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Derby Triumph at Wing Field Day

Article posted: Jul 06, 2009 by sl6

126 (City of Derby) Squadron have triumphed at South & East Midlands Wing’s 2009 Wing Field Day held at RAF Wittering on Sunday 5th July 2009. The Squadron beat 28 other units who competed in various competitions on the day to be crowned overall winners and taking the McKenzie Cup.

Last year’s Wing Field Day was a tie with two Squadrons being joint winners, and the same thing nearly happened again this year as 126 (City of Derby) Squadron won by just one point, with last year’s joint winners, 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron earning second place this year.


CWO Nuttall collects the McKenzie Cup on behalf of 126 (City of Derby) Sqn from Wg Cdr Roger Simon.

On the day, 126 Squadron also won the Staff Photographic Competition, won by Sgt Fraczek and the Squadron were also presented the RAFA Novice Shield Novice for Shooting and the Committee Shield for shooting, both competitions being held earlier this year.

1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron won two Field Day competitions, the Famex competition and they took the Hillyard Shield for winning the Aircraft recognition competition.

378 (Mannock) Squadron also won two Field Day competitions, the Padre’s Challenge Cup and the best individual shot (won by Cadet Flight Sergeant Ferris). They were also awarded a further three trophies for their performance during 2008, these being the Squadron Leader Salter Shield for training achievement, the Liquorish Award for best Male Cadet in the Wing (won by Cadet Flight Sergeant Gilbert) and the coveted Auster Trophy for being the best overall Squadron in the Wing for 2008.


Wg Cdr Roger Simon presents the Auster Trophy to a representative of 378 (Mannock) Sqn.

The Drill competition was won by 1359 (Beeston) Squadron and Cadet Warrant Officer Grant of 1359 Squadron and Cadet Sergeant Palmer-Jones of 2071 (Stamford) Squadron were judged as joint winners of the best NCO I/C Drill Squad on the day. Cadet Warrant Officer Grant of 1359 Squadron also won the Liquorish Award for Best Female Cadet within the Wing and the Robert Hall Cup for Best Overall Cadet within the Wing for 2008.

Wing Commander Roger Simon, OC Support Wing at RAF Wittering was on hand to present the various trophies and certificates earned during a long day of competition.

Wing Commander Nigel Dickinson, OC South & East Midlands Wing also made several presentations, including a ‘goodie bag’ each for three Hong Kong Air Cadets who were on exchange in the United Kingdom and spent the day at RAF Wittering watching the various competitions and speaking to cadets and staff from Squadrons across the Wing.


Wg Cdr Nigel Dickinson with cadets from Hong Kong after the presentation of ‘goodie bags’. The cadets were in the UK on an Exchange visit.

Sqn Ldr Mark Richards – Wing Training Officer (Cadet Development) who organised the Wing Field Day said “I’d like to thank all the teams that participated in this year’s Wing Field Day and also to thank all the members of staff who supported the day’s activities and events.

All participants worked hard during the day and there were some very credible results which Squadron teams should feel justifiably proud of. Congratulations to all recipients of the Awards and Trophies”.

The winning teams will now go on to represent South & East Midlands Wing at the Central & East Region Field Day on the 13th September 2009.

For a full list of the Field Day scores, please click here
file: Wing Field Day Results 2009 v2.pdf | downloaded: 495 times

For a full list of the winners of the trophies and awards, please click here
file: Wing Field Day Results 2009 (Trophies & Awards).pdf | downloaded: 419 times

2009 Wing Field Day photographs will appear shortly.