Air gunners Association



Air gunners Association


Sets out details of association, history and subscriptions.

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[underlined] AIR GUNNERS ASSOCIATION [/underlined]

The Air Gunners Association was formed in 1949, with the approval of the Air Ministry, as the result of one Jack O'Hara (an ex-Gunner who has since rejoined the Service) inserting an advertisement in "Air Mail" with a view to arranging social meetings between past and present Air Gunners.

Today the Association has active Branches in many parts of the country, with several others in project. It has a distinguished President in the person of Air Chief Marshal Sir Basil Embry, K.C.B., K.B.E., D.S.O., D.F.C., A.F.C., who takes a keen personal interest in its activities. The membership of the Association includes many eminent members of the theatre, sport and most professions and occupations, such as Wing Commander Lionel ("Sos") Cohen, D.S.O., M.C., D.F.C., that almost legendary figure who was awarded the D.F.C. at the age of 70.

The administration and organisation of the Association is carried out by members acting in entirely honorary capacities.

While the Association has continued to expand year by year since its origin, the expansion has not been as rapid as other and larger Associations as it does not, as yet, enjoy the benefits of the War Charities Act or other beneficial privileges.

Membership is open to any person, serving or ex-Service, who has been awarded the Air Gunner or W/AG. brevet – or the original Flying Bullet, on which the Association's badge is based.

The annual subscription is 5/- (with an entrance fee on first joining of 2/6d.), or life membership is granted on a payment of five Guineas. All members are given a free lapel badge on joining; they also receive a copy of "The Turret", the official organ of the Association which is published bi-monthly.

Membership application forms are available from the Honorary General Secretary, at the Air Gunners Association Central Office, 60 Lillie Road, Fulham, S.W.6.


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