In late 1953 at the age of 15 I was due to leave my Secondary Modern school to start my working life. The County Schools Youth Employment officer told me about the RAF Boy Entrant scheme which seemed to be suitable as my ambition was to join the Royal Air Force. However there was a problem, the minimum age for joining was 15 and a half! Luckily my headmaster who was ex RAF was delighted that I was interested in joining up. He obtained special permission from the County Education Authority for me to remain at school until I reached the required age.
In the Spring of 1954 I submitted the relevant application paper work and was told to attend RAF Cosford for interview and aptitude tests. I was assessed as most suitable to become an Airframe mechanic. I wasn't actually sure what that entailed but no matter I was to be trained to work on Aircraft!
June 1954 saw me return to Cosford for my Attestation and initial training as a member of number 22nd entry. In reality I don't think I realised exactly what I had let myself in for. I had no experience of any kind of military training or of being part of such a huge organisation. I was unbelievably proud when I put on uniform for the first time but the drill and discipline that went with it was another matter!
After completing the initial training, learning to march, make my bed and look after my kit, I started my technical training proper. The various courses came thick and fast, Basic workshop practice, the use of tools, metal work, hydraulics, Pneumatics, wheels tyres and brakes, components, flying controls, Aerodynamics etc. Then I started the most enjoyable part, actually working on aircraft. (ground training aircraft). In the midst of all this the RAF decided that Airframe and Engine trainees would be moved in 1955 from RAF Cosford to RAF St Athan in South Wales!