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The last edition of the journal for 2015 (46/4) was despatched from the printers yesterday (26-Nov) and has already started arriving on doormats in the UK. Needless to say, it's another excellent journal - stuffed full of fascinating articles and great photos and those subscribing from overseas should be receiving their copies over the next week if you've subscribed airmail, or possibly months if you've subscribed surface mail. Note that the difference in cost between surface and airmail is £2 (just $3) but the difference in speed and reliability of delivery is huge!

Nearly 400 members have heeded our pleas to subscribe early for 2016 - thank you! If you haven't yet done the deed, now would be an excellent time please; or at least before we print the address sheets for 47/1 late January. Apart from saving Andy's back, your early renewal saves the society money and therefore helps us keep down the cost of subscriptions in future years.

Christmas is coming, and relatives will soon be asking what we'd like in our stockings this year. I've already got my copy of this essential desk-side book - have you? The new, completely re-written, version of The Sky Their Battlefield (Mark II) has had all the original content thoroughly updated and expanded, revealing the stories of almost 17,000 WW1 air personnel. You can find out more about this indescribably useful book on Trevor Henshaw's site: www.theskytheirbattlefield2.com - or just buy (or point your relatives towards) it on this site in either softback or hardback editions. Until the end of December 2015, we are able to offer a special discount of £5 per book. Available here, now!

Please note that Roger is continuing to produce the CCI Calendar but, after many years sterling service, is no longer Membership Sec. Andy has relinquished the chair of the committee to allow the time and energy necessary to take over as Membership Sec, as well as controlling the web site. For any membership queries, please use membership.secretary@crossandcockade.com or call Andy on +44 (0)1832 720522.

Don't forget that Roger's excellent 2016 Calendar is available and selling fast. Remind your families that it makes a great Christmas gift! Amazingly (to me, anyway) a few members have still not renewed for 2015. It's not too late - you can still renew here and get all four 2015 issues before Christmas. Don't forget as well, that we have a full set of back issues available via PDF, or in print for those for which we still have stock. If you're not sure which issue you need, check out the index. I'm told that we can soon expect an enhanced, combined index covering all 46 years' journals in great detail.

Issue 15 of our increasingly popular eNewsletter Wind in the Wires went out on 3rd November. Subscribe here free to receive future issues, and/or email me if you'd like to be sent the back numbers. Well over 1,000 people have so far signed up - for the first time, more than subscribe to the journal. It's free - so why not see what you're missing? PLEASE NOTE that if you've subscribed but haven't received your issue, you'd do well to check your spam filter(s)!

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

46/4 front cover 46/4 rear cover

Aden Flight: Aviation in Aden 1915-19: by Ian Burns

Atlas of German and Foreign Seaplanes: AGO flying boats; by Paul Leaman

The RFC with the BEF, September 1915: by Mick Davis

RAF Elmswell: Forgotten Sentinel; by Peter McGee & Graham Mack

Uncompromising and Efficient: Capt HA Oakes, 48 Sqn, part two: by Stewart Taylor

Sowing the Seeds of Stability: by Paul Hare

The Cowper-Coles Aircraft Company: by George Claxton, Jack Didsbury & Kenneth Heselton via Mike Goodall

Logbook: the RAF BE12b; Mick Davis

This journal also includes last in the series of A2 Ordnance Survey maps, this one marked up with the fifth in the series of sites of WW1 aviation interest in Ireland. On the back of this sheet we've provided a map showing RAF Areas & Groups 1918-20.

Plus we have all the usual departments - Editorial, Fabric, Recce, Bookshelf et al

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