214 (Federated Malay States) Squadron
Royal Air Force
ABOUT THIS SITE
idea for the site came about as a result of a conversation between F/Lt Marshall
Johnson and Kevin Crawford of London Canada over drinks one day. Marshall recognized
that those who made it home from the war were the trustees of the memories of
friends and comrades who "did not" and he felt that there should be
some sort of a repository whereby the veterans could pool their memories for
the benefit of future generations. Through this, the idea for the web site was
born. While Marshall did not know the internet from a fish net, he quickly grasped
the concept of it and how it could be used to track down the veterans and their
families from around the world. Something that hitherto would have been a virtual
the spirit of great teamwork, whereby Marshall provided the Scotch and Kevin
did the work, it took about a year or so to gather sufficient information and
to complete the initial construction, following which the site was officially
launched on 17 February 2003. It was an immediate success and letters started
pouring in from around the world. The thousands of hours of typing, editing
and research that has gone into it since is simply staggering to reflect back
even more staggering is looking ahead down the road yet to go because what is
currently on the site is but the tiniest fraction of the Squadron's history
and the personnel who served on it. Nonetheless it is a start, but with time
running out, there is an even greater urgency to track down those veterans who
are left before it's too late. Looking even further down the road, once the
information has been gathered, how do we preserve it so that long after we are
all gone it is "forever" available to future generations.
of the most unique things about the site, and maybe it's the first in the world,
is the concept of joint or family ownership. ie: no one person or Corporation
owns it. We all do as friends and family of the squadron - the rights to which
are to pass down through the generation of our families to come. (note that
this applies to the site as a whole - individual contributions will always remain
the personal property / copyright of the contributor).
gather and preserve the history of the RAF 214 Squadron and of those who served
on it for the benefit of future generations. This to be always maintained in
Web Site form so as to be accessible to all.
the memory of our heroes and the Squadron alive through bringing the families
together so that the friendship's our fathers and grandfathers made will carry
down through our families for generations to come.
all information, documents and pictures held by both the 214 website and 214
Squadron Association into one collection, both for the purposes of preservation
and to make all known information accessible to all.
& John Edwards, 30 December 2009