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 !
Leonard Richard Moore died 09/01/15 aged 92
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.
My father is at the end on the left.
He is on the right with the cap at a very jaunty angle.
The formal shot he is front row kneeling on the end at the right. He had red hair!
November 20th saw the return to the air of the Bristol Blenheim at Duxford that has been under restoration since its crash at Denham in 1987. Hopefully it’ll last longer than one month this time !
It is with great sadness that we must report the passing of Michael Hyett. Michael was with 601 Squadron and served in Italy during the latter part of the war. A full obituary shall follow; below is a link to a summary about Michael’s time in the RAF.
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