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Congratulations Shobha !

Our very own Shobha Earl has been recognised for her outstanding work on both 600 Sqn and as a reservist in general, having been awarded the Queens Volunteer Reserves Medal (QVRM).

The Queen’s Volunteer Reserves Medal was created by Royal Warrant of Queen Elizabeth II on 29 March 1999. Only 13 Queen’s Volunteer Reserves Medals may be awarded in a year. The medal is presented only to members of the Volunteer Reserves of the British Armed Services for exemplary meritorious service in the conduct of their duties.

Shoba was presented with her medal by Prince William on Friday 15th June ’18.

Congratulations Shoba and thanks for all your hard work for the Auggies !

 

 

600 Sqn Smile when buying from Amazon

The City of London Squadron Central Fund has been registered with smile.amazon.co.uk.  This means that anybody who buys anything from Amazon, provided they do so via smile.amazon.co.uk rather than through any other method of contacting Amazon, can ask Amazon to donate 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT and shipping) to a charity of their choice, provided that the charity is registered with Amazon.  Our Association Central Fund is now registered with Amazon, so we can benefit.

The donation is made by Amazon and costs neither the purchaser nor the charity anything.

Between 15th June to 29th June Amazon will triple donations from 0.5% to 1.5%.

Jacqui Tennant – Funeral Arrangements **Updated

We have now received details of Jacqui Tennants funeral:

To be held on Tuesday, 28th November ‘17 at 11.00am.

At: Redstone Cemetery, Philanthropic Road, Redhill, Surrey. RH1 4DG.

A wake is being held afterwards at the Reigate Manor Hotel, Reigate Hill, Reigate, RH2 9PF

Dress is to be No.1’s with Medals for Serving Personnel or Smart, Suitable attire for civilians.

Replies are requested from anyone who wishes to attend. Send to 600AUX-Adjutant@mod.uk

If anyone has photos of Jacqui, it would be appreciated if they can be scanned, please then forward to Shobha Earl at shobha.earl@btinternet.com as soon as possible. Tel No 07866 919726

600 Squadron maRAFAthon team

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The Formation of No: 600 (City of London) Squadron, RAF Reserves (600 SQN) took place on the 14th October 1925 at RAF Northolt.

2015 is the 90th Anniversary of 600 SQN.

To celebrate this occasion, 600 SQN is organising a number of events to raise money for our chosen charities. The formation of the maRAFAthon team for 2015 is one of those events.

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Our original plan was to have a 600 SQN Marathon Team taking part in the 2015 London Marathon but unfortunatley not all team members were successful in the ballot process. All unsuccessful ballot applicants were offered a guaranteed place in the Edinburgh Marathon, and that is how the team became involved in the Edinburgh event as well as London. RAFA will be represented at both events.

600 SQN maRAFAthon team have 5 team members, 4 taking part in the London Marathon (Sunday 26 April) and 1 taking part in the Edinburgh marathon (Sunday 31 May 2015).

All team members are in Full-Time employment. In addition to their Full-Time work, RAF Reserve commitments, they will have to find the time to train and prepare themselves for the gruelling 26 miles of the Marathon and the weather conditions at the time of the event. This means the team is likely to be covering 60 miles per week training.

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Donations can be made in two ways: –

  1. Click on the Donate button on this page and provide your donation (don’t forget Gift Aid) or
  2. Use JustTextGiving by sending your text to 70070 and the following message RAFA60 £5 (don’t forget Gift Aid).

Please note: The JustGivingText donation can be any of the following amounts: £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 and £10.

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Meet the 600SQN maRAFAthon team: –

Layla Davidson (London) – (03:59:15)

Allan Dillon (London) – (04:46:25)

Fern Gwinnett (London) – (03:59:15)

Richard Needham (London) – (04:12:36)

and

Gary ‘Edge’ Edgerton (Edinburgh)

 

No.1 Maritime Headquarters Unit Old Comrades Association

I write as the Chairman of the above association.

When 600 (City of London) Squadron was reformed in 1999,  serving members of Nos 1 and 3 Maritime Headquarters Units were automatically part of that reformation but No 1

MHU Old Comrades Association was not included.

In 2006 personnel who had served on No 1 MHU were offered individual membership of 600 (City of London) Association and several people took up that offer.  We, however, continued as a separate association holding reunions periodically.

At the 600 (City of London) Association Annual General Meeting on 29th March 2015 our request to a merger was agreed unopposed with immediate effect. My committee and I would like to thank all those who were involved with this decision and hope that we may enjoy a long and happy relationship. No 1 MHU OCA was formed in 1976 and a link will be maintained as I shall become a member of the 600 Association Committee. Thank you to everyone who remembers ʻThe Houseʼ and the good times we had along the way.

J Jarvis ex Flt Sgt No 1 MHU

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NO 1 MARITIME HEADQUARTERS UNIT

Current members of 600 (City of London) Squadron may be interested to learn a little of the history of No 1 MHU.

In November 1959 the intention of forming three new units of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force was announced in Parliament. They were to provide backing for the Operations Rooms and Communication Centres that controlled RAF Coastal Command and the Royal Navy.

The new units would be No 1 Northwood, No 2 Edinburgh and No 3 Plymouth and many of the first volunteers were members of disbanded RAF Fighter Squadrons.

Volunteers, men or women, between the ages of 17 1/2 and 45 need have no previous service experience, as full training facilities existed in whatever trade they wished to enrol.

Training periods, apart from the 15 day annual exercise, were one evening a week and one weekend a month, all of which merited full pay and allowances.  Travelling allowances were also paid and there was an annual tax-free bounty between £10 – £15.

The Headquarters of No 1 MHU were in Valency House, Northwood – the old Chateau de Madrid Hotel once famed for country-club recreation. The site is now occupied by luxury housing but, driving by, I believe the House itself remains at the centre of the gated estate.

To answer a question raised at the recent AGM. The Worshipful Company of Butchers adopted 2600 (City of London) Squadron, then No 1 MHU and subsequently 600 (City of London ) Squadron. Thus the tradition is being maintained.

 

Mystery Stained Glass Window Panel

Mystery Stained Glass Panel – Wheatsheaf Pub, Hever Road , Bough Beech , Kent

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On a recent trip to Kent, one of our members called into the Wheatsheaf, and spotted Mounted in the wall behind the bar, a 20” square panel of leaded glass. It is the 600 Squadron AAF Crest. It is illuminated from behind.

The owner of the pub said;

“We found the panel last year when we were renovating the pub, it was such an interesting piece that we decided to have it professionally repaired and to use it as an illuminated centre piece for the bar. I am afraid that I don’t have any more information about the window but would be very interested to know more about its history.

We will be delighted to offer a warm welcome to any members of your Association who would like to come and see it, the Wheatsheaf is a beautiful old pub which dates back to the 14th century and is reputed to be the former hunting lodge for Heaver Castle”.

Given it is an AAF (Auxiliary Air Force) window, referring to 600 as a Bomber Squadron (600 Squadron formed 14 October 1925 as a unit of the AAF and designated a Day Bomber Squadron, and remained so right through until we moved to a Fighter Squadron designation in July 1934), this puts the panel somewhere in between.

So, does anyone have any idea as to its origin?

Please let us know……….

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leonard Richard Moore died 09/01/15 aged 92

Leonard Richard Moore died 09/01/15 aged 92

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Born in Fishbourne, West Sussex in 1922 into a family of merchant seaman, it was whilst he was at Leeds University, where he was studying for the Priesthood, that Leonard was called up to join the RAF in 1942, aged 20.

He trained at Portage Le Prairie In Manitoba, Canada as an Air Navigator in Bomber Command. On his return to England along with a group containing a lot of newly trained pilots, they were asked to volunteer but not told what for. Leonard volunteered, passed more aptitude tests and was told to pair off with a pilot as they were going to be retrained as Night Fighters crews. He and his pilot, Gordon Hammond, passed the training and were sent to 600 City of London Squadron. He saw active service in North Africa and Italy.

One of their exploits can be read about in the January 2004 edition of the 600sq Association Newsletter under the storyline ‘The Last Kill’, where Leonard describes he and his pilot’s part in the downing of the last German aircraft by tsecond FW when they were on their own after their escort’s plane commanded by F/O Les Martin ran into engine trouble at take off on 13th April 1945.

At the end of the war he became acting Intelligence Officer of the Squadron.

After the war, Leonard returned to Leeds and the College of the Resurrection to complete his studies, where he met his wife Barbara to whom he was married for 62 1/2 years and who died last year. He was ordained and became curate of St Mary’s Hendon followed by a move to Stevenage until 1960, when he then went on to be vicar of All Saints in Queen’s Park, Bedford where he and his family settled. Since 1968 to his retirement in 1987 Leonard taught in Secondary Schools in Hendon and Kempston, Bedfordshire whilst also continuing with his ministry up until shortly before his death. He leaves behind two sons and a daughter.

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My father is at the end on the left.

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He is on the right with the cap at a very jaunty angle.

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The formal shot he is front row kneeling on the end at the right. He had red hair!