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    Hello

    For a commemoration plaque, I'm looking for a good quality scan of No. 110 Squadron badge. I've found a couple on the net but they are not sharp enough for our goal.

    Thanks in advance.

    Joss

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    Hello Joss,
    What is your timetable for this? Can you wait a little?

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    Hello Bruce,

    Dedication will take place on 22 May, but the maker of the plaque also needs time to create it. So I'd say 3 or 4 weeks maximum is my delay (end of April).

    Joss1

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    Would you also like a copy of the 110 Sqn song from their days in Borneo: "Situ Ratus Sepolot", sung to the tune: "The Times They Are A Changing".

    I can let you have a jpeg from a colour print of the badge provided me by the RAF Museum and you can then compare its quality with the one offered above by Bruce. Give me an email address to use.

    I served with 110 Sqn in Borneo and then with the 103/110 Sqns detachment in Hong Kong before the detachment became 28 Sqn circa 1968. I was the crewman who flew the last sortie when 'Confrontation' with Indonesia ended in 1966 and we collected the last Gurkha patrol from an LZ called Yellow 177 on the border ridge above a place called Bakalalan - great times!!!!!!!

    Colin Cummings

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    Hello Joss,
    My idea is this: there is a file at Kew (AIR 2/4049, BADGES AND CRESTS: Unit badge: No. 110 (Hyderabad) (B) Squadron) that will contain artwork for the badge and crest. I will look at it Tuesday and, if it is in colour and good condition, arrange for the Kew inhouse reprographics department to scan it. This will almost certainly take two or three weeks but it will be at 300dpi and of good quality. I can then email it to you. For the record, the file is dated 1939-1941.
    All this is of course time consuming (there is no longer a way to jump the queue in that department) and depends on what is in the file but has the potential of providing you with the best quality JPEG of the badge.

    Let me know if this sounds good, please take a better offer if it comes along! Also, do you need colour?

    Colin's song sounds like a nice touch.

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    Ladies and Gentlemen,

    As you'll appreciate this song is rather specific to those who were in Borneo in the period from 1963 to 1966 and the place names, therefore, have relevance to those who were there but probably not to anybody else. Nanga Gaat, for example, was a 'fort' built at the junction of two rivers and it had about six landing pads. The Navy built it and the RAF took it over - hence the name Anchor Inn for the communal mess. The Navy lost two 845 Sqn Wessex on 12 Apr 65 in a mid air collision and with it a dozen people including a Para patrol. The sole survivor was PO Aircrewman Ted Crispin.

    Colin Cummings

    SATU RATUS SEPULOH

    (The 110 Squadron Song – Origins & Lyricist Unknown. Sung to the tune “The Times They Are A’changin”)

    We bring you a tale of One Hundred and Ten
    Of weird whirly birds and far weirder men
    The Far East is where these strange deeds were all done
    With the aircrew all rapidly ageing
    But the strife is all over, the battles are done
    And the times they are a changing

    T’was at Nanga Gaat that we first found our fame
    But now we are told we won't go there again
    No more happy nights in the old Anchor Inn
    Where we drank till the darkness was fading
    Then flew all the day before drinking again
    But the times they are a changing

    The market place knew down in old Kuching
    And many a night that they would all hear us sing
    Of Simangang, Sibu, Nanga Gaat and such
    And how we all like them so very much
    But now we are moving up to Labuan
    How the times they are a changing

    The Tokyo our custom is now bereft
    All our young maidens we have now left
    No more nights spent down on good drinking sprees
    Our times spent dodging the redcaps
    For now we are once more civilised chaps
    Gosh the times they are a changing


    So live with your memories my merry men
    Friar Tuck’s saahnie boxes you’ll ne’re see again
    For banished abroad from this fair land are we
    Across t’ other side of the ocean
    But given the chance would come back again
    But the times they are a’ changing

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    Hello

    Thanks to you two for your messages.

    Interesting Squadron song, but for a French audience, who mainly will not understand / read English, it wouldn't be really understood.

    As for the Kew file, I'm going there myself on Wednesday, so I can try to take my own digital picture. Indeed we need a colour one. I'll try on Wednesday, and if I'm not satisfied with the result, I'll contact you after my return, Bruce.

    I've accessed an AIR 2 file for a badge only once before, (AIR 2/6990 for No. 1697 flight), and it was a black & white picture of the Squadron badge.

    regards

    Joss
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    Hi Joss

    E-mail sent

    Malcolm

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    Bruce had earlier got me the AIR2 files for IAF and some RAF Badges and they were all in Black and White.

    A friend of mine had better luck sourcing a color badge from the College of Arms http://www.college-of-arms.gov.uk/ They hold Black and white copies of the whole badge. but in cases have a colour copy of the badge center.

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    Hi All

    I sent a colour copy to Joss by e-mail yesterday, which hopefully will do the job

    Malcolm

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