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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