LEGION D’HONNEUR

The Government of France has told the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) that it wishes to recognise the selfless acts of heroism and determination displayed by all surviving veterans of campaigns to liberate France in 1944, by awarding them with the Legion D’Honneur.

The MoD said: “The Government of France has advised the UK MoD that it wishes to award the Legion D’Honneur to all surviving veterans of the Battle for Normandy, the invasion of Provence (Operation Dragoon), campaigns to liberate Paris and campaigns to liberate France in 1944”

Any surviving veterans, Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force who operated in support of any of the campaigns to liberate France in 1944, are invited to apply for this prestigious award.

Please see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/d-day-70-application-form-for-award-of-the-legion-dhonneur

Requests for the award should be made using this application form and will be processed by the MoD, who will forward the details to the French authorities.

The French authorities will then make all the final decisions on the awards.

Veterans wishing to apply for the award, or anyone enquiring on their behalf, should either send the form to:

Personnel and Training – Defence Services Secretary – Commemorations

Floor 6 Zone C

Ministry of Defence

Main Building

LONDON

SW1A 2HB

Or email it to PersTrg-DSSec-CommemAug1@mod.uk

The French government will be reviewing the applications, so the UK MoD is unable to give any guidance on timings or the arrangements for the presentation of the awards. Awards will not be given posthumously, and any further questions should be directed to the French authorities.

The Association Secretary has already applied on behalf of a number of members. If you would like assistance in applying, please contact the Association Secretary.

Mrs Ethel Harrison

It is with much sadness that it is announced that Mrs Ethel Harrison passed away on 3 October 2014.

Ethel was the widow of IX Squadron Lancaster Flight Engineer, Ted Harrison, and she was a great supporter of the Association at Reunions and Remembrance Sundays.

Our thoughts are with Ethel’s daughters, Kate Cowton and Janette Hibbert, and their families.

Bob Jennings

It is with mush regret that we announce the passing away of former IX Squadron Vulcan Pilot and Captain,  ‘Bob’ Jennings.

Bob was cremated at Lincoln Crematorium on 11 Sep 2014.

Bob’s coffin was carried by the remaining members of his crew:

Brian Sanford-Casey (co-pilot)

‘Sam’ Weller (Nav-Radar)

Terry Wilson (Nav-Plotter)

Martin ‘Chunky’ Chandler (AEO)

Our thought go to Bob’s family.

Geoff Mudle

It is with much regret that we announce  that 94 year old Mr Geoff Mudle passed away on 22 August 2014.

Geoff was a IX Squadron ground engineer on Lancasters.

Geoff’s funeral was held on 9 September 2014 in Guilford.

The Squadron and the Squadron Association were represented by Warrant Officer Mike Inder, from RAF Marham.

Thanks to some great networking by Group Captain Nick Hay, an RAF Central Band Trumpeter,  SAC Alex Pippen played the last post.

After the war Geoff  joined Hawker Siddley at Dunsfold  and was an engineer on the team that developed the Hunter and Harrier.

The Association extends condolences to Geoff’s daughter, Jennie Bartlett and her family.

Book – A Century of Air Warfare with 9 (IX) Squadron RAF

Gordon Thorburn’s book- A Century of Air Warfare with 9 (IX) Squadron RAF has just been published. The Foreword was written by our President, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach. Members wishing to buy the book are offered 20% off the RRP of £25 by quoting 177341. This offer is only available when purchasing directly from Pen & Sword, either via the website www.pen-and-sword.co.uk or on 01226 734222.

Norman Wells

It is with much regret that we announce that the last remaining founder member of the Association, Mr Norman Wells, passed away on 1 June 2014. Norman was a Lancaster Rear Gunner on IX(B) Squadron, and completed 30 operational missions, including many to Berlin.

Norman’s funeral was held on 13 June 2014 in Bracknell.

The Squadron was represented by Flight Lieutenant Chris Goodyer.

The Association was represented by Air Vice-Marshal Stu Evans, Mr Al Christie and Mr Harry Irons.

The Association extends condolences to Ruby, Gerald, Barry and their families.

Centenary trip to France on 7-9 December 2014

IX(B) Sqn was formed at St Omer, France on 8 Dec 1914 and to mark our 100th birthday the Sqn and it’s Association are planning a trip to France. 

Over 100 members of the Association will depart the UK by coaches and cars on Sunday 7 Dec 2014, to travel to St Omer town centre for a pre-centenary meal and to visit the Christmas markets. 

On the morning of Monday 8 Dec 2014, we will meet members of the Squadron and local French dignitaries at St Omer Airfield, where we will all listen to history talks given by members of the Squadron.

A Parade and Centenary Ceremony will take place, centred on the RFC Memorial on St Omer Airfield.

Following the parade, the Association will host the Mayor and local dignitaries in a Centenary meal nearby.

We will then travel to Ypres. At 2000 hrs, we will attend the Menin Gate parade, where IX(B) Sqn will parade.

We will all travel home in coaches and cars on Tuesday 9 Dec 2014, visiting local WW1 battlefields on the way.

The whole event has been painstakingly organised by Group Captain Alfie Ferguson, who is the Association Vice-President.

  
   

CHARITY STATUS

The IX(B) Squadron Association is a Registered Charity. (Number 1153852). 

The objects of the IX(B) Squadron Association are exclusively charitable, and are to promote the efficiency of the Royal Air Force and especially IX(B) Squadron by preserving its traditions, fostering esprit-de-corps and comradeship and encouraging personnel to benefit from the experience and lessons of their predecessors, in particular, but not exclusively by maintaining contact with past members of the Squadron. Also to educate and inform the general public about the work and history of Bomber Command, Strike Command, Air Command and their subordinate formations, in particular, but not exclusively, by making grants to and supporting any charities, projects or appeals associated with these Commands and their formations and activities, including, but not limited to, The RAF Museum, The Imperial War Museum and The Bomber Command Association.

If you would like to make a donation to the Association to help us in our work,

please contact the Trustees via: association.sec@9sqn.co.uk

Norman William Denby

It is with much sadness that it is announced that Mr Bill Denby, IX(B) Squadron Association Life Honorary Member and generous benefactor to the Squadron and Association passed away, peacefully in his sleep on 28 Novemeber 2013.

100th Anniversary Year Events

IX(B) Squadron will celebrate it’s 100th birthday on 8 Dec 2014 and the Sqn will parade at the Menin Gate during the regular 8 pm Service.

The Sqn and Association hope to have good representation at the Ceremony.

This event will mark the start of a number of events in the Sqn’s 100th year, culminating with the 100th Anniversary Reunion, which will be organised by the Sqn.

More details to follow.