A very successful reunion was held at North Weald on 20th August 2011.

It was attended by nearly 80 members and their guests.

The proceedings started with a short eulogy for two of our members who passed on this Year, Wing Commander John Beazley and Wing Commander Jimmy Ewan.

Mrs Mary Beazley laid the Wreath to remember our Members who are no longer with us. Air Marshal Sir John Sutton our President and Mr Tommy Cullen Hon Sec laid  crosses in memory of John Beazley and Jimmy Ewan.

After the memorial Service we met up at “The Squadron” for refreshments.

There were a number of Guest Speakers, Tom Neil told us of his memories of his days serving with Wing Commander Beazley, he also read a very moving eulogy to John. I think most of us were near to Tears.

Tom also informed us that there are two projects  underway under the guidance of The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust. A learning Centre will be built at Capel-le-Ferne and another at the RAF Museum at Hendon.

SAC Joel Diggles give us a short talk on his newest project Jeol was the driving force behind the new Slate commemorative Plaques which can be seen at the Gate Guardian at North Weald.

David Rowlands gave a talk on his painting of SS Ohio, if this ship had not arrived with aviation fuel for Malta the battle of Malta would have been lost.

We then had a report from 249 ATC Squadron on their progress over the last year. They are going from strength to strength. They were accompanied by their New C.O. F.O Craig Thomson.

The Weather stayed fine for most of the day and a good time was had by all.

Our thanks go out to all those who contributed to the raffle and Auction. This helps with the finances for the news letter.