The Chairman introduced himself as Dave Trembaczowski-
He updated those present that the Association now had 352 members on the database, all of which had received the 2019 Annual Newsletter. He thanked Malcolm Ward for another outstanding publication, and asked all present to forward anecdotes and articles to Malcolm for the 2020 Edition. He then introduced Neil Meadows, the Association Webmaster, to say a few words about the Website.
Neil explained the aim of the Website, which was to keep the spirit of the Squadron alive with a record of events involving Association members, such as Wing Commander Donald Perrens' 100th Birthday in January 2019. This had been celebrated in the nursing home in which Wing Commander Perrens is resident; Ben Laite had represented the Association and officers from RAF Swanwick also attended to recognise the achievement of his 100 years, and his wartime achievements as a Spitfire pilot on the Squadron in the Italian Campaign in 1945. Notable anniversaries were also included on the Website, such as the loss of 4 Spitfires to the Israelis in 1949, and the 25th Anniversary of the end of the 'Buccaneera' in 1994.
However, the majority of the articles contained in the 'Chapters' section of the Website were stories and anecdotes provided by ex-
The Chairman continued by explaining that the Association traditionally held its Reunion Dinner in the RAF Club. However, as a result of a survey conducted amongst the membership, the decision had been taken to hold the 2019 Reunion Dinner in the Midlands: within the nucleus of the general population of the membership. Everyone agreed that it had been an excellent event, but the question was raised of where to hold future events, and in what format.
2019 Reunion -