Martin Withers DFC17th September 2016
Details of our next club lunch with special guest:
Born in Surrey, Martin Withers studied at Trinity School Croydon and then went on to Birmingham University to study Law, where he discovered the University Air Squadron (UAS) and fell in love with flying and the RAF. Although he did gain his LLB (Hons), it was not long before he elected to change professions. Joining the RAF in 1968, Martin trained at RAF Stations at Church Fenton, Syerston, Oakington, Manby and Strubby and was then posted to the Vulcan aircraft. His first tour as a co-pilot was at Waddington in 44 Squadron and he then served as a captain in 50 Squadron also at Waddington, and in 1976 was assigned to Scampton as a Vulcan flying instructor on 230 OCU.
When the OCU closed, Martin transferred to 101 Sqn back at Waddington as the squadron QFI and Pilot Leader and was subsequently selected as captain-pilot of “Black Buck 1” for “Operation Corporate” , known today as the Falkland Islands Conflict. For his part in an extraordinary mission bombing the runway at Port Stanley as leader in “Operation Black Buck”, he was awarded the DFC, with his entire crew being “Mentioned in Dispatches”.
Martin retired from the RAF to become a commercial airline pilot. He first flew turboprops (SD360 andF27) before moving up to the Airbus A320 and the Boeing 757, and then on to 767’s before retiring. Until sadly it was grounded in 2015, he acted as Air Operations Director for the “Vulcans to the Sky Trust”. The last flying Vulcan, aircraft no. XH558, was operated and is still owned by the Trust, a charity established to maintain and operate this remarkable aircraft. Martin was responsible for overseeing the safe operation of XH558. Married to Laura, Martin now lives near York with their two children.
Location: Minster Exchange, Minster Pavement, Mincing Lane, London EC3R 7PP
Date: MONDAY 17th OCTOBER 2016
Timings: 12:30 for Pre lunch drinks, 13:00 seating for lunch, 14:10 guest speaker, 15:15 estimated finishing time
Ticket price: £49.50 per head including 2 course lunch with wine and coffee. There will be a paying bar before the event.
To secure your place please contact Charlie Miller 07850 752279
Guests and Non-Members Welcome