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November 2017

  • Air cadets from 1188 (Coalville) Squadron joined with members of the British Legion to pay their respects to two local men who were awarded the Victoria Cross. Coalville Air cadets joined with members of the Whitwick Branch of the Royal British Legion on Saturday 28th October in two acts of remembrance. The cadets met at the cemetery in Whitwick to remember Thomas Elsdon Ashford. He was a private in The Royal Fusiliers, British Army during the Second Anglo-Afghan War. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for conspicuous gallantry during a sortie from Kandahar, on the 16th August, 1880. He helped rescue and carry Private Massey for a distance of over 200 yards, under the fire of the enemy.He was assisted by Lieutenant William St. Lucien Chase. Private Massey had taken shelter in a blockhouse. Several times they were compelled to rest, but they persevered in bringing him to a place of… Read More »


  • South and East Midlands Wing are the Central and East Regional Rugby 7’s Champions.

    Sunday 5th November saw the Inter Wing competition held at RAF Wyton, where the Senior Boys team, Captained by FSgt Luke Flynn of 2229 Loughborough Sqn and Managed by ATC FSgt James Marman were unbeaten in their run at the trophy, which has never been won by South and East Midlands Wing before.

    Also held on the same day was the Inter Wing Senior Girls Netball Competition, from which the South and East Midlands Team returned with Bronze Medals.


  • An Air Cadet Squadron from the East Midlands has been crowned the best in the Country and has been awarded the Freedom of the District of South Derbyshire and has said farewell to their Squadron Commander after 33 years in Command, all within the space of a week.

    The historic week for 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron started with a presentation evening where Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty CBE, Commandant of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets (RAFAC) presented the Morris Trophy to the 1211 Squadron, thereby officially recognising them as the best large Squadron in the UK.


  • Above and beyond

    06 Nov 2017

    Every year, there is a special award for the SNCO, WO or CI that goes “above and beyond” and this year, Warrant Officer Alan Wiggs of 378 (Mannock) Squadron was the deserving recipient. 
    WO Dominic Chisholm, Wing Warrant Officer of South and East Midlands Wing, presented the award to WO Wiggs on Monday (06/11/17) at his unit in front of all the cadets and staff. However, this award is usually present at the SNCO, WO and CI’s annual Dinning in Night held at RAF Cranwell. The Wing Warrant Officer had to award it to Alan at the unit as he sadly missed the dinner this year and this makes part of the reason why he has received the award (not out of sympathy we assure you!). 


  • A youth organisation named the finest in the country has been granted the Freedom of South Derbyshire.

    The 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron Air Training Corps (ATC) received the highest honour the District Council can bestow on Thursday.

    It means the cadets have freedom of entry into the District on ‘all ceremonial occasions with colours flying and bands playing’.

    The title of Honorary Freeman is recognition of the work done to help future generations to prosper, as well as the tireless work carried out in local communities.


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