INDIAN OCEAN FLYING BOAT ASSOCIATION
(Formed 1988 Dissolved 2012 - This page remains here for historical documentation only.)
was formed in 1988 after a meeting of old comrades from various
Flying Boat Squadrons in the Far East.
are from all Catalina and Sunderland Flying Boat Squadrons who
flew from bases in and around The Indian Ocean.
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.
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 is £7.00 per annum for Full and Associate Members.
This includes 4 newsletters per year.
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.
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
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
Stationed in the Area
203, 205, 209, 212, 230, 240, 259, 262, 265, 292, 357, 1396/1352,
Flights all Royal Air Force.
Canadian Air Force.
Netherlands Air Force.
& Bases in the Area
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.
Dar Es Salaam
Red Hills Lake
Catalina and Sunderland
Catalina International Association