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Jim Shortland
by dicky 30/01/2024

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New book – IX Squadron Profile by Chris Ward & Dicky James
by dicky 14/07/2023

Our book about IX Squadron from September 1939 to May 1945 has been published:


Please tell your friends, family and neighbours about the book.


It would make a super Xmas present!

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Margaret Caven, RIP
by dicky 22/05/2023

With much regret, it has been announced that Association Member Margaret Caven passed away on 21 May 2023.

Margaret was a regular attendee at our Annual Reunions and will be sorely missed by all. Our thoughts go to her family and friends.

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New Book: From The Battle of Britain to Bombing Hitler’s Berchtesgaden
by dicky 15/05/2023

Wing Commander James ‘Jim’ Bazin, DSO, DFC

Bombing Hitlers Berchtesgaden New Book

Written by Fenella and Michael Bazin.

Pages: 248
ISBN: 9781399066907
Published: 6th April 2023

From the publisher:

It was Tuesday, 17 October 1939. Britain had been at war with Germany for more than a month and for only the second time the Luftwaffe had dared to enter British airspace – and at last James ‘Jim’ Bazin’s chance had come.

After joining the RAF in 1935, Jim was an experienced pilot when war broke out and he was eager to test his skills against the enemy. This first combat was the start of a career which saw Wing Commander Bazin, as he was to become, being posted to France with 607 (County of Durham) Squadron. He fought there until the last days of the Battle of France. In the course of the campaign, Bazin had battled his way to becoming an ace. He was also shot down behind enemy lines, but successfully evaded capture to return to his squadron and resume the fight.

There was no respite for Bazin as he was once again in the air defending Britain’s skies in his trusty Hurricane as the Luftwaffe sort to destroy Fighter Command in the summer of 1940. With ten ‘kills’ to his name, Jim Bazin was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in October that year. But merely driving off the Luftwaffe was not enough for him. He was posted to Inverness where he served as a Controller in 14 Group’s Operations Room, which gave him a taste for offensive operations.

In time, Bazin volunteered to move to Bomber Command. He duly undertook a conversion course in 1943, eventually joining 49 Squadron as a Lancaster pilot to take the war to the very heart of the enemy.

After commanding 49 Squadron, including taking part in Bomber Command’s support of the D-Day landings, Bazin was promoted to Wing Commander, leading 9 Squadron on many attacks on special targets such as U-boat pens, viaducts, refineries and, most notably, operating with the famous Dambusters against Hitler’s great battleship Tirpitz.

Unrelenting in his efforts against the enemy, Jim Bazin was involved in operations against targets in Poland and Germany right up until the end of the war. This culminated in the last major RAF operation of the Second World War when, on 25 April 1945, Bomber Command attacked the Berghof, Hitler’s Alpine retreat, and other targets in Berchtesgaden. Jim Bazin was awarded the DSO in September 1945 – rightful recognition for a man who had done so much to bring about the defeat of the enemy.

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2023 Association Reunion!
by Rob Swanson 23/02/2023

The 2023 IX(B) Squadron Reunion will be held on 22-23 September, at RAF Lossiemouth.

More details will follow shortly, including travel options for members.

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John Fox, RIP.
by Rob Swanson 01/05/2022

With much regret, it has been announced that our friend and Association Honorary Member John Fox died on Friday 29 April 2022, having been in Hospital for some weeks.

John was a brilliant Technical Illustrator, Graphic Designer, artist, photographer and more.


In 2017, John designed the amazing IX(B) Sqn memorial, seen above. His design notes are:

The monument’s 3 colours are as follows:

Polished brown granite derived from the Khaki of the RFC at the Squadron’s formation in Dec 1914.

Polished green granite derived from the bat on the Squadron’s Official Crest.

Sandstone derived from the Squadron’s history of operations in desert regions throughout its history.


The monument’s shapes are as follows:

The square footprint represents a IX(B) Squadron aircraft First World War reconnaissance camera plate.

The triangular shape represents the Geodetics used for navigation and the Wellington’s airframe.

The 4-sided pyramid represents the bomb sight of a Second World War IX(B) Squadron Lancaster.

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


The monument’s orientation is as follows:

The Second World War panel is North facing, so not directly lit by the sun, to rep Second World War night operations.

The main Dedication panel is South facing and lit by the sun throughout during the day, to represent IX(B) Squadron’s achievements throughout its unparalleled history.

The First World War panel is West facing and lit by the setting sun, to represent western front operations.

The final panel is East facing and lit by the rising sun, to represent operations in the Middle East.


Below are some more of John’s work. Originals and prints are still available.

If you are interested in purchasing any, please contact

John’s brilliant “OP ELLAMY” painting of a Typhoon and Tornado. Signed and unsigned prints still available.

It was John’s idea to depict the Lancaster, Canberra, Vulcan, Tornado and Typhoon in plan form for Reunion table runners and booklets.

John’s recent drawing of a Johnny Walker mine, as used in OP Paravane.

John was a master at telling a story in graphics. He positioned the crests of IX(B) Sqn and 617 Sqn, straddling a Tallboy bomb facing the Tirpitz crest.

John Fox’s painting of a Tornado GR4 loaded with two Stormshadow missiles.

John’s depiction of a Lancaster crossing the coast line.

He was a stalwart of the association reunions, and fiercely loyal to IX(B) Squadron. He was a friend to many and we will miss him dearly. 

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2021 Bardney Remembrance
by Rob Swanson 12/10/2021

Association members,

The annual Bardney Remembrance service on 14th Nov is looming, if anyone is interested in attending the service and the lunch afterwards, please see the attached document for all the details and reply to the Chairman by COP Friday 5th Nov.

Also, if you’ve moved house or changed email address in the last 12-18 months, please let me know so we can update our databases!

We hope to see some of you next month.

Stay safe,



IX(B) Sqn Association Sep Sec


20211008IX(B) Assoc Remembrance

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617 & IX(B) Squadron Associations ‘Tirpitz’ Reunion Dinner
by Rob Swanson 10/09/2021

This year members of No IX(B) Squadron Association have been invited to join the annual 617 Squadron Association annual Tirpitz Dinner at the Petwood Hotel in Woodhall Spa. Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, recently retired from the RAF and previously a member of IX(B) Squadron, has been invited to be the Guest of Honour.

The Dinner will be held on the evening of Saturday 13 November. The following day members of both Associations and their guests are invited to St Peters Church in Woodhall Spa for a Remembrance Day Service. This will be followed by a parade to the centre of Woodhall Spa and the laying of wreathes on the town War Memorial and the 617 Squadron Memorials.

Members and guests are then invited to travel independently to Woodhall Spa Airfield for a further short service and wreath-laying ceremony.

There will be sandwiches and cake available for a small charge in the Petwood Hotel after the visit to the Airfield.

Members are advised that the Hotel continues to take anti-Covid precautions and encourages guests to do likewise. In particular, any meals other than the Dinner on the Saturday evening and the Sandwich/Cake lunch on the Sunday must be booked in advance directly with the Hotel.

Please complete the attached a booking proforma as soon as convenient and not later than 30 September. If you have any questions please contact me, Ian Dugmore, by e-mail or phone: 07889 150836

IX(B) Squadron Association Members may wish to know that their Project Officer for the event is Lenny Nixon at

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2021 Association Reuinion
by Rob Swanson 24/07/2021

Dear Assn members,

I am afraid it is my sad task to once again inform you that the planned reunion weekend in October, at RAF Lossiemouth, has been postponed until July 2022, exact date to be confirmed in due course.
A combination of stricter COVID restrictions in Scotland and the continuing uncertainty around the rising numbers of infections across the UK were already putting plans in doubt. At our Committee meeting this week the final TABS moment appeared when we were informed by the Squadron representative that the Squadron will now be deployed away from Lossiemouth during October.
It is the Committee’s aspiration to enhance the links between the Assn and the Typhoon era personnel and with very little chance of meeting them in numbers, the decision has been taken to postpone the weekend and reunion dinner.
The good news is Alfie Ferguson has again volunteered to be the Project Officer as we roll things into 2022, so all of his hard work and contacts will not be wasted.
In light of this cancellation, some of you may now wish to attend the Tirpitz Dinner with the Junior Sqn Assn on 13 Nov 21 at the Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa. If you would like to take up that option, could you please contact Lenny Nixon at
Dean Wood
Association Secretary
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ACM Sir Stuart Peach Retires.
by Rob Swanson 27/06/2021

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach has been greeted at Royal Air Force Northolt by a Guard of Honour to mark his retirement from the RAF and leaving his NATO position as the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, a role he has held since 2018.
On arrival at RAF Northolt Sir Stuart was greeted by a Guard of Honour formed by the @RAF Regiment and escorted from his aircraft by the current Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston who congratulated Sir Stuart on his astonishing career and on behalf of the RAF, and indeed the whole of the Armed Services, thanked him for his service and wished him the very best for his retirement.
Reflecting on ACM Peach’s career, ACM Sir Mike Wigston said: “Sir Stuart Peach is one of the great military leaders of modern times. He has served the Royal Air Force, the UK, NATO and the international community with distinction for nearly 50 years. Today he finishes his stellar career and returns home from NATO; but something tells me he won’t stop there.”
“I would like to thank the RAF for looking after me for all these years.  I started my flying career in 1974 and I flew on an AWACS mission last week which was an excellent way to bring almost 50 years to a close.  I was a Tornado Navigator and squadron commander for a chunk of my life.  I flew that aircraft for 20 years and most of those missions were in support of NATO.  NATO matters.”

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach

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2021 AGM
by Rob Swanson 10/05/2021

Due to the current climate, the Association Committee has decided to hold the 2021 AGM virtually like we did in 2020.

The date for the AGM is 26 May 2021.

Minutes from the previous AGM can be viewed below.

AGM 29 Sep 20

Once the finer details are ironed out, I’ll post a link here to the AGM so if you wish to dial in, you can.





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2021 Association Reunion!!
by Rob Swanson 19/12/2020

The Association is planning to hold the 2021 reunion at RAF Lossiemouth in October 2021. Alfie Ferguson has re-opened his travel agency, and members should have been contacted. There will be an end of year email going out over the next few days that will cover off this and other planned dates for 2021. 

Hopefully we will see the back of the turmoil that has scuppered all our plans for 2020, and we will meet again!

On behalf of all the association committee, we wish you all the very best Christmas, and hopefully 2021 will bring us better times!

As always, our thoughts are with those serving overseas at this time of year, and those for who 2020 has seen tragedy strike.



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Virtual Raffle 2020
by Rob Swanson 10/11/2020

Due to the lack of a reunion this year, the Association is holding a virtual raffle with various prizes to be won!

For all the details, please see CLICK THIS LINK



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Remembrance Sunday
by Rob Swanson 15/10/2020

Remembrance Sunday 2020.

Sadly the Cenotaph march past has been cancelled for 2020.

The association is still planning to hold its annual remembrance service at Bardney, unless COVID lock down rules prevent this form happening.

Anyone wishing to attend, please contact the newly appointed Vice President, Nick Hay on the following email address.


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2020 Association Reunion
by Rob Swanson 18/06/2020

I am sure it will come as no surprise that at a virtual meeting of the Association Committee last night, we agreed that the September 2020 Dinner at RAF Lossiemouth should be cancelled. In reality we had no choice as Lossiemouth had already cancelled all their 2020 functions before and after our planned dinner.
Those of you who have paid deposits will be contacted separately by the Vice President (Assn Lead) regarding your options.
It is our intention to hold the 2021 Reunion Event at RAF Lossiemouth, subject to all of the normal approvals; the provisional date is Sat 18 Sep 21 and we will aim to get early confirmation.
There may also be an opportunity to dine with the Junior Squadron Assn at the Petwood hotel, Woodhall Spa, on Sat 7 Nov 20. If you are interested please let Lenny Nixon, the Vice Chairman know by 31 Jul 20; he can be contacted at

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Chairman’s Message
by Rob Swanson 29/03/2020

Dear All

At this challenging time, please see a link to RAFA’s Operation Connect initiative. It is there for all of us, from current serving members to RAF veterans and their families.

Operation Connect

Under the Op Connect initiative, RAFA will be launching four new emergency projects under and they are also looking for volunteers to assist.

Therefore, firstly, this Op is for you so please use should the desire or need arise (if you need RAFA’s help and support – or even just a friendly chat – please do not hesitate to contact them by phoning 0800 018 2361) and secondly, if you can assist, by volunteering to help with one of their emergency projects, please email to find out more. The four new projects are as follows:

A telephone outreach service which will proactively support our beneficiaries and other high-risk members of our RAF community to check on their welfare and offer them regular contact (telephone or online).

A friendship helpline that anyone in our RAF community can call if they are feeling isolated, in need of more specific support or simply want a chat with someone friendly who understands.

A daily RAF-themed online entertainment slot that people can look forward to as part of their routine while they are isolating, from quizzes to live-streamed sing-a-longs and armchair fitness sessions.

Bag drops of vital provisions to the doorsteps of the most vulnerable members of our RAF family.

Finally, our Association is here for you too. If you want some advice and do not know where to start, feel free to contact any of the Committee Members and we will try to point you in the right direction.

Keep safe.

Nick Hay
Chairman, IX(B) Squadron Association

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Afghanistan Battle Honours
by Rob Swanson 24/03/2020