Myself, Cpl Bartlett and Cdt Denton left for RAF Fairford on Saturday 7th July, and when we arrived at RAF Fairford we met with cadets from 2121 and 150 Sqn. We quickly got cracking with the long process of meticulously putting up the 50+ tents required to house over 1000 cadets and staff who would be arriving on the 10th and 11th of July for the main camp. Other duties included “Campsite Maintenance” and going over to the airfield to set up the Showside HQ for the cadet detachment.
Our first taste of the airshow came on Tuesday afternoon when we watched the first few aircraft do their practice displays. The highlight of week one (7th-12th July) was on Saturday 12th July when over 150 aircraft arrived in
On 3 October 2017 eight cadets attended no 6 Air Experience Flight at RAF Benson. A number of these cadets were new to air experience flying. The squadron have been very fortunate during 2017 in achieving a relatively high number of flying slots due to the generosity of head teachers of the local schools in allowing our cadets time off, when their studies allow, to make use of flying opportunities during the week.
On 30 May 2017 a number of cadets were invited to spend the day at RAF Benson. They were shown and joined in a number of activities which take place on the base. During the morning the majority learned the various techniques and the equipment used to sling heavy loads beneath helicopters and for a few lucky ones there was a trip to the helicopter flight simulators building where they were able to ‘fly’ a Merlin helicopter under various simulated scenarios.
After lunch in the Junior Ranks all cadets assembled at 28 squadron where a flight in a Chinook had been arranged.
On 12 November a record number of 42 cadets from 966 (Wallingford) Squadron attended the Remembrance Day parade in Wallingford Town centre. For a large number of these cadets it was their first Remembrance Day parade having only joined the air cadets a few months previous.
On behalf of the squadron a wreath was laid at the war memorial by Cadet Acreman and the Royal British Legion banner was paraded by Cadet Warrant Office Osborne.
Three cadets from Wallingford Squadron were lucky enough to attend a central sector clay pigeon shooting day on the 25th of October. After getting arriving we were given a full safety brief and handed hearing, eye and head protection, and were taught how to safely handle and use the shotguns. These were over-under double barrelled guns, shooting either 12 gauge or 20 gauge (the size of the shot) depending on shooter preference.
All the cadets scored very well on the day, from a combination of different scenarios including high flying clay pigeons and “rabbits” whereby a clay was bounced along the ground to simulate a bounding rabbit.
I brought along my GoPro camera to capture first person footage of the shoot, this should give you the best feel of what
RAF Benson station commander, Group Captain Hamish Cormack, visited the squadron on the evening of 28 February. He gave the cadets an interesting presentation on the work of RAF Benson both at home and overseas including survival training for arctic environments, this was followed by a variety of questions. Following a tour of the sqn, the Gp Capt was shown the various projects on which the cadets are currently involved.
At the invitation of the sqn Commanding Officer the Gp Capt presented a number of awards to the cadets on final parade; these included First Class and radio communications certificates/badges.
In addition, Cpl Samuel Baker was awarded his yellow lanyard to become the sqn’s latest Instructor Cadet.
Finally, Gp Capt Cormack announced that Cpl Charis Sung had been selected
We arrived at the camp on the Saturday morning, it was a perfect day and the cadets from 966 Wallingford were ready for the next two weeks. After getting registered, we had a basic brief about the camp, and within 30 minutes we were heading off across the field to set up tents. The first day of RIAT is always a rush, because if you don’t build the tents in time, there isn’t anywhere to sleep.
We managed to get all the tents up in time, and by the end of the day everyone was tired, but still ready for the work ahead. We spent the next few days putting up over 40 tents around the bomb dump where we were staying. The cadets got settled into life in tents,
On Sunday 11 September 2016 eight cadets from 966 (Wallingford) Sqn ATC joined other youth organisations along with representatives of the Royal Air Force, the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Royal British Legion and the Town Council at the memorial erected to remember the names of two airmen who sacrificed themselves to averted a disaster in Wallingford during WWII. The memorial is at the junction of two roads named after them. The story of their bravery is told below.
A short service was conducted by the Reverend David Rice followed by the laying of the wreaths by representatives of the various organisations attending the service.
The Mayor of Wallingford, Ros Lester, then expressed her gratitude to those, especially the younger generation, who come every year to remember this incredibly
966 (Wallingford) Squadron have been very fortunate during 2016 to date to have secured a relatively high number of flying slots with AEF6 based at RAF Benson. Firstly, we are very grateful to the head teachers of the local schools in allowing our cadets time off, when their studies allow, to make use of flying opportunities during the week. These opportunities occur from time to time when other users cannot make use of their booked flying slots at AEF6. We are fortunate because of our close proximity to RAF Benson together with the permissions from the local schools to be able to utilise these cancellations.