The 2020 reunion will be held at North Weald over the weekend of 8-10 May 2020. The format of the reunion will be somewhat different from previous years. Planning is currently going on with the committee working in conjunction with 72 Sqn (which by the next reunion will be based at RAF Valley flying the Texan II) to arrange a reunion which incorporates valuable training on the squadron history and ethos for the student aircrew. To that end current plans are to start the reunion with members (and guests) arriving at the hotel from the evening of 7 May to make an early start for a whole day visit to the IWM at Duxford on the 8th. The format for Saturday 9th will see up to three visit venues on North Weald airfield (the members split into small groups to visit all venues) followed by lunch in The Squadron. This will be followed by the AGM. A return to The Squadron in the evening, with a brief halt at the memorial next to the Hurricane at the control tower to lay our Sqn wreath, will see us hold our evening function and all members will depart on Sunday 10th. Currently we are in the early stages of planning for the reunion and some of the plan will no doubt change, but we will keep you updated here, on our Facebook page and via the Swift Reply due out in December. One more point to note is that the committee are also looking at an alternative hotel venue in the North Weald are for the membership so hold off on booking the Green Man for 2020 until we confirm which hotel will be used for accommodation. Of course, with an additional day added to the reunion and the need for a coach on two days the cost will be greater than previous years and will be reflected in the individual cost to members/guests. So, 2020 No.72 squadron Association Reunion - bigger and better. The more of you who attend the better we can make it!
LATEST UPDATE - 26 OCT 15 - JUST RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING LINKS TO ARTICLES ABOUT THE RE-DEDICATION.
I have been in contact with a chap named Adrian Cork. This is what he sent me.:
I thought I'd bring you up to date on my research on Norman Sutton.
I've all but finished Norman's story and managed to turn up a couple of things that I've attached for you. I'll send you the full written piece in due course.
Norman's grave should be fully renovated by the end of this week and I'm in the middle of organising a re-dedication ceremony that will take place on Sunday October 4th, the day before the 75th anniversary of his death. Two of Norman's family and representatives of No 611 Squadron will be there in attendance alongside the Deputy Mayor of St Helens. If someone from No 72 Squadron could make it, that would be perfect.
The story has already made the local press, link to E-edition of St.Helens Reporter below.
Anyone from 72 Sqn Assoc who wishes to attend should contact Chris at [email protected]
Over the weekend of the 15th-17 August 72 (R) Sqn held its annual Association Open Weekend. members of No 72 Sqn Association were invited to attend and the event started with a buffet lunch followed by an air display. The display started with the squadron solo Tucano in this year's display colours. A four-ship was also flown by the squadron. Other aircraft displaying included a Soko Krajug, Harvard, Hawk and a role demo by a SAR sea King from Leconfield.
Following this members were invited to fly the Tucano simulator before preparing for the evening dinner at which four members of 72 (R) Sqn, including the CO Wg Cdr Baz Dale, were dined out. As usual, after an excellent meal, everyone retired to the bar to continue the festivities.
The next day a trip on a steam train was organised for the members from Pickering to Grosmont and return. This was greatly enjoyed by the members, including the opportunity for refreshments in the inn next to the station!
In the Evening an engrossing presntation on the Battle of britain was given by Cpl Dai Lawrence, who had travelled all the way from RAF Valley to entertain us and the weekend was wound up by another pleasant evening in the Officer's Mess bar.
(All photos (C) T Docherty)
For those of you who have advanced into the 21st Century in terms of communication you may now converse with each other and post information about 72 Sqn and 72 Sqn Association on our brand new Facebook page. You may access it at https://www.facebook.com/pages/No-72-Squadron-Association/541618702622079
As one of the squadrons whose crew member was one of the 76 escapees from Stalag Luft III, I am writing to you in connection with the 70th anniversary remembrance of the great escape next March.
The Wolsztyn Experience is a Mutual Trust Society that has operated steam locomotive footplate courses in Poland for the last 16 years and has helped maintain the last regular scheduled service steam trains in the world on the lines from Wolsztyn to Leszno and Wolsztyn to Poznan.
During this period we have attracted visitors from 26 nations and whilst this is a very specialised operation we have arranged personal tours for the majority of our guests to Stalag Luft III and we have a close relationship with the museum.
We thought in honouring the 70th anniversary it would be a good idea to run a steam train special on the 24th March from Poznan to Zagan which would arrive in time for all the commemorative activities at the museum on the day. The train will return from a siding approximately one hundred yards from the tunnel exit of “Harry” at 22.30.
There will also be a memorial service at the Citadel in Poznan on Sunday 23rd March – if anyone involved with your squadron is interested in participating we can not only arrange train tickets but hotels in Poznan if required.
Profits from the sale of train tickets for this event will be donated equally between the Wolsztyn steam depot and the Zagan museum. Please contact Nigel Fitt on 01842 860436 at our UK office for further details.....................
Howard Jones MBE