550 Squadron and RAF North Killingholme Association

Latest Site Updates: Archived List

Below is the archived list of "Latest Site Updates".

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


31/10/2016 Reminder

Remembrance Weekend 2016
Details about the arrangements for Remembrance Weekend in North Killingholme were published in the October newsletter (see: Remembrance Weekend 2016 (below).
If you are attending the evening meal at the Ashbourne on Saturday (12/11/16), and/or the lunch at the Amethyst on Sunday (13/11/16), please confirm numbers by no later than this Friday, 4th November (by contacting Don Kentish directly (contact details in the Newsletter)).
Any members who plan to attend on Sunday and wish to receive news about the flypast should also contact Don who will keep them keep them informed about developments.

19/10/2016

Added new photos of bomb aimers, recently received for the archive.

16/10/2016

Advance notice of events in 2017, including dates for two commemorative events in Belgium.

15/10/2016

Remembrance Weekend 2016
Details about the arrangements for Remembrance Weekend in North Killingholme were published in the October newsletter (see 12/10/16 below). Now a full schedule for Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th November is available. See: Remembrance Weekend 2016 (below).

12/10/2016

October 2016 Newsletter: in distribution.
See Issue 65 (October 2016) or Association Newsletters for the full archive of newsletters.
Much of the information in the newsletter is now online, including, in addition to the usual "housekeeping" and arrangements for the Remembrance Weekend in North Killingholme (12th/13th November 2016).

08/10/2016

International Bomber Command Centre:
"IBCC needs your help! On the 11 November we are holding a remembrance service with 120 8-11 year olds who will mark names on the walls at the site. We want to be able to give the kids info on who they are marking and so need your help to nominate names from the walls with short biographies and a photo. The walls currently only hold names from 1 and 5 Groups.
Please send nominations to events@internationalbcc.co.uk. Thanks in advance."

18/09/2016

Request for information: on Sgts Sheridan and McVey killed 4th October 1944 in NF863 on a training flight with the F/O S H Hayter crew. Both men were gunners and were actually members of the F/O R A Tapsell crew. Both were from Scotland and are buried in Glasgow and Lanarkshire repectively.
For details see here.

04/09/2016

Now online: the log-book of mid-upper gunner Sgt W W Hopper of the F/O E V Sage crew.

11/08/2016

It looks like the BBMF Lanc is confirmed flying at the following airshows over the coming weekends.
See the BBMF Flying programme for full details (inc. approx. times).

04/08/2016
14/08/2016 & 16/08/2016 Updated (NL media links)

Aalten Museum, The Netherlands
13th August
: at an exhbition that features F/O Roy Kay (who evaded capture after being shot down with the S/Ldr G S Smith DFC crew in ME840, Sterkrade, 16 Jun 1944) members of the F/O Kay and F/O Berg families will be present for the commemoration.

31/07/2016

Peter Nobel diary: see F/O Devereau web-page.

29/07/2016

Ottrott Memorial (France) to F/O H Jones crew.

25/07/2016

550 Sqdn crew photos: F/O P M Roche.

11/07/2016

Advance Notice: 2017 Reunion weekend. The date of the 2017 reunion has been moved from usual July weekend to the second weekend in September in order to maximise the chance for a flypast by the BBMF Lancaster.
The September weekend co-incides with the Scampton Airshow 2017.
For details see: 2017 Reunion weekend.

05/07/2016

The first photos from the Annual Reunion weekend are now online here. More will follow over the coming days.

29/06/2016 Reunion Weekend

As noted in the Travel Information pack, there might be delays/detours caused by the on-going development of the A160 and A180 junction and approaches. There will also be a couple of closures of railway crossings in the area over the weekend. Diversions are likely to be signposted but do please allow extra travel time.
See 2016 Reunion for full weekend details.

18/06/2016

Inauguration of a memorial to F/O D F Neilson and crew of LM134 in Rhenen, The Netherlands. See Rhenen Memorial.

10/06/2016 Update

Dakota flypast replaced by a Spitfire flypast.
See 2016 Reunion for details.

08/06/2016 Reminder

2016 Reunion The closing date for the booking forms is

14th June 2016

Only a few days thereafter the menu selections need to be returned to the Ashbourne Hotel. So if you are intending to attend but have not yet returned the booking form then please do so. Many thanks.

05/06/2016

For those planning to include a visit to see the "Poppies" at Lincoln Castle over the reunion weekend see the note provided with the Annual Reunion information below.

02/06/2016

Some initial photos from the commemorations in Belgium in the last week of May 2016 are now online (more will follow later).

See also:

31/05/2016

Revision (minor) to time of Dakota flypast. For details see the Annual Reunion information below.

30/05/2016

Commemoration to the P/O Purney crew in Rebecq, 25th May 2016. See the http://www.rebecq-memorial.eu/c2016a.php.

20/05/2016

May 2016 Newsletter: in distribution.
See Issue 64 (May 2016) or Association Newsletters for the full archive of newsletters.
Much of the information in the newsletter is now online, including, in addition to the usual "housekeeping" and event arrangements:

18/05/2016

The full navigation charts for the last operation of The Phantom of the Ruhr are now available online: see Aschaffenburg, 21/11/1944 (below).

12/05/2016

The booking forms, including menu selections, are now available. For details see the Annual Reunion information below.

02/05/2016

Inauguration of Memorial at Rhenen, The Netherlands to the F/O D F Neilson crew of LM134 lost on 16/17 June 19 to Sterkrade.

01/05/2016

New information: F/O G Pickavance RCAF Navigator with the Sgt G Hunter crew was in fact a US airman who joined up with the RCAF before the US entered WWII.

28/04/2016

Roy Kay (F/Eng) evaded capture when the S/Ldr Smith crew flying in ME840 failed to return on 16/17 June 1944 from a raid to Sterkrade, Germany. The conclusion of a long search by the Dutch family for Roy Kay is recorded here.

28/04/2016

Pages from the log book of F/O Fletcher air-bomber with the F/O F J Cox crew now available here.

28/04/2016

Pages from the log book of F/Lt Cassidy RAAF DFC* navigator with the S/Ldr Caldow crew now available here.

In addition F/Lt Cassidy's navigation charts are also in the process of being scanned in for display on the web-site. Some are already available here.

10/04/2016

Photos from the Inauguration of the Memorial at Jalhay, to the F/Sgt Jefferies crew of LM425, which took place yesterday are now online.
Available here.

04/04/2016

April 2016 Newsletter: in distribution.
See Issue 63 (April 2016) or Association Newsletters for the full archive of newsletters.
Much of the information in the newsletter is now online, including, in addition to the usual "housekeeping" and event arrangements:

03/04/2016

Annual Reunion information update.
In particular the latest timetable and accommodation information for the Annual Reunion in North Killingholme in July is now online. Also, the April newletter is now in distribution; both the electronic and surface mail copies will start to be sent out this morning.

02/03/2016

Updated Decorations report (added photos and information on decorations, awards and campaign stars and medals).

21/02/2016

Request for information Phantom of The Ruhr print (Wareham crew).

31/01/2016

New photos and information about the crew received for the Prangley crew lost on 26/27 November 1943 on the raid to Berlin in LM379. They were the first crew to be lost on operations by 550 Squadron.


2015


28/12/2015

The men and women of our Armed Forces, past and present, deserve our remembrance and appreciation.
The 2016 Armed Forces Day National Event will be held in Cleethorpes in North East Lincolnshire on Saturday 25 June.

27/12/2015

Tunbridge Wells wing commander's 37 raids dodging the flak: item in the Kent and Sussex Courier (posted December 27, 2015) on the Christmas Eve 1944 raid on Cologne with Jack Harris.

13/12/2015 & 07/02/2016

You'll have heard of Operations MANNA, Exodus and Dodge, but did you know that 550 Squadron also took part in several of the so-called "Cooks Tours", including:

Operation Spasm

10/12/2015

DocumentDescription
ChristmasMenu1944NK Christmas Dinner Menu
North Killingholme, 1944
Signed by the Sidwell crew.
From paper original 550 Sqdn Museum
ChristmasMenu1944CombatOfficersMess Christmas Dinner Menu
"Combat Officers" Mess, 1944
USAAF Base, Wendling where 21 crews from 550 were diverted (due to fog) on return from a raid on Cologne, 24 Dec 1994, and where they were snowed in until 27/28 December. The unlucky 22nd crew were diverted to Ludford Magna and it is not recorded what they hadfor Christmas Dinner!
From paper original 550 Sqdn Museum

22/11/2015

Historical documents and photos concerning the planning, installation and unveiling, in 1947, of the monument to F/O P G Milburn and crewin Berinzenne (Belgium) are now available.

17/11/2015

Preliminary notice of 2016 Events.
This includes three commemoration ceremonies in Belgium (in April and May), plus the Annual Reunion and Armistice Sunday.

11/11/2015

Rebecq, Belgium.
Saturday 7th November 2015.
Purney crew remembered.
http://www.rebecq-memorial.eu/cer4.php

09/11/2015

Remembrance Sunday, North Killingholme.

Remembrance Sunday, North Killingholme, November 2015

04/11/2015

100 Squadron to provide a flypast by two aircraft over St. Denys' Church at 12.02 hrs on Sunday 8th November 2015.
For details see: Remembrance Weekend.
The usual caveat applies: "weather permitting"; in the event of adverse weather or operational circumstances the fly-past may be subject to last minute cancellation.

04/11/2015

Sint Niklaas, Belgium.
All Saint's Day, 1st November 2015.
Dukelow crew remembered.

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30/10/2015

If you pay the association membership subscription, or indeed are sending any other payment, e.g. for merchandise, by cheque then please see the note at Association Subscriptions.

28/10/2015

The Killingholme Full Bore Club will hold a small Armistice Ceremony on Saturday November 7th at approx. 11:30 a.m (so as to not clash with the 550 Squadron Association service at the Memorial Stone on the Sunday). This will include laying of a wreath by the club, new signage and a celebration of the completion of the refurbishment of the large back wall (target wall) built by the RAF in the 1940's.
A short service with words of remembrance will be held. Members of the 550 Squadron and North Killingholme Association are most welcome to attend. Warm sausage rolls, tea and coffee will be provided.
If the club receives names, addresses and date of birth of anyone that would like to shoot vintage and more recent rifles on the day then the opportunity will be available. They must have their details by email before Tuesday 27th October in order to meet Home Office regulations.

09/10/2015 & 12/10/2015

October Newsletter: in distribution - see Association Newsletters.
The newsletter contains details about the Remembrance Weekend (inc. one page summary timetable of weekend events) plus details of events in North Killingholme and Belgium 2016.
Pre-selection from the menu for the Saturday evening is necessary for groups of more than 10 people so please call Don and Val Kentish by Saturday 31st October if you plan to attend so that arrangements can be finalised.

30/09/2015

Disappointing news in the Grimsby Telegraph:
Disappointment as Waddington Air Show scrapped for good due to 'increased security concerns'

31/08/2015

Further 550 Sqdn crew photos online

17/08/2015

Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain
Tuesday 15 September 2015 at St Paul's Cathedral

To help the RAFA with their engagement and fundraising activities around London on that day please see the following information.

02/08/2015

BBC Lincolnshire: Bomber Command veterans sought for memorial unveiling

International Bomber Command Centre: The Spire Memorial Unveiling Ceremony: 2nd October 2015

07/07/2015 & 08/07/2015

2015 Reunion Weekend: photos now online

07/07/2015

Grimsby Telegraph: Former 550 Squadron members, families and villagers attend reunion

03/07/2015 Final Update

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

02/07/2015

May 1945 the last page of the log book of F/O Levene (W/Op) in S/Ldr Newitt crew says it all.

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29/06/2015 Late Update

BBMF Dakota not able to carry out a fly-past on Saturday

It is really disappointing to have to report that the Dakota will not be available for a flypast over NK on Saturday either now.

"... just had a call from the BBMF. The Dakota is to undergo an engine change and will NOT be coming to NK on Saturday. Such changes take at least a week. Unfortunately the BBMF cannot send a replacement."

24/06/2015

Grimsby Telegraph: Propeller found in sea could have come from Killingholme Lancaster. May be from a Lancaster which crashed off the coast of Donna Nook in 1944.

15/06/2015 Reminder

2015 Reunion The closing date for the booking forms is

16th June 2015

Only a few days thereafter the menu selections need to be returned to the Ashbourne Hotel. So if you are intending to attend but have not yet returned the booking form then please do so. Many thanks.

10/06/2015

After the recent publicity surrounding the Lancaster engine fire the aircraft remains grounded. Thus you will be unsurprised to learn that the BBMF have informed the Association that it will be a Dakota flypast on Saturday 4th July 2015. Although disappointed, we are pleased it will be at our preferred time of 2.00pm and therefore involve no alterations to our published timetable. A final programme, incorporating the change of aircraft, is available from the link below, but as usual we must still be prepared for late amendments.

Timetable of Events

08/06/2015

Achiet-Le-Petit, Sunday 6th June: Photos from the commemoration that took place for F/Lt Picton DFC and crew of LL836.
See: Achiet-Le-Petit.

03/06/2015 Reminder

2015 Reunion
The reunion weekend is now just a few weeks away. If you have not already done so you REALLY should finalise your accommodation arrangements soon!
Also the closing date for the booking forms is 16th June 2015. Only a few days thereafter the menu selections need to be returned to the Ashbourne Hotel. So if you are intending to attend but have not yet booked accommodation or returned the booking form then please do so. Many thanks.

03/06/2015

June Newsletter: in distribution - see Association Newsletters. The newsletter contains details about the Reunion Weekend arrangements including the booking forms and menus. Booking forms can be returned electronically (email) or in the traditional manner (post); address details are as given on the forms.

03/06/2015

As mentioned in the June Newsletter: "Bombing Germany: The Final Phase" A new book about the final few months of Bomber Command's war, concentrating on the Pforzheim raid of 23/24 February 1945. The book includes contributions from 12 aircrew of 550 Sqdn who either flew on the raid or could provide useful contributions.
There is an excellent interview with the author at: http://www.sirenonline.co.uk/archives/12224 which features a couple of mentions of 550 Squadron and North Killingholme.


(published January 2015)

02/06/2015

Photographs from the Commemoration in Rebecq (27th/28th May) are now available.

11/05/2015

On the BBC web-site: Bomber Command memorial spire installed in Lincoln. A 98ft (30m) high metal spire has been erected at the site of a memorial for World War Two aircrews.

04/05/2015

May Newsletter: in distribution - see Association Newsletters. The newsletter contains details about the Reunion Weekend arrangements.

25/04/2015

On the BBC web-site: Dutch bulb mosaic marks Operation Manna campaign. A floral mosaic showing a Lancaster bomber dropping food supplies in Nazi-occupied Holland has been unveiled at Lincoln Cathedral.

12/04/2015

Reunion weekend: summary
Saturday events: summary
For all details and including accommdation information see : below

10/04/2015

2015 Reunion Weekend
Detailed Timetable of Events (provisional)

01/04/2015

550 Sqdn Aircraft: Jenny's Pent House

24/03/2015, 25/03/2015 & 29/03/2015

Further 550 Sqdn crew photos online

03/03/2015, updated 23/03/2015, & 27/03/2015

"A terrible accident down on the beach"
The Cleethorpes Chronicle, 19 February 2015
The F/Lt Fleming crew, while on a visit to Cleethorpes, went to the assistance of a young boy who was badly injured by a cordite cartridge he had found.

Would you believe that the "boy" in the diary has read the article and been in touch with [Tony Fleming the son of the 550 pilot in the story]? He is alive and well at 82.


Finally: "70-year puzzle finally solved" (pg 1, pg2). The Cleethorpes Chronicle, 26 March 2015

With thanks to The Cleethorpes Chronicle for permission to display the articles.

16/03/2015

Annual Reunion Flypast
After the uncertainty last autumn about the availability of the Lancaster in 2015 due to the cancellation of the Waddington Airshow, it is wonderful to be able to report that the RAF Air Events Team have informed the Association that the application for a Lancaster flypast on Saturday 4th July 2015 has been successful. A 2.00pm flypast has been asked for, but notification of the actual time will not be confirmed until a few weeks before the event when the BBMF finalises the flying programme for the day. As ever, the time may be subject to change up to and including the day itself.

15/03/2015

Appeal for Veterans to Contact the International Bomber Command Centre

Correspondence Address:
International Bomber Command Centre,
13 Cherry Holt Road, Bourne, Lincs. PE10 9LA

web-site: http://internationalbombercommandcentre.com/

See the full details about the request at: Requests For Information (below)

14/03/2015

Daily Express (16th Feb): Hero who flew in plane named after the Daily Express recalls his memories of war

07/03/2015

Appeal for Information
A commemoration is planned on 6th June 2015 in Achiet le Petit, France, for the crew of 550 Squadron Lancaster LL836 (pilot F/LtR W Picton)
Does anyone know contact details for Ray Readon (follow the link for more details).

01/03/2015

Updated photographs: F/Lt Steele (RCAF) and crew

16/02/2015

Jack Harris has given a talk at the Hospice in the Weald, Pembury on three occasions. These talks were so over-subscribed that a fourth talk is now scheduled. This is scheduled for Wednesday 4 March 2015, 12:00 - 14:30. See Flying with Bomber Command in World War II. Contact the Hospice in the Weald to book your place (lunch included).

11/02/2015

Trenchard Lectures, Royal Aeronautical Society, 19th February: Bomber Command and Political Warfare 1939-1945: The Missing Dimension. Among the many things Bomber Command was asked to do, its role in assisting British political warfare has been largely neglected by historians. Yet the 1.5 billion leaflets and newspapers dropped over Europe during the war was only possible because of the co-operation of Bomber Command.

27/01/2015

Grimsby Telegraph: Killingholme marking Operation Manna's 70th anniversary

20/01/2015

Grimsby Telegraph: Tribute to WW2 RAF Grimsby Lancaster crewman who flew missions over Germany

18/01/2015

Does anyone from the squadron still remember Archibald Menzies Gardner? See Requests For Information below.

01/01/2015

Happy New Year

Database reports updates so that two (extended Roll of Honour and Service personnel) now return some summation statistics


2014


14/11/2014

Further Reunion 2014 weekend photos added

10/11/2014

2014 Remembrance Weekend: photos now online

30/10/2014

The talk scheduled to have been given by Jack Harris in North Killingholme on 7 November has had to be cancelled. Due to illness Jack feels unable to undertake the long journey to North Killingholme at this time.
Apologies for any disappointment caused.
We wish Jack a speedy recovery.

23/10/2014

October Newsletter: in distribution - see Association Newsletters. The newsletter contains a reminder about the talk to be given by Jack Harris in North Killingholme on 7 November, plus all the other Remembrance Weekend arrangements.

11/10/2014

The Vulture Strikes PA995, 100th Op, 05 March 1945. Blackler crew boarding: new photo available

06/10/2014 & 03/10/2014

Jack Harris gave a talk Flying with Bomber Command in World War II at the end of September 2014 at the Hospice in the Weald, Pembury. This was the third time he has been pleased to give the talk and it was, on this occasion, attended by 65 people.

There will be an opportunity to hear Jack again in North Killinghome when he speaks in St Denys' Church on the Friday evening of Remembrance Weekend. See: 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.

Other weekend details summarised here.

30/09/2014

Canadian Lancaster returns safely home following historical tour of Lincolnshire and the UK

24/09/2014

Do you have any informaton on crew members of LM134 F/O D F Neilson crew?
See Requests For Information below.

23/09/2014

14/09/2014

Do you have any informaton on Sgt Anthony (Tony) Finnigan, Flight Engineer or Sgt Reg Stevens of the P/O S W Nielson crew?
See Requests For Information below.

14/09/2014 & 22/09/2014

Remembrance Weekend 2014
The closing date for notifying us about attendance at the two meals is Saturday 1st November 2014. This enables us to give sufficient notice about numbers and to send out menus should pre-selection be necessary (for a group of 12 or more people).
Jack Harris will give a talk in St Denys' Church on the Friday evening, 8.0pm.
Full details here

10/09/2014

550 Sqdn crest stolen from Berinzenne monument. For details see: here

23/08/2014

PM honours local hero
Letter from David Cameron about Sam Lipfriend, F/Eng with 550 Sqdn

23/08/2014

Cook's Tour photographs

16/08/2014

Politz 08/02/45 navigation log
Pforzheim 23/02/45 navigation log
Special Order Of The Day V E Day by Air Chief Marshal Sir A T Harris

13/08/2014

BBC News: Historic Lancasters' tandem flight takes place in Lincolnshire

12/08/2014 & 30/11/2014

"Never Forget" An Exhibition (April 14th to August 31st 2014) in memory of F/O Milburn and the crew of ME581 / BQ-D who lost their lives during the night of 22/23 April 1944, crashing at Berinzenne in Belgium

Extended to 9th Jan 2015

10/08/2014

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Vera Arrives ...

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... to be greeted by veterans

19/07/2014

The Lancaster: Britain's Flying Past
Passionate flying enthusiast and broadcaster John Sergeant celebrates the plane that some believe won the war - the Lancaster.
BBC2: Sun 20 Jul 2014 21:30
BBC2: Wed 30 Jul 2014 19:00

19/07/2014

Aalten Fly-past

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crew of ME840

14/07/2014

Colour pictures Sunrise Return J-Jig returning to North Killingholme and CdG Citation for the Bowen-Bravery crew.

13/07/2014

Reunion 2014 photos and information
(more still to follow)

07/07/2014 & 08/07/2014

Coverage of the weekend events in the local press:

03/07/2014

BBMF display dates for first weekend July 2014 specifically Saturday, NORTH KILLINGHOLME, 14:40 and Sunday NORTH KILLINGHOLME, 11:30

25/06/2014

Further 550 Sqdn group photo online

21/06/2014 Stop Press

2014 Reunion Additional Fly-past opportunity!

06/06/2014, 17/06/2014, 18/06/2014 & 13/07/2014

The Royal Dutch Air Force fly four F-16 aircraft in "missing man" formation at 16.00 hours local time on 17 June as a mark of respect for the crew of Lancaster ME840 that crashed on 17 June 1944 while on a raid to Sterkrade.
See also:

See also: Sheffield Star: 16/06/2014

Sheffield Star: 16/06/2014

11/06/2014 Reminder

2014 Reunion The reunion weekend is now just a few weeks away. If you have not already done so you REALLY should finalise your accommodation arrangements soon!
Also the closing date for the booking forms is 19th June 2014. Only a few days thereafter the menu selections need to be returned to the Ashbourne Hotel and at the same time the hotel will release any unbooked rooms. So if you are intending to attend but have not yet booked accommodation or returned the booking form then please do so. Many thanks.

06/06/2014

July Reunion: confirmation of Lancaster flypast time. See: July 2014 Reunion for details.

06/06/2014

D-Day 70th anniversary: in the air - a Lancaster Bomber navigator's tale. The story of the Bowen-Bravery crew in BQ-J from the Navigator's perspective

05/06/2014

May Newsletter: in distribution (since last week of May) - see Association Newsletters.

04/06/2014 & 15/06/2014

Photos from commemorations in Belgium in May/June on the 70th anniversary of 550 Squadron losses there, including:

06/06/2014

"No 1 Group Bomber Command: An Operational Record" The operational record of all the No. 1 Group Bomber Command Squadrons


(published June 2014)

04/06/2014

Grimsby Telegraph 4 June 2014: D-Day 70th anniversary: How North East Lincolnshire played a key role in Operation Overlord. The story of the Bowen-Bravery crew in BQ-J from 550 Sqdn

24/05/2014

July Reunion Booking Forms (including menu selections) now available in electronic format.


Those planning on attending the reunion in North Killingholme, and staying over, are strongly encouraged to finalise accommodation bookings as the hotel is filling up! Again see: July 2014 Reunion for details.

20/05/2014

Jack Harris gave a talk ("Flying with Bomber Command in World War II") on 28 November 2013 and 9 April 2014 at the Hospice in the Weald, Pembury. These talks were such a resounding success that the waiting list for a third talk, planned for September, is already in excess of 60 persons.
In the meantime you can see some photos and video footage from the earlier talks here.

05/05/2014

Photos from commemorations in April:

03/05/2014

Special Edition of Fly-Past Magazine marking the 70th Anniversary of D-Day


Fly-Past Magazine June edition (published 1st May)

Feature item: "Opening Salvo"
Patrick Otter describes a raid made by 550 Squadron Avro Lancaster ‘J-Jig’ just before midnight on June 5, 1944.
See Flypast June edition

01/05/2014

Lancaster Bomber flypast help celebrate 70th anniversary of 550 Squadron (ignoring the minor inaccuracy about being the 70th anniversary of the squadron formation).

27/04/2014

April Newsletter: now in distribution - see Association Newsletters.

The newsletter includes the latest information on the events planned in Belgium in 2014 (Rebecq and Westerlo) and North Killingholme in July (Reunion) and November (Remembrance).

Those planning on attending the July 2014 Reunion in North Killingholme are encouraged to make accommodation bookings as the hotel is starting to fill up!

31/03/2014

Further 550 Sqdn crew photos online

30/03/2014, 04/02/2014
13/01/2014, 21/12/2013

Update: The latest information is that because there were so many expressions of interest for the 2nd talk (9 April) the Hospice would very much like a 3rd talk/presentation! Indeed because of the size of the waiting list a bigger venue is envisaged (current aim is probably September).

Back due to popular demand: The talk by Jack Harris on 28 November 2013 at the Hospice in the Weald, Pembury was a resounding success. To the extent that an "encore" is now scheduled for Wednesday 9 April 2014. See Flying with Bomber Command in World War II. Contact the Hospice in the Weald (details on their web-site).


April 2014: Booked Out (as of 30/02/14)

23/03/2014

Further 550 Sqdn crew photos online

14/03/2014

"Never Forget" An Exhibition (April 14th to August 31st 2014) in memory of F/O Milburn and the crew of ME581 / BQ-D who lost their lives during the night of 22/23 April 1944, crashing at Berinzenne in Belgium

See: http://www.berinzenne.be/FR/musee.htm
Exposition « Ne les oublions jamais » - 70 ans après le crash en fagne de Malchamps.

07/03/2014

BBMF Lancaster flypast confirmed for July 2014 Reunion

02/03/2014

Further 550 Sqdn crew photos online

25/02/2014

Mailly-le-Camp Memorial Commemoration 2014
70th Anniversary Commemoration Parade is scheduled to take place on Friday 2nd May 2014

24/02/2014

RAF BBMF To Host Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Lancaster During Visit To England

The last two Lancaster bombers still flying in the world will come together in a series of events this summer, in a meeting unlikely to happen ever again.
For more information see: http://www.warplane.com/lancaster-2014-uk-tour.aspx


16/02/2014

Latest information on commemorations in April, May and June:

12/02/2014

Further 550 Sqdn log books and crew photos online

06/02/2014


A new short film telling the story of a Lancaster crew on their final mission across occupied Europe. East Lindsey District Council commissioned local Director Philip Stevens to make a period drama set in Lincolnshire during World War II.

LancasterEPK-RAAF
Synopsis

Filming took place on 'Just Jane' at East Kirby: Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre.

05/02/2014

The P/O Bouchard crew, which transferred in from 100 Sqdn on 550 Sqdn formation, was the first to complete a full tour with 550 Sqdn. P/O Vernon John Bouchard died in a training accident in Dec 1944 (some months after he had left 550 Sqdn). The government of Saskatchewan began naming lakes after their WWII fallen in the 1950's.
You can find Bouchard Lake (Division No. 18, Unorganized, SK S0J Canada) on Google maps here.

16/01/2014

Lincolnshire Echo 16 January 2014: The boys from Belgium. Brave Belgian aircrew flying from Lincolnshire and courageous Belgian villagers offering protection and succour to downed (550 Sqdn) aircrew.

13/01/2014

July 2014 Reunion weekend: Planning on attending the Reunion weekend in July in North Killingholme? The Ashbourne Hotel is already taking room bookings. See latest information.

10/01/2014

Grimsby Telegraph 10 January 2014: Plans revealed for £3m Lincolnshire Bomber Command Memorial Park



2013


18/12/2013

Bomber County aircraft accidents and crashes to be collated

13/12/2013

April 2014
In Artolsheim: the inauguration of a memorial to F/Lt J S G Crawford and crew of LM392
In Sondernach (not far from Artolsheim): the inauguration of a panel in memory of F/Lt J F Craig DFC and crew of LL852
Follow the April 2014 link above for more information

12/11/2013


Online: Photos from Remembrance Weekend 2013 in North Killingholme

06/11/2013

You may well have already seen this video, but if not then rare colour footage of Lancaster on Bombing Raid in 1944 (not 550 Sqdn). Shows a crew from pre-raid briefing to de-briefing after raid (ca. 20 mins)
Also Night Bombers (ca. 59 mins)

30/10/2013

Remembrance Weekend 2013 in North Killingholme: Arrangements with the two hotels will be finalised this weekend. If you are intending to be there and have not confirmed your details yet, then please do so as soon as possible.

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).

18/10/2013

On 28 Nov 2013 12:00 - 13:30, Hospice in the Weald, Maidstone Road, Pembury, TN2 4TA: Flying with Bomber Command in World War II. Wing Commander Jack Harris' account of his experiences as a pilot in 550 Squadron.


Sold Out (as of 22/10/2013)

Further 550 Sqdn crew photos


14/10/2013

October Newsletter: now in distribution - see Association Newsletters. The newsletter includes a request for the payment of overdue association membership subscriptions for this year. Plus a big thank-you to these members who generously pay "over the odds" - these donations are very much appreciated.

14/10/2013


The October Newsletter includes information about Remembrance Weekend in November and preliminary information about events in 2014. Especially the detailed arrangements for Remembrance Weekend 2013 in North Killingholme

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.


12/10/2013

550 Sqdn Lancasters Taxiing, Aug/Sept 1945

03/10/2013

On 28 Sept 2013 members of the Rebecq Memorial Association attended the RAFA Anglo-Belgian Remembrance Service in Brussels and laid a wreath on behalf of 550 Association.


02/10/2013

Daily Telegraph: 2 Oct 2013: Air Force Obituaries: S/Ldr Kenyon Bowen-Bravery


19/09/2013

Station Narratives - a collection (ca. 20) of reports, de-briefs and interrogation reports (e.g. of returning PoWs).


15/09/2013

Advance notice of events in 2014.


15/09/2013

Archive on 4:
"Stephen Evans on Wynford Vaughan-Thomas's 1943 dispatch during a bombing raid on Berlin" http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/player/b039lmkg.


15/09/2013

Updates to F/O Adams and F/O Kenyon Bowen-Bravery (pilot of Bad Penny II on Operation Overlord) pages.


15/09/2013

Updated information about the Application for the Issue of the Bomber Command Clasps (for Australian/RAAF servicemen) is available here here with the form also shown below:

ApplicationForTheIssueofMedals-RAAF Application Form for the Issue of Medals and/or Clasps (Australia), Form AD807

14/09/2013

RAFA Anglo-Belgian Remembrance Service Brussels 28 Sept 2013

CommemorationInTheNationalBasilicaBrussels RAFA Commemoration in the National Basilica, Brussels: Information sheet
RAFA-Anglo-BelgianRemembranceServiceBrussels28Sept Form to be returned by 9 Sept (should you wish to attend)

18/08/2013

New report listing cemeteries, in alphabetic order, where 550 Squadron Servicemen are buried or commemorated (plus links to details of each serviceman remembered at each site)


12/08/2013

Additional Reunion 2013 photos online and postscript


01/08/2013

Further 550 Sqdn crew photos


17/07/2013

Further 550 Sqdn crew photos


10/07/2013

Initial Reunion 2013 online


17/07/2013

Further 550 Sqdn crew photos


10/07/2013

Initial Reunion 2013 online


10/07/2013

The Belgian Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association is pleased to announce that a commemorative event will be held in the National Basilica of the Sacred Heart Koekelberg in Brussels on Saturday 28th September 2013. See:
RAFA, Belgium Branch - Commemoration in the National Basilica, Brussels (PDF format)
Please email in your interest if you wish to attend.
Check for updates on the Belgian Branch website:
http://rafabelgianbranch.yolasite.com (Future Event - Air Force Chapel Commemoration).


09/07/2013

Grimsby Telegraph, 9 July 2013:
Crowds gather to mark 70th year since 550 Squadron formed


20/06/2013

Operation Dodge aircrash 6th Oct 1945: Pomigliano


20/06/2013

"This ops racket isn't so hot; I rather think there's no future in it personally." Jimmy Trayhorn (A/G) (KIA)


20/06/2013

Grimsby Telegraph: 18/06/2013

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17/06/2013

Further 550 Sqdn crew photos


01/06/2013

July 2013 Reunion weekend: latest information

May Newsletter: now in distribution - see Association Newsletters.
Includes information about all the things going on in July. Also the menu selections for the formal dinner on the Saturday evening. Please complete and post/email in preferably before 20th June.

Further 550 Sqdn crew photos



15/05/2013

Rebecq - In advance of the Memorial on 29th May: Rebecq Memorial item on Belgium TV


12/05/2013

Further 550 Sqdn crew photos


12/05/2013

550 Squadron Air-crew Log Books update.


19/05/2013 11/05/2013 & 17/02/2013

New Book: Press Release

May Press Release (PDF)

Official launch Spring Duxford Airshow
Sunday 26th May
There will be a number of veterans, together with the author, signing copies of the book.

550 Sqdn lost the F/O Abrams (NG133) and F/O Dodds (PD319) crews on Bomber Command Operation Hurricane to Duisburg, 14/15 Oct 1944.

BCOperationHurricane

See: http://www.fightinghigh.com/events.htm

Are you a Bomber Command Veteran and would like too attend the book signing? Click on the picture above for more information.


02/05/2013

The names and summary details of more than 1710 air-crew who flew with 550 Squadron are now online.


30/04/2013

July 2013 Reunion weekend: travel information update
Why not reserve a copy of "1 Group: Swift to Attack for the author to sign at the reunion? Contact Don Kentish, or email the web-site (see Contact link in page footer), for details.

19/04/2013

July 2013 Reunion weekend: latest information

April Newsletter: now in distribution - see Association Newsletter.
Includes information about all the things going on for this special year, and an order form (see also above) for a 70th Anniversary ceramic tankard; complete and post/email in).

18/04/2013

Further 550 Sqdn crew photos

06/04/2013

Flypast Magazine (May 2013): marking the 70th Anniversary of the Dambusters raid, features a poster of EE139 - the "Phantom of the Ruhr" at Derwent Reservoir

Flypast May 2013

01/04/2013

ParachuteDress

The rescuer and the parachute

This lady helped Roy Kay (F/Eng) evade capture and return to England ... 69 years later her great-grandchild finds a re-use for his parachute

01/04/2013

Further 550 Sqdn crew photos

20/03/2013

BBMF Lanc Flypast confirmed for July 2013 Reunion

09/03/2013

New Book Release

1GroupSwiftToAttack

Available the publishers Pen & Sword Books

Patrick Otter will be signing copies of "Swift to Attack" at the 550 Association Reunion in North Killingholme in July

02/03/2013

Bomber Command Clasp

Forms and information

06/02/2013

New Book Release

BombersOverBerlin

Available the publishers Pen & Sword Books

03/02/2013

Further 550 Sqdn crew photos

27/01/2013

Further 550 Sqdn group (band and football team) and crew photos

09/01/2013

When 'Get Out of Jail Free' really was 'Get Out of Jail Free'!

08/01/2013

Updates on 550 Squadron: FTR crews

06/01/2013

Further 550 Sqdn crew photos



2012


15/12/2012

Updates on two 550 Squadron: FTR crews

12/12/2012

Flypast Magazine (January 2013): features an item: "Brothers in Arms": Avro Lancaster W/Op Jock Elliott shares dramatic memories - Jock was the W/Op in the Jim Lord crew

Flypast January 2013

08/12/2012

Can you help identify Ground Staff plus further 550 Sqdn crew photos

03/12/2012

Updated: updated 550 Sqdn aircraft photos with "Queenie" bogged down (and annotation)

25/11/2012

Updated: further 550 Sqdn crew photos

22/11/2012

BBC: Bomber Boys Time Capsule: see second photo - ignore the typo in the caption, that is a 550 Squadron photo (already on this web-site)

22/11/2012

Remembrance weekend: Added: a summary of the weekend events and a Dundee Courier article about the PD319 presentation.

21/11/2012

The Telegraph: Every RAF Bomber Command base in England mapped

12/11/2012

Remembrance weekend: first 2012 photo online
Sam Lipfriend receives a fragment of PD319 from Norval Black, son of F/O Henry Black (B/A).

Reunion, North Killingholme, 2012

13/11/2012

Updated: further 550 Sqdn crew photos

04/11/2012

550 Sqdn lost the F/O Abrams (NG133) and F/O Dodds (PD319) (see also wreckage at Remembrance weekend, above) crews on Bomber Command Operation Hurricane to Duisburg, 14/15 Oct 1944. Look out for the story of FTR crews on this raid in the soon to be published:

BCOperationHurricane

Available for pre-order on Waterstones or via the publishers, Fighting High.

03/11/2012

Updated: added more 550 Sqdn group and crew photos

31/10/2012

Updated: Remembrance weekend 2012
Thank you to those who have already made their bookings for the Remembrance weekend events.
If you are planning on attending but have not yet booked accommodation or given notice of attendance at the evening meal then please make any necessary bookings by Saturday 3 November. Thanks!

29/10/2012

Added more 550 Sqdn crew photos

19/10/2012

Available now: Newsletter 53 - October 2012 issue with details of Remembrance Sunday 2012 in NK. Also included are initial notes concerning the 2013 Annual Reunion weekend.

13/10/2012

W/O H Davies and crew: new photos and information.

07/10/2012

F/O G S Devereau and crew: new photos and information.

20/09/2012

PA995: F/O C J Jones and crew - lost on a raid to Dessau - new photos and additional information.

19/09/2012

Updated Details: Remembrance weekend 2012

17/09/2012

Change of Face for the BBMF Lanc: The RAF BBMF Lancaster, PA474, no longer flies as 550 Sqdn BQ-B, but as 617 Sqdn Lancaster DV385 - "Thumper Mk III". In early September she underwent a re-paint to take on a new identity.

16/09/2012

Updated: added more 550 Sqdn group and crew photos

30/08/2012

NG363: F/O C J Clarke and crew - lost over Munich, probably to a night-fighter.

29/08/2012

LM379: F/Lt P J M Prangley and crew: the first 550 Sqdn loss - probably fell victim to flak.

LM647: P/ O J E H Davies crew: new photos of some of the crew now available.

29/08/2012, 15/05/2102, 24/04/2012 & 06/04/2012

What do you do with a used parachute? Additional photos and information. See:
Roy Kay - evader (only survivor of the crew of ME840) for story of his escape.
Log book and aircraft fragment recovered from crash site.

19/08/2012

Reunion weekend: further 2012 photos now online

16/08/2012

Daily Mail online: pictorial tribute. Modern day mission Lancaster bomber crew prepares for action 70 years on airfield pictures

16/08/2012

Advance notice: Reunion weekend 2013

14/08/2012

Reminder: Remembrance weekend 2012

02/07/2012

YouTube Video of S/Ldr Edgar Pickles shaking hands with The Queen at the Bomber Command Memorial Unveiling on 28th June (approx 39mins in)

Bomber Command ITV 1: Tues 2nd July 9PM - 10PM

Squadron remembers its 353 fallen heroes (Grimsby Telegraph)

28/06/2012

Poppies dropped as act of remembrance BBC News (video)

Rare colour archive of WWII RAF bombers BBC News (video)

A Tribute to Bomber Command on BBC Two

A Tribute to Bomber Command Upcoming Broadcasts: Schedule

Queen to unveil Bomber Command Memorial BBC News

27/06/2012

Bomber Command fliers in their own words BBC News

17/06/2012

New requests for information. See below.

04/06/2012

The latest research on the F/O Grundy crew who went down in LM273 on 23/24 Feb 1945 on the raid to Pforzheim.

24/05/2012 & 26/05/2012

Photographs from the Commemorations for the crew of DV309 in Westerlo in May this year.

Photographs from the visit by representatives from the 550 Squadron and North Killingholme Association to Rebecq on 17th May 2012.

24/05/2012

Eight former WWII airfields in North Lincolnshire are remembered North Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage. A small booklet is also available.

11/05/2012

Photographs from the commemorations in
Rebecq on 9th May 2012.

07/05/2012

Grimsby Telegraph publishes the BBMF flypast scheduled for the Reunion in North Killingholme this year:
Flypast tribute in memory of crews

06/05/2012

ME428: evader and POW interrogation / de-briefing reports from the Canadian archives.

ME301: information about the location of the crashed aircraft.

ME503: lost to a night-fighter during a camera run over target: investigation reports from the Australian archives.

29/04/2012

Updated information about the 2012 Reunion now online.

Available now: Newsletter 52 - April 2012 "Reunion" issue with details of the June reunions in NK.

Westerlo 2012: Updated information on the commemoration events this year in Westerlo

15/04/2012

Armed Forces Day 2012

08/04/2012

Now online: Photos of F/O Hern-Black and crew

19/02/2012

Available now: Newsletter 51 - February 2012. Special issue with details of the Bomber Command Association Memorial unveiling in Green Park, London, on 28 June 2012.

Available now: details about the unveiling of the Bomber Command Association Memorial in Green Park, London, on 28 June 2012.

Westerlo 2012: Information on the commemoration events this year in Westerlo

12/02/2012

Photo and log books from F/O Kennedy now online.

29/01/2012

A 1hr 30mins programme on Bomber Command is to be shown on BBC1 on Sunday 5th February at 9PM. See Bomber Boys for details.

15/01/2012

Updated information about the following crews now online:
F/O Allen
F/Lt Browne (log books added 08/02/12)
P/O Kenyon.

12/01/2012

Initial information about the 2012 Reunion.



2011


28/12/2011

The names and details of more than 1500 air-crew who flew with 550 Squadron are now online.

27/11/2011

ME428 - the 121st, and last, aircraft downed by Luftwaffe night fighter pilot Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer (highest scoring night fighter pilot in the history of aerial warfare)?

17/11/2011

Photos from Remembrance Sunday 2011.

13/11/2011

Additional options to some of the squadron information reports.
i) Servicemen report: search by job abbreviation
ii) Aircraft reports: search for FTR aircraft only
Follow the links for details.

13/11/2011

Commemoration at the Rebecq Memorial, 9th November 2011. Wreaths laid on behalf of British and Canadian delegations and 550 Association.

09/11/2011

Photos of P/O Ron Digby and crew ... and Ethel

07/11/2011

A salute to Bomber Command is to be shown on Channel 5 on Thursday 10 November at 8PM. See Bomber Boys: Revealed for details.

30/10/2011

The names and details of more than 1300 air-crew who flew with 550 Squadron are now online.

Further Squadron photos online, including P/O Kenneth Arthur Smith and crew.

21/10/2011

Remembrance Weekend 2011: Remembrance Weekend Programme2011 (PDF document).

20/10/2011

Available now: Newsletter 50 - October 2011

09/08/2011

Now online - the minutes and decisions from the very first Squadron reunion in June 1992 at RAF Museum, Hendon.

04, 09, 12/07/2011 & 07/08/2011

Reunion weekend: The 2011 photos continue to be added to, including BQ-B at RAF Coningsby. Plus the local press report.

22/07/2011

http://www.raf.mod.uk/bbmf/displayinfo/
BBMF 2011 display diary

29 & 30/06/2011

The time of the BBMF Lancaster flypast has been CHANGED - it is now scheduled for 14:10.
For details see the fully revised: Detailed Itinerary

25/06/2011

Reunion - next weekend. A large gathering is expected this year and 80+ members will sit down to dinner on Saturday evening.

20/06/2011

Over 70 members have already checked in for the Memorial Service and Saturday evening dinner (and there are ca. 20 for the Friday evening meal too).
18 June may be past but if you have not replied yet and wish to join them then please do send in a response quickly.

20/05/2011, 01/06/2011 and 13/06/2011

If you have not already sent in your booking form do please do so by 18 June to allow numbers to be confirmed for the various events (and menu choices for those attending the dinner).
If you are planning on staying over the weekend you need to book your accommodation direct with the hotel, also by 18 June, so that they may confirm dates and numbers and have the opportunity to re-allocate any rooms that are not required.

Latest information on: July Annual Reunion: in North Killingholme

Available now: Newsletter 49 - May 2011

Finally: opportunity to buy Association badges, ties, pens, etc, see here for details.

01/06/2011

Refinements to Servicemen report - report modified to allow for search by surname and service; see link for details.

25/05/2011

Photographs of the cross and inscription for F/Sgt William Cooper, pilot of 550 Squadron Lancaster JB604 (lost during the night of 23/24 December 1943 when it was in collision with 550 Lancaster ED730), have been received.

08/05/2011, 11/05/2011, 14/05/2011 and 23/06/2011

7 MayRebecq Memorial unveiling
08/05: Pictures online
11/05: Link to video report on Belgium TV
14/05: Further pictures of unveiling plus exhibition
23/06: The full story of the events of 27/28 May 1944

29/04/2011

SPECIAL NOTE: Travelling to North Killingholme for the reunion weekend?

Take the opportunity to see BBMF Lanc BQ-B at RAF Coningsby on Fri 1st July or Mon 4th July.

Association badges, tiesdetails.

23/04/2011

BBMF 2011 Yearbook: available online

23/04/2011

BBMF Flypast: on 29 April 2011 at 13:30.
Due to the coverage of a certain Royal Wedding.
There is dedicated wedding coverage from 08:00-13:40 on BBC 1 so you will likely see the flypast live on the BBC (and BBC World News outside Buckingham Palace from 0700 GMT to 1800 GMT).

See this link for an excellent shot of BQ-B on the fly-past.

22/04/2011

Brookwood Military Cemetery: 550 Squadron men remembered

15/04/2011

Harry Quick rear-gunner with F/Lt Newitt: crew photo and operations list

27/03/2011

Revised and updated 550 Squadron Memorials (Westerlo, Westerbeek, Fleville, Berinzenne, Runnymede, Brookwood) pages

26/03/2011

New photographs and documents of John Atherton air-gunner with the Sgt Woods crew (ED730, FTR 23/24 Dec 1943)

24/03/2011 & 26/03/2011

Memorial to the crew of ME581 new photographs and extracts from log books

15/03/2011

1000+ aircrew details online

27/02/2011

Annual Reunion 2011: Information Update

26/02/2011

Complete list of operations for the F/Lt Jim Lord and F/O Les Cameron crews.

16/02/2011

Squadron photos: further photos online

06/02/2011

550 ex-aircrew: Special offer!

If you are 550 Squadron ex-aircrew and intending to go to the BBMF Visitor Centre at RAF Coningsby this year then click here for details of a special opportunity for you!

18/01/2011

Squadron information: MAJOR UPDATE

16/01/2011

Squadron log books: updated

01/01/2011

John Piper remembered: Grimsby Telegraph Bygones, December 2010



December 2010 and earlier


31/12/2010

RAF Memorial at Runnymede: 550 Squadron men remembered

27/12/2010

Hopefully a four-fold memory upgrade in the web-server will give an improved response time downloading pictures, etc.

27/11/2010

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.

August 2010

Canadian Lancaster FM212

Westerlo May 2010: Photos now online

Original Website Photos 78 Photos online again

Canada Air Show: Photos - August 2009

30 Missions: Roger Kirby's tribute to RAF Bomber Command

GW Battersby grave (Denmark)
Flight BQ-C/EE193 lost over Denmark, August 1944. Grimsby Telegraph June 2008

Phantom of the Ruhr: Flypast photos - 07 August Essex

Reunion 2010 Photos

July 2010

Government Response to BBMF Petition

70th anniversary of Battle of Britain: Video footage of Lancaster and Spitfire flypast from the BBC

June 2010

Reunion Flypast schedule alteration

Armed Forces Day, Help for Heroes

Newsletter 46 - May 2010

May 2010

Rebecq Memorial Project

Squadron Lancasters that FTR

Battle of Britain 70th Anniversary Concert