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Reunion 2014
RAF Seaplane Tender (ST441), more pictures on the 2014 reunion page.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.


RAF Seaplane Tender (ST441), more pictures on the 2014 reunion page.



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
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 Early on in his training he suffered from Mumps and was withdrawn from training.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.,


CCMAA - Battle of Atlantic 70th Anniversary

Battle of the Atlantic Commemoration at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on Sunday 26 May 2013 which was attended by the Princess Royal.Members 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.

The Association was also well-represented at the recent Commemoration Service in London at St Paul’s Cathedral.The Association was also well-represented at the recent Commemoration Service in London at St Paul’s Cathedral on 8 May 2013, and the unveiling 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. On Sunday 19 May 2013 a further commemoration was held at a church service in the Coastal Command Church at RAF St Eval in Cornwall.

The evening of 9 May 2013, alongside vintage aircraft from the Fleet Air Arm, saw a Catalina flying boat over the skies of London; the Association having raised the funds through its membership to ensure the Royal Air Force were appropriately remembered.

It should not be forgotten that shore-based aircraft of RAF Coastal Command made a significant contribution to the destruction of enemy U-boats during the Battle of the Atlantic. RAF Coastal Command were responsible for sinking or disabling some 292 submarines during the course of the battle. Almost one in every two U-boats sunk or put out of action resulted from detections and attacks from RAF shore-based maritime patrol aircraft.

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.A total of 10,500 RAF Coastal Command aircrew lost their lives during the course of the last war.

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
Battle of the Atlantic Memorial Stone, Pembroke Dock.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 Chris Moncaster.

"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.

Is it possible to update the website to this effect but say also that donations are still welcome.

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.

Flying Cats, The Catalina Aircraft in World War II, Andrew Hendrie. Flying Cats
The Catalina Aircraft in World War II
Andrew Hendrie
ISBN 1853107336
"In 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 operations worldwide.


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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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 Preservation Trust.

"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..

Airbase Coventry is a central location and will be where real maritime aircraft can be touched and inspected at close quarters.  It will be open seven days per week from the end of May 2010.Lectures and other ideas can be explored in the future.

The Shackleton Preservation Trust will include the Nimrod under its watchful eye to deter deterioration as it does with the Shackleton WR963.   The Shackleton is now in its 20th year since retiring from active service and is now the only Shackleton which is still fully functional outside of a static museum.

WR963 is currently under thorough inspection for metal damage to engine camshafts.  This is a general problem with Griffons and even when operated in service days they should have been fitted with individual pre oiling pumps.   There were times when engines were idle for longer than the 9 days recommended between running.  After 11 years ground running every 14 days we obviously have reached the point where camshaft wear needs addressing and that generally means replacing cams and rocker assemblies.

The aircraft is now positioned ready to be repainted once again.  It will be painted the usual grey colour but there may be a case for returning the aircraft to its original white with grey topsides in the future.  We might canvas opinion on this from your members."

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!!

Best regards
John Lowe  (opens in new window)

Pembroke Dock.

The Flying Boat Centre PD.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.

The Flying Boat Centre PD

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 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."

For further details :

 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

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

"Not Met"

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 hard drive.....


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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