President: Wing Commander Bob Turner RAF Retd
Founding President: Joe Pease, 3rd Baron Gainford. 1921-2013
1918 – 2018
Welcome to the website of the Royal Air Force No. 230 Squadron Association. Hopefully you will find something of interest within these pages.
No 230 Squadron of the Royal Air Force is one of the longest serving squadrons in the Service. Its long and illustrious history has now covered 100 years – so far so good! Those who have served on No 230 Squadron have immense pride in having done so and the spirit of comradeship which developed during operations, often on active service and in war conditions, is treasured. Life-long friendships developed amongst crews and other fellow Squadron members, so it was almost inevitable that an organisation to foster and encourage this fellowship would eventually be formed.
However, it was not until 1984 when several old friends from WWII days met up at a VJ Day Memorial Service in London that a serious effort was made to start an Association. These founder members were extremely resourceful in their efforts to contact other potential members. They invoked the Squadron motto which translates to 'We seek afar' to the fullest possible extent. An appeal was printed on the front page of the Daily Telegraph and two of the team talked their way onto the Gloria Hunniford radio show with an appeal for former Squadron members to get in touch.
These early publicity efforts were very successful and soon telephones were ringing and new Association members were signed up. A committee was formed and Lord Gainford, a member of the Squadron from 1944 to 46, agreed to act as President. The first Reunion was organised at the RAF Museum at Hendon and initial contact was made with the current No 230 Squadron which at the time was stationed in Germany. Soon regular contact with the Squadron was taking place and Association members made several visits to RAF Gutersloh, before the Squadron was redeployed to Northern Ireland.
Since those early days the Association has gone from strength to strength in both numbers and the wide spectrum of membership from all periods of the unit's history during the last 60 to 70 years. Indeed, at the 17th Annual Reunion held in 2002 at RAF Odiham, there were members who served with the Squadron in 1935 and members of the current Squadron who had just joined. The Association has members living in many parts of the world as well as the UK and a regular newsletter helps members keep in touch. Naturally, a close liaison is maintained with the present Squadron and the current Commanding Officer is the Association's Vice-President. The original objectives of the Association's founding members – to foster good fellowship, to facilitate service by members to one another and to perpetuate the comradeship experienced by present and former serving members of No 230 Squadron – is well and truly served.
If you are a serving or ex Squadron member or have a connection to the Squadron or if an immediate family member has served on 230 Squadron – then why not join the Squadron Association?
It is open to all ranks and trades. We hold a reunion each year where is the chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones too. We also publish a bi-annual newsletter, all this for a ridiculously cheap annual subscription, currently set at just £6.
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This site was last updated 26 NOV 18