RAF 100 Group Veterans visit – May 12th 2012

 

The veterans of R.A.F 100 Group gathered with their friends and family in Oulton on the weekend of the 12th May, as part of their annual reunion.
Six of the veterans who attended were aircrew based at Oulton during the latter part of World War Two.
The village marquee was erected in Jonathans and Alison’s garden in Oulton Street the Thursday before.  On the Saturday the clouds eventually broke, the fresh wind died and the Spring sunshine lit up the garden. The Marquee became transformed with bunting,white linen table clothes, tea cups and saucers, fresh flowers on every table and lots of home made cakes and sandwiches.
Eighty plus people embraced the occasion with enthusiasm and joy.
An engraved glass plaque (shown above) was presented to Richard Bryan as chairman of Oulton Parish Council by Phil James M.B.E. himself a veteran, on behalf of the association.
The plaque is in recognition of all the village has done over many years for the R.A.F veterans 100 group and their families.
A ceremony of remembrance followed at the memorial afterwards .
There were two readings one by Gillian Shoals and the other by Paul Killingback at each side of a 2 minute silence of remembrance for all those who gave their lives so that we may live ours in freedom.306 men who were based at Oulton did not survive.
Fran Crump laid some flowers on behalf of the village.
The ceremony concluded with a poem read by Lara aged 10, the great granddaughter of Peter Witts.
Peter who died late last year was a much loved man ,a veteran of Oulton and a regular attendee at the reunions.
Lara wore his old flying jacket for the occasion and as the sun cast it’s lengthening shadows over the scene the last photographs were taken and everyone said goodbye for another year.
Many many thanks to all those who got involved to make this a truly wonderful and memorable occasion.
Chris Lambert.

 

Photographs by Ivan Thompson and Richard Bryan
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One Response to RAF 100 Group Veterans visit – May 12th 2012

  1. Thank you for a wonderful display of pictures taken from our 2012 Reunion in May. It is always a very special occasion, and bringing together veterans from across the world together with their family and friends and all those who wish to understand and know more of what it was like to serve under RAF 100 (Bomber Support) Group during the war is something I value.

    As Secretary of this Association and Editor of our Association magazine ‘Confound & Destroy’ I still feel very privileged to be a part of this wonderful group of people.

    If anyone would like to know more about us, or become a member and receive a quarterly copy of our magazine which is the only real link between us and carries a wealth of unique writings and photographs, please contact me direct on:

    raf100groupassociation@gmail.com

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