Photos from the 207 Squadron RAF Association
2002 Reunion, Midland Hotel, Derby
7th September, 2002

60 years on 207 continues

L-R Wg Cdr Russ Jeffs AFC RAF(Retd), CO 5/42-12/42:
Wg Cdr Ken Marwood AFM RAF(Retd), Pilot 5/58-12/61, President of the Association:
Sqn Ldr Al Dolding RAF OC 207 (Reserve) Squadron which came into being 12 July 2002


Tony Ruth, brother of 'Babe' Ruth, Russ Jeffs and 'Ben' Lyon (Nav 5/82-6/84).

Ben was the first Secretary of the Association and has returned as Media/PR Officer. He was responsible for the editing of the memoirs of Les Baveystock DSO DFC* DFM of 50 & 201 Sqns.

Sqn Ldr Babe Ruth, ex 207 under Russ, was a Flight Commander on 201 and was lost in an attack on a U Boat when he took Baveystock's crew whilst Les was on compassionate leave.


Mrs Betty Buck, widow of Ron Buck, former Treasurer, presents Sqn Ldr Al Dolding RAF, on behalf of 207(R) Squadron, with print no.207 of a set of 207 produced when 207 disbanded in 1984.

It is of Devon VP968.


On behalf of Raymond Glynne-Owen, who had had it framed, our President Ken Marwood presented the Squadron with a copy of the well known early colour print of three Bottesford Lancasters, seen here being examined by Sqn Ldr Al Dolding RAF, with Russ Jeffs, a Bottesford CO, looking on.


On behalf of Frank Haslam, Brian Goulding, co-author with Mike Garbett of four of the Lancaster at War series, hands over signed copies of three of them to the Squadron:
L-R Brian Goulding, Flt Lt Alan Mawby OBE RAFR, (207R's History Officer) and Sqn Ldr Al Dolding RAF.


Mrs Dorothy Ware with the Thomas Skelton ATC Trophy, in memory of her first husband killed in 1943 and in recognition of her generosity to our Memorial Appeals.


The Trophy, presented by the Association, will be competed for by our associated ATC Squadrons, 2266 (Spilsby) and 207 (Cranfield).

They and their respective Wings are responsible for agreeing what the Trophy rules are to be.

The engraved salver, shown in detail here, is mounted on wood with two panels below ready for engraving the annual winners.


Jane Cryer, Resident Manager of the Midland Hotel, popped down on her Sunday off to wish us safe journeys home.

Once again, the Midland did us proud and we will be returning in 2003. Jane is seen here enjoying a mufti moment with Association Reunion Secretary Peter Phelps.

Peter announced at the AGM that at next year's Reunion he will be retiring from the Committee. He was shot down July 1944 and was betrayed to the Germans in Paris.

His story From Spilsby to Buchenwald is being serialised in the Newsletter.

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