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Air Commodore Geoff Cooper Air Commodore Geoffrey Cooper who, as a Flying Officer, was shot down by the Israelis in their infamous attack on 7 January 1949, died on 13 December 2014. Obituary. Roy Bowie’s recollection. The Daily Telegraph’s Obituary.

Dr David Styles - In Memoriam  A Service celebrating the life of  Dr David Styles, who died suddenly on 5 January 2015, was held at
Saint John the Baptist Church, Belton on Monday 19 January 2015.  Obituary.

Wing Commander Kidd Takes Command. On 1 May 2015, Wing Commander Chris Kidd succeeded Wing Commander Nick Gatenby to become the 59th CO of the 59th CO of Naval Eight / 208 Squadron. Click Here to read about Wing Commander Kidd.

Double Fast Jet Graduation The two fast jet training squadrons at RAF Valley – numbers IV(R) and 208(R) Squadrons – had a double celebration recently when fast jet trainee pilots from both units graduated at the same time.  RAF News Website  RAF Valley Website

Exercise TARTAN SPHINX  208(R) Sqn has completed Ex Tartan Sphinx, a week long det to RAF Lossiemouth to complete low level tactical training as part of the simulated attack phase of the trainee fast jet pilots’ tactical weapons course. RAF Valley News Article.

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208 Sqn Hosts Swiss Air Force  The Swiss Air Force spent a week with 208(R) Sqn to experience operating from a foreign location, and in a smaller mountain range with the challenges of a coastal, maritime environment.  RAF News Article. RAF Valley News Article.

Exercise NAPOLEON SPHINX  208 (R) Sqn completed Ex Napoleon Sphinx at FAF Solenzara, deploying 5 aircraft to experience operating from a foreign location in simulated “austere” conditions. RAF News Article. RAF Valley News Article. Photo Gallery.

Kingman - Father & Son  Father and son took to the skies over Wales when Flt Lt Geraint Kingman demonstrated a student Final Handling Test to his father, Wg Cdr Tim Kingman, OC No. 2 Welsh Wing, Air Training Corps.  RAF News Article  RAF Valley News Article

100th Anniversary Jet  To commemorate the centenary of the start of World War One, and its forthcoming 100th Anniversary on 26 October 2016, 208 Squadron has designed a paint scheme for Hawk T1 XX350.  RAF News Article.  100th Anniversary Jet Gallery.

Centenary Formation  Due to it’s rarity and historic significance the Bristol Fighter is flown infrequently, but it’s modern day counterparts from 208 Sqn were fortunate to span a century of aviation history and fly their Hawks with the 100 year old fighter.

Wg Cdr Kidd Takes Command On 1 May 2015, Wg Cdr N J Gatenby Bsc RAF handed over command of No 208(R) Squadron to Wg Cdr
C R Kidd BEng RAF, who becomes the 59th CO of Naval Eight / 208 Sqn.  Click HERE to read about Wing Commander Chris Kidd.  

208 Tribute to Ken Lambden  208 Sqn paid tribute to one of its World War II veterans, Ken Lambden, with a flypast at his funeral.
RAF News   RAF Valley Website  208 Sqn in History-Italy 1944-45  Ken Pugh’s personal account  Obituary

Records Set at Annual Reunion. 97 members and guests attended the 99th Annual Reunion Dinner at the RAF Club on Sat 17 Oct 15. A record for the modern era. A record 8 Sqn Cdrs in attendance. Gp Capt Jamie Hunter was Guest of Honour - Read his presentation here.

Centenary Tailfin Unveiled.  208 Sqn has unveiled a new tail livery to mark its 100th Anniversary. The design draws on ideas by Sqn personnel and was created by the Babcock paintshop team. RAF News Article. RAF Valley News Article. Centenary Tail Fin Gallery.

‘Judy’ Garland Obituary.  Click HERE to read the obituary for Flt Lt Eric “Judy” Garland MBE, MC & Bar, a former 208 Sqn flt cdr on Spitfires in Italy, who died on 17 January 2016, aged 95.  Daily Telegraph Obituary.  

Final Graduation. Tac Wpns Cse 84, the final cse to be trained by 208(R) Sqn, graduated in style on 1 Apr 16.  Fittingly, for a Sqn that began life as an RNAS unit, the last graduates were both naval officers. The Reviewing Officer was RAdm Keith Blount OBE.

Forever Vigilant Launched.  Graham Pitchfork’s definitive history of Naval 8 / 208 Squadron - ‘Forever Vigilant’ - was launched at the Squadron’s Centenary celebrations at RAF Valley on 1 April 2016.  Book Review  RAF News Article 20 May 16.  

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