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Leinster Leader 21 June 1958.

Naas man in U.S. Air Force

Airman Second Class Patrick D. Osborne, son of Mr and Mrs J. W. Osborne, of Craddockstown house, Naas, has recently been assigned duty as a radio maintenance technician with 1230th Airways and Air Communications service squadron, R. A. F. Station Croughton, in the English Midlands. Airman Osborne, who was well-known as an amateur jockey, will share in the responsibility of insuring constant radio communication to all NATO aircraft flying over the North Atlantic. Croughton Airways operated by the men of the 1230th AACS Squadron is the United Kingdom link in the globe-encircling network of the United States Air Force's Strategic Communications System.

Paddy emigrated to the States in December 1956. He enlisted for a four year tour of Air Force duty in January 1957, and after receiving his basic training at Lackland Air Base in Texas he was shipped to Scott Air Base in Illinois for radio maintenance fundementals school. Upon his successful completion of the radio course he was assigned to Ent Air base in Colorado Springs for his apprenticeship. Airman Osborne received his overseas orders almost a year after arriving in the United States.

From the pages of the Leinster Leader of 1958 - Former Naas amateur jockey in US Air Force

[compiled and typed by James Durney]

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