RAF Gan Reunion 2003

The small (1" high) enamel pin badge shown above records the fact the RAF had been present on Hittadu and Gan from 1942 until 1976. Only 300 of these badges were produced especially for the Reunion and are absolutely unique. We have a limited number of these for sale at £5 each including postage and packing. If you would like to purchase the above, then please send a cheque, made payable to: M Butler at 8 Rashleigh Court, Church Crookham, Fleet, Hants, GU52 8UQ. Orders will be treated strictly on a first come, first served, basis.

The money raised from the sale of these badges will go directly to the National Thalassaemia Centre in Male, Maldives.
"Note: The RAF first had a presence on Hittadu in 1942 when a
detachment of RAF personnel were sent from China Bay in
Ceylon to service and turn around the RAF Sunderland and Catalina
aircraft that were flying regularly into the Addu Atoll lagoon.
It was on the 29th March 1976 that the RAF staging post on
Gan closed down and the island was handed back to the
Maldivian Goverment."

The Royal Air Force Gan Reunion.

"All the members of the RAF Gan Reunion Committee would like to thank all those who have sent us messages of congratulations and thanks regarding the recent Reunion at RAF Odiham Your comments were very much appreciated. It is great to realise that the efforts that we have made over the past year or so have given so much pleasure. Thank you all."

The RAF Gan Reunion Committee
April 2003

" Well, a great time had by all I think! It was wonderful to see your faces at last! Before, I just knew a lot of you from your email address, but here you were in all your ugly glory!
I was stunned to receive the Gan shield as you could probably tell from when I had to give a speech! Totally unexpected!
I felt a bit embarrassed on the day being praised to the eyeballs. I would like to point out that my part of the Reunion organization was VERY small. The vast part, about 97% in my estimation, was done by Mike Butler and family, Mick Hall and the very capable RAF Odiham crew, and Bruce Hepburn.
It is impossible to describe just how much work went into making it all happen, and unless I saw it for myself, I wouldn't believe it either! I would like to add my heartfelt thanks here to the parties above concerned for a great day, it really couldn't have happened without you."

Alistair Currah

"...and back to some more comments from the attendees!"

"Click On Photograph For Larger Image"


Photographs Courtesy of Geoff Parselle

Dear All,
Many thanks once again for getting this web site & reunion underway.
Thoroughly enjoyable afternoon & to meet old friends from over 30
years ago was incredible.
I'm an ex RAF Halton brat (101 entry) & will be attending a triennial
beer-up at Halton next year. I hope my liver can cope with these so
called social functions.
So when's the next one? Can't wait.
Best Regards,
Dear RAF Gan Reunion Committee
Just a short note from the depths of Rowlands Castle to thank you and your Committee for the exceptional organisation of the Gan Reunion Day on Saturday. I can only guess at the amount of work which must have preceded the actual day but know from previous involvement in such events that the amount of minutiae is enormous and often unappreciated by those such as myself who just 'turn up' on the day! Managed to speak to several people about their own experiences on the island although the only person I met up with who was present during my year (1961-1962) was Eddie Wooffitt, Postmaster General - we managed to dredge up a few shared memories!Both Rosemary and I enjoyed the event very much indeed - please pass on our best wishes and thanks to the Committee - can we look forward to another Reunion at some date in the future?
Best Regards
Mike Ridge
Thank you very much for organising the RAF Gan re-union which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was great to see so many and meet up with so many ex Gannites.
Please pass on my thanks to the others in the organising committee and to the Mess staff. You all did a very splendid job, thank you.
Andy Knowles
I would like to thank you & the committee for all the hard work you put in to make the reunion a great success.
 Lyel Swingler
Outstanding reunion, and outstandingly organised. Thank you for your own, and
your family's, unstinting efforts to make it the success it was - it will go
down in history I'm sure.

There was even Tiger!!!
Les Bywaters [LesB]

Many thanks to you and your committee for organising the wonderful reunion. It was great to meet friends who I had not seen for 43 years and to talk about old times.
Thanks once again
Norman Goosey


Just a very quick note to say thank you again for organising the superb Reunion at Odiham.
It really was great to meet so many old friends, not only from Gan but others that I haven't met for even longer. I last met Ray Morgan at RAAF Butterworth over forty years ago.Right must go as have to complete this work before we leave for the Far East in the morning. Will definitely be going to Gan for a holiday though
Thank you all once again.
Cheers and beers

Dick Harcourt

Just a quick e mail to say thanks very much to you and all the organisers for an excellent time last Saturday in the re union--my wife and I really enjoyed the day--especially when i went up to get the 5th raffle prize and some of the lads shouted "he never went to Gan he looks too young--i actually had my 21st in Gan 29th June 1975--thanks again--perhaps you could pass on our thanks the the other organisers. I still have lots of pictures to send--of Gan in 1975--

look forward to poss hearing from you

Thanks again Graham and Marian Williams
Hello Committee,
I had the privilege of attending the reunion yesterday. The whole day was very good, efficient and thorough planning and execution by all members of the Committee enhanced a very rewarding day.
Thank you for all the time and effort put into the day, it was very much appreciated.
Best Wishes
Gordon Gambrell
Just to say A GREAT BIG THANK YOU , we had a most wonderful day.
To meet and greet pals was just great, the venue could not have been better
the organisation was perfect to the last detail.
For all your hard work and enthusiasm Thanks a million.
Michael Kennedy
A very big thank you to you and everyone else for what was a great day last Saturday. Having been involved in such events myself I know that they just do not happen - they have to be worked on. It was very clear that a lot of work had gone into this one and everyone I spoke to was full of praise for the detail you had gone into and the organisation of the day.

I met a number of old colleagues and the couple I had been best man to and have not seen for 32 years!

Very well done and a big thank you from me.

Peter Hamilton

Many congratulations on the total success of the Gan Reunion. I thought it was a masterpiece of imaginative planning: the right setting, superb displays, a splendid meal and stimulating company. It was a joy to see again my Gannite contemporaries and to meet many others who experienced the uniqueness of the coral island.

I know the hard slog of producing this sort of show. It is, much appreciated. My warm thanks to you and your family and to the other members of the committee.

Very best wishes
Yours aye

Bill Edwards (RAF Gan C.O. when the station closed)

So good to meet up with a group of people who all have something in common - being ex Gannites- we are a unique bunch and proud of it.
Thank you committee for all the hard work, it was well worth it, and from all the comments I heard, everyone else thought so as well.

A thoroughly enjoyable evening and a good get together.

Thanks again.

Geoff Parselle

Just to thank you and your colleagues for your hospitality last Saturday and for giving us the opportunity to promote the Shackleton Association at such an excellent venue. RAF Odiham certainly came up with the goods.
Both Peter and I were very impressed with the entire day and know the amount of effort you must have put in to make the reunion such a success. I am sure that everyone present must have enjoyed the event and the opportunity to catch up with old friends and comrades.
Keep up the good work.
With very best regards
Tony Raybole
To all
Thank you for a thoroughly enjoyable day, how hard you all worked was very evident. Not aware of any adverse comments...

Sorry Anna & I were not able to be that active leading up to it. Catch up another day.

Russ & Anna (Wickson)

Just a few lines to pass on the thanks of both my wife and myself for a truly momentous day. Our congratulations to all the committee members and catering staff for all the hard work, please pass on to all concerned our sincere thanks.
Mick Lamb.


Sorry we did not get to meet on Saturday, guess like me you were too busy chatting to old acquaintances. A great day which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Thanks to you and your 'helpers' for working so hard to make the day a success


Gerry Brown

Can I thank all of you hard working Gannites for a superb reunion afternoon and evening. I have been to a number of reunions, mainly ex RAF Photographers but this was without a doubt the best.


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