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.
IX(B) SQUADRON ASSOCIATION REUNION - SATURDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 2014 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Friday & Saturday 10.00 am - 4.00 pm
Sunday 10.00 am - 4.00 pm
Thursday,Friday & Saturday 10.00 am - 4.00 pm
Sunday 10.00 am - 4.00 pm
All Enquiries please telephone 01526 397299The centre is run by Barry Newlove and his partner Lynn.
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) 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.
It is with much regret that it has been announced that IX(B) Squadron Association Historian and Honorary Life Member, Mr Roger Audis died on 15 June 2013.
Roger had struggled with his health following heart surgery last year. He had a chest infection a few weeks ago, which turned into pneumonia and then sepsis.
He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
On the evening of 2 December 1943, IX Squadron Lancaster DV 334 WS-C took off from Bardney as part of a large raid to bomb BERLIN.
The crew were:
Pilot Officer Warwick
The aircraft could not land back at Bardney, so diverted to Gamston, but could not land there either and it is thought the crew were attempting to land at Ossington, when it crashed at nearby Milton.
Sgt Rickard and FS Owen were injured, the rest were killed.
A group of Notts aviation enthusiasts will mark this occasion from 1100 hrs on Sunday 19 May 2013, at Milton Mausoleum, (NG22 0PJ), (SK 715 730) with a BBMF Lancaster display.
The Flight Engineer was Sgt Bob Davison and his neice Audrey Stoker from Newcastle is hoping to attend.
For more details, please contact, Ron Nunn (01623 836168).