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Squadron members may like to know that a replica Hawker Hurricane has now been installed at Alexandra Gardens, Windsor bearing the markings of 249 Squadron –R4229 and letters GN – J  This was the aircraft in which Squadron Leader John Grandy was shot down on 6 September 1940 during the Battle of Britain.  We have chosen it because of John Grandy’s later connections with Windsor. As you will know, after becoming Chief of the Air Staff, MRAF Sir John Grandy was later Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle, eventually retiring to live in Windsor until his death.

The Hurricane is to be formally unveiled by the Mayor of Windsor at a ceremony on Friday 20 July at 1100.   If the news of this gets around and any Association members felt inclined to attend on 20 July they would be most welcome and I would be glad to supply more details.

Why do I send this ?  The Sir Sydney CammCommemorative Society was formed in 2006 to bring long overdue recognition to Windsor born Sydney Camm, arguably the world’s finest aeronautical engineer.  (See www.sirsydneycamm.org.).  The Windsor Hurricane is part of that commemoration and is being followed by an annual scholarship for a young person studying aeronautical engineering at university.

With best regards.

Les Phipps

(Air Vice Marshal Leslie Phipps, Vice Chairman, SirSydney Camm Commemorative Society)

Sir John is third from the right.

Al Hubbard has discovered this 249 Squadron Xmas card at a boot sale recently.

Does anyone recognise the signature?

It is with regret that I have to report the Death of Mr Mr G.C. Nichols CBE DFC. Mr Nichols flew with the Squadron during the period 1944-1945. Our Condolances and Sympathy go out to his Family and Friends.

Details to Follow at a later date

The Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex Speaking to the Cadets after the opening of the Jubilee garden in Hailsham.

On Parade at the opening of the Jubilee garden

Tima Calvert receiving her Warrant from The Squadron’s  CO – Flt lt C Thomson RAF VR(T).

Our Chairman Terry Gill has sent some photographs of his garden taken recently and suggests other members might like to do the same. I will display them in the squadron album at:http://www.flickr.com/photos/249squadron/

Under garden Sets.