This is not the official web site, but one that was started as a second step to finding out what had happened to those I flew
with and enjoyed their company in my National Service days, September 1951 to September 1953. The first step had been to link
up with the Association, which in those days was only concerned with WW2 matters and membership. Not so, now of course, but
due to the enormous debt that we owe those who failed to return, is still a key part of our activities. Consequently, the major
part of the Squadron history has now been published in a number of books and also via a new 49 Squadron Association web site. This has reached the stage where
you can now read the full Roll of Honour with many photographs of individual graves and where available, a picture of the
WWI, WWII and post 1945 airman concerned. It also includes memories of former serving members, a squadron history and details
of the Association. In a section entitled 'Documents' are stories from some of our members.
So go to it NOW and see what a first class job it is.
These pages have been provided for some years now as an on-going source of current information on the web about people
and events related to 49 Squadron. While there are a few members who have e-mail addresses, most of the effort made to keep
in touch is done through our magazine. And for the majority of members, this is the preferred way. Note that for those members with broadband, you can download the electronic version of the magazine at your leisure. Please ask the Secretary
Alan Parr for details.
For others who find this site - read on. You can get some idea of the extent to which the Association has grown in the last few years and to the great lengths that members have gone to ensure that......... WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.
I am still extracting items of interest from the current magazine and publish an extract for your information here.
The latest issue is No.37, May 2015 and has as the front cover a photograph of Eric Clarke on his 102nd birthday and includes news of: this year's reunion in Lincoln; the return of a Lancaster undercarriage oleo to Scampton from Sark; the delivery of more bits of ED427 to their new home at East Kirkby; a request from Cosford for BA nuts and bolts; a reminder of the value of medals and logbooks; a reflection on John Ellenor's last letter; the continuing story of "My Service Career in the RAF, 1940/1968" by Squadron Leader T.J.Page DFM; further steps in the story of the Memorial on Hameldown; our Chairman's Birthday Surprise at the RAF Museum Cosford; Anzac Day memorial services in Australia and finally more emails and letters from members.
This issue sadly records the following:- Bill Pyrah who died on February 9th, eight days after his 95th birthday, having been posted in to Scampton in June 1940 as an AC1 Flight Rigger. Eric Jones died on March 2nd aged 92. He flew his tour of ops between 27th August 1943 and 24th February 1944. Geoff Easterling died on the 13th March aged 90. He flew 24 ops with 49 Squadron as M.U.G with P/O G.C.Poole and crew before being posted to 44 Squadron with whom he completed a further 16 ops. After a period as an Instructor he returned to ops with 463 Squadron.
New Associate Member Peter Harvey is the nephew of F/O E.C.Maul, pilot of Lancaster PB354 when it was shot down on the 21st November 1944 as detailed in the February issue. He is also the Scout Master of Lustleigh Scouts in Devon and took part in the service of remembrance at Hameldown Tor earlier this year.
Arrangements are finalised for this year's reunion in Lincoln on June 21-23. If you have not booked but wish to attend any of the events please contact Alan asap.
Now for the reports.
Reader's letters as usual provides more stories and some interesting background information as well as some requests.
One of the greatest problems for the Secretary is being asked by relatives and old friends of squadron members for information on past events. Obviously most enquiries relate to aircrew who were killed in action, but an increasing number seek information on post-war members. This has now resulted in yours truly helping in this, by acting as the post-war members archivist/correspondent. Bearing in mind that the total number of post-war members could run to over a thousand, even though the Squadron was disbanded on the 1st May 1965, it has been possible to use email and the Internet to link up old friends. Yes, there are other sites that do this, but they cover a much bigger group and so it's less likely you will find them there.
So this was started some years ago as a first attempt at spreading the word that the Association does have a presence on the WWW. It has resulted in many new members, relatives and friends getting in touch with people who they never thought they would ever speak to or see again. Although our new website is now attracting many more enquiries, it seems worthwhile to continue with these pages. I have also provided a potted squadron history which may help you to sort out where your relative or friend might have been stationed. You can go to it now.
I have put some of the previous newsletters on a separate archive page if you wish to look back at them here.
There are always requests in the magazine in the "Do you know? or Can you help?" category -
in many cases these are friends or relatives of past members seeking news or
information. If you are ex-49 Squadron and have not yet joined your
Association, why not get in touch? You may just be the person they are
looking for! As a first step, I have now added a "Can you help" page
help where I have listed some of the enquiries
from emails I have received and also those mentioned in the magazine. Please email me
if you have any information to add or can suggest some answers.
It does get results!
If you would like to find out more, e-mail me. But please put 49 Sqdn in the
subject line so that I do not throw it out with the spam.
49 Squadron, 1952-1953