'Glum Party' not so , just bad timing on the part of the
Veteran members of North Yorkshire RAF Police at their
April Lunch and meeting at the refurbished Victoria Inn at Wetwang.
is our most easterly outpost making numbers low, but a enjoyable time was had by
all. A raffle and sale of books raised £53.90p towards branch funds.
they say Tykes are tight.
Cake made to mark police centenary
general store manager Mr Richard Terry (centre) with Mr Chris Gangel,
left, and Mr Tony Parker, who both served with the RAF Police.
Photograph: Sam Kelly.
supermarket produced a one-off cake to help the RAF Police — the oldest
military police service in the UK — celebrate its centenary.
Newark, offered to make the cake for free to accompany a celebration
for former members, but the offer was turned down because of the amount
of work the store already does in support of the Armed Forces.
cake, featuring the RAF Police crest, was made in store by Mr Keith
Hammersley. It was presented ahead of a carvery meal at the Newark
Conservative Club, attended by around 30 people with links to the RAF
RAF policeman Mr Chris Gangel said: “Asda has been so helpful to the
Services’ community through the RAF Wings Appeal, Poppy Appeal and in
support of the Newark Patriotic Fund.”
Remembering airfield’s international history
Mr Nigel Bean, a former sergeant with the RAF police, laid a commemorative wreath. 080418JW3-9
reunion has been held to remember the history of RAF Balderton, where
Servicemen from all over the world were based during and after the
second world war.
The event celebrated the international element to the airfield, which was open from 1941 to 1954.
reunion at Newark Air Museum included the planting of a commemorative
tree and installation of a memorial plaque in honour of those with
connections to RAF Balderton who died during the conflict.
Canadian and American units were based at RAF Balderton, which was used
primarily as a troop carrier transport airfield in the second world war
and also by Bomber Command in 1944.
During the airfield’s short operational life more than 200 aircrew failed to return
was also used by the specialist Rolls-Royce trials unit that was
involved in development testing of early British jet engine
Around 100 people attended the reunion, including veterans, relatives of those who have since died, and members of the public.
A special cake was cut before the crimson king maple tree and plaque were placed in the museum’s memorial gardens.
Howard Heeley, a trustee at the air museum, said: “During the second
world war this part of the East Midlands, including RAF Balderton, had
hundreds of thousands of people serving from all over the world.
was truly an international picture, so the real significance of the day
was to recognise and maintain the connections and remember the work
people from many nations did here.”
‘It was life or death any time you flew’
Heeley said the crimson king maple tree was chosen because one of the
first units at the airfield was 408 (Goose) Squadron, of the Royal
Canadian Air Force. The memorial plaque — made from concrete from the
runway at the airfield — was laid in front of the tree.
Heeley said: “My late father, Eric, lived near the airfield while it
was operational and I grew up with stories about the planes and
“It was great to see veterans who were based there and tie their stories in with what my father told me.”
One of three veterans who attended was former warrant officer Mr Ken Fawcett, 93, an air gunner with the RAF’s 227 Squadron.
He said: “It was a good day and excellent to take a trip back into my youth. I had not been back since I left in 1945.
was stationed at the airfield for six months during the war, which was
a very high tension period of my life. It was life or death any time
you flew, but you could not brood on that.
“I was always convinced it would not be me and, luckily, it was not. You lived day-to-day.
we were not nominated for flying on any particular day, we would go
into Newark town or do something as a day of relaxation before flying
on an operation again the next day.”
Mr Fawcett visited the site of the old airfield.
“When you get to my age it is nice to go back to places to look back and reminisce on times long past,” he said.
A book, written by museum trustee Mr Colin Savill, was launched at the event.
Of Nations — The History Of RAF Balderton — is the first comprehensive
history of the airfield to be published. It is a detailed story of RAF
Balderton, from its beginnings to its demise.
There are 298 pages and more than 200 images — black and white and colour photographs, maps, document copies and illustrations.
The book includes a foreword by former flight engineer Mr Maurice ‘Bill’ Bailey, who served at Balderton with 227 Squadron.
Mr Bailey was at the event with Mr James Flowers, a rear gunner with 50 Squadron.
Savill, of Tuxford, who signed copies of the book with veterans, said:
“It was very well received. The book took around 2½ years to complete
with the help of fellow members of the RAF Balderton Research Group and
contributors from around the world, many of whom sent unpublished
stories of their family members.
“The airfield is today a largely forgotten place, even by those people living in the area. “It is important to remember those who served there, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice and did not return.”
- Station Of Nations — The History Of RAF Balderton can be bought from the museum shop at £17.
Newark Air Museum Memorial Garden - Nigel Bean
From the 100 Years RAF Police Centenary at Newark
On Easter Sunday, 1 April 2018, the RAF celebrated its 100th anniversary
with a service at St Clement Danes, the central church of the RAF, situated in
the Strand in London.
Brian Burgess and his sister Debbie, and John
and Clare Walton attended. Also present with the Association National Standard
was Nigel Lacey. Roy Rudham paraded one of the RAFA's
After the service, we all walked across the road to
the Royal Courts of Justice, for a packed reception. Throughout the event,
there was a good presence of RAF Police on police and security duties alongside
colleagues from the Metropolitan Police.
The photo shows l to r Roy
Rudham, Nigel Lacey, Mick Larkman (SE Area Director RAFA), Brian Burgess and
A great day indeed to celebrate/commemorate the first
100 years of the RAF and the RAF Police.
Members of the North Yorkshire Branch of the Royal Air Force Police Association
at their monthly Meet and Lunch. The Senior Gentleman at the bottom right is
our oldest member. John Fields , John who is 91 plus has like several other
members present rarely missed a lunch or meeting since the inauguration of the
Branch 19 years ago. John has not always been a Paragon of honesty, he
Initially enlisted into the Royal Air Force and commenced Aircrew Training
but was brought down to earth when it was discovered he had added two years to
his age in order to enlist. Member Paul Carruthers held a personal raffle
raising £30 towards Prostate Cancer UK . Pauls son Matt will be running in
the 2018 Paris Marathon to raise funds for this charity. https://www.justgiving.com/marathonmatt2018.
Members of the NYB offered to support his efforts with a further Donation of
£100-00 from Branch Funds to this cause.
On 19 March 5 former Laarbruch
RAFP B shift guys , Graham Cassell , Tony Chapman, Neil Gardiner , Kev Hepton
and Trevor Bedford flew out to Malaga to meet up with Martin Theobald for a few
sherbets and memory recall training.
We had a great time despite the
fact that Martin broke his shoulder ( whilst sober) 3 days prior to arrival, so
Tony had to drive the mini bus. Well done Tony. Thanks to all the guys for
participating in our mini Andalusian mini reunion and particularly Martin for
Visitors to the North Yorkshire National Park will be surprised to learn of the
return of 'BRONZE AGE MAN', evidence of which can be seen on the open moorland
known as 'Castleton Rig' which overlooks the valley of Westerdale. Sited West of
the road above Castleton which leads over Blakey Ridge to Hutton-Le-Hole at
the summit there stands the remote Red Lion PH .one of its more recent acclaims
to fame was the 'Lock in' of customers for 9 days during the snow and blizzards
of December 2014.
A group from East Midlands , North West and NorthYorkshire Branches at the
Skegness re-Union over the weekend 2-3-4th November availed themselves of the
organised visit to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at RAF Coningsby. A
very informative and enjoyable afternoon enjoyed by all. Special thanks to our
guide Chris, a former Royal Air Force Navigator a very pleasant and
B Shift RAFP Laarbruch 1973/4/5/6
On Oct 7 46 former Snowdrops and their partners enjoyed a German themed reunion
Most were from B shift , but all the shifts were represented. Some guys
stayed two nights , a couple even did three, but the main day was Saturday and
it really was like going back to the CSC crew room.
Thank you to all
attendees for supporting the event , it was great to see everyone enjoying
Gangel, aged 73 and a retired snowdrop, did a tandem
parachute jump with the Red Devil's in aid of BLESMA on 26th September at Old Sarum. Picture here Click HERE for more information. And here for the newspaper report here
Members of the North Yorkshire Branch. (The Veteran Tykes) at their Anchor Inn
Venue ,on Wednesday 24th. Principle picture and holding the card is John
Fields who has recently celebrated his 90th Birthday. John is our oldest
active member and has been a staunch Branch Member for many years. Ken.T.
Eddy Shears, Neil Gardiner Tony Chapman
Jim Clark, Graham Cassell, Ray Airey, Billy Burns
Another Laarbruch 73/4/5/6 mini reunion on Graham's 80th birthday near
Ken Huxtable and Steve Cattell members of the North Yorkshire Branch meet up
again after more than 15 years. Their meeting place being the venue for
the NYB monthly lunch at a East Yorkshire Hostelry near Driffield. They first met at RAF Northolt in 1975.
Gerry Sanderson a long time and ardent supporter of this site came
along to the above dinner just to meet me as we had never met despite
corresponding for many years. Unfortunately he couldn't stop, just a
flying visit. I feel very privileged. Thank you Gerry.
On Sunday 23 October 2016, 32 guys from B Shift RAF Police Laarbruch
1973/4/5/6 ( including 3 guests) met in Leicester for our B
Oktoberfest, and had a great time drinking , eating, jawing, but not playing
clag! Here are a few of images to show that absolutely nothing
changes over 40 years, except we all looked a little older and some not so
slim. I would like to thank those who helped me trace the
guys. I would also state that No off white berets nor armbands
were worn! We did however resort to name tags
! It was a brilliant night, and one we hopefully will
We actually had enough guys there to fill all the
posts required for a complete shift at that time. Achievement! Thanks to ALL
that attended. Neil Gardiner
In 1959/60 Ken Turner and George Jackson were friends who served together in the
Royal Air Force Police. On demob they went their separate ways but did make
contact briefly in 1962 after which their ways parted.
Last month Ken
initiated numerous enquiries on his behalf to locate his old pal who it was
believed had connections with the Sunderland area.
An appeal to help
trace George was sent to the Sunderland Echo news desk which was kindly published and resulted
in information which led to George being traced.
Today they met up again
after 54 years at a luncheon held by The Royal Air Force Police Association and
their friendship re cemented.
This would not have taken place without the
assistance of the Sunderland Echo to whom the appreciation of both is
“On Sunday 11th September 2016 I was given the honour of
parading the RAFA South African Area Standard at the Annual Battle of
Britain service held at the SA Navy Chapel, Simon’s Town. Also in
attendance was fellow RAFPA member Nick Burton. (You will see that I am
carrying the Standard with my left hand which is the South African way).
“Members of the EMB attended the Battle of Britain parade in Lincoln Cathedral today.
They enjoyed lunch in the White Hart hotel prior to the service.
Barrie Clarke paraded our standard
Following the service in the Cathedral the seven able body WRAF and RAFP EMB members led the march around the Cathedral grounds
An honour to attend and by part of the day.
Our turn out was much appreciated by ribbons of applause as we marched
We veterans were honoured by a ceremonial march past with “Eyes left “ by the body of the parade”
Members of the North Yorkshire Branch meeting at the Victoria Inn Driffield for
their August lunch. Notably was John Barford his first time with us this year
due to his illness in February, another notable name Chuck Agar who because
of other commitment we had not seen him for almost two years. Jim Gunn gave a
very humorous and entertaining talk entitled "How I became a Refugee" a down to
earth no holds barred about families and life in the early forties. Tin
baths Gas Masks , and living with family and relatives in a Anderson Shelter,
and how he was eventually evacuated to Sheffield and fitted with Clogs, and to
go on to meet his now wife Marrion. The story to be concluded. And the prize
for who travelled the furthest must go to Steve Cattell and his wife Marilyn who
travelled from Grantham 102 miles. The Curry must be good.
I was at Newark Air Museum yesterday when I noticed that they had the Post
Box which used to sit outside the NAAFI at RAF Swinderby until the station
closed in 1993.
I bet all of us who completed recruit training there used the box to post
48 passengers occupied the top deck of the Nottingham Princess to take a three
hour river trip, with lunch and coffee, in the beautiful sunshine today, 7th
The party was made up of members of the East Midlands Branch
accompanied by their family and friends on this bi-annual river
Over £60 was raised for our charity in a raffle, the prize being
won by Bernard & Val Lamb, who got so excited he poured gravy all over
himself. There were no volunteers to lick it off!!!
Thanks all who
attended for making it an enjoyable afternoon. John Curtis
Members of the North Yorkshire Branch at their July meeting and lunch held at
the Anchor Inn Whixley. One of several favourite venues. Treasurer Mike was
our guest speaker this month giving a well received and informative talk about
his early days as a Police Cadet in rural Suffolk during the early
fifties. Then onto his time spent in the RAF Police as a RAFP (P) in Germany.
Returning to the East Suffolk Constabulary to become a fully fledged Constable
and onto a highly successful career in that force.
The Misters Champion 2016 - Mr Joe Duncan
a fantastic two days of golf and socialising. The weather, the hotel,
the food, the course, the hospitality and the company and laughter was
great. The Texas Scramble on the Sunday is always a fun start to the
two days and the Championship Golf on the Monday was almost a serious
occasion. Thank you all for your support and from the unanimous vote
taken at the dinner I have booked again for 04 and 05 June 2017. They
have reserved 20 rooms for us and they have frozen the cost at this
years rate, £74.00, which continues to include one in ten is free. But
of course no one goes free because that is where the prize money comes
from. Thanks once again. Dave Swaithe
Members of the North Yorkshire Branch at their May Luncheon . This time near
Thirsk in the North Riding of the County. The handsome young
couple,are Terry and Eunice Clamp a early 50's veteran of Fontainbleu.
John Trigger, North East Branch Member who was awarded the of
Legion d’honor by the Government of France toured Normandy with other veterans
who received the same award recently. The tour included visits to the D Day
landing beaches, Pegasus Bridge and Bayeux Cemetery where John laid a wreath at
the Memorial. The Mayor of Arromanches formally presented the symbol of the
award to John and the other veterans.
The photos at the Bayeux War Graves cemetery were submitted by John’s son who accompanied John on
these photos below are from last weekend when the North East Branch and guests from
North Yorkshire enjoyed a convivial weekend break at The Blackwell Grange Hotel
at Darlington. - Tom Padgett
photo of NY Branch Secretary Ken Turner (below) who submits many
pictures to the site but is never in the himself with thanks to Gerry
Sanderson. Ken was my first Sergeant at 1001 SU, RAF Oakhanger
when I arrived there straight from training on 28th December 1971.
From Michael Hall
upon a time (well, in 1966 and 1967) there were many young and some not
so young QPD's bashing the bondu at RAF Khormaksar in Aden. Many, many
years later, some of them met again and have been meeting every year
for a small reunion. This year they met in Lincoln and toured places
associated with the RAF, including seeing Lancaster 'Just Jane' with
all engines running and some very noisy Typhoons at Coningsby, The
first day ended with a cream tea at the Petwood Hotel, home for the
crews of 617 Sqn at the time of the great dams raid. On day two they
visited the National Memorial Arboretum for remembrance. Seen in the
picture is left to right, Colin 'Jock' and Kathleen Broadfoot, Liz and
Ernie Baglow, Thelma and Mike 'Toasty' Hall and Justine and Dave
Devonshire. Where to next time guys and gals?
Members of the North Yorkshire Branch at their informal Monthly Lunch at
one of their favourite venues Nr Driffield having now rotated to the East
Roger Malone is shown a most unusual and fascinating collection by its owner, Frank Authers.
A collection that runs from the rare to a unique pint-sized replica of the real thing reflects its owner’s dual enthusiasms.
9/12/15 Members of North Yorkshire Branch at their Christmas Lunch
21/10/15 Members of North Yorkshire Branch at their October Meet and Lunch held at The Buffers Public House & Restaurant Scholes NR Leeds on 21st Oct.
On Sunday 11th
October the East Midlands Branch bi-monthly Sunday lunch was held
at the Hostess, Sookholme near Mansfield hosted by Dave and Joyce
Lane. There were 32 members who occupied four tables at this large
dining venue and ate, and enjoyed a three course meal with
I attended a presentation in the Vulcan hangar at RAF Finningley
tonight by the last British Dambuster, Sqn Ldr Johnny Johnson DFM.
He gave a very interesting and moving talk about the famous dams raid
by 617 Sqn which resulted in a standing ovation by the audience. I was
delighted to have the opportunity to talk with him as the attached
photos show. It was a real pleasure to meet such wonderful man who was
one of the brave and heroic airmen from Bomber Command to whom we owe
are some pictures from Sundays Battle of Britain Parade held at
Newcastle upon Tyne Civic Centre Ceremonial Way. RAF Guard was from RAF
Boulmer and Reviewing Officers were Grp Capt Mark Coleman, OC RAF
Boulmer, Newcastle Lord Mayor and Newcastle Lord Lieutenant. Rowley
Coultas, Alan Weeks, Roger Bishop Tom Padgett and Alex Flavell
represented the North East Branch.
The ceremony was held
on 21 September at the Singapore Memorial with Deryk Strachan laying
the wreath on behalf of St.Mike’s & RAFPA.
North Yorkshire RAF Police Veterans
At conclusion of their Monthly Lunch Meeting at the Anchor Inn Whixley Wednesday
The two young ladies- wi call em lasses up ere in Yorkshire- are Mary
and Jackie who organise our monthly raffles, monies raised go towards
our stationery, admin costs, and function subsidies. We also donate to
a chosen charity which this year is the Yorkshire Air Ambulance - to
date £500 has been donated.
Often said many times that without such stalwarts we would be unable to function.
October, Wednesday 21st at The Buffers. Scholles.
November, Wednesday 18th at The Victoria Inn Wetwang.
December, Wednesday 9th Christmas Lunch at The Crosby, Thornton-Le-Bean, Northallerton.
All welcome , for details contact Secretary Ken Turner.
On Sunday 20nd
September many towns across the country celebrate the 75th anniversary
of the Battle of Britain. 22 members of the East Midlands Branch met up
at the White Hart Hotel Lincoln for lunch prior to attending the
Commemoration and Thanksgiving service in the impressive Lincoln
After the service a large crowd gathering around the entrance to this magnificent place of worship, to witness the parade.
Barrie Clarke carried the East Midlands Branch Standard, George Lee
carried the RAFA Standard and six members of the Branch, together with
six other veterans, marched at the front of the parade to much applause
from the crowd.
We veterans were honoured by coming to the halt; turning into line and
have the entire parade marched past with an ‘Eyes left’ as we stood
smartly to attention.
Bill Bennett, Phil Fitchett, David Marr, Mick Hall, John Curtis, Bernard Lamb
North Yorkshire Branch Veterans, Ken Turner, Roger Cann, Ken Huxtable. At the Eden Camp All Services Parade 13th September 2015 The Largest Gathering of Veterans in the North East. See Also, www.edencamp.co.uk
Rogues gallery — with Mick Larkman, Steve Gray,Dusty Mack, Iain Todd and Stewart McArdle at Windermere House
folks ! At the request of his wife and friends, I am afraid that I bear
bad news regarding one of our erstwhile colleagues, Roger Johnson. I
am sure that there are quite a few of you who remember Roger.
Unfortunately, he is now suffering from a condition called "Picks
Disease" (aka "Picts Disease") which is an aggressively progressive
form of Dementia. The prognosis is that Roger has only a very short
time left ! Friends arranged a "party" for Roger and others in his Care Home on Sunday 6 September.
A few old Dog men (and a woman - Georgie Mack) attended at
Windermere House, in Hull, to help raise funds for the Dementia Charity. Address :- Windermere House, Birkdale Way, Hull, HU9 2BH
Chris Wyman and Nigel Cox
Last formal day of our cruise.
On the first day I found myself sitting next to a former Kent police
officer, Pete Day, seen here. At the Edinburgh Tattoo standing next to
me was an ex RAF Police Scotsman, Dave Marr, who was also on our ship.
It's a small world! Oh and to top it all, the LONE PIPER was a serving
Scots RAF Policeman. My world was complete!
North Yorkshire Branch. Visit to Eden Camp Museum on 26 August 2015
Pictures show;- Entrance to Camp & Museum
John Barford, Heading for ? you guessed it The Bar.
Group of Members having a after lunch chat.
Royal Air Force Police London Reunion - 21st August 2015
Disappointingly, there were only 21
of us who booked and the minimum number acceptable to VSC is 20!
Getting pretty close to a viable event. All praise to Brenda Peake for
again organising the event and a reminder to all that this is a
national reunion, not just London Home Counties. It was good to see at
least a couple from distant branches.
after the night before. In 1956 the one sitting between Brian Snook
(far left) and me, Martin Uden, was a National Service cook at RAF
Hullavington. Bob Grant used to look after both of us snoops and made
sure that we were always well feed, especially on nights. Was good to
see him again
Members of the
North Yorkshire Branch at their July lunch and meeting at "The Crosby
Inn", Thornton Le Bean, waiting for "The Off".
Our August Lunch
and Meet will be at Eden Camp Malton on Wednesday 26th August and will
coincide with a visit to the Eden Camp Theme Museum. Anyone wishing to
join us are welcome, and should contact the Branch Secretary Ken Turner
, preferably no later than Wed 19th August.
The Old and the New. Dawlish Armed Forces Day, 4th July.
Kate Cooper, eldest Grandaughter of Ken Turner receiving the Champions Cup on Sunday at the BDS ANNUAL SHOW 2015 Windsor..
Alan F Millership,JP,FoCoL bids
farewell to two very smart Chelsea Pensioners,Madge Cole (S/Sgt)
and Harry Puttick BEM,(CSM) at Doncaster Railway Station following a
very successful weekend celebrating Armed Forces Day with the
Lincolnshire community at Scunthorpe Football Stadium on Sunday 21 June
2015 where thousands of members of the local public attended the 2015
Event watching hundreds of local service personnel,cadets and many
veterans from all the services - including several RAFPA mbrs from
Brigg .Many ,many stall holders also attended this major town event
including all three services ,charity funds raisers,marching cadets
from all the services,dog shows ,marching bands and a Fly Past by at
Dakota in D Day livery at 1525 hrs,thrilling the crowd and the town as
it flew very low over the house roofs.
The salute at the main parade was
taken by Air Marshal Sir Baz North ,KCB,OBE,MA,FRAeS RAF,(AMP&C)
Dep Force Cmr making this his second visit to the town Armed Forces Day
event,the first being in 2010. He was accompanied by the Scunthorpe
Mayor and many other local dignitaries (including Alan- a Local Justice
of the Peace).Once again many thousands of pounds were raised for
Doncaster is due to hold their event on Saturday 27 June 2015.
was an experience and a half!!! Getting some stick time was unexpected,
as were the loops (held onto breakfast!) and the 'victory' rolls, one
over the "Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial" at Madingley, were
a test! Al Pinner, former OC BBMF, was my pilot. Added interest to the
flight was I had viewed footage of MJ627 in combat in September 1944,
flown by PO Bregman of 441 Sqdn when he shot down a 109.
Provost Officers Dinner May 2015
This is the Sunday Lunch held at the
Oxfordshire Inn at Bletchington, by members and friends of the Oxford
end of the London Home Counties (RAFPA). On the window sill are various
raffle prizes for the prize door run by Daphne Lamb, the proceeds of
which are donated to the charity Scotties Little Soldiers. I am sure we
must be breaking some Gaming Law but so far so good.
The next Sunday Lunch will be on
September 6th. so if any one else is in the area that day who would
like to join us please let me know. (email@example.com)
End of Air Lift Commemorative Ceremony in Berlin Tempelhof
and the same location in a time gone by
Roy Rudham City of Leicester RAFA at Beacon
Lighting, Town Hall, Leicester, Friday 8th May 2015, at 9.30pm includes
myself as Branch Standard Bearer, in the Tea Room prior to the event,
and with the Lord Lieutenant Lady Gretton after the event, and two of
the event outside the Town Hall.
John Reid in France - VE Day
Simon Toyne - VE Day and a Bomber Command pathfinder, DFC, POW and forced march survivor.
Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red Poppy
My "Memorial", to the Aviators lost in the Great War.
used my Ceramic Poppy, from the Blood Swept Land and Seas of Red, Tower
of London display, to create my tribute. The Poppy is sat in a 105mm
shell casing and I've attached (from bottom to top) the cap badges of
The RNAS, RFC and RAF.
Members of the North Yorkshire Branch holding their Monthly Get Together and Lunch At the Buffers PH & Restaurant Scholes Leeds.
From Ken Turner on his way home from the AGM
East Site RAF Oakhanger as was. He went to see if he
could take photographs and there was no one around and just a phone
number to ring. Same at TCS and West Site (now combined). Quebec
Barracks is no more and Oakhanger is all civilian now.
Nottingham couple celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary today.
Thomas Woolhouse, a former member of the RAF police investigation
force, (and an Association member) asked out Essex-born Maureen, then
19, after visiting the cookhouse where she worked at his base in
Compton Bassett, Wiltshire, in 1953. Thomas, then 25, had just returned
to England after nearly six years in Burma, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Even though he moved to a post near Blackpool shortly
afterwards, they kept in touch and Thomas, now 86, visited Maureen when
He said: "We were apart for about 18 months and then
I applied for a post at Wiltshire's Ruddlow Manor so I could be close
to her. She was pretty, sensible and didn't want the world. We decided
Maureen, now 81, said: "There was no proposal, it was
just something we both knew we wanted to do. I always joke I had 4,000
airmen to choose from and I picked him."
She moved to Nottingham, where Thomas grew up, to live with his mother at Warton Road, while he was posted to Glasgow.
On March 26, 1955, they tied the knot at the former St Ann's
Church. Thomas left the RAF in 1956 to settle with Maureen and became a
telephone engineer. She worked at Marathon Knitwear. Ten years later,
in 1966, with two sons, Terrence and Christopher, they bought their own
Now at Astley Drive, Mapperley, they will celebrate
their diamond anniversary by inviting their family – including their
three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren – for tea.
RAFA Leicester and Melton Branches Act of Remembrance for the 50 Murdered Officers after the Great Escape
The man facing is Dave Marr with Roy Rudham at the back.
(7th March) Joy and and I went to Sutton Wick Lane in Drayton, for the
First Memorial Event commemorating the anniversary of the crash of a
RAF Beverley Aircraft with the loss of 8 RAF Police Dog Handlers, 8 Air
Dogs, RAF crew members and 2 local civilians, in 1957.
was a memorable day - the sun shone, local people turned up in support
and appreciation (some of whom brought photos and memories of that
fateful day). One elderly lady was the widow of a crew member
and another lady was 14 when her Cpl Loadmaster brother was killed.)
Two RAFP Cpls came from RAF Benson, Officers and Cadets from the ATC
were there as was a representative from RAFA and Will Barrow brought
Buster. The Bugler drove all the way from Kent and the RAFPA was
represented by members and spouses, of the Wiltshire and the London
Home Counties Branches and I paraded the Wiltshire Branch Standard.
We are sorting through our photos and
Joy will post them later, but I want to just say that, throughout, Iain
Henderson has been stupendous. He undertook all the research and
arrangements for this event single handedly (but he told Joy he
couldn't have done it without the stalwart support of his wife Keran).
He had thought of every small detail and the fact it was a poignant,
memorable and successful day was solely down to Iain.
Without reference to notes he gave us a
clear and concise history of the event (how many of us wish we could
wing a speech? - Iain certainly can) and I want, on behalf of all of us
present, to thank Iain for his hard work and dedication, for caring
enough to want to take the project on and for being such a credit to
the RAF Police Family.
Before and after the Event and later,
during lunch in the pub, he made sure he spoke to everyone who
attended, especially the civilians, who were very appreciative of his
efforts and his dedication.
Thank you and well done Iain.
was a poignant moment of rememberance and as the last post was played
Will's dog Buster and two others joined in which just finalised the
solemnity of this tragic accident with the loss of life and the 8 young
dog handlers and "Their Dogs"...... it was as if they knew..... Well
done Iain Henderson for his organisation and to all who attended.
The unveiling of the Sutton Wick Air crash of 1957 memorial.
you to all that attended, thanks to the Veterans Charity, Rob Gascoyne
(for the plaque base), Jip and Bob for their help on the day, local
RAFA members, the RAFPA gang from the South West, RAF Benson Police
Flight, Thames Valley Police, the Wheatsheaf and Red Lion Public Houses
of Drayton, FS Will Barrow & 'Buster', Mike Price for Bugling (does
one 'bugle'...), Keran Henderson (for making sure we got there andso much more) and most of all for the superb residents of Sutton Wick Lane past and present for their support.
The motto of 53 Squadron (the plane that crashed was one of theirs) is 'United in Effort'...
Sums up all the work put in by everyone yesterday...
service was held on Sunday 22nd February 2015 at the Defence Police
College Southwick Park, to dedicate 2 memorial stones; one to Cpl David
John Shepherd RAFP who died in Kuwait on the 19th May 2003 and Cpl
Brent John McCarthy RAFP who was killed in Afghanistan on the 12th May
2012. The service was attended by members of both David and Brent's
family, Air Commodore A J Hall Air Officer RAFP, Group Captain K R
Bailey RAF Provost Marshal, together with members of the RAFP and the
RAFP Association. (Photos: Flt Lt Tim Mayes)
This morning - 16th February I
attended a ceremony to remember the crew of a Short Stirling Bomber
which crashed on 16 Feb 44 near where I live when all 7 crew perished.
One of the crew, Sgt Gerrard Caine (22) originated from my home town of
Barrow in Furness and I managed to locate and make contact with members
of his family, namely a sister and a nephew. At todays' ceremony I gave
a speech where I relayed the families heartfelt thanks for remembering
those brave young men each year on the anniversary. In addition, I was
lucky enough to be introduced to a couple aged 91 and 94 who actually
witnessed the aircraft crash. May They Rest in Peace
Members of the North Yorkshire Branch at their Christmas Lunch held at York Golf Club Today 10th December. As a photographer I do not expect to win any prizes but to show that we are a active Branch, and also seemingly that some cannot sit still. We do talk a lot too which is nice ( thank you Pat) . Our Donation to Charity in lieu
of Christmas Cards this year was to the Candle Light Charity (a
children's cancer charity) and organised by our Branch Treasurer Mike
Roberts , Members at the event donated £100.00p. to this worthwhile
cause. Ken.T. Sec.
Lunch at the Anchor Inn Whixley, Members of the North Yorkshire Branch at their monthly meeting. Good time was had by all.
War veterans lead station silence with guard dog at side
Members of the South Downs branch of the
RAF Police Association (RAFPA) observed the silence on Armistice Day
accompanied by a toy dog, to commemorate their guard dogs.
Tony Harbour, treasurer of the South Downs
RAFPA, said: “In the service banter dog handlers were always classed as
the lowest of the low, but they did a first class job.“These guys did
two or three hour stints in all weathers at night protecting our
airfields, especially during the cold war with our Vulcan bombers
carrying A-bombs.”This dog, named Storm in memory of Brighton veteran
ex-corporal Ken Stubbs’ companion, is being held on a genuine RAF
Police leash by RAFPA veteran John Fox. Mr Harbour, who is blind, said
the RAFPA also works with the Blind Veterans UK base in Ovingdean. The
79-year-old appealed for any other ex-RAF policemen in Sussex to get in
touch with them by calling Blind Veterans on 01273 307811 and asking
for his details
the last RAFP farewell lunch held at RAF Leuchars in September 2014
of the Executive Committee and the backbone of the North East Branch
who kept us fed and watered at Gateshead on Saturday 25th October
Members and guests of RAFPA London Home Counties took over the couch
on the set of BBC 'The One Programme' during a visit on 27 Sept 14.
23rd September 2014 at 10.00 am. a Plaque from members of the London
Home Counties Branch of the RAFP Assoc. was presented to Father
Augustus Umanah and Congregation at the Church of St.
Anthony of Padua by Bob Strachan, Vice Chairman LHC Branch, in
recognition of the help and support given to attendees of the
Repatriation Parades at the Final Turn in Headley Way. For the past
four years the Church has literally opened its doors to Veterans
attending the Repatriations and allowing the premises to be used as a
temporary tea room with cakes and biscuits, supplied by the 'Cake
Lady', and use of the facilities and if you want a restful sit down in
the Church and also use of the car park. The Final Turn Ceremonies
would not have been possible without the help and kind co-operation of
Those attending were Bill Sykes,Roy
Laver,Vice Chairman Bob Strachan, Fr.Umanah, Brian Tegg,John (Church
Warden),Pat Plumridge,John Walker (RDG),Mike Lester,Brian Crossin and
the excellent photographs were taken by our Associate Member Tony
Nine Members of the North Yorkshire Branch RAFPA Participated at the Eden Camp Annual Remembrance Parade on 7th September 2014. Photo Shoots were somewhat limited due to the crowded scenario.
Cold War Warriors, 'Britain's Finest' LR. Ken Turner, Allen King, Ken Huxtable, John Barford.
Spot our Standard ! Someone said there was 67 Paraded. Not disputed.
Leading the Parade, Band of the Yorkshire Volunteers.
members of the E.M.B. set up their annual Jumble Sale last Saturday -
28th June - in the RBL at Radcliffe on Trent. The doors opened at
11.00 and 80 paying customers rushed in to what has been called (by our
regular visitors) the 'Harrods' of jumble sales. It always surprises me
the stuff people donate for sale and equally the stuff people pay good
money to take away In one and a half hours we took £503.27 to be
divided between our charity (Children's Brain Tumour Research)and the
RBL By 13.15 the room was cleared,swept and secured. 20 happy members
went home with a satisfied smile on their faces. WELL DONE TO ALL
Flavell was presented with the North East Branch Jewel of Presidency by
our Chairman, Rowley Coultas at our last branch meeting. In his address
Rowley said Alex was a well respected
and founder member of the Association and will be a first class Ambassador for our Branch.
Members of North Yorkshire Branch at Eden Camp Malton for their May Lunch & visit.
back from the Annual VE Ceremony in my village along with about 40
villagers. VE Day is a public holiday here in France. Flowers were laid
on the War Memorial, a letter was read out by our Mayor from President
Hollande followed by a letter from the National President Ancien
Combatants (like our RBL). Then the names of those listed on the
memorial were read out and rounded off by the singing of the French
National Anthem. The ceremony as always was concluded with a few
glasses of wine in the village hall. Regards JR
Greetings from Goulburn NSW down under. Hope that everything is OK up
there in your part of the world. I thought you might be interested in
these photos. They are by our local newspaper the Goulburn Post.
ANZAC Day is commemorated here on 25th April. We have a dawn service at
5:30 am then during the day there are marches in cities, towns and
villages across the country. The first pictures are at the war graves
section of our main cemetery. The group of people I'm with on the march
through Goulburn are representing WW2 ex servicemen / women and relatives
of such. Spot the white beret in the crowd in the last picture.
Thoroughly enjoying retirement at the moment. Our son Peter is currently
on a working holiday in London. He's had a visit to Hendon Air Force
Museum. He told me there is a Vulcan on display. I told him that I had
stood under it in 73 -74 (my first posting ) when it was at Scampton with
This is a
photo taken at Whitley Bay Cemetery at the funeral of a 92 year old
Burma Star veteran, John Alexander Campbell. As he had no known
relatives at the time of his death, the local Royal British Legion
branches made an appeal for Veterans and others to attend the funeral.
North East Branch members were joined by Warrant
Officer Adrian Price and Corporal Kim Fenwick from the Royal Air Force
Police detachment at RAF Boulmer and Syd Graham, Chairman of the
Newcastle branch RAF Associations.
members from left to right are Alex Flavel, Colin Broadfoot, Ian
MacArthur, Tom Padgett, Alan Weeks, Roger Bishop (Standard Bearer) and
Members of the North Yorkshire Branch at their February Lunch Meeting. The main picture Is Jim and Marion Gunn two more of our team of charity fund raisers, Jim is displaying another of our 'Bowstrings' for fund raising via the sale of books and CD's . This month he diversified With a Book Auction, the proceeds going to the "Yorkshire Children's Hospital Fund" a separate project inaugurated at Christmas to be finalised at our March meeting when it is hoped a article will be submitted for the Griff.
All, Today I represented the UK Defence Attaché in Paris at a ceremony
in Bordas, SW France. All went well and even my speech was well
received - and understood ! There were about 60 people present with
many from the Resistance groups in
the area where the RAF Stirling Bomber crashed on 16 Feb 1944, killing
all the crew. I have to admit it was quite humbling to witness the
sincerity and devotion these people show towards our fallen. As I laid
the RAF Roundel Wreath a trumpeter played the UK National Anthem and
quite well too, for his age, as he was in his late 70's, then followed
the French National Anthem and the Resistance Anthem, which was cut
short due to the poor soul playing running out of breath - honestly !
Then a young girl laid flowers, followed by flowers from the Mayor and
finally flowers from the President of the Ancien Combatants. Then the
names of the Aircrew were read out and after each name the crowd said "
Morts Pour La France - Died For France " The event ended with the
traditional drinks/nibbles in the village hall. A super experience and
they were so delighted at my presence. I hope you enjoy the photos.
Hommage aux sept pilotes disparus
PHOTO BERNARD VASSEUR
un hommage a été rendu aux sept pilotes disparus dans le crash de leur
avion, le 16 février 1944, au lieu dit Boirac, près de Grun-Bordas. Ils
étaient en mission de parachutage pour venir en aide aux résistants.
Fernand Sabouret, ancien maire et auteur d'un gros travail de mémoire,
a relaté les événements de cette nuit tragique.
gerbe a été déposée au monument aux morts de Grun-Bordas, en présence
de Jean-Pierre Saint-Amand, conseiller général, Sylviane Feix, maire de
Grun-Bordas, et Claude Lauterie, président de la section locale des
anciens combattants. Un délégué britannique de la Royale Air Force
assistait également à la cérémonie, de même que les porte-drapeaux des
communes du canton.
participants se sont ensuite retrouvés autour d'un vin d'honneur offert
par la municipalité. Puis, un repas a été servi au restaurant La Faim
de Loup à Grun-Bordas.
North Yorkshire Branch of the RAFPA at their 2013 Christmas Lunch held at The Buffers PH and Restaurant Scholes.
Members of the North Yorkshire Branch of the RAFP A at their 2013 Christmas Lunch held at
The Buffers PH and Restaurant Scholes.
Thirty Members were present and ably supported by six members from our neighbouring
East Midlands Branch.It being appropriate at this time that we give credit to our often, overlooked
Hardworking members of the Branch. 'The Ladies'.
Ladies in the photograph, are Mary King and Jackie Roberts mainstay of
our Fund Raising Team without their dedicated efforts and monetary
contributions from Branch Members
we could not function, no ink, no paper, no welfare, and because of the
sterling efforts of our ladies The Branch has for many years been able
to donate £1000-00p PA to its chosen charities. In addition over a
recent three year term they have raised a additional sum of
£1505-00p for our colleagues in Afghanistan via the Shoe Box Appeal.
Hats Off to The Ladies.
North East Branch 10th Anniversary Lunch
Members of the NYB at their October Lunch Meeting at Whixley
Shoreham Air Show
2198: Dave Hilton, Sir Dusty Miller, Tony Harbour, John Fox, Eric Harrison.
2191: Dave Hilton, Sir Dusty Miller, Tony Harbour, John Fox
2138: Tent kitted out with mannequin 'Mike'
2135: John Packham, Tony Harbour, Mike The mannequin and Terry Bryant.
Allied Air Forces Memorial Day
The Annual Memorial Day
Parade took place at Elvington Nr York home of the Yorkshire Air Museum
and Allied Air Forces Memorial on Sunday 1st September 2013, also
was the 70th
Anniversary of the Dambuster Raids by 617 Squadron. The North Yorkshire
Branch represented the RAFPA at the event. Six members attended, being
Allen King, Jim Gunn,
Ken Turner, Roger Cann (Standard Bearer) and Gordon Burrell,
Unfortunately only limited photographic coverage was available. Members
and their wives were provided with a excellent Lunch in the Canteen
prior to the event.
Photo 1 Line up of the 16 Standards Paraded.
Photo 2. Tail end of the March Past with the White Berets at the rear.
Photo 3. End of Ceremonies, the posers , LR Jim Gunn, Ken Turner, Roger Cann (S B) and Allen King.
Members of the North Yorkshire Branch at their August Lunch in the NAAFI at the Yorkshire Air Museum York.
The Real Cold War Warriors. Members of the North Yorkshire Branch at the Yorkshire Air Museum Elvington York 21 August 2013.
Members of the North
Yorkshire Branch at their July Lunch at Wetwang on the 24th. The young
lady is our latest prospective member with Chairman Allen King, Her
name is Hannah and is the 12year old grandaughter of secretary Ken Turner.
Our August Lunch will
be held at the 'Yorkshire Air Museum' Elvington on the 21st, other
association members are welcome to join us.
Yesterday (26 th June 2013) RAFPA (North Riding) held their AGM when the serving officers were relected unopposed.
The AGM was preceded by an enjoyable lunch which was enjoyed by some 30 members. Yes - there is life up north!!!!!.
Six members of the EMB represented the RAFPA at yesterdays Armed Forces Day parade in the host city of Nottingham.
They were David Marr (Standard bearer) Bernard Lamb, Brian Whitaker, David Lane, Alistair Grant and John Curtis.
Lets hope more RAFPA members stand up at next years Armed Forces Day?
"On Tuesday 23 rd
of October some Members of the London Home Counties Branch visited RAF
Brize Norton to visit the Memorial Garden next to the Police Flight
dedicated to Cpl. Brent Mc.Carthy. This visit was organized by Reg Lamb
and our hosts were Cpl. Drew Williams and Cpl. Warren Nichols. After we
had paid our respects, with London Home Counties Standard Bearer Bob
Strachen in attendance, we were treated to a visit to their Custody
Suite. How times have changed. A visit to 99 Sqd. was next where we
were able to climb over a C17. The Loadmaster explained how modern day
logistics were handled in the modern Airforce, especially with the
Middle East commitments. An excellent lunch was then enjoyed at the
Gateway Restaurant and it was on to the brand new de-luxe Dog Section.
This is a state of the art version of the old Dog Sections that some of
us remember, complete with an astro turf training area. When we left we
wished Cpl.Nichols all the best for the future in Civvy Street as this
was his last week in the Royal Air Force Police."
photos from our new Associate Member Tony Biskup
Realised that today,
3-8-2012, is the 74th anniversary of my enlistment in the RAF on
3-8-1938. daughter, Jill, is visiting with her daughter, Claire, and
son Paul, with his wife, Denise, with their son, (my great grandson),
Joseph, so I have been persuaded to don this uniform, and sit in my
restored 1943 Jeep, with the ½ sized copy of it, that my friend Ken,
and I have made, here in my workshop, this took nearly 2 years to
complete, and is identical in every respect
They have all had great
fun driving it around the lawns, especially the little one, it is
electrically driven with an invalid scooter motor, and drives really
On July 30 at 12 noon the local branch of the RAF
Police Association - the South Downs Branch - is to present a cheque of
£1,200 to the Blind Veterans UK (formerly St Dunstan’s). This charity
is the chosen organisation of this branch of the RAFPA.
Many events are organised throughout the year and a percentage is usually given to the chosen charity.
On a previous occasion the branch formed an escort
party for the late Henry Allingham who was himself an honorary member
of the branch.
This is one of the few branches to have an exhibition tent at an air show and again we will be at this year’s Shoreham Air Show.
The organisation membership is open to past and present members of the military and civilian police.
At the East Midlands Branch AGM last Saturday we handed over two cheques to our annual charities.
The first one for £2,000 was handed over to Emma
Pearson a representative of the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre
at Nottingham University,Emma explained where the money would be spent
and what an amazing difference they are making in the treatment of
these very unfortunate children.
A second cheque for £250 was presented to the RBL which goes towards their Poppy Appeal.
All our members worked throughout the year fund
raising including our annual Jumble Sale to achieve these worthy
donations and to increase to profile of our Association.
The vote for next years charity 2011 -2012 was unanimous for the Children's charity and the RBL
I have been sent some photographs of Association
members and the like and have therefore started a new page for
these. It will be like the Photographs of Police Flights etc but
more recent (probably) and concerned with the life after death, sorry
I was at the Edinburgh
Armed Services Day Parade with my Air Cadets to take photographs of
them on that day. I also took other pictures, some of the RAFPA group
who I chatted with on the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. Really nice
guys I must say. I thought you may like those images for your site.
You may also be able to contact the group at the castle and let them
know of those pictures for me as I did not take any contact
information. (done - Webmaster)
found a photograph of our Chairman at the 1980 Motorcycle Show in 1981
on a 1981 Provost Parade. He took at picture but being a phone the
quality wasn't good so I asked I Archivist John Curtis if he could
help. The results are here
Had a guy here last week who writes
for a couple of monthly car and motorcycle magazines, he is
preparing articles of some of my restorations for publication in
Jan/Feb, here are a token few of the 70 odd photo's
that he took, thought it may interest some of you, the younger guy in
them, is my son John, the indoor one is part of my collection of about
150 old car radiator mascots etc.
Recently spent the weekend with Husayin Ismail,one
of the five former RAF Policeman Auxilliaries at Ay Nik,Cyprus.He's
plowed his redundancy into a fish and chip shop in Braintree, Essex.His
last few years of his 22 were spent on dogs with the Army Depot
Security Police force at Dhekelia Garrison.For those who served with
them you will be interested to know that Abrihim and Ertan have
recently retired,Ulker works in clothing stores,Dhekelia(His Detectve
Inspector Wife Divorced him!!!)and Husayin Fettin heads the Security
Force Police Unit at the American Embassy,Nicosiia.If you're in town,
pop in and try his pies,As you can see I've tried a few....
Met Dave Spence and his good lady in Skipton today and
caught him spending money in the market can you believe? Then we
stuffed ourselves with their famous pork pies. After that I got him and
the two ladies to pose inside Skipton Church for my book. Got a few
beers down our necks after that and got into trouble with the ladies.
Many don't believe I went to University. I guess I got in this photo by selling my shampoos and soaps to the students? I wonder if they have enough nous to spot me?