Tribute to the V-Force 2012
Newark Air Museum’s earlier appeals to establish contact with former V-Force personnel has resulted in a steady influx of new contacts. However with just over three months to go to the reunion gathering they are mounting one last push to establish contact with any former V-Force personnel across the UK and around the world.
The two day event on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th April 2012 is being organised by the same team as the hugely successful 2004 / 2010 events; and it will follow the same basic format. This years gathering of former air and ground crew will commemorate 60 years since the formation of the V-Force; the 50th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis; and with a special reference back to the 30th Anniversary of the Falklands Campaign.
As before the reunion side of the event is being organised by a team of former V-Force Officers aided by the Newark Air Museum; the overeaching aim is to bring together as many former aircrew and ground support staff as possible. This team is keen to hear from any former personnel and full details of the activities planned and how to join the reunion can be gathered from their excellent Reunion website www.vforcereunion.co.uk
In the UK the museum is particularly interested in contacts from in and around the 10 designated V-Force Bases, where it is known that many former crew members still live. These locations are at:
RAF Coningsby, Lincs
RAF Cottesmore, Rutland
RAF Finningley, South Yorks
RAF Gaydon, Warks
RAF Honington, Suffolk
RAF Marham, Norfolk
RAF Scampton, Lincs
RAF Waddington, Lincs
RAF Wittering, Cambs
RAF Wyton, Cambs
Plus no V-Force event would be possible without also mentioning RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus and the various dispersal airfields around the world, too many in numbers to mention.
Additional contact work is being carried out around the various manufacturing sites for the Vickers Valiant at Weybridge; Avro Vulcan at Woodford, Chadderton, Bracebridge Heath and Bitteswell; and the Handley Page Victor at Cricklewood and Radlett.
The Newark Air Museum is located in eastern Nottinghamshire close to the border with Lincolnshire, is the home to Vulcan XM594, which saw local service at both RAF Scampton and RAF Waddington, with 27, 101 and 44 Squadrons between 1963 and 1982.
The event is open to the public and it all looks set to be yet another tremendous weekend, with lots of visiting groups with displays relating to the V-Force. Regular updates are now appearing on museum website www.newarkairmuseum.org and we hope that you will be able to assist in this project.