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 Royal Air Force Sylt Association

 

 

The Association was formed in 2002 to provide information and contact links for long lost friends, hold reunions at regular intervals and to advise on visits to Sylt.  It has established a historical library system of DVDs, photographs and script and is actively involved in the exchange of related material.  Membership is open to Royal Air Force personnel, irrespective of rank, who served as permanent staff at Royal Air Force Sylt during its operational period from 1945 to 1961, from which date it was handed over to the German Air Force.  The Association also welcomes personnel who served at the satelite station, RAF Schleswigland, from 1945 to 1958. Membership is also open to those who were civilian staff on either unit during those periods.

The Association is entirely self supporting and relies on annual subscriptions to cover its running costs.  Subscription Rates are currently £10.00 per annum.  Members receive three magazines a year, have access to the archives and regularly exchange photographic and other material relating to their time on the island.   To join, simply contact one of the Association officers who are listed below, use the 'Contact Us' page or download the membership application form by clicking HERE.  Our magazine, 'Der Leuchtturm' (The Lighthouse) is produced three times a year for members and is available to anyone else who would like to receive a copy at the following rates - UK £10, Europe £15 and the rest of the world £20 per year.  Orders should be accompanied by personal cheque or International Money order in Sterling and made payable to RAF Sylt Association and posted to David Martin, 2 Cumbrian Croft, Halesowen, B63 1HG, UK.  You can download an order form by clicking HERE.  

Our patrons, those two marvellous comedians Denis Norden and Eric Sykes, very kindly gave an interview a couple of years ago to our Chairman, David Martin, who filmed the meeting.  To get a flavour of the resulting film, a short extract is shown below. To obtain a full copy of this wonderful DVD contact David.

There cannot be many who have not heard of the sad death of our revered patron, Eric Sykes.  Eric, together with Denis Norden and Bill Frazer, were among the first RAF personnel to set foot on Sylt sand in 1945.  He mentioned this fact in his autobiography, 'If I Don't Write It, Nobody Else Will' and our immediate past Chairman, Brian Saunders, picked up on this fact and asked if he would be our patron.  We were proud to include his image on this site and in every edition of our magazine.  He will be fondly remembered for his wry and gentle humour and for the legacy of an enormous archive of material he created during a long and illustrious career.  Thank you Eric, we'll miss you.

Secretary
Bryan Schofield
18 Harefield Drive
Heywood
OL10 1RN
Tel: 01706 360440
E-mail:
bryan.pauline@btinternet.com

Chairman
David Martin,
2, Cumbrian Croft,
Halesowen,
B63 1HG
Tel: 0121 550 8899
Email:
davidgmartin@talktalk.net

Public Relations
Hubert Powell,
8 Elmcroft Avenue,
Bartley Green,
Birmingham,
B32 4LZ
Tel: 0121 628 6947

E-mail: jeanhubertp@hotmail.com

Treasurer

Ian Prentice

Langdale

5 Ballaughton Close

Douglas

Isle of Man, IM2 1JE

Tel: 01624813761

E-mail - macpren@manx.net

WRAF Liaison & Recruitment
Lillian Hutchinson,
25 OakView,
Honiton,
EX142UD
Tel:0140443528

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
   
 
A copy of the newsletter detailing "The Return".
The story of a recent visit to our lovely island.
 
   
Presentation of the Syltonian flag
 
   
 
Kit inspection to come?
   
Kit inspection over!

WERE YOU THERE?

One of the reasons the Association was formed in 2002 was to bring together all those personnel who were permanent staff on RAF Sylt during the station's operational life from 1945 to its closing in 1961, and at RAF Schleswig from 1945 to 1958. If you were one of those servicemen or women, why not get in touch.  Take a look at the other pages to see if there's anyone you recognise there!