IX(B) Sqn Memorial unveiling at the National Memorial Arboretum – Friday 13th October 2017

Dear Member,

You are cordially invited as our guest to the Memorial unveiling at the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) on Friday 13 October 2017.

 

Timings and details are as follows:

 

Up to 1200 hrs – Please arrive at the NMA Main Reception, (DE13 7AR) where you will be met by IX(B) Squadron personnel and shown all the facilities, including the reception marquee. The NMA is open from 0900 hrs to dusk every day, so there will be time before and after the unveiling to look around. Please note the £3 car parking charge.

 

1210 – Proceed to the Memorial area and sit in the marked seating area.

1220 – The Squadron Standard Party will march from the marquee to the Memorial and take post.

1230 – Flypast.

1231 – Welcome by the Association Chairman.

1240 – Speech by the Association President, including the unveiling of the Memorial and the formal hand-over of the Memorial to the Commanding Officer of IX(B) Squadron.

1250 – Memorial blessed by the Padre.

1252 – Bugler plays the Last Post, 1 min silence, then Reveille.

1254 – The Exhortation, hopefully by a WW2 veteran.

1255 – Acceptance speech by the Commanding Officer of IX(B) Squadron.

1305 – Final words from the Chairman.

1315 – All guests invited to view the Memorial and benches.

1320 – Press interviews and Photo opportunity.

1330 – Guests invited to return to the marquee for refreshments.

1400 – Disperse.

 

If you would like to attend this long awaited event, which is totally free of charge, please phone, text, email or complete the simple proforma overleaf to enable us to order sufficient refreshments.

IX(B) SQUADRON MEMORIAL UNVEILING – FRIDAY 13 OCTOBER 2017

 

Please arrive before 1130 hrs to be ready for the start at 1215 hrs.

 

 

The National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Burton on Trent, DE13 7AR.

 

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    Please phone, text or email Dicky James with your response, or post the form below.

 

 

 

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Flying Officer Roy Amerena

We are sad to inform you that Flying Officer Roy Amerena passed away on 21 April 2017, aged 93. Roy was a Navigator on 149 and 9 Squadron and flew many missions in Lancasters during WW2. Following the war he stayed in the RAF and converted to Lincolns.

Roy’s Funeral was held in St Andrew’s Church, Steyning on 2 June 2017. 9 Squadron and its Association were represented by Mr Richard James and Mr Chris Fleming.

Flt Lt Denis Mason

We are sad to inform you that Flt Lt Denis Mason DFM passed away on 11 May 2017. Denis was a Bomb Aimer & Air Gunner on Wellingtons and Lancasters. Denis completed two tours on 9 Squadron during WW2 and survived 66 missions.

In November 1942 he had already amassed 65 bombing missions, but was still only twenty years old. He was posted as an Instructor in Oxfordshire, and whilst waiting at the railway station for transport to his new camp, he met a 17 year old WAAF called Yvonne, who he chatted to. They subsequently married on 6 January 1945 and were married until his passing 72 years later.

At school Denis was nicknamed “Mickey” and whilst he was on 9 Squadron he was called “Tiger”. Later in life, Dennis wrote two books under the pseudonym “Mike Dee”. His books were “The Third Son as Night Bomber” and “Sequel to The Third Son as Night Bomber”.

Denis’s Funeral was held at All Saints Church, Sherburn-in-Elmet, Yorks on 30 May 2017 and 9 Squadron and its Association were represented by W.O. Richard Lyons.