The Shackleton Association

News Archive

For historical reference, here are our older news articles. See our news page for our most recent information and news articles.

The 144th Growler - Spring 2024

The Growler Magazine No 144 - Spring 2024 The Spring 2024 (144th) edition of The Growler is out now!


A Brief History in Aviation
MR2s in FEAF
A Tour on 120 Squadron
Life with 'Uncle'

and more.....

Tuesday 5th March 2024

WR963 Prepares For Move

Here are a few photo's of WR963 at Baginton with preparations underway for her move to the Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington. The photos were taken on 10 Feb 2024 by Ian Harding.

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There is also an update of progress on the Yorkshire Air Museum website.

Wednesday 14th February 2024

The 143rd Growler - Winter 2023

The Growler Magazine No 143 - Winter 2023 The Winter 2023 (143rd) edition of The Growler is out now!


How to be Happy Through Maritime
A South African Pilot's Memories
Vanda's Viewpoint
Exchange with HMS Opportune

and more.....

Wednesday 6th December 2023

2024 Shackleton Association Calendar

Shackleton Association 2024 CalendarWe are now taking orders for our 2024 Shackleton Association Calendar.

This unique calendar is printed on high quality paper using high quality colour photographs that are not available elsewhere.

Prices including P&P are:

  • £12 per calendar for UK delivery
  • £15 per calendar for overseas delivery

The latest date to place your order is 31st October 2023

To order, please send your full name, address including postcode together with payment to our association's Chairman: Wally Allaway, 1 Deepdale, Wilnecote, Tamworth, B77 4PD.

If ordering more than one calendar for delivery to a different addresses then please include each address on a separate sheet.

Accepted payments are by:

  • Cheque - made payable to the Shackleton Association
  • Bank transfer - Sort Code: 60-17-43,  Account No.: 84703210, Reference: Calendar and your name.

Wednesday 7th June 2023

2023 Shackleton Association Calendar

2023 Shackleton Association Calendar

Printed on high quality paper, rare colour photographs that are not available anywhere else are being used for each month in our 2023 Shackleton Association Calendar.

To order your celendar, please send your full name, address, postcode and payment to: Wally Allaway, Chairman of the Shackleton Association, 1 Deepdale, Wilnecote, Tamworth, B77 4PD. Orders must received by 31st October 2022.

If ordering more than one calendar for delivery to a different address, please include that address on a separate sheet.

UK price, inc P&P is £12 each
Overseas, inc P&P is £15 each

Pay by cheque (payable to the Shackleton Association), Bank Transfer or by PayPal.

Tuesday 5th July 2022


With the closure of the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry's historic aircraft exhibitions, all exhibits are being transferred to new homes.  Their centerpiece, Shackleton AEW2 'Dougal' WR960, having been housed undercover since it was retired from service in 1982, is in excellent condition and is being transferred to the Avro Heritage Museum at Woodford where she will be held in storage until arrangements are made for her to go on public display.

You can see some photo's of WR960 being dismantled here:

Friday 10th June 2022

269 Squadron Tray

Geoff Pringle contacted the association whilst researching a tray which he bought from a militaria fair near Bristol in 2005. The tray was handpainted and depicts 269 Squadron's Crest as well as a MK1 and MK2 Shackleton. I wonder if any of our members have any memories or know the history of it.

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Friday 29th April 2022

2022 Shackleton Association Calendar

We still have provisional orders for our 2022 calendar recorded. Will members who have ordered but not yet sent paid for their 2022 calendars, please send their remittance of £12 (UK delivery) or £15 (overseas delivery), per calendar to the memsec before the end of September.

2022 Shackleton Association Calendar

The closing date for ordering your calendar is 30th September 2021.  Contact the memsec to order yours.

Sunday 2nd May 2021

WR977 Newark Air Museum

Brian Withers has informed us that some serious corrosion has been found on the upper lateral support struts on both main undercarriage assemblies on Shackleton Mk3 WR977 at Newark Air Museum. Brian has asked us if we have contact with anyone who may have experienced this problem in the past and also for any suggestions for a source of spares or repairs. If you think you can provide some information or help then please contact Brian.

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Wednesday 6th January 2021

Shackleton Model Kits Review

One of our association members, Jason Moore who lives in Texas, has sent us a very interesting and comprehensive review of the many available Shackleton model kits. You can read his review here: Shackleton model kits review.

Saturday 4th April 2020

The Shackleton Trophy 2019

The Shackleton Trophy is presented anually to the best ATC Expedition. This year the Bristol & Gloucestershire Wing won it with their expedition “Exercise Mountain Storm” set around Banff, Canada. See the Shackleton Trophy page for more information.

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To see more photos of this event view the photo album.

Thursday 15th August 2019

Shackleton Association Crest Carving

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Paul Slee and his wife presented this beautiful wooden carving to the Association at the 2017 Annual Dinner. Paul carved it by hand over a number of months using a picture of the Association's crest as his design. The accuracy of the carving and level of detail are absolutely incredible

Monday 6th November 2017