Dear Members,

A good attendance of some 23 members at today’s meeting where we heard a talk on the History of Brighton Trams from the days of horse drawn versions to the later electric ones.
Our treasurer Helen has again offered to arrange a Summer Lunch at the Dyke who looked after us so well for the Christmas lunch. This will be in July and the details will be passed on once all the negotiations have taken place.
The next speaker will be one of our new members, Peter Taylor, on the subject of his time in the Fleet Air Arm. A brief description of Peter’s life is below:
I was born in Crowborough, educated at Skinners, left school at 16 to become a Royal Navy Artificer Apprentice, specialising in ordinance fire control - primitive analogue computer. Tour of duty in the Med, including the Cyprus problem, on a destroyer and qualified as Chief Petty Officer. Joined the Fleet Air Arm in 1959 and the rest …… come to the talk on June 7th. This will be an enlivened (I hope) by cine films I took at the time.

The Talk Title:- FLY NAVY - FLYING IN THE 1960s.

Malcolm Burwood still has vacancies for the trip to the Somme in late October should anyone be interested.

The May pub lunch will be at The Woolpack in Burgess Hill on Tuesday the 17th at 1200. Anyone wishing to suggest an alternative Pub may, of course, do so and please note parking and disabled entrance is very important. Please send suggestions to Bryan and /or John Bell at: or

Funeral in Berlin:
As you may remember, some years ago I was asked, by a lady we met in the Woolpack if I could find anything out about her late father, a mid-upper gunner on 156 Pathfinder squadron who was killed over Berlin before she was born.
I eventually found out much of his history and presented that to members in a talk. I found that the wreckage and human remains had been found in East Berlin in 1976 but the MOD were reluctant to pass e much information because I was not a Next of Kin.
Finally, this has been resolved and last Wednesday the 27th of April 2016 a Ceremony to remember the crew of Lancaster JB 640 and was held in the British War Cemetery in Berlin. This was combined with a similar event for the crew of a Halifax that had also been found.
I was invited to attend, but, not being a relative it was without the logistical support that would have made it really possible. I have, however, been promised a copy of the Service in due time.

If you are interested here is a hyperlink to a video clip from the Forces TV that covers the event. You will be interested to hear that the Grandson of Sgt. F.E.Woolven who speaks on Camera lives in Shoreham where his Grandfather enlisted from.

and from one of the Captain’s family ( FgOff Jack Cromarty)
Here are a few photos that my friend took and I have a copy of the order of service which I can copy for you if you would like?

All your hard work rewarded.

Best wishes