ACA Woking News by Bill Bawden, PRO

16 January 2007

Inside the Bombers' Nerve Centre

ACA Woking visitors with Strike Command hosts
L-R front row: Dinty More, Tom Bennett, Jimmy James, Eric Smith, Tony Rest
ACA Woking visitors with Strike Command hosts

A party of AirCrew Association members was invited to visit RAF Strike Command Headquarters at High Wycombe and given a conducted tour by Training Officer, Flight Lieutenant Tim Barlow.  Included in the itinerary were visits to places rarely seen by outsiders such as the operations room and the original C-in-C's office once occupied by Air Chief Marshal "Bomber" Harris.  Former Woking Branch chairman, Squadron Leader "Jimmy" James, AFC and bar, DFM, was the guest of honour at lunch and afterwards gave a dramatic and entertaining account of his service career and WW2 adventures in the Western Desert to an audience of some 100 service people.

The guest speaker at the recent meeting of the ACA Woking Branch was Merrow Resident, Vic Quayle, a member of the Guildford Lions, who, with his wife Pam, had driven in the formidable Inca Trail car rally in South America.  Starting and finishing in Rio de Janeiro, Vic drove his Land Cruiser over 15,000 miles through six countries and vividly described the problems of crossing the Andes and completing the course over primitive roads and tracks in rugged, but often beautiful, surroundings.


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