MEMBERS of The Aircrew Association Costa Blanca and their guests celebrated the77th Anniversary of The Battle of Britain last Wednesday at Restaurante La Cumbre in Benitachell.
After a brief introduction and welcome from the Chairman, Max Maxwell, everyone present was invited to toast the memory of one of the Association’s stalwart and longest serving members, John McMullen, who passed away recently.
Amongst his many other achievements throughout his full and active life, John received the French Legion d’Honneur last year for his contributions to the Liberation of France during the Second World War as a Fleet Air Arm pilot.
He was a popular member and his passing brought back fond memories for many of those present.
Lunch then followed after an appropriate Grace, given by The Association’s Honorary Chaplain, Father Marcus Ronchetti.
Peter Langley, a Life Vice President of The Association, gave an interesting talk about a Squadron Leader McLachlan who took part in the Battle of France (pre-Battle of Britain) and who was awarded the DSO and three DFCs.
After lunch, Father Marcus then gave the Dedication to The Comradeship of Aircrew. This was followed by the two loyal toasts: His Majesty King Felipe, proposed by Life Vice President Peter Langley and The Queen, proposed by Social Committee Member, Clive Rothwell.
The Association’s Guest Speaker was Squadron Leader David Tucker, a serving RAF Officer and member of the association, currently serving in a NATO HQ near Madrid having recently returned from operations in the Middle East.
David gave a fascinating talk entitled, The Battle of Britain – A Perspective. He also gave his audience a short but equally absorbing brief on his recent tour in the Middle East before proposing the toast: To Those Who Gave So Much.
The final toast, The Aircrew Toast:To Absent Friends and Fellow Aircrew, was proposed by The Association’s President, Henry Horth.The Chairman then closed the proceeding with thanks to Peter Langley, Brian and June Nash, Peter Johnson and Jan Adams for their excellent contributions to the success of the occasion and to David Tucker for his talk.
For more information or to join The Aircrew Association, get in touch with the Secretary – 966 404 123.