Group Photograph of RAF Personelle with the Station Commander Wing Commander John Kane holding the baton, stood next to Mr John Bautista who is a former RAF Gibraltar veteran, Mr John Bautista took part in the RAF100 track event at Victoria Stadium on 19th June 2018. Mr Bautista was accompanied by his daughter, Jeanette Bruzon, in order for her to assist him around the track. Mr Bautista will completed a 400m lap of the stadium with the RAF100 baton. This will form part of RAF Gibraltar's 'commemorate' programme. Accompanied By The Station Commander of RAF Gibraltar, Wing Commander John Kane and other servicemen from RAF Gibraltar. The RAF100 Baton event was celebrated by children from local schools each running five laps with the baton until 100 laps had been run to celebrate 100 years of the Royal Air Force The Baton began it's journey at the Royal Courts of Justice on the 1st of April 2018, exactly 100 years after the formation of the RAF and will finish it's journey 100 days later on the 10th of July on Horse Guard Parade.

A FORMER RAF veteran recently participated in the RAF100 Baton Relay track event at Victoria Stadium and later had the opportunity to visit RAF Gibraltar.

During the RAF100 Baton Relay event, Mr John Bautista walked a lap of the stadium, holding the baton with members of the RAF currently serving in Gibraltar. Following this he visited RAF Gibraltar to view some of the archives held. He also met many serving members to describe his experiences of RAF Gibraltar in a different time.

Mr Bautista joined the RAF in 1945 and trained as a telegraphist. On completion of training, he was posted to Gibraltar for a one year tour but ended up staying a further four years. During this time, John deployed as a Radio Officer, and worked on-board ocean-going Salvage Tug ‘Hercules’ and passenger ferry M.V. Mons Calpe.

John eventually returned to the UK in 1952 but two years later, he returned to Gibraltar for rehabilitation purposes. In 1955 John was demobbed and two weeks after this was offered a post as Civilian Radio Supervisor at RAF North Front Gibraltar which he accepted.

Now retired, John operates amateur radio from Gibraltar.

Image(s) Courtesy of the Ministry of Defence

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