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THE VULCAN EDITION

Air Vice-Marshal Eric H Macey OBE

Eric Macey joined the Royal Air Force in October 1954 as a Direct Entrant. He trained on Provost and Vampire aircraft, then served on Nos. 263 and 1(F) Squadrons where he flew Hunters in the Day Fighter role.  He transferred to the Medium Bomber Force in 1958 and, following a co-pilot tour with No. 214 Valiant Squadron, predominantly in the Air-to-Air Refuelling role, he converted to Vulcans in 1961, joining No. 101 Squadron at Waddington.

         He returned to Lincolnshire as a Wing Commander in 1970 where he first commanded No.101 Squadron {at Waddington} before becoming the Chief Instructor of No. 230 (Vulcan) Operational Conversion Unit at Scampton.

From 1977 to 1979 he served on the personal staff of the Chief of Defence Staff, after which he was promoted to Air Commodore and appointed Senior Air Staff Officer at HQ RAF Germany. 

         He moved to Cranwell in January 1985, on assuming the post of Air Officer Commanding and Commandant of the Royal Air Force College.  Air Vice-Marshal Macey took up his final Service appointment as Director General of Training (RAF) in February 1989 and retired from the Royal Air Force on his 55th birthday in April 1991.

 

 

 

Squadron Leader Martin Withers DFC LLB

Having flown as a member of Birmingham UAS, Martin joined the RAF in 1968 and after completing his multi-engine training was posted onto the Vulcan.

He spent 5 years at RAF Waddington as a co-pilot on 44 Sqn and then as a captain on 50 Sqn, training in Britain, Cyprus, Canada and the USA in the low-level Strike role as part of  NATO’s  Nuclear Deterrent.

 On 5th April 1982 when back at Waddington as Pilot Leader on 101 Sqn he was told that his crew had been selected to learn air to air refuelling and to prepare for a conventional bombing attack on the runway on East Falkland . Just over 3 weeks later, the first ‘Black Buck’ mission took off from Ascension Island.

Martin’s Vulcan refuelled 7 times, 6 of these at night on this flight lasting 15 hours and 45 minutes.  This successful mission, which led to Argentina being denied the use of the runway to attack our Fleet, was the longest bombing raid in history. For which Martin was awarded the DFC; his crew were all Mentioned in Dispatches.

Martin retired in 1991 to pursue a career in civil aviation, but also flew the Vulcan again (XH 558) as a display pilot, from the second test flight in 2008 until its last flight on 28 Oct 2015.

 

 

 

 

Air Vice-Marshal N B Baldwin CB CBE

 

Air Vice-Marshal Nigel Baldwin retired from the RAF in 1996. An Old-Cranwellian, he was a Vulcan pilot for most of his flying career culminating in commanding No 50 Sqn at RAF Waddington in 1977, and station commander of RAF Wyton in 1983 when it was a Canberra, Nimrod R and Bloodhound base; his last job was in the Defence Staff in MOD Whitehall as the Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Overseas). He had been Air Commodore Plans at HQ Strike Command during the first Gulf War immediately before that.

 

From 1996, he has been the Chairman of the RAF Historical Society and from 1996 to 2007 he was the Chairman of ‘Combat Stress’ – the Ex-Services Mental Welfare Society.  He is also the President of the RAF Voluntary Band Association and President of the No 50 & 61 Squadrons’ Association.