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**Monday 1st September 2014**

An invitation to any interested veterans or family members
Dear All,

The next 624 VGS Dining In Night is to be held in North Devon on Saturday 11 October 2014. I would be very happy to include members and veterans of 624(SD) Sqn if that would be acceptable. We have an interesting guest speaker once again.

Many thanks,

Spike

D K Howells | Flt Lt RAF VR(T) | Chief Flying Instructor | 624 Volunteer Gliding Squadron | 2 FTS RAF | RMB Chivenor | Mob: 07920 728495 | e-mail:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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**Wednesday 13th August 2014**

 

On this night 70 years ago at 23.03 hours, the penultimate night for a Halifax flying with 624 Squadron, Halifax JN896 departed from Blida.

The crew, along with a 2 man Jedburgh Team - Minaret (L C M Hartley-Sharpe & J W Ellis), heading for a drop-zone named Quincaillerie (now known to be near Lozere) France.

It appears this may well have been the crews final mission for 624 before going on leave, being posted elsewhere or, converting to Stirling's. This we may never know.

A successful drop was made and the 2 man Jedburgh team landed safely close to Berre des Cervennes, This operation was part of the Massingham mission, to arrange for the 'surrender and mass seduction' of Armenian troops.

Sadly, on the return journey over the Mediterranean Sea, soon after crossing the coast and close to the fishing village of S'Agaro in Spain it is understood the aircraft was seen to explode and fall into the sea about 6 miles from the coast.

As with any day, we remember all 624 squadron personnel that gave their today for our tomorrow, however on this day we will especially remember the crew of Halifax JN896. -

Not only did they give their lives, they are still recorded as Missing in Action with no known grave.

They are the crew that are responsible for this Website and Facebook page, which together, over the last 15 years have reunited many of the veterans and families, and continue to do so.

Families of 4 of the crew are known to us here and we feel that we can all share our loss together.

Grant French & family, Margaret Canham & family, Steve Driscoll & family, Please join in thoughts, with Susan & myself and hopefully with the rest of the 624 family & community in remembering:

F/O Walter George (Jimmy) Driscoll,

FO Leopold William Neale,

F/Sgt Edwin Garnet Lambert,

W/O William Norman Proctor,

Sgt Edmund Hurst,

Sgt Norman Soulsby,

W/O Frederick Davidson Laing,

F/O Cecil Henry Luxon ( who was only on his 2nd Mission with the Squadron)

At the going down of the sun,

And in the morning

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

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****Monday 28th July 2014****

 

A Message from John Mazzotta re this years reunion at Burton-on-Trent and the NMA To be held the weekend of 26th, 27th and 28th September 2014, with accommodation again at Three Queens Hotel, in Burton Upon Trent.

Hi All, A meeting room will be provided on Saturday afternoon for a meeting, so far only x7 people booked into the hotel, (SAB, Jean Collier & Derek Wood, Stuart Drinnan & Walter Hughes, Ann & myself. Hope more are going to join us.
John

The meeting is to discuss how we take the heritage of 624 forward and the veterans and direct families need to determine  as well what we do with squadron documents, the Plaque conferring the Freedom of Tarbes, and the flag of the Nistos Resistance.

Sally-Anne Barratt and Brian Berrigan will also be reporting on the recent weekend in France.

If anyone would like further details of the weekend, then please e-mail the website

 

****Sunday 13th July 2014****

 

This poignant weekend atop the Douley in France, let us all remember the crew of Halifax JN888 which departed from Blida at 22.25 last night (13th) but failed to return from their mission on the morning of today (14th) and this weekend have been remembered at their final resting place

P/O Leslie Arthur Peers R.C.A.F.,    
F/O Albert John Baythorp R.A.F.V.R.
Sgt. Jack Brooke R.A.F.V.R.,        
Sgt. Harry Clarke R.A.F.V.R.,
F/O Charles Spencer Goble R.A.F.V.R.,
Sgt. James Arthur Walsh R.A.F.V.R
Sgt. William Ronald Wharmby R.A.F.V.R.


They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old,
age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn,
at the going down of the sun, and in the morning,
we will remember them.

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****Sunday 6th July 2014****

A MUST READ

Yesterday, Les Quigley very kindly issued a Press Release regarding the forthcoming events in the South-West of France regarding the crew of Halifax JN888 which crashed in the mountains in the early hours of 2014. Les has worked very hard in order to make sure that the events truly pay tribute to the whole crew of JN888 and also that ALL THOSE WHO SERVED with 624 (SD) Squadron 1943/4 are fully honoured and recognised for the magnificent way in which the dedicated themselves to provide OUR FREEDOM that we enjoy today.

Our most grateful thanks must go to Les very much for all his efforts

The press release can be seen HERE

or

on our Facebook group HERE

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www.624squadron.org would also today like to publicly thank the Alarm Monitoring Company (AMCO) for their most generous donation to the furtherance and continuance of this site

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Monday 23rd June 2014

Very Urgent News UPDATE

More importantly with respect to the commemoration, Les Quigley has been liaising directly with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) regarding their formal recognition of the Pic du Douly site as the final resting place of the seven 624 air crew, which until now they had not. The CWGC has now confirmed they will formally recognise the site but will not adopt it as a CWGC cemetery. As in similar cases where the burial place is considered inaccessible, they have arranged for a formal plaque to be erected in the churchyard in Nistos by the 12July. The plaque will commemorate the crew and point to their final resting place. At the same time (after 70 years) their names will be removed from the Missing in Action (MIA) - no known grave inscription on the Runnymede Memorial and added to the Killed in Action (KIA) with graves at Pic du Douly.

As Les spends a lot of his time in this region of France and through his efforts to have the CWGC formally recognise the Pic du Douly site, Les became aware of the planned ceremony at Pic Du Douly.

Therefore Les has been briefed on the history and current situation regarding 624 (SD) Squadron, 4624 Squadron (RAuxAF) and the role of Al Gaudett with respect to the commemoration and has been asked to assist with any arrangements on behalf of 624 veterans and families as well as ensure they are appropriately involved in any ceremonies.

It is hoped to have the Plaque in place and unveiled on Saturday 12th July at approximately 14.30 hours.

If there is anyone else who can make their way there, then please contact us so that we can pass on the details in order for accommodation and travel to be arranged.

After about 11 months of struggling with the French side AND 4624 Squadron (R.Aux.A.F) we have FINALLY received some news about costs and plans for the events in Southern France (Pic de Dooly) this coming July 2014.
The events are to take place from 11th - 15 July 2014.

If any veteran, or relative would like to attend this event, please in the first instance e-mail the webmaster for details or see the 624 Facebook Group at HERE for regular updates. There is an itinary of events, list of hotels and other information (too much to list here) which can be forwarded to interested parties

We at www.624squadron.org apologise for the short notice and can assure you that both us and 624 Squadron Association have been pushing for this information since late last year - however, it has only arrived (via a third party) TODAY.

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Thursday 27th March 2014

Bomber Command Clasp

It appears that members of 624 and relatives who have applied for the Bomber Command Clasp have been refused - THIS CAN NOT BE RIGHT

The reason given is that they did not fly missions from the UK

Barry Savage and Lee Miller have been working on this and have now started an on-line petition please follow the link and help us

SIGN HERE TO SUPPORT THIS CAUSE

And also please let us have your views on this matter and lets see if we can our petition can change this unfair ruling

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Thursday 12th December 2013 1500hrs

It is with great sadness that I pass on this message just received

Dear Ron,
I am very sorry to have to tell you that my father John Palmer, W/op with 624 squadron, died peacefully at 8.20 on Monday evening, 9th December, at my sister's house surrounded by his family. Not many left now...

Dad's funeral is at 2pm on Friday 20th Dec at Bournemouth Crematorium in Dorset to be followed by a wake at my sister's house

Kind regards, Clare (John's eldest daughter)

Please contact the Webmaster for further details

****  ALSO  ****

At 1950hrs on the same day I received the following message:

Heather and Diane, the daughters of Ivor Rhys Soar wish to inform you that he passed away on the 12th October

RIP John Palmer and Ivor Rhys Soar

You will both always be remembered

Our thoughts and sincere condolences go to both families of these two men who gave so much that we could enjoy the freedom we have today

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In Order to mark the 70th Anniversary of 624 Squadron on 22nd September 1943

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3rd October 2013

Well FINALLY - Surprised

after years of problems, it appears we might have the members login working correct on

one single login Cool

and also the Forum is now visible to Guests

( REMEMBER: you still need to be a registered member and logged in order to post)

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30th September 2013

Photographs from Brian Berrigan from his late fathers

collection now under the latest news menu

ALSO

Can we try to name some faces on the two photo's of

Flying Officer Driscolls crew

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22nd September 2013

Happy Birthday 624 Squadron

Yes indeed - 70 years ago today at RAF Blida

1575 Flight was disbanded and

RAF 624 Special Duties Squadron was formed

under the command of Acting Squadron Leader John B Austin.

Thank you to all who gave their all for the freedom we enjoy today

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12th September 2013

Join and Like us at the ALL NEW

624 Squadron Facebook Page

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9th September 2013

Memorial to the Special Duties Squadrons of the

Royal Air Force 1939-1945

On Friday 18 October 2013 at 11am a service of thanksgiving will take place at the RAF Church, St Clement Danes, London, followed by the dedication of a memorial to the Special Duties Squadrons.

Full Details Here at RAFA Benevolent Fund _____________________________________________________________

Also

as next year will be the 70th Anniversary of JN888 being lost -

How about a 624 Squadron Return to Pic de Douly - just a thought

(or is it Undecided)

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Some Recent updates to pages


10th October 2013     - A New Page Re Special Operations Executive (still being developed)

30th September 2013 - Photographs from Brian Berrigan

18th September 2013 - Report and Photo's of The Reunion Weekend

17th September 2013 - A Poem written by Sgt Joe Wilson

12th September 2013 - Lots more photographs in Edward Keeble's page

 

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