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Page last updated 02 August 2017

AIR-BRITAIN'S LATEST BOOK

We don't normally advertise books but we think some members will be interested in purchasing this updated book if they missed buying it in 1984 or 1994. Air Britain are offering this book at Members prices to current and former members of the FAA.

The book is now available to order online at
https://www.air-britain.co.uk/actbooks/acatalog/SquadronsUnitsFleetAirArm.html#SID=13
 

From Air-Britain, news has just reached us of the arrival at Tonbridge of our latest 'heavyweight': The Squadrons and Units of the Fleet Air Arm. Based on the earlier 1984 and 1994 works, this fully updated 512 page book now includes the miscellaneous support and training units and schools that have hitherto gone unrecorded. It also, for the first time, is colour throughout, including the unit badges, and is illustrated with over 800 photographs. Aircraft-capable ships and shore bases are also dealt with, along with comprehensive Battle Honours, Trophies and Awards, helicopter Flights and codes lists not to be found anywhere else, bringing the intervening 22 years since the last book to print for the first time. A must for any military historian or current/former member of the Fleet Air Arm and surely a most welcome stocking filler this Christmas! Cover price £47.50; Air-Britain Member (and current/former FAA on proof of ID) price £35. Current and former members select the "Members" price, on the order form (at the bottom) state 'Non-Member', this will get you the book at the discounted price. (Air-Britain may email you to confirm proof of ID)

Every effort will be made to distribute orders to arrive before Xmas but please get your orders in early.
 

HARRY BUTLER MBE

Harry Butler was finally laid to rest today in Cardiff; according to those that attended the funeral, it was well attended by his family and by many of his friends from his Buccaneer & Shar service days. There was also a strong contingent from the Cardiff Royal Naval Association.  He was piped in and out and all the way to the grave side with Standard bearers in attendance, the Last Post and reveille was also sounded.

RIP Harry

HARRY BUTLER MBE

Sadly we have heard that ex CELMN(A) Harry Butler Crossed the Bar in Cardiff on Wednesday 20th April 2016, he was a staunch member of the FAA Buccaneer Association and regularly attended reunions.  Harry served on 736, 801 & 809 Buccaneer squadrons and was CEA of the RNU at RAF Honington from 1972-1974, he was also SMR from 1976-1977. Harry was also involved with the introduction of the Sea Harrier into RN service.

Harry had two nephews in the FAA (Ian Butler & Colin Dunn) as well as his cousin Alec Dunn who he planned to come with to June's reunion in Elgin, unfortunately he won't be able to join us but we'll raise him a toast.

Harry's Funeral will be in Cardiff on Friday the 13th of May at 11:45, it is at Thornhill Crematorium and Cemetery and will be followed by Internment and a Wake. If you would like to attend please advise Dave Clark (new email address on this page) so that he can advise Harry's daughter Karen on the numbers attending

RIP Harry

COLIN (BOMBER) BROWN

Sad News. Bomber (Colin) Brown has sadly crossed the bar after a short period in St Margaret's Hospice in Yeovil. Colin was a member of the FAA Buccaneer Assn. and attended all the reunions with his partner Marion until he became too ill to attend. His funeral service takes place on Friday 18th March at the Fleet Air Arm Memorial Church, (St Bartholomews) Yeovilton at 11am, followed by burial at Yeovil Cemetery. Family flowers only please but donations in memory of Colin are invited for the UK Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen's Families Association SSAFA and St Margaret's Hospice, Yeovil. All enquiries c/o Eason Funeral Service, 62 South Street, Yeovil. Tel 01935 422883.

RNAS LOSSIEMOUTH'S BLACK TOT DAY (31ST JULY 1970)

Although Black Tot day is July 31st I thought I'd highlight these photos sent to me today by Gwyn Thomas who was a trainee Mech on 764 Squadron in 1970/71. are you in one of these pictures? Click on pictures to view in full size.

   

HELP NEEDED TO IDENTIFY OCCASION - WHAT WAS THE EVENT

 
Pictures kindly supplied by Tony Allen - Click to see full size and scroll to see the pictures in high resolution

If you know what year this picture was taken at RNAS Lossiemouth please let me know; Phil Glover (email address at bottom of page)

 

From Sandy Saunderson - I,believe it was 1962/3 738 squadron/736 hardstanding HRH Duchess of KENT, I was on those Divisions!. Geoff Wheatley & Brian Johnston both seem to think it was the award of the Queens Colours in 1963. It's probably a mix of both answers, Queens Colours being awarded by the Duchess of Kent.

It looks to be a Divisions in honour of HRH Duchess of KENT on the 9th of October 1962 when the Queen’s Colour was transferred from HMS Ariel to HMS Fulmar. The reason for the transfer of colours is told in “The Fulmar Story”, it was required for the State visit of HRH King Olaf of Norway to Edinburgh on 16th October 1962 where HMS Fulmar would be providing the Royal Guard. A Flypast from RNAS Lossiemouth took place over Edinburgh with 6 Supermarine Scimitars of 736 Squadron & Hawker Hunters of 738 Squadron during the State visit. 

 

FAABA  REUNION BOSWORTH HALL  : 5TH - 8TH JUNE 2015

 

Some pictures from the reunion at Bosworth are now online - check out using the "Photographs" button on the left hand menu or click on this link:

Friday Night's Pictures from the Britannia Room

Saturday Night's Pictures from Bosworth Hall

Pictures kindly supplied by Alan Breward, Robin Harper & Phil Glover

 

Were you there, have you got photos to put on the website?
 
F35B IN 809 SQUADRON COLOURS
Keith Abnett ex Tiff who served on 700P, 892 & NASU Yeovilton has turned his talents to Art since retiring and has let us display this image of an F35B in 809 Squadron markings; although he's used the side numbers from 809's time on the Hermes 1967 to 1969 it's nice to have the Phoenix on the tail.
 

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY - LONDON 2014

Pictures from the Remembrance Ceremony in London on Sunday 9th November 2014 and later at the service held at the FAA Memorial

Click on the above pictures to view them full size, put the mouse arrow over the picture to read the captions

Pictures supplied by Mick Gowen

Cenotaph Sunday. Harry and Alex Dunn ( Snapped by #1 Granddaughter (Claire Batten off the TV on Sunday). I think we may have been taking a shufty at Sophia Rayworth doing an interview just to the left of the column.

Picture supplied by Harry Butler

NMA - FAABA DEDICATION - SUNDAY 9TH JUNE

Thanks to Alan Breward's help everything was well organised for the dedication ceremony on Sunday 9th. A coach had been organised to take the bulk of those attending and others arranged to use their own transport and meet there at 12.00 for the ceremony. George Payne took the service with Dennis Matthews and Alan providing the standards.
   
   
Click on images to see larger sizes
 

STANDING ORDER PAYMENT

The Treasurer informs me that someone has paid his fees by Standing Order but the person named on the account "Wendy Carol Steven" does not match the name of any of our members. If you know who this might be (or are the person who paid) can you email Les Smith and update the information so that he can mark the member as "Paid". The email address is at the bottom of this page. Many thanks, Phil Glover
 

JUTLAND 100 - ACT OF REMEMBRANCE - 31ST MAY 2016

Above is a copy of a poster from Yeovilton Chaplaincy for a Jutland 100 commemoration that will be held at 12:30 on the 31st of May in St Augustines Church at RNAS Yeovilton. Due to the fact that the church is inside the base, the service is only open to those who have an ‘unescorted’ pass for the base. Unfortunately the Church will not have sufficient manpower on the day to escort visitors to and from the main gate. For those interested who would like a copy of the poster in pdf format, you can download a copy here

BATTLE OF JUTLAND MEMORIAL PARADE - SOUTHSEA 31ST MAY 2016

 This Year marks the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of Jutland which was the largest naval battle of WW1. A remembrance ceremony will take place at the Southsea War memorial at 1400 on the 31st May. The parade will form up on Stanley Street, Southsea; it will step down Palmerston Road, the Avenue De Caen & Clarence Esplanade to the Southsea War Memorial on the seafront.

 HMS Collingwood and HMS Sultan will each provide one unarmed platoon.  Other platoons will be formed from Military Associations and the Sea Cadets.

 Units are to dress as follows: 

a.

Service Personnel No 1A’s  

b.

Sea Cadets As directed by Sea cadet Corps  

c.

Associations As appropriate  

d.

Service personnel not on parade 1B’s  

Service Units, Association’s and Cadets Units are to muster in Stanley Street PO5 2DS, no later than 1300 under the direction of the Chief of Parade (CoP).  The RM Band will lead the parade at 1337. Command Orders will be given by parade staff.

For those who are (or wish to) attending the Parade in Portsmouth on the 31st May and who would like a copy of the 'Parade Order' and the 'Order of Service and Programme Booklet' then please contact me using the email address at the bottom of this web page. Phil Glover

JUTLAND 100 - YOUR CALL TO ACTION - MESSAGE FROM RBL

Jutland 100 - Your Call To Action

This year marks the centenary of two battles of national significance during the First World War; the Battle of Jutland from 31 May to 1 June, and the Battle of the Somme, between 1 July and 18 November.

As the national custodian of Remembrance, The Royal British Legion asks you to take part in an event this year to commemorate those who made the ultimate sacrifice in these battles.

You could take part in one of the following national or regional events or run something within your local community.

Jutland 100

The Battle of Jutland was the principal naval battle of the First World War.  As such it provides an opportunity to commemorate the sacrifices and contributions made by all those from the Royal Navy, Merchant Navy, fishing fleets, shipbuilding towns and coastal communities who continue to guarantee our maritime nation's security in peace and war.

The following national and regional events are taking place on 31 May to mark Jutland 100.

1. A national commemorative event, broadcast by the BBC, will take place on Orkney, including a morning service at St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall and an afternoon service at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery at Lyness on Hoy.

2. The Royal Navy is hosting events at Portsmouth, Plymouth, Chatham, Belfast (including the opening of HMS Caroline and the Commemoration to the Irish Sailor) and Queensferry on the Firth of Forth.

3. The National Memorial Arboretum is hosting a service at its Naval Memorial at 11am.

Remembrance

We have tried to make it as easy as possible for you to take part or build your own commemorative event.  Just download your toolkit for Jutland 100 from www.britishlegion.org.uk/Jutland100.

In the toolkit you will find the following items to help you run your event:
      a) The Act of Remembrance, music and readings you could include.
      b) Branded material to help you promote your event, including poster.

templates:

.       A press release template, to help you generate local interest

.       A brief history of the Battle of Jutland 

.       The story of 'Jutland Jack' 

.       Stories of LIVE ON beneficiaries


Somme 100

The Battle of the Somme is synonymous with our memory of the First World War.  The infamous first day remains the bloodiest day in the British Army's history, involving sixty-thousand casualties, twenty-thousand of whom were killed.

Commemorations will be taking place between 30 June and 18 November to mark the centenary of the 141 days of the battle's duration.

More information and a different toolkit will be communicated separately for Somme 100 by mid-April.  The Somme 100 toolkit will be available both digitally
and for order by post.

We really hope that with this support you will be able to run an event that best suits your community.

If you have any questions, please contact remembrance@britishlegion.org.uk.

With best wishes for success in your commemorations.

The Royal British Legion Remembrance Team

FAABA & FULMAR ASSOCIATIONS JOINT REUNION - ELGIN 3rd - 5th JUNE 2016

 

 

Hi Everyone, Details of 2016 reunion. Please note all double rooms have been filled as the response has been fantastic. The FAABA and HMS Fulmar Associations have combined to organise a reunion of anyone and everyone who served at RNAS Lossiemouth or HMS Fulmar in any capacity during it's time either as a Naval Air Station or as a Naval Unit post handing over to the RAF in 1972. It also includes anyone serving with 849 and any RN unit up to 1978. It will be held over the weekend of 3-5th June 2016 at the Eight Acres Hotel, Elgin and we are taking names now as we anticipate a high take up of rooms at the hotel and when we have "sold out" anyone wishing to attend will have to organise their own accommodation. The hotel has only 52 rooms but the function room can take 180 so there is ample scope for arranging own accommodation but still be able to attend the reunion events. The cost breakdown is as follows:

£140 per person includes 2 nights dinner, bed and breakfast and use of hotel facilities.

£155 per person includes 3 nights dinner, bed and breakfast and use of hotel facilities.

We expect that the Saturday night entertainment which will be provided (Subject to final contract) by the 60's and 70's group who wowed the Fulmar club, "Johnny and the Copycats" (Full members only FOC but guests to pay) We expect this to be about £10 but do not have the full costs at this stage.

£8.95 per additional guest catered for Stovies buffet Friday 3rd June, to be served in our Westray Suite. (NON RESIDENTS ONLY)

£30 (inc Ticket as above) per additional guest catered for dinner Saturday 4th June, held in our Sherwood Suite. (NON RESIDENTS ONLY)

 

On Saturday afternoon Dave Clark has organised a visit to the new RNAS/RAF Museum at Covesea and anyone wishing to go to the top of the lighthouse will be able to do so. I am also hopeful of a visit to the WO and SNCO's Mess at RAF Lossiemouth and ring the toofers bell we presented to the mess in 2008.
Unfortunately we have just learnt that RAF Lossiemouth are holding their Family's day on the 4th June and we will not be able to visit. Additionally the Covesea Museum may not be finished in time and so arrangements are being made for an alternative venue to host the Fulmar Bell until such time as it can be transferred to the Covesea Museum. It will probably still be possible to visit the Lighthouse.

Yvonne Findlay who produced the DVD "Lossiemouth Northern Lights" along with The newspaper "The Northern Scot" are interested in attending our reunion to document the event.

If there is sufficient interest it may be possible to organise a game of golf on the Sunday at a local course overlooking the Moray Firth. If anyone is interested in this event can you please forward your names to myself at finectydave@gmail.com and Brian Sharrock (our Association Events Organiser) at sharrockb@hotmail.co.uk at the earliest opportunity. Do NOT try to book the hotel yourself as we have block booked the entire hotel and arranged a special deal for the weekend.

 

2. The 75th Anniversary of the Arctic Convoys to be marked at a special event in Liverpool - 31 October 2016

Please note that relevant veterans need to express their interest to the MOD contact (details below) no later than Monday 10 October 2016 (?) 

The Ministry of Defence, together with Liverpool City Council and The Royal British Legion are inviting veterans of the World War II Arctic Convoys to a special day to mark the 75th anniversary on Monday 31 October.  
A reception at Liverpool Town Hall, with a later invitation to tour a Royal Navy destroyer moored at the city's famous Cruise Terminal, will pay tribute to the many brave members of the Armed Forces and the Merchant Navy who endured that.Winston Churchill once described it as one of the worst journey's on Earth,¯ to help supply the Russian Front during the Second Word War.
Veterans and their families will be joined by Defence Minister, Lord Howe, the First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones, and the Lord Mayor of Liverpool Councillor Roz Gladden.
Due to the nature of the event the invitation is only open to British Arctic Convoy veterans and their family member or carer as appropriate.  Attendees will need to fund their own costs of travel and any accommodation. Those interested are invited to apply by no later than 10 October 2016 by emailing People-DSSec-CECTAug3@mod.uk

3. Suez Campaign at the NMA, 6 November 2016

The MoD in partnership with The Royal British Legion will mark the 60th anniversary of the Suez Campaign with a Service of Remembrance at the National Memorial Arboretum on Sunday 6 November 2016.

The 1956 campaign involved 100k UK troops in coalition with Israel and France in an invasion of Egypt with the intent of securing the Suez Canal.  The offensive resulted in 112 British casualties.  Due to the nature of the event, spaces will be limited to Veterans of the Suez Campaign, their carers and close family.

Those interested are invited to apply via an online form at the following link: www.britishlegion.org.uk/suez60. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 19 October 2016. Attendees will need to fund their own costs of travel and any accommodation. For queries, please contact the Commemorative Events Team on Suez60@britishlegion.org.uk or on 0203 053 7216.

NORMANDY LANDINGS - VETERANS AWARD

If members know anyone who took part in the Normandy Landings, (who is still alive), and has not yet received the Légion d’honneur from the French Government then please read on.

Note: the 70th Anniversary was in 2014.

Légion d’honneur for British World War II veterans

In conjunction with events to mark the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings, the government of France has advised the Ministry of Defence that it wishes to award the Legion d’Honneur to all surviving veterans.

An application form is available for any veterans, including Royal Navy and Royal Air Force personnel who operated in support of the landings, who have not already received this award from the French government, or have not been identified to take part in award ceremonies during the events in Normandy. In the section headed “reasons justifying the proposal”, brief details should be given of service in France.

The application form can be submitted electronically to the following address

People-DSSec-CommemAug1@mod.uk

Or by post to;

Personnel and Training - Defence Services Secretary
- Commemorations
Floor 6 Zone C
Ministry of Defence
Main Building
LONDON
SW1A 2HB

The above is a copy of an article on the  Mod website. Should you know of any survivors, Male or Female that worked "in support of the landings" then an application form can be downloaded from the following web page link.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/d-day-70-application-form-for-award-of-the-legion-dhonneur

CAPTAIN ERIC 'WINKLE' BROWN CBE, DSC, AFC, RN - MEMORIAL EVENT

Following the sad passing of Captain Eric 'Winkle' Brown RN in February this year at the age of 97, the First Sea Lord directed that the Royal Navy would arrange a memorial event.

At the moment full details have yet to be released but the following request has been sent by the event organisers:

The Capt Eric Brown Memorial Event Team are most keen to hear from friends and colleagues of Capt Brown.  Invitations to the memorial event will be strictly limited, targeted initially at Eric’s friends, aviation colleagues and representatives of his many aviation organisations.  If you consider yourself to be in one of those categories please get in touch with Brian Stanley by email at defstan1@hotmail.com and include a short description of your association with Capt Brown. 

MICHAEL JOHN (TINY) PORTER

We have been informed that Michael John (Tiny) Porter ex 800 & 809 Crossed the Bar last week. His funeral will be held at 1400 at Yeovil crematorium on Wednesday 22nd March and afterwards at the Manor Hotel. All those who knew him are welcome to attend.

Tiny in the 1960's

 

KEITH "FRAZ" FRAY

The Buccaneer Association has been informed by 'Fraz' Fray's sister Lyndsey, that he Crossed the Bar on June 29th 2017. In the Fleet Air Arm there have always been those characters that leave a lasting impact, many people will tell you Keith was one of those. From when he first joined 809 Squadron (Buccaneer Mk1's) in the early 1960's at RNAS Lossiemouth as a Junior Naval Air Mechanic, to his adventures in the South Atlantic in 1982 aboard the BT Cable Layer "IRIS"; one of the ships taken up from trade (STUFT) that was fitted with a Flight Deck.

When not on Front Line Service Keith served a lot of his service career at HMS Daedalus; from modifying Hunter's at NATIU to being part of the salvage and transport section of MARTSU (don't ask about the fire in the crewroom) , he will be remembered by all who knew him. RIP Keith, you deserve it.

We have now heard from Lydsey that Keith's Funeral will take place at Portchester Crematorium on Friday 21st July at 15:30, all that served with Keith or knew him are welcome to attend. For directions to the crematorium see;  http://www.portchestercrematorium.org/contact/intro.aspx

An online Memorial Page has been specially set up for Keith at http://keith.fray.muchloved.com .Please post your memories or photographs of Keith on this page in his honour; the family would like to thank everyone in advance for their kind comments and memories.

Apparently we had a hyperlink error for the Memorial Page, if you have previously tried and failed to leave a message, please try again.

GEORGE SUNDERLAND

We have been informed that George Sunderland, ex Leading Air Mechanic (AE) on 809 Squadron (1967-68), recently Crossed the Bar. His funeral will be held on Friday 16th June at 10:50 in Nab Wood Crematorium, Bingley Road, Shipley, Bradford, BD18 4BG. All are welcome to attend especially anyone who served with George, it is not expected that he will have any family who can attend.

Glyn Davis & George Sunderland 809 Squadron 1968

Pictures above taken at George's Funeral on Friday (16th June) at Shipley, Yorks. Ex Servicemen who turned up with John Tuke to ensure he had a proper send off. Click on each image to see full size. See also http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/crime/15057711.Fraudster_jailed_for_plundering_elderly_friend_s_savings/

 
 

CHARITY RIDE FOR DORSET & SOMERSET AIR AMBULANCE

Les Smith (FAABA Treasurer) completed the D&SAA Coast to Coast course in 4.5 hours on 14th May and this is the very unflattering look you get at the end! (Mind you it wasn't much better at the start!)

The course is from Watchet (Somerset) to West Bay (Dorset), a distance of 54 miles, he says it was a great event, well organised and well supported. He would like to thank all who have donated for this worthy cause - and to all those that took part for the mutual support to get you through when them there hills looked never ending!! He said that it was well worth it in the end for the sense of achievement and the money raised which goes to a good cause.
With some money still to come in he has raised a total of £350 for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. Total for all entrants is expected to be around the £85k mark.
If people still wish to donate his Just Giving site, it remains open for now. Please follow this link :-
www.justgiving.com/les-smith809

 

REQUEST FOR DONATIONS

Les Smith, FAABA Treasurer, is undertaking a charity event to raise funds for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance (DSAA) and is asking if any FAABA members wish to sponsor him in support of this worthwhile cause with donations to his fundraising site.

 

The event is the Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge (C2C) which takes place on Sunday 14th May 2017 covering the 54 miles from Watchet to West Bay.

It is an event where stabilisers must be removed from the bike and so presents a unique challenge for one so cumbersome and untalented. As you can see below it is also a bit crowded at the start……

Les has set up a Just Giving website where donations can be made, using Gift Aid if so desired.

Just log on to www.justgiving.com/les-smith809 where donations can be made.

The site is safe, secure and straightforward but if anyone has any problems with it then please contact him as per his details on the FAABA website -  les.smith779@talktalk.net

All donations gratefully accepted and messages of an abusive/supportive/downright disgusting nature (delete as appropriate) can be left there for all to see (or not if they are that bad!). Thanking you in advance.