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Cadets Remember Nottingham’s WW1 Air Ace

Article posted: May 11, 2009 by Sqn Ldr Pass

At the invitation of the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA), Air Cadets from Nottingham held a Parade in the grounds of Nottingham Castle to remember Nottingham born First World War Fighter Ace, Captain Albert Ball VC.

The Parade is held every year on the anniversary Albert Ball’s disappearance in France on the evening of 7th May 1917 after taking off for an evening offensive patrol over the Arras Front. His posthumous Victoria Cross was awarded a month later to mark his heroic achievements.

A reflective moment at the Memorial.

The cadets with their banners and the banners of the RAFA and other veteran associations formed up around the statue to Captain Ball in the Castle Grounds where the Reverend Martin Kirkbride Vicar of the Lenton Church conducted a short service, also in attendance were members of the Ball Family.

Wreaths were laid by The Sheriff of Nottingham, Councilor Brian Grocock, Wg Cdr O’Dell, Officer Commanding 56 (Reserve) Squadron from RAF Waddington and Wing Commander Nigel Dickinson, Officer Commanding South & East Midlands Wing of the Air Training Corps.

The Sheriff of Nottingham Inspects the Cadets.

After a march past led by the Parade Commander, Squadron Leader Andy Pass, the cadets were inspected by the The Sheriff of Nottingham and Wg Cdr O’Dell. Cadets represented all the Nottingham City Squadrons as well as those from Long Eaton, Ilkeston, Stapleford, Newton, Tollerton and Beeston.

By Flt Lt Allan Munns RAF VR(T)
Wing Media & Communications Officer