The Shackleton Association


John (Mo) Botwood

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of our founder member John (Mo) Botwood in Victoria, Australia on 23rd July.

The Growler No 118 - Autumn 2017118th Growler

The Autumn 2017 (118th) edition of The Growler is out now!


Dog Tired
Shriking, Rio and Return, Part 2
Tales of Fading Empire
Brief History of 204 Squadron

and more.....

The 'Shackleton Boys'

This recently received email may be of interest to ex-Shackleton personnel:

I am an ex.RAF engineer now mainly writing aviation history books for Grub Street Publishing. I am now working on 'Shackleton Boys' for publication in 2018, and I am keen to talk to as many air and ground crew as possible, covering all eras of the Shackleton's long service.

For those who are not familiar with the 'Boys' series of books, they all follow the same pattern of being primarily made up of air and ground crews' original stories, while the author(s) simply write some explanatory text around their words. I also like the books to be illustrated with plenty of photographs, where possible, previously unseen ones from private collections. My 'Meteor Boys' was published last year and I have just finished the manuscript for 'Javelin Boys' so, being a glutton for punishment, I am now starting on the Shackleton.

I am interested in anything and everything so that I can do the old grey lady justice! Ideally, I do like to meet people face to face to gather their thoughts and trawl through log books, photos and the like. Where distance precludes this, I am happy to have lengthy chats on the 'phone or simply rely on email or snail mail.

If you would like to help, please contact me so that I can explain more.

Many thanks and best regards

Steve Bond

(Chief Tech '73-'95)

You can contact Steve by email: or 'phone: 01691 661564

The email message shown below was sent on 12 Jan 2015 to all of the Association’s members who have registered their email address with us. Consequently, if you didn’t receive this message and you have an email address, please let our Membership Secretary know by sending him an email to

Dear Members,

The deaths of our members are shown in The Growler but, of course, this does not allow sufficient time to publish any funeral arrangements that may have been passed onto the Association. Consequently, as we are aware that members may wish to attend these functions, especially if they are local to their residence, we have decided to pass these details onto to as many members as possible. Unfortunately, the only method of carrying out this process in a reasonable time is to pass the details via email and, therefore, we have decided to circulate via email any funeral arrangements that we receive to those members who have registered their email address with the Association.

Rest assured that funeral arrangements will not be circulated without the knowledge and agreement of appropriate family members.

Kind Regards & A Happy New Year,

Wally Allaway

Membership Secretary

The Shackleton Association

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