Battle of Britain remembered

4 Cadets from the Squadron where privileged to participate in the national commeration of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain at Westminster Abbey on Sunday 18 September. Part of the London Wing marching contingent, Sgts Thompson, Gachette Cpl Bliss and Shaw undertook trainng with the Queens Colour Squadron at RAF Northolt on the saturday and then marched through the streets of London as part of the RAF parade with the salute being taken by the Prince of Wales with the Prime Minister and Prince William in attendance. The OC, Sqn Ldr Godden said “I was fortunate to particiapte in the 50th anniversary parade in the Mall in 1990 and know that the cadets will have been proud to have represented their Sqn, Wing and Corps as part of the wider RAF family, and to have recognised the sacrifcie of the RAF in 1940 and up to the present day, and I was impressed with the high standard of drill displayed on BBC1 by London Wing!”

At the same time three junior cadets were gliding at Weathersfield Airfield on the Viking glider completeing their gliding induction course with 3 flights in the winch launched glider, a practical memorial to the freedom secured in 1940. The photos (courtesy of Flt Lt Hollington, 2324 Sqn) show Cpl Shaw in the middle rank at the front of the Wing and Sgt Thompson (with the new Master Air cadet badge on his brassard) at the rear, and a Viking in flight.