The Group

Group Executive Personnel


Jim Smith
Owner of XP345

Mike Fitch

Technical Coordinator

Ray `Mac’ McElwain

Ex President

Alan Beatie

Since it’s sale by the MOD ‘345 has been a resident in the confines of Jim’s car parts recycling business premises (Melbourne Autos) at Storwood near York. Well Looked after but in need of restoration, it was moved and placed on loan to YHPG.

Born in the Lincolnshire fens in 1951, Mike was an RAF Loadmaster 1969-78. Serving  in UK, Singapore, Malaysia, Cyprus and Middle East in Argosy, Hercules and Shackleton aircraft. Since leaving the RAF has worked in the Lighting Industry. Currently sales manager/engineer for an international lighting company.


Born 6th October 1936, Isleworth, Middlesex. Educated locally, on leaving school worked for BOAC before joining the fleet air arm from 1954-1957 as a naval air mechanic. In 1957 returned to BOAC as a ground engineer on Stratocruisers , DC7’s, Constellations and Brittanias, before moving to Findus frozen foods. Before retiring Mac owned his own Silk Screen printing business. Born in 1955 in RAF hospital Changi, spent his early years being educated in two forces schools (Bourne & St Johns) in Singapore, , On return to UK his father was posted to Scarborough where Alan became an instructor in the Green Howards ACF. Since then has worked in banking and joined the Dragonfly projecton a passing visit before becoming a founder member of YHPG.