The Indian Ocean Flying Boat Association








THE INDIAN OCEAN FLYING BOAT ASSOCIATION
(Formed 1988 Dissolved 2012 - This page remains here for historical documentation only.)

        

The Association

The Association was formed in 1988 after a meeting of old comrades from various Flying Boat Squadrons in the Far East.


Membership

The Members are from all Catalina and Sunderland Flying Boat Squadrons who flew from bases in and around The Indian Ocean.

Members of the Association include R.A.F. and Commonwealth aircrew, ground staff and W.A.A.F. who served with Flying Boats in the area 1939-1959.

We welcome all Air and Ground Crew including W.A.A.F. personnel who served in these units, which includes all members of the "FAR EAST FYLING BOAT WING ".

We have Members in many overseas countries and have as Hon. Members widows, sons and daughters of former members. Anyone interested in Flying Boat Operations in the Far East during W.W.II is also able to join as an Associate Member.


Subscription

At present, subscription is 7.00 per annum for Full and Associate Members.  This includes 4 newsletters per year.

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Reunions

We have a lunchtime meeting in Early October at the Union Jack Club, Waterloo, London. Plus an occasional get together at York or other similar venue, usually two a year to meet the memberships requirements. Details are posted in the newsletter and from Ray Rodgers.

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Activities

In September 2000, we planted two Marine Pines at The National Memorial Arboretum, part of the National Forest, at Alrewas, Staffordshire, UK.   One was dedicated to all past members of Far East Flying Boat Squadrons.  The other to all the Flying Boat Squadrons that operated in The Indian Ocean, including the R.C.A.F. and R.Netherlands Navy.

In the summer of 2001, The National Arboretum was officially opened along with The Memorial Chapel and Museum.  We have donated a seat to the Chapel, a painting and "Wings of Dawning" - a history of the conflict in The Indian Ocean, by the late Dr Arthur Banks, who was our Historian and Hon President until his death in April 2002.

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Squadrons Stationed in the Area

88, 191, 203, 205, 209, 212, 230, 240, 259, 262, 265, 292, 357, 1396/1352, Flights all Royal Air Force.

413. Royal Canadian Air Force.

321. Royal Netherlands Air Force.

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Stations & Bases in the Area

Aden, Akyab, Cocos Islands, Congella, Comoros China Bay, Conconada, Dar Es Salaam, Diego Garcia, Debrugarh, Gan. Kievu, Kelaik, Koggala, Addu Atoll, Kisumu, Langebaan, Masirah, Mauritius, Mombassa, Penang, Red Hills Lake, Rangoon, Ratmalana, St Lucia, Seychelles, Secotra, Tulear, Tromblay and Korangi Creek.

Aden
Akyab
Cocos Islands
Congella
Comoros
China Bay
Coconada
Dar Es Salaam
Diego Garcia
Debrugarh
Diego Suarez
Gan
Kipevu
Kelai
Koggala
Addu Atoll
R A F Koggala by Arthur Banks Kisumu
Langebaan
Masirah
Mauritius
Mombasa
Penang
Red Hills Lake
Rangoon
Ratmalana
St Lucia
Seychelles
Seletar
Secotra
Tulear
Tromblay
Korangi Creek
PBY Catalina and Sunderland
Flying Boats

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Links

PBY Catalina International Association

Catalina Society

RAF

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