No.118 SQUADRON REUNION
27th/28th SEPTEMBER 2006.
WAS HELD AT THE ROYAL COURT HOTEL, COVENTRY. FOLLOWED BY A VISIT TO
JAGUAR CARS, CASTLE BROMWICH ON THE 28th.
REUNION PACKAGE: £65:00 per person included Reunion dinner, 1 Night's
accommodation and English breakfast.
ROUGH GUIDE TO 118 SQUADRON REUNION
GUEST OF HONOUR: WING COMMANDER JOHN C FREEBORN D.F.C. and BAR.
Wednesday 27th September 2006
2 tables, laid out with name badges, were outside the Blenheim Suite at 6:30,
hopefully to help with recognition (50+ years may have changed us).
At 6:30 there were drinks before dinner in the Balmoral Bar.
Graham Lloyd sent a cheque to pay for everyone's first drink. Graham was a pilot on
the Squadron in 1941. Unfortunately he could not attend.
Dinner was at 7:30 in the Blenheim Suite. There were 4 round tables of 10 seats and 1 of 11.
Free seating, no named places.
Dress: Lounge suits or Jackets and Ties.
Menu: Tropical fruit cocktail.
Roast lamb with mint sauce.
Apple pie with cream.
Coffee with chocolate mints.
Vegetarian Menu: Fan of melon with fruit and served with a raspberry coulis.
Cheese and broccoli bake. (Broccoli florets simmered in a herbal mornay sauce
then gratinated and baked until golden).
Thursday 28th September 2006
English breakfast was served in the restaurant between 07:00 and 10:00.
A Jaguar coach took us from the hotel at 09:45. Jaguar laid on a buffet lunch after we looked at their sports building.
I have been unable to locate the Squadron crest. The le Mesurier diaries were returned to him when
the Squadron disbanded at Jever. Pete Hunwick and Peter Jones handed them to him in his London office. I have tried to contact him, but have had no luck. I did manage to contact the WW2 adjutant’s family who informed me that if was still alive he would be 105!
As you will notice from the guest list below we managed to contact more Squadron members, unfortunately we found some that have died. Fassberg people will be sorry to hear, Roy Malpass, Peter "Basher" Bates in 2005 and Chris Clayton just 1 month ago.
Guest List 118 Squadron Reunion 2006 as at 29th August 2006
George & Lorna Aird Pilot Fassberg
Arthur Asker Pilot Commanding Officer Fassberg.
Mrs Jo Baines Peter Baines wife.
Dickie & Margaret Barraclough Pilot Jever
Keith Banting Armourer Fassberg
Pete Bradbury Engines Jever
Fred & Babs Butcher Pilot Fassberg
Les & Audrey Caves Rigger Fassberg
Henry & Joy Chambers Pilot Fassberg
Dave & Ruth Collis Rigger Fassberg
Wilf Crutchley Rigger Fassberg
Bob Davies Rigger Fassberg
Frank Evans Rigger Fassberg & Jever
Bob & Beryl Francis Photographic Fassberg & Jever
John C Freeborn Pilot Commanding Officer 1943
& Carl Hicks
Alan & Maureen Gleadon Pilot Jever
Ken Goodwin Pilot Jever
Ron & Margaret Hardy Pilot Fassberg
Pete Hunwick Pilot Jever
Peter Jones Pilot Jever
Pat & Audrey King Pilot Jever
David Lockspeiser Pilot Fassberg
Bill & Shirley Maish Pilot Jever
Mike & Ann Parsons Rigger Jever
Tony & Margaret Perrett Rigger Fassberg
Jim & Celia Robinson Rigger Fassberg & Jever
Richard Talalla Brother of Jimmy, Pilot WW2
Mark Talalla Nephews
Terry & Jean Walters Engines Fassberg
Brian & Sylvia Webber Armourer Fassberg & Jever
Bryn & Anita Williams Armourer Fassberg & Jever
Ron "Geordie" Wraith
(Thanks Wilf Crutchley)