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|The Association was represented at the RAF 100 commemoration on the 10th July 2018, at both Westminster Abbey and the Reception at Horse Guards Parade, by both the Vice President AVM Andrew Roberts, Chairman John Cairns and five members.|
|‘The Association reunion this year took place in Newquay over the weekend of 12th and 13th May 2018. The Maritime Dinner was held during the evening of the 12th May 2018 at the Kilbirnie Hotel Newquay This was followed on Sunday 13th May by a service of Remembrance held at St Eval Church the spiritual home of those who served in RAF Coastal Command and subsequent maritime air formations’. (Click on the images to enlarge.)|
|Formation of the Royal Air Force Commemoration Service|
The Association was represented both at the Commemoration Service to
celebrate the formation of the Royal Air Force (99 years) on the 2nd April
2017 , at St Clement Danes Church, followed by the Air Force Board reception
held in the Royal Courts of Justice' .
Photo : Left to right : Evelyn Hendrie, John Cairns (Chairman) Linda Bulloch, and Andrew Roberts (Vice President)
|2017 Battle of the Atlantic Commemorations|
The Act of Commemoration for those who lost their lives while operating from Scotland during WWII was held at 1400 on Sunday 7th May at the Coastal Command Memorial in the grounds of the Scottish Sea Bird Centre, North Berwick. The Memorial, located with spectacular views towards Bass Rock, is exposed to real Coastal Command weather.
Remembrance Parade at the Cenotaph in
13 Nov 2016
|The Association was well represented at the Cenotaph in Whitehall on the 13th November 2016, following the British Legion Service of Remembrance members took part in the march past, the salute being taken by HRH the Prince of Wales.|
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Act of Commemoration
Atlantic Campaign was the longest of the Second World War and the battle
against German U-boats cost tens of thousands of lives, including almost
11,000 of RAF Coastal Command. To commemorate this sacrifice, the Maritime
Air Trust erected a Tribute to those who died in the South Cloister of
Westminster Abbey, which was unveiled by Her Majesty The Queen in 2004.
In May 1943 the battle against the U-boat threat finally swung in the Allies favour, and this turning-point is marked annually by a short Act of Commemoration at the Coastal Command Tribute. This May, the Service was led by The Reverend Professor Vernon White of Westminster Abbey, with ushers provided by No 291 (Westminster & Chelsea) ATC Sqn under the command of FS Fernanda Lewis, and Last Post and Reveille was played by Cpl Connie Willis, from 1475 (Dulwich) ATC Sqn."
The Association held its 21st Reunion/AGM at the Royal Beach Hotel,
Portsmouth over the weekend 3rd to 5th June 2016. The Chairman said that it
had been a good year for events and activities and the Association would
continue for the foreseeable future. Indeed there is a good prospect of
recruiting new members if we put more emphasis on advertising our presence.
The next reunion is to be held in Chester, based on the Crowne Plaza Hotel, over the weekend 5 - 7 of May and NOT the 12th to 14th May 2017 as previously published. The reunion will be a combination with the Air Sea Rescue and Marine Craft Section.
|Extract from National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015.|
The provision of ‘Nine new Boeing P8 Maritime Patrol Aircraft to
increase further the protection of our nuclear deterrent and our new
aircraft carriers. These aircraft will be based in Scotland and will also
have an overland surveillance capability’.
|Daily Telegraph Letter|
|Squadron Leader Terry Bulloch,|
Squadron Leader Terry Bulloch, who has died aged 98, was a pilot in Coastal
Command who made the greatest number of sightings and attacks against German
U-boats during the Battle of the Atlantic.
Daily Telegraph Obituary : Squadron Leader Terry Bulloch,
Members of Coastal Command and Maritime Air Association in conjunction with their US Navy colleagues gathered at the RAF Club in London on Saturday 25th April 2015 to honour the late Squadron Leader Terrence Bulloch DSO and bar and DFC and bar.
The late Squadron Leader Terrence Bulloch DSO and Bar, DFC and Bar, was nominated and has been successfully ‘inducted’ into the United States Navy Hall of Honour. Pictures from the ceremony can be found here.
|Wing Commander Derek Dudley Martin OBE RAF|
was born in Cheam, Surrey on the 4th of July 1920 and as soon as age
permitted joined the RAF as a pilot. Early on in his training he suffered
from Mumps and was withdrawn from training. Luck was on his side however and
he was later reinstated and went on to successfully complete his training as
pilot. Early in 1939 Derek was introduced to the new RAF aircraft, the
Sunderland, and so began a long and fruitful connection with this famous
Derek’s early training was on the rather older Scapas and Singapores
however he graduated from the Flying Boat Training Squadron at Calshot and
set off for Oban to begin his operational acquaintance with the Sunderland.
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|Royal Air Force Service Records - Personnel Records|
As the years progress we receive an increasing amount of requests from
individuals concerning either family or friends "Service History"
requests. As an Association we do not have access to these records.
The following is an extract from the MOD RAF Website:
Royal Air Force personnel records are held at RAF Cranwell. If service number and details are known, please quote it in correspondence. Cranwell will only divulge information to the person to whom it refers or, if he or she has died, to his or her immediate next of kin. Anyone else must obtain written permission from the person about whom they are enquiring, or from his or her next of kin, before any information will be given to them.
Cranwell make a charge of £30.00 for any information they provide;
cheques made payable to 'MOD Funds'. The only people exempt from charge are
the person to whom the records refer or their widow or widower."
|The Cinderella Service|
This book reveals the vital contribution that RAF Coastal Command made to the Allies war effort. Although often referred to as the 'Cinderella Service' because by its nature, it did not gain the recognition it deserved and was overshadowed by Fighter and Bomber Commands and considering that it was not given priority in terms of aircraft and equipment, its wartime record was second to none. The two main roles of Coastal Command were anti-submarine work in the Atlantic and anti-shipping operations against enemy warships and merchant vessels. This work looks at every aspect of the command's work, equipment and aircraft and draws upon many first-hand accounts. Lengthy and comprehensive appendices cover Orders of Battle, Commanders, U boats sunk, ships sunk aircraft losses and casualties.
A message from our Newsletter editor. Could the person who contacted him
enquiring about Sgt John Howitt please get
in touch again. Ian suffered some over exuberant clearing out of a
RMS Queen Mary "Met" in the post war era.
Escort of Independent Merchant Vessels was a procedure during WWII, where aircraft were sometimes called upon to escort independently routed merchant vessels including "Monster Liners."
This exercise continued into the Sunderland Era. It was not unknown for an exchange officer returning to the USA or similar to be "Intercepted" on his cruise home. Have you an amusing "Met" or "Not Met" Story?
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