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THIS DRAMATIC picture shows the lunar eclipse Blood Moon behind the RAF Voyager of 1312 Flight at Mount Pleasant in the Falkland Islands. It was

captured by photog Sgt Rob Travis, whose patience and skill was put to the test as the blood moon was only visible so low for a very short period of time.

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DEFENCE SECRETARY Gavin Williamson flew into Romania to pledge UK support for Nato’s peacekeeping mission in Eastern Europe as RAF jets scrambled to intercept Russian aircraft over the Black Sea. Typhoons policing Nato skies from Mihail Kogalniceanu airbase near Constanta launched twice in one day to monitor Russian crews skirting restricted airspace. Four UK combat jets from 1 (Fighter) Sqn are stationed in the country supported by 150 personnel from across the RAF. It is the second alert for UK crews since arriving to carry out Nato air policing duties in April. British troops are also supporting a Romanian-led, multi-national Brigade to counter Russian president Vladimir Putin’s aggressive military stance along the South East border of the country. Speaking during his visit, Williamson said: “This mission demonstrates Nato’s flexible capabilities, underlining the commitment of Allies to each other. That is why we, as the UK, are committed to Nato and Romania. “This deployment is an excellent example of why the RAF, in its one hundredth year, is a class above air forces globally. “It is my privilege to meet the Service personnel who are serving with their Romanian allies, under a Nato banner.” l Turn to pp4-5 for more on Operation Biloxi in Romania.

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Sue Johnston on her character ‘Razor’ in new hit show Age Before Beauty – RnR p4-5

Sqn Ldr Mike Waring (above with his father Dave) on his family’s 100 years plus of RAF service – p11

Defence Minister Mark Lancaster as the Caribbean enters storm season once again – p15

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Rod Stewart, 73, on his new album, that is released next month – RnR p4

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DANGEROUS WORK: RAF crew from 84 Squadron, RAF Akrotiri, help control the large wildfire north-west of Yermasoyia, Limassol district 

A SKILFUL Royal Air Force crew from 84 Squadron fights to help extinguish a wildfire in Cyprus. The Griffin helicopter, from RAF Akrotiri, was assisting the Cypriot government to control the inferno at Yermasoyia, Limassol district. The fire burned over one square kilometre of wild vegetation and was in danger of engulfing nearby homes for a number of hours. As well as the 84 Squadron chopper, there


Homes at risk as scrubland inferno spread were several other aircraft from numerous agencies all lending a hand. There was also assistance on the ground from the Forest Department, Cypriot Police and DFRMO Cyprus (Fire & Rescue Service of British Bases in Cyprus). Personnel from 84 Sqn and Fire & Rescue Service of British Bases in Cyprus are on standby throughout the year, ready to assist

and prevent any wildfires from destroying homes and land. The Griffin HAR2 is equipped with nightvision goggles and a FLIR/TV turret, which gives its crews a night capability. Owing to the hot, arid climate of its Cyprus base, the HAR2 regularly employs its crucial fire-fighting capability across the region. Other duties include search and rescue.

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Simon Mander reports from Romania

Eastern Europe double first for Typhoons RAF pilots in combat training with jets from Hungary and Croatia

SCRAMBLE: 1 (F) Sqn Typhoon pilot (also inset) signals that he’s ready for take-off 

ROYAL AIR Force combat crews made their training debut with two Eastern European air forces as Nato states faces down potential threats from Russia. The 1 (Fighter) Sqn jets, which are currently policing the skies in Romania carried out combat training drills with allies in Hungary and Croatia

The UK swing role fighters, normally based at RAF Lossiemouth, landed at Kecskemét Airbase to begin bilateral training for the first time with the Hungarian Air Force Puma Tactical Fighter Squadron, who currently fly JAS-39 Gripen Jets. 1 (F) Sqn Typhoon pilot and Chief of Staff (Operations) Sqn Ldr Ellis Williams said the Gripens were a

more challenging proposition than the Soviet-era MiG aircraft they had been working with in Croatia, Romania, and Bulgaria. “We’ve been flying with MiG29s from the Bulgarian Air Force and Croatian MiG-21s, which is a big story because it’s the first time ever that the RAF and the CAF have taken part in joint air-to-air combat

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training, ahead of their procurement of F-16s. “In Hungary against the Gripen the Typhoon should have the edge, but the Hungarians are western-trained pilots who train in Canada, and the JAS-39 is a capable aircraft so we found ourselves back in the realms of pure combat and needed to perform as well as we can.” Around 30 UK personnel took part in a week-long joint training exercise with the Croatian Fighter Squadron based at Pleso Air Base, which, like 1 (F) Squadron in Moray, provides a QRA Flight on constant readiness to defend its national airspace. The training was aimed at understanding the capabilities of the aircraft types, exchanging knowledge on tactics and assisting the Croatians in partnering up with a Nato ally. Sorties included airborne simulated one-on-one long-range and close-quarter dog-fights building up to a four against two exercise of aggressor and defender. Five 1 (F) Sqn pilots participated, led by Sqn Ldr Williams. At its conclusion, the CAF put up a strong performance to cope with the generation gap between their aircraft and the Typhoon. CAF Fighter Squadron commander Lt Col Christian Jagodic said: “We are very keen to move from the Soviet technology to western technology and methods so the help we have had from the RAF has been extremely good.” He added that it had been a privilege to be up against a Typhoon in a dog fight. Future intra-Air Force co-operation is likely to expand as the CAF moves into its next phase of modernisation, flying F-16. l See pages 18-19 for more on Typhoon’s return to Romania.

PHYSIO: Flt Lt Jude Dunn at work

EXERCISE FIRST: Typhoon with a Croation Air Force MiG-21, above

Two scrambles in a few hours

RAF TYPHOONS policing the skies in Eastern Europe from Romania scrambled twice in one day as Russian jets closed in on Nato airspace over the Black Sea. The alerts were the first for Lossiemouth-based 1 (Fighter) Squadron, which recently took over the duty from its sister unit II (Army Co-operation) Squadron.

Speaking exclusively to RAF News, one of the pilots, who has launched on Quick Reaction Alert to defend British airspace against Russian Blackjack bombers from the Scottish base, described how the drama unfolded. He said: “We got a secure message informing us of Russian activity in the Crimean region and received

POTENTIAL AGGRESSOR: Russian Sukhoi Su-24s often fly on the edge of NATO airspace

a call from the Romanian Control and Reporting Centre (CRC) in Bucharest confirming the picture we were seeing, then an electronic message came through telling us to scramble.” He said unlike the iconic Battle of Britain scene where fighter pilots are scrambled by telephone, these days alerts are signalled electronically because it’s quicker, but can be backed up by a phone call. “We sprinted off to the jets, I went up the steps donning my kit, by which time the ground crew had already arrived and were taking the in-take covers off.” He said engineers get the Typhoons ready the night before so for the next 24-hour shift all the switches are in the right place if a call comes. “Before you know it, the engines are running and the jet is ready to go in a matter of minutes. “We’ve already got the message to go so it’s just a case of getting out of here, so we taxi out to the side of the runway, the safety pins are removed from the weapons because we’re fully armed, we get clearance and off we go.”

On the mission the Typhoons carry ASRAAM and AMRAAM airto-air missiles, they can also carry Meteor. “Once airborne, we immediately get passed to the Romanian CRC where there is an embedded British fighter controller. They give us the vectors, we’ve got a rough idea of where the contact zone is, and want to get going at the maximum speed allowed. “There’s no need to go supersonic because the limit of Romanian airspace isn’t too far away, so I elected to go at 0.9 Mach. “The contact got close too, but never actually crossed the line into Nato airspace, so we never got visual contact, so we carried out a combat patrol over the Black Sea and the coast and came back.” The Typhoons land in a staggered fashion, which allows one jet to be serviced quickly while the other is still airborne and is ready to go should there be a

subsequent ‘shout’. “The second one lands and it’s the same deal; the engineers do a great job checking the oil, fuel, put the weapon safety pins back in their correct positions, and put the jets back in the hangar and so if there’s a subsequent call later in the day they’re ready to go.” Just four hours later the preparations pay off when a second scramble is sounded. “This time we already had a training aircraft out and he is tasked to provide a presence while a QRA jet is scrambled but is kept on the runway on hold while the training aircraft investigates.” Normally two Typhoons are scrambled at a time to provide mutual support for each other. In Baltic Air Policing they

can be backed up by Romanian MiG-21 LanceR aircraft or other Nato fighters, if required. This time, even a second British jet isn’t needed as the potential aggressor again turns away before the first Typhoon’s pilot can get eyes on. But for the aircrew, engineers and 135 Expeditionary Air Wing support personnel this outcome is what they train constantly to achieve. As the 1 (F) Sqn pilot said: “I still get a buzz, I felt my heart pumping, not least in the sprint to the jet, and once you’re in it you can still feel the adrenalin running and you have to suppress that so you can make the correct decisions airborne and not get carried away, which is quite hard actually.” The Commander of 135 EAW is Wing Commander Chris Ball (left), a former Tornado GR4 pilot who saw action in the second Gulf War and flew the F-15E Strike Eagle while on exchange to the US Air Force on missions over Afghanistan. He said: “It’s a policing mission and just as a policeman might walk down a street in London or any other city in the UK we’re just seeing what’s going on. “Both suspect Russian aircraft were flying in international airspace and weren’t breaking any laws and we responded to them to show that we’re interested.”

Stopping G force from being a pain in the neck

ALLIES: A Typhoon pilot greets his Hungarian counterpart before training against their Gripen jets

TEAMWORK: CAF engineers show their RAF counterparts around a MiG, left PHOTO: SAC CATHY SHARPLES


AN RAF fitness expert is helping to keep Typhoon pilots fit to fight while on Baltic Air Policing duties in Romania. Flight Lieutenant Jude Dunn is the first Reservist Physiotherapist to deploy on operations and her priority is to prevent injuries caused by G-forces generated by flying at supersonic speeds. The former bank manager, who served in Iraq with the army in 2003 and helped to support the financial reconstruction of the country, transferred to the Air Force Reserves in 2011 after retraining. “I stayed in Iraq for 16 months and had to give my job up in banking. I needed to do something different and I wanted to learn a whole new set of skills so I came back and went to university for three years to become a physiotherapist,” she said. The RAF Physio Cadre was introduced in 2010 after a survey noted significant numbers of UK aircrew reporting neck pain during their flying service and Flt Lt Dunn was the first of only eight reservists to be recruited into the unit. “There’s been a lot of research into pain and discomfort caused by high G forces over the years which can stop them flying,” she said. To combat this, RAF physios have developed an aircrew conditioning programme of exercises designed to strengthen the muscles around the neck and use massage, acupuncture, heat and cold packs to treat problems. She said: “Aircrew are like elite athletes, although they probably wouldn’t like to be described as such, and the main problem is they’re very busy people – but most of them are very good at doing their exercises.”



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Reaper strike halts refugee bomb bid


Eagle-eyed RAF crew kill Daesh bombers poised to strike convoy of helpless families fleeing terror in war-torn Syria Simon Mander AN UNMANNED RAF Reaper operating over Syria saved refugees fleeing the country from a Daesh roadside bomb attack, the MoD has revealed. The remotely-operated aircraft was on an armed reconnaissance mission when it spotted a convoy of vehicles carrying families fleeing over the eastern borders of Syria. During the sortie eagle-eyed operators were able to identify a team of Daesh fighters burying deadly IEDs in the convoy’s path just a few miles down the road. Five terrorist bombers were killed when the Reaper team unleashed a Hellfire missile, alerting the convoy to the danger. An MoD spokesman said: “During the mission a Daesh team was observed burying improvised explosive devices. “Given the threat these could pose to innocent traffic, an immediate attack was conducted using a Hellfire missile which put an end to the terrorists’ activities.” Reapers are flown remotely by RAF pilots with 13 Sqn based at Waddington in the UK, and 39 Sqn pilots at Creech Air Base in the US. The high-altitude aircraft are equipped with a range of sensors and high-powered cameras and armed with laser-guided weapons and can remain over a target undetected for up to 15 hours. RAF Typhoons have also been in

TERROR TARGET: Millions of refugees have fled war-torn Syria; left, RAF 13 Sqn Reaper pilot

action again in northern Iraq, where a terrorist hide was spotted, concealed in woodland on the bank of the Tigris river to the north-west of Mosul. A single Paveway IV destroyed the site.

RAF aircraft continue to fly daily reconnaissance missions to identify potential Daesh activity, but have engaged only three targets last month according to MoD operational updates.

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The last attack was on a cave in eastern Syria which was confirmed as the location of a stockpile of terrorist weaponry. A Reaper employed a GBU-12 guided bomb which scored a direct

hit on the cave entrance and it was successfully collapsed, denying Daesh access to the arms cache.

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RAF REAPERS have continued to deliver deadly attacks on the remaining Daesh strongholds in Syria and Iraq. The remotely-piloted aircraft carried out 14 attacks in June compared to eight by Typhoons and two by Tornado bombers, the MoD has said. In one operation, a Reaper providing close air support to the Syrian Democratic Forces in the Euphrates valley, spotted an armed truck north of Abu Kamal. Despite terrorist attempts to conceal it under cover the crew destroyed the vehicle with a Hellfire missile causing secondary explosions as the ammunition it was carrying caught fire. A few days later another Reaper flying east of Al Shadadi tracked a terrorist to a building where he joined forces with other extremists. Their hideout was hit by a Hellfire and another successful attack was carried out as Daesh fighters sought new positions after artillery fire destroyed their previous location. Reapers have also been used to destroy;

a pick-up truck armed with a 23mm gun, a light machine-gun position being set up in an orchard, and a mortar hidden in trees all near Al Shadadi. Meanwhile the Typhoons were in action after a small cluster of Daesh strongholds were located hidden in the hills south of Kirkuk, in northern Iraq. A flight of Eurofighters delivered a simultaneous attack with Paveway IVs against a tunnel and a cave, then a further attack to destroy a bunker dug into the hillside. In another operation, a pair of Pavewayarmed Typhoons attacked a Daesh weapons cache hidden inside a cave in a remote area of the western Iraqi desert to stop any attempts by the terrorists to resume operations within the country. Tornado GR4s, supported by a Voyager air refuelling tanker, patrolling over eastern Syria spotted Daesh terrorists hiding in an armoured truck inside a building to the west of the border with Iraq and destroyed it with a single Paveway IV guided bomb. as seen on

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Trench wear fair Tracey Allen National Memorial Arboretum PIONEERING AVIATOR and World War II Air Transport Auxiliary member Amy Johnson has inspired the next generation of fashion talent – and the design her look helped to create is now on show at the National Memorial Arboretum. A Johnson-inspired khaki boiler suit was designed by London College of Fashion student Xenia Telunts and is one of the exhibits in the Fashion and Freedom show at the Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire. The exhibition includes work by student designers from colleges and universities across the UK, inspired by women’s roles during WWI and the effect war work has had on women’s fashion over the last 100 years. The show also features specially commissioned couture pieces by top fashion designers Vivienne Westwood,

Emilia Wickstead, Holly Fulton, J JS Lee, Sadie William and Serbian designer Roksanda (inset) who have created stunning outfits inspired by women during wartime. The designs range from Westwood’s glittering, multi-coloured jumpsuit (right) to Williams’ lurex dress (left) that takes inspiration from WWI Red Cross uniforms. “They offer contemporary reflections on the social and cultural changes brought about by WWI,” a spokesperson said. Exhibition director Jenny Waldman said: “The roles women took on in World War I and the freedom they gained led to a shift in fashion. The war years were a revolutionary period of social change.” l Fashion and Freedom runs until November 30. Admission is included in the NMA’s permanent Landscapes of Life exhibition. Go to: for details.

Air Force dynasty still flying after 100 years A PUMA pilot, whose family have served more than 100 years in the Royal Flying Corps and the RAF, has paid tribute to the Service’s Benevolent Fund for helping him carry on the tradition. Sqn Ldr Mike Waring is the fourth generation of his family to serve and says support from the charity to help his disabled daughter Gemma has enabled him to continue his RAF career. The 57 Squadron chief is continuing a legacy started by his great grandfather Wada Pickard, who flew FE2bs and transferred from the RFC to the newly-formed RAF in 1918. He said: “I am incredibly proud of our family’s RAF heritage and of everything my family have done, during the First World War, the Second World War and subsequently. I am proud that my service continues that tradition.” After Wada Pickard was demobbed at the end of the First World War, Sqn Ldr Waring’s grandfather, Freddie Waring, took up the military mantel. He joined the Army in the 1930s and transferred to the RAF in 1942. After completing pilot’s training in Canada, he flew supply missions to the French Resistance with 620 Squadron and was killed in action when his Stirling was shot down on New Year’s Day, 1945. Sqn Ldr Mike Waring, now based at

RAF College Cranwell, followed in the footsteps of his father Squadron Leader David Waring who was also a Puma pilot and served in Singapore and Borneo during a 36year career. Mike said: “My father was supported through school and the help certainly made his, and my grandmother’s life as a single parent, far easier. “Our daughter Gemma has severe and complex additional needs, including delayed learning, which means she needs extra support at school and at home. “The RAF Benevolent Fund has provided swimming and riding lessons which have enabled Gemma to overcome her fears, and help her develop.” FAMILY FIRM: Sqn Ldr Mike Waring, pictured left, with dad Sqn Ldr Dave Waring LAST MOMENTS: Fundraiser WO Dave Bathgate, right, with his brother John.

Service digs deep to remember WO’s bro CANCER CHARITY campaigner WO Dave Bathgate is offering a flight in a Spitfire as part of his bid to raise £100,000 in memory of his brother, who died from the disease. The Royal Navy NCO has so far visited eight RAF stations and Naval bases collecting £19,000 for MacMillan Nurses and Cancer

Research UK. And he is offering a Spitfire simulator experience, followed by a flight in the real thing, worth £3,000, as a raffle prize to further boost his fundraising total. He said: “From handing my brother a beer in my garden to him being in a coma on life support that

he would never recover from was five hours. He had been diagnosed with colon cancer a month before. “Four days later his life support was switched off. As he passed away I promised him I would set up this Military vs Cancer campaign to help prevent the heartache this disease creates.”

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Qatar deal revives historic squadron TRAINING PACT

Staff Reporter THE FIRST joint RAF squadron to stand up since the Battle of Britain has been formed to train Qatar pilots after the Gulf state signed a £6 billion deal to buy Typhoon. Qatari military pilots will train alongside their UK counterparts on 12 Sqn as part of the deal to supply 24 of the swing role fighters and nine Hawk T2 training aircraft to the oil-rich nation. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson was joined by the Amir of Qatar, Sheikh Bin Hamad Al-Thani and the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, as the squadron was reformed at Horse Guards Parade in London. 12 Squadron will be based at RAF Coningsby – home to the RAF’s Typhoon Force – and Qatar crews are expected to arrive at the Lincolnshire station in 2019, ahead of delivery of the first aircraft in the

Gulf in 2022, a spokesman said. Qatar is the ninth country to buy Typhoon and the deal follows sales to Gulf neighbours Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Mr Williamson said: “Qatar remains a close and important friend to the UK and it is the only nation with which we have a joint squadron. “This requires a level of trust, born from our long-shared history and our commitment to a shared future. “Our formidable Typhoon jets will boost the Qatari military’s mission to tackle challenges in the Middle East, supporting stability in the region and delivering security at home.” 12 Sqn was formed in 1915 as part of the Royal Flying Corps and went on to earn battle honours in WWI and II. The unit’s most recent operational duty was in Afghanistan with the Tornado GR4 before being disbanded in 2014.

DESERT DRILL: RAF Typhoon takes off during recent training exercise in Qatar; below, Hawk T2. Inset left, Amir Sheikh Bin Hamad Al Thani is presented with 12 Sqn Standard during ceremony

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Drone delivery FUTURISTIC DRONES, hoverbikes and unmanned ground robots which could provide humanitarian aid and disaster relief in developing countries and supply frontline fighters in the combat zone are being tested by the MoD. The Defence Science and Technology laboratory is assessing a range of cutting-edge vehicles as part of a £3.8 million innovation programme backed by British business. International Development Minister Harriett Baldwin said: “Unmanned Aerial Vehicles could be a game changer in delivering lifesaving UK aid. “This fund will help develop technology that can deliver vital supplies to the hardest to reach locations and I am proud that British experts are helping use this innovative technology to save lives.”

Farewell to WWII female Spitfire pioneer Mary Ellis

Warbird joins BBMF THE WORLD’S only surviving WWII Hawker Typhoon is bringing more fire power to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight this summer. The fighter will be joining the iconic Lancaster, Spitire, Hurricane and Dakota as part of a public static display at the BBMF hangar. Typhoon MN235 is owned by the RAF Museum and loaned to the vintage display team as part of the RAF’s 100th celebrations. It was rolled out alongside its modern day namesake, the Eurofighter Typhoon, at

Coningsby to mark the event. RAF Museum collections chief Ian Thirsk said: “As the sole surviving example of its type, MN235 is a jewel in the crown of the Museum’s aircraft collection and it seems entirely appropriate in this, the centenary year of the Royal Air Force, to place the Typhoon on public display alongside the BBMF.” The aircraft will be on public display within the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Hangar from the first week in August until the end of September.

TRIBUTES HAVE been paid to pioneering aviator Mary Ellis, one of the last surviving female pilots of World War II, who has died aged 101. Chief of the Air Staff, ACM Sir Stephen Hillier, called her ‘an inspiration to generations.’ He said: “I’ll always remember her proudly reminding us at RAF100 events that she was older than the Royal Air Force itself. RIP Mary.” Aviation writer John Nichol said: “Mary Ellis was a truly remarkable lady, she flew 400 Spitfires and 76 different types of aircraft during WWII. Another giant leaves us.” She was one of the first women to fly Spitfires, heavy bombers and jet aircraft as a

member of the Air Transport Auxiliary – whose female members were known as the ATA Girls – who delivered aircraft from factories to airfields during the war. Mary was just eight when her father allowed her to make her first flight, after seeing a flying circus. One of six women who remained serving in the ATA when it was disbanded at the end of 1945, she spent a period seconded to the RAF. She went on to become Europe’s first female airport boss, running Sandown Airport on the Isle of Wight. l See obituary on p27.


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UK Forces on storm alert British overseas territories battered by Storm Irma braced for hurricane season UK FORCES are on high alert as British overseas territories in the Caribbean prepare for the hurricane season after record storms battered the region leaving tens of thousands homeless last year. British military teams are poised to react if seasonal storms pose a threat to British citizens, the MoD has confirmed. RAF Hercules, C17 and Atlas transporters flew more than 3,000 UK Forces personnel and aid workers and more than 50 tonnes of equipment after Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, Barbuda and the Turks and Caicos were rocked by 180mph winds when F-35 PROGRAMME

Concrete guarantee AN F-35 Lightning performs the first touch-down on a purposebuilt, heat-resistant vertical landing pad recently installed at RAF Marham. Two specially-designed 70m square landing areas were built using a concrete compound designed to withstand the searing temperatures generated by the aircraft’s Pratt and Whitney turbo fan engine. The new facility is part of a £550 million programme to transform the Norfolk station into the F-35 Lightning’s main operating base.

Storm Irma hit the region in September last year. Four Chinooks were deployed to the disaster zone, flying in urgent medical supplies and makeshift shelters from the RAF base of operations in Barbados. Speaking during a fact-finding trip to the storm-stricken islands, Armed Forces Minister Mark Lancaster said: “No matter what the elements throw at our Overseas Territories this year, we will be there to help them every step of the way throughout 2018 and beyond. “We may not be able to prevent natural disasters from occurring, but our

VENI VIDI VC: WWI pilot Capt Ferdinand ‘Freddie’ West

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EYE OF THE STORM: Forces medics on board RFA Mounts Bay. Left, Defence minister Mark Lancaster during a tour of British territories PHOTOS: MOD

world-class military have been planning meticulously to ensure lives are protected and damage is kept to a minimum.” RFA Mounts Bay has been

stationed in the region since Irma struck and will remain there until 2020. The vessel is equipped with a Royal Navy Wildcat helicopter and on-board medical facility.

THE FIRST RAF pilot to be awarded the Victoria Cross after taking on seven German fighters during a surveillance mission over Northern France has been honoured with a memorial in London. Hero airman Capt Ferdinand West and observer Lt John Haslam came under heavy fire during the intelligence gathering sortie in their 8 Sqn FK 8 bi-plane in August 1918. As the duo swooped down to capture images of enemy positions they were attacked by a squadron of German aircraft. In the firefight that followed an enemy explosive round ripped through the cockpit, partially severing West’s left leg. Despite his injuries he regained control and positioned his aircraft, allowing Haslam to fend off the enemy pilots with a Lewis gun, forcing them to abandon the attack. As the German pilots fled West turned for home, managing to land the aircraft safely before passing out through loss of blood. His injured leg was later amputated. To mark the centenary of his medal-winning bravery defence chiefs unveiled a memorial flagstone in Whitehall. Speaking at the ceremony current 8 Sqn chief Wg Cdr Jeremy Batt said: “I’m very fortunate to command this squadron in this anniversary year and it’s been an honour to take part in the commemoration service.”

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DRILL INSTRUCTOR Sgt Danson Trimmingham gets some stick from Halton chief Gp Capt James Bradshaw – for whipping RAF rookies into shape for the recent RAF centenary parade through the capital. He was presented with a personalised pace stick during the latest Pearson intake graduation parade. PHOTO: LUKA WAYCOTT


Commons call for action on veterans’ mental health Staff Reporter

THE MOD has come under fire for failing to deliver on veterans’ mental health promises following a probe by MPs. The Commons Defence Committee has launched an inquiry into standards after claiming many Service leavers are left to battle combat-related conditions like PTSD without help because of inconsistent levels of care and long waiting times. One in 10 veterans is estimated to suffer from some form of mental illness linked to their military service and those who experienced frontline combat are at a higher risk. Under pledges made in the Armed Forces Covenant veterans should receive priority treatment depending on the severity of their condition. However the Committee has called on the MoD to improve support for those struggling with Service-related mental health issues. MPs are also demanding action to combat the public perception that most Servicemen and women are damaged by their service. Defence Committee chairman, Dr Julian Lewis MP, said: “Contrary to public perception, most Servicemen and women leave with no mental ill health and, to help veterans, we need to dispel the myth that many suffer psychological harm.

“But the MoD must ensure that the few who do develop mental health problems are receiving the level of care promised to them in the Armed Forces Covenant. At the moment they are not.”

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Deter & reassure

COS OPS: Sqn Ldr Ellis Williams

Typhoons on the Nato beat

Op Biloxi fact file ● The UK has four Typhoons committed to Baltic Air Policing.


HILE RAF Typhoons have scrambled three times against Russian aircraft over the Black Sea in their latest deployment, statistics don’t tell the whole story. Air Force aircrews say the lack of alerts proves their presence poses a credible deterrent to would-be aggressors. And when they’re not launching from Romania on Operation Biloxi, the UK Typhoons are conducting an intensive programme of engagements and joint training with other Nato allies in the region. Typhoon pilot and Chief of Staff (Operations) Squadron Leader Ellis Williams said: “It’s pretty full on, the Air Policing mission is Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) and we have two armed jets outside and we’re ready to go with those. When we’re not on that we’re on defence engagement. It’s brutally busy. “The mission is to deter and reassure. We’re here, we’ve got capable armed aircraft, which is a strong message to Russia and a reassurance to Romania, so the fact that we’re not scrambling that often proves it is working.”

● Two Lossiemouth-based units – II (Army Cooperation) and 1 (Fighter) Sqn are rotating through the mission between May and August. ● Both squadrons are part of the Northern Quick Reaction Alert (QRA), whose main role is to defend UK airspace from their Moray base. ● In Romania the squadrons are supported by 150 personnel from Leemingbased 135 Expeditionary Air Wing, drawn from all over the Air Force.


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● 1(F) Sqn, currently in Romania, is the world’s oldest flying squadron in service. ● It has flown the Bristol Scout, Hurricane and Spitfire, and fought in the Battle of Britain. ● It was the first to operate the Harrier ‘jump jet’ and introduced the Typhoon’s Paveway IV capability to the frontline.

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● Typhoon is capable of engaging numerous targets and in its air-to-air role employs Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missiles (ASRAAM) and Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM).

● Links between the UK and Romania are stronger than ever with Romanian the second most common non-British nationality in the UK, overtaking Irish nationals and Indians, according to latest figures.

QRA: RAF Typhoon intercepts a Russian SU-27 Flanker bomber


hen not on alert with their Romanian allies RAF aircrews are flying the flag in other Eastern

equal, it’s superior in all areas. “We’re a fourth-generation, highperformance fighter, whereas the MiG21 or 29 are older aircraft, if we fight well they won’t give us any problems, for us the training opportunity comes from operating from unusual locations. “We took one pilot who has never flown outside the UK before and now he’s operated from a strip in Croatia against MiG-21 pilots, so that’s a maturing experience that will help him. “Next time he could be on operations or it could be on Exercise Red Flag against an F-22 or highperformance fighter where he needs to operate Typhoon to its maximum capability to stand a chance.”


e said combined training was an opportunity to exchange tactics but its value was limited because the MiG-21 is a second-generation aircraft leaving service very soon. Romanian Air Force Colonel Eduart Dodu agreed. He said: “Our pilots took advantage of the opportunity to learn from your aircrew during training. We learn more from the UK than you do from us because of the differences between the aircraft. yphoons have launched “MiG-21 was created as an three times in response BORCEA AIR SHOW: Typhoon flanked by Romanian MiG-21 LanceRs intermediary between the old to Russian aircraft operating aircraft and the new F-15 which over the Black Sea since the RAF European nations. we have bought with the agreement of mission began on May 1. So far, Typhoons have flown with the US.” On May 4 II(AC) Sqn aircraft Romanian F-16s and Spanish F-18s And he hoped that the RAF would were scrambled in their first week at Bucharest Air Show and made their return to Mihail Kogalniceanu air base on operations against a Russian debut in Croatia. for a third time next year to build on Federation Air Force IL-20, code name Sqn Ldr Williams said: “It’s the first the strong alliance between Britain Coot. time the RAF has conducted air-to-air and Romania. And on July 24 1(F) Sqn jets combat training with Croatian MiG“Enhanced Air Policing is the most responded twice in one day to potential 21s, it’s a big story because it’s ahead of important exercise for the Romanian aggressor aircraft, one of which was a their procurement of F-16s.” Air Force, for our nation and Nato Soviet-era Sukhoi SU-24 Fencer. While RAF aircrew gain good because it is about protecting our On each occasion the potential experience flying against Soviet-era airspace,” he added. intruder was tracked until it left Nato MiGs still flown by some Air Forces, “I hope that it will be possible for the airspace and the aircraft did not come one of whom could one day become an RAF to visit next year. The RAF has a within visual range. enemy, in capability terms they are no lot of friends connected with the local Sqn Ldr Williams, a former Harrier contest for Typhoon. community, not only in Constanta but pilot who, since converting to Typhoon Sqn Ldr Williams said: “The within the country, and we hope to last year has deployed on operations in Typhoons are very capable so there’s remain friends.” Syria and Iraq, said for British pilots pretty much no area in which we’re By Simon Mander


● This year, as the RAF celebrates its centenary, Romania marks its 100th birthday as a country since it was created by the unification of Transylvania, Bessarabia and Bukovina in 1918.

defending Romanian airspace was identical to protecting UK airspace. But a recent tragic accident at Borcea on July 7, when a Romanian Air Force MiG-21 LanceR crashed during an open day killing a pilot, made the mission more important than ever. The LanceR was introduced in 1996 and its main mission is to provide QRA under the Nato control network from the Combined Air Operations Centre in Torrejon, in Spain. Sqn Ldr Williams said: “MiG-21s are grounded from normal flying but are still available to fly QRA if required, so now, more than ever, it’s good to support them.”



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OMINIC COOPER and Gemma Arterton have played a couple on the big screen before – in 2010's bucolic comedy Tamara Drewe, adapted from Posy Simmons' graphic novel interpretation of the Thomas Hardy classic Far From The Madding Crowd. This time around the relationship depicted is nothing like as much fun. Before, she was a successful journalist having a fling with

FRENCH LEAVE: Unhappy housewife Tara, (Arterton) runs away to Paris

rock drummer Ben. Now they're suburban parents, Tara and Mark, to two small children. Mark thinks they're happy, Tara tells him she isn't. Bored, frustrated and depressed by her mundane life as a housewife and mother, she yearns for something more and, finding a book about the medieval tapestry of The Lady and The Unicorn on a day trip to London from her Kent home, yearns to jump on the Eurostar and hotfoot it to the French capital. So that's exactly what she does, with intriguing consequences. Taking on the role of Tara was a bold move for the usually glamorous Arterton, though despite wearing minimal make-up and dressing in drab colours she still manages to look beautiful. In response to his comment that Tara loves her kids ‘to bits’, it’s shocking to hear her tell her husband: “I don’t care about them. I don’t care if they finish their dinner. I don’t care if they fall over.” You might feel sympathy for Tara, but at times I found her wailing irritating. Dominic Cooper (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) is superb as the unlikeable Mark – selfish, arrogant and chauvinistic, he behaves like a child himself.


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SUPERSTAR CHOREOGRAPHER Matthew Bourne’s iconic production of Swan Lake returns to UK theatres this autumn, ahead of an eight-week Christmas season at Sadler’s Wells. Bourne’s New Adventures ballet company have created an exciting re-imagining of t h e classic production which will visit 22 venues nationwide before its London run. Swan Lake will continue touring until the end of May 2019 before embarking on a number of international tour dates. This Swan Lake, described as ‘thrilling, audacious, witty and emotive’ is still probably best known for replacing the female corpsde ballet with a menacing

male ensemble, which shattered conventions, turned tradition upside down and took the dance world by storm. Bourne’s powerful interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece collected more than 30 international accolades, including an Olivier Award in the UK and three Tonys on Broadway. New Adventures star Will Bozier, who danced to great acclaim as Harry the Pilot in Bourne’s Blitzset Cinderella and former English National Ballet star Max Westwell, recently seen in an American in Paris in the West End, are both making their debuts in the role of The Swan. SWAN'S WAY: Will Bozier makes his debut as 'The Swan' in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake, touring from September. PHOTO: Johan Persson

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MOVING ON: Based at RAF Odiham, 247 Sqn began replacing its Vampire F.3s with the FB.5s, shown above in late 1949. PHOTO: Aviation Photo Library

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N 1918, the Royal Air Force became the first major independent air force in the world. Formed to serve a strategic need in the most intensive war that Britain had then fought, it continued in the inter-war era to play a key role in the political and diplomatic world, and in defending the Empire. During World War II, the Service was pivotal in defending Britain from invasion in the Battle of Britain, and then in leading the assault on the Axis powers, most notably through the contentious bomber offensive against Germany. In the post-war world, the RAF adapted and developed into a force to meet the needs of the United Kingdom during the Cold War, the retreat from Empire, and most recently in the move to coalition warfare against lowintensity threats. In The Royal Air Force The First One Hundred Years (Oxford University Press) military history professor John Buckley and war correspondent Paul Beaver tell the story of the RAF over the first century of its existence: how it has confronted the many challenges and threats it has faced — from the Luftwaffe in 1940, through

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N ALL-STAR list of British acting talent headed by former air cadet Robson Green (Grantchester) lead the cast of Poldark writer Debbie Horsfield’s new TV drama, Age Before Beauty. A family saga set in a Manchester beauty salon, the six-part series also stars Sue Johnston (Downton Abbey), Polly Walker (Mr Selfridge), Lisa Riley (Three Girls) and James Murray (Him). Married to Wesley (Murray) for 25 years, Bel (Walker) has spent the last 18 years as a homemaker and mother to twins, but they’ve just left for university and Bel has a void in her life. Teddy (Green), her brother-inlaw and long-term best friend, begs Bel to step in and rescue the family business, a down-at-heel beauty salon in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. It employs her highmaintenance family: mother IvyRae (Johnston), a Northern Soul fanatic and spray tan technician; sisters Tina (Riley) a tattooist and Leanne (Kelly Harrison), parttime nail technician and part-time stylist; and Heidi (Vicky Myers), cosmetic surgery addict. Personal trainer Lorelei (Madeleine Mantock) arrives and seems to have caught Wes’s eye. Can Bel reconcile the demands of her business, her warring family and her marriage problems? Horsfield said: “Age Before Beauty explores the expectations we have and the ‘rules’ we create about what people are ‘allowed’ to do at any given age. It was inspired by a feature I read about what women were and weren’t ‘allowed’ to wear according to their age and shape. “The series became less about specific anti-ageing beauty treatments and more about characters deciding to confound age-related expectations. She added: “Family has always played a large role in my life and I enjoy exploring the dynamics between siblings and different generations. “The drama is set in my home town of Manchester. It’s been fun to return to the world of contemporary Manchester after being immersed in eighteenth

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He added: “Debbie has created endearing characters whom, I believe, audiences will care about and will want to follow through the journeys they embark on. On top of that, they sing and dance! “We got to record in the Abbey Road Studios [where The Beatles famously recorded] which is incredible.” Playing a character like Teddy was a new experience for Green and one he really enjoyed. He said: “This character has pushed me outside my comfort zone, which is a really good thing because you never learn if you don’t do that. “On the surface he is a very likeable man but suddenly he shows you his darkness, because what he does, he does with a smile and that’s very interesting to play.” He’s also formed a new friendship with fellow cast member James Murray. Green said: “The bromance between Jim and I grew as soon as we found out we shared a love for fishing. He’s a bloody good angler and fly fisher – much better than I am.” For Sue Johnston, Ivy-Rae (known as ‘Razor’ because she is sharp and tough) is one of the boldest characters she has ever played.


FAMILY BUSINESS: Leanne (Kelly Harrison) is a stylist and nail technician at the salon

She said: “It was an adventure, set with because he makes me laugh so because she is completely different to the much.” roles I’m usually cast in. Lisa Riley’s unpredictable character, “She goes dancing, she works and she Tina Finch, is a tomboy, a tattoo artist runs around with men young enough to and the family’s secret-keeper. be her sons. Riley admitted that she had been to “She is brutally honest with those a tattoo parlour herself three times but around her and if you don’t like it, that ‘always chickened out.’ is tough. She said: “I will probably get “She doesn’t give a toss one done one day, but the idea about what people think of it being forever freaks me about her and there is a out slightly.” freedom in that. She added: “I have “She has this very had two massive upfront sex life, which operations on my body you don’t see very to make it better [she often on television lost a staggering 10 with women of my stones in weight] but I age. Most people are have still not had Botox pretending it doesn’t and I am 41, although happen but Ivy-Rae is I’m never ruling it out. SECRETS: Teddy very open about it. She is a “As actors there is a (Robson Green) dynamo.” massive pressure to look good Johnston added: “Anything but nowadays people talk about with Robson in it is an absolute delight things like eyebrow tattoos like they are to film because he is so funny. When buying a Twix. we did a big dance number I had to “Be individual, that’s me all over. Even film a sequence with him and Jim and it when I was at my biggest I still dressed was hilarious. I don’t know how we got differently. Don’t be a sheep.” through it as we could not stop laughing. “The dancing itself was great fun n Age Before Beauty continues on BBC but Robson is specifically a joy to be on One at 9pm on Tuesdays.

T'S HARD to believe but it's nearly 40 years since the phenomenal pop culture film Fame, starring Irene Cara, was released. Now Mica Paris (Chicago), Jorgie Porter (Theresa McQueen in Hollyoaks) and Keith Jack (Any Dream Will Do) are starring in the 30th anniversary tour of Fame – The Musical, that follows the lives of students at New York's High School For The Performing Arts. Singer, actor and TV presenter Paris plays teacher Miss Sherman. She said: "The movie was a big favourite of mine because it was really the first glimpse of what the process of becoming a trained artist entailed – I'm so happy to be in the musical." Paris, who had a huge hit with My One Temptation when still a teenager, added: "I moved to New York when I was 18 when my first album blew up in the States. Irene Cara lived in my apartment building. I used to see her in the morning, we were the only people of colour in that neighbourhood.

I moved to New York when I was 18 and Irene Cara lived in my apartment building. I used to see her in the morning, we were the only people of colour in that neighbourhood. I didn't speak to her – I was terrified

SOUL GIRL: IvyRae, aka 'Razor' (Sue Johnston)

SURGERY: Heidi (Vicky Myers) EMPTY-NESTER: Bel (Polly Walker) joins the firm

"I didn't speak to her – I was terrified, because I had watched her on TV and seen her in the film." Fame, made into a popular TV series in the early 80s, explores issues that confront many young people today: prejudice, identity, pride, literacy, sexuality and substance abuse.

TOE GOOD TO BE TRUE: Ex-soap actress Jorgie Porter always wanted to be a ballerina


aris said: "Fame shows you that yes, this life is fun, it's glamorous but there's a darker side to it. "You find a lot of casualties from the world of fame because the dark side is hidden still, in shows and films. What's wonderful about Fame, why it's so brilliant and why it will never die, is because it shows you that it's powerful. "Fame is the first musical theatre show in which you'll see diversity in race, you're talking about sexuality, drugs – that's what makes this show exciting." She described Miss Sherman as 'mean'. "She's what I'm like as a mother [she has two daughters, aged 27 and 12]. I don't take no cr*p from my children but I want them to be themselves. I'm hard with them in terms of discipline and boundaries but I very much encourage them to find themselves as people as opposed to dictating how they should be. "I immediately fell in love with the character, that's what I'm doing as a mother. I love the stories, the great songwriting. The script is so powerful; Miss Sherman is really going out of her way to help this kid she knows is a major talent but is illiterate – it's amazing."


eith plays Nick Piazza. He said: "There's a lot of me in Nick. He's a very driven character, he gets very focused on his books and forgets what's in front of him." Gorgeous Jorgie makes her stage debut playing Iris Kelly in Fame. She said: "It's one of my favourite ever films and I couldn't wait to open the show in Manchester, my home town. I’ve not had a chance to perform ballet for a long time, it’s what I originally trained in so I’ve been looking forward to getting my

'MEAN' MUM: Mica Paris is a strict parent

NO SQUARE: Keith Jack plays Nick Piazza

ballet shoes on." She added: "I did ballet 10 years ago and now I've pulled out my leotard and I think I've got my soul back a bit. As a kid I wanted to be a ballerina." n Fame – The Musical tours the UK until August 2019. Venues include Blackpool, Bradford, Cardiff, Sheffield, Brighton, Birmingham, Aylesbury and Cheltenham. Go to: fameuktour. for details.

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Death CORMACK Johnny (December 28, 1943 – July 11, 2018). John had been suffering from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis for many months. He finally lost the battle and died early afternoon on July 11 aged 74. In 1960 Johnny was selected for apprentice training at the No 1 School of Technical Training, RAF Halton. He enjoyed RAF life, having been posted to various parts of the world including RAF Cottesmore, Bahrain, Lyneham and Brize Norton not to mention Gan and had many exciting trips on Mobile Servicing Flight. After leaving the Air Force, John went to work for International Computers in various engineering roles. He worked for a few months at RAF Sealand until he was offered the role of Chief Engineer at the new cancer centre that was opening at Royal Preston Hospital. After relocating, it was here back in Lancashire, working on Linear Accelerators and other radiotherapy equipment, that John eventually finished his working life in 2006.

Johnny Cormack was always smiling and fun, the most loving, kind, gentle and generous husband, father and grandfather that his family could have ever wished for. He has left a hole that is impossible to fill. Johnny never let anyone down and fulfilled every obligation he ever undertook.

JOHN CORMACK His dignity in life was matched by his dignity at the end of his life. John will be always missed, particularly by his wife Stephanie, his daughter Sarah, son-in-law Darran and grandchildren Alexander and Elizabeth. He will also be sorely missed by his many friends world-wide and by all who hold him dear. Rest in peace.

SAFFIN Alan RAF, passed away June 17. Sadly missed by his wife Dionne and his family. Much loved, much missed. Sixty years of marriage. "Fly high my darling" xx

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SERVICES Caravan Club (Germany). Exiles searching for ex-members who served in Germany from the mid Sixties which included serving members of the RAF, Army, Navy, PSA, NAAFI and all other organisations involved with the Armed Forces in Germany. Please email: Geoffrey Cropper on:

Reunions 249 Sqn's final Association reunion on the 100th anniversary of the Sqn's formation is at North Weald on August 18. Please contact the Hon Sec Tommy Cullen on: 01914550229. VANBRUGH Castle School Reunion – Sunday, September 2. All former pupils and their families are welcome. If you are interest in attending, please email v anbr u g h c a s t l e s c h o o l @ 75TH anniversary of the RAF Fire Service AGM and Reunion on September 21-23 at the Ramada Resort Hotel, Grantham. Please contact if interested by email to: fire. THE RAF Radar Museum is trying to trace former staff members of the base to invite them to a reunion event at the Museum. The RAF Air Defence Radar Museum and RRH Neatishead are hosting a reunion event on Sunday, September 23, from 10am - 4.30pm for all former staff, their families and their friends as our contribution to RAF100. An exciting day is planned which will comprise tours of the whole site, including the underground bunker and museum. Outside there will be music, tombola, special exhibits, talks and activities for all the family. The event is strictly ticketed to comply with our alcohol licence. Tickets are available online only and can be bought on a first come first served basis. Tickets cost £10 per person and include a free hog roast or veggie alternative. There will be a beer tent and refreshments available in the museum cafe and from tents outside. It will be a great opportunity to catch up with old colleagues and friends and to show your family and friends where you once worked. Tickets

AIR CDRE Martin Palmer, an ex RAF Locking apprentice, unveiled a monument to the former RAF station at a recent dedication ceremony attended by around 100 guests. Designed by retired Sqn Ldr Richard Atkinson, the monument, pictured above, is on the former site of the station's aircraft gate guardian and uses the original plinth that displayed the aircraft's details – a Mk 9 Spitfire which was removed and restored to flying condition and is currently in service with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. The monument features the 'Apprentice Wheel' – the brass propellor badge worn by all RAF apprentices. The inscription on the plinth and the RAF Station and No.1 Radio School crests are depicted in ceramic tiles (inset, above right). The rear of the plinth shows a plan of the original RAF station and an aerial photograph (inset, above left). RAF Locking, which opened in 1939, was primarily a training base where thousands of airmen and women were trained in technical trades throughout World War II, the National Service era and after, until it closed in 2000. available from the Eventbrite website: raf100-neatishead-reunionseptember-23rd-2018tickets-48249464447. CENOTAPH Parade and Reunion Lunch for No 6 Sqn Association, November 11, marking 100 years since the armistice. Do book your place now for this memorable occasion, and if you want to march, contact Robert Miller as soon as possible: WA A F / W R A F / R A F ( W ) Association: Reunion and AGM to be held in Cambridge, Fri 5th April – Mon 8th April 2019 (1, 2 or 3 day options available). For further information or for membership enquiries, contact Linda Hamill – Treasurer (01472 232986), Sgt Tracy Watson – Chairperson (01256 367762) or visit www. 313 Entry RAF Hereford Supplier General. 50 years since we were at Hereford. Interested in a reunion? Please email: David Johnson: CSDE F4J(UK) Project reunion. Interested? Please contact Ted Stickley: 01271 377159 or: 07889 680041.

Wings and Wheels CELEBRATING 14 years this year, Wings and Wheels takes places at Dunsfold Aerodrome, Guildford, Surrey, from August 25-26. There will be five hours of air displays including the Red Arrows and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Spitfire, Lancaster), plus supercars, classic and vintage icons such as the McLaren 12C and Lamborghini Aventador Roadster and the Monster Truck arena, with more than 80 military vehicles and RAF recruitment stands at the Military Zone & Parade area. There is also evening entertainment from 1940s singing trio Champagne at the Blitz. The venue has free parking, and on-site camping facilities. Advanced tickets from £24 for adults or £55 for a family. Single child tickets (for children aged 5 – 15) are £8. Children under five go free. Hospitality packages start from £199 per person, weekend passes, grandstand tickets and camping also available. Go to: wingsandwheels. net or call: 08712 305 572.

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RAFA service NOTTINGHAM RAFA are holding their annual Battle of Britain service and parade on Sunday, September 16 at St Mary's Church and would like to hear from Commonwealth veterans in the Nottingham area who would like to take part. Please contact: Mrs M Bell, 107 Leyton Crescent, Beeston, Notts NG9 1PS.

ROC At Home Day ROYAL Observer Corps At Home Day, Sunday, September 23, 10am-4pm, Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum, The Street, Flixton, Bungay, Suffolk NR35 1NZ. All groups, posts, personnel and family welcome. Honebells 1940s/50s singers, Lancaster flypast (pm) subject to weather, ROC raffle, tobola, new displays in ROC Museum. Free.

Duxford BoB Air Show THE Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show on

September 22-23 celebrates 100 years of RAF history, Flying displays include the Red Arrows, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Avro Lancaster, the Eurofighter Typhoon and the Grob 115E Tutor. In celebration of 617 ‘The Dam Busters' Squadron, there will be a display of the squadron’s aircraft – past, present and future. The air show will also include one of the last flying displays by the Tornado GR4 before it retires from active service in 2019. Go to: for details of ticket prices and how to book.

Remembrance Service APART from the thousands of British Servicemen who served in Cyprus, very few people know that between 1955 and 1959 we lost a total of 371 British Servicemen and 21 British policemen’s lives in the fight against the E.O.K.A. terrorist organisation. Most of the casualties were 19 to 21-yearold National Servicemen. Of those who lost their lives 69 were men serving with The RAF.

In 2009 a memorial was erected in Kyrenia, Cyprus and dedicated to our fallen comrades. A service of remembrance has been held each November since then and another will be held on Sunday, November 11, this year. Thanks to the initiative of one man, we now have a memorial in The National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire. This memorial was unveiled in 2016 by Sir Michael Graydon GCB CBE Air Chief Marshall (Ret'd) himself a Cyprus veteran. The next Service of Remembrance is to be held at 11am on Sunday, August 19 at The National Memorial Arboretum.There will be no better time to pay respects to your fallen comrades with a chance to meet up with your ex comrades. For more details please email Les Smith on: cyprusveterans@

RAF Catering Assoc MEMBERSHIP those who are have served as Officer or Flight

is open to serving or a Warrant Sergeant in

Trade Group 19 and former RAF Catering Officers. For more information and an application form please email Eddie Jones:, or call: 01487 823480.

Puma gets tail back

ARAFWO THE Association of RAF Women Officers (ARAFWO) has been providing opportunities for women officers to maintain contact with the RAF and each other since its formation in 1955. Membership open to all serving and former serving women officers of RAF, RAuxAF, RAFVR(T), WRAF, WAAF, WRAuxAF and WRAFVR. All eligible ladies are invited to join and will be given the warmest welcome. Please email: or call: 07740 86565.

RAF Changi Assoc RAF Changi Association (inc HQFEAF). Call Malcolm Flack: 01494 728562; email: MemSecChangi@telco4u. net.

RESTORED: Puma XW208 is pictured with the tail boom now fitted. PHOTO: Howard Heeley

NEWARK AIR Museum's recently acquired Puma tail boom has been fitted onto the cab of Aerospatiale Puma HC Mk 1 XW208. The lift was completed by local contractor Gillivers Haulage, who collected the airframe from RAF Cranwell back in February. A spokesman for the museum said: "The work on this particular Newark Air Museum restoration project has benefited from significant input and advice from the wider RAF and UK helicopter community, and in the case of the recent tail boom acquisition from the staff and volunteers at East Midlands Aeropark." Go to: for details.

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R'n'R Prize Crossword No. 232 Across

Solve the crossword, then rearrange the eight letters in yellow squares to find an aviation term.

Prize Su Doku

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 byAugust 24, 2018.

No. 241 Fill in all the squares in the grid so that each row, each column and each 3x3 square contains all the digits from 1 to 9.

7. Beat up silver for drink-producer (6) 8. Sounds like a musical country (6) 10. Zeppelin appears when I enter unsettled parish (7) 11. Box left out of air journey (5) 12. Vault piper’s son at Bridgehead (4) 13. Command editor in charge of Times leader (5) 17. Chap embraces the Italian city (5) 18. Girl who goes back and forward (4) 22. We hear Bob in branch (5) 23. Maybe to Straw, this is the most serious case (2,5) 24. Wander around with early disciple (6) 25. Before dodgy actor returns marriage vow at station (6)




1. And 14 Down. Athlete’s fright caused by type of plane (7,7) 2. It’s knotty when Scotsman damages mare (7) 3. Even plea for article from Turner (5) 4. Learner aircraft that’s close to perfect (7) 5. Let’s meet up in summer, Geraldine (5) 6. Ex-PM has high temperature and heartaches (5) 9. Tool first man carries to station (9) 14. See 1 Down 15. A spanner in middle of Clyde causes chaos (7) 16. Mother may write about 1939-45, for example (7) 19. Sub turns about (1-4) 20. Holly’s chum? (5) 21. Scandinavian rutabaga (5)

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The winner of Crossword No. 229 is Michael Fenelon from Doncaster who wins a copy of Lightning Boys 2 by Richard Pike ( Solution to crossword No. 229: Across – 1. Eager 4. Feelers 8. Biryani 9. Ghana 10. Apex 11. Whinnied 13. Sips 14. Bean 16. Have Pity 17. Juno 20. Norma 21. Espying 22. Mallets 23. Clear. Down – 1. Embraer Phenom 2. Gorge 3. Real 4. Flight 5. Engineer 6. Elation 7. Scandalmonger 12. Spy Plane 13. Several 15. Stress 18. Unite 19. Epic. RAF station – Coningsby

AVIATION TERM:.........................................................Crossword No. 232


The Incredible Hulk Movie Collection (12) and Bachelor Party (18) on DVD


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Hulk and Hanks in 80s classics


EMEMBER LOU Ferrigno as the Incredible Hulk? Now, for the first time, all three Incredible Hulk TV movies have been released on DVD in one collector's edition box set. You can see Ferrigno and Bill Bixby back in action in The Incredible Hulk Returns, The Trial of the Incredible Hulk and The Death of the Incredible Hulk. The Incredible Hulk Returns was intended to serve as a pilot for a proposed Thor TV series that never came to fruition. However, Thor was re-teamed with The Incredible Hulk as a member of The Avengers in 2012. Lou Ferrigno’s voice was mixed with that of Mark Ruffalo (who plays Dr Bruce Banner) for The Avengers, to create the Hulk’s roar. We have copies of the box set (rrp £29.99) up for grabs. To be in with a chance of winning a set, send us the correct answer to the following question: Who starred as The Incredible Hulk? Email your answer, marked Hulk Box Set competition, to: c omp e t it i ons @ r af ne w s . c o. u k or post it to: RAF News, Room

68, Lancaster Building, HQ Air Command, High Wycombe HP14 4UE to arrive by August 24. Hollywood's Tom Hanks has come a long way since he starred

in Bachelor Party. The A list actor (whose most recent film is newspaper drama The Post with Meryl Streep) called the film ‘a sloppy rock-and-roll comedy’. Hanks stars as Rick Gassko, a school bus driver who has finally decided to tie the knot with his girlfriend Debbie (Tawny Kitten). First Rick must survive the wildest bachelor bash of all time,

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thrown by his party-animal buddies. The film is said to be based on producer Bob Israel’s real-life bachelor party and was written and directed by his brother N e a l Israel. Its soundtrack includes songs by REM, Jools Holland, W a n g Chung, The Police and The Alarm. We have copies of the DVD (rrp £9.99) to win. For your chance to own one, just answer this question correctly: Who wrote and directed Bachelor Party? Email your answer, marked Bachelor Party DVD competition, to: or post it to our usual competitions address to arrive by August 24. Please note entrants must be over 18 to win copies of Bachelor Party.

Theatre Rain Man On tour

SIBLINGS: Mathew Horne and Ed Speleers head the cast of Rain Man PHOTO: Paul Coltas

Brothers hit the road

GAVIN AND STACEY'S Mathew Horne and Downton Abbey’s Ed Speleers will star in the stage version of Rain Man that starts a UK tour this autumn. Opening at Milton Keynes Theatre on September 3, Rain Man features Horne (The Catherine Tate Show, Bad Education) in the role of Raymond Babbit (famously played by Dustin Hoffman in the Oscarwinning big screen version) and Speleers plays his brother Charlie (the role taken by Tom Cruise in the film). When self-centred salesman

Charlie discovers that his longlost brother Raymond, an autistic savant with a genius for numbers, has inherited the family fortune, he sets out to get ‘his half ’. Charlie ‘borrows’ Raymond from the institution where he has spent most of his life and the two brothers go on a trip across American where Charlie soon discovers that Raymond is worth more than he could have imagine. The tour, which runs until March 2019, also visits Brighton, Richmond, Woking and Glasgow. Go to: for details.






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Britain saw the RAF at its best CONGRATULATIONS TO gaze at the statue of Lord Trenchard the Chief of the Air Staff outside the MoD; to pay tribute and the whole RAF100 team who at Winston Churchill’s statue in masterminded the centenary Parliament Square; to see members celebrations in London on July 10. of the Royal Family arrive at the The Parade Commander, The Abbey; to visit the static display on Queen’s Colour Party and all the Horseguards Parade; and to join standard bearers with the hundreds the thousands lining the Mall. of RAF personnel that paraded The sight of the massed bands proudly and immaculately and so many RAF personnel along the Mall, followed Star parading past was greeted with by the very impressive great applause and admiration etter by 100-aircraft flypast, showed l an international audience. the world what a marvellous Those able to witness the Royal Air Force we have today. presentation of the new Queen’s While I was disappointed not Colour must all have been very to gain a ticket for the service at impressed by the standard of drill Westminster Abbey (both my and ceremonial. father and mother were RFC/RAF The magnificent flypast seen by serving at RAF Hendon on April 1, 17 members of the Royal Family 1918), it did enable me to witness on the Buckingham Palace balcony the laying of a wreath by CAS and thousands along the route and at the British Empire Air Forces in London was awesome, and the Memorial on the Embankment; to famous Red Arrows trailing their

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A very special man

CELEBRATION: RAF personnel parade down the Mall to mark RAF100

red white and blue smoke resulted in applause to waken the dead. It was a great privilege to attend the reception hosted by Prince Charles in Buckingham Palace afterwards and it was especially marvellous to see members of the Royal Family speaking to young personnel from RAF Cosford, many

having only joined the Service a few months earlier. It was a day to remember for millions who were present and who watched on TV but a very proud day for serving RAF personnel and their predecessors, like me. Per Ardua Ad Astra. Gp Capt ‘Danny’ Lavender OBE AFC RAF (Ret’d) Axminster, Devon

The BoB ace Tom Neil

I WRITE to highlight an error in RAF News No. 1448. In the photo on p27 showing the BoB ace pilots you have misidentified Tom Neil. He is fifth from the left. Tim Thorne, Sherborne, Gloucestershire EDITOR’S NOTE: Mr Thorne is correct. Tom Neil is circled here. We are happy to make the correction.

IN 2002, shortly after he’d published his wonderful memoir, First Light, I was privileged to hear the recently-departed Battle of Britain veteran Geoffrey Wellum speak at a dinner at RAF College Cranwell. He had a room full of experienced aircrew hanging on his every word, but one section was especially moving. He recounted how, some days, he and his squadron saw two sunrises, the first up at 25,000ft as they flung themselves into hundreds of enemy aircraft, the second 15 minutes later when they landed. And during that 15 minutes he may have lost one, two or three friends. Worse, he may have seen or heard some of them die. And yet, he knew he’d have to face similar odds several more times that day, and get up and do the same the next day, and the next. I can’t believe that every pilot in that room wasn’t wondering how they’d have coped. I certainly was. But of course, because of the courage of Geoffrey (pictured left) and others like him, we never had to find out. Ron Powell Barry Island

Getting to grips with pension aggregation SOME of you will have left the Armed Forces, re-joining a year or so later. If you left with a preserved pension (PP), it is not affected by the pension rules in place for any new service unless you elect otherwise - this is called aggregation. When you aggregate you combine two periods of service so that they count as one, and you are agreeing that the first period of service should be treated in line with the rules that apply for the new service. You can aggregate an AFPS75 PP with other AFPS75 benefits, an AFPS75 PP with AFPS05 benefits, or an AFPS05 PP with other AFPS05 benefits. AFPS15 does not permit aggregation BUT aggregating the AFPS75 and AFPS05 can certainly affect AFPS15 benefits. Let’s look at a few examples and the things to consider: Example 1 – Flight Lieutenant Jenkins leaves on 1 April 2003 after 6 years’ service with an AFPS75 PP. He re-joins on 31 March 2004 as an AFPS75 member and leaves again on 31 March 2018 as a Squadron Leader having transferred to AFPS15. Total benefits without aggregation: his original AFPS75 PP payable at age 60, a second AFPS75 PP for his service up to 31 March 2015 part of which is payable at age 60 and part at 65, an AFPS15 deferred pension (DP) payable at his State Pension Age (SPA) for his remaining service and an immediate AFPS75 Resettlement Grant (RG). Award with aggregation: an immediate AFPS75 pension worth about 85% of the 20 year rate for a Squadron Leader, with a taxfree lump sum of three times the pension, benefits from the AFPS 15 Early Departure Payment (EDP) Scheme (as he is over the age of 40 and has 20 years’ service). The tax-free lump sum is payable straightaway and the annual income is payable until his SPA, and an AFPS15 DP payable at SPA.

Clearly aggregation is attractive in this case as his AFPS75 benefits will be paid immediately and his pension lump sum (about £45K) is far higher than the AFPS75 RG .…. and he has AFPS15 EDP benefits. Example 2 – Sergeant Wilkins leaves on 1 June 2004 after 12 years’ service with an AFPS75 PP. He re-joins on 1 June 2005 as an AFPS05 member and leaves on 31 March 2018 as a Warrant Officer (Final Pensionable Pay (FPP) £49,283), having transferred to AFPS15.

In this article Mary Petley of the Forces Pension Society looks at aggregation, the difference it could make and the things you should consider when deciding whether to do it.

Example 3 – Senior Aircraftwoman Bennett has an AFPS75 PP having served for 7 years, half payable at age 60 and half at age 65. She re-joined as an AFPS05 member, served a further 7 years and is discharged as a Corporal on medical grounds with a Tier 1 condition in March 2018. The Tier 1 decision means that there is no invaliding pension – pension benefits are preserved/deferred. Total benefits without aggregation: her original AFPS75 PP payable at age 60/65, an AFPS05 PP payable at age 65, an AFPS15 DP payable at her SPA plus the Tier 1 lump sum of about 7/8ths of her pensionable pay. Award with aggregation: an AFPS05 PP based on the 12 years’ service and her higher FPP as a Corporal at discharge payable at age 65, an AFPS15 DP payable at her SPA, and Tier 1 lump sum of about 1.75 years pensionable pay.

Total benefits without aggregation: his original AFPS 75 PP payable at age 60, an AFPS05 PP for his service from 1 June 2005 to 31 March 2015 payable at age 65, an AFPS15 DP payable at his SPA for his remaining service and an AFPS05 RG. Award with aggregation: a single AFPS05 PP payable at age 65, an AFPS15 DP payable at his SPA; AFPS05 EDP benefits (as he has at least 18 years’ service and is over the age of 40) and AFPS15 EDP benefits (qualification criteria as for Example 1).


tax-free EDP lump sums alone would total around £60K - but, in order to make an informed decision, Sergeant Wilkins needs to weigh up what he gains against the AFPS75 benefits he could have received between age 60 and 65 when his AFPS05 benefits become payable.

The EDP benefits are unarguably very attractive – the

This higher lump sum on discharge is a huge plus BUT Senior Aircraftwoman Bennett needs to weigh this up against the proportion of her AFPS 75 benefits that she could have received between age 60 and 65 had she not aggregated. In the vast majority of cases individuals are better off by aggregating but it is not a ‘given’ and individuals should analyse the figures carefully.


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HE FALKLANDS War has been described as a defining event in modern British warfare by a leading military historian. Although the UK had been involved in several conflicts since the end of World War II in 1945 – including Korea, Suez, Malaysia, Cyprus, Aden and Northern Ireland – much of the practical operational experience by the early 1980s related to small-unit counterinsurgency. The Falklands War was a totally different type of conflict. In the Haynes published Falklands War Operations Manual military historian Chris McNab gives the ‘how it was done’ treatment to the 10-week conflict that took place from April to June 1982. The book, which contains more than 230 archive photographs, maps and schematics, also features interviews and previously unpublished photographs. McNab examines how the naval Task Force was raised and assembled to travel to the South Atlantic and reclaim the Falkland Islands from Argentine invaders. The Falklands War Operations Manual explores the logistics of the 7,878-mile voyage south, and how Ascension Island became an operations ‘hub’ for the Task Force. Providing a detailed review of the use of air, sea and land power in the South Atlantic, the author reviews Sea Harrier fighter actions, the naval battle against the Exocet, amphibious assault operations, Special Forces activity, the weapons and equipment used on both sides and the crucial role of battlefield medical services in saving the lives of wounded personnel. There are also sections on the famous ‘Black Buck’ raids and on air-to-air combat. McNab said: “The first ‘Black Buck’ raid of May 1, 1982, was arguably the most high-profile British air operation of the Falklands

THE BLACK BUCK STOPS HERE: The view through the rear periscope of a Victor air-toair tanker as it refuels a Vulcan bomber over the South Atlantic PHOTO: AIR HISTORICAL BRANCH (RAF)

JOB DONE: Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher examines a minefield at Rookery Bay beach, Falkland Islands, in January 1983. PHOTO: PA

War, albeit one subsequently dogged with no small measure of controversy and critique. “The mission proposition was ostensibly simple – RAF Vulcans would mount a longrange bombing raid against BAM Malvinas (Miliatry Air Base) at

VULCAN XM607: Touching down at Wideawake airfield on May 1, 1982, 16 hours and two minutes after delivering its attack on the airfield at Port Stanley PHOTO: DEFENCE PICTURE LIBRARY

Port Stanley, damaging the runway to such an extent that it would be unable to host any advanced jet aircraft, or expand its existing contingent of air assets. “There were some question marks over the operation at the outset. The first was the state of the Vulcan fleet at this time.” McNab added: “In the air British Sea Harriers engaged Argentine Air Force jets in low-level dogfighting, while at sea the Navy fought its own intensive battles against anti-ship bombing runs and Exocet strikes. Isolated at the end of their extreme journey down south, the British armed services fought a regular war very much on its own, without the enfolding support of a large coalition.” He said: “Whether the Falklands conflict was ‘the last infantry war’ is open to debate. What is not open to discussion is that, for the British, it was a war they began with highly uncertain outcomes.”

SOLE SURVIVOR: ZA718 ‘Bravo November’ was the only Chinook to operate in the Falklands after the rest were lost when Atlantic Conveyor was sunk PHOTO: DEFENCE PICTURE LIBRARY

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The Angel of Afghanistan Tracey Allen SQN LDR Harmony Slade will never forget the first time she came under fire. The RAF nurse was part of a Medical Emergency Response Team on board a Chinook facing down the Taliban in Afghanistan at the end of 2013. The team braved enemy fire and a rocket attack to save the life of a US marine seriously injured after his unit was pinned down in a Taliban ambush. Immediately after flying the injured man to Camp Bastion, the Chinook returned to the scene to rescue two Afghan women and two children caught in crossfire. The aircraft was piloted by Maj Laura Nicholson, who became only the second woman in military history to be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, for launching two successive rescue missions under heavy fire. Sqn Ldr Slade, then a Flt Lt, said: “We were drawing down from Afghanistan and had been out to one mission already that morning, then pretty much got retasked to go back almost to the same location. “The first time we went out the RAF Regiment guys had let off rounds when they were on the ground before which is quite unusual. “The plan was to debrief and we got retasked from the helipad outside the hospital to another job. “We landed, loaded four casualties [the two women and children] and as we lifted and flew away we were contacted by small arms fire which we could hear from the back of the aircraft – you could hear the cracks. “The front crewman started firing off a minigun and it took me a while to realise what that was because I had never heard it before. “I heard him on the radio say ‘I’ve been shot’. I was working with the doctor at the top end of the aircraft with the Afghan lady who was shot in the head. I told the doctor I was going to go forward and assess the crewman. “Thankfully he hadn’t been shot but at that point I didn’t yet know that. She added: “I was trying to get his body armour off and asked him ‘where are you hurt?’. He pointed to his leg. I said ‘is that it?’, he said ‘yes’ and I replied ‘you’re alright, carry on.’ The rounds had come

up exactly where he was standing and he took some secondary fragmentation into his leg. At the same point the aircraft banked a bit and he fell backwards so I can’t really blame him at all for thinking he’d been shot.” “When we landed and they were debriefing us even the non-smokers had a cigarette. At that point when I was asked ‘do we need to write your team up for anything’? I said ‘no, they were just doing their job’, they would have been aware that the minigun was going off but they carried on. That’s probably one of my regrets but just because you get shot at in Afghanistan doesn’t mean you merit being written up for a gallantry award.” Sqn Ldr Slade explained that, when you’re in the thick of it, you don’t have time to feel fear. She said: “We always talk about ‘clinical blinkers’ – it’s good and bad – because it sometimes means you can lose your sensational awareness of what’s going on and often that’s what has happened when I was treating casualties. It was possible for the aircraft to land and for you not to realise that you had actually landed. “That sounds like a bonkers thing to say, but there were situations where the landing was so soft and so gentle. “Afterwards we all realised that was a near miss and from that perspective you start to think about your own mortality. “I will always be thankful to Laura for getting us back safely. She was very pragmatic about it.” Sqn Ldr Slade, a member of Princess Mary’s RAF Nursing Service, served three tours of Afghanistan and received the Operational Service Medal. In the 2018 New Year’s Honours list she was awarded the Chief of the General Staff ’s Commendation for her work in Africa in support of BATUK (British Army Training Unit Kenya). She is currently studying to be a clinical practitioner at Keele University and Royal Stoke University Hospital. HEROINES: Pilot Maj Laura Nicholson, left, who later received the DFC for her bravery in Afghanistan. Right and inset, above, Sqn Ldr Harmony Slade, a member of Princess Mary’s RAF Nursing Services, on duty

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WWII Spitfire pilot Mary Ellis


ARY ELLIS, who has died aged 101, was one of 166 female ATA pilots, affectionately known as ‘Ata Girls’ because of their adventurous spirit and courage. She was one of the last surviving women pilots who flew during World War II. She was only eight years old when the Sir Alan Cobham Flying Circus visited her local area and she persuaded her father to allow her to make her first flight in an Avro 504. She became hooked on flying and was allowed to skip hockey sessions at school to take flying lessons. She gained her flying licence and built up her experience giving pleasure flights. When the ATA was opened up to women pilots in 1940, Mary was well qualified and, after hearing an advertisement on the BBC, she applied and was accepted. She joined in October 1941. Initially flying light aircraft, she soon graduated to the Hurricane and the Spitfire. Based at the all-female ATA pool at Hamble she made her first flight in the Spitfire. Years later she recalled, ‘as I taxied to the runway, it took only a few seconds for me to feel completely at home in this beautiful aircraft... I breathed deeply and closed the canopy over my head. I saw my blonde curls faintly reflected in its Perspex ... I was already in heaven before I’d taken off... I was in the cockpit of a thoroughbred... “ She went on to deliver 400 of the iconic fighters. “They truly are beautiful aircraft and have to be the most beautiful ever designed. A lady’s aircraft? Yes, no doubt.” Mary described her work as “exhilarating and sometimes very dangerous” and she had her fair share of

PIONEER: Mary Ellis pictured on a visit to 10 Downing Street in 2008, above right, she took to the air in a Spitfire again to celebrate her 100th birthday. PHOTO: Andy R Annable

difficult moments. Flying over Bournemouth she came under ‘friendly fire’ and on another occasion when landing in very poor visibility she almost collided with another Spitfire landing in the opposite direction. Using just a brief printed pre-flight checklist, the ATA pilots could be allocated a variety of aircraft to fly, often without previous experience of the type.

Mary graduated to Wellington bombers. On one occasion, the small, slim Mary arrived at an RAF airfield having delivered a Wellington to an airfield in East Anglia. As she climbed out of the aircraft the RAF controller approached her and asked to see the pilot, ‘I am the pilot’ she replied. Unconvinced, he searched the aircraft before realising she had flown the bomber by herself. By the end of the

war, Mary had been promoted to first officer and had flown almost 1,000 aircraft and 76 different types. With all ATA pilots, men and women, flying the same aircraft and facing the same risks, Sir Stafford Cripps arranged that the female pilots should receive equal pay with their male colleagues and they rightly considered themselves as the pioneers of sex equality. Mary commented, “I suppose we were changing things”. Mary was one of six remaining women serving in the ATA when it was disbanded at the end of 1945. For a brief period she was seconded to the RAF and was chosen as one of only three women to take the controls of the new Meteor jet fighter. In 1950 she moved to the Isle of Wight and lived on the edge of Sandown airport where she became Europe’s first female airport managing director, a post she held for almost 20 years. Away from the airport, she indulged a love of fast cars, entering and winning sports car rallies, and she ran a fashion boutique. Later in life, Mary and her few remaining ‘Spitfire Girls,’ became celebrities and were in much demand to attend air shows and commemorative events.

Their wartime role was largely overlooked until the then Prime Minister Gordon Brown was persuaded to honour them with a commemorative badge in 2008. To celebrate her 100th birthday Mary once again flew in a Spitfire. Taking off from Goodwood in a two-seat version, she took control of the aircraft for some 15 minutes, an experience she described as ‘wizard’. Early in 2016 a plaque dedicated to Mary and another Oxfordshire ATA pilot, Molly Rose, who had died in 2016, was installed at RAF Brize Norton. She and her fellow ATA pilot and friend Joy Lofthouse, who died in November 2017, were later honoured in front of the Royal Family at the annual Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall. Earlier this year Mary was given the Freedom of the Isle of Wight and described “national, international and island heroine’. In 2016 her memoir A Spitfire Girl was published. She remained a vivacious and energetic lady until the end of her life. Shortly before her death she attended the London premiere of the film Spitfire where she received a standing ovation after the screening.

Mosquito Pathfinder Sqn Ldr Tony Farrell


QUADRON LEADER Tony Farrell, who has died aged 100, flew Mosquitos with Bomber Command’s Pathfinder Force and was awarded the DFC. In civilian life he was a flying instructor and amassed over 16,000 flying hours. Passionate about flying, he started lessons in 1936 and had accumulated almost 200 hours before joining the RAF in 1940 to train as a pilot. He excelled and was appointed to be an instructor. Over the next three years he taught pilots to fly and later commanded No. 1 Blind Approach School teaching pilots to fly on instruments and make precision approaches to airfields. By March 1944 he had accumulated 2,600 flying hours and been awarded the AFC. He left to convert to the Mosquito before joining 105 Squadron, one of two squadrons equipped with the new radar bombing aid named ‘Oboe’. This allowed the Mosquito crew to ‘mark’ the target with flares, which the main bomber force used as aiming

points. Farrell joined No. 105 during the Normandy campaign and he attacked the V-1 sites in the Pas de Calais and the road and rail networks in northern France to hinder the movement of German reinforcements to the battle area. The Channel ports of Le Havre and

Calais were crucial for the re-supply of the advancing Allied armies but they were heavily defended. Farrell attacked them a number of times when he ‘marked’ them for the follow-up bomber force. During the late months of 1944, Bomber Command resumed its campaign against industrial cities, in particular the German oil installations and Farrell marked many of them with Oboe. At the end of October he marked the gun batteries on Walcheren Island. The raid was a success and allowed Allied shipping to reach the key port of Antwerp. Following the surprise German offensive in the Ardennes in December 1944, Farrell flew operations to support the ground forces but bad weather hindered the Allied bomber operations. On Christmas Eve he took off in fog and found his way to the target but it was obscured. On return, his airfield was still covered in fog and he had difficulty finding an alternative airfield where he could land. On Boxing Day he was one of only

three aircraft to find and bomb German armour massed at St Vith. Fog again prevented him landing at his base and he headed for Gravely near Cambridge, one of the few airfields equipped with the fog dispersing aid FIDO. In a private memoir he described the event, ‘it was fantastically surreal coming down on to the runway with smoke and flames on each side and the roar of the burners audible over the sound of the engines’. Farrell continued to attack targets in Germany. His longest operation was a daylight attack on April 25, 1945 when Hitler’s ‘Eagle’s Nest’ at Berchtesgaden in Bavaria was the target. He flew one of eight ‘Oboe’ Mosquitos tasked to mark the target. As the war drew to a close, a large pocket of Western Holland was still occupied and the Dutch population was approaching starvation. On April 29, Bomber Command launched Operation Manna. Farrell and his colleagues marked selected areas and heavy bombers dropped food and aid. Farrell flew four sorties marking airfields and racecourses.

On his final sortie on May 8, he descended to low level. He recorded in his logbook ‘it was so moving a scene watching the hungry but jubilant Dutch swarming into the dropping zone and waving like mad’. Farrell left No. 105 Squadron in August having flown 80 operations and he was awarded the DFC for his ‘outstanding courage and determination’. After the war, Farrell embarked on a long career as a flying instructor, initially at an RAF Reserve School before joining Arthur Marshall’s aviation company in Cambridge. In addition to instructing he flew many charter flights for the company. In October 1949, Farrell began a period of 11 years with Air Service Training at Hamble before moving to the College of Air Training. He spent 12 years teaching future BOAC and BEA pilots. He finally retired as a flying instructor in 1981. Aged 97 he took the controls of a Cessna and landed unaided. On his 100th birthday he was made a Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur.

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Aces high at champs Service climbers build for future after battle royale

HOLD TIGHT: Above and below right, Flt Lt Dan Heath shows his skills during a tough IS event, right, a RAF teammate supports a climber from the ground PHOTOS: SAC NATHAN EDWARDS, RAF VALLEY

Staff Reporter Rock UK Summit Centre IT PROVED to be a tough day at the top for the Service’s indoor climbers as they struggled to topple the Army at the recent Inter-Services at Rock UK Summit Centre, North Wales. A 20-strong team, sporting new tops emblazoned with Royal British Legion poppies, could only force one top spot plus a third in the junior men’s event and second in the women’s. SAC Louis Greenwood took third in the junior men’s discipline, while Capt Anna Duckett secured an impressive second in the women’s. The Army stranglehold was almost complete but RAF climbing

team manager Sgt Paul Easton, one of the more experienced climbers in a team that was made up of new and old athletes, said: “The event was certainly competitive, but there was also room to develop teamwork to try to figure out how to complete challenging routes to the top of the wall lead climbing. “In the discipline of lead climbing you clip into the wall as you go up, this means there is the potential likelihood of having a big fall. Therefore, it is not only a physical challenge, but a mental one.” Flt Lt Dan Heath, RAF team manager, who took first place in the male category, said: “The support that the RBL have given us means that we can do a lot more training so we’ve had bespoke training from the country’s best rock climbers

Steve McClure and Tom Randall. “We have also had scientific performance assessments on our weaknesses, higlighting where we should improve. This is brilliant for everyone involved. And we’ve got this amazing team kit to compete in as well. “So, we were here representing the Air Force and we are also proudly representing RBL climbing, and making great strides for our future as an association as well.” Coming up next on the Indoor Climbing calendar is the monthly Armed Forces Bouldering League starting in September, which provides an opportunity for all levels of climbers to get involved. For more information follow: @ RAFMountaineer on social media or contact: RAFMA.Publicity@

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Duke is set to trial future Continued from page 35:

“These selections reflect well on the association’s focus on grass-roots development. The team’s performance was in front of the newly appointed English Karate Federation president who was impressed by the attitude and commitment of the competitors. “As a result of the continued hard work this year will now see a

The head-to-head competitions saw Wg Cdr Jason Parr, score a notable victory over Cpl Steve Davies, the RAF’s most experienced Inter-Service player, that would lead him to winning his league and qualifying for the quarter finals. Parr’s achievement was surpassed by Cpl Brian McEwan who defeated the current RAF stroke play champion SAC John Blanks that again led to Cpl McEwan winning his league. Joining the two of them in the quarters were Flt Lts Ben Spoor and Mike Bown, Chf Tech Mark Rushforth, Cpls Aaron Ashberry and Sam Tanner and SAC Lewis Ainsworth. In the ladies’ competition, FSs Claire Protheroe

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record number of RAF competitors selected to represent UK Armed Forces at a national competition.” On the matts the karate contingent put in an outstanding performance, winning gold medals in 10 of the 11 events entered. Both Junior and Senior team kata and kumite (sparring) events were won, along with the female team kumite winning gold, which was taken for the first time.

THE ACTION at the Match Play golf championships at Enville Golf Club was as hot as the weather as player’s tussled for Inter-Services selection spots. The superb course helped produce some nail-biting action, as the association looks to win back both the Inter-Services title from the Army. The competition started with a league system as the 32 male competitors were put into eight leagues, and the eight female players divided into two.

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and Izzy Stone, Sgt Justine Stringer and current ladies captain Beth Shippin qualified for the semifinals. Spoor, Rushforth, Ashberry and Tanner secured semi-final berths, before Tanner and Spoor set up a final clash. In the ladies’ event Stone defeated Shippin and Protheroe beat String, with Stone prevailing 4 & 2. A classic clash in the Men’s final went down to a sudden death playoff, where Spoor, having fought back from four down, lost the title to Tanner. In the Plate, Davies, in his last service match beat Nickless in their close fought match - 2 & 1.

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POWER AGE: Above, Superb bike control and riding saw Dixon maintian two top four finishes, despite front tyre issues, below right, a dejected Weaving


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Impressive back-to-back finishes help RAF team Staff Reporter Brands Hatch A BRACE of fourth place finishes saw Jake Dixon maintain his strong run of form in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch to maintain his second place overall in the title standings. The team was without second rider Jordan Weaving who announced on his social media account his withdrawal from racing for the foreseeable future just days before the Brands meet. Weaving, who sat 20th in the Pirelli National Superstock 100 championship after four rounds, cited ‘a lack of personal funding’, but Dixon made up for any team setbacks with some blistering runs. Having secured third on the grid, a flying second in the morning warm-up further cemented Dixon’s position as a race favourite,. The RAF rider was struck by a sluggish start that saw him back in sixth place at the end of the first lap and a lap later this had become

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TARMAC AT THEM: Above, Sqn Ldr Victoria Webb, left, and Cpl David Thompson, above right, eventual winners of the Support and women’s race, above right, Flt Lt Duncan Walkey leads the riders into the final climb during a canny end to the men’s race, inste, Morley raises his arms aloft in victory PHOTOS: IAN FORSHAW

Riders master Minster task Staff Reporter RAF Shawbury A TANTALISING open road contest decided the RAF road race championships on a testing course near Shawbury. The 9.8-mile loop, known as the Minsterley Circuit, Shropshire, near RAF Shawbury, was run under the guidance of British Cycling Commissaires, National Escort Group Motorcycles and British

Cycling Accredited Marshals, featured numerous technical challenges, from narrow lanes to punchy climbs. The supporting men’s race kicked off the action taking in 5.5 laps, while the women’s was over 3.5 laps. A frantic start calmed quickly as riders prepared to save themselves for the final climbs and the potentially dangerous, but pulseraising, bunch sprint. Jostling for position at the base

of the final climb it was Cpl David Thompson who sprinted clear of the bunch to cross the line first, ahead of FS Miles Ogden in second and Fg Off Joe Spencer in third. A reduced field in the women’s race saw it run alongside the support race, with Sqn Ldr Victoria Webb managing to stay with the front group, finishing ninth overall and regaining her women’s championship title. In the battle for second, Flt Lt Victoria Williams pipped SAC Lucy Cotman who had to settle for third. Closing out the action was the men’s road race with a field of 22 riders seeing Flt Lt Will Mason produce an early break away. Cpl Dan Watts and eventual winner SAC Ryan Morley were the first to jump away triggering an immediate chase. A group of seven

riders quickly formed with Sqn Ldr Jon Gates, Flt Lt Rob Willcocks, Sgt Dan Lewis, Cpl Steve Young and SAC Ian Lee joining. They quickly built a lead over the chasing pack and it was clear that the eventual winner would come from the break. A series of minor attacks failed to produce a telling lead, meaning by the end of lap four the break remained together. Last year’s winner, Morley, attacked decisively at the start of the penultimate lap and quickly built a substantial lead. Watts’ efforts to bridge across came to nothing when he too was reeled in. As Morley soloed to victory, the remaining six riders lined up for a sprint, Cpl Young taking it ahead of

SAC Ian Lee. The Veteran’s title went to Gates, narrowly outsprinting Lewis to the line.

tonight, plus some who were A-Grade players who have stepped up well. So, all in all we are very happy with the way things have gone.” A sluggish start by the visitors to the Twist Lane ground saw the military side go behind to a break away try, but they found their mojo in the 10th minute after a blistering break from SAC Connal Barningham and SAC(T) Liam Bradley, with Bradley scoring. Sgt Si Wray added the extras, the old lag was then on hand after 25 minutes to kick clear following some good

Leigh pressure. A try through a crowd of players in the 28th minute with Wray once again slotting the extras put the RAF six points clear, but a scrappy unconverted try just before the break, with a great tackle from SAC(T) Adam Flintham forced a high kick from Leigh, which nearly sparked a brilliant counter attack, but Wray could just not find Flintham on the touchline. A speedy start produced a close chance for the visitor from match captain Sgt James Hutchinson almost made a score, then on 46 minutes he wasn’t to be denied

setting up L/Cpl Sam Breeze, before SAC Juite Tupua dashed over for 18-10. SAC Ben Mellor entered the play like a wrecking ball and duly got on the score sheet after 25 minutes. Leigh secured another unconverted try, but a further try from Breeze – again set up by Hutchinson – made it 30-18 and a late try was not enough to create a levelling score as the RAF superbly killed the game off with play in the Leigh half. Follow RAF rugby league on Twitter @RAFRugbyleague.


RAF dig up Miners SPEAKING AFTER his side’s impressive 30-24 win over Leigh Miners RAF Rugby League head coach FS Garry Dunn said: “We are building towards September and we had a good training camp alongside the A-grade lads, so it’s all going well. “We asked the guys to play a certain way for certain periods of the matches, so we had a good solid

first half, they started well and we came back into it. “We challenged them to play in various ways for periods, which they did, and could have had a few scores, we challenged them to produce three low risk plays. The crowd might not get what is going on, but for us it keeps us more flexible. “We had four debutants playing

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Hall becomes a flying Fin STAFF REPORTER HQ Air Command JUNIOR WORLD Rally Championship (JWRC) co-driver SAC Phil Hall secured his best ever result in the series when he guided fellow Briton Tom Williams to sixth overall at the legendary Neste Rally Finland. Competing against 13 other drivers in identical M-Sport Ford Fiesta R2T’,’ Hall, 29, from Mansfield used his previous experience of World Championship events to better his previous-best seventh place at Vodafone Rally de Portugal in May. He picks up a valuable eight points for the impressive result as the season heads towards its climax in Turkey in September. Hall said: “It’s been a textbook rally for us and I’m delighted to have taken my best ever JWRC result at such an iconic event as Rally Finland. “The rally is one of the most infamous on the World tour with fast stages, huge jumps and blind crests that have beaten many more experienced crews over the years. “For the Junior crews taking part in the series the 1000 Lakes, as it’s

known is definitely a make or break event.” In searing heat the dusty stages took their toll on cars, tyres and crews. In a test of fitness inside the car, Hall worked hard to ensure Williams could push the car up the leaderboard and inside the top 10 after the first loop of stages. After 128km of special stage action on the opening day, Hall used his experience to guarantee Williams knew when to push and when to back off, ending the leg in ninth. Despite the characteristics of the stages changing for day two, their speed did not diminish and by the end of the second day, sixth place would be the reward for their strategy over the high-speed jumps. The final day saw a combination of wide gravel roads, narrow technical sections and the familiar jumps of the event. Hall retained his composure in the car to ensure the duo crossed the finish ramp in a career-best sixth place. AIR APPARENT: Right, Hall get things off the ground at the Rally of Finland PHOTO: M-Sport/JWRC


Pole position for Pollard TRIATHLETE SAC Luke Pollard was another step closer to history as he secured a fourth Inter-Service title in a row, as the Service secured a second place overall in triathlon at Cotswold Park. Pollard, bottom right, was first out of the water, first home from the bike and first over the finish line – in one hour, 52 minutes and 26 seconds and is now just one win away from equalling the win record held by Army athlete Major Charlie Pennington. Pollard said: “It’s just as good as the first time and it’s always an enjoyable race. Pennington is an incredible inspiration to not only myself, but everyone else.”

Competitors swam through 1.5 km of open water, cycled 41km of tricky terrain and finished the course with a 10km run. The high temperatures provided additional challenges. The event celebrated its 30th anniversary and to commemorate the milestone veterans participated in a Legends class, which the RAF won in the women’s event. In addition, guest teams from the Police and Prison Service also competed. Flt Lt Ben Terry, below, came in third in the men’s section, making his debut podium bow, while Flt Lt Sam Rose, above right, came in third.

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PIN DOWN: Action from the BJJ competition at Cranwell PHOTO: Gordy Elias

Action galore at Cranwell with martial arts golden displays Staff Reporter RAF Cranwell IT WAS medals galore and title action for the martial arts association as they produced a series of glittering displays at the Inter-Services championships at RAF Cranwell. More than 20 medals were

brought home after a day of hard work and great reward. In Brazilian Jujitsu (BJJ) the action was kickstarted by Sgt Ryan David who took double gold in the purple belt middle heavy division with a series of clinical displays, securing second overall. A healthy crowd of spectators were provided with a masterclass from the association’s elite athlete

Fg Off Jon Mafflin, who took four golds in the brown belt division, a brace in the middleweight (Gi and No Gi) class and two in the absolute weight class (Gi and No Gi). The taekwondo stars boasted total dominance in the men’s black belt sparing, as SAC Brennen Page and Officer Cadet Kyus Martin made it an all RAF final. A brilliant clash, which was

the perfect end to a tough day of competition, saw Page come out on top to take gold. SAC(T) Adam Stanton took another black belt sparing medal along with gold in the black belt team patterns and a silver in the black belt individual patterns. RAF Karate team captain SAC Jon McGoria said: “Since I took over the captaincy, I have witnessed the

squad make remarkable progress in recent years, competing well against elite Army athletes, some of which are current world champions. “This result exceeded all expectations of a relatively inexperienced RAF squad. “At this event we had a number of our members competing for the first time.” Continued on page 30

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