Mick Prendergast, the Association’s memorabilia archive curator at RAF Benson, is trying to set up a more personal display of items in the Station History Room depicting people’s social & working lives and how they lived at RAF Benson, which naturally included the Royal Flights.
He is therefore looking for photographs taken at RAF Benson of:
Airmen’s & Officer’s married quarters both inside and out with or without people in shot.
Parties or social events held in them, such as Christmas, BBQs etc.
Social gatherings held in quarters, Messes and at the TQF Hangar.
Names and events included, if possible, and perhaps a small write up to go with the photos.
Having photos of the TQF aircraft, support equipment and the like is very good and he is always on the lookout for more, but the lack of a more personal exhibit makes it a bit sterile as it is the people who made the Flight or Station.
He is also looking for photos of Spitfire Square, which no longer exists, and if anyone has photos of the main gate to the domestic site it would be appreciated. Unfortunately, that gate is currently being demolished and he was unable to take a photograph of them beforehand. Contractors are widening the road entrance and putting in a central guard post with electric barriers. (Note, an image of the gates in question, taken from Google maps, has been sent to Mick but any older pictures of them would be appreciated.)
Mick’s contact details are:
You can also contact him at work by phone 01491 837766 ext 7354.
It is with great sadness that I have to report the loss of another one of our members. Dallas (Tex) Payne passed away on 31st August 2014.
A former RAF Halton apprentice from the 90th Entry, he was a member of The Queen’s Flight from 1966-71 serving as an Engine Fitter.
He will be sorely missed by his former work colleagues, and I would like to pass on belated sincere condolences, from all Members of the Association, to his wife Valerie and family, who will miss him dearly over the coming Festive Season.
Rest in Peace ‘Tex’.
I would like to inform you all that the collection at Jan’s funeral recently raised £600 for Dr. Jane Collier’s Fund at the John Radcliffe Hospital. May I pass on my sincere thanks to all for their generosity. A great amount for which the family and I are really pleased.
Thanks again to one and all.
11 Wormald Road
It is with great sadness that I have to announce the recent death of Flt Lt Brad Wilson RAF(Retd) GD(P) on 13th November 2014. Brad was on the Flight from 1984-87 and was a much admired friend and colleague of many Association Members.
“Brad Wilson’s funeral will be held on Friday 28th November at St Peter’s Parish Church in Prestbury, SK10 4DG, at 11.00 a.m, followed by the wake at the Bridge Hotel, also in Prestbury. (The family will then have a private burial immediately after the service and his wife Liz and the boys will return to the Bridge soon after).
It is the family wish to give Brad an amazing send-off and Liz and the boys very much hope that there will be a strong RAF presence at the funeral and wake. Liz also wishes it known that there is no obligation to wear black.
Our sincere condolences go to Liz & family at this sad time.
Bob Smith (Member (287)) has contacted us to sadly inform us that his dear wife and our good friend Jan passed away, in the John Radcliff hospital Oxford, on the morning of 30th October 2014. Details of funeral arrangements etc. will be passed on as soon as Bob has informed us.
Funeral arrangements: Friday 14th Nov 2014 @ 12.45 West Berkshire Crematorium, Thatcham.
Everyone invited back to the “Coachmakers Arms”, Wallingford for light refreshments.
Family flowers only please. Donations if desired to Gastroenterology at John Radcliffe Hospital, c/o Howard Chadwick Funeral Services, 33 Benson Lane, Crowmarsh, Oxon OX10 8ED.
Please let Bob know if you are attending so that he has an idea of numbers for catering requirements.
Many thanks again,
His address and email are:
Mr R Smith
11 Wormald Road
Bob was on the Flight as an airframe fitter from 1973-80.
Our thoughts and condolences go to Bob and family at this sad time.
We have been informed that Wg Cdr Bill Lamb MVO RAF Retd sadly passed away on 21st August 2014 aged 91. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.
I have 3 tickets for the ‘Procession of the Most Noble Order of The Garter’ to be held at Windsor Castle on 16th June 2014 at 2PM.
Tickets are available to all TQFA members who may take partner/spouse/family member.
Obviously 3 is a difficult number to please all. So if oversubscribed a draw will be made on Sunday 1st June.
If you would like a ticket(s) please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, e-mail address and number of tickets you require by Sat 31st May 2014.
I am pleased to say that both Martin’s Cremation Service and Reception were well attended by family and friends, including many members of TQFA and their wives. Also Paul Amos a colleague of Martin’s from the RAF Halton 92nd Entry and of mine from RAF Shawbury 1977-79. Carole and family pass their thanks to the members of TQFA for their support and help during this very sad time.
It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Martin Cockett on Good Friday the 18th of April 2014 in Sobell House Hospice. Our thoughts and condolences go to his family at this sad time.
Martin joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) as a Halton Apprentice [(Aircraft Fitter (Airframe)] of the 92nd Entry (1959-1962). On successful completion of his apprenticeship Martin was posted to RAF Benson where he served until 1967 on 1st and 2nd Line Servicing of the Argosy aircraft. Martin had been successful in being selected to serve on The Queen’s Flight (TQF) and joined the Airframe Bay carrying out 1st and 2nd Line servicing on the fixed and rotary wing aircraft of his time (1967-1973). His cheerful and professional approach to everything he did soon proved him to be a valuable asset and trustworthy member of TQF. Also, Martin and I became firm friends.
On reaching the end of his TQF and RAF careers, Martin for a while found it difficult to find suitable employment. Firstly working for Marshalls of Cambridge where he was most unhappy with the situation, he handed in his notice; on being told by management that he could not do that, he replied “Well sack me then!” and walked out! Following two more unacceptable positions he eventually found employment with Autotype of Wantage (now MacDiarmid Autotype); here he was very happy and had a most successful career, remaining there until he retired. Following retirement Martin continued to attend the TQF annual dinners as long as he possibly could, and with myself visited Ron Tooke at his retirement home in Fareham Hampshire on a couple of occasions; each time being most enjoyable.
Martin’s funeral will be at Oxford Crematorium, 2:15 PM on Thursday 1st May. His family have requested family flowers only and Letters of Condolence to the family address, 19 Brent Avenue, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7UD.
I am pleased to announce that John Welch, Ken Hicks, Peter Baughan, Pat and Ian Grant managed to battle through the fog to attend the funeral of Joe Gibbons on the 14th March 2014 at Oxford Crematorium, and pleased that they did so. Unfortunately John Barber, who was his Sergeant in TQF stores, was unable to attend due to a personal circumstance that arose at the last minute and was beyond his control.
It was a small congregation consisting of those mentioned above, a son and grandson from his first marriage, his sister-in-law, her husband and their family from his second marriage, and a few friends from Benson village. We thanked David, the vicar, who did a splendid job; recognising the RAF and TQF ties, David mentioned that it was nice to see that some of Joe’s RAF friends attended, and did admit that in Joe’s circumstances it had been a difficult task.
John Welch, ably assisted by Ian Grant