Paul Lancaster

After leaving Cosford I was posted to Waddington, Lincolnshire where I worked in the ground photo section. Whilst here I was given training in darts, bridge and boozing, (never did understand Bridge and still don’t). I stayed for about eighteen months and was then posted to No. 2 MFPU, Gutersloh, Germany where I met up again with Gerry, Chas, Prof and Archie.

After three years and what seemed like lakes of beer I was sent to Scampton to the ground section again but also working on the Vulcan aircraft, processing radar film. Around this time the trade was changing so I returned to Cosford for training as an Air Camera Fitter.

From there I was posted to Coningsby, was promoted to the dizzy rank of Corporal and worked in the Air Camera servicing bay and also on the line fitting cameras to Phantom aircraft. During my time there I got married to Pauline and lived in Lincoln.

I was then posted to Malta and was one of the first people back after Dom Mintoff reconsidered his position after having booted us out earlier. Worked on 13 Sqn. (Canberra PR9 photo recce and then on 203 Sqn. Nimrods). Pauline came out and joined me and we lived in Sliema before moving further up the island to Bugibba. Daughter Carolyn was born while we were out there and we generally had a great time. Chas Jacobs was also posted out. I seem to remember doing more scuba diving than work and once again there was loads of local beers, Cisk, Hopleaf and Blue Label.

Having completed my three year tour I was then posted back to Coningsby and I started to get a bit disillusioned so came out and joined Lincolnshire Police. I spent two years plodding around the city centre and cathedral areas then joined the Traffic department moving to Gainsborough. Child No. 2, Iain, came along and life was great. I also joined the Underwater Search Unit and went ‘swimming’ every week for about four years.

I later specialised in Traffic Accident Investigation & Reconstruction and spent my last twelve years getting called out at all times of the day and night to go and deal with some fatal or serious accident somewhere in the county.

I am now retired but have been in business for the last three years with a friend. We do a little bit of consultancy work and reconstruct accidents for lawyers and insurance companies. We do just as much as we want and when we want.

I enjoy fishing and shooting and have two dogs, a lab and a Springer spaniel, which I work every weekend during the winter for a local syndicate. Any other spare time I have is spent looking after the house and garden and sampling beers in the local pubs.