A THOUGHT AT CHRISTMAS: From Rev Ian Cook – 10 Sqn Assoc Chaplain
At the 10 Squadron War Memorial, Melbourne, Yorks, on Remembrance Sunday last November, I began the annual Service there by mentioning the 9th chapter of the Prophet Isaiah. Isaiah (in c.700 BC) talks about a child who will come into our world and who will be called, 'Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace'. And again, Isaiah in Chp.7 writes that a young woman, a virgin, will bring forth a child and his name will be Immanuel. Later in our New Testament, Matthew tells us that the coming of Jesus was the fulfilment of this coming Immanuel and that the name meant 'God is with us'.
WELCOME TO THE 10 SQUADRON ASSOCIATION WEBSITE
A warm welcome to the 10 Squadron Association website. The Association was created 31 years ago with the aims of preserving the spirit and comradeship formed during service on the unit and developing a close relationship with the present day Squadron. Membership is open to all who have served, or continue to serve, on 10 Squadron and also to relatives and friends of former Squadron members.
Our membership includes those from the Whitley and Halifax days, through the Dakota, Canberra, Victor and VC10 eras and now the new A330 Voyager.
Based at RAF Brize Norton, as part of the AirTanker Hub, 10 Squadron operates the magnificent Voyager aircraft in the Air Transport and Air-to-Air Refuelling roles and is co-located with the second unit to fly the type, 101 Squadron. The 2 squadrons employ a joint manning strategy on flying tasks, without losing a strong sense of individual unit identity. This close relationship between the squadrons can be traced back to 1984 when 101 Squadron reformed at Brize Norton to fly VC10 tankers alongside 10 Squadron's VC10 transport aircraft. Between 2005 and 2011, whilst 10 Squadron was disbanded, 101 Squadron was still operating the VC10 and the Association was privileged to be hosted by the unit during our annual visits to the station.The Association organizes 2 main events during the year. We hold a reunion at Brize Norton over 2 days each May, to promote a strong fellowship amongst our members. In November a Remembrance Day Service takes place at the 10 Squadron Memorial located near the entrance to the former RAF Melbourne in Yorkshire, where the Squadron was based in WW2. The ceremony preserves the memory of the personnel who sacrificed their lives when serving on the Squadron. All are welcome to attend.
10 Squadron was formed at Farnborough on 1 January 1915 and the comprehensive Centenary celebrations in 2015 included a parade at RAF Brize Norton on 30 January, during which HRH The Princess Royal presented the Squadron with a new Standard.
Please browse through our website which is administered by Dick King, a former VC10 captain on the Squadron. As a potential Association member, the committee hopes you enjoy reading the information on this site. After joining the Association, access to the Members' Area, where many past records and other items of interest await and will then be made available to you.
This website is primarily for the interest of current, paid-up members of
The 10 Sqn Association.
The front page is available to all viewers but the second level will require registration and a log-in to enable access to the more detailed aspects of the site. Members who are not registered to the website should should contact us by email for a Username and Password. You must already be a Member of the 10 Squadron Association.
We are always interested to hear from past Squadron members : aircrew, groundcrew and admin staff. Please get in touch by joining the Association. We could possibly then put you back in touch with past colleagues from your days on 10 Sqn. Why not write some words about your recollections of your time on the Squadron? If found suitable,these may be published in the"Ten Tales" section of the website. Better still, send us some photos.
See also our past Newsletters that have been compiled since the Association was formed in 1984.
( MEMBERS ONLY) - Click on the image above for the last paper version Newsletter before being discontinued in the Spring of 2014, in favour of adding latest news into the Crewroom or Events Menus on this website.
By joining the Association you will also be able to view past Squadron Operations Record Books which have been collected in our Archives Project 540 section.
In this age of identity theft and other nasties, we endeavour never to pass on personal and private information to anyone accessing either level of the site without the owner's specific permission being given to one of the site's listed administrators.
The information on this website has been compiled from various sources both privately and from the internet.
It is not our intention to deliberately omit acknowledging those whose information we may have used.
AIMS OF THE 10 SQUADRON ASSOCIATION
■ To preserve the spirit of comradeship founded during RAF service with 10 Squadron
■ To encourage and sustain a special relationship between 10 Squadron and its Association
■ To provide a focus for maintaining contact with former Squadron colleagues, by encouraging attendance at the Annual Reunion and Remembrance Day Service 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
If you or a relative were ever on 10 Squadron we need your support in joining the Association. It's easy to do via the "How to Join" menu at the top of this page and only costs the princely sum of £8 per year. This will allow access to the Members Only area of this website. We may also be able to put you in contact with past Squadron friends at our Annual Reunion. We do not have research facilities for Family History enquiries but you may find information for your research in our past Newsletters, Archives or Links to other websites page.
The website would greatly appreciate stories from your time on the Squadron and photos too, if you have any. We owe it to our successors to keep the memories alive.