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We have a large selection of second-hand, mainly WW1 aviation-related books for sale - please browse the bookshop section above. We are now in a position to send out all orders; except for those for paper copies of previous journals for continuing CV19-related reasons. 

Please RENEW their MEMBERSHIP for 2020 as soon as possible if you have not already done so. We see no reason why journal production should not continue, and the Society will function and develop as planned except for face-to-face contact.  


It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of Paul Leaman on 8th April at age 90. Paul was a founder member of the Society and our Chairman for many years.

Paul was a hugely knowledgeable and prolific author on all matters to do with WW1 aviation. He was the membership secretary of the Essex Chapter of Cross and Cockade, which became Cross and Cockade GB in 1970. Paul ably led the Society for over twenty five years. He was our longest serving Chairman and, when he stood down in 2005, was elected a lifetime Vice-President in recognition of his many achievements. Paul’s immense contribution is honoured in the commemorative Paul Leaman Lecture, delivered ever since 2005, at our Annual General Meeting.

Hopefully, we will be able to publish his final work, a monograph on the RE8, in the not too distant future as a fitting tribute to one of the Society’s outstanding figures. He was the author of a fine monograph on the Fokker Dr.I.

Paul’s leadership, passion and dedication will be sadly missed. Our thoughts and condolences go to Christine and to their family. 


The most recently updated entries on our news and up-coming events section (bottom of this page) are:

The updated Index to Volumes 1 to 50 of the Journal, compiled by Derek Riley has been added - see under Useful Stuff, below.  

"Jewish Flyers in the World War" - the latest book to be published by CCI, a reprint and update of a book published in Germany in 1924; and

Western Front Association - Spring 2020 Meetings - see under Upcoming Events below - suggest check with a member to find out whether they are being held. 

York Branch Cross and Cockade meetings for 2020 - see under Upcoming Events below -  May meeting Cancelled, -contact a member to check future dates. 

The National Aerospace Library have updated their podcast with articles that could help while away the time during the coronavirus lockdown. See the aerosociety podcast link below, in Latest News and Useful Stuff. 


Our quarterly journal is at the heart of the Society: 

Volume 51/1, Spring 2020, is now available  - so all members should have your copy by now.

2020 Subscriptions are available .

Our 2020 Calendar  is now available - Click here to buy one. 


Issue 33 of our popular free email newsletter Wind in the Wires compiled by David Marks, went out in May, containing all the latest events and news relating to our fascinating subject. Subscribe here to receive future issues. Back numbers are available in the link below, under "Useful Stuff". We've over 1,200 subscribers - and it's free - so why not see what you're missing? PLEASE NOTE that if you think you've subscribed, but haven't received your issue, you'd do well to check your spam filter(s)!

Another batch of pre-loved WW1 aviation books will soon be available on the web shop - all at very reasonable prices. Watch this space!

We have an active Facebook page, cared for by Adrian Roberts; plus a twitter account@crosscockade which is also growing in popularity!


Current Journal, Vol 51/1:

 Articles in this issue:

The BE2a in the Naval Wing: Paul Hare 

21 Squadron's Beardmore Blues: Stewart K Taylor 

Groupe de Bombardement 8: Thomas Nilsson

Gazetteer of British Flying Sites in France, Belgium and Germany, 1914-1920, Part1: Introduction.  Peter Dye, Roger Austin, Mick Davis

Why was the Red Baron's Fokker Red? Decoding the way aeroplanes were painted in WW1: A D Harvey

Early Aircraft and the Marketplace: Lorne Bohn 

The Tragic Tale of Assistant Paymaster Parker RN: Phil Jarrett 

........And as always there is the Editorial by Mike Davis 


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