Derrick Allaway RIP

IX(B) Squadron call to arms required sometime pre-Christmas as Derrick Allaway passed away on Friday 27 Nov 2015 with no known living relatives. He was 95 years old and one of few from the Wellington era who have been to our reunions in the past decade.
Derrick was our eldest surviving liney who was an AC & LAC Tyre Fitter on IX(B) Squadron from June 1939 to July 1942. 

We expect Derrick’s funeral to be at a Crematorium near Cottingham, just north of the Humber Bridge sometime within the next fortnight. If you are interested in making sure that Derrick’s final Association Reunion is well-attended noting that he has no family other than the IX(B) Sqn one, then please contact me by e-mail on I (or Dutch) will also post the details on this closed Facebook page as soon as we have them. 

Derrick remembered the IX(B) Sqn Wellingtons coming back from the first bombing raid on 4 Sep 1939. We sent 6 aircraft, but 2 were lost and the other 4 aircraft returned to Honington in an awful state and all very short of fuel. When the airframe lads had a look at the wings, they noticed that all the fuel tanks were holed and leaking fuel. The following week all the ground-crew were sent to Weybridge with all the Squadron aircraft to have self-sealing tanks fitted. It seems a German bomber had been captured and “inspected” by some boffins and they found that the German bombers had self-sealing fuel tanks, so the RAF copied the idea.

Post IX(B) Sqn, Derrick was posted to Hucknall to fit wheels & tyres on the Polish Squadron Fairey Battles and then to Canada as an Acting Corporal to fit wheels & tyres to Commonwealth training aircraft. He was subsequently posted to the Maintenance Unit at RAF Lyneham where he stayed until the end of the war. His rank on release was Corporal trade Fitter2A.

Derrick was awarded the Defence medal and 1939/45 War Medal. He joined the IX(B) Sqn Association upon its formation and was an avid supporter of the IX(B) Sqn Association, making virtually all the reunions until 2013. We were hoping that Derrick would join us for the April Dinner at Hendon but it appears the ‘big man’ has had his say. TABS

Bill Loakes RiP

It is with a sad heart that we must notify Association members of the passing of Bill Loakes, IX(B) Squadron Lancaster flight engineer, on Thursday 3 September at the tender age of 93 years old.  Bill was one of our few remaining World War II Veterans and previously served on the Association as the Lancaster Era secretary – he will be sadly missed by all those who were fortunate to meet him and hear of his exploits at first hand.   Our thoughts are with his wife Jean, their family and friends. 

Erection of a IX(B) Squadron Memorial has been Approved by the National Memorial Arboretum

John Fox’s stupendous design of a IX(B) Squadron Memorial has been approved for erection at the National Memorial Arboretum.  This is a significant achievement and recognition of John’s peerless efforts in meeting the demanding requirements of the National Memorial Arboretum whilst designing a memorial that captures intricate details associated with the history of our fine Squadron.  Although £10K has been raised to date by pledges of financial support from 21 of our Members, we are still approximately £5K from making this project a reality.  Prospective donors should contact the Association Chairman, Nick Hay ( should they wish to pledge additional financial support.


28 Jun 15


Present AVM EvansGp Capt Hay

Gp Capt (Ret’d) Ferguson

Wg Cdr (Ret’d) Lenihan

Wg Cdr Sharrocks

Flt Lt Franklin


Sqn Ldr (Ret’d) Holland


Vice President


OC IX(B) Sqn

Centenary ProjO, IX(B) Sqn


Apologies Gp Capt Turk Deputy Chair
Item 1 – Matters Arising 1.   The Chair welcomed everybody to the meeting and gave a brief update on some outstanding matters. At the previous meeting, it was highlighted that there may a be a need to acquire some accountancy software to help with the running of the financial aspects of the Assn. This is no longer required.

2.   The amount of money in the account earmarked for the memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum was £1300. In addition to this amount, the Assn has received £500 in form pledges.

Item 2 – Financial Situation

3.   The Treasurer informed the meeting of the current financial situation. The Assn fund balance is currently £12478.78. The committee were told that there seemed to be a number of members of the Assn who had yet to alter their payment plan to reflect the increase in subs. This needed to be addressed.

4.   Currently the only person permitted to make financial transactions on the Assn Acct is the Treasurer. The committee were informed that it was good practice to have another 2 members who could fulfil this role. This should be the Chairman and the Secretary.

Item 3 – Centenary Reunion Event

4.   The meeting was informed that the plans for the Centenary Reunion were well underway and there were few critical decisions to make. The meeting were told of the current plan to integrate with the RAF Marham Families day. There were currently 200 guests expected for lunch and there would be no further additions beyond 9 Jul 15. The ProjO requested an up to date database list of Assn Members.

5.   It was decided that the seating plan would be finalised at a later time but that members of the committee would assume responsibility for various eras.

6.   The committee were reminded that an announcement should be made in both the Times and Telegraph newspapers. This was relatively straightforward to do and should be done the week prior to the dinner.

Item 4 – IX(B) Sqn Memorial – Bardney – Mr Frank Viner

7.   Mr Frank Viner has tended the IX(B) Sqn Memorial voluntarily for some considerable period. In recognition of his outstanding service it was decided that the committee should arrange for a Certificate of Appreciation be given to Mr Viner. In addition, it was also decided that Mr Viner be offered the opportunity to attend the RAF Marham Families day as the guest of IX(B) Sqn Assn.

Item 5 – St Omer Reconciliation

8.   The committee decided that the Treasurer is to present the full Association accounts at the CO/WO Dinner on 26 Sep 15: this is to address the Vice President’s concerns over the income and expenditure anomalies as presented for St Omer in TABS

Item 6 – IX(B) Sqn Memorial – National Memorial Arboretum

9.   The meeting was brought up to date with the state of play of the Assn’s application to have a memorial dedicated at the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA). The Vice curator at the NMA was working without support at present and was unable to give any clear indication as to whether the proposed plan for our memorial would be given approval in the immediate future. However, he informed the committee that the next meeting of the NMA committee was scheduled for 18 August 15 and that he was optimistic the approval would be forthcoming then.

10.   The committee therefore decided that it would be prudent to have funds available to go ahead with work immediately if the go ahead was given. In order to raise funds the committee discussed ways of raising money. It was decided that the best way to do this would be to have an auction for a prize on the night of the Centenary Dinner, 23 Jul 15. The committee were given the opportunity to give away a prize of one of 9 limited edition prints commissioned by OC IX(B) Sqn.

11.   The feasibility of having a fund raising dinner was discussed. Benefactors have already expressed an interest in helping the Assn achieve its goal and would be very keen to attend a unique event. Locations were discussed, including the RAF Museum Hendon, the RAF Club, RAF Marham and somewhere with a central location. Whilst no definite conclusion was reached, it was agreed that the idea was a good one and that it should be taken forward. The RAF Museum has historically done dinner like these on previous occasions and it was decided that they should be contacted to ascertain if this was something they were prepared to entertain.

Item 7 – Date for AGM

12.   It was agreed that the AGM would take place for a short period during the day on 23 Jul 15.

Item 11 – AOB

13.   Nil

Item 12 – Date for next meeting

14.   There was no decision made on the date of the next meeting. (Chair Comment: As the majority of Committee Members were planning to attend the CO/WO Dinner at the RAF Club on 26 Sep, the meeting could be held immediately prior the arrival drinks). Once a decision has been made it will be published through the usual channels.

15.   The Treasurer recommended that future meetings could be held on-line and agreed to pass the Sec details of how this could be achieved

















Vice Pres












Vice Pres





















Vice President (Duxford)

Chairman (Hendon)



Chairman, Sec












A K Holland

Sqn Ldr (Ret’d)


Copies to:

All Committee Members

Assn Website Manager – Simon Bowron[1]

OC IX(B) Sqn

OC D Flt, IX(B) Sqn

OC IX(B) Sqn (Des)

[1] For publication on website under a new link ‘Association Minutes’.

World War II Commemorative Service – St Paul’s Cathedral, 15 September 2015

World War II Commemorative Service – St Paul’s Cathedral, 15 September 2015

The Royal Air Forces Association would like to invite members of the IX(B) Squadron Association to their Battle of Britain commemorations on Battle of Britain day, 15 September.

This year sees the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and the Royal Air Forces Association is leading the Nation’s thanks to the brave men and women involved. It is an opportunity to ensure that it is not just the battle that is remembered, but the sacrifices made by so many at that time.

To honour those involved there will be a commemorative service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London. If you are interested in attending the Service on Tuesday 15th September 2015 at 11am at St Paul’s Cathedral, then you can apply for free tickets on the RAF Association website at , email Kate at , speak to her on 0116 268 8796 or write to her at 117 ½ Loughborough Road, Leicester LE4 5ND. There are only a limited number of tickets left, so it will be first come, first served with a deadline of Monday 24 August 2015. There are a limited number of Guildhall Reception places for any Battle of Britain or Second World War veterans and Kate will need to know names of any veteran and their guest wishing to attend.

World War II veterans are requested to copy Nick Hay ( and Dutch Holland ( into any correspondence with Kate Stride.  Should they require any assistance in attending this event, the Association Committee will do their utmost to assist, including financial support for travel. If veterans do not have e-mail, feel free to contact Nick or Dutch via telephone (details in TABS).

‘The RAF Association is the charity that supports the RAF family. We support anyone who has served or currently serves in the RAF and their dependents.  In a typical year we make over 100,000 welfare calls, contacts and visits, much of which is delivered by volunteers.  From supporting the family of an injured airman, to helping with war pension claims or just being a friend to a lonely veteran, we will do what we can when someone in the RAF family needs somebody to turn to. ‘

Signed IX(B) Squadron Centenary Print Draw

Draw for Signed IX(B) Squadron Centenary Print – 26 September 2015

OC IX(B) Squadron personally commissioned a drawing for the IX(B) Squadron Centenary by the artist Mr James Baldwin.  Whilst OC IX(B) Squadron has the original, only 9 prints have been produced to date.  These will either be auctioned or included as the only prize in one-off draws to raise funds for the IX(B) Squadron Association to enable the construction and maintenance of a Squadron memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum.

The first print was won by Harry Irons DFC during the Centenary Dinner Draw in Norfolk on 23 July.  The winner of the second print will be drawn at a dinner on 26 September that is being held for former IX(B) Squadron Commanding Officers and Warrant Officers in London.  The supporting cardboard mount was signed by many former and current serving members of IX(B) Squadron on 23 July and will also be signed by all the former COs and WOs attending the September Dinner.

Should you wish to be included in the Draw to win this unique prize, at a cost of £20 per ticket, please contact the Association Chairman, Group Captain Nick Hay via e-mail ( – Nick will reply to all e-mails during the period 1-18 September.  

Entry to the Draw for those not attending the Dinner will close on 18 September 2015.


IX(B) Association Memorial Design




The monument features 3 colours, as follows:

Polished brown granite derived from the Khaki of the Royal Flying Corps and also represents the trenches of the fields of France.

Polished green granite derived from the Squadron’s crest.

Polished solid sandstone derived from the Squadron’s history to signify that the Squadron has always been land-based.

The monument’s shapes are derived as follows:

The square footprint represents the camera plate used in WWI reconnaissance.

The triangle represents the Geodetics used for navigation, the Wellington’s airframe and the bracing wire of the early pioneers

The 4-sided prism represents the bomb-sight of the Lancaster.

The monument’s 42 degree design angle is the travel sweep of the Tornado wing.

The monument’s orientation is as follows:

Side 1 – The WW2 panel will be North facing, so not directly lit by the sun (WW2 night ops).

Side 2 – The contemporary panel will be East facing (Middle East) and lit by the rising sun.

Side 3 – The WWI panel will be West facing (western front) and lit by the evening sun.

Side 4 – The Dedication panel will be south facing, so lit by the sun during the day.

The engravings, which will be reverse engraved, as follows:

The WW2 face on polished brown granite with King’s Crown IX Squadron crest.

The contemporary face on polished brown granite with Queen’s Crown IX Squadron crest.

The WWI face on polished brown granite with RFC crest.

The Dedication face: on polished brown granite with RAF crest; and on the Green Granite is a large Queens IX Squadron Badge.


Minutes Of The IX(B) Sqn Annual General Meeting


Committee Members Present:

President………………………………………..AVM S Evans
Chairman……………………………………….Gp Capt N Hay
Vice Chairman…………………………………Gp Capt A Turk
Website Mgr…………………………………….Mr S Bowron
Deputy Sec………………………………………Sgt R Swanson
WO IX(B)…………………………………………WO IX(B) Sqn

Committee Members Apologies:

OC IX(B) Sqn…………………………………Wg Cdr I Sharrocks
Vice President……………………………….Gp Capt (Ret’d) A Ferguson
Treasurer……………………………………..Sqn Ldr (Ret’d) P Lenihan
Secretary……………………………………..Sqn Ldr (Ret’d) A Holland

Item 1 – Welcome

1.   The Chair welcomed all Members to the AGM (that followed OCIX(B) Sqn’s formation brief during the Centenary Reunion Event). He reiterated that the Association Committee’s Number 1 priority remained the securing of funds for a IX(B) Squadron Memorial to be erected at the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) as soon as possible.

Item 2 – Association Memorial

2.   The meeting was informed that the next meeting of the NMA Lawns and Memorial Committee, when the design would be considered again, would be in August (18th). The Chair encouraged all members to look at John Fox’s excellent design and estimated that it would require about £15000 to ensure the memorial could be funded once the NAM L&M Committee approved the design. The Chair asked all Association Members to consider their ability to pledge funds to support the construction and mentioned that the Committee were considering other fund-raising events, including:

a. Draw for a signed Centenary Print – 23 July 2015.        (Chair/OCIX)

b. Draw for a signed Centenary Print during the CO/WO Dinner to be
held in London – 26 Sep 2015                                                 (Chair/OCIX)

c. Potential fundraising dinner – Apr 2016                           (Chair/OCIX)

Item 3 – Thompson Memorial

3.   Although the previous Committee and AGM had agreed to further plans for a memorial to be erected in Holland at the crash site of George Thompson’s aircraft, the Chairman briefed that the project would be placed on hold until the NMA Memorial Project was complete. However, the Chairman assured the AGM that he was in contact with the Base Cdr, RNAF Volkel and would further his engagement over the summer. Harry Irons commented that he was sure the locals would commit to maintaining the Memorial but this would be one of the aspects of the Committee’s engagement with the Dutch authorities. The meeting supported this prioritisation.                                                    (Chair)

Item 4 – Association Standard

4.   The Chair had begun initial enquiries regarding the design and acquisition of an Association Standard. However, this would require significant funding and was put on hold, prioritised behind the NMA and Thompson memorial projects. The meeting supported this prioritisation.                            (Chair)

Item 5 – Funerals

5.   All members were reminded to put procedures in place should they, their friends or families require Association support at Members’ funerals. The first point of contact in every instance should be the current Association Secretary, who would then inform the relevant Era Sec and agree the division of responsibilities for:

a. Acting as the single Association Point of Contact for the family and if requested by the family, the following:

b.   Informing Association Members via the Association Website and Facebook page.

c.   Liaison with members of the Association and Squadron to seek personnel representation at the funeral service

d.  Liaison with HQ Music Services to seek an RAF trumpeter to play the last post.

e. Offering to act as a conduit between the family and Service charities (eg RAFA, RAF Benevolent Fund) as required.
(All Association Members / Sec/ Era Secs)

Chair Comment: Although not discussed at the AGM, members should not expect attendance of the Squadron Standard or a flypast at Association Members’ funerals.  (All Association Members)

Item 6 – Centenary Event, St Omer.

6.   The Chair thanked the Vice President, Alfie Ferguson for his peerless organisation of the Centenary Celebration events in St Omer during the period 7-9 Dec 2014. The AGM agreed wholeheartedly.

Item 7 – Remembrance Sunday.

7.   All members were reminded of the Annual Pilgrimage to Bardney scheduled for Remembrance Sunday (8 Nov 15) and the need for them to return their attendance proformas and payments to the Association Secretary ASAP. Lunch would be held in York House Officers’ Mess at a cost of £12 per head. The Chair was the Association Project Officer for the Remembrance Sunday events.
 (All Association Members by 30 Sep 15 & Chairman)

Item 8 – Association Accounts.

8. The Chair informed the meeting that the Treasurer was unable to attend the AGM but was currently carrying out a detailed audit of Association Funds post the handover. The Accounts would be submitted to the Members present at the CO/WO Dinner of 26 Sep 2015 for ratification. (Treasurer)

9.   Association Subscriptions would remain fixed at £10 per member per year. Members who had lapsed were reminded that they could pay via cheque or bank transfer:    (All Association Members)

a.  Cheques should be made payable to ‘The IX(B) Squadron Association’.

b. Bank transfer to Sort Code 12-11-03 Account 00403116, using the Member’s name as reference.

Item 9 – Association Information Plan.

10. The Chair informed the meeting that the Association website ( and Facebook page (contact the secretary for access – would be used as the primary method for relaying information to Association Members, including the minutes of Committee meetings. The Annual letter would still be circulated with the annual distribution of TABS.  (All Association Members)

Item 10 – TABS.

11.   The AGM was reminded that the TABS Editor (Andy Turk – would welcome articles from any Members to ensure TABS remained an Annual Magazine of the highest quality and a key repository of informative, humorous and/or historic anecdotes. All Members were requested to submit any articles, with or without photos, by 1 Jan 2016.  (Vice Chair & All Association Members)

Item 11 – 2016 Reunion.

12.   The Chair thanked the IX(B) Squadron representatives for their sterling efforts in making the Centenary Reunion such a success and he looked forward to the day’s events. The AGM was informed that the Committee would take back the organisational reins for 2016 and that it would revert to a ‘standard’ September format (Secretary is lead for the Committee). Once the Secretary had contacted BBMF to ascertain the availability of the Lancaster and the Sqn to ensure access to the Officers’ Mess in September 2016, the date would be promulgated ASAP on the Association website and Facebook page. (Sec)

Item 12 – AOB

13.   The Chair thanked the Era Secs for their continued support to the Association.

14.   The Chair thanked Sgt Daz Owen for his efforts in acquiring the Centenary Squadron watches.

Item 13 – Date of next Annual General Meeting

15.   The next AGM will be held on the day of the 2016 Reunion (TBC) at RAF Marham. All Members should forward items for inclusion on the agenda to the Sec by 31 August 2016.  (Sec & All Association Members)