Welcome to the CXI (F) Sqn Association Website
The CXI (F) Sqn Association
In March 2011, as the last remaining F3 Tornado squadron, and one of the premier fighter squadrons in the Royal Air Force, CXI (F) Sqn disbanded.
The squadron spirit remains alive in the legacy that its members have created, through many years of outstanding front line service , and through the work of the CXI (F) Sqn Association. If you are interested in joining the Association, then please contact us via our Application Form.
The Sqn crest is instantly recognizable - but what does each component signify? In front of two swords in saltire, a cross potent quadrat, charged with three seaxes fesswise in pale - approved by King Edward VIII in October 1936. The cross commemorates First World War operations in Palestine, the seaxes signify RAF Hornchurch in Essex - where the Sqn was based at the time the crest was initially designed in 1934 - and the swords signify London, the unit being part of the capital's defences when the badge was designed. The motto, "Adstantes" is Latin for "Standing By" (them), in reference to the Squadrons' previous role in maintaining the air defence of the UK.
We have recently been informed of the dearth of Robert James "Paddy" Rae, on 28th October 2019 aged 97 years old.
Upon turning 18 years old, "Paddy" joined the RAF and served with CXI(F) Sqn as an armourer from January 1940 to 1942 in the UK, before moving with the Squadron to North Africa in November 1942. Subsequently he served with CXI(F) Sqn in Italy and the South of France, ending the war with the occupying army in Austria. Following the war he joined the Northern Ireland Civil Service and enjoyed a long retirement from 1982.
His wife Olivia Rachael predeceased him and he is survived by his son Gordon and daughter-in-law Lorraine. Our thoughts are with them at this sad time.
Information about next year's CXI(F) Squadron Association Reunion is available for members in the No 59 Newsletter, which can be accessed in the members only area.
We look forward to seeing you in 2020
15 April 2019
The CXI(F) Squadron Association has been contacted by Stephen Cawley, who together with Mark Moore have restored Phantom airframe XV406, which can now be seen in 111 (F) Squadron markings at the Solway Aviation Museum.
Follow this link to see some photographs of the finished airframe. Our congratulations to Stephen and Mark on their fantastic work.
03 April 2019
It is with great sadness that we were informed by his wife Barbara, of the death on 27th March 2019 of former 111 (F) Squadron and Association Member Edward Mendham. Edward served 1954-1967. Our thoughts are with Barbara and the rest of Edward's family at this time.
27 March 2019
The Squadron Association was represented at the military funeral of CXI(F) Squadron spitfire pilot W/O John "Harry" Henry Coates, who was shoot down on 05 March 1945. In a moving ceremony, which took place at the Commonwealth War cemetery in Padua, Italy, on Wednesday 27 March 2019, a wreath in squadron colours was laid at the graveside. More details of the story of W/O Coates and the funeral can be found HERE.
The CXI(F) Squadron Association will hold their annual reunion event on 13th April 2019. If you are an ex CXI(F) Squadron member and wish to attend please contact us for more information through our contact form HERE
This years CXI(F) Association Reunion will be held in October 2018. Details have been sent to members via the Association Newsletter.
Following the very successful Association Reunion to celebrate the 100 years of CXI (F) Squadron. A pamphlet to commemorate the occasion is now available for members via the following link
- 100 yrs CXI Pamphlet -
On 14th & 15th October 2017, over 60 ex-CXI (F) Sqn members gathered to celebrate 100 years since the formation of the Squadron.
A wonderful weekend was had by all with a visit to the Lightning Preservation Group, a formal dinner and a Commemorative Church Service, all being part of the programme.
With much sadness we have been informed of the death of former 111 (F) Sqn member, Lez Duquemin, who passed away on Tuesday 12th September 2017. Our thoughts are with his wife Kate and family at this very sad time. Further details will be added to this post as they become available.
Unfortunately, we were notified of the passing, after a short illness, of Russ Cluer on 3 May 2017.
He was known as "Bully" during his time on 111 (F) Sqn, and much liked by everyone who knew him.
Our sympathies are with his wife Nicky and her family at this very sad time.
A celebration Service will be held at Weston Mill Crematorium, Plymouth, PL2 2HA - 12:15, Friday 19th May 2017. Then a get together in the Boringdon Arms, Boringdon Terrace, Turnchapel, Plymouth, PL9 9TQ.
Death of Air Vice Marshal Peter Spencer Collins, CB, AFC, BA, RAF (Rtd), aged 87.
Commanding officer of 111(F) Sqn during it's Lightning years in the late 1960's. Peter died on the 17 April 2017 in Farleigh Hospice, Chelmsford, after a long and hard-fought battle with the after-effects of cancer surgery.
This year the 111(F) SQN Association Reunion will take place on 14 October 2017, we look forward to seeing many ex-Tremblers members at this great event. Please contact us if you wish to have more information.
This year 111(F)SQN will be celebrating it's 100 year birthday. 111(F) Sqn was officially recognised on 1 August 1917, and formed at a small-disused area of Deir-el-Belah airfield in Palestine.
Check back for details of the 2017 Association Reunion to celebrate this great occasion.
Death of Peter Latham. The Association is very sad to announce the death of a former Sqaudron Commanding Officer, Air Vice-Marshal Peter Latham, who, after a short illness, passed away aged 91.
This years Association Reunion took place on Saturday 08th October 2016 at the Ullesthorpe Court Hotel near Leicester. A fantastic evening was had by all.
Lightning XR713 was the 111(F) Squadron Gateguard at RAF Leuchars until early 2015, when it was saved by the Lightning Preservation Group (LPG) at Bruntingthorpe. XR713 is 95% reassembled See more, including photos, at:
Black Mike is saved! Thanks to a generous offer by Mr Gary Spoors of GJD Services. The British F4 Phantom Aviation Group (BF4PAG) have confirmed that Black Mike is one step closer to its new home at Bruntingthorpe and well on its
journey of preservation for future generations.