On 20th March 2015 Gordon Townsend was invited to receive an award which is the highest award given by the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) to mark 20years of voluntary service to the Huntingdon & District Branch of the Association over the past 20 years.
His contribution was as social secretary for 5 years and driving the bus on days out for the members, organising speakers for the monthly meetings,quiz master, catering and Standard Bearer. His collecting for the wings appeal in the cold and rain over the years and the parades which entailed many parts of the country in his uniform and carrying the standard brought a lot of attention and interest in the RAFA. Sadly due to illness he is no longer able to carry the standard and misses doing it but still goes to parades and ceremonies.
The award was presented by Air Marshall Sir Roger Austin KCB. AFC RAF (retired) The Eastern Area President at the Annual Conference at Potters Leisure Centre, Hopton. The award was presented in connection with the Queens Birthday Honours list 2014.