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No 10 SQUADRON ASSOCIATION
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AIMS OF THE 10 SQUADRON ASSOCIATION
• To preserve the spirit of comradeship formed during service with 10 Squadron
• To sustain a close relationship between the Squadron and the Association
• To provide a focus for contact with other former Squadron colleagues, by promoting attendance at Annual
Reunions and Remembrance Day Services at the 10 Squadron Memorial
• To encourage the collection and preservation of documents, photographs, anecdotes and memorabilia
with which the Squadron’s history may be enhanced
• To encourage Squadron and Association members to contribute to the Association website
• To encourage members of the Squadron to join the Association
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Research has recently been carried out by Association Member Chris Eve, into the lives of two former squadron commanders; Wg Cdr Arthur Thomas Whitelock (OC10 1929-30) and his predecessor, Wg Cdr Franks Lubbock Robinson DSO, MC, DFC, ADC (OC10 1928-29).
As many will know, Whitelock is usually accredited with having designed the ‘Winged Arrow’ 10 Squadron Badge during his tour when the Squadron was based at RAF Upper Heyford. Yet, on the original design, there are two sets of initials A.T.W. [Whitelock] and another G.L.R. – [?]. Hitherto it has been assumed that the second set were those of Franks Robinson but further investigation indicates that they may well be those of a Rev George Leonard Robinson DSO. He [G.L.R.] had been an Army Wesleyan chaplain during WW1, after which he joined the RAF as a Service chaplain in 1921 until leaving the Service in 1928 to practice in Devon and later Wolverhampton, where he died in 1958. Research is ongoing to find a link that he might have had with 10 Sqn thus confirming the initials are his so that due credit may be given to him also.
The Original 1929-30 Design for The 10 Sqn Badge
Meanwhile, after his short 10 Sqn tour, Franks Robinson was promoted to group captain rank and later became the first Station Commander of RAF Brize Norton when the base opened in 1937: - the dual positions of both OC10 and later CO of Brize Norton, not being achieved again until 2018 by Gp Cpt Dan James.
In 2012 ‘The Group Captain F. L. Robinson, DSO, MC, DFC, Memorial Award’ was created at Brize Norton for Service personnel. Since then it has been awarded annually to the Service individual who has ’displayed excellent strength of character, hard work and dedication to the Service, positively raising the profile of RAF Brize Norton and the Royal Air Force’. Nominees are elected by their colleagues.
We are keen to obtain a photograph of Gp Cpt Franks Robinson which Chris Eve can add to his recently completed biography of the former OC10 and if any reader can assist, we would be most pleased.
Similarly, we want to positively identify a link between the Rev George Robinson DSO and the 10 Sqn Badge design. Please ask around if anyone knows of relatives or former colleagues of either of the above who might have photos or greater knowledge.
THE 10 SQUADRON MEMORIAL
Imperial War Museum Register of Memorials - http://www.ukniwm.org.uk/server/show/conMemorial.31016/fromUkniwmSearch/1
An Order of Service booklet will be available at Melbourne for those attending the Remembrance Sunday Service. However, in the event that insufficient copies are available on the day at Melbourne, it would be prudent to download a copy from the link below. (You need only print the pages 3 - 6 which are pertinent to the Remembrance Service itself.)