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April 2020

 

It is some time since I received a memory stick from Joe which contained the files for the website as it was at that time. Sundry things had become corrupted, the most notable being a section that displayed itself in Chinese script!

 

After much editing, up- and down-loading I have managed to display the site in its present form.

 

A lot of events have occurred since Joe’s report on the Diamond Graduation gathering in March 2016.

 

Tony.

 

 

On Saturday 24th September 2016

 

The 12th Triennial Reunion of the RAFHAA was held at Halton, at which 18 members of the 74th were in attendance.

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Ken Pearn

 

After much secretive arrangements, a party was organised by Georgina, Ken’s granddaughter, to celebrate his 80th birthday. On 18th February 2017 several of us gathered at a sports club in Rotherham to celebrate.

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A few months after the party, Georgina presented Ken with his first greatgrandchild, Evelyn Rose Christmas.

 

 

 

A visit was made to RAF Marham on 1st August 2017

 

We were hosted by the station Engagements Officer, WO “Mo” Howard, who gave us an introductory talk on the Stations history and future, as base for the F35 Lightnings, in the…..

 

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A most appropriate venue for a bunch of octogenarians!

We visited the RAF Marham Heritage Centre, where Traf Pearn is a volunteer and then onto the Station past the Gate Guard, a magnificent Victor

Xray Hotel 673.

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After a bus tour around the airfield and F35 facilities, which being under construction, we could not inspect, we gathered for a photo call by the Victor.

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Fl Off James Woodward, grandson of George Hinde, Tony Merry, Bill Heather, Jim Young, Jeff Paine, Mike Hodson, Ken Pearn, Barrie McLening, Traf Pearn, Bern Goodenough, Alan Smith, and Richard Mynors-Wallis.

The night was spent at The Premier Inn near Kings Lynn.

 

Wednesday 2 August

We made a visit to the Fenland and West Norfolk Aircraft Preservation Society Museum at West Walton near Wisbech, where we saw…

 

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A Vampire under restoration, and amongst lots of other things,

 

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a Shackleton in 3 parts! Along with a Jet Provost.

 

 

12 Nov 2017, Remembrance Sunday

 

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George Hinde, Bern Goodenough, Alan Smith, Tony Merry

were captured on TV!

After the parade we repaired to The Ship and Shovell where we met

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Louisa         and her mother        Judy

whose acquaintance we had made the previous year.

 

20 & 21 March 2018

Visits were made to the Royal Airforce College Cranwell

 

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And The International Bomber Command Centre at Lincoln

 

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April 2018,

 

The final postings of Dave Neal and John “Digger” Davis.

 

 

 

7, 8 & 9 October 2018

 

A gathering at Chichester to visit The Military Aviation Museum at Tangmere.  

 

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And the Weald and Downland Open air Museum.

 

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27 October 2018

The final posting of Dennis “Tex” Grundy.

 

 

11-11-2018, Remembrance Day, 100 years on.

 

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Louisa and Judy 9white fur hat)                   Us after the Parade

 

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The lights in the Tower Moat, albeit on a big TV screen!

A better view due to the crowds!

 

February 2019

 

Final posting for Alan “Ginge” Wright.

 

 

April 2, 3 & 4 2019

 

Spring visit to National Memorial Arboretum, The Museum of Childhood at Sudbury Hall, and The National Brewery Centre.

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At the NMA.

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Autumn Outing 2019

 

A gathering was held, spanning 28th, 29th & 30th October to visit The Historic Dockyard at Chatham and The Royal Engineers Museum at Gillingham, staying at the local Premier Inn.

 

 

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The gang awaiting feeding! At the Premier Inn

November 2019

 

Taff Goodenough and I attended Remembrance Service in St Georges and at the Tribute.

I was joined by Alan Smith at The Cenotaph.

Tony Merry (74th).

 


[Editor] Please send me any comments on this event or other news items or stories that may be of interest to members of the 74th Entry Association or any other visitors to the 74th Entry Website.


Joe Bosher (74th).

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