Arrival 9 September 1959


A Sqn

PJ Atkins

NB Baldwin

R Cane

RD Cole

WMN Cross

RE Davies

JC Fittus

MS Herring

FJ Hoare

AJF Hunt

DS Lanigan

BP Nicolle

J Nottingham

AQM Ross

IH Shurdom

CJ Thomson

JEC Williamson

RAF Wilson (18)


B Squadron

MJR Balqez

GPJ Burden

JH Currie

MA Gaynor

AJ Gowing

C Granville-White

JV Harding

MN Jensen

JG Lumsden

JV McCarthy

MSJ McKinley

F Milligan

AG Pearce

PV Pile

DJ Sawyer

TH Sindall

GJR Sutton

AR Tinkler (18)



C Squadron

CB Adcock

RM Annett

NG Bing

P Coulson

I Fazakerley

HFJ Fetherstonhaugh

D Fradley

CS Greensted

M Hanslip

TS Keats

RP O'Brien

JG Parnaby

RJM Patterson

G Pitcher

B Priest

V Rees

PG Sturt

RB Thomson

W Wood (19)


Total 55 (of whom 39 graduated

with 81 Entry, and 4 through 82 Entry)

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81 Entry        9 September 1959 - 31 July 1962

Commandant : Air Cdre D. F. Spotswood CBE DSO DFC ADC             Graduation Reviewing Officer   MRAF Sir Thomas Pike GCB CBE DFC (CAS)

Graduation 31 July 1962


A Sqn

NB Baldwin

R Cane

WMN Cross

MS Herring

AJF Hunt

DS Lanigan

BP Nicolle

J Nottingham

AQM Ross

CJ Thomson

GN Wade*

JEC Williamson (13)


B Squadron

MJR Balqez

MA Gaynor

JR Hambleton*

JV Harding

JG Lumsden

MSJ McKinley

F Milligan

AG Pearce

GH Rolfe*

DJ Sawyer

GJR Sutton (11)


C Squadron

CB Adcock

RM Annett

I Fazakerley

TS Keats

RP O'Brien

B Priest

PG Sturt

RB Thomson

W Wood (9)


D Squadron

NHLW Cleave*

RD Cole

JH Currie

JC Fittus

D Fradley

C Granville-White

FJ Hoare

AH Jones*

JV McCarthy

PV Pile

TH Sindall

AB Stephens*

RAF Wilson (13)

Total 45 (of whom 6* were

originally on 80 Entry)


Graduated through 82 Entry

PJ Atkins

NG Bing

IH Shurdom

AJ Gowing spent time on 82 Entry

and then as an APO at Hullavington where

he graduated


CGW updateJul2016



Nos 81 & 82 entries were the last two entries to arrive at Cranwell when there were only three sqns (A, B & C). During 1960 the fourth wing was built as D Sqn so when 81 moved up the College building after the first year some of the entry transferred to D Sqn.

81 Entry was the first entry with the option of taking a degree. Moreover, 81 Entry pilots were the first entry to fly Jet Provosts. So far so good. For those pilots destined to fly jet aircraft we were supposed to be the first JP & Gnat entry. However, when they arrived at Valley for  advanced training the Gnats had not arrived so 81 became the last Cranwell entry to fly Vampires and therefore the only Cranwell entry to train on Jet Provosts & Vampires.

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