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2019 – South & East Midlands Wing


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  • Air cadets from 1188 (Coalville) Squadron joined with Coalville Army Cadets and members of the British Legion to pay their respects to two local men who were awarded the Victoria Cross. Coalville Air cadets joined with the local army cadets and members of the Whitwick Branch of the Royal British Legion on Saturday 26th October in two acts of remembrance. Everyone 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 safety. After his military… Read More »


  • 209 Marshall Trophy

    209 (West Bridgford) Squadron has been selected as this year’s joint winners of the Marshall Trophy Competition, alongside 88 Battle Squadron, Sussex Wing. The Squadron was also nominated in 2018, being one of the top six finalists from across the Corps, to represent Central and Region as the most improved Squadron in the Corps over a three year period.  Since the nomination the staff and cadets at the squadron worked tirelessly to ensure all areas were fully prepared for the inspection. Sir Arthur Marshall was born in Cambridge, England and was educated at the Perse School in Cambridge and at Tonbridge School in Kent, completing his education at Jesus College, Cambridge, in 1922, where he earned a degree in engineering. He learned to fly in 1928, and shortly thereafter created an airstrip near his family”s Cambridge home, which by 1929 had turned into a full-fledged airfield. Six years later, Marshall… Read More »


  • Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty

    On Saturday 6th April 1936 Newton Royal Air Force Air Cadets welcomed Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty to the unit to oversee the enrolment parade of a recent intake of new recruits. After completing six months of training 22 cadet had the honour of being enrolled  by South and East Midlands Wing Padre, Mr John Hewer accompanied by Squadron Padre, Rev. Fred Connell. Also in attendance were dignitaries from the French Air Force, currently being hosted in the UK by Air Cdre McCafferty, whilst they are undertaking research to further develop a fledging French Air Cadet Corps. In addition to presenting the 22 newly enrolled cadets with numerous certificates and awards Air Cdre McCafferty also formally opened the new flight simulator facility on the squadron.  The Cadets, ably supported by the Squadron Civilian Committee, have carried out fundraising activities throughout the last eighteen months to enable two flight simulators to be… Read More »


  • New Years Honours

    Sqn Ldr Carol Haynes contribution to the Royal Air Force Air Cadets was recognised in the Royal Air Force Honours List 2019.  As well as holding the post of Officer Commanding 5F Northampton Squadron Sqn Ldr Haynes is the First Aid Officer for Central and East Region. Sqn Ldr Haynes works tirelessly on 5F Northampton Squadron leading and supporting cadets through the full range of activities on offer to them, as well as overseeing Cadet and Staff First Aid Training across the six wings in Central and East Region. Sqn Ldr Haynes was presented with her Commendation from Air Officer Commanding Number 22 Group by Wg Cdr Pass at South and East Midlands Wing Field Day 2019.         


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