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The Fleet Air Arm Association's
Officers, Committee Members and E
x Officio Members  
PATRON: Vice Admiral Sir Adrian Johns KCB. CBE. ADC.  
Rear Admiral Tom Cunningham CBE.  
R. Golightly and F. Wadley  
Rear Admiral Keith E Blount OBE  
Mike Foote  
VICE CHAIRMAN: Brian Bingham  
Michael (Ben) Worship  
Peter Murray  
Terry Lowden - Bob Ridout - Dave Fairley - Gordon Pinkney - Alan Key  
Ray “Happy” Day  

The Aims of the Fleet Air Arm Association are: To assist members in matters relating to welfare. To maintain a close relationship with the Service and to inform the general public of the past traditions and present function of the Fleet Air Arm.

In 1985 three branches, Birmingham, Hanworth and Gosport, met and agreed to form a National Fleet Air Arm Association. The Association now has eighteen branches and a membership of just under a thousand. Branches cover an area from Yorkshire (Leeds) in the North to the Solent (Lee on Solent) in the South, from Great Yarmouth in the East to Bristol and District in the West.

Today, branches support the Fleet Air Arm Memorial Church, the Fleet Air Arm Museum, the Fly Navy Heritage Trust and the Royal Navy Historic Flight at RNAS Yeovilton. The Association was actively involved with raising funds for a Fleet Air Arm Memorials, sited on the Embankment in London, and the National Arboretum, Staffordshire.

Membership is open to all serving and ex-serving ranks who served without dishonour in a recognised Fleet Air Arm Trade for a minimum of six months.

Subscriptions: - The Current
Subs for the Daedalus Branch ( and due on the 1st of March annually ) are:-

UK Applicants: - £20.00 (
£12.00 subs + £3.25 joining fee and £4.25 Lapel Badge); after September £14.00 (£6.00 subs + 3.25 joining fee and £4.75 lapel Badge).

Overseas Applicants: - £35.00 (
£16.00 subs + £4.00 joining fee + £10.25 Association Tie and £4.75 Lapel Badge); after September £27.00 (8.00 subs + £4.00 joining fee + £10.25 Association Tie and £4.75 Lapel Badge).

Benefits of joining the Fleet Air Arm Association

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2. Lapel Badge.
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( inc. postage and package ).

Further items can be purchased, a full list will be forwarded with your initial membership pack.

Future developments include a Membership Booklet giving service details and service history.

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07/01/2018 “Latest Revised Association Constitution”

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The Latest Fleet Air Arm News - 18th January 2018

The 2018 FAAA Reunion

The National FAAA Committee & Open Meetings held on the 14th October 2017
Committee Meeting Minutes - 14th October 2017
Open Meeting Minutes - 14th October 2017

Draft Agenda for Hanworth Meeting - 20 January 2018

Dear All

As you are well aware we have always had difficulty getting new blood on the Committee. We have relied on a small number of members fulfilling positions year after year. This e-mail is to ensure you have plenty of notice of Election of Officers which will take place at the AGM in 2018.

The Postal Ballot with nominees will go out in January to be returned to me, or a designated Officer, by the end of March.

The following positions require filling:

Three Committee members, Chairman, Vice Chairman and Treasurer.

Three of the Committee members due for re-election are willing to stand for re-election but this does not mean others cannot put their name forward. Similarly, the Treasurer is standing for re-election.

Please let me have names by 20th January 2018, which is the date of the next National Committee Meeting.

Thank you for your co-operation.


Peter Murray - National FAAA Secretary

To All,

In readiness for the Committee Meeting, you may wish to print out the attachments:

Copy Agenda 20th January
Copy of the Open Meeting Minutes 14th October
Copy of the Constitution and Rules – updated to include changes agreed at the October 14th 2017 Open Meeting

Thank You
Peter & Jenny

Please Note: - The Postal Ballot forms for Election of Officers will be sent out after the Committee Meeting.



The Ringtail
HMS Ringtail

A couple of short stories from the booklet from Euan Jones, who was a pilot with 1820 Squadron flying Curtiss Helldivers.

1771 squadron HMS Ringtail

Lawrence Critchley and Mike Dawson who are both part of the Images of Burscough and Surrounding Areas' group have produced a booklet relating to the former Royal Naval Air Station at Burscough 1943/1946, its title being 'Ringtail to Retail'.

The booklet gives an insight into the history of HMS Ringtail, and tells the story of the monument that was dedicated to those who served at the World War Two Air Station. Prior to the monuments dedication back in 2004 these was then no recognition of its role of HMS Ringtail.

An ever expanding industrial estate meant that what remained, for example some hangars would eventually disappear, the control tower sadly was demolished in 2004.

In recent years the monument was moved to its present location in a new memorial garden with the addition of a unique life size sculpture of a Naval Air Man. Ringtail Retail Park takes its name after the air station and Booths Supermarket has been designed to resemble a WW2 Hanger, now HMS Ringtail is one of the most researched Naval Air Stations in the country and now an important addition to the war time history of Lancashire.

The Booklet also has a number of stories from those who served at Burscough along with a selection of old photographs.

The Ringtail - Retail Booklet costs £6 and is available to buy directly from Michael Dawson either by phone on 01704 894097 (evenings/weekends), or if you prefer it to be posted out, please send a cheque for £8 (includes postage) to Michael Dawson, 54 The Quays, Burscough, L40 5TW.

Images of Burscough and Surrounding Areas is a non profit making history and heritage group and any funds raised from sales of the booklet help towards the running of the group and its web site which has a dedicated section on HMS Ringtail www.hms-ringtail.org.uk

"From a flying point of view we certainly appreciated the geography of Burscough. Once after coming back from an exercise, over the Irish Sea the weather clamped down.

The dear old Blackpool Tower was a welcome sight as we approached through the clouds of driving rain. Ours was the last aircraft to come in and fly overland, the ceiling dropped and I was flat out for Burscough, reasonably confident there were no nasty obstructions ahead. Suddenly I swooped over a lady struggling to bring in her washing off the clothes line., I was that low I could have helped her."

"On another occasion the squadron was down for a night flying exercise, not everyone's idea of fun. Bits of fog were drifting about and the C.O. was with the pilots in the control tower considering the prospect of worsening conditions. He sent me up to check things out and somehow my radio was not working so he was not too pleased when I got back so quickly. I did however report that there was a fog bank to the south and would likely encompass our area. He called off the exercise with a look of suspicion at me. It was not long before the air crews shot off to spend a happy evening at the Red Lion under a cloudless sky.

I received lots of congratulations from the boys on that one."



Air Events - 2018

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Allied Air Forces Memorial Day – Sunday 2nd September 2018

Dear Service Association Branch Secretary,

Please find attached invitation letter and booking form (
FAAA Members Contact the FAAA Secretary) for participation in the 2018 Allied Air Forces Memorial Day.

This year, we will of course be proudly marking the Centenary of the formation of the Royal Air Force and Women's Royal Air Force, in addition to the Centenary of the Armistice and the end of World War I, so we are anticipating greater attendance at this poignant international ceremony than ever.

May we also take this opportunity to extend our very Best Wishes for a Happy and Successful 2018 to all of you.

Warm Regards,

Ian Richardson

Communications Manager

01904 608595

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