Great news! Following many months of Squadron lead Virtual Parade Nights (VPNs), a handful of Squadrons within Devon & Somerset are currently applying to regional headquarters in a bid to return to face to face training. As you can imagine, it’s a complicated process including making sure staff are in a position to return. We have to have safety at the forefront of what we do to protect our cadets and staff. Look out for future updates on this site.
Battle of Britain Sunday was marked this year in Shepton Mallet by a service of remembrance which was held at St Peters & St Paul’s Church in the town. A wreath laying ceremony and parade was held later at the Cenotaph.
Air Cadets from Shepton Mallet, Wells and Glastonbury Squadrons attended the service with members of the Royal Air Forces Association and the Royal British Legion.
The Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, Mrs Annie Maw was in attendance as was local MP James Heappey. The Battle of Britain remembrance service is organised by the Mid Somerset Branch of The Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) which is the leading charity for serving and ex serving RAF personnel.
Battle of Britain Day is the name given to the large-scale aerial battle that took place on 15 September 1940, during the Battle of Britain. On this day in 1940, the Luftwaffe embarked on their largest bombing attack yet, forcing the engagement of the entirety of the Royal Air Force (RAF) in defence of London and the South East, which resulted in a decisive British victory that proved to mark a turning point in Britain’s favour.
Squadron Leader, David Rolfe, Wing Media Officer for Devon & Somerset’s Air Cadets said, “The air cadets on parade are immensely proud of their RAF uniforms and the history of their parent service. We are all here to remember those who gave their lives during the Battle of Britain
On Sunday 15 September 2019, Air Cadets of Devon & Somerset Wing accompanied by local air scouts, cubs and members of the Royal British Legion, joined together to remember those who fought to defend our country during the Battle of Britain.
Following a church service at Southernhay United Reformed Church, the cadets and scouts paraded through Exeter city centre. Some 150 air cadets were on parade and were led by the Devon & Somerset Air Cadets Band.
Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Devon, Sir Harry Studholme and the Lord Mayor of Exeter, Councillor Peter Holland, took the salute from outside the Guild Hall. A wreath laying ceremony took place at the War Memorial on the Cathedral green, after which the Deputy Lord Lieutenant and Lord Mayor spoke with many of the cadets, scouts and staff on parade.
Squadron Leader, David Rolfe, Wing Media Officer for Devon & Somerset’s Air Cadets said, “The air cadets on parade from Devon & Somerset Wing are immensely proud of their RAF uniforms and the history of their parent service. We are all here to remember those who gave their lives during the Battle of Britain”.
The Battle of Britain which took place from July to October 1940, is arguably the most important action in which the RAF took part. War time Prime Minister, Winston Churchill famously said of the battle “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few”. Together with its Commonwealth allies and pilots from many other nationalities, the RAF prevented the Nazi invasion of Great Britain during World War II.