On Sunday 15 September 2019, the Air Training Corps (Air Cadets) will be remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the Battle of Britain.
The Battle of Britain which took place in 1940 is arguably the most important action in which the RAF participated in during World War II. Together with its Commonwealth allies and pilots from many other allied nationalities, the RAF held the line, resisting overwhelming numbers and prevented the Nazi invasion of Great Britain.
Following a church service at Southernhay United Reformed Church, standards and banners from the Royal Air Force Association, Royal British Legion, Air Training Corps and Air Scouts will be paraded through Exeter city centre at approximately 1545 hours.
Squadron Leader, David Rolfe, Wing Media Officer for Devon & Somerset Wing ATC said, “All are welcome to come and see the parade and I hope they can find the time to support the veterans, air cadets and air scouts who will be remembering the ‘few’”.
The Lord Lieutenant of Devon will be taking the salute as the parade passes the Guild Hall and a wreath laying ceremony will take place at the War Memorial on the Cathedral Green.
Devon & Somerset Wing was well represented at a recent performance of the Air Cadets National Marching Band. The Band gave a twenty five minute performance at the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincolnshire. The six band members from D&S Wing also took part in a sunset ceremony later in the day.
The International Bomber Command Centre is a world class facility acknowledging the efforts of Bomber Command during WWII. The project also covers the stories of those who suffered as a result of the bombing campaigns and those whose survival was guaranteed by the humanitarian operations of Bomber Command. During WWII over a million men and women served or supported Bomber Command. They came from 62 nations across the world and were united in their efforts to protect the freedom we enjoy today.
Well done to all the cadets who took part in the performance.
Cadet Flight Sergeant Matthew Bosson – 1064 (Honiton) Squadron
Cadet Flight Sergeant Louie Steer – 914 (Glastonbury and Street) Squadron
Cadet Sergeant Toby Burrows – 914 (Glastonbury and Street) Squadron
Cadet Sergeant Harrison Snell – 200 (Torquay) Squadron
Cadet Corporal Amelie Burrows – 914 (Glastonbury and Street) Squadron
Cadet Zach Richards – 1322 (Newton Abbot) Squadron.
Further congratulations are in order as Cadet Flight Sergeant Louie Steer and Cadet Flight Sergeant Matt Bosson also qualified for their Gold music badges. The gold music badge is the final step on the ladder for the music awards in the RAFAC and may only be awarded by the Principle Director of Music (RAF Air Cadets), or the Director of Music of the appropriate national ensemble.
Air Cadets Bartek Hora, Tamsin Hayne and Harry Dodd from 1182 (Shepton Mallet) Squa
dron have recently returned from a weekend of ground training and gliding with 621 and 632 Volunteer Gliding Squadrons at RAF Little Rissington in Gloucestershire.
The training and gliding experience the air cadets completed has now qualified them to wear the Air Cadets Blue Wings Badge which is part of the air cadets’ progressive gliding and flying training syllabus.
The Blue Wings gliding training is a residential course and can be taken either over successive weekends until completed, or as a continuous week-long course (usually in the summer). Course times can vary due to the weather and students’ progress so motivation and commitment are key.
Cadets are taught how to use the flight controls and are familiarised with the instruments within the glider using state of the art simulators at the gliding school. Simulator training can now be carried out prior to the cadets getting airborne for real.
Should cadets show the necessary aptitude they could be invited to progress to solo standard and achieve the silver GS wings for flying solo!
Instruction is provided for the cadets by fully qualified glider pilots at the volunteer gliding school, many of the instructors are ex air cadets themselves.
Well done to the cadets who have achieved their Blue Wings and good luck with the next stage of glider training..
Further information on becoming a cadet or adult volunteer can be found by visiting www.raf.mod.uk/aircadets or calling 0345 6006601.