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.

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 association.sec@9sqn.co.uk   if interested in attending.

 
  
 
   
 

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.

2014 Reunion

IX(B) SQUADRON ASSOCIATION REUNION – SATURDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 2014

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

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster has been requested for flying and static displays. 

Lunch will be available in the Officers’ Mess between 1200-1300 hours.

Coaches will transport members from the Officers’ Mess to the Squadron Headquarters.

There will be a number of ground displays for members to see at the Squadron.

Coaches will return members to the Officers’ Mess from 1600 hours.

The Officers’ Mess bar will open at 1800 hrs and the Reunion Dinner will start at 1930 hour.

The traditional auction & raffle will be held in the bar following the Dinner.

If you would like to join the Association or attend the Reunion, please email the Secretary at association.sec@9sqn.co.uk

Bardney Heritage Centre

If you are planning to visit Bardney, and have an interest in IX(B) Squadron’s history, please visit The Bardney Heritage Centre. There is also a B&B there, charging just £30 pppn, including a huge Lincolnshire breakfast.

Please phone 01526 397299 for more details.

www.bardneyheritage.com

BARDNEY HERITAGE CENTRE

STATION ROAD

BARDNEY

LN3 5UF

LINCOLNSHIRE

OPENING HOURS

Winter (Oct-March)

Friday & Saturday 10.00 am – 4.00 pm

Sunday 10.00 am – 4.00 pm

Summer (April-Oct)

Thursday,Friday & Saturday 10.00 am – 4.00 pm

Sunday 10.00 am – 4.00 pm

All Enquiries please telephone 01526 397299

The centre is run by Barry Newlove and his partner Lynn.

Bunny Rothwell RIP

It is with much regret that we announce that one of our founder members and stalwart of Association Reunions every year, Henry (Bunny) Rothwell passed away on 23 September 2013. His funeral was held on 2 October 2013 at Todmorden Church, which was packed full of Bunny’s family and friends.

Association Chairman, Air Commodore Spike Milligan read “High Flight”.

The Squadron was represented by Flight Sergeant Bob Willis.

Bunny’s lifelong friend and fellow former Lancaster Air Gunner, Jack Linaker, aged 94, also attended.

The Association extends condolences to Sheila, Jeremy and their family.

IX(B) Sqn Association on BBC 1

IX(B) Squadron Association was represented and mentioned on BBC 1 on 7 August 2013, when the BBC aired “Who do you think you are?” programme about the actress Minnie Driver.
Minnie Driver’s father was IX(B) Squadron’s Aircraftman Charles Driver, who was one of the first Gunners to receive a DFM in WW2.
92 year old Association member and former RAF Honington IX(B) Squadron tyre and brake fitter, Mr Derrick Allaway was shown on the programme chatting (and cuddling) Minnie Driver. Derrick is probably the only living person to remember Charles Driver and Minnie clearly enjoyed chatting to him.
Derrick was whisked off to Weybridge by the production company.