Monthly Archives: September 2018

Chichester Air Cadets Battle of Britain Parade


Last Sunday, Cadets and Staff from around the county assembled at St Andrew’s Church, Tangmere for the Battle of Britain annual Service of Remembrance.

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Cadets gathered from all over the County to commemorate this event. The 40-strong squad marched from Tangmere Military Museum to St Andrew’s Church and joined by VIPs, including the High Sheriff of West Sussex – Mrs Caroline Nicholls DL. They then had the opportunity to remember those who fought in the Battle of Britain during World War Two and lay a wreath as a mark of respect.

The Cadets were able to meet and enjoy some refreshments with the veterans and commemorate those who gave their lives during the Battle of Britain. They also had the opportunity to explore the museum with the Veterans after the parade.

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The Battle of Britain was the German Air Force’s attempt to gain air superiority over the Royal Air Force from July to September 1940. It inspired Winston Churchill’s famous quote “Never was so much owed by so many to so few”- a reference to the Pilots who fought in the battle, who now are ‘The Few’.

Flying Officer Mark Sonsthagen, Officer Commanding of 461 (Chichester) Air Cadets, said:

‘These events serve to remind our communities that the younger generation, especially the Air Training Corps, are proud to represent the Royal Air Force in remembering the sacrifices others have made and continue to make to keep our Country safe. The Battle of Britain was a turning point in the Second World War and ‘we will remember them.’’

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Chichester Air Cadets is recruiting, if you are interested in joining and are aged 12-17, you can contact us on 461@aircadets.org for details of our next open evening. We also welcome applications for adult volunteers, who can contact us on the same address.

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“Father” of the RAF‘s Grandson Inspects Air Cadets


Air Cadets from Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire had the great honour of being inspected by and parading before the Third Viscount Trenchard, Grandson of the “Father” of the Royal Air Force,  Lord Trenchard.

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The cadets of Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire Wing of the RAF Air Cadets (RAFAC) took a break from their annual Wing Field Day competition to form up on the Parade Square of RAF Halton in celebration of the RAF’s 100th anniversary. To make this occasion so memorable for all concerned was the presence of Hugh Trenchard, the third Viscount Trenchard, Grandson of the man who was instrumental in the formation of the Royal Air Force.

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Accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, Mr Robert Voss, CBE, and his Vice, Colonel Richard Beazley ACF,  the Viscount spent the morning before the Parade watching the cadets in active inter squadron competition showing their skills in foot and banner drill, music, aircraft modelling and other activities associated with the Air Cadet Training syllabus.

The Parade, made up of 350 cadets, band members and supporting staff made an impressive sight on the RAF Halton Parade Square that has witnessed the graduation of countless thousands of airmen and airwomen into the Royal Air Force either as graduates of the apprentice courses or, in more recent times, initial recruit training.

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Viscount Trenchard expressed his feelings; “I was very happy to attend the Air Training Corps Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire Wing Field Day, incorporating a parade in celebration of the centenary of the formation of the Royal Air Force, at RAF Halton today.

“It’s clear to me that the air cadets are in excellent shape. I was delighted that over 300 cadets from the two counties turned out for today’s special parade and Wing Field Day, in the presence of Mr Robert Voss, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Hertfordshire, and Mr Richard Beazley, Vice Lord-Lieutenant.”

“I thought the cadets were very well turned out and was impressed with the standards achieved in the various activities. RAF Halton was one of the original pillars of the new air service headed by my grandfather and the commitment to training and excellence which have always been its hallmark have clearly been taken on board by the future generation, the cadets. I felt honoured to be invited and proud of my association with the RAF today.”

For the cadets it was an unforgettable day and one I am sure they will remember for a long time.

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