I have displayed this poster
(from this site) along with the other one attached
at shows I attend in my Green Goddess which was
crewed by the RAFP in 1977/78. The posters generate
loads of comment, both from ex RAF and other ex
service people and are a great talking point.
I’ve been trying for
years to get some other
snowdrops who were at Bromley to get
in touch, but poor response really. Another
jog might get some results!!
have crew photos of 10A & 10B but no photo of
the 10C crew, all Green Goddesses crewed by RAFP
along with a few technicians from the RAF ASupU
where we drafted from.
North Yorkshire RAF Police Veterans wait and
anticipate for their start of their May lunch
being held at the Buffers PH Nr Leeds. The meal was followed by
their 2018 AGM which saw no changes to the order of things, the
Old Guard were returned to office.
Chairman. Allen King.
Vice Chairman Jim Gunn
Secretary/Treasurer. Ken Turner
Members agreed to donate £500 from Branch Funds towards the
Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
as starters to their financial year.
Last years donations totalled, £870.00.
RAF Boulmer Freedom of the City Parade on 19th May
Here are some photos of the Parade at Newcastle
which the North East Branch took part in. President Alex,
Chairman Rowley, and the sender, Alan Weeks
'Glum Party' not so , just bad timing on the part of
Veteran members of North Yorkshire RAF Police at their April
Lunch and meeting at the refurbished Victoria Inn at Wetwang.
This 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.
And they say Tykes are tight.
Cake made to mark police centenary
Asda 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.
produced a one-off cake to help the RAF Police — the oldest
military police service in the UK — celebrate its centenary.
Asda, 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.
The 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 Police.
Former 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
Remembering airfield’s international history
Mr Nigel Bean, a former sergeant
with the RAF police, laid a commemorative wreath.
A 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.
The 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.
British, 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
It was also used by the specialist Rolls-Royce trials
unit that was involved in development testing of early British
jet engine technologies.
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.
Mr 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.
“It 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
‘It was life or death any time you
Mr 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.
Mr Heeley said: “My late father, Eric, lived near the
airfield while it was operational and I grew up with stories
about the planes and soldiers there.
“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
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
“I 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
“I was always convinced it would not be me and,
luckily, it was not. You lived day-to-day.
“If 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
A book, written by museum trustee Mr Colin Savill, was
launched at the event.
Station 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
The book includes a foreword by former flight engineer
Mr Maurice ‘Bill’ Bailey, who served at Balderton with 227
Mr Bailey was at the event with Mr James Flowers, a
rear gunner with 50 Squadron.
Mr 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
“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
- 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 Standards.
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 John Walton.
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
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
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
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
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 enjoyable
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 themselves.
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.
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 Southampton.
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.
Mr 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.
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
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
This would not have taken place without the assistance of the
Sunderland Echo to whom the appreciation of both is extended.
“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
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 letters home!
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 August.
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
Thanks all who attended for making it an enjoyable afternoon.
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
The Misters Champion 2016 - Mr Joe Duncan
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
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
A 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
Once 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 Riding.
Malone is shown a most unusual and fascinating collection by its
owner, Frank Authers.
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
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
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 so much.
Here 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
The ceremony was
held on 21 September at the Singapore Memorial with Deryk
Strachan laying the wreath on behalf of St.Mike’s & RAFPA.
RAF Police Veterans
At conclusion of their Monthly Lunch Meeting at the Anchor Inn
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,
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 Cathedral
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
Okay, 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
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.
Morning 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
of the North Yorkshire Branch at their July lunch and
meeting at "The Crosby Inn", Thornton Le Bean, waiting for
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.
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
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. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
End of Air Lift Commemorative Ceremony in
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.
Reid in France - VE Day
Simon Toyne - VE
Day and a Bomber Command pathfinder, DFC, POW and forced march
Swept Lands and Seas of Red Poppy
My "Memorial", to the Aviators lost in the
I 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
Nottingham couple celebrate their diamond wedding
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 could.
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 to marry."
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
On March 26, 1955, they tied the knot at the
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 house.
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.
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
It 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.
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.
Thank 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
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
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
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
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
Members 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
the 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 this Church.
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 Biskup.
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
Leading the Parade, Band of the Yorkshire Volunteers.
20 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 INVOLVED.
Alex 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
Members of North Yorkshire Branch at
Eden Camp Malton for their May Lunch & visit.
just 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.
Greetings from Goulburn NSW down under. Hope that everything
is OK up
there in your part of the world. I thought you might be
these photos. They are by our local newspaper the Goulburn
ANZAC Day is commemorated here on 25th April. We have a dawn
5:30 am then during the day there are marches in cities, towns
villages across the country. The first pictures are at the war
section of our main cemetery. The group of people I'm with on
through Goulburn are representing WW2 ex servicemen / women
of such. Spot the white beret in the crowd in the last
Thoroughly enjoying retirement at the moment. Our son Peter is
on a working holiday in London. He's had a visit to Hendon Air
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
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.
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 Rowley Coultas.
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.
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. Regards JR
sept pilotes disparus
Dimanche, 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
Une 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
Les 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.
Branch of the RAFPA at their 2013 Christmas Lunch held at
The Buffers PH and Restaurant Scholes.
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'.
two 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
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
Hats Off to The Ladies.
East Branch 10th Anniversary Lunch
Members of the
NYB at their October Lunch Meeting at Whixley
Hilton, Sir Dusty Miller, Tony Harbour, John Fox, Eric
Hilton, Sir Dusty Miller, Tony Harbour, John Fox
kitted out with mannequin 'Mike'
Packham, Tony Harbour, Mike The mannequin and Terry
Allied Air Forces
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 commemorated
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 ;-George Denny,
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
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
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
They were David Marr (Standard bearer)
Bernard Lamb, Brian Whitaker, David Lane, Alistair Grant and
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
our new Associate Member Tony Biskup
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 well.
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
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
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
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
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 service.
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 -
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. OOPs!
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