CYRIL AYLES Married to
Margaret. Children: Mandy aged 45, Marina aged 42 & Trevor aged 41, plus
Now living in Gosport, Hants.
Cyril at Fisgard
AT CONDOR 09/50 to 03/53
LEFT the RN 09/70
HMS THESEUS - RNAS ford - RNAS Abbotsinch - RNAS Culdrose, 750 Sqdn -
RNAS Arbroath - RNAS Hal Far - RNAS Abbotsinch - RNAS Lee-on-Solent (NAMDU)
- RNAS Brawdy - RNAS Lossiemouth, 800 Sqdn (Buccaneers) - HMS EAGLE - RNAS
Early retirement as AA1 in August 1970.
"I qualified as a teacher of Design
& Technology at King Alfred's College, Southampton University, and taught
in a local comprehensive school. I got rapid promotion to Head of Year
then took early retirement at age 54.
"For several years, I designed and manufactured
children's toys based on vintage aircraft and, in conjunction with a local
artist, manufactured pub signs and sold them to the USA.
"I have logged over 50 cruises to all parts of
the world, plus numerous tours. We are frequent visitors to our own
apartment in Tenerife.
"I served for sixteen years on the Gosport Sea
Cadets Admin Committee and ten years as the Chairman. I also represented
the District Cadets on Southern Area admin. (which kept me in touch with
the modern RN)."
HOBBIES & PASTIMES
" I still have the pleasure of
taking my grandchildren ice-skating, 10-pin bowling, swimming, and on
Cyril & Margaret
" The only one I can remember from
my time in the Service was while I was I/C of the metal workshop at RNAS
Brawdy. A large German transport aircraft made an emergency landing with
hydraulic failure. I was called in to investigate and found a long supply
pipe running from the keel to the starboard engine with a large crack in
the middle of the run.
"Telex messages revealed that no spares were
available and the pipe had to be made up by the aircraft's manufacturers.
Meanwhile, the aircraft was urgently needed. We had materials and spares
available in the workshop, but all to Imperial standards and the aircraft
was Metric. The German engineer produced a handful of female Metric pipe
unions, which did not fit our Imperial pipe. So we had to manufacture two
double-ended male connectors with Metric threads at one end and Imperial
at the other, plus the appropriate tapers to fit the pipe bell ends.
"It was quite a turning job setting up the
gear trains on the lathe. When we got the official go-ahead, the team of
four Artificers produced the goods after a full day's work. A piece of
vent pipe was belled out and fitted, using the new special unions. The
aircraft was signed up for a test flight after a hydraulics
functional test. The undercarriage functional had to be carried out in
flight as no jacks were available.
" The work earned us a commendation, and the
German squadron gave us a PU and a special plaque."
"There was one amusing
interlude I remember. While I was instructing at Arbroath in the '50s, I
was taking courses of POAFs on conversion form engines to engines &
airframes. One particular class of Aussies were practical jokers -
especially after 'tot' time in the afternoons.
"We had yellow
blackboards in the classrooms then, for which we used blue chalk. You may
remember the Scottish 'Bluebell' match. The Aussies drilled a hole in the
end of the chalk and packed it full of Bluebell match heads. You can
imagine what happened when the chalk was used on the board."