‘Trying to locate the veterans of major RAF base for reunion’

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EDITOR - The RAF St Eval Friends Reunited Association 1939/1959 is trying to contact all ex-RAF St Eval personnel and invite them to our next reunion, which will be held at the Trebarwith Hotel in Newquay in September.

All members receive two newsletters each year and we can also do a search for your ex St Eval pals.

RAF St Eval (Cornwall) airfield opened in 1939 and closed in March 1959.

It was one of the largest coastal command stations in the country, which was situated about seven miles from Newquay.

So that the airfield could be built a small Cornish hamlet consisting of seven cottages and the public house the Spry Arms, which was situated where the main runway was to be built, were demolished.

It was strongly rumoured that the Norman church which was located on the periphery of the airfield was to be demolished as well.

But it survived to become the centre-piece of the station badge, authorised by King George VI in October 1949.

Over 1,000 personnel lost their lives while serving at RAF St Eval.

In the churchyard there is a poignant reminder of the past, where many brave RAF St Eval personnel are buried.

For more information about the reunion plans, or if you know someone who was at the base who would be interested in the reunion, call Peter on 01271 814 439, Bob on 01303 892 559 or David on 01202 423 292.

DPJ Lockyer

Halebrorse Court, Seafield Road

Bournemouth