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I have been instructed to release the following
manuscript on the death of my client
Mr John Phillips. Who was a former officer in the Royal Air Force.

Mr P.J .Carruthers.  LLB.
Solicitor for estates and wills.
16th February 2019.
The Manuscript is as follows.-

(You are reading this because I have passed on and I am no longer under the constraints of the official secrets act. It covers the time I was seconded to a government department in the period 30th June 1970 to 14th July 1970.
A week after my return I wrote about a series of events that I bore witness to.
I travelled to London and entrusted the handwritten manuscript with my solicitor with instructions to release it after my death)
Date July 20th 1970. J.Phillips. )

My name is John Phillips and at present I am a pilot officer in the Royal Air Force, the year is 1970 and I have five years left to serve before I retire and will be fifty years old
when I do so.
I was at the time involved in ensuring that the BAC lightning fighters were kept in peak flying condition and I was in charge of fifty airmen
who performed this vital maintenance.
I was stationed on the east coast at R.A.F Coltishall in the county of Norfolk in England.

I was lucky because I also got to travel all over the world wherever the R.A.F had bases,
It was the end of June and on the first of July our squadron were being sent to R.A.F Gutersloh in West Germany for a six month
posting and one I was looking forward to.
I was in my room when there was a knock at the door, on opening it I was surprised to see two R.A.F policemen (snowdrops') standing there, "Sir "the one said "the C.O.  requests your presence right away."
I replied that I would be there in a few minutes but the Policeman said. “No sir as in now".
Must be urgent I thought and followed them the three hundred yards to the C.O.s office.
I arrived and the two policemen waited by the door taking up at ease positions, now I was getting very curious.
I knocked the door and Peter Hamble the C.O. Shouted" come in".
I entered and Peter told me to take a seat,
Also in the office were two men, civilians in dark suits.
Peter introduced them as Tim Ramsey and James Pettigrew and added that they were government employees from the national security department.

"John " he said, " they would like to ask you a few questions on Russian and Chinese aircraft and their missile systems" They both said hello and then Tim stood up and fired off a barrage of technical questions that I managed to answer, they seemed satisfied because Tim turned to  James and said "I think we have found our man".
James agreed but asked a few more questions
on propulsion in jet fighter aircraft.
Peter added “John this is a matter of national security and you are being seconded to their department for the foreseeable future, Tim has told me you will be fully briefed en route to wherever you are going.

"I will tell Jennifer that you have had to go abroad at short notice due to some technical emergency in Cyprus and that's a story you must tell everyone on your return should they ask".
Jennifer (my wife) had also been looking forward to going to Germany and would be disappointed to say the least, but there would be other opportunities in the future.
"Go to your room collect some, essentials and come back here as soon as you can but speak to no one, that's an order I'm afraid".
My head was spinning, what was going on I thought, the two policemen followed me back to my room and waited outside while I packed a small bag.

I saw no one and walked back to the C.O.s Office, I knocked again and entered, the two men stood up and Tim said “if you would like to follow us please".
We went outside and a black ford Granada was parked nearby, a man who introduced himself as Bill opened the door for me, I got in, as did the other two and we were soon on our way.
But to where I thought.

To be continued.


Copyright © | Year Posted 2019

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Date: 2/25/2019 2:41:00 PM
I can't wait to read more Tom. ; )
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Date: 2/25/2019 2:59:00 PM
Thanks Connie, glad you're enjoying it. Tom
Date: 2/24/2019 3:37:00 PM
wow,it sounds so intriguing!! Now I will have to follow your story every time i come back here to comment to you!
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Date: 2/24/2019 9:20:00 PM
Thanks Andrea, hope you're having a good weekend. Tom.
Date: 2/24/2019 12:35:00 PM
gripping opening scenes Tom ...
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Date: 2/24/2019 1:25:00 PM
Thank Jan,
Date: 2/22/2019 11:37:00 PM
This is interesting, Tom. I’m off to read part 2.
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Date: 2/23/2019 3:46:00 AM
Thank you Carol. Tom.
Date: 2/22/2019 9:33:00 AM
Sometimes, being late is a good thing that can happen .. I don't have to wait for the next part. And now I am quickly opening the second link to read :)
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Date: 2/22/2019 10:23:00 AM
Thank you Swetha, happy you're enjoying it. Tom.
Date: 2/21/2019 1:12:00 PM
WoW! Tom, I told you before that you're a great story teller. You really have the ability to hold your readers attention. What in the world is so urgent that two police showed up and he has to leave right then and there? So glad I waiting until today to read this. Off to read part two:-) Alexis
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Date: 2/21/2019 4:41:00 PM
Thank you for your kind words Alexis, glad you're enjoying it. Tom.
Date: 2/21/2019 7:06:00 AM
- Glad I waited until today .... so I can read the continuation right away ....
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Date: 2/21/2019 7:22:00 AM
Thanks Sunshine, still working on part three. Tom
Date: 2/20/2019 5:04:00 PM
Tom, don't do that: Don't prepare a literal dish like that and then tell me to wait to touch it! It is inhuman ! haha! I am waiting...
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Date: 2/21/2019 1:50:00 AM
Oops, Part two coming later just polishing a few words. Tom.
Date: 2/20/2019 4:05:00 PM
now that you got me intrigued, i am keeping my eye on you, tom...very interesting!...huggs
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Date: 2/20/2019 4:17:00 PM
Thanks nette. Glad you found it interesting, I'll post part two tomorrow. Stay tuned. Tom.
Date: 2/20/2019 9:39:00 AM
I'm gripped in suspense... waiting for the next installment :)
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Date: 2/20/2019 11:10:00 AM
Thanks P.S, glad you're enjoying it, will post part two tomorrow . Tom.
Date: 2/20/2019 8:52:00 AM
Tom, you now have me in complete suspense and looking forward to the continuation of your narrative. Gripping story so far. I come from a military background as my father was in the British Army. Poetry hugs, Jennifer.
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Date: 2/20/2019 11:09:00 AM
Thanks Jennifer, have fond memories of R.A.F Coltishall, looped the loop in a trainer aircraft, have never forgotten it. Tom.
Date: 2/20/2019 8:48:00 AM
Quite intriguing Tom. I see the beginnings of a mystery kept my interest throughout and now I want to know more. Looking forward to your next installment.
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Date: 2/20/2019 11:03:00 AM
Thank you Vijay, had this idea a while back and decided to write it in a short story. Tom.