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The CCMAA reunion this year was held at Pembroke Dock over the weekend
of 6th to 8th June 2014; CCMAA members were joined by the Mayor and
colleagues from the Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust for the formal dinner on
the evening of Saturday 7th June 2014 at the Cleddau Bridge Hotel.
During the morning members attended a short service commemorating D-Day at the Sunderland Trust Dockyard Chapel Heritage Centre in Pembroke Dock. This was followed by an invitation from Alistair and Marion Walker, owners of ex-RAF Seaplane Tender (ST441), to members to take take a short trip in the launch in Milford Haven. This was much appreciated and enjoyed by all.
More images of this magnificent vessel can be seen on the 2014 Reunion page.
|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from Mumps and was withdrawn from training.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.
CCMAA - Battle of Atlantic 70th Anniversary
joined their colleagues from the Royal Navy and Merchant Navy remembering
the Battle of the Atlantic during events being held in Liverpool over the
weekend of 25 and 26 May 2013. The high spot being the service to
Commemorate the Battle of the Atlantic at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral
on Sunday 26 May 2013 which was attended by the Princess Royal. A march past
of veterans from all three services followed.
Virgin Trains supported the
Association by providing fifty first class tickets for members to travel to
and from Liverpool; a gesture very much appreciated by all.
John Cairns, Chairman with veteran Flt Lt Jim
Glazebrook DFC, taken in Liverpool on 25th May 2013. Jim Glazebrook DFC is
93 and served on 206 Squadron as a Liberator/Fortress pilot during WWII.
|Dedication at PD
|The unveiling and dedication of a memorial slate tablet in Pembroke Dock, South Wales on 12 May 2013; this was the world’s largest flying boat base in 1943' The memorial, funded by Maritime Air Trust honours Pembroke Dock’s role in the Battle of the Atlantic.
|St Eval Church - Lastest News
|Latest News from a Cornwall based member
"I have contacted below by David Green - a former Commanding
Officer of No. 42 Sqn. We are always pleased to recieve donations.
As you will know, our appeal for the pinnacles for St Eval Church was very
successful (with generous support from CCMAA) and the project completed
some years ago.
We are very aware that St Eval and its Coastal connections are very dear to many and that without such donations the fabric of the building and its memorabilia would prove more difficult to maintain."
|Maritime Air Trust seeking young artists
|The Maritime Air Trust (MAT) has established a national young artists’ Bursary with the clear aim of commemorating, in a lasting medium, the achievements of Maritime Aviation in the Royal Air Force’s Coastal Command.
The Trust are seeking to find a young aspiring artist under the age of 25, with aviation interests, who will help them achieve their goal, by offering them their Sir John Barraclough Artists’ Bursary.
In applying for this bursary, MAT stipulates that the subjects for submission, employing traditional drawing or painting mediums, depict and capture the achievements of Coastal Command and its aircraft used on Maritime
Operations since 1919. Artists may also consider RAF Marine Craft, a valuable asset to the Command in peace and War; the Commonwealth and other Allies who served alongside RAF units in many theatres and finally, the helicopter, saving lives both at sea and on land; one that has established itself as a prime asset in Search and Rescue in its short history with the RAF.
To be effective, land based maritime aviation must operate in close co-operation with Naval forces. MAT however, considers that Naval Aviation (The Fleet Air Arm) is a force in its own right and, as a subject, would fall outside the scope of this bursary.
The successful candidate, selected by a panel from the MAT and the Guild of Aviation Artists, will receive £250 per year, for a period of three years, free friend membership of the Guild for the duration of the bursary and mentoring by a Full Member of the Guild.
The Trust has also agreed to award a small prize to a young artist whose work may lack maturity but shows great promise. This will be awarded every 3 years and be to the value £25. Their works will be displayed in the Guild’s Annual Summer Exhibition.
To apply for details and conditions of the Sir John Barraclough Artists’ Bursary please send John Cairns an e-mail marked MAT Bursary to John Cairns, Chairman.
News from Evelyn Hendrie, and Pen and Sword Books, Andrew Hendrie title to be re-released.
The Catalina Aircraft in World War II
this book Andrew Hendrie tells the whole amazing story of the "Flying
Cats", of their exploits and achievements, of heroism of many of
their crews and the problems they had to endure. With numerous photographs
as well as appendices listing technical data and individual aircraft
histories, this is the definitive history of the Catalina and its
RAF Kinloss, No 42 (R) Sqn, No 120 Sqn and No 201 Sqn, Forres Parade
150 personnel from RAF Kinloss and the resident Squadrons paraded through
Forres today Tuesday 24 May at 1100 hrs with rifles and bayonets fixed
exercising their Freedom of Forres rights. This was the last time that the
public had an opportunity to show their support for the RAF Kinloss Flying
Squadrons ahead of their disbandment on Thursday 26 May.
The Town of Forres turned out along with most of the local junior school children with their teachers and staff.
In true Moray style it rained for part of the parade, and the flypast of Lossiemouth based GR4's was cancelled due to the Icelandic Volcanic dust cloud.
|The picture below comes courtesy of Mr Eddie Pratt, taken in Grant Park after the address by Gp Capt JJ Johnston RAF and the Lord Lieutenant of Moray, Grenville Johnston Esq OBE TD CA.
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Shackleton WR963 at Coventry UPDATE
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site use the domain name address. www.CCMAA.org.uk
Failure to do so will result in broken links after the move or introduce the need for constant updating.
Museum to be dedicated to Coastal Command.
This news comes to us from John Cubberley, Chairman of the Shackleton
"Having received so many complaints regarding the apparent disinterest in things Coastal Command by the Cosford and Hendon RAF Museums, I have persuaded the new flying museum designated Airbase Coventry to host a permanent exhibit dedicated to Coastal Command.
This museum will be principally a flying museum with both the Shackleton and Nimrod present.
Both these aircraft will be fully serviceable to eventually commit to passenger taxi roles on select dates..
As we receive any information or updates from John it will be posted here. We also have a link to his site about WR963.
Information from John Lowe a CCMAA Member.
I am researching No.206 Squadron RAF and my Grandfather's time on the unit, and have been for a number of years.
Back in 2006 I created a website and it has been expanding ever since (See links page), one of the focus areas within it currently is the Memoirs section where I have pulled together 32 pages of information to date.
If you have any links to 206 Squadron members from the WWII era I would be very interested to hear!!
www.coastalcommand206.com (opens in new window)
Pictures from John Evans showing developments at the "Flying Boat Centre" at Pembroke dock. The MAT made a donation to them a couple of years ago and it shows the money has gone to good use. More images are available on the PD Flying Boat Centre Gallery page.
|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 Innsworth. If service number and details are known, please quote it in correspondence. Innsworth 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.
Innsworth 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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