Regrettably I cannot now remember the names of the three operators working with me but I believe the riggers had come down from the Hull area in the heyday of the airships. The winch operator was an 'Old Contemptible' from WW1 and the two riggers used to rib him when he turned out on any parade. They were then a diminishing number and they said he was determined to be the last survivor so that he could get all their funds! (An Old Contemptible was a survivor serving in the army in WW1).
I also had a small administration office in the old HQ building. There was a structure on the top floor used as a Drawing Office by a unit detached from Farnborough which had a mast on the roof carrying a Dines Pressure Tube Anemometer from the R100/101 days. The Drawing Office had been a Meteorological Office of course in the airship days. There was a scrap book in that office containing great photographs from that era and I have often wondered what happened to it.
Joe Binks was working on the camp and was of course one of the R101 survivors. G E Long was in charge of all balloon flying in 1949 and had an office at the side of Hangar No2 I believe. I recall having a 'flight' with him in a parachute dropping balloon. I have read with interest the articles on the Social Club which was quite popular during my time in 1949. I have many memories of playing dominoes there!
My car was a 1935 BSA 998cc and I had it for 3 years. Not easy to drive in the snowy conditions. There were not many cars in Shortstown but remarkably there was another BSA owned by one of the draughtsmen at Cardington who lived in The Crescent I think. When I bought my BSA he was a bit upset because apparently he wanted to sell his. I was also upset because I could have paid less than I did!
In 1949 the family living in the flat below (no3) I knew quite well but my memory fails me and I cannot remember the name just that he was Irish and so was ' Paddy!' His wife was a Londoner and they had two small boys I think. Paddy did not work in Cardington but at Vauxhalls on night duties. I am not sure how they got housing in Shortstown.
When I returned in the 50's they had moved out to a new housing estate in Bedford and I took Arthur and Kathy to visit them.