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Never Not Ready

RAF Regiment Parachute Units 1942-2012

Guest Book

Curly Legge said on May 20, 2020 7:37 PM

Hi Graeme, I was on II Sdn 65 - 69 it was the best posting I had, with a lot of memories and I certainly knew Brian.

Yvonne said on May 8, 2020 5:53 AM

Always knew you were going to do well Graeme . You were so intelligent and determined. Congratulations on your book publications .

Chris Harwood said on Aug 11, 2018 2:17 PM

Hello Graeme. I served on 2 from 1983 until 1987. I knew your father he was some character. it was a great time in my life . Ive have loads of recollections of this time.too many for here. Thanks for a great book.

Paul Corcoran said on Oct 30, 2017 9:34 AM

Hi Graeme First allow me to congratulate you on an excellent book ( Never Not Ready ).I've read this book cover to cover at least three times and still keep picking it up to go back again, fantastic research and portrayed in an easy to read style. I bought this directly from yourself and again an excellent prompt service. Well Done. Regards, Paul. PERSONAL MESSAGE BELOW One other thing would you happen to have a copy of WORST FEARS CONFIRMED that I could purchase? (Please say you do !!! ) or would you know where I could find a copy, second hand is okay, as I have had no such look searching so far. If not do you have any plans to re release it for publication again>

Phil Edwards said on Jun 25, 2017 10:44 PM

Served in 3 wing para 1970 to 1972 would like to get in touch with old mates, also in freewheelers bike club in Cyprus.

Brian Maclellan said on Jul 18, 2016 10:04 AM

Hi Graham how is the book going

Bardaisan said on Mar 21, 2016 11:41 AM

Greetings. I would appreciate anyone with information relating to the Iraq Assyrian Levies No1 parachute company. Kind Regards.

Andrew Thomson ( Jock ) 654 said on Dec 26, 2014 11:16 PM

I served along side your father. What a man! I helped out whilst you were in the cadets along with your brother. I was on 2 from 93- 98 great times and couldn't have served under a better WO than your Dad

Terry Tiims said on Dec 23, 2014 1:42 AM

sorry, this is the final part of my incomplete earlier message! cont;- realising my error I ran back down the course and met Chris. He set me on the correct course and retraced his steps to meet Gary and Wayne to ensure they completed the correct course. Due to this error, it transpired the Marshall had gone for a slash believing we wouldn't be so quick!! This error was very costly and cost 2 Sqn the chance to represent the RAF Regiment and the UK in a huge international competition. A sad result but still for me as a tradesman a great achievement for me to be on such a team alongside such highly respected individuals. Your book is absolutely fascinating and a great read. So many memories and a great period of my life. I hope you find my recollections of interest. Regards, Terry Timms.a​

Terence Timms said on Dec 23, 2014 1:30 AM

Hi Graeme. I served on 2 Sqn from 1984 - 1987, with your Father WO Deeley and his predecessor WO "Geordie" Caisley. I was the Sqn Cpl Cook with my oppo SAC Andy Hawkins. I joined the Sqn in Sept 84 having completed pre- para and basic para earlier in the year prior to being posted in. My time with 2 were the best three years of my 22 yr RAF career. The Sqn ethos and the guys I worked with were some of the best Ever met. Your father was a huge source of advice and inspiration. I can recall various "Deeleyisms", - "fuck'm corps,moaning troops are happy troops, give'm airborne stew!!" being one of many! I relly enjoyed service with 2Sqn, and took full advantage of any physical and sporting opportunities offered. I was always a keen athlete having boxed and ran for the airforce which stood me in good stead in pre para and Sqn life. I represented them in x-country and road running. My greatest achievement as a Sqn tradesman was making the team for the Combat Control Team in I think 1996. My first year on the Sqn I was permitted to take part in the Volent Rodeo selection and though I was up with the best on the physical tests my military skills let me down. A Cpl at the time Pete Kelly was very supportive and helped encouraged me to try again the following year. When the time to prepare came I had huge support from guys like Kevin Jones, Mick Love and Martin Kidd. I had extensive coaching in my skills from Chris Chandler, Gary Urquhart and Wayne Lemarr. The selection days took place at Hullavington and training as you can imagining was demanding and tough. All the work payed off and the final weekend before selection week I achieved a time of 2:38 in the Wolverhampton Marathon. Following selection the final team of 4 was Chris Chandler, Gary Urquhart,Wayne Lamarr and Terry Timms - the Sqn cook!!! This is still one of my proudest achievements and means a great deal to me. Due to changes in the VR rules only one UK Team could travel so we had to compete in a run off against teams from Para Regt Pathfinders and 47AD before we could travel. On the day the parachuting phase was cancelled due to weather but the rest of the competition the orienteering, set up of HLZ , Hercules landing strip, Bergen run and assault course. We competed really well but due to a missing human Marshall on the Bergen run we were sent off course. I was leading at this time and realising the error

Yvonne Munro said on Dec 20, 2014 0:50 AM

My husband David Munro served on 2 squadron for 7 years till December 1972 when he went to Ireland. He served with your father WO Brian Deeley and has many fond memories of him. If you would like more information please email me at this email address and I'm sure Dave will answer any queries / questions for you.

Amanda Wiseman said on Dec 8, 2014 5:23 PM
Buying this as a gift for my husband, ex - II Sqn and current 34 Sqn. It'll be the best loved gift under the tree this year.

Clive Thomas said on Nov 27, 2014 8:55 PM

Hi Graeme. I served with you Dad on II and 34, great guy never to be forgotten I look forward to receiving my book, thanks in advance, there are a few shots of me in it. NQNP God bless all of II who served and serve

Ashley berntsen said on Nov 9, 2014 0:00 AM

Hi Graeme,have been trying to purchase your first book with no I assume you are out of copies yourself? Regards , Ash.

Gary Horsfield said on Oct 17, 2014 3:44 AM

Thank you Graeme for a well illustrated book I served on 2 Sqn from 85-88 your father was a great W/O a Rock who will never be forgotten oh and a great picture at RAF Aldergrove with Flt Sgt Taylor & Andy Smith Per Ardua

Chris said on Oct 13, 2014 6:06 AM

As an Ex RAAF Airfield Defence Guard I found the book an interesting look into the RAF Regiment and obviously 2 SQN....well done!

David "Ozzy" Osborn said on Aug 22, 2014 4:38 PM

Hi Graeme, I was a member of the NEAFPMRT from 1972 until 1975 when stationed at Akrotiri Cyprus. There were a few of the RAF Regiment on the team I remember which was lead by Flt Sgt Brock. I was hoping you would let me use a couple of your photos and the photos of the wings on my site. I will of course give you full credit for the photos on my site, good luck with the book. Cheers, Ozzy

Robert (Taff) Booth said on Aug 5, 2014 4:25 AM

Thankyou Graeme. I am honoured to be included in your book, as I was honoured to have served. God Bless You. God bless you all. Taff

STIG SHEPPARD said on Jun 20, 2014 2:44 PM

God Bless

Ken Parker said on Jun 12, 2014 2:26 AM

Hi graeme served with your dad on 11 inthe 70's great guy,and thanks for a fine book ,reading it made me feel proud to of served on the sqn

Rob Andrews said on May 31, 2014 5:03 PM

I had the pleasure of having your dad WO Brian Deeley as my first WO on 34 Sqn the man was a legend. I remember you as a young lad Graeme and if your anything like you dad you must be a proud man. Per Ardua

William A.C. Hartmann said on Apr 9, 2014 4:56 PM

Was in at the birth/conversion of 2 Squadron at Akrotiri in the late 1950's

Matty Oates said on Mar 18, 2014 3:40 AM

Hi Graeme, it's pleasing to see that you have published your book about 2(f) Sqn. You may remember me when I wrote to you about serving in Cyprus with you dad. Take Care. Matt

steven Gould said on Dec 23, 2013 6:04 PM

Graeme, just recieved your book as a birthday present and what a fantastic present it is. I remember talking to you at Brew's top table about the book and i'm now reading the finished article. Great peice of work. steve

Mac McCreath, Bernard said on Dec 18, 2013 2:07 AM

The BEST rock ape book ever, thanks

John Tuck said on Nov 16, 2013 11:25 PM

Just ordered the book look forward to the read as was on 2 Squadron from 1965 to 1971 and know Brian

Bill Green said on Oct 20, 2013 5:35 AM

Graeme , have ordered two copies as my son is a serving member. Really looking forward to it as I have heard good things about the book. Served with your Dad on 34 Sqn in 78 what a good man along with Tony Watkins .

Reverend Frank Lee said on Sep 30, 2013 9:34 AM

Just came across this. I served with the Mobile Air Operations Teams based in Odiham after my return from the Regiment Section at RAF Steamer Point, Aden in 1967. Will definitely buy the book. Great work. Thank you.

James "Jim" Butler said on Sep 13, 2013 2:18 PM

Hello, Ian "Chopper" Staddon, long time. I left 2 sqn during the Falklands. You still got that old Capri?

peter cashell said on Sep 10, 2013 9:01 PM

I was on the para team at akrotiri from 60 to 62. Just heard about your book,looking forward to it

ian staddon said on Sep 4, 2013 1:06 AM

I used to be on "sqdn.I will be ordering your book and donating for the kid with charge, via a friend in the uk. Look i had a girl with a teminal illness that only 2000 cases world wide were known. I can reccomend a visit to brazil to visit a guy called John of God, a full trance surgen and more. Iam NOT religious at all, but the guy changed the whole picture for my daughter who died happy and with real dignity and grace. The treatment is free. I strongly reccomend someone checks this out,sooner the better.ours sincerly, Ian

Alan Irwin said on Aug 27, 2013 4:19 PM

Lovely to see the picture of the 'orginals' including Bill Oglive (rest in peace) whom i served with and greatly admired.

Tom Palmer said on Aug 24, 2013 7:39 AM

Your book is arriving here in October, by special courier (sister-in-law) Looking forward to the read. I served with FEAF Para & Jungle Rescue Team - Changi 1962-64. Is there anyone from that team around?

Matt Paton said on Aug 23, 2013 1:02 PM

Hi Graeme,I have lost your E-mail, from our prior comms. When we spoke I couldn't recall your father, I now recognise him standing next to me on page 197. They have misspelt my name.

Slap Rowlands said on Aug 22, 2013 9:36 PM

Graeme Great to see you over the last two days mate & Alan Barkes congrats on the book mate as many others have said great work over 8 years! NQNP Slap

Danny Daniel said on Aug 17, 2013 9:23 PM

Congratulations Graeme. I know how much work you have put into this, I am now looking forward to smashing through the book on holiday to the US. Hope you are well mate and on behalf of the Regt thank you. Ex FS Danny Daniel NQNP

john rall said on Aug 15, 2013 2:35 PM

proud to have served on this squadron late seventys two tours in n.i. with the greatest bunch of lads you will ever meet

Bill Hartmann said on Jul 22, 2013 3:54 PM

Wishing to contact former members of 1 (Field) Squadron around 1954 at RAF Wunstorf

"Alex" Martin Alexander said on Jul 22, 2013 8:36 AM

I have just placed an order for your book thank you. I wasn't on 2 Sqn but served on 51Sqn Support weapons for a year then 37Sqn Rapier, my last few months I was on TSF till I left in 1984. There isn't many books out there on the RAF Regt so I'm looking forward to receiving and reading this one. Alex

Colin Shackel said on Jul 18, 2013 0:47 AM

Graeme, I have ordered your book and have no doubt it will meet the extremely high standard set by your previous book. I look forward to receiving the book and finding the time to enjoy it.

Jim De-Hayes said on Jul 16, 2013 1:36 AM

Why is there no history on this site of 2Sqn in the 1950's ??

Andrew Gibson Gibbo 990 said on Jul 12, 2013 4:43 PM

I had just been posted to 2 Sqn having just been released from Colchester... I needed a lifeline ... WO Deeley have me that chance and it made me into the person I am today... He pulled me to one side on my first day and basically said this is day one put the rest behind you... Then was promptly given a GPMG as the Sqn then went off for a marathon tab into Scotland ... Ill never let anything break me ever .

brian fenton said on Jul 12, 2013 1:18 PM

hi Graeme,nice ro get your email this morning informing me you have now got the book published.i have ordered it and I,m sure it will make great reading.i served with your dad on 2 squadron between 1970-1975 and I have many fond memories of him especially when we were deployed down to salalah with support weapons.they were good times back then and the memories will live with me forever.i look forward to reading the book and hope it is a great success for you.good luck.kind regards.brian fenton

John Hayes said on Jul 9, 2013 11:38 PM

Hi Graeme, looking forward to the book, served with your Dad back in 1986, I was a young sprog then, what a first WO to have, reverse psychology lol Best regards John

George Adam said on Jul 6, 2013 0:09 AM

Just received your book today and I cant put it down! It brings back lots of happy memories, I served in the squadron between 1975 and 1978,made many great friends and looking back at photos of myself made me feel very old! Thanks for all your hard work, it is very much appreciated. George.

Trev Howie said on Jul 5, 2013 7:34 AM

Hi Greame, I have just ordered your book and look forward to reading it out here in Oz. I served with your Father on II Sqn in 85/86. He was a great WO. I always loved his reverse psychology on return from deployments, ÖPK lads just leave everything and go home, I will clean the vehicles, check the CES, get them all to bed and sweep the hangar, you go off home and have some fun" Regards.

John Wood said on Jul 4, 2013 9:28 PM

Just recieved! Outstanding book.proud to have been a part of it all. C Flt & soggis 'LEGEND' (Self proclaimed) 2, 91-94 4 para 94 96 2, 01,detatched 'till 04

Stig Sheppard said on Jul 4, 2013 3:11 PM

Great job cheers mate, your old man was top.

S Clayton said on Jul 4, 2013 1:01 AM

Hi Graeme, I have received my book, stayed up until 0100 reading it couldn't put it down! You have done a fantastic job for the RAF Regiment Graeme i am very impressed! I think you have captured in one book the quality of Airman that 2 Sqn has attracted over the years, also the ethos that the original Para trained personnel have passed down to the rest of us shows through in the book, i put the book down at 0100 last night feeling really proud that i was a small part of that unit.

Raymond Treadwell said on Jul 2, 2013 8:26 PM

Interesting research... well done..! Tredders (Former RAF Regt, Para regt, RAF PJI

Albi pinnion said on Jul 2, 2013 9:20 AM

I have ordered your book , and look forward to learning more of our regts history, per ardua

Paul Stunt said on Jul 2, 2013 4:25 AM

Just ordered the book and can't wait to get my hands on it. I served on II Sqn in the 80's and 90's as one of a few Airborne guins on the squadron. Best time of my life. I served whilst Mr Deeley was the Squadron W.O. and after. He was a great character and 'airborne all the way'. We met several times Graeme, but you probably don't remember me - best regards.

Pam Routley said on Jul 2, 2013 2:13 AM

I have ordered this book, and will read from cover to cover. I have heard so much about Derek's years serving on 11sqn, I will be honoured to see and read about the wide family of the Regt. Thanks for all your hard work Graeme. Per Ardua.

Eddie McQuiston said on Jun 28, 2013 11:57 PM

Hi Graeme, Im looking forward to reading your book. Its great that you have used a photo of my father, and hopefully some of his old mates will remember him, I see Bill Hayes has already left a comment, thanks Bill. Regards, Eddie

Steven Gould said on Jun 28, 2013 0:52 AM

Served on II Sqn from 90-96 with a fantastic bunch of fellas. I've been lucky enough to have a chat with with you Graeme on several occasions and what a fine job this book will no doubt be.

Gary Waller said on Jun 27, 2013 3:48 AM

Served on 2 when Brian deeley was the warrant I found him to be Airborne all the way !

Ian Jones said on Jun 27, 2013 0:00 AM

Well done in putting this together, was nice meeting you at Honington and thanks for spending the time and effort in doing the research to construct this book, so looking forward to reading it.

Mike Dobbin said on Jun 26, 2013 6:16 PM

I served on II Sqn 1968-70 and 1973-78. I was the Squadron's "Flying Scribe" and got to know Brian Deeley very well. What a guy - sadly missed. Serving on the Sqadron was the best part of my 24 years RAF career. Just ordered the book and can't wait to start reading it. Well done Graeme. All the best. NQNP.

Chris Benn said on Jun 26, 2013 3:08 PM

Graeme, this looks like a great book and your dad would be really proud of you putting this together over the last eight years.

Bill Hayes said on Jun 26, 2013 9:11 AM

Hi Graeme, looks great mate. I can't wait to read the book. It is really good to see a photograph of my mate Alan McQuiston who was murdered by the IRA on 12 July 1987. I will advise his sons of the book as I am sure that they will be interested. Kind Regards Bill

Dave Gregory said on Jun 26, 2013 6:00 AM

Served on II Sqn from 98-02. Just ordered the book and can't wait to read it! NQNP

Chris Backhouse said on Jun 26, 2013 5:22 AM

I was one of only 3 Airborne 'guins, (MT Tech) from Apr '94 - Apr '97. I was also part of the first Falling Rocks free fall parachute display team and jumped onto Honington airfield during the Sqn's 75th anniversary. What an incredible three years; gave me the 'can do' attitude that I still carry today - much to my body's regret at times...

Gary Horsfield said on Jun 26, 2013 4:01 AM

I served on 2 Squadron from 85-87 under the direction of Brian Deeley and i can honestly say it was an amazing experience and a pleasure to have served with a great bunch of lads along with some great Ncos Gaz H NQNP

keith fletcher said on Jun 26, 2013 3:20 AM

Served on 11 squadron in the 80`s and with Mr Brian Deeley. What a character and a pleasure to have served with. Regards `young Fletch`

Andy Cullen said on Jun 26, 2013 3:11 AM

Looking forward to reading your book Graeme served on the SQn 89-96 Great Effort sure it will be well recieved NQNP

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