September 12th, 1952, Abingdon, Berkshire. American actor Alan Ladd joined the Airborne Division of the British army to undergo commando training before making the film 'The Red Beret'. The orders went out at Abingdon Barracks: 'Make no changes to the commando battle course. Private Ladd has to pass out on it as it is'. An Army spokesman announced 'Private Ladd will have to keep on racing over one of the toughest courses until he does it to perfection'. UK members may remember actor Bryan Moseley, who played shopkeeper Alf in 'Coronation Street'; he was in the service at the time and trained Ladd.
This R.A.F. Aerodrome , now an army barracks, is only about 5 miles from me. I remember seeing the poster for it outside a cinema in Hastings, Sussex. The third picture shows Alan Ladd with Bob Eccles, the parachute trainer at Abingdon.
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