Roger Wharton's Account

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On 3 June 1969 I was the Squadron Duty Officer in the ready room.  You remember the ready room back then.  Half the room was always engulfed in a haze of smoke from cigarettes and pipes. I wonder how they handle that smoking issue today.   It’s about two or three in the morning.  The standby crew in the ready room are asleep. In fact most of the squadron are asleep.  I was sitting there making mundane log entries.  The phone rings – Operations: There’s been a collision at sea, prepare to launch all available helicopters...