Dear All, it is with great sadness that we have to notify the Squadron family of the passing of David Norriss, Officer Commanding 41 (F) Squadron from 1987 to 1989. The funeral service will be held in Horsham on the 27th of February, full details are listed below courtesy of Sir Peter Norriss.
As you kindly wrote to me following David’s death, I thought I’d let you know the arrangements for his funeral, though some of you will also get the information from other sources. It will take place at 1330 on Tuesday 27th February 2018 at:
St Mary’s Church
You cannot park in the Causeway and parking options in the immediate vicinity of the church are very limited. We would therefore recommend you park in one of the town centre car parks and walk to the church. Most of the car parks are within 5 - 15 minutes’ walk. The following link: https://www.horsham.gov.uk/parking/town-centre-parking will show you the car-parking options in the town centre, the cost and how you pay. The closest ones to the church are:
The Forum, Blackhorse Way (5 minutes)
Denne Road (5 minutes, although this is a small car park and can be difficult to park)
Piries Place (5-10 minutes)
There is also a large multi-storey car park attached to the Swan Walk Shopping Centre but this is a slightly further walk than the others (10-15 minutes)
Following the service those attending are invited for afternoon tea at Mannings Heath Golf Club and Wine Estate, Hammerpond Road, Mannings Heath, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 6PG where the family will join them after a family-only burial in a local cemetery.
Those planning to attend the service and wake are asked to let me know so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Family flowers only please. If you wish to make a donation to charity in memory of David, the family have asked for these to be made to the RAF Benevolent Fund and/or Dementia UK. These can be donated at the Church, sent directly to either the Funeral Director (Freeman Brothers, 9 North Parade, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 2BF) or to the charity concerned.
WO Peter Hale (41 Sqn, Aug 1944-Aug 1945) will celebrates his 95th Birthday today, 28 July 2017.
Thanks to Mark Hillier, Peter was able to take a back-seat in the Boultbee Spitfire from Goodwood Aerodrome (formerly RAF Westhampnett) on the 14th July, to help celebrate his pending 95th birthday. Jez Attridge (Former Officer Commanding RAF Coningsby) was at the helm and Peter had a ball, as the attached photos show.
HALE, Peter Harold, 1332528, RAFVR
born Harpenden, 28 Jul 22
enl in RAFVR, Uxb, 27 Jan 41
1 ACRC Babbacombe, 12-28 Jun 41
4 ITW, Paignton, 28 Jun-7 Sep 41
21 EFTS, Booker, Bucks, 8 Sep-22 Nov 41
emb Clyde for Halifax, per HMT Bergensfjord, 23 Dec 41-1 Jan 42
31 PD, Moncton NB, Can, 2-7 Jan 42
41 SFTS, Weyburn, Sask, 11-14 Jan 42
Crse 36, 39 SFTS, Swift Current, Sask, 15 Jan-25 Apr 42
plt badge & Sgt Plt, 24 Apr 42
CFS, Trenton, Ont, 27 Apr-16 May 42
31 BGS, Picton, Ont, 16 May-5 Oct 42
Staff Plt, 31 SFTS, Kingston, Ont, 5 Oct 42-15 Jul 43
Crse 15, 1 OTU (Hurr), Bagotville, Que, 17 Jul-18 Sep 43
31 PD, Moncton NB, 26 Sep-9 Oct 43
emb NYC for Clyde per HMT Queen Mary, 10-16 Oct 43
Flt Sgt, Nov 43 (sen 24 Apr 43)
Crse 40, 53 OTU (Spit), Kirton, 23 Nov 43-22 Feb 44
4 TEU (Hurr), Annan, 23 Feb-2 Mar 44
1 TEU (Spit), Tealing, Angus, 3 Mar-5 Jun 44
WO, 24 Apr 44
83 GSU (Spit XIV), Redhill, 6-22 Jun 44
3501 GSU (Spit XIV), Cranfield, Bucks, 23 Jun-6 Aug 44
41 Sqn, 8 Aug 44-21 Mar 45
FA in Spit XIV, MV255, blown off runway into mud on landing in cross-wind & TON, 21 Mar 45
83 GSU (Spit XIV), Dnsfld, 23 Mar-16 Apr 45
130 (Punjab) Sqn (Spit XIV), Celle, G., 17 Apr 45
retrieved by Sqn Ldr J. B. Shepherd & rtnd to 41 Sqn, 17 Apr-8 Aug 45
¼ Dest He111 w Plt Off P. T. Coleman, WO J. A. Chalmers & Sgt Plt C. N. Moyle, W of Goldberg, G., 28 Apr 45
TCAHC, Morecambe, Lancs, 11-17 Aug 45
12 FU, Melton Mowbray, 17-30 Aug 45
TCAHC, Morecambe, Lancs, 1 Sep-8 Oct 45
229 Grp Delhi, India, 18 Oct-3 Nov 45
17 ACHU, RAF Pocklington, Full Sutton, Yks, 8 Nov 45-4 Jan 46
SHQ, RAF Cranwell, 22 Jan-24 Jun 46
demob 100 PDC, Uxb, 24 Jun 46
Meteorological Off, Feb 47-Mar 82
Retired Mar 82
On Tuesday 23 May 2017, former members of No 41(F) Squadron Phantom era and their ladies and guests held a re-union lunch in the RAF Club. Present included Peter Gover (former CO) and Pam Lemon (widow of Brian Lemon (former CO)), Peter Riley and John Collier (former Flight Commanders) and 9 other former aircrew. There were toasts to the squadron and a good time was had by all. The event was organised by Ben Laite.
Images and text from Paul Briggs, 41 Retro.
Well organised by the Spirit of Coltishal Association, a service to remember the victims of a bus crash, which happened during a squadron exchange with 421 Sqn, RCAF. A big thank you to 41(R) Sqn for the support they gave to the event, with a Typhoon flypast, presentation of a new plaque for the memorial and the laying of a wreath presented by 41 Squadron personnel.
Update: Total now reached - Thank you!
41 Squadron has now raised £456 for a replacement memorial plaque to go at the military cemetery at Scottow for the 6 servicemen who lost their lives in a coach accident at Sasbachwalden on the 21st May 1983. They were serving with 41(F) Squadron RAF on exchange with 421 Squadron RCAF.
5 of those lost were from a complete cross section of the Squadron: a SNCO Avionics, a Rigger, a FLM, MT driver and a safety equipper. The 6th serviceman was from II Sqn RIC at Laarbruch.
Sgt Brian Roe
J/T Michael Messenger
SAC Paul Armstrong
SAC Peter Fox
SAC Derrick Swash
SAC Stuart Winship
Details of this year's memorial service
This year's memorial will be held at the Scottow Cemetery on the 18th May with serving personnel and Standards on parade. There will also be a dedication service of another new plaque from 41Sqn at the RAF Coltishall Memorial Garden after the service at Scottow. If you wish to attend please arrive at Scottow Cemetery by 10.45 for the service to begin at 11.00. Medals must be worn.
Welcome to the 41 Squadron Association Blog.
I had the honour of being asked earlier this year by Raz to join the Association Committee, once we’d caught up on old times and discussed the joys of trials flying in the Mojave desert, he’d somehow managed to persuade me to act as the Chairman of the Association. Thereafter, a few dedicated souls led by Sir Chris Harper, have been busy helping re-launch the Association.
The initial focus was naturally the 100th Anniversary celebrations of the Squadron, which for those of you who couldn’t make it (myself included), you’ll see some great links on the site. In order to capture the goodwill and interest from that date, the Committee wanted to make sure we did 2 main things over the next few months.
Firstly, to establish a really professional on-line presence which was linked to the various other media available to us, and also to establish a member’s forum; this mirrors other similar associations. I have to admit to being blown away by the superb look and feel that Al McFarland and Rob Colligan have managed to create in such a short time.
The second objective was to think about what the next major event should look like. After lots of banter with Raz about charity cycle rides to France (that still needs to happen Raz), we've been working with the RAF Museum to sketch out an evening in the World War One Hangar in early 2017.
The date of the 21st of January 2017 has been chosen to mark the demise of Samuel Cody Jnr, who was killed in action in January 1917. We envisage a drinks and canapés event in the hangar with one or two willing volunteers explaining key portions of the Squadron’s World War One history using the rather useful backdrop of the aeroplanes and other exhibits. In terms of timings we’re just working with the museum to make sure that the start of the event is as near 1830 as we can make it. That way people can use the earlier part of the day to explore the other halls of the Museum before we meet in the Grahame White Hall. The event would conclude at about 2130 which gives plenty of time to either drift back into London or find a local pub to continue the evening.
You’ll find a very quick questionnaire to express your interest or comments under the ‘EVENTS’ tab at the top of the home page. I’ll come back to this Blog in the next few weeks once we’ve tied down exact timings and costs.
Finally, we on the Committee are here to help commemorate the Squadron’s history and facilitate its member’s wishes. If you have an idea for an event or you want to simply start communicating with old friends then please do join us contributing to the Blog or in the Member's Forum which will be launched shortly. We’ve discussed numerous smaller scale events during recent committee meetings the minutes of which you can view via the INFORMATION tab.
Our Association Historian, Steve Brew, was lucky enough to take to the skies in a Typhoon with OC41. The story in his words:
I had one of the most amazing and memorable experiences of my life today, when OC 41 Sqn Wg Cdr 'Raz' Berry took me up for an hour in the back seat of RAF Coningsby based 3 Sqn's Typhoon ZK383.
The performance take-off was thoroughly frightening for the inexperienced, but after that it was amazing. We flew across the country, visited Dorrington, where we held the book launch last Saturday, flew up the western side of Shrewsbury, did a tight turn over Sleap Aerodrome, then flew back over Shrewsbury and headed east towards the wash.
We then undertook some roles and loops, watched other airborne aircraft and did a touch-and-go at RAF Coningsby before making a tight circuit and landing again at Coningsby in 30° heat.
It was hot, but the weather was perfect from the air and we could see clear across the UK. An enormous thanks to Raz, to Gp Capt Rich Davies of RAF Marham, to the SMOs of both Coningsby and Marham, and to my wonderful Jacqui, who put the wheels in motion and had a sneaky word to Raz and Rich without me knowing. It came as a complete surprise to me, and I was and am still gob-smacked.
What an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience. It is something I will never forget.
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