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FAABA EVENTS / NEWS

Page last updated 04 April 2014

'ASSOCIATIONS OF THE FAA' SUNDAY - 24TH MARCH

Members of FAA Associations and members of the FNF around the country attended 'Associations of the FAA Sunday' on March 24th (Palm Sunday)

The ceremony was well attended and the pictures below of the ceremony were supplied by Alan Breward. Click on images to view full size.

 

   

LATEST NEWS

Maiden Flight of first Navy Wildcat helicopter

The first Wildcat Attack Helicopter to be delivered to the Royal Navy has successfully taken its first flight at Yeovil in Somerset, the MoD announced today (Monday 28th January). Link to article

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FAA pilot announced as new 1st Sea Lord

Following a 43-year career with the Royal Navy, Sir Mark Stanhope is to stand down as First Sea Lord in April and will hand over the baton to Admiral Sir George Zambellas. Defence Secretary Philip Hammond today, 24 January, made the announcement that Admiral Zambellas will succeed Sir Mark as the Chief of the Naval Staff. Link to article

STEVE JOHNSON EA(A)2

Dennis Day has let the Buccaneer Association know that one of our members, Steve Johnson ex EA(A)2 of 736 & 809 Squadron's has recently passed away in early September, he regularly attended reunions until ill health forced him to stop.
His Funeral is on Friday 27th September at 1300; it will be held at Portchester Crematorium, Upper Cornaway Lane, Portchester, PO16 8NE, Hants and afterwards at the Conservative Club in Lee on Solent.
Donations can be made to: Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity, c/o Solent Funeral Services, 82 - 84 High Street, Lee on Solent, PO13 9DA
 

REMEMBRANCE DAY AT THE CENOTAPH & FAA MEMORIAL

 
Pictures of the FAABA Contingent taken by Mick Gowan at the Remembrance Day Ceremony in London on the 11th November and also the at the FAA Memorial afterwards.
 

It was excellent to see so many association members in London today on such a glorious Remembrance Day.  The gathering at the FAA Memorial on Embankment was a fine event once again.   

There was feedback about the long wait whilst associations gathered to march to Embankment, and whilst some waiting is inevitable at such an event it is unfortunate nonetheless.  This will be discussed at the next meeting, but overall I am sure an excellent day was had by all.

Attached are some poems written by the children of Windale Primary School, which sum things up very nicely.  Many thanks to the children, and to their Deputy Head Teacher Mrs Vicky Williams for bringing them to London to be shared with all.

 

Regards, 

Phil Carpenter

Secretary, Fly Navy Federation

Childrens Letters 1   Childrens Letters 2
Click on images and hyperlinks to view pictures and the childrens' letters
 
     
IAN "PINCHER" MARTIN

Ian "Pincher" Martin, a founder member of the Fleet Air Arm Buccaneer Association has passed away whilst on a visit to the north of Scotland. He was instrumental in setting up the Faaba website and encouraging ex Buccaneer squadron members to join the association.

Ian had suffered ill health for some time but after an improvement was looking forward to the reunion at Coventry this year and a chance to renew old friendships.

 

Ian was Buccaneer through & through having served on 736, 800, 803, 809 and the RN Unit at RAF Honington.

I'm sure we speak for all the Buccaneer people who knew Ian during his service in the Fleet Air Arm that he will be sadly missed.

       
A family-only funeral took place at Aberdeen Crematorium on Friday 27th May; the family have asked that any charitable donations are made out to the British Heart Foundation. We will also have a collection for the British Heart Foundation at the Coventry Reunion in June.

BORNEO VISIT 4-15TH MARCH BY 845 SQUADRON

20 members of 845 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) are heading to Borneo 4-15 March to visit a memorial at Nanga Gaat, dedicated to comrades who fell there in the 1960s. A group of mixed ranks and rates will be taking off for a battlefield tour of Borneo as part of the squadron’s commitment to honouring their heritage, and as the finale to the 845 NAS 50th Anniversary celebrations of becoming a Commando helicopter squadron.  

For more information and detail of contacts please read or download the pdf file here

   

FAA Memorial Stone at the National Memorial Arboretum

Update on the FAA Memorial at the NMA 

Repairs: Paddy Clark (FAAOA) attended the last meeting of the FNF and gave a comprehensive brief on the completion of repairs to the frost-damage, and for detailing the proposals for the placement of logos and crests.  It has been decided to monitor the paintwork, which is ‘ageing’ as opposed to looking tatty.  Currently finance for the day-to-day upkeep of the memorial is not considered an issue, but this will continue to be monitored over the coming years.  

Logos and crests: A proposal for the placement of logos and crests was discussed, and a general plan for uniformity of design agreed in principle involving the placing of sandstone ‘paving’ stones separate from, but surrounding the memorial, with association logos and squadron crests sand-blasted on to individual stones.  This was closest to plan ‘B’ from the original 3 options and was agreed by the majority because it was cost-effective (requiring sandstone rather than expensive Portland stone), offered the greatest uniformity, excellent longevity, minimal maintenance, and the largest number of logos/crests to be placed (up to 78 initially, with room for expansion in the future).  Initial ground-works will need to be completed and blank sandstones placed.  The stones will then be removed by associations /squadrons for their specific logo/crest to be sandblasted on to before being formally ‘placed’.  Bronze plaques were discussed but considered too expensive due to each having to be individually cast.  

Funding for the ground-works needs to be found (cost approximately £8000) and, if all associations agree to assist, will be in the region of £750-£1000 per association Although it is a fairly large cost to bear it must be remembered that it is a memorial for the entire FAA that will last for many generations, and will be a great legacy to the generosity of the associations of the Federation.  Association representatives agreed to discuss this with their members at the first available opportunity, and to let the Secretary know the outcome and amount of funds willing to be added to the ‘pot’, in order that the ground-works can be started as soon as possible.  The FAAOA has generously agreed that once it is apparent that funds will be forthcoming from other associations it will underwrite the initial cost in order that work can begin – hopefully before the end of 2010.  Each sandstone block will then cost approximately £200 per association/squadron for (in due course) removal, sandblasting with logo/crest and final placement. We intend to raise this money from the raffle at our 2011 reunion but of course anyone who cannot make the reunion is welcome to send a donation to the Treasurer. 

The FAABA also will be launching an appeal for donations for the ground works in 2011, but we are also looking at the viability of holding a fund raising charity dinner at Yeovilton in 2011 which will be an open invite to any serving and ex FAA personnel. We have two ideas, one being the WO & SR Mess the other a dinner under Concorde at the FAA Museum.  Any feedback on support for either proposal most welcome. (see other article further down this page)

 

Service Personnel and Veterans Agency

 

The services of the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency is available to all former members of HM Armed Forces. Full details of the agency can be found on www.veterans-uk.info You can also call the free helpline on 0800 169 2277, send an Email to veterans.help@spva.gsi.gov.uk  or write to:

 

The Veterans Advice Team

Service Personnel and Veterans Agency

Tomlinson House

Norcross

Thornton-Cleveleys

FY5 3WP

Best regards

Dave Clark

FN100 Newsletters

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COVENTRY REUNION JUNE 2010

800 Squadron Aircraft Maintainers from 1970 - 1972 aboard HMS Eagle attended the recent FAABA 10th Reunion 40 years later to catch up and have a drink together (Click on images to see them full size)

1. Mario DeMarco, 2. Nigel Garbett, 3. Tony Wiffin, 4. Chris Walsh, 5. Dave Morgan, 6. Gary Perkins

FAABA Reunion Photographs 2010   Bruntingthorpe Photograhs 2010
More 800 Squadron Maintainers meet again

Alistair Gilbert and Allan (Jimmy) Green decided to recreate their pose of sitting on the edge of a Buccaneer cockpit previously carried out during HMS Eagle's Far East Tour during 1967/68.

Thanks go to Guy Hulme who supplied a Buccaneer at Bruntingthorpe on Saturday afternoon 19th June for the two friends to recreate the photo.

A Health & Safety risk assessment found they were too old to use the ladders without falling off so we had a platform provided.

 

 

COVENTRY 2010 DECLARED A RESOUNDING SUCCESS

All FAABA Members and Guests who attended the 10th Annual Reunion at the Royal Court Hotel at Coventry voted it a resounding success; many new faces were seen and found to be enjoying themselves. The price of drinks had risen to £2 a pint but even that was not enough to put a damper on the weekend as can be seen from the happy faces of drinkers in the photo below.

On the left are another group of happy faces (from the 'Happy Hermes' of 1967/68); these are some of the aircraft maintainers from the Fleet Air Arm's longest serving Buccaneer Squadron (809).

Taff Davis + Don Cockle Johnny Tuke + Mal Drinkwater

Left to Right: Jimmy Andrews, Johnny Tuke, Don Cockle, Alex Muir, Billy Boyd. Missing is Mal Drinkwater who must have been sent for the next round of drinks; he was definitely at the reunion having travelled from Texas two years running.

   

Three FAABA Members who joined up together at HMS Ganges in 1964 as part of Frobisher 781 Class also got together over the weekend to remember how long ago they had first met and to drink to 46 years as friends.

Left to Right: Jim Reynolds, Al McGurk, Phil Glover

ARMY V NAVY RUGBY AT TWICKENHAM 27TH APRIL 2013

Army versus Navy in action

27th April 2013 Army v Navy rugby match for the Babcock Trophy at Twickenham. Adults £20 Juniors £10 go to www.armynavymatch.org for details

For facebook users use the following link https://www.facebook.com/armyvnavyrugby

AIRCRAFT CARRIER ALLIANCE

If you are interested in how manufacturing of the new Aircraft Carriers is progressing the new 'Aircraft Carrier Alliance' website has images and videos that explains how they plan to manufacture and assemble each sub-assembly. Follow this link >>>>>>>
FAA CONTINGENT AT THE CENOTAPH / FAA MEMORIAL IN NOVEMBER 2010
 
FAA contingent at the FAA Memorial on the Embankment
    Associations “parked up” prior to the march off
       
PICTURES FROM THE CENOTAPH / FAA MEMORIAL NOVEMBER 2011
  A group of pictures taken by Alan Breward in London November 2011 at the Cenotaph and the FAA Memorial - click on the images to see larger versions

 

       

THE PUZZLE OF THE "CAIRD CHALLENGE CUP" HAS BEEN SOLVED

Peter Caird (the Half Brother of Midshipman Alexander J. Caird) has written to the RAF base at Lossiemouth giving further details about his life. He was the son of Alexander Peter Caird (an officer in the Royal Artillery) and Doris Jarvis Caird  (Both now deceased and previously divorced). The Midshipman was listed as Missing presumed killed whilst flying on the 24 June 1952 from HMS Fulmar. We still do not have any idea what the cup was awarded for although it was presented to RNAS Lossiemouth by Lt. Col. and Mrs G A Haward in memory of her son and his step-son. 

 

 
 

Further Research has now established the following details;

Pilot of 766 Squadron

Firefly Mk1 DK569

Flying from HMS Fulmar his aircraft crashed into the sea at Logey Head. Whilst carrying out a quarter attack he spun off a steep turn and failed to recover.

 

Chris Adams (Ex Lossie & 849HQ/B Flt) has passed on a story that appeared in the Northern Scot Newspaper  in January & February this year; has anyone heard of this cup?

Sergeant Tony Carlin, station historian at RAF Lossiemouth, is appealing for help to solve a puzzle. In November, a trophy arrived in the post in a package addressed to the station museum. There was no letter accompanying it, nor any information about who had sent it - the only information available was the inscription on the trophy and its name - the “Caird Challenge Cup”.

Sgt Carlin says: “I have done some research and found out that Midshipman Caird died in a flying incident at RNAS Lossiemouth in 1952; his plane crashed into the sea. But I don't know anything about The Caird Challenge Cup. If we could find out a bit more about the trophy we could decide if the cup should stay in the museum at RAF Lossiemouth. Also, it would be interesting to know who sent me the trophy.”

The trophy, which is silver and stands 22cm high, was sent in a package that was postmarked Thetford (Norfolk). The inscription on the lid reads: In memory of Midshipman A.J. Caird from his parents Lt Col & Mrs G.A. Haward and Family 24th June 1952.

On one side of the trophy is the inscription: The Caird Challenge Cup, RNAS Lossiemouth.

And on the reverse side is a list of recipients/winners from 1952 to 1962 including RAF Kinloss, Sgt Parsons, CPO Cox, CPO Moore and CPO Lillington RNSA.

Click here to view Article 1 & Article 2

PICTURES FROM THE FIXED WING REUNION AT YEOVILTON

Pictures by Alan Breward taken at the FAA Fixed Wing Reunion Dinner; click on a picture to enlarge

 

 

FAA MEMORIAL AT THE NATIONAL ARBORETUM

We have been asked to provide a plaque to commemorate the FAA Buccaneer Association that will probably be positioned on the memorial plinth and the FAABA have already donated £500 to help with this project, with further funding coming from the sale of whiskey. We are now asking for donations for the final phase which is the outer groundworks and siting of the stones. (updated, see article at top of this page)

Please send your donations to Dave Clark making the cheque payable to the FAABA and marking the reverse of the cheque 'Nat. Arboretum Fund'. If everyone in the Association sent £5 we would meet and exceed our target and send out a clear message of support to the FNF.

<-- Completed Monument on 11th September.

 

Thanks go to Alan & Vicky Breward for the pictures on the left of the completed memorial which were taken  after the dedication ceremony at the National Arboretum.

Click here to see recent other photos of the construction taking place

FAABA 9TH ANNUAL REUNION - COVENTRY 2009

FAABA Members outside the Royal Court Hotel on Saturday 6th June. Another successful reunion was held with many new faces enjoying the Royal Court Hotel facilities on the Friday and Saturday. More details will be published over the next few days..... Pictures can be viewed by clicking on the button below

Reunion Pictures     View Video

Pictures from 2009 Reunion

CENTENARY SERVICE AT ST PAULS CATHEDRAL

A service of thanksgiving and remembrance was held on the morning of Friday 8th May 2009 at St Paul's Cathedral to commemorate One Hundred Years of Naval Aviation.  The service was open to anyone who had served with the Fleet Air Arm or who has/had close connections with the Service.  Alan Breward attended this event and has made some pictures available..............

Click here to view a selection

 

 

SWORDFISH CENTENARY BEER

The Swordfish Centenary Beer was launched in London on Wednesday 20th May and is now on draught in Weatherspoons and in bottles at Tesco, Please see attached image of Swordfish Beer... the bottle has changed (it is bigger now) and the label is slightly larger with more Fairey Swordfish on it. A portion of the profits goes to the Heritage Trust so get drinking with a clear conscience. A launch of FN100 stamps was also made available from the launch date.

THE LIMES CHARITY BALL - 17TH NOVEMBER 2012

 

This event will be held at The Limes Country Lodge, Earlswood (just off the M42) on Saturday 17th November, Up Spirits at 1830. The Black Tie event is held at the premises of one of our members, Dave (Birdie) Morris with all proceeds going to Service Charities. Last years event was a fantastic night out with a packed entertainment package from comedy to music with a casino and late night dancing for “The Stayers”!!! The association has booked two tables of 10 so first names received will get the tickets.

For those of you who did not attend the Elgin Reunion this year why not come to the Limes Charity Ball instead.

Those who wish to attend this excellent Ball please give their expression of interest to either Les Smith, Dave Clark  or Brian Stanley. We have provisionally booked two tables.

Picture from the 2011 ball

 

 

     

Presentation of an Engraved Bell to the WO & SNCO’s Mess HMS Fulmar

Dave Clark, the secretary of the FAABA, returned to the WO & SNCO Mess on the 23rd July 2008 and presented WO Dianne McLeish, the CMC, with a beautiful brass hand bell as a thank you to the mess for allowing them to hold this memorable function here. Dave once again acknowledged that the mess had been excellent hosts for the evening and the members of the association had been delighted at having the opportunity to return to RAF Lossiemouth after such a long period. Mr Hughie Williams the Chairman, of the recently reformed HMS Fulmer Association also attended the presentation. The CMC rang the bell to celebrate its arrival and to signal “Toofers” before placing it behind the Top Bar (the old Petty Officers Mess) where hopefully it will be rung many more times by the members of the mess

Dave Clark, Diana McLeish (CMC RAF Lossiemouth) and Hughie Williams