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Royal Air Force Sylt Association

The Association was formed in 2002 to provide information and contact links for long lost friends, hold reunions at regular intervals and to advise on visits to Sylt. It has established a historical library system of DVDs, photographs and script and is actively involved in the exchange of related material.

Membership is open to Royal Air Force personnel, irrespective of rank, who served as permanent staff (including civilians) at Royal Air Force Sylt and its satelite station, RAF Schleswig, during their operational lives from 1945 to 1961. The sons and daughters of such personnel, whether or not their parents were or are members of the Association, shall also be eligible for membership. Personnel of 5352 Wing (Airfield Construction Branch) are also eligible.

The Association is entirely self supporting and relies on annual subscriptions to cover its running costs. The subscription is currently £15.00 per annum. Members receive three magazines a year, have access to the archives and regularly exchange photographic and other material relating to their time on the island. To join, simply contact one of the Association officers who are listed below, or download the membership application form by clicking HERE. Our magazine, 'Der Leuchtturm' (The Lighthouse) is produced three times a year for members and is available to anyone else who would like to receive a copy at the following rates - UK £15, Europe £20 and the rest of the world £25 per year. Orders should be accompanied by personal cheque or International Money order in Sterling and made payable to RAF Sylt Association and posted to David Martin, 2 Cumbrian Croft, Halesowen, B63 1HG, UK. You can download an order form by clicking HERE.

Our patrons, those two marvellous comedians Denis Norden and Eric Sykes, very kindly gave an interview some years ago to our Chairman, David Martin, who filmed the meeting. To get a flavour of the resulting film, a short extract is shown below. To obtain a full copy of this wonderful DVD contact David. B Sadly, they are now both gone. Eric, Denis and Bill Frazer were among the first RAF personnel to set foot on Sylt sand in 1945. Eric mentioned this fact in his autobiography, 'If I Don't Write It, Nobody Else Will' and our immediate past Chairman, Brian Saunders, picked up on this and asked if he would be our patron. He not only agreed but volunteered Denis as well!!! We were proud to include their images on this site and in every edition of our magazine. They will be fondly remembered for their wry and gentle humour and for the legacy of an enormous archive of material they created during long and illustrious careers. Thank you Eric and Denis, we'll miss you.


David Martin
2 Cumbrian Croft
B63 1HG
Tel: 0121 5508899

Reunion Organiser

Jeff Mellor

25 Park Square
Ashton Under Lyne
Tel: 0161 3445062

Jeremy Bartlett
37 Wood Road
Tel: 01902 842588

Fiona Wearmouth
21 Piper Crescent
01592 328744

A copy of the newsletter detailing "The Return".
The story of a recent visit to our lovely island.

Presentation of the Syltonian flag

Kit inspection to come?

Kit inspection over!


One of the reasons the Association was formed in 2002 was to bring together all those personnel who were permanent staff on RAF Sylt during the station's operational life from 1945 to its closing in 1961, and at RAF Schleswig from 1945 to 1961. If you were one of those servicemen or women, why not get in touch. Take a look at the other pages to see if there's anyone you recognise there!