Wg Cdr Bill Lamb MVO RAF Retd

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.

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Garter Parade at Windsor Castle – 16 June 2014

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 chairman@thequeensflight.com with your name, e-mail address and number of tickets you require by Sat 31st May 2014.

Kind regards,


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message from John Welch re Marty Cocketts Funeral

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.

John Welch

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Marty Cockett

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.

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Funeral of Joe Gibbons – 14th March 2014

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

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Marty Meredith RVM – Message from Gay (Update)

Dear All
Gay Meredith has asked me to inform you all that the collection at Marty’s funeral raised £623.46 for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance, which is based at RAF Benson, and passes on her thanks to all who donated.

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Dear Members,

It is with deep regret that a database error which was out of our control has resulted in the database of 2012 being used to send out the invites for this years dinner instead of the most recent up to date database which had been provided. This means that those people who changed address may not receive the invite but more importantly those deceased members since 2012 have also received an invite. The committee apologises to those people who may be affected by this most regrettable and upsetting error and steps are being taken to ensure this does not happen in the future.

If you do not receive an invite in the next couple of days please contact me asap and I will email you as soon as possible with an application form. Thank you for your continued support.

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Obituary – Mr J E F (Joe) Gibbons

It is my sad duty to inform Members that Joe Gibbons, former Cpl Supplier from 1966-76, died in Hospital in Oxford on 14th February 2014 at the age of 87 after a fall at his home.
The funeral will take place on Friday 14 March at Oxford Crematorium at 10:00, all are welcome to attend.
Our sincere condolences go to his family and friends.

Please note the change of time for the funeral.

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Obituary – AVM J D Spottiswood CB CVO AFC MA RAF(Retd)

It is with sadness that I announce the death of Air-Vice Marshal James Donald Spottiswood CB CVO AFC MA RAF(Retd) on 28th December 2013 at the age of 79.
AVM Don Spottiswood served as Deputy Captain of The Queen’s Flight between 1974-78 and was appointed the CVO in 1977.
His funeral took place at Bournemouth Crematorium on 16 Jan 2014 at 12:30 PM.
Our sincere condolences go to his wife Margaret and family.

For a full obituary of the life and career of Don Spottiswood please go to the link below:


Chris Harrison (TQFA Membership Secretary)

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Obituary – AVM Sir Richard Charles Fairfax Peirse KCVO, CB RAF (Ret’d)

It is with great sadness that I have to announce the death of Air Vice-Marshal Sir Richard Charles Fairfax Peirse KCVO, CB, RAF(Retd) on Saturday, 8th February 2014. Our thoughts and condolences go to his family at this sad time.

Air Vice-Marshal Sir Richard Charles Fairfax Peirse KCVO, CB was the son of Air Chief Marshal Sir Richard Peirse. He was educated at Bradfield College and the Royal Air Force College Cranwell. Commissioned as a Pilot Officer in the RAF on 9 April 1952, he was promoted to Flying Officer in 1953 and to Flight Lieutenant in 1954. Subsequent promotions followed to Squadron Leader in 1959 and to Wing Commander in 1965.

In 1968 he became Commanding Officer of No. 51 Squadron, before being promoted to Group Captain on 1 July 1969 and taking up the post of Deputy Captain of The Queen’s Flight where he stayed until 1972. He was then Station Commander at RAF Waddington in 1973 and Deputy Director of Operational Requirements in 1976, and Director of Personnel (Air) in 1977. Promoted to Air Commodore on 1 January 1978, he then became Director of Operational Requirements in 1980.

On 30 January 1982, Air Commodore Richard Peirse was appointed Commandant of the Royal Air Force College Cranwell, with the acting rank of Air Vice-Marshal. He was promoted to substantive Air Vice-Marshal on 6 July 1982. Appointed a CB in the 1984 New Year Honours List, he served as Defence Services Secretary from 1985 to his retirement. On 9 March 1988 he was appointed a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, and retired from the RAF on 16 June 1988.

In retirement he was Gentleman Usher of the Scarlet Rod between 1990 and 2002 and Registrar and Secretary of the Order of the Bath between 2002 and 2006.

Information sought from Wikipedia.

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