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 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.

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 short trip to France. 

The Association will depart the UK by coach on Sunday 7 Dec 2014, to travel to a hotel in St Omer town centre for a pre-centenary meal and visit the Christmas markets. 

On the morning of Monday 8 Dec 2014, we will coach to St Omer Airfield. A Parade and Centenary Ceremony will follow.

At 1500 hrs, we will coach to a hotel in Ypres town centre, then we will visit Christmas markets. At 2000 hrs, we will attend the Menin Gate parade, where IX(B) Sqn will parade.

We will travel home in coaches on Tuesday 9 Dec 2014, possibly visiting local WW1 battlefields, or the V2 Museum on the way.

The package price for all this is just £169. This includes executive coach travel throughout the tour, experienced and knowledgeable driver. Pickup from the A1 corridor, M25 service areas etc. Channel crossing via Eurotunnel. 2 nights Bed and breakfast accommodation in 2/3* hotels.

 Travel insurance £25.00 per person extra if required.

 Single rooms supplement £45.00 extra per person.

Members wishing to attend, should have a Passport valid until 9 June 2015.

Members should clease contact the Sec at   if interested in attending.



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:

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.

2014 Reunion


The 99th IX(B) Squadron Association Annual Reunion was held on Saturday 20 September 2014 at RAF Marham.

The Association AGM was held at 1130 hrs in the Officers’ Mess.

180 members enjoyed an excellent Reunion Dinner, organised by Dicky James.

If you would like to join the Association or attend the Reunion, please email the Secretary at