2873rd GEEIA 1960-61

RAF Mildenhall, England(Became 2874th, Det 1 in 1961)
Conklin, Tom
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2873rd GEEIA 1960-61

Postby Conklin, Tom » December 20th, 2009, 4:02 pm

I was assigned to the 2873rd GEEIA Squadron from Sept 1960 to Sept 1961. At that time the 2873rd was at Bushy Park AB outside of London, which was Eisenhower's SHAEF Hq. during the Normandy invasion. The 2873rd had both Inside Plant and Outside Plant personnel. The other major activity for the Bushy Park AB was the dependents London area High School.

In September 1961, GEEIA began winding down at Bushy Park and personnel began PCS to other bases. I was assigned to the 2872nd at Torrejon AB, near Madrid Spain. Others in my Inside Plant group were reassigned to the 2874th GEEIA at Ramstein, Germany, the 2879th at Athens, Greece, and other non-GEEIA communications commands in Europe. European GEEIA Headquarters was Wiesbaden, Germany.

Swartz, Bill
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2873rd GEEIA 1960-61

Postby Swartz, Bill » December 16th, 2010, 12:50 am

I went through Torrejon one winter in the mid 60s. I met a fellow named Paul Provencal who helped my get my MGA convertible into a remote corner of a hangar when I caught a hop to the ZI for my brother-in-law's funeral. It was blowing sleet and snowed several inches before I got back. Man, was I grateful to him, not to have to scrape and dig my way out of there!

I can't remember if he was GEEIA or Base Ops.....Anyone remember him?

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2873rd GEEIA 1960-61

Postby Conklin, Tom » December 19th, 2010, 12:52 pm

Bill, You should post this query on the 2872nd GEEIA Message Board (Torrejon AFB). Nobody from Torrejon GEEIA will ever find it on the 2873rd (Bushy Park) GEEIA Squadron Message Board. I am glad to hear that they treated you well at Torrejon. The former U.S. base is now a Municipal Airport and is all built up around the field.
Tom


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