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Air Cadet Charlie flying high within RAF

Article posted: Apr 12, 2011 by Sqn Ldr Utting

The last Cadet Warrant Officer from 858 (Rushden) Squadron ATC, Charlie Mawby, was awarded The Mayor of Aylesbury Trophy which is given to the recruit who achieves the highest overall standard in training on their flight from the Recruit Training Squadron at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire.
He received the award after completing nine weeks of basic training.
Charlie, 19, said: “It was a real honour to receive the trophy. I thoroughly enjoyed my nine weeks training here at the Recruit Training Squadron.
“I have learned so much and feel privileged to have met so many good people.
“The highlight of my time here has been the ground defence training but I have benefited enormously from the physical training elements.
“I particularly enjoyed my time on the rifle range and of course the graduation.
“I was overjoyed to have won the award and I am looking forward now to starting my professional training.”
Charles started his RAF career as a cadet within the Air Training Corps. He became Cadet Warrant Officer with 858 (Rushden) Squadron Air Training Corps (ATC) prior to joining the Royal Air Force. Charlie said “Being in the Air Training Corps helped me immensely by giving me an insight into what a life in the RAF would be like. The training the ATC gave me was incredibly useful when I was a civilian and now ever more so now that I am an airman”. Charlie will now go to the Keogh Barracks in Aldershot to train as a medic. Squadron leader Jan De-Vry, of the Officer Commanding Recruit Training Squadron, was delighted with Charlie’s progress.
He said: “Charlie has done well. He has developed both as a person, and as an airman, during the course, and proved to be one of the best trainees this year. Rushden Squadron recruit teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17 if you are interested feel free to attend the squadron during a parade evening on Monday and Wednesday nights from 7.00p.m till 9.30p.m at the Drill hall on Victoria Road in Rushden. For more information please call (01933) 411383 (Mon & Wed Evenings) or email

Picture: Charlie’s Graduation
Charles Mawby (right) receives his trophy from Air Vice-Marshall Mark Green (left)