Out of the Blue

Woodfield Publishing Ltd
ISBN 1-873203-91-8
RAF memoir
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by George Edwards BEM
Adventures of a former RAF fireman at home and abroad 1965-2005

In this enjoyable and entertaining memoir, George Edwards looks back on his eventful RAF career as a fireman during the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

George joined the RAF as a teenager in 1965 and the book follows his progress from naive sprog to experienced airman and senior NCO, relating his experiences at a wide variety of RAF bases in the UK and abroad, including Marham, Honington, Masirah, Mombasa, Church Fenton, Sharjah, Lindholme, Brize Norton, Gutersloh, Laarbruch, St Athan, Coningsby, Stanmore Park and RAF Stanley in the Falkland Islands.

George's candid and enthusiastic descriptions of his on and off duty escapades when he was young, free and single and enjoyed an energetic social life and an equally enthusiastic love life are guaranteed to amuse and entertain readers of all ages, whilst his descriptions of life in the RAF are certain to bring back many memories for those who also served during this period.

The final chapters follow George's post RAF career as a probation officer and Air Cadet Squadron Commander in his native Liverpool - which resulted in his being awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in later life.

The author’s account of his time as the Officer Commanding 7F (1st City of Liverpool) Air Cadets is an interesting and heart-warming account of the achievements of a group of young people from the city of Liverpool. For ten years (1991 to 2001) I was 7F squadron President. Many of the young people involved came from an area of Liverpool (Toxteth) tarnished with an unfair and unjustified reputation. The young people of 7F proved that given the opportunity and guidance they could dispel many of the myths surrounding young people today. It was indeed my pleasure to have known so many wonderful young people and to witness them undertake their various adventurous activities and watch them develop into good citizens.
Lady Jean Stoddart DL


The author and I were roommates at RAF Sharjah in 1971. I never thought that George would record his journey in the RAF; I am glad he has, as it has brought back so many fond memories of the time I spent in the RAF. I enjoyed all aspects of the book; the humour, the realism and above all I like George’s great view of life on a fire crew- which will appeal to all fire fighters both military and civilian.
Bob Feather RAF Fireman 1967-1972, West Yorkshire Fire fighter 1976- 2001.


I thoroughly enjoyed this book it brought back many memories of my service life- putting a supercilious smile on my face just thinking about experiences many of us shared. A good read and most illuminating for those who weren’t involved.
Dennis McCann BEM Warrant Officer (4054690) RAF Fire service 1950- 1980

details softback | 184 pages | monochrome photos
genre autobiography | military memoir | RAF memoir