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Interested in the groups who played at the Two Red Shoes in the 1960's whilst you were serving at RNAS Lossiemouth, click on the link below to take you to the Two red Shoes website (Preview above)


For those of you interested in how the Two red shoes started, you will find items about the history of the Two Red Shoes at David mills Blog (now unavailable);


Two Red Shoes Info

Albert Bonici Bio

Click on either of the pictures above to see part of David mills Blog


'Two Red Shoes' link with the Beatles.

 The Beatles began their first tour of 1963 with a performance at the Two Red Shoes Ballroom, Elgin, Scotland, on 3 January.

 The Two Red Shoes opened as a jazz venue on 28 July 1960. The Beatles' Scottish tour had been booked in November 1962 by Jack Fallon at the Cana Variety Agency. The Beatles earned £42 a night.



3 January 1963

Fleet Air Arm Legends


As you may have heard on the news, Captain Eric 'Winkle' Brown who was the Commanding Officer of HMS Fulmar in the late 1960's has Crossed the Bar. He passed away on Sunday 21st February at the age of 97 after a short illness.

"The Fleet Air Arm may have lost one of its finest and best known pilots, but British Aviation has lost something even greater - the most accomplished test pilot of his generation and perhaps of all time and a huge advocate and supporter of military aviation and the Nation's Naval Aviation Heritage."

Admiral Sir George Zambellas
First Sea Lord

Tributes are pouring in for the World’s Greatest Test Pilot and Fly Navy Heritage Trust Ambassador Captain Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown CBE DSC AFC who died yesterday aged 97.
A passionate supporter of the Nation’s Naval Aviation Heritage, he was a great friend to the Trust and the Fleet Air Arm and will be deeply missed. Winkle’s legendary career as a Naval Test Pilot, his services to aviation and the country have hailed him a national hero.
“As a Test Pilot he pioneered many new technologies that gave the UK aviation industry a world leading reputation. We have not only lost a truly remarkable man and dear friend but a last link to a vital era in our nation’s history”

Sue Eagles, Communications Director, Fly Navy Heritage Trust

Captain Eric 'Winkle' Brown CBE DSC AFC Royal Navy, 21 Jan 1919 - 21 Feb 2016

Vice-Admiral Sir Edward Rosebery Anson, KCB 1929-2014

Vice-Admiral Sir Edward Rosebery Anson, KCB, who died 22 September, 2014, was a naval aviator who flew sorties over Korea and was instrumental in the introduction pf the Buccaneer Aircraft. He was descended from George Anson, Lord Anson, 1st Lord of the Admiralty in the Seven Years' War (from whom descends the Earls of Lichfield and the Anson baronets).

More info:


Peter Twiss who passed away on August 31st was a Fleet Air Arm pilot who became company Test Pilot for Fairy Aviation in 1946 after leaving the Royal Navy. In March 1956 he became the first pilot to exceed 1000 mph in level flight (1132 mph in a Fairy Delta FD2). The previous record was held by American "Colonel Horace Hane", who recorded 822.26 mph in a Super Sabre in late 1955.

In 1960 after Fairy Aviation was sold to Westland Helicopters he joined Fairy Marine and was responsible for development and sales of day-cruisers. He also appeared in the film From Russia with Love driving one of the company's speedboats. For more information try these links...

FlightGlobal Archive    Wingweb Article    Wikipedia Article    Telegraph Obituary




Rear-Admiral Ian Robertson, who has died aged 89, was decorated as a young pilot and became one of the few RNVR officers to reach flag rank.

In 1970, he was given command of the strike carrier Eagle and its Final Commission, the government had already taken the decision to cut the Navy’s carriers, and announced that this would be Eagle’s last.

He passed the bar on Feb 22nd 2012.

For more info use this link to the article in the Daily Telegraph


Admiral Sir Raymond Lygo

Admiral Sir Raymond Lygo, who has died 87, was a successful Fleet Air Arm pilot during the war and Acting First Sea Lord after it; in his second career he was chief executive of British Aerospace and played a small but key role in the “Westland affair” of 1986, which brought down two ministers and, very nearly, the government of Margaret Thatcher.

He commanded Ark Royal from 1969 to 1971, becoming a national figure after he was exonerated by an official board of inquiry, following a collision with a Soviet destroyer. The Soviet Kotlin class ship had been aggressively shadowing Ark Royal during a Nato exercise, but cut one manoeuvre too fine. Lygo avoided cutting her in half only by going full astern, but seven Soviet sailors were thrown into the sea by the collision, and two were killed.

Memorial Service for Admiral Sir Raymond Lygo KCB



A Memorial and Thanksgiving Service for the life of Admiral Sir Raymond Lygo, KCB, was held in Chichester Cathedral on Thursday 21st June 2012. The service was conducted by the Reverend Canon Dr Anthony Cane, Chancellor, and was attended by a congregation of over 250 of his family, friends and official representatives from the Royal Navy, Naval Associations and many other organisations.

Sir Raymond’s Orders and Decorations were borne to the alter accompanied by the Royal Navy Colour escorted by a Royal Naval Colour Party of Officers and Ratings from HMS Collingwood and HMS Nelson. Buglers from the Band of the HM Royal Marines, Collingwood sounded the Alert and played Sunset. The Standards of the Fleet Air Association and HMS St. Vincent Association were also present.

Pictures from the Memorial Service provided by Ray Whitehouse, Chairman & Secretary, Royal Navy Photographers Association.

Download Obituary in pdf format


Rear-Admiral Roger Dimmock

Rear-Admiral Roger Dimmock, died aged 78 on May 26th 2014; he had a narrow escape when the aircraft he was flying malfunctioned and crashed at the Farnborough Air Show in 1958. In 1969-70 he flew the Blackburn Buccaneer low-level bomber in 801 Squadron and he later became SNO at RAF Honington from 1971 to 1973. He commanded RNAS Culdrose in the eighties and went on to became Flag Officer Naval Air Command (1987-1988).

Commander R. M 'Mike' Crosley DSC & Bar RN

Mike Crosley passed away on June 20th 2010 aged 90. He joined the Fleet Air Arm in 1940 during WW2 and survived the sinking of HMS Eagle whilst on Malta Convoy duty.  He flew various aircraft types from the Sea Hurricane to the Seafire and was involved from the  Mediterranean to Normandy and from Norway to the Pacific when he was CO of 880 Squadron aboard HMS Implacable.

After the war Mike Crosley joined No 6 Empire Test Pilots' Course, and left the Navy to test Short's flying boats under development in Belfast. On the outbreak of the Korean War he rejoined the Navy, helping to train new pilots and flying 75 missions over Korea from the carrier Ocean.

He wrote pilots' notes for a range of aircraft, which he flew to their limits, and was awarded the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Services in the Air. In 1954-55 he was commanding officer of 813 Squadron, flying the Wyvern from the new Eagle.

In 1958 Crosley was promoted commander and returned to test flying at Boscombe Down, making the first deck landings of the Buccaneer low-level bomber.

See details of his book "Up in Harms Way" on the books page


Lt-Cdr Sammy Mearns

 Lieutenant-Commander Sammy Mearns, who has died aged 88, was a busy and aggressive pilot in the last 18 months of the Second World War, but later became a Fleet Air Arm legend for pinching a three-ton statue of the Greek goddess Persephone. To read his full obituary in the Daily telegraph Click Here




Brian Young who passed away on Christmas Eve was the Captain of HMS Antrim during the Falkland's Campaign, he was also President of the HMS Antrim Association. From 1968 - 1970 he was Commander Air at RNAS Lossiemouth and from 1970 to 1972 he was Commander Air aboard HMS Eagle. His funeral is on the 12th January 2010, 12 noon, Holy Trinity Church, Penn, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, UK.  Full details can be found on the HMS Antrim Association Website;

Brian G Young joined the Royal Navy in 1944 as a Cadet at Eaton hall, Chester, & Dartmouth. He served as a Midshipman & Sub Lieutenant aboard HMS King George V, Theseus & Wren. Promoted to Lt. in 1952 & sent to the U.S.A. for fixed wing pilot training; he then served with 803 & 804 NAS, flying Seahawks From HM Ships Albion, Centaur, Bulwark, & Ark Royal. (1954-58) He took part in ground attack missions in Egypt, during Suez.(804 Sqn NAS HMS Bulwark). From 1958 to 1960 he took up an exchange posting with the RAF as a Hawker Hunter Instructor, (well someone had to show them (RAF) how to do it right). His next posting was to 804 NAS (Scimitars) as Senior Pilot aboard HMS Hermes. Promoted to Lt Commander in 1960 he attended the RN staff Collage. After Staff appointment, he commanded 892 NAS (Sea Vixens) on HMS Centaur, which was involved in the Indonesian Confrontation between 1964 and 1965. In 1965-66 he commanded 766 NAS (Sea Vixens) the Naval Air Fighter School ('TOP GUN') at RNAS Yeovilton & was also promoted Commander. Following that he was appointed to command HMS Wiston as the Senior Officer 9th Mine Counter Measures Squadron based in Bahrain, Arabian Gulf. In 1968 he attended the Joint Services Staff College & was appointed Commander (air) RNAS Lossiemouth from 1968 to 1970 and from 1970 to 1972 saw him as Commander (Air) HMS Eagle. From 1972 to 1974 was appointed Staff Aviation officer to Flag Officer Carriers & Amphibious Ships. He then Commanded HMS Danae from 1974 to 1975 & attended Senior officers' war course at RNC Greenwich in1976.  His next appointment was as Assistant Chief of Staff (Warfare) to CINCFLEET in 1976, & Chief of Staff to FONAC ( as Commodore)  in 1978.  His final appointment was to HMS ANTRIM, in 1981. As Captain of HMS Antrim he was also appointed the Task Group Commander for Operation Parquet allocated to the recapture of South Georgia. He was executed with such knowledge & experience, there is no doubt many people owe him much more than just knowing him. He left the Royal Navy 2 years later. Admitted to the Distinguished Service Order.

Lieutenant Commander 'Fred' Frederiksen

Ex Sea Vixen (766/893), Phantom (892) and Harrier (800) pilot, Lieutenant Commander 'Fred' Frederiksen, who has died aged 62, was a Fleet Air Arm pilot who shot down an Argentine Dagger during the Falklands War.




On May 1 Hermes entered the Total Exclusion Zone which Britain had declared around the Falklands, and Frederiksen led a bombing strike by three Harriers on the airfield at Goose Green. After taking his aircraft at wave-top height down the Falklands Sound, Frederiksen flew low over a range of hills and, completely surprising the air defences, destroyed one enemy aircraft as it was taxiing and damaged two others.



With Sea Harrier jump-jets landing on the carrier Hermes in Portsmouth, Frederiksen, who had been testing aircraft at Boscombe Down, inveigled his way aboard as an additional pilot in 800 Naval Air Squadron, under the command of Lt Cdr Andy Auld. A month later he was in the thick of war.

All told 15 Harriers sortied and returned that morning, giving rise to BBC reporter Brian Hanrahan's oft-quoted words: "I counted them all out, and I counted them all back."

To read his full obituary in the Daily telegraph Click Here

Extra information from the 'Professional Pilots Rumour Network'


Rear Admiral Basil Charles Godfrey Place  VC, CB, CVO, DSC

(19 July 1921 – 27 December 1994)


Former Commanding Officer of Midget Submarine X.7 during the attack on the German Battleship Tirpitz in Kaafiord during 1943 for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross. He later transferred to the FAA and became a pilot with 801 Squadron flying Sea Fury's from HMS Glory during the Korean war in 1952.

As a Captain he commanded the new entrants training establishment HMS Ganges from 1963 to 1965

For more information click on the links below......

Jenny and her Side Party in Hong Kong

Please spare a thought for the passing of a legend in the Far East, Mrs Ng Muk Kah (otherwise known as Jenny), passed away on Wednesday February 18th at the grand old age of 92. Jenny and her side party served the Royal and Commonwealth Navies since the 1920's until the former colony was handed over in 1997. She was awarded the British Empire Medal in 1980 and the occasional cake (Picture: Capt J Pope HMS Eagle saying thank you in 1968). For more information try these excellent links..... Obituary in Daily Telegraph .... or ..... Micheal Overton's website dedication.




Henry Allingham who died on Saturday 18th July was born in 1896 in South London and joined the Royal Naval Air Service in 1915 as an Air Mechanic. He was aged 113 when he died and at was thought to be the worlds oldest man. He was the oldest former member of the Royal Naval Air Service and became a founding member of the Royal Air Force in 1918 when the RNAS personnel were transferred. To read his obituary use the link on the right.


FAA Aircrew Trained Top Gun Pilots at Miramar Airbase

(From article in the Daily Telegraph)

Click here to read full article


Future Aircraft Carriers


Article at

Mod Document "Carrier Strike Briefing"

First Steel Cutting

The construction of the Armed Forces’ new aircraft carriers pressed forward today as Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal performed the steel cutting for the first of the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carriers at BVT Surface Fleet’s shipyard in Govan, Glasgow.

To read the full article click here......... 

link to BBC Article

Today’s ceremony marked the start of the manufacture of the Royal Navy’s largest ever warships. Together with the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft and the brand new Type 45 destroyers, they will form the cornerstone of Britain’s future ability to jointly project air power worldwide from land or sea at a time and place of UK’s choosing.


Malcolm Muir

A member found this obituary in the Telegraph, it mentions in the article that he test flew a Canberra fitted with the Gyron Junior engine and later  the Buccaneer (equipped with the Rolls-Royce Spey engine) and thought others might be interested.

Test pilot for de Havilland and Rolls-Royce who notched up time in 84 different aircraft and had two narrow escapes.


Article in the Daily Telegraph


Rolls Royce

Rolls-Royce has been awarded £96m to  provide power and propulsion equipment including four gas turbines for HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales, the UK’s new 65,000 tonne aircraft carriers.

Article in the Engineer Magazine

From the Engineer Magazine, supplied by Phil Glover



John Stevens who has served on the Ark royal IV has asked us to let people know where to find his memories website.


Those who wish to record their memories of this Iconic Ship are asked to send them to John, use the link above for more information.


The Phoenix Think Tank


Informing discussion and debate on the future of the Royal Navy


At the recent Fly Navy Federation Meeting we were advised that a body of professional ex service  and military advisers has been formed to plan and ensure the future of the FAA. It is known as the Phoenix Think Tank and information can be found at the following Web site




The Navy Campaign

A perspective of modern times - and How/Why we need to here

Sharky's World


Public & Private Pension Increases - change from RPI to CPI

Responsible department: Department for Work and Pensions

Many workers in the Public and Private Sector have contributed to their pensions on the understanding that on retirement these Pensions would be increased each April by the preceding September's Retail Price Index (RPI) rate. From April 2011 the Government has transferred these increases to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) measure which in the Treasury's own words " designed to take account of the fact that consumers tend to shop around, switching to cheaper alternatives when prices of similar goods change." This change, which has been introduced in most cases without any prior consultation, will mean a steady reduction in spending power for pensioners as they progress into their retirement. Given the promises that have previously been made, the RPI measure should be reintroduced without delay to ensure that the spending power of these Public and Private pensioners is maintained.
To make your feelings known please use the hyperlink below:

To read/download the letter from Sir Peter Norriss of the Buccaneer Aircrew Association giving details of a recent Freedom of Information request he made

please click here