silverware to return to RAF Woodvale!
Photograph by Major Colin Trollope.
Thursday 28 November, 2013 at 6pm in the Town Hall, High Street,
Liverpool the following silver items were returned to No 611
Squadron (West Lancashire) Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force.
The items being returned include:-
► Silver scale model of
► Silver Bowl engraved:-
'Lancashire Rose Flying Trophy'.
► Silver 3 handled cup engraved:-
'611 Squadron Flying Trophy'.
► EPNS 2 handled cup engraved:-
'611 Squadron Attendance Cup'.
► Silver Cup engraved:-
'611 Squadron Air Firing Trophy'.
All the items will go on display at RAF Woodvale in Formby in
the New Year.
It was while
Wing Commander Gavin Hellard was reading about the Squadron's
history that he though to contact the City. The items were soon
located through the well preserved City's Records and prepared
for handing back to the RAF.
Mayor, Councillor Gary Millar, is reported as saying that he
is:- "delighted to be handing over these items, which are
clearly of value to the Squadron."
has stated that:- "All of the items will go on display at
RAF Woodvale in Formby in the New Year."
itself was formed at RAF Speke (now Liverpool John Lennon
Airport) on 10 February 1936 as a day bomber unit and in January
1939 it changed to become a fighter squadron. They were equipped
with Supermarine Spitfire Mark One. They fought over Dunkirk
during 1940, then throughout the Battle of Britain and in the
invasion of Normandy in June 1944. By then, they were flying the
American Mustang Mark IVs until they were disbanded as an RAF
1946 they were reformed in the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, to fly
out from their spiritual home of RAF Woodvale flying Spitfire
F14s and later, the even higher performing Spitfire F22.
moved to Vauxhall Motors where they flew the F8 version of the
Meteor Jet fighter from RAF Hooton Park, Wirral. Sadly, when the
all of the auxiliary units in the area closed, the Squadron was
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Mandela has died
revered statesman Nelson Mandela died Thursday, 5 November 2013,
at the age of 95. He was 1 of the most beloved leaders of the
20th Century and South Africa's 1st black president. He born in
1918 and his life lead him to become an anti-apartheid icon, who
spent 27 years in prison, and then to led his country to
democracy. He trained as a lawyer, he became involved in
politics after 1948 as South Africa moved into a system of
racial apartheid. He was arrested and sentenced to life in
prison in 1962. He was eventually released on 2 February 1990
after intervention by President F. W. de Klerk. It was in 1991
he was elected president of South Africa in May 1994, a position
in which he remained until 1999. Mandela is survived by his
wife, Graça Machel, 6 children, and 17 grandchildren. In the
words of its leaders:- "the nation has lost its greatest
son. and regraded as the father of the modern South Africa."
He was a truly remarkable man who was so vital to the
establishment of freedom and democracy in a multiracial South
Africa. It is hoped that his legacy and inspiration continues to
influence his people and the world over. Like many worldwide,
our thoughts are with his family and his nation.