Keeping the Vulcans flying
The Vulcan Engineering Detachment on Ascension Island Diary
Reproduced by kind permission of Sqn Ldr Mel James, Commander of the Detachment in 1982
Picture: The Vulcan ground support and engineering crew at Ascension Island.
The diary is reproduced exactly as written by Sqd Ldr James' in order to best communicate the situation the personnel of No 195(A) Composite Squadron found themselves in on arrival on Ascension Island. The ground crew engineering team were taken from the Vulcan Squadrons at Waddington, Nos 44, 50 and 101, to form the combined 195(A) Sqn which maintained the Vulcans used in the Black Buck operations. This, as will be seen from these pages, was no easy task, with spares and equipment in short supply and the detachment being at the end of a long and protracted supply line.
Our thanks go to Sqn Ldr Mel James, Commander of the Detachment in 1982, for allowing us to use his personal diary in this feature, and for the insights he has recorded into how the Black Buck operations were supported in depth and what life was like on Ascension Island during the conflict.
The diary is split into four parts:
The Vulcan Engineering Detachment Nominal Roll