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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.
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
North Berwick.
The Act of Commemoration for those who lost their lives while operating from Scotland during WWII will be 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 is located with spectacular views towards Bass Rock, but is exposed to real Coastal Command weather - so wrap up well!

Westminster Abbey
The Act of Commemoration at the Coastal Command Tribute in the South Cloister of Westminster Abbey will be held at 1230 on Sunday 14th May.  Entry is via Dean's Yard - through the arch leading from the car drop-off area.
 

 
Reunion 2017

CHANGE of DATE

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.
 
Remembrance Parade at the Cenotaph in London,
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.
The Association was well represented at the Cenotaph in Whitehall on the 13th November 2016.
  The Association was well represented at the Cenotaph in Whitehall on the 13th November 2016. The Association was well represented at the Cenotaph in Whitehall on the 13th November 2016.
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Act of Commemoration

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."The 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. Last Post and Reveille was played by Cpl Connie Willis, from 1475 (Dulwich) ATC Sqn.

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."
 
 
Reunion 2016
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
Daily Telegraph Letter, 30th May, 2015, Maritime Patrol Aircraft.
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
Wing Commander Derek Dudley Martin OBE RAF.Derek 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 aircraft.

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.


Derek quickly got to grips with the task of protecting the vital Atlantic convoys. Although enemy air activity was light the weather and the difficult task of locating submarines provided sufficient challenge. Derek rapidly gained promotion to be a crew captain at the ripe old age of 20! The long hours and testing Scottish weather proved near fatal on 2 occasions. On the first, when still a co-pilot, he was involved in an accident where the aircraft over ran the landing area and beached at speed into Lismore Island. Derek’s injuries were slight and he was soon back in the air. In the next incident Derek was by now a captain, returning from a long sortie, one of two very close together, on recovering to Oban in marginal weather Derek impacted the sea and the aircraft was destroyed. Derek was very badly injured, on admission to the local hospital in Oban he was set aside as it was felt that he was beyond help. Derek wasn’t ready to go! His injuries were horrendous including an eye that had left it’s socket and his scalp being held in by an inch of skin. The staff at Oban did a wonderful job and as soon as he was strong enough he was transferred to the care of Dr Archibald McIndoe(later knighted for his work) at East Grinstead.
Wing Commander Derek Dudley Martin OBE RAF.
Derek recovered and with a “rebuilt” face returned to flying but not before becoming a founder member of the Guinea Pig Club, or as he insisted the only web footed member of the club. He was also the last surviving founder member of the club. Back to his beloved Sunderland and to begin a long connection with Pembroke Dock, the largest Flying Boat Base in the world. Derek flew with three units at PD and later commanded a Training Unit at PD.
In 1944 he was posted to the Far East as CoS to the largest joint-service operation in SE Asia charged with the task of occupying the Cocos Islands prior to the invasion of Singapore. The Japanese capitulated in 1945 and Derek was moved to Singapore as Staff Officer Maritime Operations.

After the war Derek converted on to jets and Commanded an Auxiliary unit flying Metors at RAF Wymeswold– Kipper fleet to fighter pilot, quite a jump! Eventually he had to hang up his flying boots and qualified as electronics specialist becoming a key member of staff at Signals Command during the cold war.

Wing Commander Derek Dudley Martin OBE RAFFollowing retirement Derek maintained his interest in the Guinea Pig Club travelling the world to meet surviving member. He was a stalwart supporter and President of the Sunderland Trust and became a co-founder of the RAF Gliding Club. In his twilight years he married Betty and together they travelled the world and thoroughly enjoyed each other’s company.

Following a fall, Derek was admitted to hospital and on the 4th of April he quietly passed away. He will be greatly missed by an adoring family and a huge following of friends and colleagues. The CCMAA has lost an enthusiastic and greatly respected member who achieved so much within our Maritime Community.,
 

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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:

"Personnel Records

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."

For further details : www.raf.mod.uk/links/contacts.cfm

 
 The Cinderella Service

The Cinderella Service by Andrew Hendrie.

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.


Available from www.Pen-and-Sword.co.uk

Details 
ISBN  1844153460
Author Andrew W.A. Hendrie, BA, ARHistS, ARAes, PhD
Type    Hardback
Size     246 X 172

"Not Met"

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Queen Mary "Met".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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