News has come via Lawrence Scott that Fred Loake, who worked for Fairey Surveys in the 1950s, died on 18th December. The news came from Fred’s daughter Jennifer.
Fred was a surveyor, and worked with Lawrence in the Zambesi Valley, and other projects in Rhodesia and Malawi. Later he worked in the Plotting Section, and the Christmas 1957 edition of the internal newsletter ‘Air Surveyor’ has a note welcoming him to the Plotting Section along with Peter Cripps, Leo Lewis and Mike Neighbour “all Graduates of the ‘Bunny’ Burrows’ Academy”. Hopefully someone out there can fill us in on this!
He lived in Walsall, and his funeral is to take place on 18th December, which is all the information we have at the moment.
Ken Fostekew has found this photograph of what is presumably a rail track surveying platform using Eagle IX cameras.
Bill Cheffins is on the left of the photograph, but there is no information about the other people in the photograph, or of the survey job, location or date. Can anyone fill in the details?
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Ulrich (Uli) came to Fairey Surveys for survey experience during two summers – June to September of 1967 and July to September of 1968, and lodged with Eddie Holmes during his time here.
He is now Dr Ulrich Münzer of LMU University in Munich, Faculty of Geosciences, with a speciality in subglacial volcanoes in Iceland. Details and even a photograph here: www.isviews.geo.lmu.de
He spends summers in Iceland, so can’t get to the reunions, but has sent in some photographs of his time at Fairey Surveys, and his reference from Lawrence Scott when he left in 1968.
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Dakota Whiskey Charlie before its FSL repainting
Wild A8s. John Churchard, John Parfitt and John Keay
Mosaicing. Pete Sharman, Stan?, ?
Kelsh Plotter, operator unknown
Lots of Kelsh Plotters
Zeiss C8 Stereoplanigraph, Tony Dady operating
Wild A8 – Don’t know who the operator is.
Wild A8. Harry Hodge?
Great cars – and is that Peter Challis’s Ford Anglia?
Compilation Department 1968, Peter Challis in the white coat
Ulrich Münzer (foreground) and Eddie Holmes (left), probably at Farnborough Air Show