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.
Updates and news direct from the Committee