The Squadron Today

The Association aims to provide an ongoing link to the history of 97, for those who served with the squadron, their relatives and friends. The fact tha the Association exists at all owes much to our President, Wg Cdr Ken Cook , Vice President Ernie Groeger, our historian Kevin Bending and our original secretary Ann Savage. Ann’s organisational skills and attention to detail gave the association a very sound base and her successor, daughter Gail Savage-Smith, has continued to organise us in much the same way. There are also strong links to the Thorpe Camp Preservation Group which of course is based on the old RAF Woodhall Spa facility near Tattershall Thorpe, home to 97 in 1942 and 1943. This group have done a fantastic job in preserving the history of not only 97 Squadron, but also the other squadrons that were based in the area during, and after, World War 2.

Chair Tony Walton 2016

The squadron continues today through the 97 (straits settlements) Squadron Association. The Association is for all those who have served with 97 Squadron and is open to their relatives and friends as well. For the small cost of a one off payment of £10 you can be registered as a member or associate member of the Squadron Association, which entitles you to newsletters which are sent out periodically, and to attend the annual reunion. For details please use the contact page


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Books on 97 (Straits Settlement) and Bomber Command

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Pictures from passed reunions

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In Memory

This Area is to remember those who have sadly departed since the war.