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‘Airmen of Steel’ – a new t-shirt in the store

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A more graphic style based on a classic logo design dating back even to pre World War II.
A less formal, more graphic design  – it’s the youngsters that will keep all this going – so buy them one and let them clear their diaries for 4 hours a day, most weeks, of most months for  a few years – at least they can say they got a T-Shirt for it 😛

You might just get it for Christmas if you order today – maybe!

Buy it here.

Roll of Honour artwork now available

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After a steady stream of enquiries regarding the Roll of Honour artwork that I posted last week on Remembrance Sunday, I am pleased to announce it is in now available in the online store. As well as the original RAF Roundel design I have added another 3 variants, commemorating those who died flying with the RNZAF, RAAF and RCAF. A few people asked about this sort of design, but with only the names of the airmen from that country. I feel, as the boys flew and died together, they should be kept together as well.

The artwork is available on either t-shirts based on a suitably restrained colour palette or a series of high quality art prints, ranging from poster to metal plate. As with all other items in the shop – all profits will be donated to the Memorial Garden fund.

Get to the Roll of Honour collection here.

2015 Friends of 75(NZ) Squadron Association Winter Reunion

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It seems a good time having gotten an email from Margaret last week to try to utilse the wider reach of the blog to try to attract more new people to the Association’s Winter Reunion this November.

If you are an Association regular it’s a wonderful annual opportunity to catch up with friends and if you are new to the Squadron and Association, it’s a chance to meet like minded people, share information and perhaps learn some things about a relative.

As in previous years, accommodation for the reunion event will be in Dolphin Hotel in St. Ives.

The Reunion weekend runs over 2 nights, with an informal dinner on Friday night, before the Reunion Dinner ‘proper’ on Saturday night. After the Dinner on Saturday night there is a raffle (so don’t forget to bring something, somebody else would like to win!) and usually any announcements related to the Association.

The Dolphin has been generous enough to charge the same as they did last year.

The charges for the weekend are as follows:
£118 per person for the weekend for dinner, bed & breakfast

For those staying 1 night the charge is £87.15 per person for a double room, or £71.75 for a single – breakfast is included in this, but the evening meal is extra.

There will be a trip out on the Saturday morning – which is yet to be confirmed, but information on this visit will be available closer to the date.

On Sunday we all move to Mepal village for a service in the Memorial Garden and the laying of wreathes at the village cenotaph before joining the people of Mepal in the chapel for a service of remembrance. There are then refreshments in the village hall.

In order to try to help Margaret and hopefully make the Reunion accessible to more people I have set up an Eventbrite page, which is accessible to the right of this post. Booking a free ticket for the event only indicates an interest in the event  and lets us gauge interest – though if you change your mind, please let us know so we can give someone else a chance.

You can book up to 3 Double or Single  rooms for the reunion and, as is always the case, these will go, so, to avoid disappointment, book early!!

Hope to see you all at the Winter Reunion……..

Lest we forget……

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It now seems a tradition that whatever the weather throws at us on the Saturday, Sunday morning is always bright and crisp for the Remembrance Service at Mepal.

As always, the gathering of friends and family is a bitter sweet experience – its wonderful to catch up with friends over the weekend, but the Sunday service is what we actually gather for and it’s always and perhaps rightly, and emotional and reflective time.

Before the Remembrance service, the ashes of Mike and Pam Molony were committed to the Garden. Mike flew with the crew of Victor John Andrew between their first op on the 27/28 of June 1944 to Biennais and the 26/27 August op to Kiel – where he was seriously injured by flak that hit the fuselage and mid upper turret. The Kiel op was Mike’s 20th with the Andrew crew – he never flew with them again, however, the crew continued without Mike and final achieved a total of 38 ops.

I will post a further appreciation of Mike’s life later this week.

It was also lovely to see the Association President Jack Richards at the service – something I know he was determined not to miss. His presence was appreciated by all who attended.

Memorial Garden, Mepal

In some respects, this morning is what we are here for. Its good to meet up with old friends at these reunions, but particularly at this time of the year, we are here to remember. I distinctly feel the contrast between last year and today. 12 months ago we were here for the first time with Bob’s ashes to commit them in the memorial garden – it all felt very serious and important – though, perhaps as it should have.

This year certainly doesn’t have a carnival air to it, but I do feel different, more relaxed and contemplative – it will nice to be back in the garden. Perhaps it was because we had Bob’s committal prior to the remembrance service last year, but the service seems to go by surprisingly fast this year – after a service at the village cenotaph I decided not to go on to the village chapel for the service, but instead to go back to spend some time in the garden with my thoughts – something that I wanted to do last year…but, well……I wasn’t able to.

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.