Back row left to right
Chris Gardener; Niel Smith ; Malcom Coe, Paul Buckland, Vince Yates, Malc Caygill, Geoff Mason,
Front row left to right
Dave Haywood, Ron Forder, Alan Macdonald, Steve Walton (now "Steve Baines") , Grant Taylor , Paddy Waugh,
Dick Northcote, Ian Johnson, Jock Reid
(Is "Sweaty" asleep and dreaming of his next encounter with a girl?)
The Flight Cadets from "D" Squadron that never made it to the 50th Re-union
A sad end to 2016
It was with deep sadness that we announced the death, on Christmas day 2016, of Vince Yates one of 89's stalwarts. Dick Northcote, one of Vince's closest friends and a fellow D Squadron member wrote ....
Some pictures from the past - supplied by Dick Northcote
(How come the deadbeats of "D" managed to bag such attractive young ladies - surely they should have been round the front at "C"?)
Passing Out Parade
REMEMBERING THOSE THAT NEVER MADE IT
Martin Barents last resting place
Malcolm Coe of D Squadron places a cross in remembrance of Keith Cartlidge (B Squadron) his old running mate
We were extremely pleased to hear from Martin's brother Malcolm who recently came across our web site and emailed us as follows .....
"To introduce myself I am Malcolm Barents, the younger brother Of Martin Barents who joined 89D at Cranwell in 1963.
I have just found your website and the account of the reunion and memorial service you held in June 2003. I was deeply moved by your account of the ceremony at Martin's grave and very grateful to the organisers and all those involved. As you say I felt particularly proud and honoured that Sir Peter Squire laid a wreath. Obviously the day of Martin's funeral is one that I will never forget, (I do not recall if you were there, but I imagine the whole squadron was, I was the child with the other family members) and I have not had many opportunities to visit the grave and I have not seen it for quite a few years now. It was very nice to see how good it looked.
Martin's father is also similarly touched. He is now 83 and was a navigator during the 2nd world war, flying Mosquitos on photo-reconnaissance out of RAF Benson. We are just about to celebrate his crash landing, and subsequent escape out of Sweden 60 years ago in August 1944.
It would be very nice, if at all possible to have copies of the photographs published on your website. I would of course re-imburse for the costs of duplication and postage etc.
Once again, my thanks to all of those whose organised and took part in the ceremony.
It is pleasing to see that the power of the web can link us with our past and the families of our friends - Needless to say the photographs are on their way.
We wish Martins family and particularly his Dad happy memories of a son he can still be proud of.