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David Haysom

After leaving Archbishop Temple’s School in London in 1953, David Haysom joined the Royal Air Force and trained as a Telegraphist at RAF Cosford followed by specialist Morse Training at RAF Wythall near Birmingham. He started his career in the ‘Y’ service at RAF Digby and was soon on his way to the Far East, where he spent two years at RAF Little SaiWan in Hong Kong, and, following Long Range Technical Search (LRTS) training in Singapore, a year on the island of Labuan in North Borneo. On returning to the UK, he studied Russian at RAF Tangmere before being sent to Berlin where he spent the next eleven years before leaving the Air Force as a Chief Technician in 1974. With an uncertain labour market in the UK, David decided to stay in Germany for ‘ a couple of years’ and took a job as East European and Military Sales Manager for a Japanese consumer electronics company in Hamburg where he remained until retiring in 1996. Now firmly settled in Germany, David, when not researching the life and times of Eric George Ackermann, is kept busy translating and teaching business English for diverse companies in the Hamburg area.

Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson was born in Somerset and educated at Bristol Grammar School. On leaving school in 1954 he began a fifty year career as a librarian, working in Bristol, Gloucestershire, Swindon, Manchester and finally Oxford, where he was Chief Librarian at Oxford Polytechnic, now Oxford Brookes University. Taking early retirement in 1992, he worked for a further twelve years as part-time Library Consultant to Oxford University before retiring fully in 2005. He served in the Royal Air Force as a National Serviceman from 1956 to 1958 and was posted to Germany. He was based on two stations, both of which were signals intercept units. He was in a lowly position but his trade of Clerk/Typist in the Operations Block gave him something of an insight into the operational work of his two units. He later developed his interest in this aspect of the RAF’s work and he published privately three books on two of the stations, to be followed by his collaboration with David Haysom on the biography of Eric Ackermann.
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