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Tam Syme writes “Did you know there is to be a Hunter unveiling ceremony at RAF Waddington’s front gate on June 1st?  The present 8 Sqn, which I used to command in Aden, found this old plane XE620, which is the one I flew most, back in the mid-1960s. Most of my long-time fellow aviators and many of the groundcrew from that era, will be attending. The Sqn Association is also meeting at the base, so there will be quite a turnout. Needless to say I will be there, especially as the refurbished aircraft will have my name painted on the nose, a great honor, which I have no idea what I did to deserve!! The plane is still undergoing the final retouching needs, but will be moved to Waddington in a couple of weeks”

XE620 Rebuild

XE620

XE620

 

See Link:

http://www.8squadron.co.uk/hunter-project.php

North Weald Museum

Simon Chamberlain, Secretary of North Weald Airfield Museum Writes,

“Over the winter we have put together a new 249 Squadron display with lots of
photos and artefacts that we got from the Blake Hall Museum when it closed down.”

Members attending the Squadron Reunion on 17th August will be able to view the exhibition.

We hope to have wreath laying ceremony at Ta’Qali Memorial chapel as shown below, on Friday 26th April 2013.

Ta'Qali Chapel

Ta’Qali Memorial Chapel

Interior of Ta'Qali  Chapel

Interior of Ta’Qali Memorial Chapel

Mr Taylor’s son informed me of his Fathers Death, 16th November 2012. Ian Served with 249 as a Leading Aircraftsman from 1954 until 1956. Our Sympathy and condolences to his family.

The 25th annual reunion of 249 Canberra crews  was held at The Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa on the weekend of 1st and 2nd of March. A very enjoyable time was had by all with attendances of 30 on the Friday evening and 41 on the Saturday evening.

It was decided that in future all Squadron Association members , associates and their guests would be invited to join in this annual event, in future to be called 249 Squadron Crews Annual Weekend reunion.

A big thank you to all who have supported this event over the years.

See photos at:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/249squadron/sets/72157632903202215/show/

The next 249 Squadron Crews Annual Weekend reunion will be held at the Bosworth Hall Hotel, Market Bosworth on Friday 28th February and Saturday 1st March 2014. Arrangements to be announced in the next Newsletter.