Our Members

Currently we have over 100 members and the numbers are growing. Most but not all have professional or family connections with the past establishments. We welcome anyone over the age of 18 who has an interest in our work. Non-members are welcome to come to one of our meetings to help them decide whether to become a member.

We depend on our members subscriptions to fund materials for our exhibitions and educational work. Many contribute to our archiving and research as well as helping with displays.

As a member you will receive advance notice of visits and talks for members. Our archive includes a wiki which has member only access. Members can edit or just browse this resource. We are building a photo gallery for members which we plan to open in 2018.

Physical access to the archive, which is kindly hosted by QinetiQ, can be arranged by prior appointment by contacting a Society Committee member through this website.

Can you help achieve our ambitions?

You could:
· Come to our lectures to learn more.
· Join our society.
· Tell us your story.
· Donate items such as artefacts, letters and photos.
· Help to catalogue our collection.
· Tell our story to schools.
· Offer a donation or bequest.

Contact us if you are interested and want to know more.
Email: membership@mraths.org.uk
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2 Responses to Our Members

  1. Kevin Fitzgerald says:

    I joined at the last meeting, but haven’t had any further communication from MRATHS, so I don’t know what to do next.
    Thank you.
    Kevin Fitzgerald

  2. Ron Henry says:

    Dear Captain Russell

    Thank you for your query. I have assumed that you are Captain, RN, and that you had connections with the Naval Section at RRE Air Station, Defford.

    I worked at the Malvern establishment from 1960-2003, with about 33 years of that in the Airborne Radar Dept. I’ve always had an interest in aviation so that my fostered an interest in all aspects of the history of the establishment’s airborne activities. Defford airfield closed (and was replaced by Pershore) in 1957, so all that I know about RN activity there comes from my own research. My personal involvement in flight trials began at Pershore in 1963 and I remember that Radar Research Flying Unit aircrew then included a Lt Cdr (Edwards?) and a Lt or Sub Lt Rayment – they were the final naval aircrew that I remember.

    MRATHS has a large archive but little of it refers to Defford’s Naval Section; I can’t help thinking that a lot of NS paper records have ‘gone astray’. Nevertheless, I know that the NS Commanding Officer always had Lt Cdr rank, and the CO in 1954 may have been Lt Cdr Hudson (he was certainly its final CO). By the mid-50s it was not a large unit, but I was surprised to find (in some source, now forgotten) that its officer complement was then very small. Its parent station was Lee-on-Solent.

    In that era its airborne radar trials activities were concerned with Blue Silk Doppler navigator for the Gannet, ASV 19 for both the Gannet and some 2nd hand Avengers from the USA, and AI 21 for the Sea Venom. The contemporary resident communications aircraft was DH Dominie NF880 (aka civil Dragon Rapide) – it was possibly painted orange overall!

    In a nutshell, that is what is known about the Navy at Defford in your era. In fact, I’m hoping that you will be be able to add to it! I look forward to hearing from you.

    Yours sincerely

    Ron Henry

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