i/c Team
A most instructive and interesting weekend, the arctic conditions experienced at the summit of MOEL SIABOD were typical of this region at this time of year, and once again proved our equipment to be the best.
16th December 1954     Signed (?)  Fg Off    O.C MR

Remarks of Officer Commanding Flying Wing
Seen.
1-2-55                              Signed JENNINGS   Wing Cdr

Remarks of Station Commander
Seen.
Signed (?)  Grp Cpt.

END OF B0060

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2 thoughts on “Valley Team Diary 1953-54

  1. I agree with Neil’s comments, things were so different just ten years later when I joined the team at Kinloss. The kit was improving, although we still had ‘Smocks Drab’ but we did have moleskin breeks, Cold/wet Jackets, cagoules (of a sort) but we were still using hemp waistlines and Hiatt screwgate carabiners. In the next ten years things changed. However by today’s standards they were still fairly primitive. One thing that does stand out to me in the diary is the ‘regular’ issuing of rum!
    Having seen the current Valley Troops and their vehicles at this years Cosford Air Display, they have moved on quite dramatically, I guess, if the MRS manages to survive, even today’s kit will be seen as ‘primitive’ in ten years time.

    JimM

  2. Comments from Neil McNeil who transcribed part of this diary

    Hi Folks

    I have just finished transcribing the ‘B’ section of the Valley team diaries covering the period from 1954 to 1955.
    I noticed a few things whilst wading through the exercises in question.
    I think it goes without saying that the troops of this period did it tough compared with even a decade or so later.
    Vehicles clothing and equipment were basic , being only 5 – 10 years post war.
    Also the structure and organisation of the team was very different even to my time (69 – 70 Valley and 70 – 72 Leuchars).
    For instance only MT drivers were allowed to drive the service vehicles – whereas anyone with a civilian licence and RAF endorsement could at least drive the land rovers in 69.
    In general, the MT drivers – having completed any drop offs etc as required – and Wop would remain on base camp in order presumably to respond to any call out situation asap by collecting troops from the hill – though they did take part in rock climbing and stretcher lowering when close to the road.
    The team had an allocated cook from the air-mans mess who was assisted by the MTD’s and Wop which can only have been a good thing in reducing the incidence of swimmings – or worse.
    These arrangements would obviously be subject to change in the event of a real call out.
    Many of the troops of this time would have been National Servicemen, so the time on the team would have been limited to around 18 months so training would have been fairly intense – in particular the role of Wop seems to have been a problem in training any replacement when the incumbent’s time for demob approached.

    This may already be common knowledge, but I must confess that I was unaware of this till taking on this transcription.

    Cheers

    Neil

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