208(R) Squadron Centenary Celebration 1 April 2016
Some typical Anglesey Spring weather greeted visitors to RAF Valley for the 208 Squadron ‘Centenary Celebration’ on Friday 1 April 2016. But neither the sight of Holyhead Mountain disappearing into the driving rain, nor the accompanying almost gale-force winds could dampen the spirit of 24 Association members and their wives who had made the long trek to North-west Wales to take part in this historic event.
Meeting at the Officers’ Mess at RAF Valley, visitors were welcomed by the 208 Squadron Adjutant, Flt Lt Kevin Brown, who briefed the day’s programme and timing of events. Not only had the Squadron organised a comprehensive suite of activities for the day, which included a Hawk T1 flypast, static aircraft display, Graduation Lunch and a 100th Anniversary Dining-in Night in the Officers’ Mess, but they had also produced a beautiful 28-page glossy souvenir brochure as a memento of the day.
After a short bus ride to the Squadron, which revealed more of the execrable weather, all of the visitors, who included the friends and families of the officers graduating on TW84 – the final Tactical Weapons Course of the 208 Squadron Hawk era, were treated to a comprehensive display of Squadron History and Memorabilia that adorned the walls of the Crewroom and the corridors. There was much reminiscing, and no doubt a few tall tales were told to the students and their families.
To keep everyone interested and engaged, an informal quiz had been prepared, with the promise of grand prizes for the most knowledgeable on Squadron History. Surely, the combined wisdom of the assembled Association members would prevail, but was Kemal Ataturk really a ‘creamie’ instructor on 208? Click on the picture on the left to reveal the quiz and try your luck!