|by Bill Bawden, PRO|
20 March 2012
A New President
|New ACA Woking President, Jimmy James|
As the successor to the presidency, past chairman, Squadron Leader ‘Jimmy’ James AFC* DFM, was the natural choice. However, because of his own health problems, there was some hesitancy at first in approaching Jimmy on the subject, but such delicacy was misplaced. With the same enthusiasm he has shown in every previous Woking ACA activity or post he has held, Jimmy accepted the appointment and members have heartily welcomed his accession to the top position.
|Peter Frewer (L) and Barry Hall|
Barry Hall, a former Meteorological Officer, described his experiences during a spell in the 1970s at Gan, an RAF staging post located on a remote atoll in the Indian Ocean and then a vital link for Transport Command aircraft en route to and from the Far East.
The travels of the second speaker, Peter Frewer, took him to Gan on many occasions during his career as a captain of a VC10 and he told of his affection, and that of other crew members, for this remarkable aircraft.
The Vickers VC10 was built at and made its first flight from Brooklands in 1962 and in a few weeks time will celebrate fifty years in the air. It will remain service with the RAF until at least 2013 and its popularity and longevity is a tribute to those who designed and constructed this outstanding airliner on our home patch.
New Book’s Acknowledgements to ACA
A recently published novel, ‘A Day in June’ by Colin Beazley, tells the story of an RAF crew member who is shot down and escapes from occupied France. The author has undertaken considerable research to ensure the historical accuracy of the background to the action and has drawn on material supplied by members who served on Special Duties operations.
The book contains acknowledgements to the Woking ACA and to the individual members for their assistance. More on this may be seen at www.onedayinjune.info.
We regret to record the death on 12 January 2012 of Sqn Ldr John Austin who served with great distinction throughout World War II. John flew on Special Duties operations delivering SOE agents and supplies to the resistance movements in no less than eight occupied countries and his exploits, which resulted in the award of the DFC and bar, the Croix de Guerre and Dutch and Polish decorations, were extensively covered in the Daily Telegraph on February 28th. Members represented the ACA at his funeral at Woking.
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