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Martin King (1)

Jim Nicolson writes:

I came across these photos recently of Pilot Officer M.A. King. As you know, he was one of the two pilots that flew with my uncle James Brindley Nicolson on 16th August, 1940. I’ve taken the liberty of drafting something that might be useful.

Martyn Aurel King was born on 15th October, 1921 in West Mersea, Essex and joined the RAF on a short service commission in August 1939. He completed his training and arrived at 5 OTU, Aston Down in late May 1940. After converting to Hurricanes he was posted to 249 Squadron at Leconfield on 9th June. On 16th August he took off with Squadron Leader Eric King and my uncle, James Nicolson. Tom Neil tells how angry he was that my uncle would not let Tom fly that day, as he had been on duty as officer cover all the previous night. As a result Martyn King was going to be flying Tom’s own Hurricane GN-F, serial number P3616. Like many pilots, Tom didn’t like anyone else flying his aeroplane and remembered warning Martyn in the strongest terms to be careful and not to get his beloved Hurricane damaged!

Many will know the story of how all three Hurricanes were subsequently damaged and Martyn was forced to bail out, as was my uncle a little later. Also, that as they descended they both came under fire from some Home Guard soldiers. It is believed their fire was the cause of Martyn’s parachute collapsing. He fell onto the roof of 30, Clifton Road, Shirley, Southampton, his parachute got caught around the chimney stack causing the straps to snap and Martyn fell onto the lawn where he died in the arms of the owner, a Mr Fred Poole. The remains of his parachute were still there some months later.

Martyn was buried in All Saints’ Churchyard, Fawley, Hampshire. His headstone states that he was aged 19, although in fact he was only 18 years old at the time of his death.

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A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all the members of 249 Squadron Association

Check out the Radio times 12-18 September 2015. Tom has an excellent article starting on Page 32.

Our New President,Tom Neil.

James Nicolson

Wing Commander James Brindley Nicolson VC, DFC.

The Squadron association will be remembering our VC at the annual reunion at North Weald on Saturday 22nd August 2015.

A wreath and cross will be laid in memory of our VC and deceased members of the Squadron.

There will be a recording of the interview the Wing commander gave to the BBC after receiving his award from HM King George VI. at our gathering at the Squadron after the wreath laying.

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Flight Lieutenant Nicolson wins V.C.

249 have been invited to join the North Weald community to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the battle of Britain. See Site at:http://northwealdairfieldfunday.com/

The ATC Squadron will be present. We will be meeting at the Gate Guardian at 13.00hrs on Sunday 12th July.

BBMF Battle of Britain 75th Formation 2015

BBMF Battle of Britain 75th Formation 2015

The RAF today unveiled at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire a state-of-the art Typhoon fighter jet in a Battle of Britain era paint scheme to commemorate this year being the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and to acknowledge the bravery and sacrifice of those often referred to as “The Few”: the aircrew who took part in the battle. The Typhoon is also painted with the 249 Squadron identification number of the only Fighter Command pilot awarded a Victoria Cross during the battle: Flight Lieutenant James Brindley Nicolson VC DFC. The Typhoon along with a WWII Spitfire, as part of a Synchro-pair, will perform aerial displays at air shows across the UK this summer.

The Typhoon will be flown by Flight Lieutenant Ben Westoby-Brooks from Coningsby’s 29(R) Squadron; he said, “It is a great privilege to fly this extraordinary aircraft in recognition of the sacrifices made by our predecessors 75 years ago. Their task of securing the skies was critical in the summer of 1940 and it’s an honour to pay tribute to those few brave airmen who gave their all when the stakes were so high”.

The Battle of Britain ranks alongside the battles of Trafalgar and Waterloo as one of the most significant in British history. It was the first strategic defeat suffered by the Nazi Third Reich during the Second World War. The victory by the RAF enabled the Western Allies to later launch the liberation of Western Europe and compel the Nazis to fight on two fronts leading to their consequent defeat.

The success of the RAF was due not just to the exceptional bravery and skill of the aircrews of Fighter Command but also those of Bomber and Coastal Commands and the many women of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force who worked tirelessly to repulse the threat of invasion – the many who supported the few.

RAF Coningsby Station Commander, Group Captain Jez Attridge said, “This fully operational Typhoon will be a dynamic reminder to all that see it over the summer of the link between the modern Royal Air Force and The Few that defended our nation 75 years ago during the battle. Today that mission endures with Typhoons on Quick Reaction Alert, every minute of every day.” The RAF’s Quick Reaction Alert Typhoons defend the UK against potentially hostile aircraft approaching the UK sovereign airspace. Group Captain Attridge added: “The technology has changed since the Battle of Britain but the mission for the RAF to protect the UK remains unchanged”.

BBMF Battle of Britain 75th Formation 2015

BBMF Battle of Britain 75th Formation 2015

 

16 May 1940

On 16 May 1940, 249 squadron reformed as a fighter squadron at RAF Church Fenton.Battle of BritainWe are fortunate to have one of the origional members of the reformed Squadron today, Wing Commander Tom Neil DFC* AFC. Tom is the Association’s President.

We salute his generation and all those who served on 249 through the years.

Salute to the Few

 

North Weald Airfield Battle of Britain Open Day and Fly in

…..featuring RAFA’s Salute to ‘The Few’

Sunday 12th July 2015.

 

On behalf of the event organizers and The Royal Air Forces Association [RAFA] I would like to invite yourself and 249 Association members to join us at this unique event and, if you wish, take part in the RAFA Salute to the Few Parade and Sunset Ceremony which will take place at the end of the afternoon’s activities from approximately 4.00pm to 4.45pm.

 

This charity fund raising family day out is staged by Weald Aviation and Epping Forest District Council, with the support of airfield users/tenants and the local community. Each year it attracts more than 4,000 people and has a different theme linked to the 99 year history of our still very active airfield. Aimed at saluting all those, service and civilian, who served with /supported the 50 Squadrons from 7 Nations that flew from RAF North Weald between 1916 and 1964; while celebrating The Spirit of North Weald which continues to thrive in our community in the 21st century.

 

This year’s theme is the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, when young pilots and their comrades on the ground, both service and civilian, fought and died for our freedom while serving at airfields like RAF North Weald. Commemorating their vital role in the battle and featuring a parade and sunset ceremony, ‘A Salute to The Few’, staged by RAFA South and Eastern Area.

                         

Although not an air show as such but a day out for all the family; helping to raise funds for the events two nominated charities, one of which is the Royal Air Forces Associations 2015 Wings Appeal. It will incorporate a number of flying displays, with a display by a Spitfire and Hurricane of the RAF Battle of Britain Flight booked, other RAF involvement requested, and a variety of visiting aircraft expected. Most of the airfields home based aircraft will also be on show, including; Mustang, Spitfire, Hurricane, Dakota, Seafire, Tempest, Jet Provost, Vampire, Hunter – to name a few. Alongside a ‘Battle of Britain’ Exhibition area, with WW2 re-enactment groups and military vehicles, various stalls, a varied range of refreshment outlets and the ever present Essex Air Ambulance. Entrance is once again only £5 per person, with all attractions in the children’s Adventure Area still free; gates will be open from 10am, with arena displays starting at 12.30.

 

 

The spirit of the young men of 249 who flew from RAF North Weald during the Battle of Britain is today commemorated by the Hurricane Gate Guardian that welcomes all who enter our still very active airfield; and on the day will be represented by the standard of 249 Squadron ATC. So I look forward to hearing that you are able to be with us on Sunday the 12th July, in the meantime if you need any further information I can be contacted on 01992524440 or at arthurmoreton@btinternet.com .

 

Yours Sincerely

Arthur Moreton

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Arthur Moreton

Chairman. North Weald & Ongar Royal Air Forces Association.

249 Plaque

David Calvert has recently visited the National  Memorial Arboretum and after making enquiries whether there was a memorial to the squadron was sent a photograph of the squadron Plaque.

David has generously arranged for the plaque to be restored to it’s original condition. Our thanks to David.

T.C.

James Nicolson

The 16th of August will see the 74th anniversary of our VC’s action