Squadron Scrapbook London
More photos from the collections of Lee Auger and Joe Babis.
Anyone who has additional photos and material relating to VR-24 operations at Hendon which they wish to share is encouraged to send them to Dick Prather, Webmaster/Editor of the VR-24 website.
|Not all maintenance was performed on aircraft. A member of VR-24 works on his Studebaker outside one of the squadron's Quonset hut shops at RAF Hendon. Note the car's reaward-opening "suicide" door.|
|There were no on-base quarters for VR-24 personnel assigned to RAF Hendon. Officers and enlisted were given a daily allowance of $4.70, a sum quite adequate with which to find suitable quarters in nearby London neighborhoods. This photo shows the house that Lee Auger shared with T.E. Riteman and Homer Hamilton.(1950)|
The field and facilities at RAF Hendon were not adequate to support aircraft larger than the Douglas R4D. As a result, VR-24 flights opeating R5D aircraft used RAF Bovington. Available information indicates that VR-24 aircraft also used London's civil international airport at Heathrow. These two photos show VR-24 personnel at Bovington entertaining themselves while awaiting the arrival of one of the squadron's aircraft.
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