GI44-45 AGM 28/29th November 2009

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GI44-45 AGM 28/29th November 2009

Post  Gina_Costina on Sun Nov 29, 2009 9:07 pm

On the 28th and 29th November 2009 GI44-45 held their Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Lincolnsfield children centre, Bushey Hertfordshire (England)

The Lincolnsfields Children’s Centre is based on the original WW2 site of Bushey Hall-Headquarters of the 8th U.S.A.A.F. Fighter Command [Codename AJAX], from 1942 to 1946, as a World War II non-flying facility in England. It was established at a private golf club and was used as a headquarters facility for the United States Army Air Forces Eighth Air Force in the United Kingdom. It was situated close to its Royal Air Force counterpart at RAF Bentley Priory, near Stanmore. It was also known as USAAF station 341.
During the war the facility was also Headquarters United States Strategic Air Forces (USSTAF) during 1944 and 1945, a re-designation of the Eighth Air Force VIII Bomber Command. It is the direct predecessor of the current-day United States Air Force United States Air Forces in Europe. In the Fifties this site then became an important Cold War period Anti Aircraft establishment.

Our thanks go out to the Phil, Chris and all from the First Special Service Force living history group ( http://www.wwiireenacting.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=31060 ) for enabling our AGM to take place at Bushey. We highly recommend Bushey as a site to use, with great hosts; it’s also conveniently located just off the M1 and M25 motorways.

The site was such that we had the use of wartime buildings and to hold our meeting and take advantage of all that the site offers.

Despite the rain, GI44-45 had the opportunity to take a few pictures inside the Gusville saloon “somewhere in Europe” and outside. In addition to discussing much in the AGM, we had the chance to socialise, watch some classic DVD’s, participate in a little knowledge check of WW2 (well done Murph!!), and travel into town where we received a warm welcome from the locals. We also had the chance to meet up with our newest member Private Dan O’Dwyer, and thank goodness (for me) as Dan is from down South of England, so I can actually understand what he says, unlike some of our other members, who tend to get a bit “mardy”.

Great to have you on board Dan, right kit, great attitude and we look forward to meeting up at our next event!

So with the AGM behind us, and our last event of 2009, I am looking forward to what we have planned for 2010! It looks to be a good one.

A sample of what the group got up to.....

The Gusville saloon “somewhere in Europe”





“On patrol”






Private O’Dwyer gives a lost GI directions to the front..


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Post  samharris45 on Mon Nov 30, 2009 5:47 pm

Cheers Paul some good pics!
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Post  Guest on Mon Nov 30, 2009 10:32 pm

Nice pictures Paul.

Cheers,
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Post  Guest on Tue Dec 01, 2009 1:29 pm

Here are some pictures from my lens. A big thanks to Phil and all the gang at FSSF for allowing us use of their fantastic site for our AGM.















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Post  Camel1815 on Tue Dec 01, 2009 1:40 pm

Nicely nicely Ben. Very envious.
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Re: GI44-45 AGM 28/29th November 2009

Post  murph on Tue Dec 01, 2009 8:55 pm

Great report and Pics, I'm working on the minutes as we speak, or type even!

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Post  samharris45 on Wed Dec 02, 2009 1:34 pm

Great pics as well Ben- Some nice ones for sure!

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Re: GI44-45 AGM 28/29th November 2009

Post  Gina_Costina on Wed Dec 02, 2009 5:45 pm

Show me your war face!!!!!


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Post  sad sack on Wed Dec 09, 2009 7:27 pm

Paul I would like to thank you and your guys for coming down to Bushey on the 28/29 you are welcome to come down anytime. Cheers Phil
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Re: GI44-45 AGM 28/29th November 2009

Post  murph on Wed Dec 09, 2009 10:00 pm

sad sack wrote:Paul I would like to thank you and your guys for coming down to Bushey on the 28/29 you are welcome to come down anytime. Cheers Phil
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Re: GI44-45 AGM 28/29th November 2009

Post  Mark on Fri Dec 11, 2009 11:00 pm

looking good guys sorry i missed it look forward to seeing you all at stoneligh hopefully
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