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AGM and 2017 Reunion

Formal Notice of the 2017 Annual General Meeting and timetable for the August Reunion are included in Newletter 51. Forms for Reunion Bookings, Menu Choices and submittal of AGM items have been circulated with the Newsletter (see below). - Added 26 May 2017


Newsletter 51

Copies of the latest Newsletter were posted this morning and should reach UK Members by end of next week, with Overseas postage likely to take longer. Electronic copies will be circuated by e-mail in the next 48 hours to Members who have expressed a preference for this format.  All this is, unfortunately, several weeks later than the Association would have liked, due to reponsible Committee members having a series of unforeseen personal commitments.

The Spring 2017 edition includes an overdue report on the 2015 Danish ceremony for Stan Slater's crew; appreciations of two recently departed Veterans (Cyril 'Mick' Rollins and A C 'Bob' Blackie); an article on The Gramaphone Tour; news on (Canadian) Lancaster KB882, in addition to the usual Members News, Association updates and Committee messages. Insufficient space prevented publication of the planned item on the Frank Holmes commemoration- Updated 26 May 2017


2017 Diaries

Want to be sure of keeping those important appointments and having other vital information at your fingertips? The answer might lie in purchasing (at least!) one of our sumptuous EWA Diaries, if you have not already done so. These are available at [the very reasonable - Ed] cost of £6 + £1.20 UK postage.  For details please see Page 13 of Newsletter 50 OR contact The Editor. - Updated 15 December 2016


Appeal for Information

Lancaster W4787, flown by Fl Lt John Colin McIntosh Rose DFC, RAAF (always known by his second name), crashed on 21 December 1942, en-route to Munich. The organisers of a ceremony likely to take place in August 2017 at Maubeuge, Northern France, are keen to find out information or contact descendants of the crew.  Other members were:- Sgt Frank John Fisher, Flight Engineer; Sgt Gordon Thomas Hawkins, Navigator; Sgt Peter Laird Donald, Air Bomber; Flt Sgt William Edward Ryan, Wireless Operator; Sgt Edward Jack Smith, Mid Upper Gunner and Sgt Frederick Trimmer, Rear Gunner.


The Association has also been contacted by a relative writing a family history, requesting information on Pilot Officer J W Alcorn, from Australia, who was briefly a pilot with 576 Squadron in May and June 1944. The crew were lost without trace on 25 June 1944 on a sortie against the Flers V-Bomb facility .

If you are able to provide any information on either Rose or Alcorn, or anyone in their crews,  please contact The Editor. - 13 December 2016

IBCC Update

Works on site continues to progress well.  Most of the steel structure for the Chadwick Visitor Centre has been erected and the sub surface laid. Car parks have also been laid out and the Construction Team have made up the time lost during the severe weather that blasted the site in November. - 13 December 2016 


Newsletter 50

The latest [Landmark(?)] edition of our Newsletter will include a very emotive item on one of the "Twenty Men" who trained with Navigator Don Charlwood (one of the first to complete a 'Tour' at Elsham); the 75th Anniversary of the poem High Flight; updates on the IBCC, BBMF and Lincolnshire's 'other Lanc', in addition to the usual features on Member visits, news of the Memorial Room and book reviews, including one written by our President. - 8 December 2016


Elsham Crew Musical Tribute

In 1996, folk singer John McAllister composed a song in memory of his uncle: a 103 Squadron Bomb Aimer, killed on the Nuremberg Raid, after whom he was named. Thus, The Ballad of John Doyle was born. Of the seven crew members only Mid Upper Gunner, Sgt Frank Fealy, from Leeds, survived. Last year,

Frank Fealy’s nephew, Michael Barber, contacted John, having picked up on ‘The Ballad’. Mike had collated all the family letters written whilst Frank was PoW and trying to establish the fate of his comrades. From these, John found out more about every crew-member and was inspired to write a series of songs for ble each one. These are now recorded on a single album N For Nan: after the aircraft call sign. Copies are available in CD format, with 50% of the £10 price going to the Association, from our Secretary. - November 2016

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