RAF Shinfield Park

Headquarters Flying Training Command 

(27th May 1940 - 1st June 1968)

Pauline Cantrell-Stephenson

My service at RAF Shinfield Park

I was posted to RAF Shinfield Park on 5/6/67 following my tour in Germany at RAF Wildenrath and RAF Rheindahlen as a SACW Q-Sec-T until I was transferred to RAF Brampton when RAF Shinfield Park was closed down. 

I thoroughly enjoyed my time there making the most of camp life and making new friends such as Myra Young, Susan Charvill, Sonja Schimmel, Sue Mower, Jill Parkyn to name but a few. John South has recently contacted me as has Tony Lewis to remind me of other personnel  that served there. 

I am on the last photograph taken of the full contingent of camp Officers, NCOs and Airmen/Airwomen before closure, I am on the second row, back left, first right. My name was Pauline Sanderson but everyone called me Sandy. I was one of the members of the camp netball team. I remember being invited to the 50th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force Dance at the Eagle Club on 2 May 1968 and had a wonderful time. The WRAFs were often taken to the Army camp at Arborfield for dances etc. Being near to Reading and London my friends (Myra Young, Sue Charvill and Sonja Schimmel) often went there for weekends as we didn't work shifts or weekends with our jobs, and of course, we frequented The Black Boy!

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