WONZ 231 – Alan Harrison

Guest: Squadron Leader Alan Harrison, retired

Host: Dave Homewood

Recorded: 9th of February 2019

Released: 8th of January 2021

Duration:  1 hour 21 minutes 32 seconds

In this episode Dave Homewood talks with Alan Harrison about his service in the Royal Air Force through the 1960’s, 1970’s and early 1980’s. Alan trained and served initially as an Air Signaller, and spent a considerable time on Avro Shackleton maritime patrol bombers.

He then trained as a Navigator-Radar Operator, and following several courses he was posted to No. 101 Squadron RAF, flying as part of a crew on Avro Vulcan bombers.

Alan talks in depth about both the maritime and the nuclear bomber roles, and what it was like to be part of the Cold War strike force.

My thanks to Mike Cater who set up this interview, and huge thanks to Stuart Russell who helped with the sound quality with the recording.

This episode is available as both an audio podcast episode and as a video, via YouTube.

Alan Harrison (Photo by Dave Homewood)

1 comment to WONZ 231 – Alan Harrison

  • William Claridge

    Hi Alan,

    I served as an Airframe and Engine fitter on 224 Sqdn, RAF Gibraltar on Mk 2 Shacks and 100 Sqdn, Victor Mk 2 RAF Wittering early 60’s. I was on Q&R the week of the Cuba crises, that tested the nerves I can tell you!


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