Frank BewleyIn the Korean war, Frank Bewley served onboard HMS Glory as an Aircraft Engineer with 821 Squadron. Frank has a couple of excellent photographs in his gallery.
Frank Bewley – Film 1Frank Bewley was born in London in 1931 and volunteered to join the Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm in 1948. After his initial training at HMS Royal Arthur and subsequent trade training at HMS Gamecock Shore Station, he was posted to 702 Squadron, HMS Seahawk Shore Station in Culdrose. That was in 1949. He then provides detail about his stint at 796 (Training) Squadron, at HMS Vulture Shore Station, Padstow. Then came Korea. He served with served with 821 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm aboard HMS Glory.
Frank Bewley – Film 2He was young man when he signed up so was confined to shire stations until he was 21 years old. He goes on to describe his work onboard HMS Glory which he felt was a [relatively] small but, friendly aircraft carrier. He recalls the journey to the Far East via Gibraltar and Malta. It was an interesting experience.
Frank Bewley – Film 3Frank Bewley details his work as pilots mate. He was responsible for servicing and maintaining Lieutenant Barretts Fairey Firefly aircraft. On their way to Korea they stopped in Singapore and Aden and Malaya where they were involved in anti-gorilla operations. After meeting HMS Ocean near Hong Kong, the Glory takes onboard additional aircraft to bring its contingent up to 40 planes.
Frank Bewley – Film 4Frank provides excellent detail about the onboard routine for an Aircraft Engineer in Korea. He reflects that a good bond was forged between the engineer and his pilot and it was hard to take when your aircraft didnt return.
Frank Bewley – Film 5More on the loss of a pilot and detail on why the aircraft were painted. Franks design became quite well known He talks about how the weather hampered working conditions.
Frank Bewley – Film 6Frank talks about landing on deck and recalls incidents with other aircraft. When Queen Mary passed away, the crews of HMS Glory and HMS Unicorn prepared a special memorial service. After the loss of Lieutenant Barrett, Franks role was diminished and he was moved to the aircraft control room. He describes the work.
Frank Bewley – Film 7Frank describes their weather gear. After the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed, HMS Glory took on troops and equipment and sailed back to a good reception in Portsmouth, England. After a spot of leave, Franks posted to a helicopter squadron, RNAS Lee-on-the-Solent. Thanks for your time Frank. A great addition to our archive and I sincerely appreciate ate your time.
In the Korean war, Frank Bewley served onboard HMS Glory as an Aircraft Engineer with 821 Squadron. Frank has a couple of excellent photographs in his gallery.