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Bilborough Cadets join 80th Anniversary Celebrations

Article posted: Mar 29, 2008 by sl6

Air Cadets from 504 (West Nottingham) Squadron based in Bilborough, Nottingham recently attended a Civic Reception at County Hall, West Bridgford for the 80th Anniversary of the inauguration of 504 (County of Nottingham) Squadron, Royal Air Force.


504 Sqn Cadets provide the Guard of Honour.

No 504 (County of Nottingham) Squadron, was formed on 26 March 1928 at the former RAF Hucknall (now Rolls-Royce), as one of the Special Reserve Squadrons of the Auxiliary Air Force. Giving exemplary service during WW2, the unit was disbanded and reformed in 1999 at RAF Cottesmore, Rutland where it still serves as a Royal Auxiliary Air Force Unit.


The 504 Sqn ATC Banner Party who paraded their Squadron Banner alongside the RAuxAF Sovereigns Colour.

504 (West Nottingham) Squadron ATC which formed in the late 80’s, took the honour of being linked by number to both the old RAF and new RAuxAF Units.

Flt Lt Paul Woodward, Officer Commanding 504 Sqn ATC said “It’s nice that we have been invited to such an important event, marking the 80th Anniversary of the formation of 504, the Cadets have enjoyed talking to the War Veterans and to the current Royal Auxiliary Air Force personnel about their experience overseas. It also links up the three generations of the 504 family – Cadets, Auxiliary and Veterans.”


3 Generations of 504, Past, Present and Future.

Cadet Charlotte Perkins (aged 15) said: “It was nice chatting to the Aircrew who served with 504 Sqn in World War 2; some were only just older than me when they went to war. It’s hard to imagine what they went through, especially when they lost friends – most can tell you their story like it was yesterday even though it happened over 60 years ago.”


Cadets of 504 Sqn ATC, chat to a veteran and his wife.