In late 1969 I had to leave 115 Squadron at Cottesmore to become team leader of a Canberra flying contols integrity team in Canberra servicing flight.  Every Canberra at Cottesmore had to have it's complete flying control system inspected and repaired with some urgency, a job which took almost 2 years to complete. In September 1971 I was "specially selected" for a Victor crewchief course!
It was not a job I looked forward to doing! I had no previous experience of really large complex aircraft and I approached the multi trade 6 month technical course and 5 year posting with much trepidation.  However it turned out to be probably the best and most satisfying job of my career! So much so that when 214 Squadron was finally disbanded I applied to continue on the Victor K2 but regretably there were no vacancies. When I left the Squadron a week or two before it disbanded it was the end of an era for me and for the Squadron. I look back now some 40 years later with mostly very happy memories.
ROYAL AIR FORCE MARHAM
214 (TANKER) SQUADRON
The photographs below of 214 Squadron Victors were very kindly provided by Phil Stanyon a past member of the Squadron who I met again at our first reunion this year (2016). I had never seen these beautiful photographs previously and I am extremely greatful  to him for sending me the copies and giving permission to display them on my website. Not many photographs of the Victor K1 in service seem to be available, whereas the K2 is widely documented. So in a sense these 40 year old images are somewhat unique.
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