By Bob Cossey
John Howe began his flying occupation within the postwar South African Air strength, studying to fly on Tiger Moths, Harvards and Spitfires. He used to be published to No 2 Squadron SAAF and despatched to Korea to fly with South Africa’s contribution to the warfare in help of the UN forces. There he flew the Mustang F-51D fighter-bombers in front-line motion in the course of his first travel. A moment journey observed him with the united states Infantry as a ahead Air Controller working at the flooring. because the political scenario in South Africa grew to become extra severe he resigned from the SAAF and got here to England the place he was once requested by way of the RAF to fly their first jet combatants and later tutor on Vampires, changing later to the Hunter and joined 222 Squadron at Leuchars. through the Suez hindrance he back operated as a ahead floor Controller and landed at the shores with forty Commando. He used to be appointed CO of seventy four ‘Tiger’ Squadron to introduce the supersonic Lightning into provider with the RAF. touring greatly, demonstrating the impressive functions of the recent fighter. His past due occupation took him to Fighter Command’s HQ, RAF employees collage and the Joint struggle college. After a posting to the united states on an alternate journey flying lots of the Century sequence warring parties and the Phantom he again to the united kingdom to go up 228 OCU to introduce the Phantom FGR2 into operational provider. in the direction of the tip of his forty four yr carrier occupation he commanded the RAF base at Gutersloh at the entrance line of the Iron Curtain flying and his ultimate posting used to be Commandant of the RAF Regiment
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This was seldom successful, but VC sympathizers in the Strike Force were sometimes more effective. When an attack was suspected the perimeter guard was increased and a heightened state of alert maintained. When the attack was initiated or detected by sentries virtually all perimeter weapons opened fire, even if no movement was detected in their sectors. This was in case supporting attacks or infiltrators were elsewhere in the wire. Designated mortars began firing illumination all around the perimeter.
One company was assigned to each of the four walls. The inner perimeter was six-sided and surrounded by a concertina wirefronted low berm. There were machine gun or fighting bunkers at each corner, but no trench line. The inner berm was revetted on the inside and served only as a wall from which to fire from behind, but with no rear protection. Six woodframe, corrugated metal-roofed buildings were inside the inner perimeter, each Battle for Loc Ninh, October 29 to November 3, 1967. Key: A. USSF team house.
They were usually semi-sunk, although some were positioned above ground for the reasons noted above or to obtain a better spread of fire by mounting the weapon higher. There was usually only one firing port per machine gun; seldom were alternate ports provided. Most bunkers mounted a single machine gun, but two or three might be mounted in large corner bunkers to cover multiple sectors of fire. An attached sleeping compartment might be connected to or be part of the bunker. Often a guard post was built atop the bunker, comprising a low sandbag wall with a corrugated steel roof on posts for sun protection.