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Nottingham Squadrons Remember Albert Ball VC

Article posted: May 14, 2015 by Sqn Ldr Rayson-Flynn

Thursday 7th May 2015 saw cadets representing all the City of Nottingham Squadrons as well as those from Long Eaton, Ilkeston, Stapleford, Newton, Tollerton and Beeston to remember Albert Ball VC , a World War 1 fighter pilot who came from Nottingham. The Act of Remembrance and Parade was fortunate enough to slip into a break in the weather, thunderstorms during the afternoon threatening to overshadow the event.

The Nottingham Branch of the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) organise the Parade which is attended by Air Cadets from across Nottingham. The Parade is held every year on the anniversary of 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.

Over 100 smartly turned out cadets, were parading on the evening, with the parade led by Squadron Leader Carl Wilson, under the organisation and direction of Wing Warrant Officer Dan Haywood. Following a short march, the cadets were formed up near the memorial for a short service, before a march-past.
In addition to the Cadets from all the Nottingham Air Training Corps Squadrons with their banners , the banners of the RAFA, Long Eaton Branch of the Royal British Legion and other veteran associations were paraded.

The Banner of South and East Midlands Wing, Air Training Corps was also present with an escort of senior cadets from 1360 (Stapleford & Sandiacre) Squadron.
As the parade came to a close, the evening sky burnt a bright orange, illuminating the clouds and providing the perfect backdrop for parade dismissal, with no rain to be seen.