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#16930 Battle Of Crete Anniversary 2011

Posted by ROYMISKELLY on 05 June 2011 - 06:53 PM in Explore Crete

Hi,
Finally made it home after another 2 hour delay at the airport. Just want to say thank you to all for their assistance especially Maureen who put me right on timings otherwise I would have missed the RAF memorial. It was an honour for me to be able to lay a wreath at both locations although I did think I might fall over one of those tv crews at Suda Bay who were pushing everyone out of the way. The highlight for me was when I returned to the RAF Memorial to check out the name HESS as I could not find him on the CWG site or anywhere else for that matter and bumped into Ron Croxton and his two sons. What an Amazing tale he had to tell re Crete and his time in a lifeboat after the Laconia sinking. Then to discover he only lives 20 miles from me here in Lincolnshire. I have his address and will hopefully be able to visit with him and chat.

So once again many thanks to all for their help.

Best Wishes
Roy Miskelly
Chairman
Lincs Branch
RAF Regt Ass



#16914 Battle Of Crete Anniversary 2011

Posted by ROYMISKELLY on 18 May 2011 - 04:07 PM in Explore Crete

Hi pam,
Many thanks for that will attend just to get the atmosphere and final timings for events on Sat and Sunday.

Roy
RAF Regt Ass



#16912 Battle Of Crete Anniversary 2011

Posted by ROYMISKELLY on 18 May 2011 - 11:59 AM in Explore Crete

Hi,
Finally made it to our destination in Malame after a change of flight plan and a 3 hour delay and a long bus trip we are here in Malame. Did not arrive until gone midnight so slept late and I think I have missed the meeting at Mikes or is it tomorrow Thursday can someone confirm please. I am using the pc facilities at our hotel

Many Thanks

Roy Miskelly
RAF Regt Ass.



#16907 Battle Of Crete Anniversary 2011

Posted by ROYMISKELLY on 13 May 2011 - 03:27 PM in Explore Crete

Hi Guys,
Managed to get my wreaths ok from RBL paid for by the Corps as I said before I will lay the RAF Regiment wreath at Suda Bay and the RAF Regiment Association one at the memorial at Malame. Looking forward to meeting up at Mikes just to get the atmosphere and
of course pay tribute to those who paid the supreme sacrifice. Is it Wed or Thu at Mikes I have both dates ?

One downside darn airline has cancelled my flight to Chania and I have to arrive in Heraklion and then face a 160 mile bus trip to get to Malame !

Roy Miskelly
Chairman
Lincs Barnch
RAF Regt Ass



#16843 Battle Of Crete Anniversary 2011

Posted by ROYMISKELLY on 27 March 2011 - 07:54 PM in Explore Crete

Tim,
Thanks for that not a Crete veteran myself just an ex RAF Regt Cpl(66-75) who joined our association and ended up chairman of the Lincolnshire branch. The obvious connection as was mentioned before is the formation of the RAF Regiment the year following the loss of the airfields on Crete. A holiday to Malame 2 years ago and a delve into the history and the location of the battles was a must and I have been intrigued by events ever since. I look forward to perhaps meeting up with some veterans on the Thursday at Mikes Place.

Regards

Roy Miskelly



#16839 Battle Of Crete Anniversary 2011

Posted by ROYMISKELLY on 26 March 2011 - 05:54 PM in Explore Crete

Arthur,
Thanks for that googled it and it even shows up on the crete map and of course stupid me it is actually called Mike's hotel !!!! Hopefully be there on the 18th any idea what time ?

Roy



#16837 Battle Of Crete Anniversary 2011

Posted by ROYMISKELLY on 25 March 2011 - 10:19 PM in Explore Crete

Arthur,
It was as I suspected I think I shall have to arrange to get them here in the UK and transport them myself and hopefully they will not charge me excess baggage. I still do not know which hotel is Mikes ?

I shall be at the Ledra apartments just off the main road have stayed there 2 years ago so know my way about a bit did the whole tour last time.

Regards

Roy



#16828 Battle Of Crete Anniversary 2011

Posted by ROYMISKELLY on 22 March 2011 - 10:17 PM in Explore Crete

Gentlemen,
I have been given permission by the RAF Regiment Secretary to represent the Corps at both the Suda Bay cemetery and at the sqaudron memorial near the airfield at Malame. He is looking into the purchase of wreaths on the island rather than me carrying two with me on the flight. Can anyone help with this is there somewhere on the island that we can purchase wreaths made up with the Corps crest.

As I am staying in Malame, arriving on the 17th, I would very much like to attend the meeting at Mike's hotel to get the feel for what will be taking place at both ceremonies. Which hotel is it and what date and time is the meeting to be held.

Many Thanks

Roy Miskelly
Chairman
Lincolnshire Branch
RAF Regiment Association.



#16777 Battle Of Crete 70th Anniversary 2011

Posted by ROYMISKELLY on 14 February 2011 - 05:44 PM in Introduce Yourself

Hi,
I also will be in Crete for the 70th Commemoration of the Battle of Crete and will once permission has been obtained be representing the Royal Air Force Regiment and the Royal Air Force Regiment Association. I will be staying in Malame and would like to visit 'Mike's' Hotel to find out more about the commemoration. I am aware of the one at the CWGC but wondered if anyone new of any activity at the RAF Memorial just north of the airfield at Malame.