Cadets from 1188 (Coalville) Squadron Air Training Corps recently attended annual camp along with cadets and staff from 8 other local squadrons.
The cadets attended annual camp at RAF Uxbridge in London with Flying Officer R Harrison RAF VR(T) and the Rev M Joss. RAF Uxbridge is a very historic base, during the Second World War it was the HQ for No.11 Group and the Battle of Britain was coordinated from it. Today it is home to The Queen’s Colour Squadron of the RAF Regiment and the HQ of Music Services. Cadets enjoyed a busy week at RAF Uxbridge. During the day there were visits to the fire section at RAF Northholt, The Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede, The RAF museum at Hendon, The Imperial war museum in London, Thorpe Park, The Central Band of the RAF and the Operations Bunker from the Battle of Britain.
There was also the chance to go shooting at the range at RAF Uxbridge, swimming and Orienteering at Black Park
The cadets and staff by a Lancaster Aircraft at the RAF Museum Hendon
In the evening there was a quiz, sport, a drill competition and on the last night a disco.
Corporal Harriet Tongue who won best cadet at camp said, ‘I enjoyed camp. I was shocked to win best cadet, it didn’t expect to win it because I didn’t think an NCO would be awarded it ‘
Flying Officer R L Harrison RAF VR (T) said,’ It was a really good camp, it was interesting to visit somewhere so historic, it was fascinating to visit the ops room bunker, it is 60ft underground in the middle of the RAF base so not many people get the chance to visit it. It has not changed since the Second World War.’
Cpl Harriet Tongue, Cdt Michael Hammond- Sharlot, Cpl Dominic Vincent and Cdt Danny Culley in the Battle of Britain Operations room
Cadets go away several times a year and annual camp is only one of the activities available through the local Air Training Corps squadron.
Flying Officer Rebekah Harrison RAF VR (T) MCO 1188 (Coalville) Sqn.