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Contributed by Harry Fox
Pics of Danny.taken by me at RAF Upavon 1948/9.  63 Sqn. Para Flt. .He (prepared) us for the Kings Guard Royal Tournament 1948 and continuity drill  at the Albert Hall plus other shows.
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Experiments in the Airborne Role  (Extract from 'Through Adversity' a dire tome)
click to enlargeIn 1947 HQ 38 Group, which had carried the Airborne Forces to Normandy, Arnhem and the Rhine, was tasked to develop an air-portable capability for an RAF Regiment wing which could then be flown into overseas areas to secure an airfield for transport operations. 2 Wing HQ, with 15 & 16 LAA Sqns & 63 Rifle Sqn., assembled at RAF Upavon in 1948 to carry out unit air-portability trials. The two LAA  sqns worked on methods of loading their 24 Bofors guns, and associated equipment, into 4-engined Hastings aircraft while the Rifle sqn. developed loading tables for its move by smaller 2-engined Valleta aircraft. 63 Sqn completed its task sooner than the two LAA Sqns, which were finding a number of problems in dismantling their 40mm Bofors guns so that they could enter  the side loading doors of the Hastings in several pieces, secure them adequately for flight, unload them on arrival and assemble the guns for action. To fill in time which the Rifle sqn had at its disposal, the officers and airmen of 63 Sqn were trained as parachutists in order to give the wing an all-round airborne role. 
However it all turned to ashes as the task was one for which the aircraft available at that time  were unsuited and even if the LAA sqns could have been deployed to a distant airhead, there wasclick to enlarge no airlift capacity for their vehicles, which would have been left behind.  Apart from the fact that the problems of loading and unloading Bofors guns in and out of Hastings aircraft  proved to be insuperable, the Air Ministry refused to recognise the parachutist qualification sof the 63 Sqn personnel, despite the fact they had competed the course at the RAF's No 1 Parachute Training School and were carrying out parachuting duties. Although RAF Regiment parachute units had been raised in both the Middle East and Far East during the war and had been authorised to wear parachute wings and receive parachutist pay, the official response in 1949 was " the RAF gives wings and pay to people for staying in aircraft, not for jumping out of them"
The project was abandoned and the squadrons remained at Upavon in their normal roles until1950  when they were deployed at very short notice to Sculthorpe , Lakenheath and Mildenhall to protect the USA heavy bomber force, with its weapons, which was deployed  to those airfields from the continental USA in response to Russian hostility in Europe.

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