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A Message from the Groupes Lourds on the 100th Anniversary

From Paul Bogaert, President of the Association des Anciens et des Amis des Groupes Lourds.

Dear Rachel, Van, Veterans and Families of 77 Squadron Association,

July 1st 1916: the height of the Battle of the Somme; three months later October 1st, the creation of 77 Squadron Royal Flying Corps: Two major events for us this year of which we commemorate the hundredth anniversary.

On behalf of the “Groupes Lourds” receive our best wishes and congratulations to mark this anniversary. (more…)

12th October 2016 | Categories: Uncategorised

A Request for Information

Can you help?

This photograph is of the crew of pilot Alan May who served in the squadron in Full Sutton and India. His daughter is Van Wilson, the Association’s long-serving, dedicated Treasurer, Membership Secretary and now also Editor of the Nickel. Alan and his crew survived the war but tragically he was killed in an air accident just before Van was born. She would love to trace any family members of the crew who flew with her father. (more…)

2nd July 2016 | Categories: Uncategorised

The Website

For this new website, we are grateful to CastlegateIT for sponsorship, design and unfailing support during its creation. We welcome comments and suggestions and more photographs and memories!

Many of the images are on display in the Yorkshire Air Museum & Allied Air Forces Memorial at Elvington, 77’s former base. Visit the museum to see the only reconstructed Halifax in the world and be sure to spend time in our own History Room created by members.

Veteran Mike Varley set up the original 77 Squadron website and answered queries for many years.  (more…)

23rd June 2016 | Categories: Uncategorised