Honorary Life President – Air Chief Marshal Sir Richard Johns GCB KCVO CBE FRAES
Honorary President – Air Vice-Marshal Ian (Cab) Townsend CBE RAF
OC 3(F) Squadron – Wg Cdr Frankie Buchler RAF
3(F) Squadron Association is the official former comrades association of No. 3(Fighter) Squadron, Royal Air Force. Membership of the Association is open to those of all Ranks, Trades and Services who have ever been posted, or attached to the Squadron strength at any time since its formation on 13 May 1912. The Membership form can be found here: Membership Form
This is the Membership Secretary’s email: Phil’s email
Aims of 3(F) Squadron Association:
- To foster the spirit and comradeship founded during service with No. 3 (F) Squadron
- To provide means of maintaining contact with former colleagues
- To nurture and encourage the special relationship between the Squadron and its Association
- To locate and preserve any document, photograph or information which will enhance the official Squadron history.
- For further details on the history of the association, either navigate via the About 3(F) Sqn tab or click here
WHY JOIN THE ASSOCIATION?
By joining the Association you are help us maintain our support to past and present members of the Squadron. It’s about friendship and maintaining those links though annual reunions and other events.
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN MY MEMBERSHIP?
You get full access to all areas of the website and 3 times a year we issue Three’s Company our newsletter full of stories about 3(F) Squadron past and present. We also have an annual reunion which held every year.
WHY DO WE CHARGE A MEMBERSHIP FEE?
We provide 3 Newsletters a year and together with the web site fees, these cost over £350 to produce and print.
HOW DO I PAY?
You can pay for your membership online:
By Bank Transfer to: No 3(F) Squadron Association Acc No: 02550283 Sort Code: 30-92-33 (Please NB this is a business account) or via PayPal: 3Fsubs@gmail.com (Please use Family & Friends to avoid charges) or exceptionally send a cheque made payable to: No 3(F) Squadron Association to: Dave Ellis, 24 Oak Rd, Glinton, Peterborough, PE6 7LD
Latest News June 2023
A bit belated but here are the pictures from the Memorial Dinner at the St Georges Hotel on Friday 13th May:
The whole day went very well, as did the evening; as can be seen. The raffle and auction raised £500 for the Association’s funds.
May 12th 2023
Please find attached additional information relating to the 3(F) Sqn Memorial Dedication ceremony planned for Fri 12 May 23. I have attached (below) a link to the PDF version of the information. I look forward to seeing you all there.
I am pleased to inform you that planning for the Dedication event for the new 3(F) Squadron Memorial at the National Arboretum is progressing really well. I will provide more detail in due course, but the fundamentals remain the same in that the Dedication will take place 1300-1330 on Fri 12 May 23. The cafeteria will be open for guests to purchase refreshments where we will meet from around 1200, so there is a great opportunity to catch up with old friends before we move to the site of our new Memorial. We have a separate function room in the Aspects facility where tea/coffee will be available after the Dedication.
I would be very grateful if you plan to attend the Memorial event and haven’t already done so to let Duncan Olsen (Assn Sec, address below) know that you are coming, and he will then ask you to commit the sum of £5 per family to help us cover the cost of the beverages provided.
I am also pleased to inform you that planning for the Association Dinner at the Hilton at St George’s Park is at an advanced stage. This annual event has changed from our previous October timeline to allow us to meet closer to our Sqn’s Anniversary in May. Again, if you wish to join the 50 people already signed up for dinner, Duncan will provide further details in his next email.
The Association would like to invite you to the join us at the NMA on Friday 12 May at 1200 for a commissioning ceremony. ACM Sir Richard Johns GCB KCVO CBE and Deputy Commander Operations, AM Harv Smyth CB OBE DFC have already kindly agreed to join us on the day, and it would a great opportunity to gather as many of the Association together as possible as we commemorate our Squadron’s rich history. Families and friends are most welcome to join us.
The restaurant at the NMA is open from 1000 to 1630 serving a range of drinks, hot food, sandwiches, soups and cakes.
For information, the Squadron Association’s annual dinner will be held in the evening following the NMA event. More details will follow in due course, but we have a fine day and evening ahead of us.
Link to the NMA Homepage https://thenma.org.uk/
The RAF’s oldest fixed wing squadron has yet to be properly represented with a memorial to those that have served since 1911. To rectify this situation, a memorial fund was launched on November 12th 2021 based on Bob Barckley’s generous legacy of £3000. We have also had a large private donation of £5000, and as of the 1st May we have nearly reached our target. The treasurer treasurer3fsqnassoc@
We have selected a stonemason who will produce the memorial in time for the dedication on May 12th 2023. The memorial design and inscription shown on the Facebook page and below is an example of what the memorial will look like.
The location for the memorial has been decided and will be the National Memorial Arboretum.
Please support the project, other costs still have to be met; send your donations to
Any Three’s Company articles to the editor please.
There are cockatrice ties available, £16.00 each contact Clive Handy in stock
The DVD ‘The Stories of 3(F) Squadron’ from the 2007 reunion are also available from me, £5 including UK postage. http://paypal.me/cliverh
I have been sent a sample of new style cumberbund which has the sqn colours on one side and The Wickets or a Cockatrice on the other side. Please see the merchandise page for details. Clive Handy
The CO’s (Wg Cdr Frankie Buchler) page is under ‘About 3(F) Sqn and the Association’.
This website is designed to be informative and a point of reference for all association members, if you as an association member would like to see a particular item added to the site please contact the webmaster, to contact him click here.