>2 MFPU at RAF Guttersloh Days C1964
Greetings Greg L-W from a 'ghost' from the past.
You and I have met, some 50+ years ago at RAF Guttersloh.
Your father was my unit C/O at 2 MFPU.
I came across the blog that you have published regarding his career. Flt Lt D. Watkins, what can I say that can effectively sum up all that we felt about your father? To me, then a young 19-year old, away from home for the 1st time, he was the role model, that I desperately needed at that time in my life. Indeed, there have been times in my life, when in crisis, that I would have dearly loved to have been able to discuss my problems with him. You could do that with your dad, I couldn't with mine.
Naturally, as our C/O he was given the respect of his position and rank. He was very fair, but firm. He put me on 3-days 'jankers' when others would have given me 14. Most of us were under 20, and all needed firmness, fairness and a lot of guidance. This he gave us, with equal measure, and in abundance.
Photo attached of:
an inspection of 2 MFPU, dated 22nd May 1964 RAF Guttersloh. You will spot your father. I am located 4th from the left. The inspecting Air Marshall was ACO RAFG Dorrington thankfully passed me by without a 2nd look.
I would like to add a comment to the blog that you have published, but have so far been unable to do so. Can you help?
Incidentally, do you remember me, SAC Tom Race? I was the driver that took you to RAF Brugen or maybe Laarbruch. I can remember that you wore a very nice light sports jacket, that looked very smart. Do you remember the Malcolm Club? More to follow on that if you do.
With best wishes and kind memories,
Now living in Torquay.