Mrs Mary Crouch, wife of Squadron Leader Peter Crouch AFM, Chairman of The AirCrew Association from 1983 to 1991, died on the 13th November 2011.

During WWII, Mary Crouch served in the WAAF as a Flight Sergeant in the RAF Police. She married Peter after the war and eventually they settled in Bournemouth.

As the ACA was formed in 1977 just down the road from them in Wool, Swanage Peter was an early recruit and both he and Mary spent a deal of time and effort setting up and running the Bournemouth Branch of the ACA.

With similar zeal they worked tirelessly for the Association after Peter was elected Chairman in 1983 with the specific objective of putting the ACA on a firm financial footing. In this they were successful and membership of the Association grew to about 12,500 by 1990.

Mary was noted for her involvement in developing the ACA computer system and running some of the Annual Reunion Weekends.

As the 1990’s dawned Mary’s health took a turn for the worse and Peter handed over the Chairmanship of the ACA allowing them to move to the Costa Blanca. After a few years, however, they returned to UK but regularly spent their winters in their caravan on the Costa del Sol but returned each spring to take up the running of the Bournemouth Branch to make it one of the most successful in the Association until it dissolved in 2010.

Mary Crouch’s funeral will be held at the Bournemouth Crematorium, Strouden Avenue, Bournemouth, BH8 9HX, on Friday the 25th November at 1400hrs.