Photographs from today

7/6/17

Congratulations to John and Mary Curtis on their Diamond Wedding Anniversary

7/6/17

The Misters (Ex RAFP/Provost) Golf Society Championships 2017

25/5/17

Members of the North Yorkshire Branch. (The Veteran Tykes) at their Anchor Inn Venue ,on
Wednesday 24th. Principle picture and holding the card is John Fields who has recently celebrated his 90th Birthday.
John is our oldest active member and has been a staunch Branch Member for many years.
Ken.T.

 

2/4/17

Eddy Shears, Neil Gardiner Tony Chapman

Jim Clark, Graham Cassell, Ray Airey, Billy Burns

Another Laarbruch 73/4/5/6 mini reunion on Graham's 80th birthday near Southampton.

2/4/17

Ken Huxtable and Steve Cattell members of the North Yorkshire Branch meet up again after more than 15 years. Their meeting place being the venue for the NYB monthly lunch at a East Yorkshire Hostelry near Driffield.  They first met at RAF Northolt in 1975.


23/2/17

North Yorkshire Branch of the RAF Police Association February Lunch

Mr Gerry Sanderson a long time and ardent supporter of this site came along to the above dinner just to meet me as we had never met despite corresponding for many years. Unfortunately he couldn't stop, just a flying visit.  I feel very privileged.  Thank you Gerry.

11/1/17

North Yorkshire Branch of the Royal Air Force Police Association , Alias 'The Veteran Tykes'
at their belated Christmas Lunch held at The Crosby Inn , Thornton - le - Beans

29/11/16

North Yorkshire Branch of the RAF Police Association November Lunch

8/11/16

Me and my RAFP crewed (Operation Burberry, Bromley Kent 1978) Green Goddess collecting on behalf of the RBL poppy appeal in Altrincham town centre on Saturday 5th November.

BB

6/11/16
7th RAFPA Reunion - Southview Park Hotel, Skegness - 19 Nov 16

30/10/16

B SHIFT RAF POLICE LAARBRUCH 1973/4/5/6 ---BOKTOBERFEST

On Sunday 23 October 2016, 32 guys from B Shift RAF Police Laarbruch 1973/4/5/6
( including 3 guests) met in Leicester for our B Oktoberfest, and had a great time drinking , eating, jawing, but not playing clag!
Here are a few of images to show that absolutely nothing changes over 40 years, except we all looked a little older and some not so slim.
I would like to thank those who helped me trace the guys.
I would also state that No off white berets nor armbands were worn!
We did however resort to name tags !
It was a brilliant night, and one we hopefully will revisit!

We actually had enough guys there to fill all the posts required for a complete shift at that time. Achievement! Thanks to ALL that attended.
Neil Gardiner

22/10/16

John Reid commemorating Operation Codename Corsican in SW France

20/10/16

VETERAN MEMBERS OF THE NYB AT THEIR OCTOBER LUNCH & MEETING.

29/9/16

The re-union thanks to the Sunderland Echo

In 1959/60 Ken Turner and George Jackson were friends who served together in the Royal Air Force Police. On demob they went their separate ways but did make contact briefly in 1962 after which their ways parted.

Last month Ken initiated numerous enquiries on his behalf to locate his old pal who it was believed had connections with the Sunderland area.

An appeal to help trace George was sent to the Sunderland Echo news desk which was kindly published and resulted in information which led to George being traced.

Today they met up again after 54 years at a luncheon held by The Royal Air Force Police Association and their friendship re cemented.

This would not have taken place without the assistance of the Sunderland Echo to whom the appreciation of both is extended.


20/9/16

“On Sunday 11th September 2016 I was given the honour of parading the RAFA South African Area Standard at the Annual Battle of Britain service held at the SA Navy Chapel, Simon’s Town. Also in attendance was fellow RAFPA member Nick Burton. (You will see that I am carrying the Standard with my left hand which is the South African way).
Neil Rusling”


19/9/16

“Members of the EMB attended the Battle of Britain parade in Lincoln Cathedral today.
They enjoyed lunch in the White Hart hotel prior to the service.
Barrie Clarke paraded our standard
Following the service in the Cathedral the seven able body WRAF and RAFP EMB members led the march around the Cathedral grounds
An honour to attend and by part of the day.
Our turn out was much appreciated by ribbons of applause as we marched
We veterans were honoured by a ceremonial march past with  “Eyes left “ by the body of the parade”



15/9/16

Sunday 11 th September 2016, Eden Camp, All Services Remembrance Parade.

30/8/16

Mr Matthew (Paddy) Cowap, Flt Lt Ret'd and Mr Huw (Taff) Rees, A/Cpl Ret'd

26/8/16

Members of the North Yorkshire Branch meeting at the Victoria Inn Driffield for their August lunch. Notably was John Barford his first time with us this year due to his illness in February,
another notable name Chuck Agar who because of other commitment we had not seen him for almost two years. Jim Gunn gave a very humorous and entertaining talk entitled "How I became a Refugee" a down to earth no holds barred about families and life in the early forties. Tin baths
Gas Masks , and living with family and relatives in a Anderson Shelter, and how he was eventually evacuated to Sheffield and fitted with Clogs, and to go on to meet his now wife Marrion. The story to be concluded.
And the prize for who travelled the furthest must go to Steve Cattell and his wife Marilyn who travelled from Grantham 102 miles. The Curry must be good.

21/8/16

I was at Newark Air Museum yesterday when I noticed that they had the Post Box which used to sit outside the NAAFI at RAF Swinderby until the station closed in 1993.

I bet all of us who completed recruit training there used the box to post letters home!

Alan Knowler

19/8/16

Impromptu lunch for Ken Huxtable by members of the NYB

7/8/16

48 passengers occupied the top deck of the Nottingham Princess to take a three hour river trip, with lunch and coffee, in the beautiful sunshine today, 7th August.

The party was made up of members of the East Midlands Branch accompanied by their family and friends on this bi-annual river outing.

Over £60 was raised for our charity in a raffle, the prize being won by Bernard & Val Lamb, who got so excited he poured gravy all over himself. There were no volunteers to lick it off!!!

Thanks all who attended for making it an enjoyable afternoon.
John Curtis


29/7/16

Members of the North Yorkshire Branch at their July meeting and lunch held at the Anchor Inn Whixley. One of several favourite venues.
Treasurer Mike was our guest speaker this month giving a well received and informative talk about his early days as a Police Cadet in rural Suffolk during the early fifties.
Then onto his time spent in the RAF Police as a RAFP (P) in Germany. Returning to the East Suffolk Constabulary to become a fully fledged Constable and onto a highly successful career in that force.

7/7/16

The Misters Champion 2016 - Mr Joe Duncan

What a fantastic two days of golf and socialising. The weather, the hotel, the food, the course, the hospitality and the company and laughter was great. The Texas Scramble on the Sunday is always a fun start to the two days and the Championship Golf on the Monday was almost a serious occasion. Thank you all for your support and from the unanimous vote taken at the dinner I have booked again for 04 and 05 June 2017. They have reserved 20 rooms for us and they have frozen the cost at this years rate, £74.00, which continues to include one in ten is free. But of course no one goes free because that is where the prize money comes from. Thanks once again. Dave Swaithe

30/5/16

Members of the North Yorkshire Branch at their May Luncheon . This time near Thirsk in the North Riding of the County.
The handsome young couple,are Terry and Eunice Clamp a early 50's veteran of Fontainbleu.


25/5/16

John Trigger, North East Branch Member who was awarded the of Legion d’honor by the Government of France toured Normandy with other veterans who received the same award recently. The tour included visits to the D Day landing beaches, Pegasus Bridge and Bayeux Cemetery where John laid a wreath at the Memorial. The Mayor of Arromanches formally presented the symbol of the award to John and the other veterans.

 The photos at the Bayeux War Graves cemetery were submitted by John’s son who accompanied John on the trip. 

these photos below are from last weekend when the North East Branch and guests from North Yorkshire enjoyed a convivial weekend break at The Blackwell Grange Hotel at Darlington. - Tom Padgett

A photo of NY Branch Secretary Ken Turner (below) who submits many pictures to the site but is never in the himself with thanks to Gerry Sanderson.  Ken was my first Sergeant at 1001 SU, RAF Oakhanger when I arrived there straight from training on 28th December 1971.


21/5/16

From Michael Hall

Once upon a time (well, in 1966 and 1967) there were many young and some not so young QPD's bashing the bondu at RAF Khormaksar in Aden. Many, many years later, some of them met again and have been meeting every year for a small reunion. This year they met in Lincoln and toured places associated with the RAF, including seeing Lancaster 'Just Jane' with all engines running and some very noisy Typhoons at Coningsby, The first day ended with a cream tea at the Petwood Hotel, home for the crews of 617 Sqn at the time of the great dams raid. On day two they visited the National Memorial Arboretum for remembrance. Seen in the picture is left to right, Colin 'Jock' and Kathleen Broadfoot, Liz and Ernie Baglow, Thelma and Mike 'Toasty' Hall and Justine and Dave Devonshire. Where to next time guys and gals? 

21/4/16

Members of the North Yorkshire Branch at their informal Monthly Lunch at one of their favourite venues Nr Driffield having now rotated to the East Riding.


12/4/16

Roger Malone is shown a most unusual and fascinating collection by its owner, Frank Authers.

A collection that runs from the rare to a unique pint-sized replica of the real thing reflects its owner’s dual enthusiasms.

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/big-salute-services-ways/story-29085338-detail/story.html

27/3/16

it was Gordon and Mary Watson’s Diamond wedding celebration at the Leasingham village hall yesterday 26th.
This was a belated celebration as their wedding date was actually in February

and a report from the local paper -

http://m.sleafordstandard.co.uk/news/local/wunderbar-sixty-years-of-marriage-1-7332368









25/3/16

Members of North Yorkshire Branch , between courses at their informal Pub Lunch Nr Leeds on 23 April.





23/3/16

Bicester Home Guard re-enactment Group at Launton near Bicester

29/2/16

Members of the North Yorkshire Branch at their February Meeting and Lunch.
Held at the Anchor Inn NR Knaresborough.

 
19/12/15

9/12/15
Members of North Yorkshire Branch at their Christmas Lunch




21/10/15
Members of North Yorkshire Branch at their October Meet and Lunch held at The Buffers
Public House & Restaurant Scholes NR Leeds on 21st Oct.





13/10/15

On Sunday 11th October  the East Midlands Branch bi-monthly Sunday lunch was held at  the Hostess, Sookholme near Mansfield hosted by Dave and Joyce Lane. There were 32 members who occupied four tables at this large dining venue and ate, and enjoyed  a three  course meal with coffee.


2/10/15
I attended a presentation in the Vulcan hangar at RAF Finningley tonight by the last British Dambuster, Sqn Ldr Johnny Johnson DFM. He gave a very interesting and moving talk about the famous dams raid by 617 Sqn which resulted in a standing ovation by the audience. I was delighted to have the opportunity to talk with him as the attached photos show. It was a real pleasure to meet such wonderful man who was one of the brave and heroic airmen from Bomber Command to whom we owe so much.
Alan Knowler

 

Here are some pictures from Sundays Battle of Britain Parade held at Newcastle upon Tyne Civic Centre Ceremonial Way. RAF Guard was from RAF Boulmer and Reviewing Officers were Grp Capt Mark Coleman, OC RAF Boulmer, Newcastle Lord Mayor and Newcastle Lord Lieutenant. Rowley Coultas, Alan Weeks, Roger Bishop Tom Padgett and Alex Flavell represented the North East Branch.




 

The ceremony was held on 21 September at the Singapore Memorial with Deryk Strachan laying the wreath on behalf of St.Mike’s & RAFPA.

 

North Yorkshire RAF Police Veterans
At conclusion of their Monthly Lunch Meeting at the Anchor Inn Whixley Wednesday
23rd September,
The two young ladies- wi call em lasses up ere in Yorkshire- are Mary and Jackie who organise our monthly raffles, monies raised go towards our stationery, admin costs, and function subsidies. We also donate to a chosen charity which this year is the Yorkshire Air Ambulance - to date £500 has been donated.
Often said many times that without such stalwarts we would be unable to function.

Future Lunches,
October, Wednesday 21st at The Buffers. Scholles.
November, Wednesday 18th at The Victoria Inn Wetwang.
December, Wednesday 9th Christmas Lunch at The Crosby, Thornton-Le-Bean, Northallerton.

All welcome , for details contact Secretary Ken Turner.
 

On Sunday 20nd September many towns across the country celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. 22 members of the East Midlands Branch met up at the White Hart Hotel Lincoln for lunch prior to attending the Commemoration and Thanksgiving service in the impressive Lincoln Cathedral
After the service a large crowd gathering around the entrance to this magnificent place of worship, to witness the parade.
Barrie Clarke carried the East Midlands Branch Standard, George Lee carried the RAFA Standard and six members of the Branch, together with six other veterans, marched at the front of the parade to much applause from the crowd.
We veterans were honoured by coming to the halt; turning into line and have the entire parade marched past with an ‘Eyes left’ as we stood smartly to attention.

Bill Bennett, Phil Fitchett, David Marr, Mick Hall, John Curtis, Bernard Lamb

 

North Yorkshire Branch Veterans, Ken Turner, Roger Cann, Ken Huxtable.
At the Eden Camp All Services Parade 13th September 2015
The Largest Gathering of Veterans in the North East.
See Also, www.edencamp.co.uk

 

 


 
6th September

Rogues gallery — with Mick Larkman, Steve Gray,Dusty Mack, Iain Todd and Stewart McArdle at Windermere House

Okay, folks ! At the request of his wife and friends, I am afraid that I bear bad news regarding one of our erstwhile colleagues, Roger Johnson.
I am sure that there are quite a few of you who remember Roger. Unfortunately, he is now suffering from a condition called "Picks Disease" (aka "Picts Disease") which is an aggressively progressive form of Dementia. The prognosis is that Roger has only a very short time left !
Friends arranged a "party" for Roger and others in his Care Home on Sunday 6 September.
A few old Dog men (and a woman - Georgie Mack) attended at Windermere House, in Hull, to help raise funds for the Dementia Charity.
Address :-
Windermere House,
Birkdale Way,
Hull,
HU9 2BH

 Chris Wyman and Nigel Cox

 
06/09/15
 

Last formal day of our cruise. On the first day I found myself sitting next to a former Kent police officer, Pete Day, seen here. At the Edinburgh Tattoo standing next to me was an ex RAF Police Scotsman, Dave Marr, who was also on our ship. It's a small world! Oh and to top it all, the LONE PIPER was a serving Scots RAF Policeman. My world was complete!

 

Martin Uden


North Yorkshire Branch. Visit to Eden Camp Museum on 26 August 2015

Pictures show;- Entrance to Camp & Museum


John Barford, Heading for ? you guessed it The Bar.


Group of Members having a after lunch chat.




Royal Air Force Police London Reunion - 21st August 2015
 

Disappointingly, there were only 21 of us who booked and the minimum number acceptable to VSC is 20! Getting pretty close to a viable event. All praise to Brenda Peake for again organising the event and a reminder to all that this is a national reunion, not just London Home Counties. It was good to see at least a couple from distant branches.

 
 
 
Morning after the night before. In 1956 the one sitting between Brian Snook (far left) and me, Martin Uden, was a National Service cook at RAF Hullavington. Bob Grant used to look after both of us snoops and made sure that we were always well feed, especially on nights. Was good to see him again


 
Members of the North Yorkshire Branch at their July lunch and meeting at "The Crosby Inn", Thornton Le Bean, waiting for "The Off".
 
Our August Lunch and Meet will be at Eden Camp Malton on Wednesday 26th August and will coincide with a visit to the Eden Camp Theme Museum. Anyone wishing to join us are welcome, and should contact the Branch Secretary Ken Turner , preferably no later than Wed 19th August.



 


The Old and the New. Dawlish Armed Forces Day, 4th July.

 

 

Kate Cooper, eldest Grandaughter of Ken Turner receiving the Champions Cup on Sunday at the BDS ANNUAL SHOW 2015 Windsor..

3 July

 
Alan F Millership,JP,FoCoL bids farewell to two very smart Chelsea Pensioners,Madge Cole (S/Sgt) and Harry Puttick BEM,(CSM) at Doncaster Railway Station following a very successful weekend celebrating Armed Forces Day with the Lincolnshire community at Scunthorpe Football Stadium on Sunday 21 June 2015 where thousands of members of the local public attended the 2015 Event watching hundreds of local service personnel,cadets and many veterans from all the services - including several RAFPA mbrs from Brigg .Many ,many stall holders also attended this major town event including all three services ,charity funds raisers,marching cadets from all the services,dog shows ,marching bands and a Fly Past by at Dakota in D Day livery at 1525 hrs,thrilling the crowd and the town as it flew very low over the house roofs.

The salute at the main parade was taken by Air Marshal Sir Baz North ,KCB,OBE,MA,FRAeS RAF,(AMP&C) Dep Force Cmr making this his second visit to the town Armed Forces Day event,the first being in 2010. He was accompanied by the Scunthorpe Mayor and many other local dignitaries (including Alan- a Local Justice of the Peace).Once again many thousands of pounds were raised for service charities.

Doncaster is due to hold their event on Saturday 27 June 2015.

 

Bob Levens

It was an experience and a half!!! Getting some stick time was unexpected, as were the loops (held onto breakfast!) and the 'victory' rolls, one over the "Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial" at Madingley, were a test! Al Pinner, former OC BBMF, was my pilot. Added interest to the flight was I had viewed footage of MJ627 in combat in September 1944, flown by PO Bregman of 441 Sqdn when he shot down a 109.

Provost Officers Dinner May 2015

This is the Sunday Lunch held at the Oxfordshire Inn at Bletchington, by members and friends of the Oxford end of the London Home Counties (RAFPA). On the window sill are various raffle prizes for the prize door run by Daphne Lamb, the proceeds of which are donated to the charity Scotties Little Soldiers. I am sure we must be breaking some Gaming Law but so far so good.
The next Sunday Lunch will be on September 6th. so if any one else is in the area that day who would like to join us please let me know. (m.lester3@ntlworld.com)
 
Mike

 

 

 

Photos: Brian Crossin

 

 

 

Veterans Health Day 2015 with Brian Crossan and Mike Lester

Lutz Sobisiak

 

End of Air Lift Commemorative Ceremony in Berlin Tempelhof


 



 

and the same location in a time gone by

 

Roy Rudham
City of Leicester RAFA at Beacon Lighting, Town Hall, Leicester, Friday 8th May 2015, at 9.30pm includes myself as Branch Standard Bearer, in the Tea Room prior to the event, and with the Lord Lieutenant Lady Gretton after the event, and two of the event outside the Town Hall.
 

 




 

John Reid in France - VE Day

 

 

 

 

 
Simon Toyne - VE Day and a Bomber Command pathfinder, DFC, POW and forced march survivor.

 


 

 

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red Poppy

 

 

My "Memorial", to the Aviators lost in the Great War.
 
I used my Ceramic Poppy, from the Blood Swept Land and Seas of Red, Tower of London display, to create my tribute. The Poppy is sat in a 105mm shell casing and I've attached (from bottom to top) the cap badges of The RNAS, RFC and RAF.

Nigel Cox

 



 

 

Members of the North Yorkshire Branch holding their Monthly Get Together and Lunch
At the Buffers PH & Restaurant Scholes Leeds.

 

 

 

From Ken Turner on his way home from the AGM

East Site RAF Oakhanger as was. He went to see if he could take photographs and there was no one around and just a phone number to ring. Same at TCS and West Site (now combined).  Quebec Barracks is no more and Oakhanger is all civilian now.

 

Nottingham couple celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary today.

Thomas Woolhouse, a former member of the RAF police investigation force, (and an Association member) asked out Essex-born Maureen, then 19, after visiting the cookhouse where she worked at his base in Compton Bassett, Wiltshire, in 1953. Thomas, then 25, had just returned to England after nearly six years in Burma, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Even though he moved to a post near Blackpool shortly afterwards, they kept in touch and Thomas, now 86, visited Maureen when he could.

He said: "We were apart for about 18 months and then I applied for a post at Wiltshire's Ruddlow Manor so I could be close to her. She was pretty, sensible and didn't want the world. We decided to marry."


 

Maureen, now 81, said: "There was no proposal, it was just something we both knew we wanted to do. I always joke I had 4,000 airmen to choose from and I picked him."

She moved to Nottingham, where Thomas grew up, to live with his mother at Warton Road, while he was posted to Glasgow.

On March 26, 1955, they tied the knot at the former St Ann's Church. Thomas left the RAF in 1956 to settle with Maureen and became a telephone engineer. She worked at Marathon Knitwear. Ten years later, in 1966, with two sons, Terrence and Christopher, they bought their own house.

Now at Astley Drive, Mapperley, they will celebrate their diamond anniversary by inviting their family – including their three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren – for tea.

 

 

RAFA Leicester and Melton Branches Act of Remembrance for the 50 Murdered Officers after the Great Escape

The man facing is Dave Marr with Roy Rudham at the back.



 

Today (7th March) Joy and and I went to Sutton Wick Lane in Drayton, for the First Memorial Event commemorating the anniversary of the crash of a RAF Beverley Aircraft with the loss of 8 RAF Police Dog Handlers, 8 Air Dogs, RAF crew members and 2 local civilians, in 1957.

It was a memorable day - the sun shone, local people turned up in support and appreciation (some of whom brought photos and memories of that fateful day). One elderly lady was the widow of a crew member and another lady was 14 when her Cpl Loadmaster brother was killed.) Two RAFP Cpls came from RAF Benson, Officers and Cadets from the ATC were there as was a representative from RAFA and Will Barrow brought Buster. The Bugler drove all the way from Kent and the RAFPA was represented by members and spouses, of the Wiltshire and the London Home Counties Branches and I paraded the Wiltshire Branch Standard.

We are sorting through our photos and Joy will post them later, but I want to just say that, throughout, Iain Henderson has been stupendous. He undertook all the research and arrangements for this event single handedly (but he told Joy he couldn't have done it without the stalwart support of his wife Keran). He had thought of every small detail and the fact it was a poignant, memorable and successful day was solely down to Iain.

Without reference to notes he gave us a clear and concise history of the event (how many of us wish we could wing a speech? - Iain certainly can) and I want, on behalf of all of us present, to thank Iain for his hard work and dedication, for caring enough to want to take the project on and for being such a credit to the RAF Police Family.

Before and after the Event and later, during lunch in the pub, he made sure he spoke to everyone who attended, especially the civilians, who were very appreciative of his efforts and his dedication.

Thank you and well done Iain.

Brian Flinn

 It was a poignant moment of rememberance and as the last post was played Will's dog Buster and two others joined in which just finalised the solemnity of this tragic accident with the loss of life and the 8 young dog handlers and "Their Dogs"...... it was as if they knew..... Well done Iain Henderson for his organisation and to all who attended.  Bill White

http://youtu.be/URVbiyvu0IQ
 

The unveiling of the Sutton Wick Air crash of 1957 memorial.

Thank you to all that attended, thanks to the Veterans Charity, Rob Gascoyne (for the plaque base), Jip and Bob for their help on the day, local RAFA members, the RAFPA gang from the South West, RAF Benson Police Flight, Thames Valley Police, the Wheatsheaf and Red Lion Public Houses of Drayton, FS Will Barrow & 'Buster', Mike Price for Bugling (does one 'bugle'...), Keran Henderson (for making sure we got there and so much more) and most of all for the superb residents of Sutton Wick Lane past and present for their support.

The motto of 53 Squadron (the plane that crashed was one of theirs) is 'United in Effort'...

And that....

Sums up all the work put in by everyone yesterday...

Thank you

Iain Henderson

 

 

 

A service was held on Sunday 22nd February 2015 at the Defence Police College Southwick Park, to dedicate 2 memorial stones; one to Cpl David John Shepherd RAFP who died in Kuwait on the 19th May 2003 and Cpl Brent John McCarthy RAFP who was killed in Afghanistan on the 12th May 2012. The service was attended by members of both David and Brent's family, Air Commodore A J Hall Air Officer RAFP, Group Captain K R Bailey RAF Provost Marshal, together with members of the RAFP and the RAFP Association. (Photos: Flt Lt Tim Mayes)

 

 

 

 

 


 

This morning - 16th February I attended a ceremony to remember the crew of a Short Stirling Bomber which crashed on 16 Feb 44 near where I live when all 7 crew perished. One of the crew, Sgt Gerrard Caine (22) originated from my home town of Barrow in Furness and I managed to locate and make contact with members of his family, namely a sister and a nephew. At todays' ceremony I gave a speech where I relayed the families heartfelt thanks for remembering those brave young men each year on the anniversary. In addition, I was lucky enough to be introduced to a couple aged 91 and 94 who actually witnessed the aircraft crash. May They Rest in Peace

 

Members of the North Yorkshire Branch at their Christmas Lunch held at York Golf Club
Today 10th December. As a photographer I do not expect to win any prizes but to show that
we are a active Branch, and also seemingly that some cannot sit still. We do talk a lot too
which is nice ( thank you Pat) . Our Donation to Charity in lieu of Christmas Cards this year was to the Candle Light Charity (a children's cancer charity) and organised by our Branch Treasurer Mike Roberts , Members at the event donated £100.00p. to this worthwhile cause.
Ken.T.
Sec.

Lunch at the Anchor Inn Whixley, Members of the North Yorkshire Branch at their monthly
meeting. Good time was had by all.

War veterans lead station silence with guard dog at side


 

Members of the South Downs branch of the RAF Police Association (RAFPA) observed the silence on Armistice Day accompanied by a toy dog, to commemorate their guard dogs.

Tony Harbour, treasurer of the South Downs RAFPA, said: “In the service banter dog handlers were always classed as the lowest of the low, but they did a first class job.“These guys did two or three hour stints in all weathers at night protecting our airfields, especially during the cold war with our Vulcan bombers carrying A-bombs.”This dog, named Storm in memory of Brighton veteran ex-corporal Ken Stubbs’ companion, is being held on a genuine RAF Police leash by RAFPA veteran John Fox. Mr Harbour, who is blind, said the RAFPA also works with the Blind Veterans UK base in Ovingdean. The 79-year-old appealed for any other ex-RAF policemen in Sussex to get in touch with them by calling Blind Veterans on 01273 307811 and asking for his details

the last RAFP farewell lunch held at RAF Leuchars in September 2014 

Photographs from the 5th Reunion at Skegness

Members of the Executive Committee and the backbone of the North East Branch who kept us fed and watered at Gateshead on Saturday 25th October

 

 

Members and guests of RAFPA London Home Counties took over the couch on the set of BBC 'The One Programme' during a visit on 27 Sept 14.



On the 23rd September 2014 at 10.00 am. a Plaque from members of the London Home Counties Branch of the RAFP Assoc. was presented to Father Augustus Umanah and Congregation at the Church of St. Anthony of Padua by Bob Strachan, Vice Chairman LHC Branch, in recognition of the help and support given to attendees of the Repatriation Parades at the Final Turn in Headley Way. For the past four years the Church has literally opened its doors to Veterans attending the Repatriations and allowing the premises to be used as a temporary tea room with cakes and biscuits, supplied by the 'Cake Lady', and use of the facilities and if you want a restful sit down in the Church and also use of the car park. The Final Turn Ceremonies would not have been possible without the help and kind co-operation of this Church.
 
Those attending were Bill Sykes,Roy Laver,Vice Chairman Bob Strachan, Fr.Umanah, Brian Tegg,John (Church Warden),Pat Plumridge,John Walker (RDG),Mike Lester,Brian Crossin and the excellent photographs were taken by our Associate Member Tony Biskup.
 







 
 
 
 

 

 

Nine Members of the North Yorkshire Branch RAFPA Participated at the Eden Camp Annual
Remembrance Parade on 7th September 2014. Photo Shoots were somewhat limited due to the crowded scenario.

Cold War Warriors, 'Britain's Finest'
LR. Ken Turner, Allen King, Ken Huxtable, John Barford.

 

Parade Standards

Spot our Standard ! Someone said there was 67 Paraded. Not disputed.

 

Leading the Parade, Band of the Yorkshire Volunteers.

Caught, on the 'Change Step'.

Submitted by :- Ken. T.
NYB

BATTLE OF BRITAIN MEMORIAL DAY, CAPEL LE FERNE, FOLKSTONE

attended by Nigel Lacey

Full report and photographs

20 members of the E.M.B. set up their annual Jumble Sale last Saturday - 28th June -  in the RBL at Radcliffe on Trent. The doors opened at 11.00 and 80 paying customers rushed in to what has been called (by our regular visitors) the 'Harrods' of jumble sales. It always surprises me the stuff people donate for sale and equally the stuff people pay good money to take away In one and a half hours we took £503.27 to be divided between our charity (Children's Brain Tumour Research)and the RBL By 13.15 the room was cleared,swept and secured. 20 happy members went home with a satisfied smile on their faces. WELL DONE TO ALL INVOLVED.

 

Alex Flavell was presented with the North East Branch Jewel of Presidency by our Chairman, Rowley Coultas at our last branch meeting. In his address Rowley said Alex was a well respected

and founder member of the Association and will be a first class Ambassador for our Branch.

Members of North Yorkshire Branch at Eden Camp Malton for their May Lunch & visit.

 

just back from the Annual VE Ceremony in my village along with about 40 villagers. VE Day is a public holiday here in France. Flowers were laid on the War Memorial, a letter was read out by our Mayor from President Hollande followed by a letter from the National President Ancien Combatants (like our RBL). Then the names of those listed on the memorial were read out and rounded off by the singing of the French National Anthem. The ceremony as always was concluded with a few glasses of wine in the village hall. Regards JR

G'Day everyone.
Greetings from Goulburn NSW down under. Hope that everything is OK up
there in your part of the world. I thought you might be interested in
these photos. They are by our local newspaper the Goulburn Post.
ANZAC Day is commemorated here on 25th April. We have a dawn service at
5:30 am then during the day there are marches in cities, towns and
villages across the country. The first pictures are at the war graves
section of our main cemetery. The group of people I'm with on the march
through Goulburn are representing WW2 ex servicemen / women and relatives
of such. Spot the white beret in the crowd in the last picture.

Thoroughly enjoying retirement at the moment. Our son Peter is currently
on a working holiday in London. He's had a visit to Hendon Air Force
Museum. He told me there is a Vulcan on display. I told him that I had
stood under it in 73 -74 (my first posting ) when it was at Scampton with
617 Sqdn.

Looking forward to visiting next year.

Regards to you all.

Alex Oliver (Ollie)


 

AGM 2014 Taken by Sonia Lester

More photos from the AGM

This is a photo taken at Whitley Bay Cemetery at the funeral of a 92 year old Burma Star veteran, John Alexander Campbell. As he had no known relatives at the time of his death, the local Royal British Legion branches made an appeal for Veterans and others to attend the funeral.

North East Branch members were joined by Warrant Officer Adrian Price and Corporal Kim Fenwick from the Royal Air Force Police detachment at RAF Boulmer and Syd Graham, Chairman of the Newcastle branch RAF Associations.

Our members from left to right are Alex Flavel, Colin Broadfoot, Ian MacArthur, Tom Padgett, Alan Weeks, Roger Bishop (Standard Bearer) and Rowley Coultas.
 

Members of the North Yorkshire Branch at their February Lunch Meeting. The main picture
Is Jim and Marion Gunn two more of our team of charity fund raisers, Jim is displaying another
of our 'Bowstrings' for fund raising via the sale of books and CD's . This month he diversified
With a Book Auction, the proceeds going to the "Yorkshire Children's Hospital Fund" a separate
project inaugurated at Christmas to be finalised at our March meeting when it is hoped a
article will be submitted for the Griff.
 
 
 
**************************************************************
Hi All, Today I represented the UK Defence Attaché in Paris at a ceremony in Bordas, SW France. All went well and even my speech was well received - and understood ! There were about 60 people present with many from the Resistance groups in the area where the RAF Stirling Bomber crashed on 16 Feb 1944, killing all the crew. I have to admit it was quite humbling to witness the sincerity and devotion these people show towards our fallen. As I laid the RAF Roundel Wreath a trumpeter played the UK National Anthem and quite well too, for his age, as he was in his late 70's, then followed the French National Anthem and the Resistance Anthem, which was cut short due to the poor soul playing running out of breath - honestly ! Then a young girl laid flowers, followed by flowers from the Mayor and finally flowers from the President of the Ancien Combatants. Then the names of the Aircrew were read out and after each name the crowd said " Morts Pour La France - Died For France " The event ended with the traditional drinks/nibbles in the village hall. A super experience and they were so delighted at my presence. I hope you enjoy the photos. Regards JR
 
 

Hommage aux sept pilotes disparus

 

 

Hommage aux sept pilotes disparus
Une gerbe a été déposée en mémoire des sept pilotes disparus lors du crash du 16 février 1944.© PHOTO 
PHOTO BERNARD VASSEUR

Dimanche, un hommage a été rendu aux sept pilotes disparus dans le crash de leur avion, le 16 février 1944, au lieu dit Boirac, près de Grun-Bordas. Ils étaient en mission de parachutage pour venir en aide aux résistants. Fernand Sabouret, ancien maire et auteur d'un gros travail de mémoire, a relaté les événements de cette nuit tragique.

Publicité

Une gerbe a été déposée au monument aux morts de Grun-Bordas, en présence de Jean-Pierre Saint-Amand, conseiller général, Sylviane Feix, maire de Grun-Bordas, et Claude Lauterie, président de la section locale des anciens combattants. Un délégué britannique de la Royale Air Force assistait également à la cérémonie, de même que les porte-drapeaux des communes du canton.

Les participants se sont ensuite retrouvés autour d'un vin d'honneur offert par la municipalité. Puis, un repas a été servi au restaurant La Faim de Loup à Grun-Bordas.

Bernard Vasseur

 
 
North Yorkshire Branch of the RAFPA at their 2013 Christmas Lunch held at The Buffers PH and Restaurant Scholes.
 

 

Members of the North Yorkshire Branch of the RAFP A at their 2013 Christmas Lunch held at
The Buffers PH and Restaurant Scholes.
Thirty Members were present and ably supported by six members from our neighbouring
East Midlands Branch.It being appropriate at this time that we give credit to our often, overlooked
Hardworking members of the Branch. 'The Ladies'.

 

 

 

The two Ladies in the photograph, are Mary King and Jackie Roberts mainstay of our Fund Raising Team without their dedicated efforts and monetary contributions from Branch Members
we could not function, no ink, no paper, no welfare, and because of the sterling efforts of our ladies The Branch has for many years been able to donate £1000-00p PA to its chosen charities. In addition over a recent three year term they have raised a additional sum of
£1505-00p for our colleagues in Afghanistan via the Shoe Box Appeal.

Hats Off to The Ladies.

 

 

 

 

North East Branch 10th Anniversary Lunch

 
Members of the NYB at their October Lunch Meeting at Whixley
 
 
 
 
 
 
Shoreham Air Show
 
 
 
 
 
2198: Dave Hilton, Sir Dusty Miller, Tony Harbour, John Fox, Eric Harrison.
 
 
2191: Dave Hilton, Sir Dusty Miller, Tony Harbour, John Fox
 
 
 
2138: Tent kitted out with mannequin 'Mike'
 
 
2135: John Packham, Tony Harbour, Mike The mannequin and Terry Bryant.
 
Allied Air Forces Memorial Day
The Annual Memorial Day Parade took place at Elvington Nr York home of the Yorkshire Air Museum and Allied Air Forces Memorial on Sunday 1st September 2013, also commemorated
was the 70th Anniversary of the Dambuster Raids by 617 Squadron. The North Yorkshire Branch represented the RAFPA at the event. Six members attended, being ;-George Denny,
Allen King, Jim Gunn, Ken Turner, Roger Cann (Standard Bearer) and Gordon Burrell, Unfortunately only limited photographic coverage was available. Members and their wives were provided with a excellent Lunch in the Canteen prior to the event.
 
 
Photo 1 Line up of the 16 Standards Paraded.
 
 
Photo 2. Tail end of the March Past with the White Berets at the rear.
 
 
Photo 3. End of Ceremonies, the posers , LR Jim Gunn, Ken Turner, Roger Cann (S B) and Allen King.
 
Members of the North Yorkshire Branch at their August Lunch in the NAAFI at the Yorkshire Air Museum York.



The Real Cold War Warriors. Members of the North Yorkshire Branch at the Yorkshire Air Museum Elvington York 21 August 2013.
 
 
Members of the North Yorkshire Branch at their July Lunch at Wetwang on the 24th. The young lady is our latest prospective member with Chairman Allen King, Her name is Hannah and is the 12year old grandaughter of secretary Ken Turner.
 
 
Our August Lunch will be held at the 'Yorkshire Air Museum' Elvington on the 21st, other association members are welcome to join us.
 

Yesterday (26 th June 2013) RAFPA (North Riding) held their AGM when the serving officers were relected unopposed.

The AGM was preceded by an enjoyable lunch which was enjoyed by some 30 members. Yes - there is life up north!!!!!.

 
Six members of the EMB represented the RAFPA at yesterdays Armed Forces Day parade in the host city of Nottingham.
They were David Marr (Standard bearer) Bernard Lamb, Brian Whitaker, David Lane, Alistair Grant and John Curtis.
Lets hope more RAFPA members stand up at next years Armed Forces Day?
 
 
and from the big screen
 

Xmas 2012 celebration by North Yorkshire Branch today 12 December 2012 at Strensall Gold Club

"On Tuesday 23 rd of October some Members of the London Home Counties Branch visited RAF Brize Norton to visit the Memorial Garden next to the Police Flight dedicated to Cpl. Brent Mc.Carthy. This visit was organized by Reg Lamb and our hosts were Cpl. Drew Williams and Cpl. Warren Nichols. After we had paid our respects, with London Home Counties Standard Bearer Bob Strachen in attendance, we were treated to a visit to their Custody Suite. How times have changed. A visit to 99 Sqd. was next where we were able to climb over a C17. The Loadmaster explained how modern day logistics were handled in the modern Airforce, especially with the Middle East commitments. An excellent lunch was then enjoyed at the Gateway Restaurant and it was on to the brand new de-luxe Dog Section. This is a state of the art version of the old Dog Sections that some of us remember, complete with an astro turf training area. When we left we wished Cpl.Nichols all the best for the future in Civvy Street as this was his last week in the Royal Air Force Police."

photos from our new Associate Member Tony Biskup

 
Realised that today, 3-8-2012, is the 74th anniversary of my enlistment in the RAF on 3-8-1938. daughter, Jill, is visiting with her daughter, Claire, and son Paul, with his wife, Denise, with their son, (my great grandson), Joseph, so I have been persuaded to don this uniform, and sit in my restored 1943 Jeep, with the ½ sized copy of it, that my friend Ken, and I have made, here in my workshop, this took nearly 2 years to complete, and is identical in every respect
 
They have all had great fun driving it around the lawns, especially the little one, it is electrically driven with an invalid scooter motor, and drives really well.
 
The other picture shows the 4 generations of us
Frank Authers.
 
 
No photos attached but
 
Support for veterans group
 

On July 30 at 12 noon the local branch of the RAF Police Association - the South Downs Branch - is to present a cheque of £1,200 to the Blind Veterans UK (formerly St Dunstan’s). This charity is the chosen organisation of this branch of the RAFPA.

 

Many events are organised throughout the year and a percentage is usually given to the chosen charity.

On a previous occasion the branch formed an escort party for the late Henry Allingham who was himself an honorary member of the branch.

This is one of the few branches to have an exhibition tent at an air show and again we will be at this year’s Shoreham Air Show.

The organisation membership is open to past and present members of the military and civilian police.

 
At the East Midlands Branch AGM last Saturday we handed over two cheques to our annual charities.
The first one for £2,000 was handed over to Emma Pearson a representative of the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre at Nottingham University,Emma explained where the money would be spent and what an amazing difference they are making in the treatment of these very unfortunate children.
A second cheque for £250 was presented to the RBL which goes towards their Poppy Appeal.
All our members worked throughout the year fund raising including our annual Jumble Sale to achieve these worthy donations and to increase to profile of our Association.
 
The vote for next years charity 2011 -2012 was unanimous for the Children's charity and the RBL
 
 
Bernard Lamb
Norman Button asks where is it?
 
EMB hold their annual jumble sale at the RBL Radcliffe on Trent

Re-enactor Brian Tegg, who is a member of the London Home Counties Branch, helping to publicize the proposed Bomber Command Heritage Centre at the old Bicester Garrison.

Presentation a wall shield to Wootton Bassett Mayor

Some pictures of Frank Auther's ½ sized RAF Police jeep

Bob Strachan, Standard Bearer for the London Home Counties Branch supporting a fund raising event at the Kassam Stadium at Oxford last season.

Members of the RAFPA Association (LHC Branch) attending the Mayor’s Parlour at Oxford Town Hall .
 
Members of the London Home Counties Branch of the RAFP Association , representing members of the Oxford Area “Sunday Lunchers” presenting a cheque for £200.00 to Sister Frances Dominica, founder member of the Helen and Douglas House Children’s Hospice in Oxford.
 

Certificate of Appreciation awarded by the Hatfield Town Council to DRUMMOND “SPIKE” WINDOW ,MBE.RVM,OPR

In appreciation of his 44 years service as Remembrance Day Parade Marshal and long service to the Community

 

 

Two photographs of the 2010 Poppy Appeal

I have been sent some photographs of Association members and the like and have therefore started a new page for these.  It will be like the Photographs of Police Flights etc but more recent (probably) and concerned with the life after death, sorry service.



I was at the Edinburgh Armed Services Day Parade with my Air Cadets to take photographs of them on that day. I also took other pictures, some of the RAFPA group who I chatted with on the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. Really nice guys I must say. I thought you may like those images for your site. You may also be able to contact the group at the castle and let them know of those pictures for me as I did not take any contact information. (done - Webmaster)

Larger sizes are available and the rest of my pictures of that day can be seen at  http://www.flickr.com/photos/alastair396

Click on the album marked Armed Forces Day - Edinburgh - Non ATC

Regards

Alastair MacDonald

From Spike Window

Have just been informed that my  grand daughter WPC Liz Window,South Wales Constabulary is to receive an award for bravery on the 8th July in London.

From Alan Bradbury

Frank Authers cutting his birthday cake for his 90th birthday at our meeting in Plymouth on July 7th

From Chris Hill

Recent Veterans parade,Truro.

From Paul Elliott

Duke of Normandy's (HM The Queen's) Birthday salute on Guernsey
 
RMPA AGM & Reunion Southsea  Southwick Park 15-16 May 2010 
 
EMB on Parade

Reg Lamb's talk and photo, to the RAF National Service Association

On Saturday 19th December, 2009, some 48 members of RAFPA North Yorks Branch, braved snow and ice to attend their Xmas luncheon at Strensall Golf Club, nr York.

Wiltshire Branch during a visit to the RAF Police Flight at RAF Lyneham 23 October 2009Scarborough Reunion 2009

Ian McLauchlan found a photograph of our Chairman at the 1980 Motorcycle Show in 1981 on a 1981 Provost Parade. He took at picture but being a phone the quality wasn't good so I asked I Archivist John Curtis if he could help.  The results are here

From Paul Elliott

3 photographs taken on the Queen’s birthday in June 2009  The retired servicemen of Guernsey meet to fire a 21 gun salute at Castle Cornet in St Peter Port. The Queen of course is the “Duke of Normandy”  to us and it is to the “Duke” that the salute is for. 

members of the London and Home Counties Branch of the RAF Police Association visited Northwood HQ.

From John Curtis

West Anglia and East Midlands Branches enjoy a conducted tour of RAF Scampton

From Frank Authers

a friend of mine just called in, on his way back from a National Norton Motorcycle Rally, to show me his completely restored ex RAF Police Norton

From Harry F Pea

Slightly older than "today"  3 (maybe 4) characters of the branch

From Bill Edwards 

Here are two photos of my wife June and myself on our recent cruise to the Caribbean to celebrate our Golden Wedding Anniversary.

From Gerald Sanderson

NORTH YORKSHIRE BRANCH RAFPA ELITE DINING WETWANG, FEBRUARY 2009 

from neil gardiner

The National Memorial

From Allan Turner

I  served in the RAFP from 1963 until 1973.  I am now a Captain with the Colorado State Patrol

From Spike Window

The presentation of a Certificate in respect of the School's Fundraising success

From Chris Hill.

pics from the Cornish gathering of the RAFPA held recently at the Par Inn,St Austell.

LHC Branch and their parade at the Tower of London

From John Curtis

A selection over recent years all over the country from the East Midlands Branch

From Chris Hill

saw this huge sign go up at the local garden centre and had to nip back
for my camera.

From John Curtis

this is the picture taken this weekend at our EMB reunion at Alveston

From Frank Authers

Had a guy here last week who writes for a couple of monthly car and motorcycle magazines, he is preparing articles of some of my restorations for publication in Jan/Feb, here are a token few of the 70 odd photo's that he took, thought it may interest some of you, the younger guy in them, is my son John, the indoor one is part of my collection of about 150 old car radiator mascots etc.

From Stewart.Mcardle

Norfolk Branch Christmas Lunch was held in the Pound Green Hotel ,Shipdam,Norfolk. It was the traditional fare served at a carvery and a nice time was had by all.

From
Mitch

Photograph taken at H.D.& IOW Branch Xmas lunch.  Chairman John Paice (rt) with guests and friends, 

From John Curtis

EM Branch Christmas Party 2008


From Chris Hill

Recently spent the weekend with Husayin Ismail,one of the five former RAF Policeman Auxilliaries at Ay Nik,Cyprus.He's plowed his redundancy into a fish and chip shop in Braintree, Essex.His last few years of his 22 were spent on dogs with the Army Depot Security Police force at Dhekelia Garrison.For those who served with them you will be interested to know that Abrihim and Ertan have recently retired,Ulker works in clothing stores,Dhekelia(His Detectve Inspector Wife Divorced him!!!)and Husayin Fettin heads the Security Force Police Unit at the American Embassy,Nicosiia.If you're in town, pop in and try his pies,As you can see I've tried a few....


From Bobbi Stenning

Here is a photo of my pre Cenotaph house guests
George Robertson Nigel Cox George Brookes Bobbi Brian Davies Mick Griffin


From
Steve Davies

Former RAFPA members who have sadly passed on to higher plains; Jim Chown (Canada), Alan Rusling (Blackpool), Arthur Smith, and Colin Rabey.

From Steve Davies
One of our oldest members former Sqn Ldr Harry Hawkhead wrote to me the other day enclosing a photo of him and his wife Mary, I thought it might be nice to include it along with one of Guida and myself.

From Mel Price

Mel "Robin" Price in action

From Mel Price

Met Dave Spence and his good lady in Skipton today and caught him spending money in the market can you believe? Then we stuffed ourselves with their famous pork pies. After that I got him and the two ladies to pose inside Skipton Church for my book. Got a few beers down our necks after that and got into trouble with the ladies. OOPs!

Many don't believe I went to University. I guess I got in this photo by selling my shampoos and soaps to the students? I wonder if they have enough nous to spot me?

From Norman Button

70th birthday dinner with my cousin Marian on board "Star Princess" in Alaska.