Monthly Archives: September 2013

Remembering “The Few”

Each year many squadrons gather together to parade in remembrance of the ‘Battle of Britain’ which happened during the summer and autumn of 1940. It was the first major air campaign in which the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) sought to gain air superiority against the RAF (Royal Air Force). At the end of the campaign after the largest air attack on the 15th September, former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill summed up the efforts of Fighter Command with the now famous quote “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few“.

On the 3rd Sunday of September Air Cadets take part in parades across the United Kingdom and WO Rawlings, OC 2477 (Britwell) Squadron provides feedback on this year’s parade by 2477 and 459 (Windsor) squadrons. Continue reading

Oxford Cadets Helping Avro Vulcan Project

On Saturday, 14th September 150 (City of Oxford) Squadron invited the Wing Media Officer to join them at Wellesbourne Airfield to see the exciting project they have been involved with for the past 2 years. Each month a group of cadets travel to visit one of the few remaining Avro Vulcan aircraft, XM655 where they support the small team of volunteers that are keeping the aircraft in ground running condition.

CI David McCulloch gives us some information about how the squadron became involved in the project and the activities the cadets get involved with each month. Recently 240 (Darlaston) Squadron have been joining the 150 Sqn cadets to support the work been undertaken. Continue reading

Chippy Cadets Go Airside

On a bright, Saturday morning in August a group of cadets from 136 (Chipping Norton) Squadron along with 2120 (Witney) Sqn on Sunday became part of the Air-Side Access team for the Sywell (Northampton) Air Rally. With a range of duties to perform from marshalling aircraft and been able to get up and close to a range of aircraft. Information on the event can be found via

The event was well attended with over 1,000 aircraft visiting over the weekend which helps the cadet’s practice perhaps for the Wing Aircraft Recognition competition! The squadron has already have been invited to participate in next year’s event and the cadets that attended got a lot of praise for their performance across the air show. Continue reading

Witney Squadron Marches on Overseas

2120 (Witney) squadron recently travelled to Holland to take part in the 67th Airborne March in Arnhem. Their adventure started on Thursday, 5th September and CI Karen Goodchild provides an insight into the trip.

Cadets from 2120 (Witney), 459 (Windsor), 413 (Aldershot), 1861 (Wantage), 2407 (Yately) & (Eversley) squadrons were joined by cadets from 1407 (Newton Aycliffe) for the four day trip staying at General Winkelmann Kaserne Barracks, Harsekamp. Continue reading

Didcot Win Wing Swimming Competition

One of the highlights of the wing sporting calendar saw 130 cadets take part in the Wing Swimming Championships at Temple Cowley Swimming Pool on Saturday, 7th September. Cadets arrived in high spirits ready to swim likes fishes and gain points for their squadrons to try and take home the combined trophy from the day.

As the first races started it was clear there was some excellent swimmers within the wing and the competition was going to be tough. Continue reading

Wallingford Pay Their Respects

On the afternoon of Sunday the 8th September 2013 cadets from 966 (Wallingford) Sqn attend the Andrew/Wilding Service of Remembrance to pay respect to the memory of Flying Officer John Wilding RCAF and Flight Sergeant John Andrew RAF.   Both were members of the 426 “Thunderbird” Squadron RCAF.   They died on the 9th September 1944 when their severely damaged and bomb laden Halifax crashed on the Crowmarsh side of the river.  Their deliberate action of staying with their stricken aircraft and guiding it to an uninhabited area ultimately saved many of the then inhabitants of the Town of Wallingford.   Continue reading