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THE SKY is clearly NOT the limit for RAF Voyager pilot Flt Kerry Bennett as she competes against seven other hopefuls to prove she has what it takes to become an astronaut. The Brize Norton-based aviator, whose previous claim to fame was

SPACE ACES: Airwoman Kerry and rivals line up for the BBC show Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?


flying 007 actor Daniel Craig into Camp Bastion, has so far won through two stages of the BBC search to find out who could be the next Brit in space and hopes that her 12 years Air Force experience will see her progress further. “I think my military training has definitely helped me in the challenges we’ve been set so far,” she said. l Continued p3

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I see our inclusion in the cup as a way of tuning up our whole set up

” Sgt Kev Barry , SRT men’s football team manager speaking on his sides’ Senior Cup selection – p40

We have received a lot of plaudits from the Americans about our performance

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Sqn Ldr Graham Laurie (Ret’d) who flew Princess Diana’s body back to the UK– p13

” RAF Air Mobility chief Air Cdre

I was honoured to fly her on her final journey home

We pushed all the way and we got the clean sheet we wanted, it was great to retain the title

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Pilot Kerry joins BBC space race Continued from front: “During the making of the programme you are constantly facing new situations where you are not told what to expect. “You are isolated and have to wait for long periods of time before doing something stressful, so you have to be calm under pressure which is similar to being on operations.” So far the 33-year-old who has accumulated a total of 2000 hours flying time on Tutor, Tucano, Hawk, King Air, HS125 and Voyager aircraft has piloted a hovering helicopter and escaped from an underwater capsule during a simulated splashdown to reach the halfway of the six-part series. As you would expect, her progress has been watched keenly by her Service colleagues, particularly her husband Sam, who is a Chinook pilot based at RAF Odiham. She added: “There’s been quite a bit of banter, especially after episode one where I introduced myself as someone who flies massive planes, because viewers wouldn’t necessarily know what a Voyager or A330 was, which other pilots found hilarious.” Kerry, whose day job on 101 Squadron is supporting combat jets by providing air-to-air refuelling, made the final dozen hopefuls competing after a recommendation from astronaut Chris Hadfield to take part in the next European Space Agency mission. A veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan tours, her previous posting was four years flying VIPs on 32 (The Royal) Squadron out of RAF Northolt, including 007 actor Daniel Craig. The one person she hopes to impress the most is her two-year-old daughter Aria. She said: “She’s a bit too young at the moment to understand what’s going on, but I do hope to be an

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INSPIRING: Above, Bennett is all smiles with her daughter Aria, who she hopes to inspire with her space efforts

inspiration to her and to encourage her to chase her dreams. “I always wanted to be an astronaut and I clearly remember standing in the back garden as a young child looking at the stars, but I never really told anyone, because it just seemed unattainable.” After the TV series ends Bennett, who has a Masters degree in Geophysics, is hoping to visit secondary schools as a STEM ambassador and to encourage youngsters to pursue technical and engineering careers, and, of course, join the RAF.

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SPY TIME: Above, Bennett with Bond actor Daniel Craig PHOTOS: KERRY BENNETT

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“The first aircraft to land on the deck will be a British F-35 flown by a British pilot” Gp Capt Michael Barley F-35 Lightning Force Simon Mander

RAF CHIEFS say the first F-35 Lightning II fighter to land on Britain’s future flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth next year will be a British aircraft flown by a British pilot. But it hasn’t yet been decided whether the first aviator onto the flight deck of the largest warship ever built for the Royal Navy will be RAF or Fleet Air Arm. “All the F-35s Britain is buying are RAF aircraft but they will be flown by either RAF or Royal Navy personnel who all belong to the Lightning Force,” said Group Captain Michael Barley who has a leading role in delivering the new attack capability. “The Lightning II is a landbased aircraft which is able to deploy onto a carrier when required and so all our pilots will need to operate on both.” The UK has 11 state-of-theart F-35 Lightning II jets and 120 personnel currently training in the United States. By the end of this year that will be 14 jets, with trial flights from the carrier’s deck on track to begin next year. Thousands of people recently lined Portsmouth seafront to

welcome the 65,000-tonne vessel when she arrived in her home port. Gp Capt Barley said: “HMS Queen Elizabeth is the first of a new class of vessel and as such is different to any other – for example it is the only carrier in the world to have two islands on its flight deck and it has a ramp, both of which

will affect how our aircraft can operate from it. “But I can say that the first F-35 to land on it will be flown by a British pilot in a British aircraft.” Welcoming the new warship to her home for the first time Secretary of State for Defence Sir Michael Fallon said the future flagship was

Rugby ace Amy plays the long game WORLD CUP rugby union star AC Amy Cokayne is aiming to step straight from the playing field into full-time military life. After earning global recognition in the recent tournament which saw England narrowly lose out to to New Zealand, Reservist Cokayne has revealed she is bidding to become a Forces Regular. She said: “My plan is to have a holiday before starting my Phase II training in September. I then want to complete some Reservist time while applying to join the Regulars. “I really hope that mine and the team’s effort in Ireland inspire more women to take up sport. “I would encourage any women to give rugby a go and the RAF development team is a great place to start. I am sure the team manager FS Michelle Crolla would love to hear

Britain’s statement to the world and a demonstration of the nation’s military power and commitment to a bigger global role. He said: “When she enters service she will help keep Britain safe at a time of increased threats, able to fill multiple roles from providing air power anywhere at any time to fight

future campaigns, supporting allies or delivering humanitarian aid.” The second carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, will be officially named in a ceremony at Rosyth. Both aircraft carriers are being delivered by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, a partnership between the Ministry of Defence and industry.

New ‘Cold War’ thaw in South Sudan heat Staff Reporter

from any potential new players.” Amy is hoping to be selected for the forthcoming UKAF game against Wales before competing

in the Autumn Internationals tournament. l See Sport p43 for full Women’s Rugby World Cup round-up.

RAF Medics are working alongside Russian aircrew supporting the UN mercy mission in South Sudan. The Royal Air Force team have been deployed to the crisis-stricken region with the British Army’s 16 Medical Regiment to a field hospital set up to treat aid workers. The UK medics are also working with Russian military aircrew that operate an Mi-8 helicopter used to transport aid workers and military personnel across the region hit by drought and famine. The move is part of Britain’s pledge to support the UN’s peacekeeping and relief programme. Sqn Ldr Sharon Wheeler, who

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commands the Critical Care Air Support Team, said: “We have had to learn UN ways of working and relationship building to ensure that patients can be moved safely.”

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Typhoons’ Black Sea bow as RCAF takes NATO role Cameron Rennie Constanta, Romania

FOUR RAF Typhoons flew out of Romania after a five-month operation helping to guard NATO skies over the Black Sea border with Russian. The UK combat jets were scrambled just once to intercept a pair of Russian Black Jack bombers during the deployment at the Mihail Kogalniceanu air base near Constanta. Two of the RAF aircraft later landed in Estonia where they are now taking part in a major NATO combat training exercise with UK troops supporting NATO operations in the Baltic states. British Army personnel are leading an 800-strong battlegroup in Estonia including French and Danish troops to counter the Russian military stance in the region. The UK military presence in Estonia also includes 300 military vehicles including Warrior infantry vehicles, Challenger 2 tanks and AS90 artillery guns. Speaking as the UK jets arrived in Estonia, Armed Forces Minister Mark Lancaster said: “The UK is stepping up its commitment to NATO including here in the Baltic. “The NATO presence on land, sea and in the air is vital to secure peace and prosperity. “We are standing shoulder to shoulder with our allies in the face of any potential threats, demonstrating our commitment to the security of Europe.” Sqn Ldr Paul Hanson, one of the pilots taking part in the NATO drill, added: “This deployment proves our ability to move fast jets from


Stalag breakout: Veteran Jack Lyon with a picture of himself during his WWII days. PHOTO: RAF Benevolent Fund

Great Escape veteran Jack marks 100th

Signing off: RAF Typhoons take off from MK air base after a five-month tour guarding NATO airspace in Romania

NATO’s south eastern flank to the Baltic region in a matter of hours.” The RAF’s 135 Expeditionary Air Wing deployed to operate the UK aircraft in Romania formally handed over the NATO duty to the Royal Canadian Air Force. 135 EAW commander Wg Cdr Andy Coe said: “We can be proud of what we have achieved. “In our five months here, we were ambassadors for the RAF

Whole Force, and for a truly global Britain. “We learned much from our Romanian friends, even as we passed on our experience to them and to our other allies in the region. “It’s been a privilege to lead a team who have embraced NATO’s principles with complete enthusiasm and dedication.” Four RCAF CF-188 Hornet fighter aircraft from 409 Tactical

Fighter Squadron arrived in Romania last month before taking over the enhanced air policing role from the RAF. RCAF commander Lt Col Mark Hickey said: “Canada will always stand up for the freedom and collective security of our allies. “We are happy to assume leadership of this important mission. My team will make Romania and Canada proud.”

Diana pilot breaks silence as UK marks anniversary Staff Reporter The retired RAF pilot who flew Princess Diana’s body back to the UK following the Paris car crash that claimed her life 20 years ago has spoken about the experience for the first time. Sqn Ldr Graham Laurie (pictured right and below) was expecting to fly Prince Charles and 12-year-old Prince Harry from Aberdeen to London when he was informed of the Princess’s death. Within hours he was involved in the most important royal duty of his RAF career. As a pilot with The Queen’s Flight he had flown with the Princess more than 200 times. But he said he was honoured to

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be able to to fly her body home for the last time. He said: “We had to change the aircraft so that the engineers could fit a flat floor in the rear with ball bearings to allow the coffin to be easily manoeuvred in and out. “It wasn’t until we landed in Paris

that I realised the intensity of the operation. While Prince Charles and his staff went to collect Diana we waited at the airport. When a priest , choir and a guard of honour arrived we quickly realised this would be a very formal departure. “French and English air traffic

controllers gave us a perfect route and everyone asked us to pass on their condolences to the Prince. “We landed at Northolt and slowly proceeded to the airport apron. Hundreds of press and TV cameras watched our every move. “The Queen’s Colour Squadron acted as pallbearers doing a magnificent job with no time to practice. “Twenty minutes later we departed for Aberdeen so that the Prince could return to Balmoral and the family – particularly Princes William and Harry. Prince Charles came up to the flight deck as usual to say goodbye. Afterwards my crew told me that we had been chatting for five minutes. I have no recollection of what was said. “The entire week was a daze. Having flown Princess Diana more than 200 times in the past I was honoured to fly her on her final flight home.”

One of the last surviving veterans of the Great Escape from the Nazi’s Stalag Luft III PoW camp has celebrated his 100th birthday. Flt Lt Jack Lyon marked his century with a party hosted by the RAF Association in Bexhill-on-Sea where he lives. According to friends, the centenarian war hero puts his longeivity down to ‘good luck’ RAFA Branch 1066 chairman Philip Snelgrove said: “Jack feels immensely proud of his RAF service and the part he played during that period. “We are honoured to have helped organise his 100th birthday celebrations. As Jack lives in Bexhill it seems only fitting that we help a genuine hero to celebrate.” Mr Lyon, a navigator, was shot down with the rest of his Whitley crew on a raid to Dusseldorf on the night of June 2-3, 1941. All five crew members survived and became prisoners of war. Mr Lyon was sent to the Stalag Luft III prison camp at Sagan, south-east Germany. A total of 76 men tunnelled out of the camp on the night of 24-25 March 1944, immortalized in the 1963 film The Great Escape. Mr Lyon kept surveillance on guards while the escape tunnels – referred to as Tom, Dick, and Harry – were dug and was waiting to make his getaway when the breakout was discovered. Only three of the 76 who escaped evaded capture. Fifty were executed by the Gestapo.

Police murder probe after cadet shooting A 19-year-old ex-cadet was shot dead following a barbecue in East London. Former 338 West Ham Squadron member Abdul Mayanja, pictured, was leaving the party close to London’s Olympic Park when a number of shots were fired. He was taken to hospital but later died from his injuries. A family spokesman said: “He was destined to fly with the RAF. Flying was his dream.”


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Forces friends dig deep for airwoman Emily Donations flood in for Brize cancer victim’s bucket list Tracey Allen A young airwoman battling terminal cancer has been told two of her big dreams will come true – after sharing her story online. SAC Emily Kendrick, based at RAF Brize Norton, is fighting ovarian cancer and is desperate to complete as many items on her ‘bucket list’ as possible, including travelling to New York. Emily’s mother Sonia launched an online crowdfunding appeal to raise £5000 towards the trip – and the RAF air stewardess’s story moved the public so much it took just three days to exceed the target. As RAF News went to press, Emily’s JustGiving fund had reached just over £6,500. The mother and daughter, from

RAF Typhoon and Tornado crews continue to loosen the grip of Daesh fighters in the group’s last Syrian stronghold of Raqqa launching a series of precision strikes. UK crews wiped out a terror group command centre and city centre buildings used by heavilyarmed Daesh fighters to target advancing Syrian Democratic forces. Commanders battling to retake Raqqa called

South Wales, were planning to visit the USA for Sonia’s 50th birthday in 2019 but, due to the uncertainty with Emily’s health they needed fundraising help to make the trip as soon as possible. Sonia said: “We’re hoping to go to New York in November or January. People have been so generous; it’s been absolutely amazing, phenomenal. “Emily has got quite a bucket list and the money will mean she can achieve more of her dreams. We’re going to see The Lion King in London, and she wants to go to the capital for the New Year’s Eve fireworks and visit the Christmas markets in Belgium or Prague.” The other big item on her list was to see Wales play Ireland in Dublin next February in the Six Nations. Sonia and Emily have now been

in RAF strikes as they came under fire from a number of buildings across the city. The terror group HQ was destroyed ahead of separate air strikes on sniper and mortar positions. As liberating forces drive Islamist terrorists from positions in intense street-by-street fighting, they face a deadly threat from boobytrapped buildings crammed with explosives.

invited by the Welsh Rugby Union to fly with the team to Ireland and watch the match. Sonia said: “Emily joined the RAF when she was 17. She loves her job and she wants to make sure she can keep working for as long as she can, the job keeps her going. “I am in awe of her, she has shown so much strength throughout all this and her main focus has been work.” Now working in a ground-based role, Emily’s duties have included flying to Afghanistan to help bring home injured Service personnel. Sonia added: “When her illness was diagnosed Emily was based at RAF Lossiemouth.

RAF Tornados were called in to demolish a building rigged with explosives south of Al Hasakah. In Iraq, following the liberation of the country’s second city Mosul, Coalition forces are targeting the city of Tal Afar, close to the Syrian border where Daesh fighters are still holding out. RAF Typhoon and Tornado crews tracked

“At first it was thought she had a cyst on her ovary but cancer was found and within two weeks the RAF had posted her to Brize Norton, to be nearer her family. ‘From that day the RAF have been absolutely fantastic. “I cannot thank them enough, they have been brilliant. They are looking out for her.”

and killed extremists armed with rockets, mortars and anti-tank weapons. In another attack a Typhoon pilot tracked and destroyed a fast-moving truck speeding across the desert near the city of Bayji. coalition support: Above, a pair of RAF Typhoons close in on a US Air Force KC135 Stratotanker to refuel during operations in Iraq and Syria. PHOTO: USAF

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Brother’s got talent graduation

High flyer: Jerome shows his delight at winning the Rothschild Trophy as he graduates at Halton. Below, Alesha joins her younger brother after the ceremony PHOTOS: LUKA WAYCOTT

Alesha’s pride as Air Force rookie Jerome graduates at top of his class Staff Reporter RAF Halton Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon hit the parade ground at Halton to congratulate her brother Jerome as he graduated after completing the first phase of his training. High-flying RAF rookie Jerome managed to upstage his big sister on the day by scooping the prestigious Rothschild Trophy – awarded to the top trainee on the tough force protection part of the course. Speaking on her social media channels after the ceremony delighted Alesha said: “I’m so proud of my brother who graduated today and was also awarded the Rothschild Trophy for highest overall standard in force protection training.”

celebration: Alesha and family turn out to support AC Jerome Dixon PHOTO: LUKA WAYCOTT

The BGT and X-Factor judge was joined by a large group of family members who turned out to mark Jerome’s graduation. A station spokesman said: “Alesha had a real proud big sister moment as Jerome was presented with his trophy and the whole family turned out to show their support for him too.” More than 80 recruits from course 596 of Campion intake graduated at the RAF training station. AC Jerome will now move to RAF Cosford where he will begin his Phase II Air Force training as a communications specialist. Once he is fully qualified he will be deployed on frontline operations. The event was also a big day for Air Force couple Chris and Wendy Thornton – who hit the parade

TV divas: Alesha, right, with BGT fellow judge Amanda Holden PHOTO: PA

ground side by side for Chris last graduation ceremony as a training flight commander. As Flt Lt Chris led the parade, Wendy, also a Flt Lt, carried the Queen’s Colour during the ceremony. Chris, who is moving to RAF Linton-on-Ouse, said: “This was my last parade at Halton and it was a highlight of my career. Commanding my last parade with Wendy made the day even more special.” Wendy added: “It was an honour

and a privilege to carry the Queen’s Colour. “Doing it while supporting Chris at his last parade was fantastic, although I think it did add a bit more pressure on Chris to make sure he got it right.” Air Vice-Marshal Warren James was the graduation parade Reviewing Officer. The Halton Aircraft Apprentice Shield was presented to AC Letchworth. AC Wood received the Halton Aircraft

Apprentice Trophy; The RAF Benevolent Fund was awarded to AC Fisher. The Station Commander’s Cup was awarded to AC Cowan; The

Dusty Miller Trophies and the Mayor of Aylesbury Trophy were awarded to AC Sellars and the Lord Lieutenant Of Buckinghamshire’s Trophy was awarded to AC Horn.

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A-Vord winner awards

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More than 11,000 personnel are logging on to free Wi-Fi services under a £1.2 million project funded by Forces charity chiefs. The RAF Association is providing free Wi-Fi access on 16 stations across the UK to ease loneliness and isolation. A spokesman said: “The forces community is often away from loved ones. “It is vital that they are able to stay connected, whether they are new in the service or a seasoned professional.”

Cadet ambassador Carol clinches aviators’ trophy Staff Reporter RAF Syerston

Air Force ambassador and TV presenter Carol Vorderman shows her delight after she was presented with a prestigious aviation award. The celebrity aviator picked up the Lennox-Boyd Trophy when she joined more than 200 cadets at a science camp at RAF Syerston, Nottinghamshire. The award – from the Aircraft Owners’ and Pilots’ Association – is for her work promoting aviation with the Royal Air Force youth group. Carol said: “As Ambassador of the RAF Air Cadets I am delighted to be receiving this award in front of the next generation of young aviators. “The Air Cadets is an inspiring youth organisation and with the help of adult volunteers

delivers fantastic science, technology, engineering and maths opportunities for young people across the whole of the country each year.” The award was presented to her by chairman of the Aircraft Owners group George Done and chief executive Mr Martin Robinson. Carol became an Honorary Group Captain with the Cadet group in 2014 and is spearheading a national campaign to get more youngsters involved in science and engineering. The 56-year-old TV favourite is a fully qualified pilot. She is hoping to complete a daring 20,000 mile round-the-world challenge in her own light aircraft, ‘Mildred’, some time next year.

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Charity trek honours tragic teenager Abbie

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Reds head UK drive to boost Gulf trade links Simon Mander THE RAF’s aerobatic team, the Red Arrows, is to tour the Middle East following their blockbusting 53rd season performing in front of millions of UK air show fans. The Scampton-based display aces will top the bill at an airshow in Athens before heading for the Gulf to perform in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and Pakistan. The programme – a combination of aerial displays and flypasts together with ground-based activities – builds on a series of successful visits to the region last year and is part of a high profile government campaign to promote British firms and boost the UK economy. The tour will also see the Reds’ world-famous Hawk T1 aircraft return to Kuwait for the third time

A MEMORIAL to a Red Arrows pilot who died after a display at Bournemouth Air Festival has been unveiled in a new location. The sculpture in memory of Flt Lt Jon Egging was moved to the top of the seaside town’s East Cliff ZigZag path following a landslip at its previous site last spring.

Eastern promise: Reds in action over Bahrain’s famous skyline PHOTO: CPL STEVE BUCKLEY

and put on a full display in Bahrain, where they staged a flypast in 2016. The tour will also highlight links with the British Armed Forces

in each of the countries and the United Kingdom’s long-standing relations with countries across the Gulf.

The tragic death from cancer of a colleague’s 17-year-old daughter inspired Flt Lt Kev Scott and his RAF veteran pal Andy Melling to raise more than £4000 for charity by walking Offa’s Dyke. Kev and Andy covered the 177mile route that follows the border between England and Wales in 10 days and smashed their fundraising target of £2832 – £1 for every 100 metres walked. Kev said the duo wanted to fundraise for the Make-a-Wish children’s charity in memory of Abbie, the daughter of Chf Tech Kenny Robinson, who worked for Kev in a previous post. Abbie suffered from a rare form of cancer called clear cell sarcoma. Kev said: “Make-A-Wish were keen to give Abbie a trip to Disneyland Paris with her family but she was too weak to go and

inSPIRATION: Kev and Andy, left, on their walk in memory of Abbie, above

constantly in and out of hospital. The charity did provide a large curved TV for Abbie’s bedroom but sadly she was only able to use it a few times before passing away last June.” Abbie’s parents, Kenny and Diane, travelled from Elgin in Scotland to walk the last day of the route with Kev and Andy.

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RAF 100


100 RAF innovations

From radar to cordless kettles…


he RAF has been at the cutting edge of aviation technology since its formation in 1918 – from the development of the parachute to today’s night-vision and targettracking Striker helmets used by current Top Gun pilots. But the boffins behind warwinning military breakthroughs can also take credit for many everyday items, such as the microwave and cordless electric kettles. As the RAF prepares to celebrate its centenary, military historian Jonathan Falconer has produced a list of the top 100 inventions that have kept the Service at the vanguard of combat tech. His collection of groundbreaking kit is being published in the iconic Haynes manuals series to celebrate the RAF’s landmark date. He said: “Technology and innovation have gone hand in glove with the evolution of the RAF over the past 100 years. “My father and grandfather and various uncles and cousins all served in the RAF – it’s in my blood. I passionately believe in the existence of the Service and what it stands for. “I wanted to show how the world’s oldest Air Force has remained at the cutting-edge of technical innovation. “The selection has been based on innovation, methods and ideas that have been ground-breaking, far-reaching in their longevity or simply helpful or useful in doing a job. It’s an eclectic and quirky mix.” Among Haynes’ list of world-

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changing devices is the oddly titled ‘Miss Shilling’s Orifice’ – Farnborough-based aeronautical engineer Beatrice Shilling’s 1940 solution to negative-G fuel starvation. The collection includes many everyday objects that have their roots in the RAF workshops; like acrylic safety glass Perspex, developed in the late 1920s and fitted to the Spitfire and Hurricane. During the Battle of Britain, ophthalmologist Harold Ridley treated RAF pilots at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London whose eyes had been damaged by Perspex splinters from shattered cockpit canopies. Unable to remove the shards from their eyes, he later discovered the plastic rarely caused any infection when compared to the effects of glass splinters.

Falconer’s top 10 inventions n 1. Parachute – parachute use increased slowly from 1927 but the experience of WWII finally vindicated it as a life-saver. By VE Day 20,538 airmen escaped death by parachuting from their aircraft. n 2. Variable-pitch (VP) propeller – designed in 1924 and further developed by Gloster Aircraft Company 1926-27. Spitfires and Hurricanes in RAF service were converted to de Havilland VP units by August 1940. They gave the Spitfire in particular a reduced take-off run, increased climb rate and an extra 7000ft of altitude. n 3. Hiduminium – a new lightweight, high-strength, heat-resistant aluminium alloy. Hiduminium RR alloys were used in every British aircraft and aero engine operated by the RAF in WWII. n 4. Bouncing bomb – Dr Barnes

Win the Haynes manual We have five copies of the Haynes RAF 100 Technical Manual to be won ( rrp £25). To enter, answer this question: What was Beatrice Shilling’s job? Email your answer, marked Haynes Manual competition, to: competitions@rafnews. or post it to: RAF News, Room 68, Lancaster Building, HQ Air Command, High Wycombe, HP14 4UE, to arrive by September 22. Ridley went on to develop the rigid intra-ocular lens (IOL), implanted in the human eye when the original lens has been removed in the treatment of cataracts. Since the end of the war the IOL has gone on to save the sight of some

BOUNCING BOMB: Used on Ruhr dams

Wallis’s revolutionary weapon was used by 617 Sqn Lancasters to attack the Ruhr dams on May 16-17, 1943. n 5. Radar – technique for detecting objects using distant radio waves provided the RAF with the vital advance information that enabled it to win the Battle

200 million people worldwide. Wartime scientists at the Radar Research Establishment developed the cavity magnetron, the vital component in microwave radar. In the 1950s, American engineer Percy Spencer accidentally

of Britain in 1940. n 6. Jet engine – one of the greatest technological achievements of the 20th century, developed by RAF engineering officer Frank Whittle. The fifth prototype of the Meteor, the first twin-engine jet fighter, first flew in March 1943. The first production Meteor F1 flew in January 1944 and deliveries to the RAF started on July 12, when 616 Sqn swapped from its Spitfires. n 7. Ejection seat – first developed by James Martin in 1944, as a means of assisted escape for fighter aircraft pilots. From June 1947 all new Service jet aircraft were fitted with the Martin-Baker Ejection Seat Mk1 as standard. In 2018 the RAF will use the Mk 16A seat in the Eurofighter Typhoon. n 8. Air-to-air missile – the first

discovered microwaves produced by a magnetron had enough power to heat and cook food, which led him to patent the microwave. The cordless electric kettle owes its existence to a small bimetallic switch developed for use in electrically-heated flying suits designed for RAF heavy bomber crews, said Falconer. Designer Eric Taylor was commissioned by the Air Ministry to investigate high-voltage, heated flying suits for the RAF. With the 1942 Taylor Buoyant Suit, he combined electrical heating in flight with buoyancy in case of ditching in the sea. Taylor invented a dished bimetallic switch to act as a nonelectrical thermostat for the suit. Future applications for the switch were taken up by his son, Dr John C. Taylor, who is credited with the invention of the cordless electric kettle, which incorporates the bimetallic switch. Falconer said: “If the RAF is still around in 100 years time, my hope is that it will continue to be at the forefront. It thrives on innovation in terms of technology.” By Tracey Allen

air trials of the short-range Firestreak AAM were carried out in Wales in 1957. In 1958 the first operational Firestreaks were introduced into service with 25 Sqn’s Gloster Javelin FAW7s, which became the RAF’s first interceptor squadron – armed with Britain’s premier passive infrared homing AAM. n 9. Head-up display (HUD) – developed by RAE Farnborough in the 1950s, it allows the pilot to view essential data on a transparent display directly in front of him without having to look away or down into the cockpit. n 10. Carbon-fibre composites – light but very strong. The Typhoon uses more carbonfibre-reinforced polymer in its construction than any other material.

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COLOUR, CHAOS and more than 200 runners made for a memorable Royal Air Force Association event at Wittering recently. The 5K fun run saw participants of all ages make their way around the course covered in brightly-coloured corn-starch paints. The event, the first of its kind to be held on an active RAF station, raised vital funds for the RAF Association and took place entirely within the Cambridgeshire Station’s confines. Clouds of vibrant fluorescent blue, green, pink, orange and purple colour billowed and swirled around the track, raising much laughter from competitors and onlookers alike. Station Commander Gp Capt Tony Keeling said: “It’s been fantastic fun today, we wouldn’t have missed this for anything. Sure, it’s been a lot of work to organise and we’ve got some tidying up to do, but you look around and see all these smiling faces. It’s been well worth it – and all for a great cause with the RAF Association.”

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On the pull in Romania 3 SQN’S Cpl Dai ‘Meatball’ Thomas and SAC Dan ‘Chappers’ Chaplin muscle in on the action as they lead their team in a truck pull competition at the Mihail Kogalniceanu airbase in Romania. The duo are among more than 150 R A F p e r s on n e l stationed at the base with 135 EAW.

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Typhoon’s Black Sea test for UK destroyer Staff Reporter Constanta, Romania RAF TYPHOONS guarding NATO’s border with Russia have launched a major combat exercise with a Royal Navy destroyer in the Black Sea. Four combat jets, policing the skies over Romania, took part in a series of air-to-air and air-to -surface combat drills with HMS Duncan – a Type 45 Destroyer. The ship is part of the NATO maritime force stationed in the area to counter the potential Russian military threat. Navy crews co-ordinated the RAF aircraft as they attacked simulated targets on the ground. The exercise also tested HMS Duncan’s defences with a series of strikes against the ship from simulated enemy aircraft. Navy Warfare Officer Lt Cdr Michael Waters said:

“Opportunities for Type 45 to work with the RAF Typhoons are few and far between, even in the UK. “The chance to operate with 135 Expeditionary Air Wing and for HMS Duncan to control live aircraft in the execution of both Air-Air and Air-Surface missions was invaluable and proved our interoperability while both were tasked to NATO in the Black Sea.” 3 Sqn pilot Flt Lt Brett Fusco added: “This exercise gave the Navy crew the chance to control an anti-surface operation while defending against an air threat.” RAF jets stationed at the Mihail Kogalniceanu air base in Romania with 135 EAW have just completed a four-month tour defending NATO’s East European air space as part of the largest build up of allied forces in the region for decades. The UK crews were scrambled

just once to intercept a pair of Russian Tu22 Backfire Bombers skirting Allied air space. Air Force bomb disposal experts deployed to support the UK aircraft have also been in action as the four-month tour of duty winds up. The RAF Wittering-based team carried out simulated IED alerts alongside their Romanian counterparts at the MK base. Flt Lt Cornford, from the 5131 Bomb Disposal Sqn, said: “We’ve been looking at how the Romanians operate and we’ve shown them our procedures for disposing of different types of munitions. He added: “It’s been good to see how the two nations work together, and how they work their different equipment. It’s really good to train with our NATO partners. It’s something we can look forward to doing in the future.”

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RAF Photographic Competition 2017: People’s Choice Category Air Force sharpshooters have success in their sights as they go head to head in this year’s RAF photographic competition. Nine professional and amateur snappers are battling it out for the prestigious People’s Choice award, decided by a public vote. Among the images in the

frame are stunning shots of the Red Arrows, heavy-lift Chinook helicopters, RAF crews in action on operations and personnel captured going about their duties safeguarding the UK. The nine finalists were selected by a panel of industry experts, from more than 800 entries.

Judge Mark O’Neill said: “Judging this year’s photography competition was no easy task. The photographs are of an exemplary standard and cover a broad range of briefs. “This wide variety goes some way towards revealing just how challenging and diverse a role the

RAF’s Photographers are faced with and how well they execute it. “I must, on behalf of the panel of judges, offer my congratulations to all involved in the competition and now eagerly await the results of the People’s Choice category.” n Vote for your favourite via the web link at the bottom of this page.

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Blowin’ In The Wind

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SAC NICHOLAS EGAN: Two Mk6 Chinooks crewed by 7 Sqn, based out of RAF Odiham, head out over North Sea wind farms during a low-level insertion to retrieve a downed pilot during a rotary training exercise

Sgt Peter J George: On the way back from the West Falkland Islands, aboard the mighty Chinook

CPL STEVE BUCKLEY: The Red Arrows perform a flypast over Kuala Lumpur (KL) city centre, around the Petronas Towers

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SAC WILL DRUMMEE: Members of 15 Squadron RAF Regiment move across the hills during an exercise at Dartmoor Training Area

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A vital but gruesome role A few months ago in a local villagers in a shallow grave, local café, I got chatting with and when Ted’s group arrived to Ted Robins, now 91, who, when exhume and pack the body parts, serving with the Army from 1944- they fitted into a small wooden box 48, was attached to the ‘Graves about three feet square. Bear Concentration Group’ (in in mind a bomber crew was Star usually seven men. 1946) under an RAF officer. The group’s job was to letter Another time, he was collect all the remains of driving a lorry filled shot-down airmen, mainly over with body parts through Germany, Belgium, Holland, and the heavily-bombed city France. of Cologne, when he was Ted (pictured) had the stopped by the military unenviable task of tracking down police for speeding. as many lost aircrew as possible. When asked why he Once he had to go with his was speeding, he group to a small village where a explained he had bomber had come down – all the to get all the crew had been killed, probably bodies in the hitting the ground in a vertical back to the dive. The remains were buried by cemetery on

The cat’s whiskers

The article about the cat on page 4 of RAF News No 1425 brought a smile to my lips and reminded me of a previous year when a cat was successful. It was while serving on the Transit Flight at RAF Luqa, Malta, that a Beverley landed from Cyprus when a cat suddenly appeared out of the undercarriage – a stowaway. If I remember rightly, it was the subject of an article in either the first or the third copy of RAF News. I always remember those editions because the cat was in one and I was in the other, receiving my Long Service and Good Conduct medal. RG Moore Neston Cheshire

the outskirts of Cologne for burial as soon as possible. Not believing him, the corporal climbed into the back to see if Ted was telling the truth, and promptly jumped out, vomiting as he hit the ground. Needless to say, he was never stopped again. Ted was just one of the many Servicemen and women who all fought World War II as one. Everyone living today owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to their generation, especially those who paid the ultimate price. Roger C. Braga Former RAF Teleg/W.Opr. 1963-1968

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Training RAF women for combat is nothing new I was very interested to read the article headed ‘First Blood’ on how the RAF Regiment will now be opening recruitment to women. I joined the RAuxAF regiment back in 1979 as a Gunner/Signaller. I was not the only female to enrol but I understand I was the first. There were two other auxiliary squadrons formed at the same time at RAF Lossiemouth and RAF Honington where females were also enrolled as Gunners/Signallers. I did nine years with No. 2503 Squadron and was very proud to wear the RAF Regiment flashes. I attained the rank of Corporal after completing FT1 training and also passed FT2 but unfortunately there was never any female Sergeant rank allocated to 2503. We trained alongside our male counterparts and had the opportunity to partake in all the

training exercises that they did. Our skills ranged from weapon handling to map reading and grenade throwing to first aid. We were also all very proficient radio operators. I was interested to read that there

is now the opportunity for females to join the RAF Regiment but just to keep the record straight there were many of us who were privileged to serve in this branch of the RAF back in 1979. Jane Root (née Cockburn)

Americans given too Proud to have helped on B3 much credit for Airlift JOHNSON


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Many thanks for the article on Johnnie Johnson’s life and service (RAF News No 1423). He led the first Spitfires on to B3 airstrip at St-Croix-Sur-Mer, Normandy, on June 10, 1944. I was a member of 3210 Servicing Commandos, Royal Air Force. We serviced those planes. We had arrived at B3 on June 7. I enjoy RAF News very much. Keep up the good work. AW McQuillin Kemble Gloucestershire

I have been reading your article about Barry Turner’s book, The Berlin Airlift – The Relief Operations That Defined The Cold War (RAF News No 1425), with some British Berlin Airlift Association (BBAA) colleagues and we feel it is American biased. It is a shame but there has always been a gap between their input and ours. In fairness, we were in different zones in Germany and almost never met during the Airlift,

although the Americans did take over our original airfield – Fassberg – and used one of our corridors. However, between us – and, yes, they were better equipped, with more airmen and more planes – we did do the job we set out to do, even though the Cold War went on for many years after the Airlift. We noticed that the article did mention Air Cdre Rex Waite, something the Americans have rarely achieved. Each year we have a ceremony in

Berlin run by the Berlin Gratitude committee. We have representatives from all nations there. Over the years the BBAA have done sterling work trying to keep the history of the Airlift going – we even managed to get a mention of it in ‘A’-Level papers. We recognise that all those who took part contributed to the result we set out to achieve – that of feeding and heating and keeping businesses open for the citizens of Berlin. I wish this book all the luck; it is not easy publishing these days. Dr Joyce Hargrave-Wright Ex WAAF

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Name and shame, I say

I was reading the article in the August 11 edition of RAF News about the UK Military Flying Training System. I do not normally complain about minor issues, but the article really grated, perhaps this is a sign of impending old age. Normally you would refer to a Beechcraft T6 Texan or, confusingly, an Embraer Phenom 100, but not as the article’s author has consistently done, naming the aircraft name first and make and model thereafter. It may be that MFTS has decided to go against convention. However, if they have not, then such a simple thing should be done correctly in the RAF’s own newspaper. I doubt if I am the only one making this observation. Otherwise, RAF News remains an enjoyable read, keep up the good work. Sqn Ldr Pete Soanes CO 902 EAW

Tutor still has life left

In RAF News No 1425 your feature, The £1bn air power revolution, intimated that the Tutor would soon be removed from service. I would like to take this opportunity to inform you that, whilst the Prefect will soon provide elementary flying training, the Tutor has a few more years left in it. It will continue to provide flying instruction to the almost 1000 members of the 15 University Air Squadrons throughout the British Isles and provide a safe and memorable experience to many of the almost 56,000 RAF Air Cadets in more than 1000 squadrons: this is facilitated by mainly volunteer pilots from the Air Experience Flights of a number of UAS. Sqn Ldr S I Roxburgh OC UGSAS Glasgow

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Exercise Guardian Mobility

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RAF REGT GUNNER: Force Protection

Personnel work round the clock during the world’s biggest Air Mobility exercise

INTEROPERABILITY: Different nations working together on the exercise

T time: A400M crew work through the night PHOTOS: SAC NICHOLAS EGAN


he RAF stepped up the UK’s heavy-lift capabilities as the latest addition to the transport fleet took to the skies at the world’s largest air mobility exercise. The Atlas A400M made its debut on the US-based Exercise Mobility Guardian alongside more than 50 transporters from 20 nations, centred on Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Seattle. The high-stakes combat drill involved simulated missions to deliver troops and kit into enemy territory – testing the tactical capability of Atlas, C-17 and veteran Hercules C130J transporters. It saw Royal Air Force personnel working around the clock to keep up with the demanding tempo of the important and demanding exercise. For the RAF it has been a perfect opportunity to test the A400M’s ability to deliver large

STAMP OF APPROVAL: RAF Air Mobility Force chief Air Cdre Dom Stamp

loads into hostile combat zones and operate alongside allied forces. A key test for the RAF’s latest transporter has been to deliver the US 18 ton Stryker armoured vehicle under combat conditions, operating alongside America’s 82nd Airborne Division. The RAF’s Air Mobility Force Commander, Air Cdre Dom Stamp, said: “This is one of the first main exercises for A400M and it has proved its worth. “The ability to deliver the American Stryker vehicle gives us that interoperability with our American colleagues. “We know now we can play a full part in any operation which we undertake in future with the Americans. “We have received a lot of plaudits from the Americans about the performance of the RAF on the exercise. We’ve certainly punched above our weight.”

During a full-scale combat drill more than 500 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division jumped from C-17 and C-130 aircraft with their equipment.

We have received a lot of plaudits from the Americans about the performance of the RAF on the exercise. We’ve certainly punched above our weight

The real-time scenario saw RAF Force Protection teams led by No.2 Sqn being moved in to secure the airfield, allowing a multi-national fleet of transport aircraft to mount relief operations.

In addition to the 70 Sqn Atlas and Force Protection specialists, the RAF also deployed Aeromedical Evacuation and support personnel on the two-week exercise, which also involved airfields and ranges across Washington State. Air Cdre Stamp added: “I’ve never known an exercise like this before, where we’ve brought out a Force Protection squadron and aeromed teams to one exercise. It’s a great opportunity, even within our UK contingent, to bring these areas together to work with people who we’re going to be working with on live operations in the future. “This exercise is playing a key role in the training of our personnel. It’s a unique opportunity to really test, exercise and develop all our individuals and it’s something I’m really interested in; developing, enhancing and playing a larger role in the future.” The Seattle exercise is a grand

stage to showcase the latest addition to the RAF transport inventory to an international audience, including forces from South Korea, Columbia and New Zealand. Atlas flew as part of the ‘T-tail section’, operating alongside C-17 Globemasters from the US Air Force, US Air National Guard and Royal Australian Air Force. Wg Cdr Ed Horne, Officer Commanding 70 Squadron, added: “There’s a great deal of interest in the A400, particularly from the C-17 and C-130 crews who have been onto the aircraft to look around. “The aircraft they operate are now quite old and, of course, ours is very new so they’re very excited about the different functionality the A400 has.” ENVIABLE position: 70 Sqn OC Wg Cdr Ed Horne says there has been a lot of interest in his squadron’s A400M from crews of older aircraft

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HEN the body of a young girl is found barefoot in the thick snow of the Wind River Indian Reservation, the FBI get involved. Agent Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen) heads over to Wyoming from the Las Vegas department to investigate – as best she can in her unsuitable clothes and car. Headstrong but inexperienced, she is really out of her element here.

With few police of their own in this large stretch of unforgiving terrain, Banner looks to Corey Lambert (Jeremy Renner), the hunter who discovered the body, to help find her way around. He knows the place, the people and the predators that lurk within. It seems the community are battling a world that doesn't care about them, torn apart by drugs and delinquents. What begins as a moody procedural however will quickly become an all-out action thriller in a whiplash-inducing change of pace. Details that are initially obscured will be explained fully and any attempts at making a serious dramatic point will be lost to Taken-style shootouts. This is a bizarre film that doesn't quite know how seriously to treat its subject. Most serious of all is Corey, a man with a troubled past who has apparently learned much about the culture of Native Americans, taking every opportunity to high road others and pass on his wise words. Wind River is written and

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Wake up to Mulvey NICK MULVEY is back with his new LP Wake Up Now and the opening song Unconditional is another leap in the right direction if you like your music ephemeral and captivating. It is already one of my songs of the year. Transform Your Game is up next, a lovely anti-war themed tune that rises and rises beautifully, but sadly cannot find its planned epic proportion climax, but it is still a toe-tapper. The smooth, emotive opening chords of Myela work really well until the lyrics which follow the tragedy surrounding the life of a Sudanese girl – I am afraid these cringeworthy lines make me shy away. I have never heard a song deal with political issues well and Mulvey (pictured below) falls into the same trap, well-intentioned as the idea may be. We Are Never Apart is a lush offering and has that ability to slow

down the world around you, with its dreamlike quality. The title song is a better approach lyrically to spell out Mulvey’s obvious concerns about the world he lives in. Lullaby's beautiful, haunting, dreamlike guitar and vocals are over all too soon in just over one minute. The gently flow of Infinite Trees is a nice, reminiscent love song, with rippling guitar fading out for a heartstring tugger of a finish. All in all Mulvey has encountered the difficult second album well. A full European tour is currently underway. Visit: for details. Review by Dan Abrahams R'n'R Rating:

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new Airfix Hawker Typhoon 1B – Car Door 1:24 scale set, Corgi Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Collection and Humbrol accessory pack with Red Arrows model. For skilled modellers, the detailed Airfix Typhoon kit – each worth over £100 – enables you to create a replica model of this iconic World War II aircraft, including the forward-opening ‘car-door’ style cockpit entry for the pilot. The Corgi Battle Of Britain Memorial Collection consists of Europe's only flying Avro Lancaster PA474, Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IIa P7350 and Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIc LF363 – the perfect start to your model collection. The inaugural airshow, at the home base of the RAF Red Arrows, will play host to up to 100 aircraft over the weekend, both in the air and on the ground. The new event will be raising funds to support the RAF Charitable Trust. For your chance to win, simply send us the correct answer to the following question: Which famous aerobatics team is based at RAF Scampton?

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Best known as bad boy Jim Fenner in ITV's Bad Girls, Jack Ellis stars in the new touring production of thriller Wait Until Dark. Go to: for details. Here’s Jack’s iPod Top Ten: 1



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Zappa 2 Frank Dynamo Hum Elbow 3 The Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver Bowie 4 David 'Tis a Pity She Was a Whore Cave & The Bad Seeds 5 Nick Jubilee Street Harvey 6 PJ Let England Shake 7 Stormzy First Things First Isserlis 8 Steven Bach Cello Suites and the Maytals 9 Toots Funky Kingston Waits 10 Tom Gin Soaked Boy

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FLY ( where the dream of flight becomes a reality. This thrilling indoor skydiving experience – the simulation of free fall conditions in a vertical wind tunnel as you float on a smooth cushion of air – is great for all the family. There’s no parachute, no jumping and nothing attaching you to planet Earth. It’s fun, safe and cool – and suitable for all ages. iFLY vertical wind tunnels are located in Basingstoke, Manchester and Milton Keynes and two lucky RAF News readers can win a Kick Starter Experience worth up to £100 in total at any of these locations. The prize is: two x Kick Starter

Experiences – two flights each person, equivalent free-fall time of three x 12,000 feet skydives. Also included are: pre-flight training, flight gear, instruction from a certified flight guide and a personalised post-flight certificate. To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize, answer this question correctly: How many locations does iFLY have in England? Email your answer, marked iFLY Indoor Skydiving competition, to: or post it to: RAF News, Room 68, Lancaster Building, HQ Air Command, High Wycombe, HP14 4UE, to arrive by September 22.


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The Big Interview

He's Back… to steal my family


he appropriatelynamed Back – an acerbic new six-part comedy series – marks much-loved Peep Show antiheroes David Mitchell and Robert Webb's return to Channel 4. Written by Emmy-award winning Simon Blackwell (Veep, In The Loop, Peep Show) the show stars Mitchell as under-achiever Stephen and Webb as the charismatic Andrew. Stephen's father Laurie, a local legend and pub landlord, has died so Stephen is set to 'finally' take over the pub. Mum Ellen (Penny Downie) and sister Cass (Louise Brealey) have no interest in the family business. With his dad dead, it's now Stephen's chance to shine. His only achievements so far have been marriage (followed by divorce), a failed stint as a lawyer in London and a slightly disappointing pub refurbishment. But when the charming Andrew (Webb) turns up out of the blue at Laurie's funeral, Stephen's plans go awry. Andrew has lived in Sydney, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Berlin and Limoges but, crucially, spent five formative months fostered by Laurie and Ellen as a 12-year-old. To Stephen, Andrew was just one of a string of 30-odd foster kids who he spent his childhood resenting. But Andrew remembers every single detail and sees that time as the most important of his life. Now Andrew’s back, and keen to revisit the closest thing he’s ever had to a family. Ellen loves Andrew. Cass loves Andrew. Even Laurie’s erratic brother Uncle Geoff (Geoff McGivern) loves Andrew.


ut Stephen doesn't love Andrew. He thinks he's a glib, dangerous sociopath who’s about to steal his family, his business and his life. Mitchell said: "Stephen is basically a struggling local businessman and it's his hopeslash-assumption that he will take over the family business, and it will be a way for him to feel like a success. "His marriage has fallen apart, and his career has done likewise, so he's hoping that by turning around this slightly ailing pub, he'll turn around his own life. "But Andrew has come


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DAD'S DEAD: And the funeral is made even worse for would-be pub landlord Stephen (right) by the return of former foster child Andrew

back to stake a claim, to return to a place where he felt happy and secure. In so doing, he is essentially, from Stephen's point of view, trying to supplant him. It's a terrible threat to Stephen's extremely modest hopes. Everyone else loves Andrew, he's a breath of fresh air, a creative, interesting person. But to Stephen, he's the devil." Mitchell added: "When we knew Peep Show was ending, Rob and I were looking for something else to work on together, and Simon, we knew of old, and he's a brilliant writer. We had wind that his involvement with Veep was coming to an end, so we asked him to write something for us.

"We discussed the themes we wanted to touch on; we all felt that something non-urban, something that reflected on lost, provincial parts of Britain, would be an interesting place to set a comedy. And we wanted it to reflect the fact that, both individually and collectively, the country feels a bit lost at the moment. "The way Back has been written, you see different ways in which that element of being lost comes through in both Stephen and Andrew. Stephen is an authentic figure – he's from that place, he has noble hopes – but he's let down by his own lack of competence, and his drinking problem and various other things. Andrew, meanwhile, is super competent, very plausible, very impressive, but ultimately hollow. He knows he's hollow. "Simon's script was brilliant, with tremendous depth and black day: Andrew (left) hinterland. It returns to haunt Stephen doesn't feel like a

first series – it feels like it takes place in a pre-existing world."


itchell and Webb have been working together for more than 20 years, but it's not all been plain sailing. Mitchell revealed: "There have been phases where we've been doing stuff that we're excited to do, but we're utterly sick of the sight of each other. And then it comes back round to be fun and joyful again. But we did some of our best stuff when we couldn't stand the sight of each other, so the fun is not key but it's nice that the fun has returned." Webb said: "It's been interesting for me to play someone who is a) intelligent and slightly cool, but cool in a different way to Jez [his Peep Show character] and much cleverer and emotionally intelligent and b) someone who might be genuinely a nasty piece of work. "I've been giving two performances at the same time because there's something very ambiguous about Andrew – we don't quite know what he's up to and that's been a great pleasure to play." n Back continues on Channel 4 on Wednesdays at 10pm.

Peace Train: The Cat Stevens Story Oxford/Brighton

Georgiou, Stevens, Islam – the Cat with three lives


ollowing a sell-out run at the Sydney Opera House, Peace Train: The Cat Stevens Story is on tour in the UK. Featuring hit songs such as The First Cut is the Deepest, Father And Son, Peace Train and Moonshadow, it stars Darren Coggan as singersongwriter Stevens, later known as Yusuf Islam. Coggan described the show as: "A night of music and storytelling which will strike a chord deep inside the heart of anyone who longs for something more." He added: "It’s a journey back in time, recreating the sights and sounds and seeking out the man in the music as well as telling the story behind the songs. Cat Stevens defined a generation with songs that the whole world sang along with. "Our audiences obviously come expecting to hear those timeless songs, but I think they walk away with so much more, namely a real insight and understanding of who he was. "We trace his early beginnings as Stephen Georgiou in Swinging London and his dizzy heights and life-changing experiences as Cat Stevens – the triumphs, the loves in his life and his eternal spiritual search for fulfilment. We predominantly focus on his life and music as Cat Stevens and the show ends where he finally finds peace and meaning in his life and says goodbye to the music industry, embarking on his third life as Yusuf Islam." Coggan revealed the show came about through people constantly telling him he sounded like Cat Stevens. He said: "I was never intentionally trying to channel him or emulate his voice, but we have a very similar timbre. I would be touring around Australia promoting my own albums and would often include one of his songs in my set. "I didn't know that much about him or his story so out of curiosity

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I began researching him and the deeper I dug the more fascinated I became with his journey of selfdiscovery." Coggan met Stevens 10 years ago. He said: "In 2007 I had the great privilege of being invited to London to meet with the great man himself. "Yusuf showed me the school [the Islamia Primary School] he founded near Queen’s Park, took me to his favourite local restaurant for lunch and kindly autographed my Cat Stevens albums for me. It was so surreal. "I gave him a DVD of my performance in Peace Train and as he watched it in front of me (which was terrifying) he paused after I sang Father And Son, put his hand on my shoulder and said ‘That's pretty close’ – which was the greatest compliment I could ever have imagined." n Peace Train is at the New Theatre, Oxford, on September 12 and the Theatre Royal, Brighton, on September 17. Go to: atgticket. com for details.

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Deaths BARTLE Christopher (1941-2017). Canberra and Hercules pilot, and leading figure in the RAF Theatrical Association. Memorial Service to be held at noon on September 27 at St Nicholas’s Church, Bromham, Wilts, SN15 2EU, followed by refreshments at the Bromham Social Centre. Please contact: cjbmemorialservice@gmail. com.

and five grandchildren. Funeral was held on August 16. Donations to Macmillian Care, Queen Elizabeth Hospice, King's Lynn, Norfolk in Bill's memory. Contact Lesley on: 01760 337784.


Bill BECK Beck William (Bill) ex 35th Boy Entrant K1936989. Passed away on July 28, aged 74 after a prolonged fight against hairy cell leukemia. He battled to the end. Missed so much by wife Lesley and children Rachel and Iain, son-in-law Dave and daughter-in-law Charlotte

COUSINS, Peter John, Sgt (Ret’d). ‘Pete’ died after a short illness at Florence Nightingale Hospice in Aylesbury on July 24, aged 71. Pete joined the RAF as a Boy Entrant (44th Entry, 2 Squadron) in 1961 at RAF Hereford aged 15. He went on to serve for 40 years, retiring in 2001. He enjoyed various postings in the UK including Halton, Henlow, Innsworth and High Wycombe and also served overseas in South Yemen, Malta, Italy, Germany

and the Falkland Islands. On leaving the Service, Pete worked as a civil servant at HQ Air Command in RAF High Wycombe up until he was sadly admitted to hospital in June this year. Pete was truly committed to the RAF and often went above and beyond the call of duty. A true gentleman, he will be sadly missed by his two daughters Naomi and Verity, his grandchildren Cameron and Ruby, and all his work colleagues and friends at HQ Air Command, in particular A6 Division. Wood Angeline Rosemary Born December 22, 1931, passed away at the Oasis Care Home, Plymouth on August 5 after a brave and spirited fight. Reunited with dearly missed husband, Les. Caring mum of Julie, mother in law of Graham and nana to adored granddaughter, Lucy. Ange will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Mum served in the RAF in the 1950s and travelled with Dad (Flt Lt L D Wood (deceased)) to many places worldwide in their happy times together. A private funeral service was held at Co-op Funeralcare Plympton Chapel on August

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In Memoriam Allinson Ronald Wilton (Ron), Warrant Officer, aged 86. Sadly passed away on August 22, 2016. He enlisted in the RAF in December 1947 at RAF Cranwell – 55th Entry – and retired in December 1986 having enjoyed every moment. He travelled widely in Germany and the UK in the 1950s specialising in radio and radar. Also served at Locking, Newton, Aberporth (Bloodhounds), West Raynham, Cyprus twice (41/112 Squadron and 12 SU), Henlow, Rudloe Manor, Hartland Point, Buchan, North Luffenham and High Wycombe. Following his time in the RAF, Ron spent a long and happy retirement in Hedge End near Southampton fixing things that everyone else thought were broken. Remembered with much love and affection by his wife Maureen, children and partners, grandchildren and friends. Wiley John husband of Doreen passed away August 18, 2016. Served at RAF Valley 1954-59. Ex Valley Mountain Rescue Team. Sadly missed by family and friends. In our hearts you'll always stay until we meet again some day. With love. 214 Squadron remembering Fg Off Peter Wormall copilot and all the other crew killed when Valiant XD 869 crashed shortly after take off from Marham, September 11, 1959. May you RIP. David Cobbold.

RAFVR. Served 1951 to 1992. Possibly Intelligence Branch. Some connection to RAF Waddington. Contact: Memories of officiating chaplains at any station at any time, to: Father Keith Sawyer, 29 Fieldgate Road, Luton LU4 9TA, call: 01582 848459. Trying to get info and pictures of Lancaster bomber 156 Sqn ED919 call sign GT– and 460 Sqn W4844. We know it was lost 13/14 July 1943. For family history. Pilot's name was JJ Hewerdine, family name was Sgt J F W Cullum. Please email Mick Cope at:

Reunions 504 Squadron Open Day and Reunion – September 15 at RAF Wittering. All former Sqn members are invited to see the Sqn demonstrate its current capability, tour the RAF Wittering and Sqn Heritage Rooms and attend a social with serving and former members. Contact the Dep Sqn Cdr via email: uk or write to: Flt Lt K Winks. 504 Sqn, RAF Wittering, PE8 6HB. 57thOM9s. Would any of you that are left like to get together for a final hurrah? I am quite prepared to do the organising. Just email me: collenvickers@gmail. com; or you can phone me: 01522 778909 or even visit me: 30 High Street, North Scarle, Lincoln LN6 9EP. I would suggest a date near September 21.

230 Squadron Reunion calling all existing and ex230 Squadron members. Annual All Ranks Reunion September 22-24 in Grantham. Contact Rod for details: rodgoodier@ 99th Entry RAF Halton Aircraft Apprentices 56th Anniversary of Attestation at The Bentley Hotel, Lincoln, September 22-24. Email: jim. or call Jim on: 01529 461662. 99 Squadron Centenary Parade and Reception. 99 Squadron will be holding a parade at RAF Brize Norton on September 28 in celebration of 100 years since its formation. All serving, former members and Boeing associates are invited, along with their guests. There will also be a ticketed evening dinner and hangar party following on the same day. Please contact: Centenary99sqn@outlook. com for more information. PN course 86 trained at RAF Halton 1975-1977 – 40-year reunion October. Do you know anyone who trained there during that time or friends who might know anyone from the course? Please email Ann Newby née Coleby-Roe at: or call: 07714 144522. 47th Entry RAF Cosford "A" Flight GWM's. Reunion for 55th Anniversary of signing on. 6-8th October at Haughton Hall, Shifnal. Further details from Carl Leake 01603 860859. 31 Squadron Goldstars Association holds its 102nd

Halton House open day

Seeking SEEKING any members of 2035 ATC Sqn at South East London Technical Institute between 1947-1950. Contact J Randall via email: or call: 01986 893310. SEEKING Corporal Bill Roche RAF Regiment, stationed Wroughton, near Swindon, Wiltshire, 195657. Please contact Doreen Freegard, 7 Glevum Close, Purton, near Swindon, Wiltshire SN5 4HA, call: 01793 770178. Seeking information on Flt Lt Frank Herbert Townsend MBE AE

HALTON HOUSE, RAF Halton Officers' Mess, holds an Open Day, on Sunday, September 10. This is a rare opportunity to view the ground floor rooms of Halton House, the fabulous country residence of Alfred de Rothschild between 1883-1918. Free admission. Also open will be The Trenchard Museum, the James McCudden Flight Heritage Centre and the Reconstructed Trenches. These tell the story of RAF Halton in World War I and the RAF Apprentice Scheme. For details go to:

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You can email photos for announcements on this page. Send small jpg files (less than 1MB) to Anniversary Reunion from October 6-8 at the Marriott Hotel, Peterborough: Friday afternoon: flypast, followed by dinner and drinks in the evening; Saturday morning: AGM, followed by a Gala Dinner in the evening; Sunday morning: church service at St Andrews. All ex and current Goldstars – air, ground and partners – welcome. Spaces limited for the reunion dinner, book now to avoid disappointment. For more details and to book online visit the website: and go to the reunion section or call: 01522 689633.

will be held at The Aztec Hotel Bristol on the weekend from October 13. For details contact chairman Neil Slade on: 01252 492111; email: CALLING MTD/MTSS personnel who have served at RAF High Wycombe MT. The next reunion will be at the RAFA Club, High Wycombe at 7pm on October 14. Email: Steve Steer: stevesteer@hotmail. or call: 07891 673135.

NO 214 (FMS) Squadron Association celebrates the formation centenary of 14 Sqn RNAS/214 Squadron over weekend of October 7-8 to include Reunion Dinner in Derby and memorial wreathlaying at Alrewas Arboretum. Former Squadron members/ families/friends welcome. Details at: uk or contact John Gulliver: 01983 873248 or no214fms@

THE RAF Catering WOs & Seniors Association 2017 AGM and Reunion Luncheon will take place at RAF Wittering October 2527. Members should contact the following for information and application form: Flight Sergeant John Roberts – email: john.roberts440@ or call: 01780 417282; Flight Sergeant Dom Owen – email: dominic. or call: 01780 417150; Eddie Jones - email: janedjones6@ or call: 01487 823480.

THE RAF and Defence Fire Services Association reunion

23 Squadron Association Reunion AGM and Dinner

will be held on October 28 at the Double Tree Hotel, Lincoln LN1 1YW. For more information please contact Colin Woolfson by email:; phone: 07803 617818. ULAS – University of London Air Squadron will hold its ex-members Annual Dinner at the RAF Club on October 28. For more information about the ULAS Ex-Members Association please contact Kevin Cooper via email at: kevin@ 115 Squadron 100th anniversary dinner will be held at RAF Wittering on November 24. Please contact Andrew Sell on: 01780 417135 or email: Andrew. for details. 205TH Entry RAF Halton 50th graduation anniversary reunion at the Halfway House, Dunstable on December 5. Any former members interested in attending please contact Dave Ellis via email: dave. or call: 07881 620889.

AS we all know 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the formation of the RAF To celebrate this momentous occasion Trade Group 6 MT are combining their annual reunion weekend with a Anniversary Dinner and Ball. To be held in Blackpool over the weekend April 6-8, 2018 – a real occasion where members of the trade both past and present get together, pull up the old sandbag, enjoy a few sociable beers with old friends and new – a right good weekend – to wind down and catch up with people from all generations of the MT Trades History. Tickets for the event are strictly limited this year and are selling rather fast – if anyone from Trade Group 6 the mighty MT would like more details or to attend the weekend please email: tg6mt17@ for more details. Everyone welcome from the wonderful bizarre world of MT, all ranks.

Club. Please contact Alec Hunt, Co-ordinator: 01793 704629.

ROC At Home Day ROC 'At Home' Day, Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum, Flixton, Suffolk, NR35 1NZ. Free. September 24, 10 to 5. All groups welcome (NRC, Posts, Centres) big band (pm), raffle, many new exhibits. Link trainer working.

RAF Regiment Association Somerset/Dorset Branch Social May 18-21, 2018. Warners Cricket St Thomas, Somerset. Join the Social

RAFA Church Service THE Sheringham & District Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association are holding a church service at St Peter’s Church, Sheringham on Sunday September 10, starting at 3 pm – all are welcome. For further information please contact Branch Chairman Jack Broughton on: 01263 479507; email: jackbroughton448@

St Clement Danes concert

THE Friends of St Clement Danes Church Annual Concert featuring the Central Band of the RAF supported by the Choir of St Clement Danes will take place at 7pm on Thursday, November 30. Tickets available at the door or from RAF Charitable Trust Enterprises, RAF Fairford, call: 01285 713456 or email:



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Solve the crossword, then re-arrange the seven letters in yellow squares to find an RAF word

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Solutions should be sent in a sealed envelope marked 'Prize Crossword' with the number in the top left-hand corner to RAF News, Room 68, Lancaster Building, HQ Air Command, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP14 4UE to arrive by September 22.

No. 220 Fill in all the squares in the grid above so that each row, each column and each 3x3 square contains all the digits from 1 to 9.

Across 7. Initially unfriendly, newsmen in the evening dine together (6) 8. Light aircraft sure to make smooth progress? (6) 10. Drums Henman assistant takes to Northern Ireland (7) 11. Wonderful find in ogre attraction (5) 12. Cats’ lucky number (4) 13. For example, New South Wales express (5) 17. Or CIA confused? Capital! (5) 18. See 24 Across 22. Fruit for Chief of the Defence Staff (5) 23. Child-minders with 21 Down at heart (7) 24. And 18 Across. Rough weather at Welsh WWII station? (6,4) 25. Fantasy French plane? (6)

Solutions should be sent in a sealed envelope marked 'Su Doku' with the number in the top left-hand corner to RAF News, to arrive by September 22.

Down 1. WWII plane, not a workhorse (7) 2. Fruit intended, we hear, to be a product of the imagination (7) 3. I object to backward boy receiving award (5) 4. Battles about beginner’s trips (7) 5. Crazier headless snake (5) 6. Destroyed erect island (5) 9. Losing a giant, write about RAF station (9) 14. Belt opera heroine for losing head over Japanese food (7) 15. The Pub Landlord is hilarious (7) 16. Did Sean die cooking this ingredient? (7) 19. Springs Bond’s superior cramp (5) 20. Rod will continue playing cricket (5) 21. Musical girl (5)

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Su Doku No. 218 winner is W Curtis from Chippenham who wins a copy of Axis Suicide Squads by Justo Miranda (fonthillmedia. com).

The winner of Crossword No. 207 is Mr Keith Arnott from Waddington who wins a copy of Best Foot Forward by Colin Hodgkinson ( Solution to crossword No. 207

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Across – 7. Allies 8. Portia 10. Cry Wolf 11. Drake 12. Noel 13. Brink 17. Agate 18. Hero 22. Igloo 23. Instead 24. Battle 25. Lennon. Down – 1. Falcons 2. Playpen 3. Venom 4. Dowding 5. Steal 6. Capel- 9. Of Britain 14. Ignoble 15. Le-Ferne 16. Fondant 19. Limbo 20. Plato 21. Asset. RAF role – Navigator

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Tap Factory

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T the point that we meet Alberto Giacometti in Final Portrait he is at his most selfcritical. This is 1964 mind, so he has already achieved great critical acclaim and wads of cash can be found thrown about his studio between works-in-progress, but apparently success is the breeding ground for doubt. At least this is what he tells James Lord, an influential critic and admirer who has agreed to model for one of his paintings. Assured that it would take no more than a few hours, Giacometti soon confesses that a portrait is never finished, that they are meaningless and impossible. Despite this Lord decides to stay it out, observing the artist observing him. Battling doubt and distractions – his penchant for cigarettes and red wine or his obsession with wildfire prostitute Clementine (Clémence Poésy) – it becomes apparent that he is afraid of finality, so closely twinned with fatality. Clearly neurotic he romanticises suicide but begrudges that 'you only get to do it once!' Geoffrey Rush, who shares a likeness to the Swiss sculptor and painter, is superb casting:

More than a tap show cantankerous with the flair and affectation of genius. His wry humour works perfectly with Armie Hammer's clean-cut straight man in Lord (pictured above). When he first begins painting he makes cutting observations of Lord, goading him with such a dry tone that you can't be sure he's joking. Sitting with the subject for the duration of these sessions, and with a great deal of silence, you share Lord's frustration when no progress is made, or worse, when it all starts again. Taking place in this one location for the most part, it may seem more

suited for the stage but Stanley Tucci knows when to introduce music and change the pace, or where to put the camera, including one of the most stunning scene transitions involving a swimming pool and Chagall's ceiling. Final Portrait hinges though on the dynamic of the two central characters, the back and forth between artist and subject, and in this respect it is always funny and actually offers a profound insight into the creative process. Review by Sam Cooney R'n'R Rating:

SHOWCASING URBAN tap dance and percussion, comedy and acrobatics, Tap Factory has been called 'so much more than a tap show.' Created and directed by Vincent Pausanias, he said: “My first inspiration [for Tap Factory] is Charlie Chaplin and especially Modern Times. What could be a better place than a factory to mix together all these different artistic disciplines – music, tap dance, hip hop, circus, acrobatics and comedy? All the artists are really strong in their own specialities but are also multitalented.” How would he sum up the show without giving too much away? He said: “A new worker arrives in a factory for his first day and meets the other workers. We then see the evolution of the relationships between all the characters during the show, always shown with comedy and a little bit of self-mockery. There are different kind of characters: the newbie, a young, amazing tap dancer-acrobat, the circus performer mechanic, the tap workers, the foreman master of rhythm and, of course, the sweeper – the only one who actually talks but in a native African language no one on stage or in the audience understands which brings a lot of comedy and fun.”

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Exercise Mobility Guardian

RAF teams operating the A400M Atlas joined personnel from more than 20 nations to take part in Exercise Mobility Guardian – the world's largest air transport drill, based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Seattle. Dylan Eklund spoke to some of them.

Squadron Leader Steve Turner, OC No. 2 Squadron, RAF Regiment

Our role is to provide force protection to the Contingency Response Group operations. That forms two parts: first, the security of the operating areas here at Moses Lake [forward operating airfield], the other is enabling certain air mobility operations that conduct land away tasks from here. It’s a very valuable exercise for us. Since we got here the integration has been fantastic, the attitude towards interoperability and flexibility is what’s helping resolve sticking points

Senior Aircraftman John Dance, Gunner, 2624 Squadron RAuxAF Regiment

I am a plumbing and heating engineer in civvie street, but having recently returned from a tour in the Middle East am used to the extreme heat here. We’ve never done anything like this as a unit before so I’m enjoying it a great deal. We have a couple of lads who have never deployed before so it’s a steep learning curve. It’s also good to work with 2 Squadron RAF Regiment as they’re moving to Brize Norton and will be our sister squadron

Flight Lieutenant Dave Ellis, A400M pilot, LXX Squadron

Sergeant Antony Disotto, Mover, 1 Air Movements Wing

One of the main benefits is to work out the interoperability with the other nations taking part. We do come across issues, things we couldn’t have foreseen, but there’s a lot of good things we can take back to the UK so that next time we do anything with our allies we’ve pre-empted some of the things we’ve found out on this exercise. The exercise for the A400 has run on rails. We’re doing two sorties a day with effectively two-and-a-half crews doing day and night sorties

The team of movers has gained a lot of experience on this exercise. US procedures, the terms they use and their paperwork processes all differ to ours. We’ve undertaken loading on the exercise, which we don’t do in the UK. Getting the Stryker onto the aircraft was fantastic. We’ve also had to adapt, arriving to load one type of vehicle but being told to load something entirely different. The pace has been much quicker and the team have had to adapt just as they would on real operations

Flt Lt Scott Fitzgerald, Flight Commander, Tac Med Wing

The focus for the aeromedical part of this exercise is to simulate the evacuation of up to 300 hospital patients in a humanitarian effort from a displaced area in a war-torn environment. We’re doing that by working closely with other aeromedical teams from other countries. We’re mixing those teams to understand what qualifications, capabilities and skill sets are required in order to function on various aircraft from other countries and that combination of doctor, nurse and medical teams

Flight Sergeant ‘Bob’ Harwood, Senior Flight Medic, Aeromed Evacuation Squadron

It’s been very good to work with foreign nationals and to see the different processes of how they do these missions compared to us. We’ve got 10 personnel, both regular and reserve. The team haven’t flown together previously so my challenge is to get them all to the same standard. So we’ve been training, doing a lot of discussion work and observing other teams and putting what we’ve learned into practice

Captain Steve Francis, Training Officer 47 Air Despatch Squadron, RLC, RAF Brize Norton

We’re out here to rig a certain amount of loads which the Americans are going to despatch off their C-17 and C-130s. It’s really good, especially for the younger lads who are used to doing this in a more benign environment. For them to come out and see the other nations fulfilling the tasks they do in the UK is invaluable

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Ceri overcomes fears to skydive in dad’s memory

adrenaline rush: Ceri Lister during her skydive


More aid for blind veterans

Blind Veterans UK is supporting a government initiative to help patients access its services. The military charity has joined a working group with other charities to welcome a new Certificate of Vision Impairment (CVI) form for ophthalmologists, launched on the Department of Health’s website. For the first time the CVI advise Explanatory Notes consultant ophthalmologists to ask their patients if they have ever served in the Armed Forces and, if so, to signpost them to Blind Veterans UK.

SUPPORT: Simon Brown (right) with MP Derek Twigg

Lara King, group manager of Blind Veterans UK’s No One Alone Campaign, which aims to reach the 59,000 ex-Servicemen and women who could be eligible for its support, said: “We know that almost one quarter (24 per cent) of our veterans go six years or more before receiving our life-changing services and support. The new guidelines are a great opportunity to reach vision-impaired veterans at the point of diagnosis, and ensure that no one who has served their country has to battle sight loss alone.” Blind veteran Simon Brown lost his sight after being shot in the face by a sniper in Iraq. He now works for the No One Alone Campaign and was part of a consultation group that helped develop the new sight loss guide. He said: “I’m really pleased that these new guidelines have come in so that people can be signposted to the support they need as soon as possible. Blind Veterans UK helped me during a very difficult time in my life.” n Go to: newCVI for more information.

Being scared of heights didn’t stop Ceri Lister making a skydive in memory of her RAF veteran father. After losing dad Kevin Fannan to B cell lymphoma, Ceri wanted to do something special to remember him – while raising funds for the RAF Benevolent Fund. Kevin joined the RAF in 1978 as a trainee aircraftman. He was promoted to Corporal and worked at various units across the UK, including in Mountain Rescue. Ceri, a 29-year-old nursery nurse from Consett in County Durham, said: “The Benevolent Fund helped us so much when Dad passed away. He had always had life insurance but due to a missed

payment when he was in hospital, it became invalid. We couldn’t afford to pay for the funeral as I had just got married; Dad couldn’t attend my wedding as he was too ill. “An RAFBF representative came to see us about what the charity could do and they gave us £1200 towards his funeral.” She added: “I’m scared of heights and scared of flying so thought a skydive was perfect, as people wouldn’t expect me do it. It took about six months of organising and now I’m sad it’s over, it was absolutely amazing.” As well as the skydive, Ceri organised a charity night and has raised more than £1850 for the RAF Benevolent Fund to date.


Guinea Pig Jack inspired others War hero supported fellow burns victims Jack Perry, who has died aged 92, was one of the last surviving members of the ‘Guinea Pig Club’, the organisation established in 1941 for those airmen badly burned and treated by the pioneering plastic surgeon Sir Archibald McIndoe. Perry joined the RAF in October 1943 and trained as a flight engineer before being posted to Topcliffe to convert to the Halifax bomber. On August 31, 1944, 19-yearold Perry took off from Topcliffe in North Yorkshire to practice night take offs and landings. Shortly after getting airborne, an engine caught fire and the Halifax crashed in flames. Despite his severe burns he tried to rescue the rear gunner but his gallant attempt failed. Perry had suffered 80 per cent burns to his hands, face and ears and was admitted to hospital. Heavily bandaged, he never saw his nurses but remembered their soft accents. Two weeks after the crash, he was transferred to Rauceby Hospital near Sleaford, a satellite burns unit overseen by McIndoe’s team at East Grinstead. At Rauceby he underwent 18 operations before being transferred to East Grinstead in April 1946 where a further 12 operations were necessary. He was medically discharged from the RAF in June 1949. Whilst convalescing in Marchwood Park near Southampton, he met his wife Mary and they were married in March 1950. After leaving the RAF, Perry enjoyed a successful career as a draughtsman at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Harwell. At the same time he became a devoted and energetic member of the Guinea Pig Club becoming social secretary in 1967, a post he held for over 40 years. The Guinea Pig Club was a very close-knit organisation and much

POPULAR: Capel-le-Ferne tribute

BoB memorial worldwide hit

A Kent attraction that pays tribute to the heroes of the Battle of Britain was amazed to find its visitors’ book had notched up signatures from nearly 50 countries in just seven months. The Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne, which includes the Wing visitor centre, has welcomed people from as far afield as Israel, Hong Kong, Argentina, Switzerland and Puerto Rico since January. Other visitors’ book entries have come from Qatar, Ireland, Norway, Lithuania, Malta, Nepal and Saudi Arabia, while the number of German visitors this year hit an alltime high. Figures collected by Trustee Andy Simpson show that while UK visitors make up just under three-quarters of the total, overseas travellers are just as keen to see the tribute to wartime RAF personnel. The Memorial celebrates its 25th anniversary next year.

Proud: ‘Max’ and telegram from the Queen

OUTSTANDING DEVOTION: Jack Perry worked tirelessly to raise the profile of the Guinea Pig Club and its members

of its success and longevity was due in no small part to Perry’s tireless efforts and his organisation of social events in the UK and abroad. He recognised that a wide range of social activities was important in maintaining the cohesion and morale that McIndoe had recognised as crucial elements in achieving enduring psychological recovery and reintegration into society for RAF burns victims. Perry worked with outstanding devotion to raise the profile of the Club and its members, as well as generating greater public awareness and understanding of the unique history of the Guinea Pigs. He gave hope, encouragement and support to those who suffered burns during later conflicts. Simon Weston, who was badly burnt during the Falklands War, said: “The Guinea Pigs were an

inspiration to me when I was recovering. They were hugely benevolent with their friendship and camaraderie. I’m forever grateful for all they have done for me and others suffering from burns.” Perry was a true advocate of McIndoe’s ethos ‘to cheerfully keep going through adversity’. Despite the burns to his hands, he played a wide range of sports including cricket, snooker and golf, playing the latter until he was 88. He was a loyal supporter of the RAF Benevolent Fund and the Royal British Legion but his greatest love was the Guinea Pig Club and its unique members. For his services to the Guinea Pig Club and his dedication in supporting other sufferers, Perry was appointed MBE earlier this year.

DFC winner marks 100th

Wartime DFC winner Sqn Ldr Bernard Meyer has celebrated his 100th birthday. The Hampden pilot, known as Max, who flew with No 144 Sqn, marked his centenary at home in Worthing with his family and friends. Sadly, Max’s wife Merva passed away just a few days earlier. He rejoined the RAF after World War II in the Administration Branch and spent time at Fontainebleau and Chivenor, followed by recruiting tours in Sheffield, Reading and Southampton. Max is the current and longstanding president of the West Sussex Aircrew Association. His son Michael, a retired Wg Cdr, said: “Association members also celebrated his birthday a couple of days earlier with a few beers and a splendid cake.”

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Pathfinder who pulled off famous Sydney Bridge stunt


ING COMMANDER Peter Isaacson, who flew 45 bombing operations with many as a Pathfinder pilot flying Lancasters, has died in Australia aged 96. He was decorated three times. The son of an Australian soldier who had fought in World War I and an Austrian mother, Peter Isaacson was born in London and moved to Melbourne in Australia where he was educated. In December 1940 he started training as a pilot, initially in Australia and then in Canada before returning to England to convert to bombers. He had nearly completed his training when Bomber Command launched a series of ‘Thousand Bomber’ raids. To make up the numbers, some Wellingtons were flown by instructors and students from the bomber training units and Isaacson flew on the first two raids against Cologne and Essen in May and June 1942. He then joined the recently formed 460 (RAAF) Squadron. Issacson and his all-Australian crew soon developed a reputation for pressing on to the target. Soon after joining the squadron, they attacked Kassel. Leaving the target, an enemy night fighter damaged their Wellington

EXCEPTIONAL: Isaacson with Australia’s deputy Prime Minister Frank Forde just before taking him for a flight

but Isaacson managed to escape. On a raid to Turin, they were one of only two crews to bomb despite bad weather. In November, the squadron sent seven aircraft to Mannheim when severe icing was encountered, Isaacson’s crew was the only one to successfully bomb the target. A week later, when returning from Munich, they were attacked over Belgium and the two gunners beat off the night fighter. When Isaacson had completed 22 operations he was awarded the DFM.

His CO described him as ‘exceptional and an ideal leader’. He was commissioned and he and his crew volunteered for the Pathfinder Force and joined 156 Squadron in late November 1942. The squadron was re-equipping with the Lancaster and had just been selected as one of the five squadrons to form the nucleus of the new Pathfinder Force. Using new navigation aids and dropping flares and target indicators, Isaacson and his fellow crews marked

the target for the main bomber force following behind. Over the next few months he attacked industrial targets in Germany during the Battle of the Ruhr. On one of his early raids as a Pathfinder, his Lancaster was damaged when a German night fighter attacked it and he escaped into cloud before pressing on to the target. On the night of March 1, 1943 he had dropped his target markers over Berlin flying at 17,000 feet when his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and severely damaged. The controls to the tail plane had been badly disabled, a gun turret was put out of action and the aircraft lost a great deal of height but, with the aid of two of his crew, he was able to regain control and level out at 4000 feet. On the return flight, a cone of searchlights illuminated the Lancaster for 15 minutes before Isaacson escaped. At this stage his aircraft had lost more height and was flying at 900 feet. Still over enemy territory, and in a perilous situation, he managed to get the bomber back to base. He was awarded an immediate DFC, the citation commenting that he was; ‘an outstanding captain’. Two of his crew were also decorated. On completion of their tour with 156 Squadron, having flown

45 operations, Isaacson and his allAustralian crew were selected to fly their Lancaster ‘Q for Queenie’ to Australia. They set off on May 21, 1943 and, after a 15-hour flight over the Atlantic, they flew over Canada and the USA before heading across the Pacific. On arrival at Sydney, as the first Lancaster to reach Australia, large crowds including the Prime Minister and the Governor General met them. For this first east to west flight from the UK to Australia by the RAF, Isaacson was awarded the AFC. Over the next few months, the crew flew the bomber around Australia and New Zealand to encourage people to buy war bonds – £250 bought a flight and £5 a look around the aircraft. The tour offered the crew the opportunity to ‘beat up’ cities, towns, RAAF bases and schools. On October 22, they were demonstrating the aircraft at Sydney when Isaacson dropped down to 100 feet over the harbour and then, on impulse, flew under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This was captured on film and reinvigorated the war bond campaign. Isaacson left the RAAF in February 1946 and embarked on an illustrious career in publishing that lasted for almost 50 years.

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Riveting experience for would-be aero engineers RUTLAND AIR CADETS from 2248 Squadron put the E into STEM when they visited 71 Inspection & Repair squadron at RAF Wittering. STEM is a government-led initiative which encourages young people to take up Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects at school, and engineering was top of the list for the visiting youngsters. During their visit the cadets riveted together two metal links, which were then pulled apart and examined using ultrasound equipment. 71 Squadron is at the forefront of

engineering in the Royal Air Force. The squadron has several functions and is well known for the structural repairs it carries out to deployed military aircraft and its contributions to the Bloodhound Supersonic Car project. Cpl Christopher Adamson is one of 71 Sqn’s instructors and in his spare time he uses his engineering skills to maintain his steam traction engine, Vanguard. He was on hand to make sure the cadets had expert guidance. He said: “A lot of them hadn’t even seen a rivet before, so this was their first time at hands-on engineering work. They all seemed to

enjoy the task and it gave them an insight into traditional engineering methods.” RAF Wittering’s Station Commander, Group Captain Tony Keeling, was an aircraft technician before he commissioned as an engineering officer. He was impressed by what he saw and even had a go for himself. He said: “The cadets are getting to grips with understanding the basic principles of repair-engineering; making a component and then understanding the fault using ultrasound equipment. Riveting might seem like basic stuff, but it is where so many of us start our engineering careers.”

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High-tech £15 million aviation academy to open at RAF Syerston education

A £15 million state-of-the-art Aviation Academy is to open at RAF Syerston in Nottinghamshire in a joint venture between the

Air Cadets and Aviation Skills recently positioned by Air Marshal Partnership. Stuart Atha. The first post to mark the The RAF Air Cadets’ aerospace boundary of the building was syllabus will underpin the initial

We’re on Sentry duty Around 200 cadets and staff from across the country took part in a national aerospace camp last month run by the Air Cadet Organisation. During the camp cadets took part in visits and activities aimed at developing their skills and knowledge in airpower, aerospace technology and the RAF’s role within the UK and Defence. One of the visits was an ISTAR Day to RAF

Waddington, where they were briefed by each of the units based at the Lincolnshire station on the capabilities of the different platforms operated and how they contribute to the ISTAR Force. The cadets were also shown around a Sentry aircraft, visited the Air Ambulance section and Waddington’s Heritage Centre and dined in the Photo: LAC Beth Roberts Junior Ranks’ Mess.

training for new students at the academy aged 14-22. Offering qualifications and training in aviation-related subjects from GCSE up to degree level, students will be primed to take up jobs in the aviation industry ranging from pilots to air traffic controllers to engineers and cabin crew. Air cadets aged 12-19 will also use the facilities as part of their training at the academy, which will be next to the home of the RAF’s No 2 Flying Training School and the Central Gliding School, which delivers gliding for 41,000 air cadets. Air Mshl Atha, the RAF’s Deputy Commander Operations, said: “This is a landmark moment for the RAF, the RAF Air Cadets and indeed any young person with an interest in aviation. This academy, delivered by a partnership we are proud to be part of, will prepare young people to be the next generation driving forward both the RAF and UK aviation.” Simon Witts, founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Aviation Skills Partnership, added: “We are so proud to be launching this academy with our partners, the RAF Air Cadets. The academy, part of the Aviation Skills Manifesto, is part of our vision for the future. “We plan to have a number of aerospace academies across the UK and this is just the beginning. “We launched our first international aviation academy in Norwich last month, which was officially opened by RAF Air Cadet Ambassador, Honorary Group Captain Carol Vorderman, herself a keen aviator. We are excited to be

post-haste: Air Mshl Atha kicks things off

bringing this to RAF Syerston.” Commandant RAF Air Cadets, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty, said: “Our cadets and their supporting staff will benefit massively from the new Aviation Academy and the state-of-the-art facilities on the site. “In addition to this brand new education and training facility, as part of the RAF’s Centenary plans, we hope to secure funding to build a £2m modular accommodation block at RAF Syerston for visiting youngsters and cadets from across the UK. The latter will learn about cyber technology and aerospace up to A-level. “With the addition of fit-forpurpose accommodation, we would be able to relocate our Qualified Aerospace Instructors Course to the new facility, as well as other national cadet training events and competitions.” The Syerston academy, due to be completed in 2019, will be named after WWII Victoria Cross hero Arthur Aaron – a former RAF Air Cadet and RAF pilot. The launch was made during the Air Cadets’ latest aerospace camp at RAF Syerston, which saw 220 youngsters aged 13-19 converge at the base for a week to learn more about aviation.

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It’s a result! Students celebrate more success JUST a week after achieving great results nationally at A level and BTEC, students and staff at Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate celebrated excellent results at GCSE, across both of it’s senior schools. 80% of the results for Year 11 pupils were graded A* or A in QE College, or the new 7 to 9 grades. In the Faculty of Queen Ethelburga’s, which offers more creative and vocational options in addition to the traditional GCSE subjects, 93% of the grades were A*- C or equivalent. The Principal of Queen Ethelburga’s, Steven Jandrell, said it had been another excellent set of examination results and this was a tribute to the meticulous preparation that staff and pupils had put into the new, more rigorous GCSE courses: “At a time QUEEN Victoria School is funded by the Ministry of Defence, and provides a co-educational boarding school facility to children of the UK Armed Forces personnel who are Scottish, have served in Scotland, or have been members of a Scottish regiment. The school is privileged to be located on a beautiful 45 acre campus on the outskirts of Dunblane, Perthshire. Built through subscriptions from serving personnel and other interested parties, Queen Victoria School was created in memory of those who had died in the South African wars of the late 19th Century. At that time for boys only, it was opened on September 28th 1908 by King Edward VII; at this time he also laid the foundation stone for the School Chapel. The Chapel was completed in 1910 and is Scotland’s memorial to Queen Victoria. Various buildings have been added over the years, including the Macmillan Sports Hall to mark 50 years of the School. Other changes have included the admission of girls in 1996 and the move to a staff comprised entirely of civilians. QVS follows the Scottish curriculum. This consists of the Junior Phase of education, from P7-S3, followed by the Senior Phase from S4-S6. After sampling a large number of subjects in P7-S2, students choose 9 subjects in S3, followed by 5 subjects in each of the Senior Phase years. This maximises flexibility for a small school such as QVS.

when there is national concern about the increased demands and how this will be reflected in the results, I am delighted to see such success across both our senior schools. Our 20% pass rate in the College at the new, exclusive grade 9 in English and Mathematics, compared with an estimated national average of 2% is indicative of the quality of our pupils’ performance and I could not be more pleased.” “Our personalised approach to working with each student is really working to our pupils’ benefit and, as our sixth form results showed last week, our GCSE performance is providing a platform from which great results are achieved across a very wide variety of subjects.” Within the College, at GCSE, Catheryne Kelly of Doncaster gained the equivalent of over 10 A grade GCSEs including the new

numerical grades. Particular successes in the Faculty at GCSE included Laura Goff from Garforth who achieved 5A* and 2 A grades, as well as gaining an 8 and 7 in her English GCSEs and a C grade at AS level Mathematics, whilst Douglas Sword of Great Ouseburn, near York, gained 2A* and 3 A grades in addition to a 9 in Mathematics and an 8 and 7 in English. In last week’s results, Year 13 students in QE’s College, which follows a more traditional, academic curriculum, returned 85% of A level grades at A* or A, whilst Faculty students achieved 77% A* and A grades at A level and 91% Distinction* and Distinction grades (Equivalent in UCAS points to A* and A at A level). These results will continue a tradition over recent years for both schools to be near the top of national league tables for results.

Giving pupils a sense of pride We pay close attention to the particular needs of our pupils, who all have a service background, through a focus on providing a safe, happy and stable environment in which they can live and learn. The Boarding House system with its pastoral tutorial structure enables staff to provide a planned, yet relaxed, routine essential to the successful development of each pupil. There are four Boarding Houses – Cunningham, Haig, Trenchard and Wavell. Each House has a House Team led by a Housemaster or Housemistress, a Deputy and an Assistant Housemaster or Housemistress, as well as a Housematron. Cunningham and Haig accommodate boys from S1-S6, Wavell accommodates girls from S1- S6 and Trenchard, which is the junior co-educational House, accommodates girls and boys from P7- S2 along with six senior girls from S5 and S6 who act as prefects and ‘big sisters’. Queen Victoria School has its own long-standing ceremonial tradition, reflecting the traditions of the Armed Forces in which our families live and work. We believe that the ceremonial aspect gives our pupils a sense of

identity, of community, of pride in them and of affiliation with their parents’ lives of service. No-one who has seen Queen Victoria School on parade can be in any doubt about the strength of feeling embodied there. Pupils at Queen Victoria School are expected to play a full part in extracurricular activities. The way of boarding school life affords many opportunities for pupils to engage in activities which contribute to them becoming well rounded and confident individuals. A large number of our pupils participate in the School’s corps of Pipes, Drums and Highland Dancing. The School is very proud of this aspect of the School’s ceremonial tradition and our pupils have performed throughout the UK and internationally, for example at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Nova Scotia in Canada and Basel in Switzerland among numerous other locations and events. Each House has a calendar of social events, and regularly goes out of school on trips, visits and social evenings. Barbeques and garden games take place in the spring and

summer months. During the winter months, pupils are involved in taking part in one of an extensive programme of ‘hobbies’, run by members of staff. Examples include: lBubble football, swimming, cinema trips and pizza nights at school. lHouse trips including ice skating, cinema, bowling, Christmas shopping. lSocial events such as the Christmas dinner and ceilidh end of term parties. lActivity day for P7 pupils and white water rafting. lJunior Minstrels for P7 pupilsvisiting local communities, where the pupils recite their Burns poems, play music, sing Scottish songs and perform some dancing. lHockey coaching for the junior and senior girls during winter and spring term and fitness/running/spin sessions during the summer term.

lDuke of Edinburgh scheme. lParents on Deployment group – a support group for pupils whose parents are deployed. l‘Girls into Computing’ group – exploring programming, computer game creation and engineering using Raspberry Pi computers. lTae Kwon Do – complicated movements which to aid concentration and memory, coordination of the body, and use of discipline. There are also all year round activities such as: lSporting fixtures lTheatre and cinema trips lIn-house cookery sessions lBowling trips lCeremonial pipe, drum and Highland dancing lSchool band lSinging lessons

BOARDING SCHOOL EDUCATION (6-page advertisement feature) AT LINCOLN Minster School, we pride ourselves on putting our pupils first seeking to ensure that their talents and abilities are nurtured and encouraged to flourish in an environment of support and appreciation. Our intention is to provide an inspiring education for life, from nursery all the way through to sixth form. Individual needs are catered for across all age groups where boys and girls, of differing abilities and interests, excel in our vibrant community. We encourage our pupils to stretch and challenge themselves, to test new skills outside their comfort zone, not to worry when they make a mistake, but to learn from it. This way our boys and girls develop resilience, grow in selfesteem and become more equipped to face the challenges that lie ahead. Lincoln Minster School is served well by staff who share this philosophy. Their professional expertise and commitment helps to ensure high levels of achievement both inside and outside the classroom. We have a blend of day pupils and boarders, both from overseas and from the UK. This broad social and cultural mix ensures the school has a truly national and global outlook.

Outstanding results Our Sunday Times Top 100 rated Preparatory School achieved outstanding SATs results in 2017, far exceeding the national average in all areas: lReading: 93% (national average 71%) lMathematics: 93% (national average 75%) lSpelling, punctuation and grammar: 80% (national average 77%) Likewise, our sixth form excelled again this year with 86% of our pupils achieving grade A-C and the vast majority going on to attend their first choice destination after leaving school.

An inspiring education for life Excellent co-curricular programme Our comprehensive co-curricular programme offers our pupils the opportunity to develop their confidence and skills by taking part in a wide variety of activities including sport, music, drama and the Duke of Edinburgh Award as well as a new Combined Cadet Force due to launch in September 2018. Our sports teams including hockey, squash, tennis and rugby enjoy local and regional success across all age groups. The school benefits from outstanding facilities for both music and drama with pupils able to perform in remarkable concerts and productions throughout the year. Our choristers recently took part in the recording of the charity single “Tears of the World” to raise funds for the International Bomber Command Centre.

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FINAL MOMENTS: Above, AC Amy Cokayne stares blankly after collecting her runners-up World Cup medal in Dublin, despite a terrific tournament Cokayne was ‘gutted’ at the final whistle PHOTO: NEIL KENNEDY/HASBEINZ.COM


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THE STEEL CITY was the battleground for the Service’s climbers and for the light blue it was a case of top five finishes, with Inter-Service silverware illusive, despite battling displays. Flt Lt Dan Heath, who finished third, said: “The Royal Navy hosted

HOLD THAT: Main, Cpl Lee Thistleton shows his bouldering skills at Sheffield PHOTO: SAMMY SEELEY

at The Foundry, which is an oldschool venue pivotal to the birth of British indoor climbing. “In all it was an exciting event with routes set by the UK’s best sport climber, Steve McClure. The

competition routes resembled hard outdoor climbing, giving a test of both technique and power. “The Army turned up in force, dominating the podiums in all categories.” Continued on page 37

THEY MAY not have secured any silverware, but the recent IS cricket championship saw a history-making RAF sporting moment as Cpl Karl Piece took the tournament’s first ever hat-trick. Vine Lane was the venue for the historic moment after a limited first innings for the home side who battled to 220 for six from

their 50 overs with captain Flt Lt Adam Fisher finishing on 76 not out, while SAC(T) Ross Diver had blasted away earlier on in the innings, helping his side from 56-2 to 954, missing a straight one from Darren Brown for 44. The Army beat the hosts’ score to secure a double win, but not before Pierce struck with the visiting team on 50, having removed Johnson, he bowled Carmichael for a duck. Continued on page 35

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Points party for Dixon at Thruxton Round seven top three finishes see charge maintained Staff Reporter Thruxton RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki rider Jake Dixon got back in the saddle to take a second and third place at Thruxton for round seven of the MCE British Superbike Championship, after making his maiden pole start. The finishes mean the 21-yearold sits seventh in the table, and he kicked it off in style with a pole for the opening race opening up a gap early on. His charge was halted when the pace car came out after six laps, meaning he slipped to third and, despite efforts, he was unable to regain his top spot. Starting the second race from third Dixon then led, but was pegged back to fourth before a change of positions saw him secure second place after race leader Josh Brooke crashed out with Dixon gaining 36 points from the two races. Teammate Jordan Weaving, having his first outing at the circuit on a 1000cc machine, had a tougher weekend unfortunately in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship. After a number of problems during practice and qualifying including a crash in the former, he was forced to retire during each race. Dixon said: “I was obviously delighted with pole position and felt confident for the races but in the first one we were definitely hindered by the safety car. With the Kawasaki, you can’t let the tyres cool down too much but with six laps behind the safety car that’s

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Pearce has hat-trick Continued from page 34: Major John Hudson had the dubious honour of being the third and history-making wicket for the RAF man who took

getting away in the early stages was dashed although I was still pleased with third.” his LBW. He said: “It was great to get the ball early as it was swinging. The end result is not what we wanted, but the thing is a great accomplishment to have on my sporting CV.” PHOTOS: GRAEME MAIN

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Edgbaston battle Indoor courts used after poor weather, as Masters retain trophy and girls shine Staff Reporter Edgbaston A TROPHY retention and Combined Service selections were all part and parcel of another tough battling Inter-Services tennis championships, this year played at the prestigious Edgbaston Priory. The Masters men’s team returned home with silverware after a terrific day of action to open the event, with Fg Off Sarah Lucas and Fg Off Andrea Jackson picking up two CS berths with the women’s team finishing second overall.

I am pleased with the results, we are building on the team for an even stronger performance next year

The story for the men’s team was one of a bruising few days after a winless opening, they lost Flt Lt Jon Bond during the singles clashes, it was all eyes on the doubles matches on day-two with the pairs of Flt Lt Ali Johnson and Sgt Martin Ledbury making pair number one, Flt Lt Andy Keeley and SAC Chris Gregg, two, Sqn Ldr Chris GoslingEvans and SAC Connor Polyblank, three. Johnson and Ledbury lost both of their clashes, while it was a double win for Gosling-Evans and Polyblank, with the third pairing having lost their opener to the Navy, now holding the fate on the tournament in their hands. A win against the Army meant an RN win, and after a comfortable opening set win the entire venue looked on as the Army levelled proceedings, but needing the second set to tie for the trophy, the RAF lads shattered the Army pairs’ hopes, cruising to a comfortable win. Kicking off things on the outside courts, the Masters men were eventually inside to face the Army in their opening clash, and having gone down in the first set Flt Lt Miles Edmoston and FS Marc Hughes battled back to take the match. Lane said: “We pushed all the way and we got the clean sweep we wanted, it wasa great victory to retain the trophy.” FS Mark Lane and Flt Lt Ged Doherty had a repeat outdoor indoor clash beating the Navy with

MASTER AT ARMS: Clockwise from above, FS Jon Bond, masters team captain stretches to reach a shot on his team’s way to victory, below left, more action, below right, Sqn Ldr Chris Gosling-Evans celebrates as SAC Connor Polyblank looks on PHOTO: CHRIS YARROW

pairing three of Sgts’ Phil Watson and Dave Egerton cruising to a win over the Navy pair. Starting the last of the two remaining rubbers Doherty and Lane battled out a tough encounter against the Army two pairing, holding out for victory saw Watson and Egerton take to the court for the battle royalé of the day in a match that went down to the wire, but cross it they did for a fantastic clean sweep.

The RAF fielded a strong ladies team and the event kicked off with the singles games with new players Fg Off Sarah Lucas, Fg Off Vix Owen and Fg Off Andrea Jackson taking to the court. Jackson swiftly dispatched her Naval opponent, winning in straight sets and – although the Army proved trickier – Jackson ambushed the more experienced player with her fearless hitting and powerful backhand to take the

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POWER PLAY: Clockwise from above, debutant Fg Off Sarah Lucas shows her power with a driving double backhand, right, Masters men action, below right, Fg Off Andrea Jackson and Wg Cdr Delia Chadwick, receiving serve PHOTO: CHRIS YARROW

game in two straight sets. A team spokesman said: “Her courage and commitment were impressive in equal measure.” Lucas christened her debut with a spectacular win over her Navy opponent. Sailing through the first set, she narrowly lost the second before taking the victory after a nail-biting third set tie-break. Lucas met her match with her Army opponent, and although she put-up an outstanding fight, lost in the third set. With lots of experience behind her Wg Cdr Delia Chadwick secured an easy win over her RN opponent, but she fell to her star Army opponent. At the close of the first day the RAF ladies had won more games than in previous years and so the doubles looked promising for day two, but the first pairing, Chadwick and Jackson, met stiff opposition with the Army pair and lost, rallying to produce a strong win over the Navy pair. Lucas and Sqn Ldr Suzi Willis fought a tough game against the RN and, despite fervent backing from

the crowd, they succumbed 13-15 on a tie-break after two and a half hours on court. Their Army opposition for the next game proved just too strong, with the third pairing losing both clashes. Overall the RAF Ladies came a respectable second. Team Captain, Sqn Ldr Nikki Lofthouse said: “I am pleased with the results, we are building on the team for an even stronger performance next year. “We are always looking for new players of all ranks and ability. “There are a number of fun events held throughout the year for all standards.” For further information on the sport and association visit to the RAF Tennis (RAFLTA) Facebook page or email: rafltacomms@gmail. com.

IS podiums elude Service Continued from page 34: “The Army turned up in force, dominating the podiums in all categories, so we didn’t get our hands on enough of the DMM supplied trophies as we would have liked, but with appearances from high level climbers, the bar has been set high for the RAF and Navy as we prepare for the bouldering season in Autumn.” There were three categories of climbers, men, women and U25s, each category had two expertly set qualifying routes designed to let the strongest climbers shine and decide who would make it into the final. After some competitive opening climbs, the finalists were allowed a five-minute viewing of prospected routes before heading into isolation where they would wait for their turn to take on the challenge ahead. After feats of strength from all climbers and

GETTING SHIRTY: Above, Cpl Thistleton sporting a Royal British Legion #LiveOn shirt after finishing third  PHOTO: SAM SEELEY

some unorthodox rest positions the finals were over with the Army coming out on top overall by a small margin. Heath took the only podium position for the RAF, coming third,

while in the open men’s category a third and fifth was sealed, with a fourth and fifth in the U25s and a fifth in the women’s. Follow the RAF Mountaineering Association now on @RAFMountaineer.

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EYE RIGHT: Main, Sgt Lee Queeley attacks for the Souths, below, action from the Clayton’s Cup PHOTO: SBS

Defenders IS champions getting prepared AFTER SUFFERING at the hands of the great British summer time, which forced a handful of cancelled fixtures, the Service’s rugby league association held a North versus South Inter-Services warm-up fixture at Cranwell. With a full day’s training featuring both senior and academy squads, head coach Chf Tech Garry Dunne and his assistant coach Sgt Martin Wood then ran their eye over the two teams, as they plan the defence of the IS title, captained by Sgts Lee Queeley and Scott Cash. Playing the match in 20 minute quarters, it was the North team who started the brighter, and they took the match on a golden point rule in overtime. A hard-hitting clash saw some excellent displays from SAC Jake Starbuck, Sgt Queeley, SAC Sam Breeze and SAC Adam Middleton, with SAC Adam Flintham producing a solid kicking game. Cpl Tom Moor produced a hat-trick of tries for the South side while Academy captain SAC Sam Roberts stood firm throughout, running in the final try to seal the win. Further preparations for the upcoming

autumn IS series will include a week-long training camp featuring both men’s and women’s sides, before the opening clash at Stanningley RLFC, Leeds on September 8. Waddington Hornets ended the season with the prized Clayton’s Cup after a dominant win over Leeming Hawks 48-10, with Honington Centurians trouncing Brize Norton Buccaneers 44-30. In the plate final a depleted Brize side who had missed out on a final spot by a single point could not cope with a blistering second half display from a Honington team led by Flt Lt Darren White. The final really was a game of two halves with a dominant first half from the Hawks, they lost SACs Liam Bradley and Phil Laycock and were steamrolled by a rampant Hornets side with hat-tricks from Sgt Paul Bartlett and SAC(T) Jordan Jolley on the way to lifting the cup.

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w ww.raf . San’s a Dutch stick master SAC LIAM Sanford announced his name on the international hockey scene after he helped England charge towards a third place finish in the European

hockey championships in Holland. Sanford, 21, who has been part of the England set up since January, helped his country beat Germany 4-2 after going one nil down, to claim their first medal for six years. He said: “It’s unbelievable, it was tough having lost to the hosts in

the group stages (eventual winners). “I came into the set up here and was able to play free of fear and it has paid off.” After trailing by a single goal the bronze medal spot, the first in Sanford’s career, was sealed with a last minute goal.

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POINT WELL MADE: Above facing, Fg Off Amy Couchman who finished ninth in the plate PHOTO: SBS event

Rewards time at sharp end Fencers produce goods at Cosford Staff Reporter RAF Cosford THERE WERE awards aplenty and a back-to-back Master at Arms title for the Services fencers at the recent Inter-Services fencing championships at Cosford, with a second place team finish for the Service. Fielding a weakened team due to deployment, the Service’s fencers pipped the Army to second behind a strong Royal Navy side, with Flt Lt Chris Greensides and Off Cdt Elsa Phillipson taking the Master at Arms title. The Masters event sees the championship’s individual winners in all three disciplines: sabre, foil and epee compete to be the Master at Arms.

For Phillipson, who won both epée and foil and came third in sabre, the award meant she had successfully defended her title from 2016. There were several further good finishes with Waddington fielding a six-man team in the unit discipline, but having been pitted against a strong HMS Excellent team they fought hard, but were finally beaten, finishing second overall. A spokesman for the association said: “The fielding of that team showed the strength in depth and growing popularity of the sport.” In the three-man event Digby beat all five opponents with an excellent clean sweep for SAC Timothy Green who won all his matches, while Cpl Jacob Banks won four out of his five. In the same event Waddington

WATCHING ON: Above right, Sqn Ldr Dom Walden, below, SAC(T) Dom Fareer  PHOTOs: SBS

beat the Army and Navy opponents finishing fourth out of six teams. SAC(T) Dominic Farrer secured second in the foil, while in the sabre Flt Lt Niall Dowse produced a hardfought third. In the unisex plate event SAC Hassan Baig placed second in epée and Flt Lt Norman Sonderskov placed second in foil. For further information on the association visit: RAF-fencing on Twitter @RAF_ fencing.

SRT men now in a league of their own IT REALLY is a whole new ball game as the Service’s senior men’s football team are in the pot for the first round draw of the Birmingham FA’s Senior Cup. The cup is highly respected and could see Sgt Kev Barry’s charges pitted against such historic clubs U23 teams as Wolves, Birmingham and West Brom, but Barry, pictured right, has his mind on remaining competitive throughout their matches to insure involvement in future years. He said: “I am really looking forward to the draw, this has been a long time in organising, it was very tough to be accepted I had to get both FAs on board, that was key and we have had great support from Vince Williams,

Damian Weir and WO Phil Major in that regard. Now that we have been accepted I want to give the Birmingham FA every reason to see why we warranted a place in such a prestigious tournament.” The idea came about as Barry had been involved in the cup due to his involvement with Halesowen Town over the past five seasons. With the SRT and MDS set ups already playing fixtures against the likes of Lye Town, Sporting Khalsa, Alvechurch and Halesowen Town as part of their build up games throughout the season, Barry saw the cup as the

ideal platform to play the same teams in a realistic tournament. He said: “I’ve already extended the season by two games, as it always seemed odd to me that everything was wrapped up as soon as the final IS ball was kicked. I see that and the inclusion in this cup as a way of tuning our whole set up. From across the board it will be great exposure and experience to the Birmingham FA and how they operate.” At present the ladies team will not be involved in the tournament. If successful the Service team could face five rounds of competition.

He added: “There will be no easy teams in this tournament, we could get lucky and get an understrength team, but then again we could come up against Walsall. Whoever it is, I will be making sure my team give it their all and show their true worth.” Birmingham FA CEO Kevin Shoemake said: “We are delighted to welcome the RAF team into our prestigious competition this season along with 30 other professional and semi-pro teams. “It is a proud and historical moment for both organisations and we are pleased they are competing and as part of their 100th anniversary celebrations.” The draw will be announced on Twitter @RAFFootball or @ RAFNewssport.

Row win history AN IMPRESSIVE 70th anniversay Henley win for the Service’s rowing club was the prize for Service rowers recently. The club’s men’s intermediate coxed eights featuring AVMs Andy Turner and Mike Wigston, came in half a length ahead of the opposing Vesta crew.

Heroes honoured A TRIP by World War Two veterans from the Italian Front and Monte Cassino is to be boosted by a charity match featuring Ex-international rugby stars on October 14. The match will be held against a Royal British Legion side plus one featuring a CS side taking on a Barbarians side. For details on tickets email:



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It’s Clover and out Amy and Roses pipped to repeat trophy win in Ireland Daniel Abrahams HQ Air Command IT WAS a tournament that not only enhanced the reputation of women’s rugby union, but the game in the services as well, but despite AC Amy Cokayne being front and centre of a Titanic England charge it fell just short. Having entertained massive global television audiences, England and Cokayne finally lost 32-41 to New Zealand at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast, having led 17-10 at the break. Reservist Cokayne, who now aims to sign up as Regular RAF, said: “As a team we’re gutted we fell short in the final. “We had made it clear all along that our goal was to win the final and we didn’t achieve that aim. “We couldn’t have given any more on the night, and New Zealand were deserved winners. “They changed their game plan at half-time and got their noses in front.   “They then starved us of any ball through close-in ball carries and excellent kicking – rugby is so

difficult when you don’t have the ball. “At the end of the game there was a feeling that we had let everyone down; however, the support we have received has been outstanding, and it has really helped the squad to lick their wounds and move on.” Beginning the tournement in blistering style Cokayne ran in her first try minutes after coming on as substitute in the 56-5 win over Spain in Dublin, she continued her try a game run in the next two wins over Italy 56-13, before beating USA 47-26. A tough-looking semi-final clash against a French side with who the Red Roses shared a fair bit of history went the way of Amy and her teammates as they won 20-3 at the Kingspan Stadium. In the final the cup seemed to be heading England’s way after a superb first half, but it just wasn’t to be. Cokayne added: “The team and myself have had some tremendous support from everyone at home and in the Services. I am now hoping to be selected for the UKAF game versus Wales later this year and then it’s straight into the Autumn Internationals.”

WHOLE NEW BALL GAME: Main, AC Amy Cokayne prepares to halt a Kiwi charge during a pulsating World Cup Final defeat, below, Cokayne blasts through a wall of French players in the semi-final clash PHOTO: NEIL KENNEDY/HASBEINZ.COM


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