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Air Vice-Marshal George Black has written his autobiography, ‘Black Leader’. Published by Firestreak Books, it’s a handsome volume with many previously unseen photographs and a fascinating text recounting George’s remarkable career. To order go to www.firestreakbooks.com/books.
Firestreak is an independent company formed in 2014 by George’s renowned aviation photographer son Ian Black to produce bespoke aviation books covering jet fighters from the Cold War.
George’s other son Stuart Black is a fine artist who has produced this print of Battle of Britain Class locomotive No. 34080 ‘74 Squadron’.
With the crest the price is £12.50, without the crest £11.00. Both prices include postage.
If you would like a print please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Bob Cossey at 16 Pine Road, Thorpe, Norwich, NR7 9LE who will pass on your order to Stuart. Payment can be made by cheque, BACS bank transfer or PayPal.
For more of Stuart’s work visit www.stuartblack.com
Wishing all you Tiger`s everywhere a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Brand new company Military Prints UK (https://militaryprintsuk.com/shop/) have launched with a 74 Squadron F-4J (UK) featured on a 90cm x 30cm print.
They are offering Association members only a 10% discount by entering the code `74sqn` at check out.
74(F) Tiger Squadron Association 2019 Reunion
Details for the 2019 reunion are now available so please contact Squadron Secretary Bob Cossey for more information on the email below.
Tiger News 71 is now on the website
Another name has been added to the In Memoriam page.
Fred Taylor, a Tiger from the Meteor era, recently passed.
From the Lightning Preservation Group
The next Corgi Lightning in the 1:48 large scale is 74 Squadron’s F.6 XS927/N. The aircraft was Dave Carden’s when he was a junior pilot at Leuchars in February 1967 until August 1969 at Tengah. The LPG are selling the model on their website together with a certificate detailing XS927’s history together with Dave Carden’s RAF service record – and Dave will sign each copy. Plus an A3 photo montage showing 74 Squadron Lightning F6s at Leuchars and Tengah.
The link to the LPG’s website is:
It is with regret that we inform you that Pat Thurlow recently passed away.
The In Memoriam page has been updated accordingly.
A few shots, courtesy of Steve Harrison-Green, from this years Tiger Meet Airshow 2018 which was held at Pozen in Poland.
Ronald Bright died at the age of 19 in May 1918 flying over France with the squadron.
He was Andy Coleman’s great uncle and Andy has recently added a photo of Ronald , his last letter and a letter written on his death to the family by Wilfred Ernest Young, one of 74’s aces, to the following website.
They are of great interest and are an important addition to what we know of our World War One Tigers.
Squadron Secretary Bob Cossey`s latest book is now out chronicling the career of Ex Tiger CO Hal Crowe.
Click Here for more details.
Photos from the 2018 Anniversary Reunion Dinner have now been added to the Photo Archive.
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Tiger News 70 is now on the website
The 2019 74(F) Tiger Squadron Reunion will be held in Norwich at The Maid’s Head hotel from March 1st – 3rd. Details will be available later in the year.
Please put the dates in your diary now!
It was nice to see 230 Squadron mark their 100 year anniversary, as well as the 100 years of the Royal Air Force, by giving Puma XW224 some rather nice Tiger markings just recently.
Congrats to 230 on your anniversary and a very splendid Tiger scheme.
With many thanks to Sgt Rachel Malthouse and RAF Benson for their kind permission in reproducing these images.
With the kind permission of David, son of Ian Papworth, click on the link below to view some interesting and unique personal photo`s taken from the detachment to Butterworth and Darwin around 1969.
Our Lightning/Tengah Tiger members will be pleased to hear that the Cornish Aviation Heritage Centre have transported their English Electric Lightning F.53 ZF580 to St Athen for restoration and a new 74(F) Tiger Squadron paint scheme before sending her on to RAF Cosford for display for this years RAF 100 years celebration. She will then be returned to Cornwall remaining in her new Tiger colour`s for display there.
More details in the link below.
At the start of the Second World War the Tigers and Hornchurch Station were the setting for the feature film The Lion Has Wings starring Ralph Richardson and Merle Oberon. 74 were used for some flying scenes with ground and aircrew used as background extras.
The camera crew prepare for another film shot at the opening of the 74 squadron Bell tent, known as ‘The Tiger’s Den’
Left to right – F/L Treacy, F/O Hoare and F/Sgt Maine
B’ Flight pilots posing for this very casual photograph, they are from left to right FO Thom, PO Dowding, FL Treacy standing at the doorway of tent, FO Hoare, FSgt Maine and Sgt Bushell
(With thanks to Tony Philpot from the Hornchurch Aerodrome Historical Society for granting permission for the use of these photos)
The next 74 (F) Tiger Squadron reunion will be held on Saturday 7th April 2018 at the Stratford Manor Hotel, Stratford upon Avon.
Please e-mail email@example.com for details.
Tiger News 69 is now on the website
A new page has been started in the photographic section called Tiger Survivors.
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This page is dedicated to surviving airframes, or significant pieces of airframes, that still exist and served with 74 Tiger Squadron. If you have any photo`s that you feel are relevant to the page and you are happy for them to be posted, then please do get in touch.
A unique set of shots taken at Wattisham and dated 23rd March 1985 have been added to the photo archive and can be found by clicking here
Wishing all you Tigers out there a very happy 100th Birthday.
New Colours for an old Tiger
Phantom FGR.2 XV490 has had many guises over the years finishing her career on 74 Squadron at Wattisham in 1992 as R for Romeo. Her cockpit section was saved from the scrap man and for many years could be found at Newark Air Museum as a regular attendee on the annual Cockpit Fest. She was also the background cockpit in Tony Dixon`s recent interview which you can view further down this page.
This year, after a long restoration, she has emerged in a new scheme representing her time with 92 Squadron in Germany. While it is sad to see her without the Tiger stripes, it is great to see that she is in safe hands.
I had the opportunity today to sit in both seats and share the following photo`s from the day.
Tiger Meet 2017 was held at BAN Landivisiau, France this year and it`s with thanks to Steve Harrison-Green who was on hand to capture these images of the event and allow us to share them here.
All images courtesy of Steve Harrison-Green
Aircrew Interview recently interviewed Tony about his time on the `J` and it`s well worth the watch.
Biggin Hill was home to the Tigers from October 1940 and much the first half of 1941. Therefore I felt it relevant to let you know that part of the airfields St Georges Chapel is planned to be demolished to make way for a new development.
Click this link to give you the option to register your disapproval for such plans if you wish.
BBMF Spitfire Mk XVI/TE311 has for a number of years appeared at airshows across the UK in a scheme representing Spitfire Mk XVIe TB675 ‘4D-V’ of 74 Squadron, the personal aircraft of Squadron Leader AJ ‘Tony’ Reeves DFC, the Squadron’s Commanding Officer from the end of December 1944. While the airframe itself never flew with the Tigers, it was always nice to see it representing 74 in the air.
So it is with a tinge of sadness to report that TE311 is to be repainted as Spitfire Mk XVI/TD240 when it was the personal mount of 13 Polish Wing CO Gp Cpt Aleksander Gabszewiz.
TE311 recently displayed at Old Warden minus it`s Tiger colours.
(With thanks to Peter Cox for supplying the accompanying photo).
Tiger News 68 is now on the website
Of definite interest to all at 74, a petition requesting investigation, exhumation and identification to prove/disprove the remains of “A British Airman Of The First World War” buried in Laventie Cemetery are in fact those of fighter Ace Edward Mick Mannock. Furthermore, a named reinterment befitting of this hero be conducted.
Click the link below if you wish to sign.
Photos for the 100th Anniversary Reunion Dinner have now been added to the Photo Archive.
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Tiger News 67 is now on the website
Details of the 2017 Annual Reunion weekend have been announced
Friday 3rd March – Sunday 5th March 2017
Annual Dinner – Saturday 4th March
No 74(F) Tiger Squadron Association will hold the squadron’s 100th Anniversary reunion from 3rd to 5th March 2017 at The Falcon Hotel Stratford upon Avon.
Contact Secretary Bob Cossey for details.
The In Memoriam page now has another new name – Bill Cunningham
Wishing you all a Happy 99th Birthday to all you Tigers where ever you may be.
Sadly we have to report that Tengah Tiger Bill Cunningham died on Wednesday 4th May. Our thoughts are with Bill’s wife Carol and his family. He will be much missed by his Tiger colleagues and all of us in the Association who knew Bill at reunions.
Bill’s funeral is on Monday 23rd May at 11.00am at Peterborough Crematorium.
Site updated~~~ 3rd April 2016
Tiger News 66 is now on the website
Sadly, the In Memoriam page has two new names – Ray Morrell and John Howe
It is with deep regret that I have to report that AVM John Howe (OC 74 Squadron 1960-1961) passed away on 27th January 2016 after a short illness. Our deepest sympathy goes to Annabelle and family. A Thanksgiving Service will be held on Friday 19th February at 11.00 at St Mary and St Margaret’s Church, Sprowston, Norwich NR7 8AU
Have you seen the new EE/BAC LIGHTNING Bremont watch?
Details of the 2016 Annual Reunion weekend have been announced
Friday 4th March – Sunday 6th March 2016
Annual Dinner – Saturday 5th March
Another great weekend at Stratford!!
Sadly, the In Memoriam page has another new name – Ted Mansfield
The In Memoriam page now has another new name – Louis McQuade
Tiger News 65 is now on the website
The In Memoriam page now has two new names – Fred Waters and Geoffrey Ratcliffe
The In Memoriam page now has another name – Arthur Westerhoff
The In Memoriam page now has another name – Chris Mullan
Tiger News 64 is now on the website
From Balloons to Typhoons: RAF Leuchars
A message for anyone visiting the St Andrews University/Fife area between now and 17th May…. The Gateway Galleries at the University of St Andrews is hosting a celebration of the history of RAF Leuchars. Using photographs and objects from RAF Leuchars and donations from other museums the exhibition will focus on the people of RAF Leuchars and their stories and is called ‘From Balloons to Typhoons: RAF Leuchars’
A great Annual Reunion weekend – A huge thank you to Bob & Angie
Jim Jolly’s photos are now here
I recommend Tiger Rag played by 4 Banjos! Turn up the volume and enjoy!
The In Memoriam page now has another name – Ray Racy
Details of the 2015 Annual Reunion weekend have been announced
Friday 6th – Sunday 8th March 2015
Another great weekend at Stratford!!
The In Memoriam page now has four new names
Duncan Allison, Eric Dickens, Kenneth Green and Len Preston
Tiger News 63 is now on the website
A great afternoon out to be had at Bruntingthorpe!
On Saturday 7th September 2014, Margie climbed to the summit of Snowdon with Tiger Johns ashes.
Some photos have been added to his obituary
The Association Goods page has been updated
Bruntingthorpe – 27th July 2014
Some photos from Jim Jolly…
Photos of the day have been added to the Lightning page in the Photograhic Archive
Photos of the Tiger John naming ceremony have been added to his obituary
Some photos taken by Jim Jolly at the Service of Celebration for the life of Tiger John on Saturday 28th June have been added to the website.
A Memorial Service celebrating the life of our late webmaster John Crow
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday 28th June at 11.30am at Bromham Baptist Church (MK43 8LJ), followed by food and drinks at Bromham Village Hall nearby. Many people whose lives John touched in a professional, leisure or social capacity will be participating.
If you are planning to attend, if possible please let Margie Crow know or alternatively Bob Cossey or David Jones through the website.
John expressed the wish that this should be a celebratory occasion and should be colourful and full of happiness. So, as he said, ‘no bloody silly black ties!’ allowed.
The In Memoriam page now has three new names
Paddy Dalzell, Bobby Laumans and John Crow
Some photos from Dave Pilsworth have been added of the ‘Phinal Phantom Photo Call’
A message from Margie….
‘Thank you to all Tigers who attended the Cremation Service yesterday (7th May), and thank you for all the letters, cards and messages which have been a great comfort to me.’
Tiger News 62 is now on the website
It is with regret that I have to pass on the sad news that Tiger John Crow has died.
A cremation service is to be held on Wednesday 7th May at 1.45pm at Bedford Crematorium.
Bedford Crematorium: 104 Norse Road, Bedford? MK41 0RL
Family flowers only.
Donations will be welcomed for two organisations:
‘SEPT Macmillan Cancer Support’ and/or ‘Sue Ryder PEP’
Donations may be sent to the Funeral Director: Mr Kenneth Brandon, 6 Bridge End, Carlton, Bedford? MK43 7LP
After the Service refreshments will be served at:
The Barns Hotel, Cardington Road, Bedford MK44 3SA
(About a 9 minute drive from the Crematorium)
A Memorial Service to celebrate John’s life will take place on Saturday 28th June
Some more photos of the 2014 Reunion have been added to the Photographic Archive
There are photos from Jim Jolly and David Ketcher
A News Flash from the Lightning Preservation Group at Bruntingthorpe!
Dates for your diary….
25th May – Cold War Jets open day. Some 15 aircraft will fast taxy.
27th July- Lightning 60th anniversary of P1A first flight 4th August 1954. Scramble from the Q-shed. We are trying to arrange?all ex-Lightning squadrons to attend.
24th August – Cold War Jets open day. Some 15 aircraft will fast taxy.
1st November – Late afternoon Lightning Twilight Run.
New Link on the ‘Links’ page – Aircrew Remembered
A Lightning flies again!!
XS452 takes to the air again – more details here
A message of Christmas Greetings to us all from Tiger John
2014 Reunion:? Friday 7th – Sunday 9th March 2014
New members are always welcome!
Friday 8th November – BBC2
This BBC team visited Bruntingthorpe whilst producing this documentary
Tiger News 61 added to the website