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THE ROYAL AIR FORCE

No 10 SQUADRON ASSOCIATION

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Membership of the 10 Squadron Association is open to those who are serving or have served on the Squadron in the past, as well as their relatives.  Whilst the majority of the sections on the website require a Username and Password to view and hence may only be visited by paid-up Members, a limited number are nevertheless available to all.  We hope that you enjoy your visit here. 

Association joining details may be found in the Top Menu.

   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 or their relatives, 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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BUT: Most importantly we are unable to send Mass Mailings to our Members at present. We're working on that but have now just been informed that our 'contactus' email address doesn't seem to work either......Grrrrh ! 

(As Victor Meldrew would say, "I don't believe it." )

Please be aware that we're doing our best to solve these teething problems as quickly as we can.  Your understanding would be appreciated so keep looking at this Home Page or in the Crewroom for latest information

18 June 2022


   

BOMBER COMMAND MEMORIAL SERVICE – 26 JUNE

 

The RAF Benevolent Fund would be delighted if members were able to join them at 11.50 on Sunday 26 June for the virtual Bomber Command Memorial Service, conducted by Reverend (Squadron Leader) Andrew Chapman, Station Chaplain, RAF High Wycombe.  The service will be shown online via YouTube. The special service of remembrance will be accompanied by stories of those who voluntarily made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom today and a history of the Memorial itself by RAF Author and Historian Steve Darlow.  To register for the service, visit: https://www.rafbf.org/register/bcmvs 


  

ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE CHAIRMAN - 6 June 2022

 

Dear Members,

 Following Gp Cpt Gerry Bunn's sad and untimely passing in April, the Committee has addressed the question of finding a replacement for him as the President of The 10 Squadron Association.  Gerry held the Presidency for 38 years, in fact, from the formation of the Association by Doug Dent and his World War 2 Halifax colleagues in 1984.  After his time as OC 10 Sqn, Gerry continued to provide his full support for the Association and there is no doubt that we will miss his sage advice and encouragement which he gave freely.

 After careful consideration by the committee, we decided to invite another former OC 10 Sqn, this time from the Voyager era, to be the new President.  Consequently, I am very pleased to announce that Gp Cpt Jamie Osborne MA RAF (Retd) has accepted the honour and is now the President of The 10 Squadron Association.  A former VC10 and Tristar pilot before serving as OC 10 Sqn from December 2013 until January 2016, Jamie is currently a Full Time Reservist at RAF Benson where he fills the post of Chief Flying Instructor on Oxford University Air Squadron. 

Our new President Gp Cpt Jamie Osborne (left) with Chairman Wg Cdr Mike Westwood

in May 2021 at the inauguration of the new Whitelock headstone in Bibury, Glos.

 

With best wishes,    Mike Westwood    Chairman of The 10 Squadron Association 

 


 

 10 SQUADRON'S OWN STONE SLAB IN THE IBCC RIBBON OF REMEMBRANCE

Most of us will have heard of the International Bomber Command Centre, situated at Canwick, on the southern outskirts of Lincoln but may not be aware that a feature at the Centre is their ‘Ribbon of Remembrance.’  This comprises memorial stones along the edges of the pathway from the Centre to the Spire.  

10 Squadron now has its own stone there to reflect and honour the Service of all who have been members of the Squadron from 1 January 1915.  Our Stone was laid in early April 2022 and we say a Big Thank You to all have contributed to its cost. It is proposed to have a get-together at Lincoln sometime this summer to formally 'approve' of the Stone. - We'll keep you advised.

See the IBCC website here:   

 The Ribbon of Remembrance - International Bomber Command Centre internationalbcc.co.uk   


 

email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information about our publication of the Squadron's first 100 year history, as shown in the sliding banner above.  The 350 page hard-back book is entitled 'From Brooklands to Brize'

 


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The company who have hosted our website since its inception declined to continue that service in early May and we have now changed to a new company whose systems are slightly different from those which our Web Warden is familiar.  Whilst valiantly attempting to get to grips with new procedures he would appreciate your tolerance if things don't seem quite perfect when you visit various section and menus on the website   We are well aware that this is the case and hope to have things back under control in the not too distant future.

Errors may be detected by you in the font sizes and styles of font together with the linking of pdf files to title links in articles. We are sorry but trying to learn fast.


 

 

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CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE

 

A warm welcome to the 10 Squadron Association website.  The Association was created in 1984 with the aims of preserving the spirit and comradeship formed during service on the unit and a close relationship is maintained 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 Airbus A330 Voyager.

 

 10 Squadron was formed at Farnborough on 1 January 1915 but later that week moved to Brooklands.  Now based at RAF Brize Norton, as part of the AirTanker Hub, 10 Squadron operates the magnificent Voyager aircraft in the AT (Air Transport), AAR (Air-to-Air Refuelling) and VVIP roles and is co-located with the second unit to fly the type, No 101 Squadron.  The two 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.  In its Centennial Year of 2015, HRH The Princess Royal presented the Squadron with a new Standard. 

 

Please browse through our website. As a potential Association member, the committee hopes you enjoy reading the information on it.  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.

 

  The Association organizes two main events during the year.  We hold a reunion at Brize Norton held 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.

 

Michael Westwood

  

Chairman, The 10 Squadron Association  

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All aircrew are required to complete a personal log book which lists details of their flights.

These are the RAF Form 414 – Pilots Flying Log Book, and the RAF Form 1767 – Aircrew Flying Log Book for other aircrew categories.

 It is unusual, particularly after WW2 on a large-crewed aircraft, to find the whole crew listed for a particular flight.  Usually it is only the captain's name recorded in the "crew" column on the page.

Regrettably there is limited space available in the 'Spare' column on a log book’s page, and hence, often due to the modesty of the individual, it is rare to find specific reference to incidents that occurred during a particular flight.

  For example, we learn from an RFC communiqué, that on 26 October 1915, in combat, an injured 10 Squadron Observer somehow managed to move from the front cockpit of his spinning BE2c into the back in order to take control from his incapacitated pilot. He landed the aircraft and they both survived!  It would be interesting to find their log book entries for that particular flight!

 This section portrays some of the 10 Sqn History annals which may not have been recorded in Squadron members’ personal log books.  It also contains articles that just don't seem to fit in anywhere else.

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