Ascension : A LETTER FROM GORDON CARLE
Submitted by The Islander (Gavin Yon) 14.06.2007 (Article Archived on 28.06.2007)
Back in 1982 I was sent out to Ascension from the UK with less than 24 hours notice. I was to join the “RAF Detachment Green Mountain” known locally as “Bowler Radar”.
A LETTER FROM GORDON CARLE
Back in 1982 I was sent out to Ascension from the UK with less than 24 hours notice. I was to join the “RAF Detachment Green Mountain” known locally as “Bowler Radar”. Our unit was tasked with providing air surveillance and with controlling Phantom Fighters to provide defence for British Forces on Ascension during the Falklands Conflict should it have become necessary. Our equipment was sited just below the summit of Green Mountain but personnel were all accommodated in Garden Cottage – alongside the Red Lion. All of the unit personnel were very appreciative of the warm welcome they received from the staff working on the Green Mountain Farm. A close relationship was soon established and it was invaluable to us “Brits” who had left families at short notice and, in the eyes of their relatives, gone to war. The initial exchanges of fresh food for tinned compo rations were much appreciated as a supplement to the service diet. The cosy atmosphere of the Red Lion with its Darts, Snooker, occasional film show, a first taste of South African Castle Beer for many and, above all, the cheerful company and helpful nature of the people living there will long be remembered. I know that the Green Mountain Farm is no longer in existence but the memories will last. Twenty -five years on I would like to thank Pat & Aubrey and all of the staff from the Green Mountain Farm in 1982 for their hospitality, good humour and friendship. I am sure that all of the service personnel who lived in Garden Cottage during the Falklands Conflict would feel the same way.
Gordon Carle Shetland Isles