2018/08 Newsletter

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Research Work

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This month, I have carried out research on the following airmen who served with No. 35 Squadron:

  • AR Day-Barker, Navigator, 1945

Exhibition and Book Launch 

During September “Musée de Beaupré” will open its exhibition about the WWI aerodrome at La Gorgue and a new book on the subject, written by Serge Comini, will be launched.

Sadly, despite best efforts, it has not been possible to find any ex 35 personnel to represent the squadron (who were based at the aerodrome in 1917) at the event.


Vulcan XJ823 (Solway Aviation Museum)

I have been asked by one of the co-owners of Vulcan XJ823 to help piece together the aircraft’s service life whist on charge of, or available for use by, No. 35 Squadron during the 60s, 70s and 80s

Courtesy of Stephanie A Lawton (Solway Aviation Museum)

If anyone flew with, or was associated with this aircraft, during its operational service with No. 35 Squadron, please get in touch.

Special Request: Would Richard Pidduck, who flew with this aircraft in 1982, please get in touch, as a recent computer crash has meant that I have lost your contact details 


“Shropshire Blue”

Ron Powell kindly sent me a chapter from his book “Shropshire Blue” which covers his service as a member of No 35 Squadron’s  ground crew during the Vulcan era.

Extracts will be added to the relevant web pages over the next few weeks.


Memorial to the crew of Lancaster ND762

Plans are well advanced for the unveiling of a memorial to the crew of Lancaster ND762 in Holland next month.

We are still trying to trace relatives of the following crew members in the hope that they can attend the event … but the clock is ticking

  • JK Stewart (Navigator)
  • DE Coleman (Air Bomber)
  • HT Maskell (2nd A/B)
  • FJ Tudor (Wireless Operator)
  • AW Cox (Air Gunner)
  • AS McLaren (Air Gunner)
  • JR Cursiter (Flight Engineer)

Chievres Communal Cemetery, Belgium

Preparations are underway for the memorial event which is being held at Chievres Communal Cemetery, Belgium in November, where two 35 Squadron crews are buried.


JH Marks Memorial

My thanks go to Laura McDermott who sent me a photograph of the memorial to JH Marks that is on display at the Joyce Frankland Academy, Newport, Essex.

The plaque reads as follows:


Thanks go to …..

  • Dom Howard for providing the headstone photographs from Durnbach Cemetery
  • Matthias Hundt for providing the original burial records from Dusseldorf Nordfriedhof
  • Stephanie Lawton for providing the Vulcan cockpit photographs from XJ823 (Solway Aviation Museum)

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