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Reqeust for information - can anyone help please
Dear Mr. Grinter, My father, Leonard Bower, was at RAF St. Athan from September 20th 1940 to February 18th 1941 (as an aircraftsman) and again from June 22nd 1943 to April 4th 1946, as a flight instructor. He kept a daily diary throughout the war. Now 94 and blind, he has given these diaries to me and I am using them to build a one-woman dramatised presentation of his wartime, Daddy’s Diaries. One of the reasons he was urged to train as an instructor (apart from his natural abilities as a teacher) was his extremely high quality illustrations, which he used to teach the trainees parts of the aircraft, particularly when there was a language barrier. (He was training as an illustrator at Leeds college of Art before the war, and went on to become an art lecturer.) This led to his being asked to produce countless pieces of artwork when at St. Athan – stage scenery, posters, notices, diagrams, drawings, cartoons of people, murals on walls and lettering on planes. When clearing the attics at Dad’s house a large number of these mistakenly got thrown away – very distressing indeed. I only glimpsed them and somehow they got on to the wrong pile, destined for the skip. I intended to use them as visual aids in the show. I am wondering, given the huge amount of artwork Dad generated at St. Athan, if there are any examples of his work somewhere in your archives, or if anyone has examples they would be willing to let me photograph. The other thing in which my father excelled and was known for at St. Athan and the surrounding district was his clarinet playing. His diaries show that he and his band, 4 Wing, were playing almost nightly by 1943, in the camp, in Barry, Cardiff, Swansea and many other venues, including Brangwyn Hall, St. Donat’s castle and a US Naval ship in Barry harbour! Again, if there are any memories of this or memorabilia associated with it, I would be keenly interested to hear of them. If you can help in any way, particularly in providing visual material, I would be hugely grateful.
Yours sincerely, Jane Bower

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Log Tuesday 05/05/2015

Cardiff IAP Runway in use 12 ..to 30 06:37

Parked on the GA apron is Cirrus SR22 N821CC ..departed at 14:40 to the East
Parked on the Cambrian apron is Cessna 560 Citation Excel S G-OJER ..departed at 11:26 to Palma as AVB852 "Beauport 852"
Picture credit Mark Pearce

Landing at 12:16 from EPKT/Katowice is Pilatus PC-12/47E SP-NWM ..parking on the Cambrian apron
Picture credit IanG

Training Flights
Training today were:

Ad Hoc charters/One off Airliner movements

Based Aircraft Movements
Residents active today: G-MEGN "Clifton 4T"

BAMC Happenings
Landing at 12:11 from Heathrow is BAW9171 "Speedbird 9171" B772 G-YMMC   
Departing at 16:50 to Heathrow is BAW9172 "Speedbird 9172" B772 G-YMMP
Picture credit Keith Morgan 

Departing at 17:44 to Heathrow is BAW9174 "Speedbird 9174" B744 G-CIVF
Picture credit Keith Morgan

MOD St Athan Runway in use 26
Residents active today: G-CPAS  

Interesting OTT
05:31 EB FL370 at BCN GAF838 A310 10+27   
06:34 EB FL350 at CDF CFC3110 CC-150 15002
06:49 EB FL330 at TALGA "Reach 965" C-17A 09-9207  
07:32 EB FL350 at DIKAS "Reach 145" C-5M 85-0002  
09:58 EB FL310 at DIKAS "Reach 040" C-5B 87-0038  
10:25 WB FL340 at EXMOR "Reach 558" C-17A 98-0053
15:39 WB FL380 at DIKAS "Reach 461" KC-135R 61-0313
15:54 WB FL340 at EXMOR "Reach 642" C-17A 00-0177 

Boards Tuesday 05/05/2015

Scheduled Arrivals

07:55T34641Eastflight 14RNewcastleG-MAJK 07:57
08:35VY1260Vueling 1260MalagaEC-MBD 08:06
09:25KM4206Air Malta 4206Malta Luqa9H-AEP 09:03
09:30KL1059KLM 13NAmsterdamPH-KZN 09:18
09:50LNQ231Fast Link 231RAF ValleyG-LNKS 09:51
10:10WX301City Ireland 01BEdinburghEI-REI 10:32
11:00EI3290Stobart 90CWDublinEI-FAX 11:14
11:15TOM6209Thomson 32PReusG-TAWN 10:40 New c/s
11:55TOM6217Thomson 2HYPalma MallorcaG-FDZZ11:48 New c/s. Frame change
12:10BE281Jersey 3JVBelfast CityG-ECOB 12:01
12:15VY1241Vueling 12AVAlicanteEC-KCU 11:50
12:25TOM6229Thomson 82JAlicanteG-TAWA 12:36 New c/s
15:25WX287City Ireland 87NParis OrlyEI-REI 15:28
15:25LNQ241Fast Link 241NorwichG-LNKS 15:32
16:40KL1063KLM 51RAmsterdamPH-KZO 16:34
18:35LNQ237Fast Link 237RAF ValleyG-LNKS 18:11
18:40T34095Eastflight 95VAberdeen/NewcastleG-MAJC 18:55
18:55TCX7039Kestrel 7039AntalyaYL-LCK 19:12
20:35EI3298Stobart 98CWDublinEI-FAS 20:22
21:10WX305City Ireland 05FEdinburghEI-REI 21:14
21:10TOM6263Thomson 7DHKefalliniaG-FDZZ 20:46 New c/s
21:25TOM6247Thomson 2MPHeraklionG-TAWN 21:02 New c/s
21:30KL1069KLM 1069AmsterdamPH-KZI 21:11
Scheduled Departures

06:00TOM6208Thomson 46WReusG-TAWN 06:06 New c/s
06:00TOM6216Thomson 7KMPalma MallorcaG-TAWF 06:14New c/s
06:05KL1058KLM 1058AmsterdamPH-KZM 06:10
06:50WX300City Ireland 30EEdinburghEI-REI 07:09
07:40LNQ230Fast Link 230RAF ValleyG-LNKS 08:00
08:20T34032Eastflight 82FNewcastle/AberdeenG-MAJK 08:38
09:00TCX7038Kestrel 7038AntalyaYL-LCK 09:20
09:10VY1261Vueling 1261MalagaEC-MBD 09:15
10:05KL1060KLM 14NAmsterdamPH-KZN 10:08
10:15KM4207Air Malta 4207Malta Luqa9H-AEP 10:15
10:20LNQ240Fast Link 240NorwichG-LNKS 10:29
10:40WX286City Ireland 86CParis OrlyEI-REI 11:16
11:25EI3291Stobart 91CWDublinEI-FAX 11:56
12:15TOM6246Thomson 13WHeraklionG-TAWN 12:25 New c/s
12:35BE282Jersey 7UABelfast CityG-ECOB12:42
12:50VY1240Vueling 12YQAlicanteEC-KCU 13:00
13:05TOM6262Thomson 76PKefalliniaG-FDZZ 13:14 New c/s
13:55TOM6228Thomson 2PMAlicanteG-TAWA 14:23 New c/s
16:25LNQ236Fast Link 236RAF ValleyG-LNKS 16:20
17:15KL1064KLM 52RAmsterdamPH-KZO 17:25
17:45WX304City Ireland 34AEdinburghEI-REI 17:56
19:15T34648Eastflight 84RNewcastleG-MAJC 19:27
21:00EI3299Stobart 99CWDublinEI-FAS 20:58

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