EAS0 via Barry Davidson
EAS0a via Barry Davidson dated 1988
RAF Watton before its ATC role, was a Bloodhound missile station. photo below from Barry Davidson. Above from Don Gilham is the JATCRU’s crest. And from Terry Day (via Barry) is this copy of the unit Magazine
you’ll need to reset the zoom setting to view the C-130 cartoon in Timebase, and for younger readers who don’t understand the punch line on Page 14, there was a contemporary advertising campaign for STORK margarine which claimed that “You can’t tell Stork from butter.
and even earlier the wartime control tower building
EASOf Bristol Blenheim L1345 at Watton
EASOg Handley Page Hastings of RAF Signals Commands Inspectorate of Radio Services and Installations, (IRIS). This is either Hastings TG560 ‘ IRIS II’ or Hastings C.2, WJ338 “Iris III”.
Our thanks to Russell Coy-Burt for the following photos of Eastern Radar. Russell thought the photographs were taken by an Airman named Donald Henderson. Its subsequently known these photographs were taken by Norman Henderson, a civilian assistant at Watton from 1975 to 1988 (thanks to Norman and Steve Jones for the update) . The ops room photos were taken in 1988.
Northern and Midland were similar inside and out.
EAS 1Eastern Radar main building
EAS2 Type 82 Radar
EAS3 Gloster Meteor gate guardian
this NATS Civil ATC Training Handbook also includes a floor plan of the operations room
EAS7 Civil Cell: Pam Bufton
and here is what a civil North Sea controller needed in terms of knowledge and skills in order to go solo.
EAS8 Civil Console
EAS9 still from a time lapse film of Eastern Radar created by a piece of kit called the Kelvin Hughes Photographic Projector
Now a new selection of photographs from Dave Wilton
EAS10 The first was taken at Eastern for the presentation of the station crest to Winston Boardman (ATCO2) upon his retirement in May 1987. Left to right: S/L Andy Fagg, W/C Peter Raikes OC Eastern Radar, John Horn (ATCO2), Val Wilton (ATSA2), Dave Wilton (ATCO2), Winston Boardman, Mike Sargent (ATCO2), Mike Frampton (ATCO1, Eastern Civil boss), Bill Hastings (ATCO2), Pat Phillips (secretary), Pam Bufton (ATCO2).
EAS 10a for Colonel read Wing Commander! photo and caption Department of Defense. American Forces Information Service. Defense Visual Information Center.
EAS11 The second was taken during Eastern’s final afternoon duty on Friday 4th March 1988 (myself seated, Val Wilton working the edge-lit board).
EAS12 The third was taken while signing the watch log after the handover to North Sea Sector at West Drayton.
and when it moved here is the provisional LATCC MATS Part 2 for North Sea
EAS13 Final ATCO watch-list (top) and an earlier one too from 1985
EAS 14 Another picture taken on the final afternoon. Left to right, Stacey Wilby (ATSA2), Bill Hastings (ATCO2), Tony “Zero” Stephenson (ATSA2), Val Wilton (ATSA2), Dave Pitman (ATSA2), Bill Wright (ATCO2), Bob Johnson (ATSA2) & Paul Winstanley (ATCO2).
EAS15 A day or so after the closure the Eastern (Civil) staff were given a farewell ride around Watton on the horse and cart owned by local removal firm Abel’s. Mike Frampton and Steve Jones seen admiring the horses, while those on the cart include Alan Sandison, Paul Winstanley, Bob Johnson, John Horn, Bill Hastings, Geoff Brown, Stacey Wilby, Pat Phillips, Val Wilton & Barbara Long.
above, a short summary of the career of Eastern’s first CO Sdn Ldr Don Newall RAF via Barry Davidson
EAS 16 Station Plan 1965
plus two downloads. First the above plan as a larger PDF file Watton station plan 1965
and the 1965 RAF Watton Station Brochure 1965 RAF Watton Station Brochure