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Bremont C130J Watch

23 May, 2016

Bremont C130J Watch

 

Our American operators have commissioned a bespoke C130J timepiece which is now available to purchase at a considerable discount from RRP for all current and previous operators of the aircraft.  Please use the attached Military Accessories Options 2015-16 to help spec your purchase, also take note that most leather straps are available in various sizes.

If you do wish to purchase please use  the Bremont C-130J Order Form 2016 UK and send it direct to Bremont.  If you mention Flt Sgt Dave Middleton, FS Tanker Plans of RAF Brize Norton when ordering this will help speed up your eligibility to purchase at the much discounted price.

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The Tiger Moth “Echo India” Story – Pt 2

05 October, 2015

The story of ex XXIV inventory Tiger Moth “Echo India” continues with some some more details from Andrew Wood as follows:-

“The serial numbers of the six MkII Tigers referred to in the post are interesting as five of them (all except N9431) are known to have been 81 Sqn machines.  Of these five, N6965, also survives (but has not flown for about 15 years).

Another of the five, N6964, was flown back from France by Doug Bevis on 23 May 1940; I have his logbook entries for May and June (kindly provided by his son, Keith) which also include his first flights in her at Hendon with 24 Sqn in June that year.

This aircraft was part of a flight of six Tigers which returned from St Omer Clairmaries on 23 May; along with the Lysanders of 2 Sqn, they were the last BEF aircraft to leave French soil. On crossing the English coast en route to Hawkinge they were fired upon by coastal defences at Dover!
IWM have a series of four photos of N6964 taken that April in France, one of which is shown:
N6964 in France Apr 1940

N6964 in France Apr 1940

Finally, a still from my helmet camera footage of a flight in EI this May which shows the WWI cemetery at Pozieres, just a few miles along the road between Albert and Bapaume from the Lanoe Hawker memorial.”
G-AOEI over WWI cemetery at Pozieres

G-AOEI over WWI cemetery at Pozieres

 

 

Cambridge Flying Group operates ex-24 Sqn Tiger Moth G-AOEI (N6946).

04 October, 2015

An interesting email in from Andrew Wood, who trained with The Cambridge Flying Group, about an ex workhorse of XXIV Squadron circa 1940. If you can offer any help, please add a comment.

“Her first posting with the RAF was with 81 Communications Squadron, part of the Air Component of the British Expeditionary Force in France. Following the Dunkirk evacuation she was overhauled and joined 24 Sqn in October 1940. She was later transferred with other 24 Sqn aircraft to 510 Sqn at Hendon. Released by the RAF in 1955, our Group became her second civilian owner (and first civilian operator) in 1958.

As part of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of France, we have been investigating our aircraft’s WWII RAF history. Whilst the 81 Squadron Operations Records Books have provided quite a bit of insight into her service in France in 1939/40, the 24 Sqn ORBs for 1940/42 which we have obtained do not shed any light on her activities with 24 Sqn. We would be very interested to learn of any information your Association may have about this.

Echo India (as she is now known) has been in regular use with us as a training aircraft since 1958. Hundreds of current pilots learned to fly on her or earned their tailwheel conversion at her controls.

Here is a picture of her taken earlier this month when we celebrated her service with 81 Sqn in 1939/40. We were joined on the day by members of 81 Sqn Association and the family of one of her 81 Sqn pilots, Doug Bevis (who also joined 24 Sqn, briefly, on return from France in June 1940).”

 

Tiger Moth G-AOEI

Tiger Moth G-AOEI

as a p.s. – various Tiger Moth serials appear on our more detailed aircraft listing page on the Association Web Site but not the full listing. In a stand alone document compiled by Simon Batchelor and presented to OC XXIV a couple of years back, G-AOEI [originally N6946], a MkII Moth is shown. – see extract below.

DH82 Tiger Moth K2568, K2570, K2572, K2575, K2576,K2578, K2579, K2581, K2582, K2583, K2584, K2585, K2586, K2587, K2593, K2595, K2596, K2597, K2598, K2599, K2600, K2601, K4243, K4244, K4259, K4276, K4277*, K4278, K4284*, BB802.

DH82 MkII Tiger Moth N6747, N6946, N6964, N6965, N9431, N9444.

What’s happening at Lyneham!

04 October, 2015
Main Training Building - Lyneham

Main Training Building – Lyneham

Over the past 2 and half years DIO, working with its contractor Hercules a 50:50 joint venture between Kier Group and Balfour Beatty, has transformed the former RAF base at Lyneham into a new training facility for the army’s Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), which is due to complete its move to the site from Arborfield and Bordon in early 2016.

If you have been wondering what has been going on at Lyneham, now MoD Lyneham, since you last went down the main drag, here is the latest press release from the UKGOV offcial site – read on.

Association Committee Vacancies

23 September, 2015

After quite a few years of no changes within the Association Committee, we have on offer two posts as a result of this years AGM, [see MINUTES XXIV ASSN AGM 12 Sep 2015.]

Neither of the posts are onerous and you would have many quiet periods during the year.

Deputy Chairman – as the name implies, to take over in the absence of the Chairman at the AGM and other occasions during the year as required. To assist the other Committee members as requested in help making arrangements for any other social events and the annual Reunion.

Secretary  – a little bit more involved but manageable as one of the team:-

  1. Be the Postal Address for all Association Correspondence
  2. Take ownership of the Association email account
  3. Keep up to date the email address book used for maintaining email contact with the membership for Social events and News of interest.
  4. Keep up to date the TOTAL Membership database records, i.e.
    1. Record New Members
    2. Make any changes to details
    3. Note Deceased Members
    4. Monitor Subscriptions for those not on email.
  5. Take notes for the AGM Minutes and type up for Chairman’s approval. Agree AGM Agenda with Committee.
  6. Keep receipts and list of Secretary’s expenses and submit annually to Treasurer prior to AGM.
  7. Work with Committee for Summer Social and Annual Reunion and collate all returns, cheques and paperwork etc.
  8. Answer and reply to requests for information or queries on matters relating to the Association or Squadron history, throughout the year via email or post.
  9. Pass on any material to Web Rep for Internet publication on Association Web Site or Blog.

Contact the Chairman if interested.

We have been BLogging for 8 Years! 📖

13 January, 2015

I have just had a reminder from WordPress, the hosts of our Blog, that we have been posting entries since January 2007. Not a bad record and not just a flash in the pan.

This is proving to be quite a good record for posterity of what has been happening to the Association and the Squadron over the last eight years.

Keep following us and we won’t disappoint on all matters XXIV. ✏️

What! Were on Twitter!

18 November, 2013
Follow us on Twiter

Follow us on Twitter

In an effort to keep up with all that is happening on the Internet these days and move us from piston engines to jets, I have taken the plunge and opened a “Twitter” account to see if we can spread our wings farther afield. Lets say its like taking our first Route Trip, having become fed up with MCT.

Its all about putting ourselves about a bit and linking up with other like minded organisations and Tweeters so we can pick up their hot news and bring ours to a wider audience.

Some of you may already be on Twitter, or follow our Blog as subscribers. What better way of letting you know than by creating this  post and see what happens.

Good Twittering – The Sec.

Comet XK699 – now only only 30 foot long

15 November, 2013
Comet XK699 after the dismantlers

Comet XK699 after the dismantlers

Comet XK699 Gate Guard before dismantling

Comet XK699 Gate Guard before dismantling

 

This is the sight that greeted our Deputy Chairman, Sam Wright on Tuesday 12th October on returning from France. Sam has lived next door to Lyneham main gate for many years, hence he has more than a vested interest. His comments are below.

“So there we have it, just 30 feet of the Comet is left, the rest a huge pile of scrap metal. 216 Sqn. Association were told it was going to Cosford to be refurbished so it begs the question why did they not save sections to be put together later. If 10 metres could be removed without collapsing so could the rest. I also wonder why the front gates were covered by white sheets whilst destruction was in progress? There would have been many ex riggers who would love to work on her. Shame on the wreckers.”

An explanation from Ron Fulton of the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection is as follow:-

“Yes BDAC now has the front 10 meters of Sagittarius at Old Sarum as part of our museum.  I am sorry to say that none of the national museums who might have been able to fund the move of the whole aircraft and its restoration were interested, and we took the view that salvaging at least a large part of it was better than the whole lot going to scrap which was the alternative.  The airframe was beyond salvation with extensive corrosion and had it been left at Lyneham then it would have collapsed where it stood.  We plan to restore the front and then open it to the public but this will take a few months.  We did also salvage all the seats and the engines together with some other bits and pieces which we will put on display.”

If you have any comments or views, please add to this post.

 

 

Join the Book Club

13 October, 2013
Handover of Squadron Aircraft book 5 Oct 2013

Handover of Squadron Aircraft book 5 Oct 2013

They say we all have the ability to write a book but maybe not the patience to finish it. Well, our favourite Honorary Association Member, Simon Batchelor has proved that not only can he put one together,  he has actually finished one. Not just any old book but a definitive list of the aircraft types, marks and serials operated by the Squadron.

Here he is handing over the finished article to Wing Commander Doz James at this years Association Reunion at the Squadron HQ. [p.s. don’t look round but I think the Press Corps followed you into the building]

Simon discovered records of 100 different types being allocated or used by the Squadron, some were trial aircraft used for a few days and others served for several years, and in the case of the Lockheed Hercules decades!

In addition many different marks of the same type were operated, these include;
 5 Marks of the Avro 504
 1 civil and 4 Military marks of the Douglas DC3/ Dakota
 All 7 marks of the Lockheed Hudson used by the RAF
 4 marks of the Lockheed Hercules
 5 marks of the Bristol F2B fighter
 3 Marks of the Vickers Wellington

XXIV Squadron has operated aircraft designed by 39 separate concerns, built in Britain, Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, and the USA. The largest numbers from one maker designer are the Airco and De Havilland DH series totalling 22 types or marks, followed by 12 types or marks from Lockheed, and 11 from Avro.

The total number of aircraft operated if split down into different marks comes to 137 in number from the Airspeed “Envoy” to the Wicko “Warferry”

We will in due course be posting as much information from the book as possible, so sign up for notifications as it rolls out.

 

RAFA charity concert at the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon on Sun 1 Sept

30 August, 2013

An email in from Sqn Ldr Caroline Viles, Dep OC 30 Sqn and RAF Brize Norton RAFA Chairman. She wondered if some of our members who live in the local area might be interested in supporting the following event. The music will be performed by The Central Band of the RAF, playing popular big band music, celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Dambusters.

All details on attached poster or the Wyvern Theatre web site.

RAFA poster