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No 10 SQUADRON ASSOCIATION
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, 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
STOP PRESS: CONGRATULATIONS
HAPPY 98th Birthday - 12 September 2021
Former WW2 Halifax Air Bomber, Ron Tomlin celebrated his 98th birthday on Sunday 12th September. We send him our heartiest best wishes and congratulations and hope that he enjoyed the day and any subsequent family celebrations to mark the event. - See Crewroom.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chairman The 10 Squadron Association
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THE 10 SQUADRON MEMORIAL
Imperial War Museum Register of Memorials - http://www.ukniwm.org.uk/server/show/conMemorial.31016/fromUkniwmSearch/1
The Memorial was designed by Norman Applleton
A REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY
Service is held each year at the 10 Sqn Memorial, Melbourne, Yorks YO42 4SS
A short 15 - 20 minute service by the Memorial is usually followed by coffee and bickies on the nearby farm.
We are grateful to Mr John Rowbottom, owner of Melrose Farm, for his continued support of the 10 Squadron Association, for his care and maintenace of the Memorial and for allowing us to hold our Annual Remembrance Service here.
An Order of Service pamphlet will be available at Melbourne for those attending the Remembrance Sunday Service but it might 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.)
Remembrance Sunday 'Order of Service' booklet
Directions to the memorial situated at the entrance to Melrose Farm, Melbourne, North Yorks. YO42 4SS are given below:-
Note : If coming from York on Remembrance Sunday, the B1228 road is closed in Elvington between 1100 – 1200 hrs for the Elvington Village Remembrance Day service and parade. Through traffic is not allowed through Elvington to Sutton on Derwent and Melbourne.
FOLLOW THIS ROUTE INSTEAD (below)
From the A64 York ring road take the exit for the A1079 signed for Beverley & Hull. At 9.3 miles from the A64, opposite Barmby Moor Industrial Estate, take a right turn at the new roundabout, signed to Melbourne & Allerthorpe. (Road sign points to Pocklington Gliding Club to the left.) There is a Service Area here where toilet facilities are available.
Pass through Allerthorpe village, passing the Plough Inn, on your right and take no exits from this lane until reaching Melbourne village from the east.
Turn left (south) into Campey Lane and after 1 mile turn left at the next T-junction. - The sign post at the junction where you turn left shows Seaton Ross 2 miles and Mkt Weighton 9 miles.
Travelling east towards Seaton Ross, the Memorial is on the right after 1 mile adjacent to a large sign marked Melrose Farm. Adequate parking is available up the side tarmac, farm lane by the Memorial. Total journey distance from leaving the A1079 at Barmby Moor roundabout is 5.4 miles.
Please plan to arrive at about 10:30hrs so that the 2 Mins Silence at 11:00 hrs may be observed on time.