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5070642 William "Bill" Baynes. 1959-61.

Bill passed away due to Covid 19 on the 8th March 2021.

Further information will be posted when available.

4109965 David "Hoss" Jones. 1957-69.

Hoss passed away at home on the 19th February 2021 aged 82 years. His death was not Covid related.

Further information will be posted when available.

4034209 Sgt Alan "Ginger" Swalwell. 1948-78.

Ginger passed away on the 13th January 2021 aged 89 years.

Ginger had been admitted to hospital with covid related complications and died shortly afterwards.

Ginger's Funeral took place at 12-30hrs on Thursday 11th February at Marholm Crematorium, Mowbray Road, North Bretton, Peterborough, PE6 7JE.

5072992 Sands David. 1959-61.

The Association sadly reports the death of David Sands on the 24th December 2020 due to colon cancer.
His wife, Sally, has indicated that she does not want anyone contacting her.

4268441 Lunn John. 1961-66.

The Association sadly reports the death of John Lunn on the 7th December 2020.
John died due to an unknown hole in his heart following a number of breathing issues over the last few years.
John's wife Elizbeth and his family can be contacted at 14319 Heritage Ln, Mt Vernon, OH 43050, USA.
Tel:-001 740 392 1745.

Rigger's Open Golf Competition 2020.

Due to the current situation of the COVID-19 lock-down the competition has been rescheduled to the 25th June 2021.
Further information will be posted when available.

Tactical Communications Wing and 90 Signals Unit Memorial Service 2020.

The annual Remembrance Service due to take place on the 2nd October 2020 was cancelled due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19.

A small team from 90 Signals Unit travelled to the National Memorial Arboretum to remember our colleagues who are no longer with us. Unfortunately, it was unsafe to invite a larger number of people from around the country in such uncertain times.

A Grand Tour of the Aerial Erector School.
Followed by a Barbecue and Drinks.
Friday 7th August 2020.

Postponed until Spring 2021 due to the uncertainties caused by the Covid 19 virus.

Bill Ashford can be contacted by e-mail to or mobile 07798 651414(SMS Preferred).


It has been announced that RAF Henlow, the ancestral home of all RAF aerial erectors, is to close by 2023.

Bawdsey Radar Trust.

Saving the World's First Operational Radar Station.

Bawdsey Radar has won Heritage Lottery Fund support for its Transmitter Block project.

Bawdsey Radar was awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of 1.4m as part of a 1.8m project to conserve the Transmitter Block building on Bawdsey Manor Estate in Suffolk.
The Transmitter Block was built in 1938 and was a key building at RAF Bawdsey, the world's first operational radar station.
The major site construction work started in September 2016 and was completed by September 2017 allowing all visitors to once again explore and find out about this pioneering radar site.
The 2019 Opening times can be found the bottom of this page.

Change of Name.

It has been announced that as of the 15th November 2013 for "Aerial Erector" read "Communications Infrastructure Technician".

The Defence Discount Service.
The Defence Privilege Card.

The Defence Discount Service was announced by the Defence Secretary on October 7th along with the Defence Privilege Card. The Defence Privilege Card will allow members of the Armed Forces Community to save in stores, restaurants and venues by showing their Defence Privilege Card. This in turn will allow the Armed Forces, their families and Veterans to get recognition within their communities.
The Defence Privilege Card will be a valuable and tangible part of the nation's recognition and appreciation of the Defence Community. The Defence Privilege Card is seen as an important aspect in developing the Armed Forces Community Covenant in local communities across the UK.
The Defence Discount Service is asking businesses across the UK, nationally and locally, to accept the Defence Privilege Card as a discount card and reward the Defence Community with discounts within their stores. Companies can sign up for free and start accepting the Defence Privilege Card straight away. The Defence Discount Service company area allows businesses to get promotional material that lets the Armed Forces Community know that they accept the Defence Privilege Card.
The Defence Privilege Card has now been launched by the Prime Minister David Cameron.
The Defence Privilege Card is available to Serving Armed Forces - Regulars and Reservists, their Spouses/Partners, Veterans, Cadet Forces, MOD Civil Servants, War/ Service Widow(er)s or Bereaved Family Members and NATO Personnel in the UK.

Members of the association can now sign up and request a Defence Privilege Card which costs 4-99p for 5 years.
Further information and a downloadable application form can be found on the Defence Discount Service Website. A link to the Defence Discount Service website has been put on the Links Page.

Veteran's Badge Latest.

The United Kingdom Forces Veteran Lapel Badge is available free of charge to all men and women who served in HM Armed Forces.
The Veterans Agency, now known as Veterans-UK, has announced that all the earlier qualifing dates have now been dropped.
A copy of the Veterans-UK application form can be down-loaded from their website by using the link on our Links Page.

Bawdsey Radar Group.

Transmitter Block Opening Times 2019.

Every Sunday & Thursday from 11th April to 28th October.
Every Wednesday from 3rd July to 23rd September
Wednesday 23rd October.
Bank Holiday Monday's 22nd April & 6th & 27th May & 26th August.

Opening Times : 11-00 am to 4-00pm with last entry at 3-30pm.

Entry Fee: Adults 7-00. Children aged 5-18 1-00. Under 5's Free.
Defence Privilege card holders 5-00.
Concessions Over 65's 6-00.

Free Parking.


Special Visits can be arranged by E-mail to or by telephone (07821 162879) or by contacting Mary Wain (Chairman) 1, Whitehouse Cottage, Gulpher Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 9RJ.

Further information can be found on the Bawdsey Radar Group website by using the link on the Links page.


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