ACA Woking News by Paul Holden, PRO

21 June 2005

Aircrew Veterans hold Flying Celebration at Fairoaks Airport

VIP Group, from left Lady Walker, Alan Milton, Caroline Milton, General Sir Michael Walker, Capt. John Thorburn, Squadron Leader Jimmy James and ACA Woking Chairman Eric Smith.
Alan Milton is wearing the World War 2 Flying helmet presented to him
as a memento of this anniversary occasion.
The Guest of Honour at the Aircrew Association mid-summer flying celebration at Fairoaks Airport this year was a distinguished soldier, General Sir Michael Walker, Chief of the General Staff, who shared the honours with Councillor Stuart Stephenson, Mayor of Surrey Heath.

Laurie Taylor (left), Branch Deputy Chairman chatting with
Stuart Stephenson, Mayor of Surrey Heath.
The event was sponsored by Mann Aviation and over 150 guests gathered on this special occasion to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the ending of hostilities in Europe. Many of the guests flew in a cab-rank of light aircraft, and Sir Michael, who had earlier taken the salute at a parade at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, in which Prince Harry had participated, was piloted by Alan Milton of the Mann Aviation organisation. Seven aircraft ferried the guests in the airspace around Woking and Guildford in splendid weather and the pilots were all volunteers, who gave their time freely, as a tribute to the veteran aviators.

Woking ACA ex-Chairman Sqn Ldr Jimmy James AFC & Bar DFM
ecstatic after taking controls of an Aero Commander.
Jimmy James
Veteran, Squadron Leader Jimmy James, recipient of the Air Force Cross and Distinguished Flying Medal and a long-time resident of Chobham, took the controls of a very fast Aero Commander turbo prop aircraft and put it gently through its paces. Eric Smith, Chairman of the Woking Branch of the ACA, presented crystal glass wine sets to three ladies who have been stalwart supporters of the branch activities over recent years. He also presented Alan Milton with a WW2 Flying Helmet as an appreciative reward for organising all the flights.

Alan Milton, who was presented with a WW2 Flying Helmet
as a reward for organising the flights.
Alan Milton

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