Sqn Ldr Alan Venier MVO RAF(Retd)

Alan Venier’s funeral will take place on Thursday 30 April at 2pm at St Helens Church, Benson village and thereafter at the Waterfront, Benson at 3pm.

Chris Harrison
Membership Secretary

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Alan Venier MVO RAF (Ret’d)

It is with regret that I announce that Squadron Leader Alan Venier, a TQF Navigator from 1970 – 79, passed away at home in Benson on the 12th April aged 84.

Alan’s son Richard will notify the Association of the funeral arrangements which should be within the next two weeks.

Kind regards


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Dinner Tickets

The Closing date for the tickets for the 33rd Annual reunion dinner is tomorrow. Please contact me as soon as possible if you haven’t received your invite or you intend to come to the dinner but have not yet sent back your paperwork or request. I can take dinner orders online and you can pay on the night.

Kind regards


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John Sartain – Deceased

A message from John Sartain’s son.

It is with a heavy heart I email you to inform you that my father passed away on 16th March 2015. He was 65. (John was on the Flight from 1967-69, as an Engine Fitter.)

I have no idea how active a member he was with the Queen’s Flight Association, but he spoke of his time in the RAF in the Queen’s Flight often and with fondness.

The funeral is set for April 17th, 15:00, at Worthing Crematorium. I don’t know who in the Association he was close to, but if there is anyway of passing this news on, I welcome as many as wish to attend. If there’s anyone who would like to speak at the funeral, sharing stories, please don’t hesitate to put them in touch with me directly.

Best regards,
Pieter Sartain
07736 284338

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Annual Dinner 2015

The 33rd Annual Reunion Dinner will be held at Drayton Park Golf Clubhouse, near Abingdon, on Friday 8th May 2015, 7:30pm for 8:00pm.

Dinner invites should be with you very soon by post from our Honorary Secretary, Zoe Taylor, and tickets this year are £35.00 per person. This will be a Members only function.

Should you not have received an invitation letter by Thursday, 12th March, please contact Zoe direct at zoe_taylor@hotmail.com

All Dinner ticket requests should be returned to Zoe by absolutely no later than 15th April 2015.

If you have changed your email address or mailing address recently and haven’t already informed one of the committee members (especially the Membership Secretary and Honorary Secretary) then please do so in order that we can keep all our contact details up to date.

Thank you all and I look forward to meeting up with you again in May.

Chris Harrison
Membership Secretary

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Request for Information & Photographs

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.

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Dallas (Tex) Payne BEM

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’.

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Message From Bob Smith re: Jan’s Funeral

Dear All,
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.

Bob Smith
11 Wormald Road
OX10 9BD

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Flt Lt B G R (Brad) Wilson RAF(Retd)

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.

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Jan Smith, wife of Robert Smith (inc. Funeral Arrangements)

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,
Best Regards,
Bob Smith

His address and email are:

Mr R Smith
11 Wormald Road
OX10 9BD

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.

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