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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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David and Tina Calvert Wrote:

“We thought you might like to know that one of our senior cadets, Flt Sgt Nic Fenn, is leaving us to join the RAF. He has been earmarked for fast jet training. He is over the moon and we are, as a squadron, understandably proud.”

Congratulations Nic, Please keep in touch with 249 Association.FENN-01Nic leading The 249 Squadron commemoration Parade at The Annual Reunion , North Weald.

FENN-02Nic with 249 ATC Squadron  The Boss

Wings Over Malta

A fictional story based on 249’s contribution to the defence of Malta. Ron Powell has a web site at: http://www.ronpowell.co.uk/

The book can be purchased from Amazon at: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wings-Over-Malta-Ron-Powell-ebook/dp/B01F8PEG1K?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Wings Over Malta
Retired group captain, Ron Powell’s, new book, Wings Over Malta, takes the hero of his Battle of Britain novel, Wings Over Summer, into the ferocious air battles above Malta.
Ron explained, ‘When I was researching Wings Over Summer, I was amazed at how many Battle of Britain pilots went on to fight above the tiny Mediterranean island of Malta. I knew then it would have to be the subject of my next novel.’
Wings Over Malta opens in March 1942 with Jack Williams flying one of the first 15 Spitfires to reach the Island, by then the most heavily bombed place on Earth. Once there, he joins 249 (Gold Coast) Squadron, which has a simple task: to regain control of the air. The problem is, when not sheltering from the incessant bombing, they’re hunted from take off to landing by tens of Messerschmitts based only a few minutes to the north on Sicily.
Ron continued, ‘The Maltese suffered dreadfully during this period, but they and those fighting to protect them refused to give in. Of course, many of the pilots received medals for bravery, but so did the Islanders. King George VI awarded them the George Cross. The medal still appears on the Island’s flag.’
Ron spent much of his 32 years in the RAF as a flying instructor, teaching young men and women to turn upside down, jink and spin in light aircraft. Reviewers have said this makes his descriptions of air combat especially dynamic and realistic. Perhaps because of this, Wings Over Summer has notched up more than 16,000 sales. Ron hopes Wings Over Malta can achieve the same success. It’s off to a good start, already spending time in the top 50 war books on Amazon, where it’s available as an e-book or paperback.
You can find out more about Ron’s career and writing on his website:

 

North Weald memorial

Our Annual reunion will once again take place at North Weald Airfield on Saturday 20th August. See Timings Below. Booking forms can be obtained by going to links or contact the Secretary on 0191 4550229.

11.00 onwards   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                     Talks

15.30                     Raffle

 16.30                    Depart as you will.

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.

Martin King (2)

Just back from an amazing two day trip to RAF Coningsby as a guest of the Typhoon display pilot, who was being dined out at a mess dinner. I was the after dinner speaker and then gave the Nicolson VC talk the next morning.

The following morning I got to sit in the jet after which I had a 20 minute jaunt on the Typhoon flight simulator which was fab. I was flying at 450 mph around the glens of Skye at 200 feet. Doubt the locals would have liked that in real life! These guys get paid for this, too!

Jim Nicolson

Doug

It is with great sadness that I have to inform you of the death of Doug Sibley. Doug served on 249 from 1959 until 1962 as ground equipment NCO.

 He managed to attend our reunions until 2010 when he be came to ill to travel. Our Condolences to his wife Margaret and his family and friends. May he rest in peace.

Doug’s funeral will take place at Downs Crematorium Brighton at 13.00 hrs on Thursday 28th April.