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Balloon Buster 100. 29 Aug 2018 was the 100th Anniversary of Flt Lt Henry Botterell’s famous engagement with a German observation balloon, which was painted by aviation artist Robert Taylor. Click here to read about 208 Sqn’s visit to meet Henry at the age of 104.

Operation Pulsator - 1983. On 9 Sep 83, six Buccaneers of 208 and 12 Sqns deployed to RAF Akrotiri as part of Operation PULSATOR to provide air support of British Forces in the Lebanon.  Click here to read the Detachment Commander’s report.

2018 Reunion. 35 Members and their guests attended the 2018 Reunion of the Naval Eight / 208 Squadron Association in the President’s Room at the RAF Club on Saturday 20 October 2018. Click here to read an account of the 2018 Reunion Dinner.

Wg Cdr Donald Perrens 100. On New Year’s Day 2019, Wg Cdr Donald Perrens DSO, 208 Sqn’s most distinguished surviving officer, celebrated his 100th Birthday. Click here to read details of his birthday celebrations.

The Infamous Israeli Incident. 7 January 2019 marks the 70th Anniversary of the infamous incident when 4 208 Sqn Spitfire Mk XVIIIs were shot down by Israeli forces. Click here to read Graham Pitchfork’s account from his history of 208 Squadron: ‘Forever Vigilant’.

A Brief Disbandment. 31 March 2019 marks the 60th Anniversary of 208 Sqn’s 4-day disbandment as a Hunter sqn in Cyprus before reforming as a Venom Squadron in Rhodesia. Click here to read Graham Pitchfork’s account of the events.

25 Years - Farewell Buccaneer. 25 years ago, the Squadron, and the Royal Air Force, said farewell to the Buccaneer at a memorable reunion at Lossiemouth at the end of March 1994. Click here to read Graham Pitchfork’s account of the final finale.

2019 Reunion Venue. The Association’s Annual Reunion is moving this year from London towards the Membership’s CofG in the Midlands. The 2019 Dinner will take place at the Grimscote Manor Hotel in Coleshill on Sat 19 Oct 19. Click here for more details.

2019 Newsletter Published. The 2019 Issue of ‘Naval 8 - 208 News’ - the Association’s Annual Newsletter - has been published in 16 colourful pages. Click here to read an electronic copy.

Operation Nutcracker. 8 June 2019 marked the 55th Anniversary of 208 Squadron’s participation in Op NUTCRACKER in the Radfan Campaign in Aden. Click here to read Tim Webb’s account of CAS operations. Click here for Major Tim Cornwell’s ground-level view.

2019 Reunion in the Midlands.  36 Members and guests attended the 2019 Reunion at the Grimscote Manor Hotel, Coleshill, on Sat 19 Oct 2019.  Click HERE to read a full account of the Reunion.  Click HERE to read Dave T/R’s anecdote about Op PULSATOR.

Annual Reunion Out to Lunch! The format of the Annual Reunion will change this year to a lunch time event. Members and their guests are invited to meet in the Victoria Bar at the RAF Club at 12:00 on Saturday 24 October 2020.

Sir Michael Stear In Memoriam. It was with great sadness that the Association announced the death of Life Vice-President Sir Michael Stear, who passed away on Sun 5 Jan 20. Click here to read the Obituary published in the Daily Telegraph.

Donald Perrens - In Memoriam. It was with great sadness that the Association announced the death of  Wg Cdr Donald Perrens of the Spitfire Chapter, who passed away on 10 Apr 2020 at the age of 101. Click here to read his Obituary from the Daily Telegraph.

2020 Newsletter Published.  The 2020 Annual Newsletter has been published, containing articles about an an exciting new painting; the Buccaner’s Blue Parrot radar; and an extract from ‘Two/Six’ about a troublesome Tomahawk. Click HERE to read an electronic copy.

2020 Reunion Cancelled. It is with great regret that the Association cancelled its 2020 Reunion due to the coronovirus pandemic and the restrictions placed on social gatherings. Deatails of the 2021 Reunion will be published as soon as possible.

208 Squadron Goes To War! 10 June 20 marks the 80th Anniversary of the Italian declaration of war in 1940, therefore bringing 208 Squadron in Egypt, directly into WWII. Click here to read Graham Pitchfork’s summary of the Sqn’s actions in the first days of the War.

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