An ex-officer of Reading, Woodley & Burghfield has recently been presented with the British Empire Medal.
91-year-old Reg Day, from Whitley was presented with the prestigious BEM for services as the custodian of the RAF Dunsfold Museum in Surrey.
Following service with the Tactical Air Force during World War Two, Reg was initially a Warrant Officer with 381 (Reading) Squadron, before service at 1116 (Woodley) Squadron and as the Commanding Officer of 2402 (Burghfield) Squadron.
His claim to fame is introducing Air Chief Marshall Sir Stephen Dalton, ex-Chief of the Air Staff, to the Air Training Corps at 381 Sqn. Reg worked with Sir Stephen’s father and suggested being an Air Cadet would a perfect hobby for his son! he also mentored a certain Cadet Warrant Officer Fisher at Reading Squadron who is, of course, now servicing as the Wing Commander of Thames Valley Wing.
Reg Day now maintains a museum to those who served with the RAF Tactical Air Force at RAF Dunsfold during World War Two. The museum, which is located next to the “Top Gear” track is open every Wednesday.