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RAF Akrotiri Virtual Tour

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Rodger DeRamus (19 Sep 2021)
Hello everyone who is still on this site. I am a United States Air Force Veteran and in 1976, I was temporarily assigned to RAF Akrotiri. It was my job to monitor activities of the U2 plane that flew in and out of RAF Akrotiri. I still have fond memories of that time. I can still remember my daily activity, I worked at night in a radar trailer on top of a hill backed up to the ocean. What a beautiful site. After sleeping a few hours, I would make my way down to the hangar to watch all the activity there, lots of hustle and bustle. After reporting to my supervisor, I'd walk back up to a cafe called "The Lady L". They had great food and I usually got a thin steak and fries. I can still taste it. Someone told to look around and see if I saw any cows there. We only saw goats and some donkeys. Was I eating something besides steak?
Sometimes I would get what they called a kabob, not the kabob I knew, but it was a pita, cut in half and stuffed with sausage links with meat cut in thin strips, like that now used in gyros we have here. It was topped with shredded lettuce and lemon salt. You could only eat one. It was a meal in itself. They sold them from a small place beside a road that led to the commissary and some housing areas.
There was a place I was told was called
The Fishing Club. It had food, beer and great people. We shot darts and sat looking out over the water.
Another place I remember fondly was called Sharks Cove. We walked down a long path and swam and sat in the sun for hours.
That's it, I guess. I still talk about being there. I would love for my wife and I to visit. She loves islands, the ones close to us are in the Caribbean. To me, the Mediterranean is more beautiful.
Thanks y'all. Have a great day.
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Verity Spencer ( nee Lines)  (15 Sep 2021 20:06)
Have very happy memories of living at RAF Akrotiri between 1972 and 1975, despite the troubles. Compo rations (during the war); the chocolate tin was first to be opened!). St. John's School; loved the English and drama teachers; and playing Queen Henrietta Maria in the school play. Freezing juice wrapped in a teatowel so had access to a chilled drink throughout the hot school day; swimming lessons in the sea were gorgeous but always too short as we had to treck in school bus from Tunnel Beach back to school.Ladies Mile beach and, unknown by our parents ,climbing down the cliffs to swim at, what we called, Submarine Bay. Anyone remember Niazis? Fab restaurant in Limassol serving delicious kebabs. Member of the stables; happy times having lessons and going out on hacks. Horses names remembered! MCduff, Sandy, Trooper and Trixie! Friends were Lis Norman and Karen Hutchison.

Michael Redmond  (31 Aug 2021 20:12)
Was there as a youngster from 67 to late 69. Still remember so much. Best place ever. Dad...Frank Redmond, was with the Vulcan Bombers. Lived in Berengaria...went back to visit 20 years later while on a UN tour with CAF and so much had changed.

Frank Cross (22 Aug 2021)
Posted to akrotiri Nov 1958. Billited in the Cawood Bungalows on Queen St. The BMH was a series of converted Cawood bungalows. The "Sick quarters" was 1 Bungalow at the western end of Queen St. My sqn Was MECS. We did casevacs to Malta using a stretchered Varsity. I am visiting Paphos next year. Will I be allowed on base?
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Linda Mcdavitt  (19 Aug 2021 12:19)
I lived in Akrotriri 64 to 67 and they were the 3 best years of my life. I went to Berengaria school first then for some reason which I cant remember moved on to St. Johns Episkopi 18months later. I did my Duke of Edinburghs award there which was great fun and ended up going back to the UK to receive my award at B Palace. My friends then were Shirley Taylor, Jane Montgomery Anette Weaver and many many more I sadly cant remember. Ive often wondered about going back but I know the area wont be the same which wld be sad and a disappointment as I wld want it to be all the same so ive never gone.

Iain Carstairs   (15 Aug 2021 13:04)
Anyone remember Don Moffat ? He was the Drama teacher when I was at St John?s Episkopi circa 1969-1972 he put on a couple of productions while I was there ?Oliver? and Royal Hunt of the Sun

Alan Taylor (18 Jul 2021)
Sub-Aqua Club. Showing club house and rebuilt boat shed. Originally had corrugated tin roof, which was blown off in winter storms. 1990s. Dive 107
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Elizabeth Gregory (26 Jun 2021)
Our family went to this Church 1959-1961. My Dad leaving the RAF on our return to the UK, to go into ordination College to become a Vicar. We had some lovely times with the Church.
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Ronald Weir (14 Jun 2021)
Lived there in the early 1960's......I was 5/6 years old.......
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Les Brown  (03 Jun 2021 14:07)
I was a member of the 58th Akrotiri Scout Group. I lived at 1 Princess Street from March 1965 to December 1968. I attended Akrotiri Primary then St John's Episkopi. Great three years of my childhood.

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