August has seen the Sqn send cadets to annual camp at RAF Boulmer in Northumberland, where cadets had the opportunity to see the RAF at work, and for some the chance of flying in an RAF Seaking, L98 multi positional shooting on the L98 rifle, and the Gold and Silver expeditions in the Lake District. For more details see our Facebook page at 241 Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets.
Over the last month the Sqn has been busy as usual. Sgts Bean and Lenoard have passed leadership courses at Longmoor and RAF Cranwell, joining Cpl Raj who passed a similar course at Nescliffe in April. 18 cadets attened a wild camping expedition in the Lake District, and Sgt Sadler competed in the Imperial Shooting competition at Bisley – the first 241 cadet to take part in this national competition, and Cpl Campbell completed the 100 mile Nimegan March in Holland. For more information on all of this please the Sqn Facebook page at 241-Wanstead-Woodford-Squadron-Royal-Air-Force-Cadets
Three Teams from the Sqn were selected to attend the Inter Service Cadet Rifle Meet from 03 – 06 Jul at the national Shooting Centre at Bisley. This is the most prestigious shooting event of the cadet calendar and saw 109 Teams from the Sea, Army and Air Cadets competing for the Cadet 100 Award and other trophies. In addition there were teams present from the Canadian Cadet Forces. We had both blazing sunshine and rain over the four days of shooting. The Cadet 100 is awarded to the top 100 shots of the competition, out of the around 500 cadets firing in the event. The L81 7.62 Target Rifle is used at ranges of 300, 500 and 600 yards, and the cadets also shot in the Bisley V Competition at 900 and 1000 yards.
This year 2 Cadets qualified for their Cadet 100s – Sgt Max Lungu and Cpl Stephen Raj; being in the 100 best shots from all 4 cadet services, an excellent achievement!
The Sqn is pleased is announce that Her Majesty the Queen has honoured Warrant Officer (ATC) Phillip Wright with the award of the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Birthday Honours List for his 42 years of service on and to 241 Squadron. Phil, who is only the second Squadron Warrant Officer we have had since 1952, has followed in the footsteps of WO Norman McGrath who was also awaded the BEM in the 1970s.
Phil’s service to the Squadron, Corps and local community of Wanstead and Woodford and beyond has been outstanding and has included being the ATC WO at the Royal Albert Hall for the Festival of Remberance coordinating the ATC contingent, training the Sqn Drill Team to win the Wing Drill Trophy 7 times, running the Sqn recruit courses, at times single handedly, organsing his team of Cadet NCOs and cadets to induct and train new recruits (averaging around 100 recruits a year), and ensuring hundreds of cadets have taken to the air by staffing weekday flying sorties amongst many, many activities, events, facilitation, training and unseen hard work to further the young people on the Squadron.
A well deserved honour to a stalwalt of the Squadron, Wing and Air Training Corps.
Over the last few weeks cadets from the Squadron have been learning new skills in a wide variety of area. Mountain skills in north Wales where on the menu for cadets practising for their Silver expeditions with navigation, weather and fitness to the fore. Other cadets have been training on the L98 rifle and firing on the electric DCCT system and will soon be live firing on an external range, and Cdt Sgt Sadler has qualified as an Archery Leader (courtesy of 31 Sqn) and will now be instructing cadets in a different kind of marksmanship with the bow and arrow!
Their proud parents watched a drill display by the cadets and were then given a presentation of what their young people had achieved and the opportunities open to them in the future by Plt Off Myles Webb and the Flight Commander, FS Tom Bean. The Flight was then marched onto the Sqns Final Parade and the cadets welcomed to the main Sqn by the OC, Sqn Ldr Jerry Godden, and then posted to their new Flights, where a bright future awaits them. A number of cadets were presented with awards; for Shooting – Cdt Hulbert, Best Cadet – Cdt Walton, Best Drill – Cdt Hutchinson, Best Exams – Cdt Holder, Best Sport – Cdt Hercules
Our next recruit course starts on Wednesday 04 June at 7pm to 9.45pm at the Squadron HQ. If you are in the age group of 13 – 16 and want to join the team and rise to the challenge come down for a look around on any Monday or Thursday at 8pm, or turn up on the night, or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org!
On Monday the Squadron unveiled a permament memorial to ex Cadet Tom Curry who was killed in Afghanistan in 2007 whilst serving with 42 Commando Royal Marines. Martin Curry, Toms father was present, as were a large number of ex cadets and staff who had served with Tom on the Sqn. Tom won the Commando Medal during his training, having been voted by his peers as the man whose character best reflected the Commando qualities of unselfishness, leadership, determination, and cheerfulness in the face of adversity. He was also awarded a postumous Mention in Dispatches for his bravery in Afghanistan. We will remember him.
Over the last few weekends cadets have competed in the London Wing Athletics competition, with the Junior Boys winning their age group and th Sqn comming 2nd overall, our best position in several years, with 13 first positions over all 5 age groups for males and females. The previous weekend the Sqn shooting team competed at Bisley in the London and Middlesex Rifle Assoiation cadet competition with FS Harry Chavner comming 3rd in the individual competition, and the B team beating the A to come 3rd overall. On the same weekend cadets from the Sqn went mountaineering in Snowdonia with Fg Off Nick Harvey, one of the Sqns Mountain Leaders, for once not getting rained on!
Cpl Harry Marshall led 6 Section to victory at the Annual McGrath Trophy competition at Crowborough Training Camp on Sunday 27 April 2014. The McGrath Trophy is named after Sqn Warrant Officer Norman McGrath, a veteran of World War Two who served on the Sqn for over 50 years. The competition, which is the Premier Military Skills Event that is run by the Sqn, sees the Sqn’s 2 main Flights 8 Sections compete with each other in Drill, Shooting, Command Tasks, Strecher Race, First Aid, Orienteering, Observation and General Service Knowledge, as well as having the opportunity to use the Camp Obstacle Course. Over 70 Staff and Cadets attended the competition. The cadets had trained hard over the last 6 weeks for the event and showed considerable spirt and determination on the day. The photos show the winning section, the comand tasks and the first aid event. Additionally this year we welcomed two members of our Affiliated Livery Company, the Worshipful Company of Ceilers and Joiners to the event who were able to see the cadets in action.