"When my two and half year tour in Cyprus finished in April 1965 I was posted to the Parachute Collection & Delivery Unit (PC & DU) at RAF Cardington near Bedford. We would travel all over the UK along with other drivers and our trucks delivering and collecting the parachutes to where paratroopers were taking off, and another truck would go to the drop zone to collect the parachutes after the paratroopers had landed. The parachutes were then taken to RAF Upper Heyford to get re-packed. We sometimes worked with the balloon unit. After I had been at Cardington a while the whole unit was moved from there to RAF Hullavington in Wiltshire still doing the same job. It was here I spent the remainder of my 5 years service. I enjoyed it who wouldn’t enjoy all that time in Cyprus."
Our thanks to Derek for sharing his wonderful memories and photos.