dixieIt is with great sadness that we have learned of Dixie’s death on Sunday 12th of February at the age of 96. Our condolences to his family and friends.

Dixie served with 249 during the battle of Britain while the squadron was based at North Weald. He later served with distinction with special forces. He recently received the Legion of Honour from the French Government.

He will be greatly missed at our Reunions.

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Jim Ellis writes

Have a look at this link http://www.stowmaries.org.uk which now has a schedule of events for 2017.  The people that run the place are very enthusiastic and are always interested to meet RAF organisations of any type.  With some notice, private group visits are very welcome.

There’s also the Three Rivers Country Club nearby for a spot of stylish R and R.

Please let Jim or myself  know if you might be interested.

There will be two reunions this year. The last weekend in February at Abingdon. The penultimate annual reunion will take place on Saturday August 19th at North Weald were we will make arrangements for the final reunion which will take place on the 100th anniversary of the formation of 249 Squadron.

BBMF Battle of Britain 75th Formation 2015

BBMF Battle of Britain 75th Formation 2015

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A Poem For The Fallen

Poem by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943), published in The Times newspaper on 21st September 1914.

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

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Boscombe Ground Crew

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Jim Nicolson writes
“I had the great honour on Battle of Britain Day, to unveil the attached memorial. The Sholing School in Southampton, has named a new building after Nicolson VC, as they felt it was wrong not to have any memorial to him in Southampton, which is where the action for which he was awarded the VC took place.
The pupils spent a year collecting the funds for the memorial, which now takes pride of place for them and future generations to see.
It was a big occasion and the Solent Air Museum sent their full-sized fibreglass Hurricane along. They has now plans to repaint it in Nicolson’s colours and place it on a mount outside their museum! So, hopefully before long, a 249 Squadron Hurricane will be flying in Southampton once more!”
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Please return your booking forms by 15th October

Wreath Laying

Our President Wing Commander Tom Neil laying the wreath at this year’s wreath laying ceremony.

Our Thanks to 249 ATC Millennium Squadron for forming the Guard of Honour.

North Weald Memorial

   North Weald Memorial

Timing

11.00 onward Meet up at the Airfield Museum and view exhibits

11.30 Lay Association Wreath at Airfield Memorial

12.00 Drive to The Squadron for Refreshments

13.00 Lunch

14.30 100th Anniversary Discussion

15.30 Raffle

16.30 Depart as you will

 

Dixie

Congratulations to Dixie who has been awarded the Legion of Honour by the French Government for his “work” in France during the War

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