New Group and Squadron websites

Three new websites were recently created for the Australian Air League, one each for Queensland Group and New South Wales Girls Group and one for City of Blacktown Girls Squadron. They can be accessed via the following links and contain news and information about these units.

Don't forget to visit the photo galleries on each site, especially the history section which contains a few familiar faces from the recent past!

Formation of Sadler Wing

At the recent NSW Group Review it was announced that a new Wing of the Australian Air League would be formed, Sadler Wing which would incorporate Katoomba Squadron, City of Lithgow Squadron and Cowra Squadron. Named in memory of Gp.Lt Geoff Sadler, it will be commanded by Sqn.Lt. Guy Blanchard (formerly of City of Lithgow Squadron).

Group Lieutenant Geoff Sadler LM, MSA

It is with the greatest regret that I advise our membership that Group Lieutenant Geoffrey James SADLER, Life Member and holder of the League’s Meritorious Service Award, born on 15th November 1939 and who joined the Australian Air League on 26th November 1948 lost his battle with life tonight at 1710 hours He joins many of our departed members who form that illustrious ‘Squadron in the Sky” and will be made most welcome by those who have gone before him.

Geoff had been unwell for some time and was in the Nepean hospital at the time of his departure.

It would be most remiss of me to not pass on to 1st Officer Guy Blanchard of the City of Lithgow Squadron, NSW Boys’ Group my heartfelt thanks for his ongoing contact with, and commitment to, Geoff in his last days and for keeping Geoff in touch with his friends within the League.

Geoff who was able to be the friend, mentor, conscience to those of us who knew him well and we will all miss him.  He leaves an unfillable void.

Individually we will all have our memories; collectively we will remember Geoff Sadler as a dedicated member of the Australian League Inc. who helped to make our Organisation what it is today – the ‘Primary School of Aviation’.

Rest in peace Geoff; those of us who are left behind surely have some big boots to fill.

Chief Comr. Ian Rickards, LM., DSA., MSA.

Chief Commissioner  & Chief Executive
Australian Air League Inc.
19 September 2007

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