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29 Mar 2014

The April 2014 Chiltern Branch newsletter is here>>.

16 Mar 2014

The 2014 Red Arrows programme is here>>.

14 Mar 2014

Newark Air Museum V-Force Tribute 2014 on 17 & 18 May. Details here>>.

14 Mar 2014

The March 2014 Chiltern Branch Newsletter is here>>.

4 Mar 2014

Appeal to veterans interested in going to Normandy for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings to contact the Royal British Legion is here>>.

27 Feb 2014

Project Propeller 2014 will be on 21 June at Gloucester Airport. Details here>>.

18 Feb 2014

MOD invites funding bids for Armed Forces Day 2014. Deadline 28 March. Details here>>.

4 Feb 2014

The February 2014 Chiltern Branch newsetter is here>>.

30 Jan 2014

MOD announces support for commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Landings 5-6 June 2014. Press release here>>.

6 Jan 2014

The January 2014 Chiltern Branch newsletter is here>>.

12 Dec 2013

The ACA Archive Trust has declined to continue sponsoring this web site. The webmaster is therefore continuing to run the site independently with welcome support from the Woking and Surrey Branches.

2 Dec 2013

The December Chiltern Branch newsletter is here>>.

11 Nov 2013

The January 2014 ACA Golfing Society Newsletter is here>>.

8 Nov 2013

The IWM Duxford programe for the next year is here>>.

2 Nov 2013

The Chiltern Branch November newsletter is here>>.

25 Oct 2013

Free admission to IWM Duxford on Remembrance Sunday. Details here>>.

23 Nov 2013

The Autumn 2013 Sussex Branch newsletter is here>>.

15 Nov 2013

The October Chiltern newsletter is here>>.

3 Sep 2013

The September 2013 Chiltern Branch newsletter is here>>.

28 Aug 2013

Mill Rythe Holiday Village on Hayling Island offers veterans and serving members of the armed forces discounted short breaks from 16 and 20 September 2013. Details here>>.

15 Aug 2013

24 Sqn Reunion and AGM at RAF Brize Norton on Saturday 5 October 2013.  2013 will be the 98th Anniversary of XXIV Squadron. Details here>>.

2 Aug 2013

Update on Canadian Halifax 57 Rescue Project here>>.

2 Aug 2013

RAF Museum London open in the evenings over Battle of Britain weekend 14-15 September 2013. Free admission. Details here>>.

2 Aug 2013

Update on Defence Discount Service, which is open to veterans, here>>.

1 Aug 2013

Report on the Grand Opening of the ACA Building at YAM is here>>.

30 Jul 2013

The August 2013 Chiltern Branch newsletter is here>>.

11 Jul 2013

The July 2013 Chiltern Branch newsletter is here>>.

9 Jul 2013

ACA Golfing Society 2014 fixture list published here>>.

6 Jul 2013

RAF Linton-on-Ouse will provide a 4-ship flypast at YAM at 12:35 in support of the ACA Grand Opening on 24 July.

29 Jun 2013

Programme for ACA event at Yorkshire Air Museum on 24 July 2013 is here>> and details of transport from York station are here>>.

12 Jun 2013

Invitation to ACA members to attend final ACA event: opening of the new ACA building at Yorkshire Air Museum on 24 July. Details here>>.

12 Jun 2013

News of the Lincolnshire Bomber Command Memorial here>>.

12 Jun 2013

Important changes to parking arrangemnets for Medway on Armed Forces Day 29 June. Updated details here>> and revised parking pass here>>.

30 May 2013

June 2013 Ciltern Branch newsletter is here>>.

24 May 2013

New 20-minute Lancaster movie to premiere on 28 June at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre. For free tickets and details, see here>>.

10 May 2013

Service in Westminster Abbey on 11 July 2013 will mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War. Details and how to apply for places are given here>>.

9 May 2013

RAF Museum London celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Dambuster raid. Details here>>.

2 May 2013

Pictures from the 2013 opening match of the ACA Golfing Society are here>.

26 Apr 2013

The May 2013 edition of the Chiltern Branch newsletter is here>>.

17 Apr 2013

The Spring 2013 Sussex Branch newsletter is here>>.

1 Apr 2013

The April Chiltern Branch newsletter is here>>.

25 Mar 2013

Invitation to attend the Grand Opening of the new ACA Building at YAM is here>>.

23 Mar 2013

Annual Act of Commemoration at Runnymede Memorial is on 12 May 2013. Details here>>.

11 Mar 2013

Opening ceremony for the new ACA Building at Yorkshire Air Museum will be on Wednesday 24 July 2013. Details to follow.

8 Mar 2013

Workshop on Airpower and using the RAF Museum Hendon archives on 22 March 2013. Prior registration required. Details here>>.

8 Mar 2013

Invitation to attend the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust Annual Memorial Day on Sunday 14 July 2013 at the National Memorial, Capel le Ferne, Folkestone. Details here>>.

4 Mar 2013

War & Peace Revival at RAF Westenhangar (near Hythe, Kent) 17-21 July 2013 invites veterans of WWII, Korea and National Service. Details here>>.

4 Mar 2013

March 2013 Chiltern Branch newsletter is here>>.

21 Feb 2013

Communities encouraged to apply for funding for Armed Forces Day events on 29 June 2013. Details here>>.

7 Feb 2013

The Feb 2013 Chiltern Newsletter is here>>.

23 Jan 2013

Forces Discount Directory published here>>. Open to veterans.

19 Jan 2013

Details of the Lincolnshire Bomber Command Memorial appeal are here>>.

28 Dec 2012

Chiltern Branch January 2013 newsletter is here>>.

9 Dec 2012

IWM Duxford announce their 2013 air show programme here>>.

6 Dec 2012

Defence Discount Service launched with free membership including veterans. Details here>>.

30 Nov 2012

Sussex ACA Autumn 2012 newsletter is here>>.

30 Nov 2012

December 2012 Chiltern branch newsletter is here>>.

18 Nov 2012

Update on the Aircrew Association Archive Trust is here>>.

14 Nov 2012

News of the Veterans and Reserves Mental Health Programme is here>>.

14 Nov 2012

The new web site of the RAF Flight Engineer and Air Engineer Association is here>>.

10 Nov 2012

The Winter 2012 newsletter of the Queen Alexandra Hospital Home in Worthing is here>>.

8 Nov 2012

November edition of Flight Plan, newsletter of Ontario ACA, is here>>.

7 Nov 2012

Chiltern Branch November newsletter is here>>.

27 Oct 2012

Latest newsletter of the ACA Golfing Society is here>>.

23 Oct 2012

Progress report on Canadian Halifax recovery project is here>>.

17 Oct 2012

Beachy Head Bomber Command Memorial was unvield in July 2012. See here>> and here>>.

8 Oct 2012

A3T building at Yorkshire Air Museum handed over by builders ready for fitting out. See here>>.

6 Oct 2012

The ACA honorary chaplain, Bill Pegg, has graciously accepted the appointment of Chaplain Emeritus to the ACA Archive Trust. See here>>.

4 Oct 2012

Veterans UK have published another poidcast explaining progress on the Armed Frorces Covenant here>>.

13 Sep 2012

Lincolnshire Bomber Command Memorial Appeal web site is now live here>>. They would welcome submission of relevant memories by e-mail .

9 Sep 2012

Bomber Command Museum of Canada honoured with Five Queen's Jubilee medals. Details here>>.

9 Sep 2012

Last ACA Council members lay wreath at the National Arboretum. Details here>>.

3 Sep 2012

Veterans are invited to apply for tickets to a service on 27 October 2012 in Westminster Abbey followed by a reception to mark the 70th anniversary of El Alamein. Details here>>.

30 Aug 2012

AHL have posted a video about Tad Wier, a wartime Polish Lancaster pilot, here>>.

28 Aug 2012

Further pictures of the YAM ACA building here>>.

13 Aug 2012

ACA Cyprus launches new web site here>>.

12 Aug 2012

An excellent illustrated report from ACA Canada on the Bomber Command Memorial ceremony is here>>.

8 Aug 12

New Polish Aviation Display at Grantham Museum. Details here>>.

8 Aug 2012

Sussex Branch newsletter including their attendance at the dedicatiuon of the Bomber Command Memorial is here>>.

2 Aug 2012

August Chiltern Branch newsletter is here>> and includes a general invitation to join the Chiltern Branch for lunch on 28 September in Abingdon - book in advance - see pages 7 and 8.

26 Jul 2012

Update on progress with the A3T building project at Yorkshire Air Museum is here>>.

26 Jul 2012

RAF Museum launches new web site here>>.

20 Jul 2012

Temporary display at Grantham Museum “Polish Air Force:  First To Fight" opens on 3 August 2012. Details here>>.

14 Jul 12

420 Sqn and RCAF talk at RAF Waddington 7pm 7 August 2012. Details here>>.

9 Jul 2012

504Sqn memorial unveiled at Hucknall. Details here>>.

29 Jun 2012

RAF Benevolent Fund appeals for legacies. Details here>>.

28 Jun 2012

July 2012 Chiltern Branch newsletter is here>>.

27 Jun 2012

Northen Ireland Veterans Service of Remembrance at the National Arboretum on 22 September 2012. Details here>>.

26 Jun 2012

Celebration of the unveiling of the Bomber Command Memorial at the Victory Services Club, Marble Arch, on 28 June 2012. Details here>>.

26 Jun 2012

Medway Armed Forces Day 30 June 2012. Details here>>.

21 Jun 2012

ACA Greater Vancouver branch newsletter for June 2012 is here>>.

18 Jun 2012

IWM Duxford Spitfire and Merlin event 5 August 2012. more>>

18 Jun 2012

ACA Golf page updated with new pictures and 2013 programme. more>>

11 Jun 2012

Historic images from the RAF Museum avaiable for viewing HERE.

11 Jun 2012

Talk on 23 June 2012 in Lincoln on WWI aviation in Lincolnshire. Details HERE.

11 Jun 2012

Ledbury Battle of Britain Memorial Day 16 September 2012 requests ACA guests. Details HERE.

9 Jun 2012

ACA central funds distributed after final audit. Details HERE.

8 Jun 2012

Final flying participation for Duxford Flying Legends airshow on 30 June HERE.

7 Jun 2012

10% off RAF Museum gift range until 17 June 2012. Details HERE.

13 May 2012

Newark Air Museum Cockpit-Fest 16-17 June 2012. Details HERE.

11 May 2012

Details of the Armed Forces Jubilee Spectacular at Windsor on 19 May 2012 HERE.

11 May 2012

RAFBF supports St Nicholas Hospice Care, Bury St Edmunds. Details HERE.

4 May 2012

Completing the RAF Museum survey before 21 May offers entry into a prize draw for a £100 Amazon voucher. Survey is HERE.

3 May 2012

Seahaven FM broadcast includes Chiltern's Graham Laurie 1800-1900 on Sunday 6 May. Listen HERE.

30 Apr 2012

Veterans Day at the RAF Museum Hendon on Wednesday 16 May. Details HERE.

30 Apr 2012

Details of the new Queen Alexandra Hospital Home website and newsletter are HERE.

27 Apr 2012

Those within range of Plymouth may wish to take up the offer of a free bottle of wine with their meal HERE.

24 Apr 2012

The Annual Commemorative Ceremony at the Commonwealth Air Force Memorial, Runnymede will be held on Sunday 13th May 2012 at 1100. No advance booking required. All welcome.

18 Apr 2012

Warfare magazine launches new web site HERE.

15 Apr 2012

IWM Duxford 1940s Vintage Village at Flying Legends Air Show 30 Jun-1 Jul 2012. Details HERE.

11 Apr 2012

Lincolnshire talk on 16 May 2012 about QE2 as a troop ship during the Falklands War. Details HERE.

11 Apr 2012

Podcast explaining the role of the Veterans' Welfare Service is HERE.

3 Apr 2012

Medway Armed Forces Day 30 June 2012 invitation to veterans HERE.

2 Apr 2012

RAF Museum on BBC2 at 9pm on Friday 6 April 2012. Details HERE.

31 Mar 2012

First flying displays announced for IWM Duxford Jubilee Air Show 27 May. Details HERE.

29 Mar 2012

A new promotional video for aviation heritage sites in Lincolnshire can be viewed HERE or HERE.

26 Mar 2012

Management changes at the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. Details HERE.

22 Mar 2012

Armed Forces participation in Diamond Jubilee Weekend. Details HERE.

22 Mar 2012

RAF Valley seeks sponsorship for their running the London Marathon for RAFBF. Details HERE.

16 Mar 2012

Details of a UK Mosquito restoration project are HERE.

15 Mar 2012

The latest RAF Museum newsletter is HERE.

23 Feb 2012

ACA Archive Trust update from the Chairman is HERE.

22 Feb 2012

SR-71 Blackbird pilot talk and tour at IWM Duxford 11am Sunday 11 March 2012. Details HERE.

20 February 2012

Royal British Legion coach tour to mark the 70th anniversary of the Dieppe raid 17-20 August 2012. Details HERE.

17 Feb 2012

IWM Duxford Jubilee Air Show 27 May 2012. Details HERE of special offer for seniors.

16 Feb 2012

Cold War Fast Jet Reunion at Shuttleworth 7 Oct 2012. Details HERE.

15 Feb 2012

Forces tribute to HM The Queen on 19 May at Windsor including BBC broadcast. Initial details HERE.

14 Feb 2012

Talk in Woodhall Spa on 17 Apr 2012 to mark the 70th anniversary of the Augsburg raid. Details HERE.

14 Feb 2012

Bomber Command Memorial update and invitation to reunion prior to dedication and unveiling on 27 June 2012 HERE. Deadline extended to 29 Feb.

13 Feb 2012

Prize Draw in aid of RAFA and Malta Red Cross to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Malta GC. Closing date 10 Aug 2012. Details HERE.

6 Feb 2012

A new For Your Tomorrow DVD about the WWII Burma campaign is available HERE.

4 Feb 2012

New Interpretation Board unveiled at the Lancaster W4270 memorial in Notts. Details HERE.

31 Jan 2012

Project Propeller 2012 details HERE, with background information HERE.

27 Jan 2012

North Kesteven 'Behind the Scenes' visit programme to RAF Cranwell, Digby and Waddington is HERE. Further details HERE.

16 Jan 2012

Duxford 2012 Air Show dates and advance ticket information HERE.

16 Jan 2012

BBC2's FLOGIT! valuation day at Duxford on 24 Jan 2012. Details HERE.

13 Jan 2012

10 places are available to ACA members at the annual RAF St Clement Danes service on 25 Mar 2012. To bid for places, email via HERE before 27 Jan 2012.

9 Jan 2012

2012 Veterans UK Customer Satisfaction Survey is HERE, with a supporting audio podcast HERE.

9 Jan 2012

Veterans UK videocasts are available HERE.

22 Dec 2011

Information sought about RAF Winthorpe. Details HERE.

20 Dec 2011

Local Veterans Support Groups created. See HERE.

14 Dec 2011

Report and pictures of the John Magee memorial weekend in Lincoln is HERE.

8 Dec 2011

Farewell message from the ACA Chairman is HERE.

23 Nov 2011

Vulcan to the Sky Trust Salute to Her Majesty on her Diamond Jubilee and the Vulcan's 60th anniversary in 2012. Details HERE.

11 Nov 2011

Events in Lincoln 10/11 December 2011 to celebrate P/O John Magee, writer of the poem High Flight. Details HERE.

10 Nov 2011

Calling all ex V-Force Lincolnshire. See HERE.

7 Nov2011

Veterans to wear Malaysia Medal. Details HERE.

28 Oct 2011

Bomber Boys on Channel 5 at 8pm 10 November 2011. See HERE.

22 Oct 2011

RAF 'Unsung Heroes' UK Concert Tour details HERE.

21 Oct 2011

New form-based email system throughout this web site no longer requires an email client program on the user's computer.

18 Oct 2011

Latest Archivist's report is HERE.

13 Oct 2011

ACA Charitable Fund details updated. See HERE.

7 Oct 2011

Royal British Legion Remembrance Day concert at Lakeside, Surrey on 11 November 2011.
Details HERE.

1 Oct 2011

2011 RAF Benevolent Fund Xmas cards on sale.
See HERE.

28 Sep 11

ACA Golfing Society page added HERE.

28 Sep 2011

Air Loadmaster Memorial to be dedicated on 14 Oct 2011 at the National Memorial Arboretum. Donations still required. See HERE.

15 Sep 11

In Memoriam data from Intercom now goes back to 2006 and includes all notified deaths since the last Intercom copy date in April 2011. See HERE.

8 Sep 2011

New web site launched.

4 Sep 2011

Important message from the ACA Archive Trustees is HERE.

The Aircrew Association

The Aircrew Association (ACA) was formed in 1977 to foster comradeship amongst those who, having been awarded an official flying badge, qualified to operate military aircraft in the armed services of the UK, its allies and the Commonwealth. Under the central ACA organisation, many branches were established in the UK and overseas where aircrew could meet and enjoy like-minded company. The Intercom house magazine enabled members worldwide to exchange news.

The great majority of members were aircrew from WWII and inevitably time has taken its toll. As a result of declining membership, the central ACA organisation disbanded in Summer 2011, leaving branches to continue independently.

This web site is intended to facilitate continuing inter-branch communication now that Intercom has ceased publication.

Branch News

Each independent ACA branch is invited to establish and maintain a thread on the forum into which their branch news is posted at regular intervals in place of their previous contributions to Intercom.

If there are any changes to branch points of contact, or if the status of the branch should change, please email the webmaster so that branch details can be kept up to date.

Those wishing to contact a branch of the ACA should do so by email via the contact page. Please notify the webmaster if any such emails fail to get through.

General Items

Items of general interest such as national events relevant to ACA branches should be notified by email to the webmaster so that they may be given due prominence on the site.

In Memoriam

Intercom published a list of ACA members who had passed on. This web site includes a page HERE to continue this tradition, but will require branches to supply the necessary data by email to the webmaster.

ACA Archive Trust

The ACA Archive Trust seeks to preserve key aircrew memorabilia contributed by members and their beneficiaries. Please see the ACA Archive Trust page for details.

The ACA Building, which opened at Yorkshire Air Museum in 2013, was the last major project for the Archive Trust, but the archivist continues to welcome donations of aircrew memorabilia to add to the collection at Yorkshire Air Museum.

ACA Charitable Fund

The Aircrew Association Charitable Fund became a registered charity in 1986, since when it has assisted many people who have been in urgent need of financial assistance. Following disbandment of the central AirCrew Association, the Charitable Fund has become part of SSAFA. See the ACA Charitable Fund page for details.