About Us



IX(B) Squadron WW 2 veterans got together and organised reunions in London. Of note was the successful reunion at the RAF Club, Piccadilly in the autumn of 1966. In 1972, Jim Brookbank sent a mail-shot to all known ex-IX(B) Squadron WW 2 veterans and there was great enthusiasm for a IX(B) Squadron Association to be formed.

The IX(B) Squadron Association was formed in 1975 by Jim Brookbank, a former IX(B) Sqn Lancaster Bomb Aimer.

The first Committee consisted of Jim Brookbank, Ron Goebel, Norman Sirman, George Pocock and Norman Wells.

Association Presidents have included Charles Cooper, Ron Dick, Alfie Ferguson and Sir Stuart Peach. The current President is Air Marshal Stu Evans.

Air Cdre Nick Hay is the current Vice-President, having recently taken over from Alfie Ferguson.

Jim Brookbank was Association Chairman for over 33 years. He was replaced by Air Commodore Spike Milligan, a former IX(B) Squadron Canberra and Vulcan Navigator. The current Chairman is Gp Capt Ian Sharrocks.

Association Secretaries have included Norman Sirman, Bill Toomey, Brian Owen, David Higgs, Paul Lenihan, Dicky James and Andy Holland. The current Secretary is Dean Wood.

Association Treasurers have included Jim Brookbank, Dicky James and Paul Lenihan. The current Treasurers are Mike and Eve Pritchard.

Following a re-shuffle in the IX(B) Squadron Association Committee in December 2020, and the current Committee are:


Air Marshal Stuart Evans CBE RAF


Air Commodore N J Hay OBE RAF


Group Captain I J Sharrocks OBE MA RAF


Group Captain J Nixon MSc RAF


WO Dean Wood RAF (Retd)


Mike and Eve Pritchard


Group Captain J Nixon MSc RAF


Chief Technician R D L Swanson RAF



Apply to join the IX(B) Squadron Association

The IX(B) Squadron Association welcomes new members. Full membership of the Association is available to anyone of any rank who has served on the Squadron as either Groundcrew or Aircrew at any time since its formation at St. Omer, France in 1914 to the present time. Associate membership is available to other personnel who have an …