550 Squadron and RAF North Killingholme Association

Events: Archived List

Below is the archived list of Association "Events" over the past years.

A summary table of Association annual events is available here. But for more detailed items on events see the sub-sections below.

It is possible that some links may be broken in the move to this archived list. Pages may display with poor formatting. If there is a link, that is broken, and you do wish to see what it referred to do email the web-site and it may be possible to retrieve the information.


2016


Events 2016


Belgium

Commemorations in several locations. More detailed information on all of the below can be found at:
http://www.rebecq-memorial.eu/accueil.php.

Netherlands

Commemoration at:

Reunion, North Killingholme
Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd July 2016
updated10 & 12/06/2016

2016 - 25th Annual Reunion

DocumentDescription
Timetable of Events Timetable of Events
Detailed timetable of the Saturday events
(inc. minor revision with a Spitfire replacing the Dakota for the flypast)

Saturday 2nd July 2016 - BBMF flypast confirmed but note UPDATE

"We have received confirmation from the RAF Events Team that our application for a flypast on Saturday 2nd July has been successful but that we have been allocated the Dakota as the Lancaster is elsewhere that weekend. Obviously we would prefer the Lancaster, but the flypast is an important part of our event and we appreciate very much the continued support of the RAF Events Team and the BBMF."

UPDATE: The BBMF have been in touch to report that the Dakota is unserviceable (requires an engine replacement) and so will be unavailable for the flypast. They have stressed that they wish to support 550 so they are providing us with a Spitfire flypast in place of the Dakota. So we will get to hear the sound of a Merlin overhead. The time is unchanged, subject to the usual provisos on the day (weather, etc).

Accommodation: For those planning to stay over-night/over-weekend this travel and accommodation information may be of interest.
The hotel has already starting taking bookings for our weekend, so if you have not already booked then booking at the earliest opportunity is strongly recommended!
Reunion weekend: summary
Full Saturday Itinerary: summary

Booking forms and menu selections are available below:

DocumentDescription
Timetable of Events Booking Form (MSWord)
Timetable of Events Booking Form (PDF)

IMPORTANT NOTE: for those planning to include a visit to see the "Poppies" now on display for the summer at Lincoln Castle. Entry to see the display is free; however normal entry fees apply to those wishing to do the full Castle visit.


Armistice Service, Remembrance Sunday
Sunday 13th November 2016

550 Squadron Memorial Stone and St. Denys' Church
Details have been published in the October newsletter. Below is the schedule for Saturday and Sunday.

DocumentDescription
Timetable of Events Remembrance Weekend 2016
Timetable of Events

2015


2015 - 70th Anniversary of
Operation MANNA


Belgium

Commemorations in two locations:

France

Reunion, North Killingholme Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th July 2015 updated29/06/2015

BBMF Dakota flypast WAS confirmed for
Saturday 4th July 2015 BUT ...

After the uncertainty last autumn about the availability of the Lancaster in 2015 due to the cancellation of the Waddington Airshow, it was wonderful to be able to report that the RAF Air Events Team had informed the Association that the application for a Lancaster flypast on Saturday 4th July 2015 had been successful. However as you may be aware the BBMF Lancaster was affected by an engine fire during a flight at the beginning of May. The aircraft is still under repair and it was hoped that the BBMF Dakota that would carry out the flypast duties.

Information received 29/06/15: the BBMF Dakota will NOT now be able to carry out a fly-past on Saturday (engine problems requiring a replacement is fitted), as noted above under LATE UPDATE.

DocumentDescription
Timetable of Events Timetable of Events (final)
Detailed timetable of the Saturday events

Reunion weekend: summary
Full Saturday Itinerary: summary

Accommodation: For those planning to stay over-night/over-weekend the following travel and accommodation information may be of interest.
The hotel is already well booked for our weekend, so if you have not already booked then booking at the earliest opportunity is strongly recommended!

Please submit booking forms (with menu selections) to Don Kentish at latest by 16th June if you are attending the Friday and Saturday evening meals as the hotel needs to have accurate numbers.

Important travel information: The following link is from the Grimsby Telegraph: Work starts on new £90 million A160 road near Immingham
It concerns the main route into North Kilingholme from the rest of the country and is likely to go on for many months; those travelling to NK in July for the reunion might need to allow additional time for their journey.

Armistice Service, Remembrance Sunday Sunday 8th November 2015

550 Squadron Memorial Stone and St. Denys' Church

The Sunday timetable will remain essentially unchanged from previous years. Full details are published in the October newsletter (with a summary timetable below).

DocumentDescription
Timetable of Events Timetable of Events
Detailed timetable of the Remembrance Weekend events (PDF format)

We are delighted to inform you that 100 Squadron, now a fast-fighter training unit, has agreed to provide a flypast by two aircraft over St. Denys' Church at 12.02 hrs on Sunday 8th November. This does not necessitate any changes to the published programme.
550 Squadron was formed from "C" Flight of 100 Squadron, then based at RAF Waltham, in November 1943 and we are indebted to its Officer Commanding and his colleagues for their support.



2014


2014 will be the 70th Anniversary of
Squadron Operations from North Killingholme


updated30/10/2014

Armistice Service, Remembrance Sunday Sunday 9th November

550 Squadron Memorial Stone & St. Denys' Church

The Sunday timetable will remain unchanged from previous years. Full details are published in the October newsletter; a summary version of which is available in the Association Newsletters

Weekend summary information available: here (PDF document).

Flying with 550 Squadron from North Killingholme: A talk by Jack Harris (poster in PDF format). Tickets can be reserved to be collected on the night.
Stop Press: 30 Oct Unfortunately this talk scheduled to have been given by Jack Harris in North Killingholme on 7 November has had to be cancelled at Jack's request. Due to illness Jack feels unable to undertake the long journey to North Killingholme at this time.
Apologies for any disappointment caused.


Reunion, North Killingholme Friday 4th July - Saturday 5th July
updated21/06/2014

BBMF Lancaster flypast confirmed for
Saturday 5th July 2014

Summary: Details from the April Newsletter. As usual all activity is centred around North Killingholme. This summary (including link to the booking/menu selection form) outlines the weekend planned.

Full Saturday Itinerary: here.

Accommodation: For those planning to stay over-night/over-weekend the following travel and accommodation information may be of interest.
The hotel is already well booked for our weekend, so if you have not already booked then booking at the earliest opportunity is strongly recommended!

Additional flypast opportunity: The Killingholme Full Bore Club have secured a "last minute" flypast by the BBMF Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane on Sunday 6th July morning at approximately 11.30am.
The club is based at the former 550 Squadron firing range on the airfield and they are unveiling a plaque in honour of the Squadron to celebrate the 70th anniversary of operations from North Killingholme. Jack Harris will unveil the plaque. This is a Killingholme Full Bore Club organised event, but all Squadron Association members are warmly invited to attend.


Rebecq Wednesday 28th Mayupdated16/02/2014

Memorial to P/O Purney and crew of JA712 and the villagers who paid with their lives for assisting the survivors.

This commemoration will remember all of the 550 crews lost over Belgium 70 years ago - Berinzenne, Jalhay, Sint-Niklass, Westerlo, Lichtervelde and Rebecq

For full details see: http://www.rebecq-memorial.eu/programme2014.php
Contact details for co-ordinators in both Belgium and the UK available on the Rebecq link


Westerlo Sunday 1 June updated16/02/2014

Memorial to F/Sgt Hinde and crew of DV309.

For full details see: http://www.rebecq-memorial.eu/programme2014.php
Contact details for co-ordinators in both Belgium and the UK available on the Rebecq link


updated16/02/2014

Artolsheim Saturday 12th April

Inauguration of a memorial to F/Lt J S G Crawford and crew of LM392

Sondernach Sunday 13th April

At Sondernach (not far from Artolsheim) the inauguration of a panel in memory of F/Lt J F Craig DFC and crew of LL852

The city of Artolsheim invites all friends of the Association join them for these two ceremonies.

Contact the web-site (contact details in the page-footer below) if you would like to be put in contact with the organisers.

For full details, inc. local contact details, for both commemorations see: Artolsheim Programme



2013


Events 2013

Rebecq Wednesday 29th May updated15/05/2013

Memorial to P/O Purney and crew of JA712 and villagers.

Item on Belgium TV: rebecq-annonce-ceremonie-au-memorial

Reunion, North Killingholme Friday 5th July - Saturday 6th July updated10/06/2013

BBMF Lancaster flypast time: 14:00 hrs confirmed

The reunion in 2013 has special significance - it is the 70th anniversary of the formation of the Squadron. The aim is to make this reunion that little bit extra special.

Travel Note: the railway line between Doncaster and Scunthorpe will be closed all summer and members should take account of this when making their travel arrangements. There is a replacement bus service or it is possible to re-route through Lincoln. See travel and accommodation information link below for more details.

Summary: Details from the May Newsletter. As usual all activity is centred around North Killingholme. This summary outlines the weekend planned.

Full Saturday Itinerary: here.

Accommodation: For those planning to stay over-night/over-weekend the following travel and accommodation information may be of interest.
Hotel booking at the earliest opportunity is strongly encouraged!

Remembrance Sunday
updated30/10/2013

North Killingholme Sunday 10 November

The usual schedule for Remembrance Sunday is being followed. The detailed arrangements are available in the October Newsletter (see summarised information in the link below).

Summary: This summary from the newsletter outlines the schedule.

In addition a meal for 15 people has been booked at the Ashbourne Hotel for 7.45pm on Saturday 9th November.

Accommodation: For those planning to stay over-night/over-weekend the following weekend information will be of interest. Hotel booking at the earliest opportunity is strongly encouraged!

Please contact Don Kentish at latest by Saturday 2nd November if you are attending the Saturday evening meal or the Sunday lunch as the hotel needs to have accurate numbers.

Any unbooked rooms at the Ashbourne Hotel for the night of Saturday 9th Nov 2013 will be released this weekend (2nd Nov).



2012


Events 2012

Remembrance Sunday

North Killingholme Sunday 11 November


Detailed Timetable of Events.

If you are planning to attend events as detailed in the Timetable of Events above, then NOTE:
i) rooms in the Ashbourne Hotel will be released this weekend (3rd November 2012) so do please book NOW
ii) also if you are planning to attend the meals then again do please inform Don Kentish NOW so that the numbers can be finalised.

North Killingholme Friday 29 June - Saturday 30 June

All activity is centred around North Killingholme. For those planning to stay overnight for the reunion the following information about events and accommodation will be of interest.
Hotel booking at the earliest opportunity is strongly encouraged!
Weekend activities Summary.
Saturday Itinerary details.

Westerlo Saturday 19 May & Sunday 20 May

Services, in Westerlo, Belgium to commemorate F/Sgt Hinde and crew:
See Itinerary for details



2011


Events 2011

July 2011 Reunion

The annual reunion this year is on 1-3 July. The booking form and menus will be issued in the upcoming May newsletter and available here online as well. Options for return:

  1. Print off copy, complete and post in the normal manner
  2. Print off copy, complete, scan into your complter and use online form to upload a copy and email

Annual Reunion updated29/06/2011

North Killingholme Friday 1 July - Sunday 3 July

All activity this year is centred around North Killingholme. For those planning to stay overnight for the reunion the following information about events and accommodation will be of interest.
Hotel booking by June 18 strongly encouraged!

Friday 1 July - Sunday 3 July: Weekend Details

Saturday 2 July FLYPAST TIME CHANGED: see Detailed Itinerary

If you are planning on travelling on Friday July 1st to North Killingholme for the reunion weekend, then why not check this out.

Remembrance Sunday updated20/10/2011

North Killingholme Sunday 13 November

Put this date in your diaries. The arrangements are notified in the October issue of the Newsletter.



2010


Events 2010

Reunion 2010

updated05/08/2010 & 29/11/2010

Photographs taken at the 2010 reunion.

Reunion, North Killingholme, 2010
(click on picture)

Battle of Britain Concert

Sounds of the Glenn Miller Era by The Nick Ross Orchestra at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Haymarket (October 2010). Concert to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Remembrance Sunday Photos


It is appropriate that on Armistice Day we remember those 550 Squadron men who never came home. An Official telegram, similar to that received by Sgt Wilfred Barratt's mother, would have informed the families they left behind of the news they would not have wanted to hear.



2009



Events 2009

Remembrance Sunday 2009

Remembrance Sunday, North Killingholme, November 2009
(click on picture)

Remembrance Sunday, North Killingholme, November 2009
(click on picture)

For more information email: reunion@550squadronassociation.org.uk.

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