|by Bill Bawden, PRO|
18 September 2007
Night Fighters in the Cold War
The guest speaker at the recent meeting of the AirCrew Association at Fairoaks Aerodrome was Peter Frewer whose RAF service from 1955 to 1966 included four tours as a pilot of night/all-weather fighters.
Peter's first squadron service was with Gloster Meteors in Germany but he soon moved on to the Javelin, the world's first twin-jet delta and he flew several versions of this then radical new fighter in Britain, Aden, Singapore and Cyprus. During the height of the Cold War he was engaged in Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) flights to intercept Soviet reconnaissance aircraft probing into North Sea airspace - a tactic the Russians have recently re-introduced.
His final Javelin operation was the long-range deployment to Ndola in Zambia at the time of the Unilateral Declaration of Independence by the Ian Smith government of Rhodesia in 1965. Fortunately, diplomatic manoeuvres and sanctions meant that no military action was taken and the Javelins were withdrawn.
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