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RAF superdad Ben beats odds of four million to one to win family lottery RAF AIRCRAFT engineer Cpl Ben Sullivan and his wife Zoe beat incredible odds by having two sets of twin daughters born on the same day eight years apart. And the 42-year-old proud dad of nine has revealed Zoe is due to give birth to their tenth child later this year. Lossiemouth based Ben said: “This is better than being a lottery winner.” ● See pages 4-5 for the full story

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Staff Reporter RAF Tornados destroyed a convoy of seven armoured trucks west of Mosul as Iraqi forces continue to force Daesh fighters from their remaining positions in the city. The vehicles were tracked by reconnaissance aircraft and destroyed with a salvo of Brimstone and Paveway weapons in two separate strikes as they manoeuvred onto a stretch of road. A pair of vehicles were destroyed moving across the desert. Five more stationary vehicles were obliterated in a second attack on a stretch of road 25 miles south west of Tall Afar. Iraqi Forces liberated the Eastern area of the city last month and seized control of Mosul airport

on target: Above, Tornado hones in as armoured trucks break cover, below, moments later both vehicles are obliterated PHOTOS: MOD

in a recent operation. Iraqi troops are currently moving into the more densely populated areas of West Mosul, supported by RAF Reapers targeting enemy positions and tracking Daesh movements through the area’s network of narrow streets. In a recent strike a Reaper unleashed a Hellfire missile and GBU-12 guided bomb to obliterate a Daesh sniper position preparing to open fire on advancing Iraqi troops.

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Choir musical tribute to Corrie as search continues A Military Wives Choir have dedicated their version of a song from the classic musical Les Miserables to missing airman Corrie McKeague and his family. The Cranwell-based singers (pictured far right) have included the poignant ‘Bring Him Home’ into their repertoire as the search for RAF Gunner Corrie (right) enters its sixth month. The airman went missing in September last year after a night out in Bury St Edmunds, close to RAF Honington where he is serving

with the RAF Regiment. The 30-strong choir posted a video of one of their performances of the song on YouTube which has had more than 30,000 hits.

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Corrie’s mother Nicola Urquhart contacted the choir to thank them for their touching tribute as she continues to call for witnesses to come forward. Choir chairwoman Lauren Hart

said: “A lot of our choir members are military mothers and Corrie’s disappearance really hit home with us. We wanted Nicola, his mother, to know that we were thinking of her and the family. “Whenever we perform the song we dedicate it to Corrie and his family to make sure people don’t forget what they are all going through. “Whatever the outcome we want them to know that they are in our thoughts. Nicola has been in touch to express her thanks. Police hunting for the 23-year old Serviceman are set to search a massive landfill site close to where his mobile phone was last tracked in the hours after he disappeared.

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Fraser follows in footsteps of Birdman Ward

BIRDMAN: Plt Off Harry Ward

When wingsuit flyer Fraser Corsan attempts to break four world records in May he will be following in the footsteps of pioneering parachutist Sqn Ldr Harry Ward. Former skydiver Fraser is aiming to raise £1million for Forces charity SSAFA by beating the current WINGING IT: Harry Ward practising wingsuit flying distance, speed, flight duration and altitude records. biplanes. Malcolm said: “Harry had a suit He will be wearing a hightech wingsuit that bears some made with hinged wings that he resemblance to the suit worn by could use to slow his fall and give ‘birdman’ Ward in the 1930s, and the impression of flying. He made who later helped set up the RAF’s his first jump with this rig in 1936 and used it for the remainder of his Royal Air Force News Friday, February 24, 2017 P17 first parachute training school. Sqn Ldr Ward’s son Malcolm, time as a circus parachutist.” He included a release mechanism a retired RAF Wg Cdr, said: “I News would have been in the rig, which allowed him to think my father CHARITY STUNT delighted to see the technology jettison his wings before pulling he and his contemporaries started the ripcord, thus reducing the risk of snagging his parachute. being put to good use. The popularity of air circuses “He died, aged 97, in July 2000, shortly before the modern declined and Harry rejoined the generation of wingsuit flyers took RAF in 1939. He was asked to to the air. I am sure he would have help form the Parachute Training School at RAF Ringway, now wished them well.” Manchester Airport. Harry Ward joined the Malcolm said: “A lot Air Force in 1921 and of the work he and his trained as a parachute contemporaries did packer at RAF at Ringway, in terms Northolt. of making parachute He made his training safer, was first descent from a groundbreaking at the Vickers Vimy biplane time.” bomber and later took Harry was awarded the place in the RAF’s the Air Force Cross demonstration team in 1942 for services to of Corporal Arthur parachute training. He East who had been killed making a jump. CORSAN: Record bid left the RAF in 1945 – his last post was at 38 Group’s Malcolm said: “My HQ at Netheravon. father was a brave man. There Malcolm said: “My father was was, by modern standards, a great deal of danger to parachuting in inspirational, he was the first of my family to join the those daysTracey – they between a the armsmember and legs. Allen did not carry Their design gives humans the RAFthe airand reserve chute. ” SUPERMAN Fraser ability WINGSUIT to glide through like since then every male is attempting to break four flying squirrels. to records support his family Unable Corsan world in a gravity-defying Fraser said: “Imember started with my of the Ward family has challenge – and raise £1 million first sky diving jump in 1996, then served with the Air Force – six of on an airman’s pay, Harrythe left for Armed Forces charity SSAFA. first commercially available The 42-year-old will travel to wingsuit came out in 2001. Since us in ” the RAF in 1929 and became the USA and Canada in May for then I’vea never looked ” ‘Project Cirrus’, aiming to break the In preparation for his two world London bus driver. Herecord was wingsuit flying distance of asked record attempt jumps Harry he is getting went on to work for the miles, speed record of 234mph, up to peak fitness with intense NAAFI, to make a19flight parachute the duration recordjump of 9.06 at muscle and cardio training sessions. running Officers’ Clubs minutes and altitude record of will be visiting schools before in toItaly, opening ceremony of the andHebus 37,256ft. after the attempts talk aboutGreece and Germany. He The daring sportsman, who his extreme challenge and its STEM returned company’s works flying and was(Science, veryTechnology, as a club flight safety advisor Engineeringto the UK in 1951 and ran for Fujitsu Defence, said: “I have and Maths) – related aspects. hotelsjumper and pubs. Malcolm added: soon making more money from worked my entire career in defence The highly experienced across the Services, particularly has made 2500 jumps to date, wingsuit flyers are actually parachuting busanddriving. withthan the Air Force, I have seen including 1300 in“Today’s a wingsuit. the fantastic commitment the RAF He said: “This is going to be a whereas my dad and his theof UKpopular He joined makes in terms and global testingair challengeflying both physically and mentally in my bid to make circuses ofoperations. the 1930s, including “The Service is very close to my wingsuit history. contemporaries were ‘falling with and what I particularly like An average wingsuit flight, from style’ .”last for pioneeringheart aviator Sir Alan about SSAFA is that they support an altitude of 14,000ft, can families as well as serving and six to seven miles, taking around n To support Fraser Corsan’s Cobham’s famous flying circus,threeand former personnel. to four minutes. “Doing this for SSAFA is like a Fraser is aiming to jump from fundraising attempts go to: toured the debt country, thrilling of honour, being able to givecrowds 42,000ft in temperatures of up something back.” to minus 60 degrees Celsius with INJURED FORCES veterans House in Hampshire. and teamwork. WO Darren Cole with his death-defying jumps from His employer is supporting the winds of up to 200mph and fly for test out their skills on the dog The event gives personnel on said: “It is designed as a boost to the

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CHALLENGE: Fraser Corsan, left, and pictured in action on a wingsuit flight

ABOVE: Ben, Zoe and both sets of twins BELOW: All nine Sullivan children

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So that’s what they mean by ‘The RAF Family’

Wife defies odds of 4.5 million to one to have two sets of twin girls on the same date Tracey Allen Air Command RAF superdad Cpl Ben Sullivan and his wife Zoe are celebrating beating incredible odds… having a second set of twin daughters born on the same date as their first twin girls. It’s believed the chances of having twins born on the same date to the same couple is a staggering one in 4.5 million. Born eight years apart on January 25, twins Erin, Leah, Charlotte and Isabelle have beaten odds higher than winning the lottery. Ben, 42, an aircraft engineer based at RAF Lossiemouth – a dad-of-nine, soon to be 10 – said: “This is better than being a lottery-winner, although a lottery win would be very helpful.” Charlotte and Isabelle are now nine and Erin and Leah have just turned one. The younger twins were born 10 weeks prematurely. Ben said: “Zoe had complications last year and was taken to hospital, where she had an emergency C-section. So now all the twins have the same birth date.”

He added: “Charlotte and Isabelle love it that they share their birthday with Leah and Erin. The other girls say they wish they could have had a baby born on their birthdays as well.” The Sullivans’ other children are Lizzie, 11, Olivia, 10, Noah, seven, Evangeline, five and Toby, four. Full-time mum Zoe, 38, is due to give birth to the couple’s tenth child in June.

We have to be well organised, we have a routine and have to be on top of it

Ben said: “I am the eldest of five and Zoe has a brother who is much older than her, so she didn’t have siblings around her when she was growing up. We both wanted a big family.” He added: “We have to be well organised, we have a routine and have to be on top of it, especially as both sets of grandparents are quite far away.” Ben and Zoe are both from Cornwall: Ben’s parents still live there and Zoe’s are moving back there from France. Ben said: “Lossiemouth is home now. I have been in the RAF for 21 years and moved around a lot. We’ve been here for four years and love it – we’re not moving again.”

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Atlas stretches RAF reach Down Under

RAF Crews launched a 13,000mile mission to showcase the Atlas A400M transporter in New Zealand and Australia. Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier joined 70 Sqn crews at the Ohakea Air base in New Zealand as the RAF aircraft made its debut performance at the country’s biggest air show. The visit coincides with the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s 80th anniversary celebrations, as the RNZAF looks to replace its fleet of Hercules C-130 aircraft with the Atlas, which entered service with the RAF in 2011. Air Chief Marshal Hillier said: “It’s a fantastic capability for the RAF, showing our ability to deploy all the way from the UK to the other side of the world. “It underlines the RAF’s global mobility capability in support of operations wherever they might be. “Atlas boasts cutting-edge technology combined with the 

OHAKEA AIR BASE: CAS Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier (left) talks to Wg Cdr Simon Boyle

ability to move outsized loads vast distances. It is a formidable strategic

and tactical air lift platform.” Capable of carrying a 25 tonne

load over 2000 nautical miles, Atlas can operate at low level or up to 40,000ft. It is designed to land on dirt strip and semi-prepared runways and can carry more than 100 fully-equipped paratroopers. Air Vice-Marshal Tony Davies of the RNZAF added: “Our roots are from the RAF. It is meaningful that in our 80th year the Royal Air Force are first and foremost the main guests at our own party. “The Atlas has great range and payload capability. I am really envious that the RAF has them.” The RAF currently operates 14 Atlas A400Ms from a total order of 22 aircraft, based at Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. 70 Sqn Commanding Officer Wg Cdr Simon Boyle said: “We are proud to be part of the commemorations in New Zealand. Our presence builds on a long-standing partnership and friendship between our respective air forces.”

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Cpl Gareth Hughes RAF Police

FS Joe Ainsworth Loadmaster

My role is essential to keep the aircraft flying as we route around the world. The trickiest thing we had to deal with was the weather, going from freezing conditions in Iceland, to torrential rain in the US, to extreme heat in Australia

We have a team of six Air Transport Security Guards; it’s been a particularly challenging trip organising Force Protection over four continents and many different airfields – airfields we’ve never been to before. We had to liaise with their civilian and military staff and ensure the aircraft was secure at all times. It’s been hard work but enjoyable as we got to work in many new countries

Flt Lt Mark Parker A400M Captain, 70 Sqn

We have five pilots on this global route, which has provided excellent training value, stopping at 16 different locations all around the world including areas that many of us have never seen before, for example the Pacific region. It has been a very productive deployment – we’ve conducted many Defence engagement activities as well as supported New Zealand celebrating their Air Force’s 80th anniversary

This has been a very interesting deployment – I’ve been to places around the world that I never thought I would ever see and then liaised with their handling agencies. I’ve had to do my primary job as a loadmaster – moving freight and passengers across continents – and also liaise with members of the public at the airshows in New Zealand and Australia. Throughout, there has been much interest in the RAF and the A400M Atlas

Sqn Ldr Rich McFadden Flt Cdr, 70 Sqn

I’ve been a captain for a little over a year, but this is the first time that I’ve flown a lengthy strategic deployment. To fly an aircraft all around the world is a significant step forward for all of us. We routed through Iceland, North America, across the Pacific and into New Zealand and then back via SE Asia, the Indian Ocean, Middle East and then home

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Around the world with 70 Squadron What are the challenges involved in bringing the A400M to Australia and New Zealand? “It takes a lot of planning and preparation, not just in terms of what the aircrew need to do, but also in terms of engineering requirements to ensure the aircraft performs as advertised. It is a great opportunity to encourage our aircrew to fly in unfamiliar airspace, a substantial distance from RAF Brize Norton. Also, it is an opportunity to test our engineering system, supporting the aircraft at range. This was a formal defence task, carrying 17 tonnes of payload to a number of locations in the US – delivering on a defence requirement in support of the UK’s exercise programme overseas. It has been a great opportunity to support our long-standing partnership and friendship with both the Royal Australian Air Force and the Royal New Zealand Air Force.” How has the aircraft performed? “There are no doubts that bringing an A400M into service has been a challenge. What we are demonstrating now, after a difficult 2016, is the true global reach of this aircraft. The 13,000 miles covered so far is testament to that.” What has the reception been like? “The reception has been fantastic, it really demonstrates the closeness of our relationship with the RAAF and the RNZAF. People have been delighted to see us here, they have been engaging throughout.” n Wg Cdr Boyle hands over command of 70 Sqn to Wg Cdr Ed Horne later this month.

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Chiefs seeing red over bureaucracy RAF CHIEFS have pledged to battle with bureaucracy throughout the Air Force at the launch of this year’s Red Tape Challenge. Deputy Commander Operations Air Marshal Stuart Atha and CASWO Warrant Officer Jonathan Crossley made a joint plea to personnel to report pointless policies or procedures that stop them doing their jobs. Air Marshal Atha said: “The important thing about the Red Tape Challenge is that it’s for all of us.

technology drive: UK Astronaut Maj Tim Peake joins project to boost innovation

UK space ace Peake and F1 mogul Dennis enter Defence ‘Dragons Den’ Staff Reporter British astronaut Major Tim Peake and F1 supremo Ron Dennis have been appointed to a Dragon’s Den-style panel to keep UK defence at the cutting edge of military technology. MoD chiefs have pledged £800 million to fund experimental research into the next generation of kit to ensure British forces have the advantage on the battlefield. Former McLaren race team boss Dennis and Britain’s first astronaut will be joined on the new Defence Innovation Panel by Innovate UK boss Ruth McKernan, former government advisor Kristina Murrin and ex GCHQ director Robert Hannigan. Technology and defence firms will be able to pitch their ideas to the Defence Dragons who will use their specialist skills to champion ground-breaking ideas. Maj Peake said: “I am delighted to be part of the MoD’s drive to place innovation at the heart of everything they do and bring my experience to the effort to improve the technology, organisation and culture that keep the UK safe.” Among ideas already being considered are micro-drones using ‘biometric technology’ like the

“Wherever you work in the Air Force, in a cockpit, in an office or in a hangar if there is something that is getting in the way of you doing your business, this is an opportunity for you to challenge it and make a difference.” To prove this, both men, who represent all ranks of the Service, will be taking an active role in looking closely at ideas that are put forward. WO Crossley added: “If someone makes a submission it will be looked at and it will be taken seriously. l To submit your suggestions please go to the Red Tape Challenge website on the Defence Intranet.

Domestic abuse probe launched Dragonfly: Skeeter microdrone design is inspired by flying inspects

combat challenge: Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon welcomes ex McLaren supremo Ron Dennis to the Innovation Panel PHOTO: STEVE LYMPANY

tiny Skeeter, inspired by the flight characteristics of the dragonfly. The MoD has also just agreed £8 million in funding to help design a new generation of unmanned air systems and is already backing a £30 million programme to develop frontline laser weapons which can be fitted to RAF aircraft, military vehicles and Royal Navy ships. Ron Dennis who built McLaren into a world-beating F1 race team added: “There can be nothing

more important than our national security, and I’m enthusiastic to be among the first of those named to this world-class panel. “We have joined the MoD to spearhead their efforts to innovate across the organisation, from technology to culture – challenging the status quo, staying ahead of the curve through change and innovation.” Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon launched the Innovation

Panel at Oxford University this month as leading British boffins showcased some of the projects they hope will help power UK defence into the future. Sir Michael visited the new Centre of Applied Superconductivity, developing quantum technology with industry partners which can be used in a range of sensors. He said: “We want to transform defence and work with small firms, academics and others to find solutions to threats to our security. “This panel of world class innovators will bring their drive and expert insights to the vital task of keeping the UK ahead of our adversaries and boosting our prosperity.”

FORCES WELFARE researchers have launched a probe into domestic violence which they claim can affect more than one in 10 military couples. The Forces in Mind Trust is funding the study which hopes to improve support for those suffering in abusive relationships. According to recent research frontline fighters returning from combat are more likely to commit violent attacks. Dr Emma Williamson, who is leading the study, said: “This project builds on previous research and will result in better signposting of military families to specialist domestic violence provision across the UK. “Working with Women’s Aid, England, this research project is concerned with showcasing existing good practice, and directing those in need to it.”

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Typhoon hits Lightning speed TESTS LINKING the F-35 Lightning and Typhoon communications systems have been completed marking a major milestone for the RAF’s fourth and fifth generation combat aircraft. Trials using the new Airborne Gateway system developed by Northrop Grumman that enabled the aircraft to share data gathered by the F-35’s array of sensors took place in California this month. Technicians transmitted data from the Lightning’s stealthy Multifunction Advanced Data Link to the Typhoon’s Link 16 system, during the two-week test.

NETWORKING: F-35 and Typhoon now linked through Airborne Gateway system

A spokesman said: “Being able to network data between fifth generation and fourth generation fast jets and other battlespace assets in a stealthy manner is critically important to

enabling the Lightning’s full capability. It is an important demonstration of interoperability as the UK moves closer to initial operating capability of the F-35 in 2018.”

To advertise in RAF News please call AVIATION FANS in Lincoln got a sneak preview of the Red Arrows’ latest display as the aerobatic team took to the skies for an airshow season warm-up. This picture was captured by Red 10 Sqn Ldr Mike Ling during the training sortie over the city, close to the Reds’ home station at RAF Scampton. The Red Arrows will fly out to Cyprus later this year to put the finishing touches to their latest routine, expected to be seen by millions of spectators across Europe and Asia this summer.

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How green is our RAF Valley TEAMS FROM RAF Valley launched a litter blitz on their local beach, netting almost a tonne of trash. Station commander Gp Capt Nick Tucker-Lowe said: “It’s been good to take a few hours out together to give the beach an early spring clean.”

Cruise control STORM SHADOW cruise missiles used to obliterate bunkers and reinforced structures are to be upgraded in a £146 million Anglo-French deal with manufacturer MBDA. The weapons which have been used on a number of attacks against Daesh targets in Iraq and Syria will be fitted with improved navigation systems and undergo engine refurbishment to boost performance.

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84 Sqn’s fired up over 100th

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A UNIQUE RAF unit based abroad for its entire service history has celebrated its centenary in Cyprus. Personnel belonging to 84 Squadron marked the event with a parade at RAF Akrotiri. The aircrew of six pilots and seven rear crew members flying three Griffin helicopters form the Service’s only operational Search and Rescue Unit after the RAF disbanded the capability in the UK in March 2016. Since arriving in the Mediterranean in 1972, 84 Sqn has also provided firefighting assistance to the Cypriot authorities – including waging a five-day battle against a Troodos Mountains blaze in June which left two fire fighters dead and 18 square kilometres of forest destroyed. Afterwards, the Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades wrote to the then British Prime Minister David Cameron to explicitly thank 84 Sqn for its support. HEAT IS ON: 84 Sqn Griffin douses flames during summer blaze, Inset above, Air Vice-Marshal Turner takes the salute during centenary parade

Officer Commanding Sqn Ldr Richard Simpson said: “There are not many RAF chiefs who can say that they have had the opportunity to celebrate their unit’s 100th anniversary. “For my squadron to be celebrating a milestone that makes us older than the Royal Air Force itself is very special. “I have a superb squadron, with great morale and a great ethos. I am enormously proud of the team. “Fire-fighting operations demand the utmost skill and flawless airmanship as often the helicopter’s engines are worked to their limit because of the weight of the water being carried and up to 15 other multi-national aircraft are operating in the same small piece of airspace when visibility is poor due to smoke.”  84 Squadron was formed in Hampshire in January 1917 and moved to France in September to fly bomber escorts and ground attack patrols during World War I. Since then it has been based in more than 60 different locations overseas.

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Conor looks Sword sharp OFFICER CADET Conor Avery was awarded the prestigious Sword of Honour when he graduated from RAF College, Cranwell – for demonstrating outstanding ability, leadership and other officer qualities and potential for further development during Initial Officer training. He was presented with the award by AM Stuart Atha, DCom Ops, the Reviewing Officer at the graduation of The Queen’s Squadron consisting of officers of Initial Officer Training Course No 47 and Commissioning Warrant Officers’ Course No 14. Off Cdt Avery’s, end of course report said: “Avery’s performance and attitude has been excellent throughout. An exceptional performance by Avery who finished number one on the Squadron and graduated with a distinction’. “His military deportment and bearing, professionalism and standards are beyond reproach. He finished ranked top of 80 cadets on the Squadron’.

PROUD: Air Marshal Stuart Atha was the Reviewing Officer at RAF College Cranwell. Inset, AM Atha presents the Sword of Honour to Off Cdt Conor Avery

Reds’ Lego Hawk could get green light TOP TOYMAKERS Lego are to look at producing a model of a Red Arrows Hawk – after an online campaign to support the project had more than 10,000 votes. The idea was pitched by Arrows pilot Red 10, Sqn Ldr Mike Ling and former Reds engineer Flt Lt Marcus Ramsden. Within five weeks of being promoted on social media the project had gained the required 10,000 votes from the public for Lego to look at the feasibility of manufacturing the

iconic red Hawk. Lego spokesperson Emma Owen said: “Every project idea that reaches this milestone on our cocreation platform, Lego Ideas, will be evaluated in the same way. “At this stage I am afraid that we can’t say if the product will become a reality.” Flt Lt Ramsden thanked the supporters on Twitter. He added: “Lego Ideas will start a four-month review of our project in May.”

Supporters tweeted their backing including: “Can’t wait to buy one” and “My grandsons can’t wait to see them in the shops.” The project was also supported by TV boffin Prof Brian Cox, and presenters James May, Jason Bradbury and Carol Vorderman. The proposed model has functioning components including a rectractable undercarriage and opening cockpit canopy and features pilot and engineer mini figures wearing red and blue flying suits. Based at RAF Scampton, the Reds are world famous for their thrilling aerobatic displays.

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News apprenticeship awards

Signals star Greg nets trainees title Defence chiefs honour Forces top apprentices Simon Mander Intelligence analyst SAC Gregory Wass has been named as the RAF’s Apprentice of the Year in the annual search to find the Service’s top trainees. The Digby-based airman is among a host of Air Force juniors from 12 different trades to be recognised for their achievements at an awards ceremony at Honington. It is the sixth year the RAF has taken part in National Apprentice Week, to honour ‘the Best of the Best,’ from a total of around 2700 trainees on the Service’s programme. Signals expert SAC Wass scooped the prestigious title for his work to increase internet security. Survival Equipment Specialist SAC Ellis Whapshott came top in the Advanced Apprenticeship category for his work as the sole engineer responsible Personal achiEvement award: SAC Kirsty Atkinson, stationed at Akrotiri for the maintenance of Night Vision RAF Brize Norton logistician Another recipient was caterer Goggles used on all aircraft at SAC Martina Moore won SAC Christopher Holden who RAF Brize Norton. the Intermediate had a six-year-battle with arthritis His impact on the Apprenticeship Award before being able to enlist and now unit was described for her work liaising organises hospitality events at RAF as ‘extraordinary,’ with foreign agencies Lossiemouth and gives up his free after he redesigned to obtain crucial time to referee football matches all the lens caps on supplies after being over the Highlands. the equipment to deployed to the United The third was former RAF Brize stop crew members Arab Emirates within Norton passenger handler SAC delaying flights by six months of her first Kirsty Atkinson who encountered losing them in the posting. considerable difficulties on her SAC Moore aircraft. Runner-up in this category initial trade training course but Runner-up in the category was caterer SAC Duncan Fidler for worked resolutely to improve her was RAF Leeming Cyberspace his work maintaining standards at revision and retention techniques Communications Specialist SAC various messes at RAF Benson and for and is now serving with the Joint Christopher Hardyman of 90 winning a gold medal for the station Movements Squadron at RAF Signals Unit for his positive attitude in the Open Field Team Challenge at Akrotiri in Cyprus. throughout his trade training. Exercise Joint Caterer 2015. The RAF first established In his own time SAC Hardyman Three apprentices were also technical apprenticeship schemes also worked with students from 23 recognised for outstanding personal in 1919, and was recognised within different schools participating in achievements including RAF the very best employer category the 2016 KMF Young Engineer of Lossiemouth workshop technician in the National Apprenticeship the Year competition designing, SAC George Starkey who overcame Awards 2017. manufacturing and launching severe dyslexia to successfully The Service was also listed as a balloon capable of carrying a complete his training and take part in one of the top 100 Apprenticeship payload to the edge of space. Operation Bersama Lima in Malaysia. Employers in 2016.

webwise: SAC Greg Wass, named as the RAF’s top apprentice for his work on internet security

RAF Apprentice of the Year Awards

runner up: SAC Hardyman

Advanced award: SAC Wapshot

Achievement award: SAC Starkey

Highly Commended: SAC Siobhan Wasyliw, SAC Stuart Barlow, SAC Charlotte Somers, SAC Daniel Anders, SAC Craig Mann, SAC Richard Robinson. Personal Achievement Award: SAC George Starkey, SAC Christopher Holden, SAC Kirsty Atkinson.

Intermediate Apprenticeship Award: Winner – SAC Martina Moore, Runner up – SAC Duncan Fidler. Advanced Apprenticeship Awards: Winner SAC Ellis Wapshot. Runner up – SAC Christopher Hardyman. Higher Apprenticeship Award: SAC Gregory Wass

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News News bulletin

running man: Cpl Ward shows off the seven medals he netted after events in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and St Lucia

Marathon man eyes RAF 100th CPL JON WARD has just completed seven marathons in seven days in his bid to hit 100 to mark the RAF’s centenary in 2018. The Air Force endurance runner’s success in the Caribbean Challenge series of races takes his marathon tally to more than 40. He launched his bid to hit the ton in 2016 and hopes to have finished more than 90 by the end of this year. He has entered an event on April 1, 2018 to make sure he hits the target on the day the RAF celebrates its 100th anniversary. He said: “I signed up to the Caribbean Challenge to help me achieve the goal. “Seven marathons in seven days in six countries has been my biggest challenge so far. “It is the most I have achieved consecutively and it was done in hot and humid climates.”

Run for your wife

pre-wedding vow: Wittering PR man Ed Palmer completes training ahead of his fund raising London run.

RAF press officer Ed Palmer is shaping up for this year’s London marathon – before he weds his athletics-mad fiance. The 44-year-old civvy met amateur running entusiast Emma at an athletics event and has vowed to complete the 26-mile race ahead of tying the knot later this year. Wittering-based Ed is also hoping to raise funds for the Alzheimers Society after Emma’s mother died of the disease, and for the RAF Benevolent Fund and his local Deaf Association branch. Ed said: “I’m not the fastest or the quickest but running has become an important part of my life. “There’s still a long way to go before I am marathon ready but I am hoping to raise some serious money for the charities.”

Airseeker alert tests UK and US engineers

USAF and RAF technicians carried out a joint emergency repair drill for the first time when a UK Airseeker developed landing gear problems during a combat training sortie in California. The RAF surveillance aircraft diverted to Offutt Air Base when it suffered the glitch during the joint Red Flag exercise in Nevada. The alert provided a test for a new co-manning pact designed to bridge the gap in maintenance capabilities between the two nations who both operate the Boeing-built aircraft. Maintenance personnel from 51 Sqn and the USAF 55th Wing

located a faulty main landing gear sequence valve which was replaced and the aircraft rejoined the exercise. Chief Master Sgt Robert Wege of the 55th Wing said: “This opportunity validated all of the time and effort expended by both nations to train RAF maintenance personnel and make it possible for maintainers from both countries to work together. “The synergy created will

covenant latest

Forces score with Rangers deal QUEENS PARK Rangers are onside with the British military after signing up to the Armed Forces Covenant. The championship side added its name to the list of more than 1400 UK-based companies, sports teams and organisations pledging to give military personnel a fair deal in the workplace. The side will be opening its Community Trust work skills programme to Forces leavers to help them make the transition to civilian employment. QPR boss Lee Hoos said: “I’m very proud that we are the first London club to sign the Armed Forces covenant. “This will build on the strong

covenant goal: Defence Minister Mark Lancaster joins QPR boss Lee Hoos on the pitch to sign the agreement

relationship the club already has with the local Armed Forces community.” Defence Minister Mark Lancaster added: “I encourage other clubs to support the Covenant and ensure that all those who serve or have served and their families are treated fairly.”

greatly enhance the capabilities of the overall intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance effort world-wide.” 51 Sqn’s WO Ray Sowersby said: “We had a really productive deployment right until the last two missions.” “We had an undercarriage fault indication and the only jacks available were at Offutt so I reached out to our cousins in the 55th and said ‘Hey guys, can we

have some help?’” “The RAF would normally fly in equipment from home station to make repairs. However, Offutt offered a better alternative due to its distance from Nellis and the availability of maintenance personnel familiar with the RC135 platform.” UK and US aircraft maintainers have been working together since the Airseeker entered service in the UK in 2011. The two nations have swapped aircrew during operations and training missions before, but this is the first time the maintenance abilities have been tested.

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Feature Air Mobility

Brize Atlas sims making it the envy of aviation world A400M gearing up to take over from C-130J and should be on operational detachment by the end of this year Tracy Allen RAF Brize Norton


he RAF has been showcasing its next generation heavylift aircraft, the Atlas A400M, around the world. It’s been seen recently in Australia, New Zealand, the USA, South Africa and Canada, and as well as demonstrating to other Air Forces just what the aircraft can do, these long-range sorties are giving crews the chance to increase their flying experience in unfamiliar environments and international airways. Atlas pilots, crewmen and engineering training is delivered at the newly formed Air Mobility Operational Conversion Unit at 24 Squadron, RAF Brize Norton. The AM OCU also trains personnel on the C-130J and C-17 while supporting the wider AM Force in training management and governance. Sqn Ldr Mark Radbourne (pictured below), the squadron’s second in command, said: “Global routes are incredibly important for our student crews, building much needed experience of flying in the complexities of international airspace and varying climactic conditions; a fundamental requirement when projecting airpower over long distances.” The RAF is the envy of other Air Forces because of its state-of-the-art training facilities at Brize for A400M aircrew, where it has two cutting-edge cockpit Full Flight Simulators (FFS) and a rear crew simulator that’s an exact replica of the rear of the real aircraft. The flight simulator training is so sophisticated it is certified to train pilots to a standard where

they can fly the real aircraft without needing more than a few actual flights.


qn Ldr Radbourne said: “The benefit of this training system is that we are using the actual aircraft less and less for training – therefore it’s more efficient, cost effective and safer. The rear crew training is also very advanced, it’s a real step up from cargo hold simulators we have used on other aircraft – it’s exactly the same as if you had a real aircraft out on the pan.” He added: “The rear crew trainer will also be incredibly useful for third user groups, such as medics, and movers.” Flt Lt Phil Mobbs, an experienced Hercules pilot, is one of 24 Sqn’s Qualified Flying Instructors who trains new A400M crew. He said: “The great advantage with this simulator is that we can do things in here that we wouldn’t want to do in the aircraft, such as major malfunctions and engine failure. If a student does crash in here, no one gets hurt.

We are using the actual aircraft less and less for training

He added: “The A400M is a lovely aircraft to fly, much more comfortable and less noisy than the Hercules. In some respects it flies more like a fighter than a transport aircraft – the response to the controls is fairly immediate.” Student Flt Lt Al Davidson said: “The FFS is an incredible piece of kit. It’s very easy to set yourself up in the mindset that you are actually flying.”

WORLD TOUR: RAF A400M (here over the west of England) has recently been seen in Australia, New Zealand, the US, South Africa and Canada PHOTO: Cpl Paul Oldfield ALL OTHER PHOTOS: SAC NICHOLAS EGAN

Fellow student Flt Lt Rob Grocock added: “It’s very realistic. I’m looking forward to flying the A400M for real.”


efore using the FFS, students do computer-based training in the classroom mentored by ex RAF pilots, now civilians, who work for ATLS. Here they are taught about subjects including aircraft design, flying regulations and procedures. 24 Sqn Loadmaster FS John Flynn trains rear crew, working with civilian Jim Rothwell and other Service trainers. He said: “We can do lots of different things with the rear crew sim – deal with passengers, wheeled freight, steel pallets – it’s a really versatile aircraft. We tend to build the students up with pretty simple loads to start, which get more complicated leading up to a practical test which they have to pass before they can move on to the flying aspect.” Mr Rothwell added: “The rear crew sim has six smoke canisters and during the test the instructors can programme in emergencies such as fires for the students to deal with. As a training tool the sim is a fantastic piece of kit.” The qualified A400M crews, who return for more training at Brize once a quarter will go on to join 70 Squadron. Brought into service as a strategic platform, the Atlas will now move towards a tactical role. Sqn Ldr Radbourne said: “The long-term plan for the A400M is to take on strategic and tactical capabilities from the C-130J. “The A400M is the next generation of heavy-lift aircraft with vastly improved performance and reach from the C-130. It can lift more, go faster and go further – it’s a completely different beast.” Wg Cdr Daz Rawlins, OC of 24 Sqn, said: “Right now the Atlas is deep in its operational trials. The RAF is committed to placing it on an operational detachment line by the end of the year.”

TRAINING: Flt Lt Al Davidson spends some time in the Atlas simulator cockpit

MOVER and shaker: 24 Sqn Loadmaster FS John Flynn instructs rear crew

MASK ON: FS Jason Crooks at the Loadmaster workstation, one of the training simulators used at RAF Brize Norton

CLOSE SCRUTINY: Qualified Flying Instructor Flight Lieutenant Phil Mobbs watches every move the students make

CLASSROOM: Computer-based training is also part of the course for RAF aircrew

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This film is very French – elegant, stylish, sophisticated, and sexy, it’s a dark, somewhat troubling psychological thriller that deals with a dangerous obsession. Elle had me on the edge of my seat at times and my companion got so involved and so spooked she was out of her chair and almost heading for the door at least twice. Based on the novel Oh…by Philippe Dijan it stars fabulous French movie legend Isabelle

Huppert (The Lacemaker, 8 Women) as successful businesswoman Michele Leblanc who sets out for revenge after she is attacked and raped in her own home by a masked man. She is the CEO of a video games company – staffed mostly by young men who are either resentful of her or infatuated with her – that doesn’t baulk at producing games that are practically pornographic and degrade women. Michele refuses to report the rape to the police but confides in her ex-husband Richard (Charles Berling), business partner and best friend Anna (Anne Consigny) and Anna’s husband Robert (Christian Berkel) with whom Michele is having an affair. She also flirts with Patrick (Laurent Lafitte), her neighbour's banker husband There’s something unnerving about petite, always beautifully dressed Michele – she has an uneasy relationship with her flirtatious mother Irene, son Vincent and his difficult, pregnant girlfriend Josie.


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FLIRT: Isabelle Huppert, above and left, stars as a glamorous but troubled business woman in Elle

When Michele drives to meet Richard for dinner, she parks her car by bashing into his and just shrugs off the damage she’s caused. She is haunted by a terrible incident from her past that makes her wary of involving the police – even when she is attacked again. Things turn even more perilous when she develops a twisted relationship with her attacker


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came to the UK to receive the PDSA Dickin Medal. Known as the animals' Victoria Cross, past recipients of the award include RAF dogs Lucky, a German Shepherd, in 2007 and Springer Spaniel Buster in 2003. Other recipients include World War II pigeons, horses and ship's cat Simon. Lucca The War Dog is an incredible and inspiring true story and we have five copies to win. For your chance to own one, simply send us the correct answer to the following question:


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RAG’N’BONE MAN is back with his powerful new album Human featuring his number 1 debut title track. After winning the Critics’ Choice award and the Best British Breakthrough artist at this years BRIT awards, the soul singer has delivered his deep and soulful new album. It’s a unique and modern twist on soul music voice due to his beautiful and mighty vocals. The track Skin is very captivating with its gospel characteristics. The harmonies are intriguing in the chorus and the use of the gospel organ gives a really energetic feel to the piece. Grace is a compelling addition to this record and with its the slow tempo and thin verses gives more focus to Rag’N’Bone Man’s incredible voice. The use of the piano mid section breaks up the track to show texture and makes the chorus much more magnificent. Overall, Rory Graham has created such a hypnotizing record audiences of any age would appreciate it. His passionate vocal performance brings meaning and

depth to every song on the album. Rory has sold out his biggest headline tour to date opening this April, in the UK. He’s acknowledged his devotion to blues music. He said: “Blues is infectious. No-one’s ever listened to blues, and gone, ‘Nah, don’t like that’, know what I mean? “Nobody’s ever listened to BB King and gone, ‘That’s sh**’. They haven’t – and if you did, you’re a mug.” Review by Georgia Barnard

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hen it comes to being ‘fashion forward’, royalty are always in the lead – from Elizabeth I to the Duchess of Cambridge, the Royal Family throughout history have influenced how the rest of us dress, writes Tracey Allen. Two new exhibitions, at Blenheim Palace, near Oxford and the Fashion Museum, Bath, feature spectacular dresses owned by Diana, Princess of Wales and Princess Margaret. On display at Blenheim, home of the Dukes of Marlborough and Winston Churchill’s birthplace, is a copy of the stunning ‘revenge dress’ Diana wore for her first solo engagement in 1994 on the same day Prince Charles confessed to his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, now the Duchess of Cornwall. “It is listed as one of the 10 most important dresses,” said Antonia Keaney, curator of A Passion For Fashion – 300 Years of Style at Blenheim Palace, of the figure-hugging black silk creation by Christina Stambolian. The fascinating exhibition also features a stylish black wool dress with mink collar designed in the 1950s for Princess Margaret (inset, centre), who was guest of


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honour at two Dior fundraising shows at Blenheim, in 1954 and 58, in aid of the Red Cross. Other exhibits include the breeches actor Colin Firth wore as heartthrob Mr Darcy in the BBC’s 1995 adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Churchill’s mother Jennie’s silk wedding stockings and a recreation – all in paper – of the flamboyant clothes favoured by 18th century dandy Topham Beauclerk, the husband of Lady Diana Spencer, sister of the 4th Duke of Marlborough. A Passion for Fashion also

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looks at King Louis XIV’s obsession with shoes and how the styles he favoured have been adopted by today’s fashionistas and shows how some fashionable 18thcentury women used mouse skin as replacement eyebrows. Ms Kearney said: “The exhibition gives visitors a unique insight into Blenheim Palace’s fashionable past and highlights the leading role the Palace and its many occupants have played in the changing face of fashion down through the ages. “In addition to the fascinating – and sometimes incredibly impractical – fashions of the past, we bring the exhibition right up to the present day to include iconic items from the [Marlborough] family’s more recent history.” The exhibition Lace in Fashion includes gorgeous dresses worn by The Queen Mother, Princess Diana and

Princess Margaret, and a beautiful lace gown recently identified as probably the only known surviving dress worn by George III’s wife, Queen Charlotte. Curator Elly Summers said: “This was a very, very expensive dress and there were very few women in England who could have afforded it. It is unusual because it is entirely made of lace, rather than just trimmed with lace.” Lace in Fashion features 50 pieces from the Fashion Museum’s collection and loans from contemporary fashion designers showing how lace has been used in fashionable dress from the 1500s to the present day. It includes a Jacques Azagurydesigned red embroidered evening dress worn by Dame Helen Mirren in 2016, a blue lace dress Léa Seydoux wore as Bond girl Madeleine Swann in Spectre and a Burberry 2017 men’s lace coat (left). n A Passion for Fashion is at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire until April 23 – go to:; or call: 01993 815600 for more information. n Lace in Fashion continues at The Fashion Museum, Bath, until June 2017. Go to: for details; or call: 01225 477789.

t’s back – for its third and final series. David Tennant and Olivia Colman reprise their roles as DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller in ITV’s multi-award-winning drama Broadchurch, this time investigating a serious sexual assault in the Dorset community. Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan return to play Beth and Mark Latimer and joining the cast are familiar faces Coronation Street’s Julie Hesmondhalgh (Hayley Cropper), Lenny Henry (Danny and the Human Zoo), Sarah Parish (Mistresses) and Charlie Higson (The Fast Show). Creator Chris Chibnall has written all eight episodes of series three, filmed in the now familiar Broadchurch locations of Bridport, West Bay and Clevedon. Executive producer Jane Featherstone said: “We started the final part of the trilogy three years on from the last series. There is a bold new crime story which forces us to ask whether the town has a crack running thought it caused by [young murder victim] Danny Latimer’s death: is this new crime somehow the long-term legacy of that dark moment?”


I Hardy makes it his mission to find out who is responsible when a local woman is sexually assaulted, but will it be at a cost to his relationship with his daughter? David Tennant admitted that Hardy is a role he will miss. He said: “It’s sad to think we will never return to this world and to these characters because I feel so fondly towards them, but I will always feel proud to be associated with this show. “Hardy has found his way back

DI Hardy & DS Miller have one last Broadchurch crime to solve to Broadchurch and is working with Ellie again and although he is never entirely happy with his lot he realises this is probably where he is meant to be and Ellie is the closest thing he has to a best friend. “So there is a sort of acceptance to him, he is not railing against the world in quite the same way – he ends up railing against the perpetrator of this crime and his focus becomes trying to understand the person who would commit this crime, trying to get inside their skin.” He added: “The relationship between Hardy and his daughter Daisy is a bigger part of this series, and of who he is… it makes him all the more keenly aware of the idea that there may be a threat to women in the community. He is trying to be a dad and it is not something he has a lot of practice at – he is a decent bloke, it just doesn’t necessarily come naturally to him.” What is it about Ellie and Hardy’s partnership that has made them so popular with audiences? Tennant said: “It’s hard to be objective about something you are that close to and I wouldn’t pretend to know why things necessarily work. Olivia is a pretty significant part of it, getting to work with her for all these years and having had such a great time with her professionally

but also having such a laugh, it has been such a joy to be part of that partnership. “I will miss our trips to the coast. West Bay and the Jurassic coastline I will definitely need to visit because there is something very special about that place and it is an extraordinary part of the country.”


S Ellie Miller has rebuilt her life after her husband Joe was found not guilty by a jury of Danny Latimer’s murder, although he was unequivocally guilty. Ellie is bringing up her sons as a single mum, caring for her elderly

father and back on the team at Broadchurch CID. Olivia Colman is sure the chemistry between Ellie and Hardy is down to her and Tennant being such good chums. She said: “The characters are really good mates – possibly each other’s only mate. They need each other and it is quite funny, like old ladies always having a go at each other. But they clearly deeply respect each other and would staunchly defend each other against other people. “It really helps that David and I get on so well. I will miss working with him. We giggle, he is never late, knows all of his lines… he is a dream person to work with.”

ollowing the success of Endeavour, the Inspector Morse prequel, now there’s Prime Suspect 1973 that charts the rise of young WPC Jane Tennison. The six-part drama, set in 1970s Hackney at a time when woman police constables were slowly being integrated into the force, focuses on 22-year-old naive but determined probationary officer Jane as she assists in her first murder investigation. This prequel celebrates seven series of the classic police drama Prime Suspect, which aired from 1991 to 2006 and starred Dame Helen Mirren as tough DCI Tennison. Young Jane is played by Stefanie Martini (Doctor Thorne), who said: “Jane has the spark, determination and drive to become a really good police officer and detective. She’s eager and keen and puts herself forward to contribute and be involved in the case, but doesn’t really know the procedures behind everything and the right and wrong ways to do things. She’s clumsy and messy and much softer than the previous version of the character. “Her sister wants the more conventional female things for herself in her life. She wants to get married, have children, whereas Jane couldn’t have less of an interest in boys, getting married, dresses or hairstyles. It’s really great to play that sort of character.” n Prime Suspect 1973 continues on ITV on Thursdays at 9pm.


enny Henry, who plays widower Ed Burnett who runs the farm shop, said: “I am a huge fan of Broadchurch. When the offer came through I just said 'yes, yes, whatever it is'.” He added: “You’re constantly trying to glean information from every member of the backstage staff… trying to find out what happens next week. The crew are usually two weeks ahead of us.” How will Henry cope when people press him for the Broadchurch secrets? He said: “I will be like the vault, it’s all in the vault – I am not allowed to say anything.” n Broadchurch continues at 9pm on Mondays on ITV.

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Golden wedding The marriage of SAC Rod Devenish and Cpl Di Meen both of SHAPE Paris took place on March 25, 1967.


WO MAURICE BENTLEY Bentley Maurice Alwyn WO (Dick Bentley, Armourer) died peacefully on February 15 aged 80. He served for more than 41 years from the age of 15 to 57 throughout the UK, Germany, Singapore and France. He is survived by his wife Patricia, to whom he was married for 59 years, and four children: Susan, Kim, Mike and Fiona. Funeral took place on March 7 at Lincoln

Crematorium, followed by a wake at The Carre Arms Hotel in Sleaford. Donations to Alzheimer's Research UK most welcome. CArr John WO John (Ret'd) died peacefully surrounded by family on February 15, after a valiant battle with cancer. A dedicated family man he leaves his devoted wife June, his beautiful daughters Louise and Sonia and his four grandchildren Harriet, Christopher, Matthew and Sophie who were the sunshine in his world. Words cannot express the colossal hole his passing has left, but he will live on in our thoughts and laughter as we continue to feel his love and guidance. Thank you for all the messages and professions of love for which, in true fashion, with a grin on his face he said you should man up! They were much appreciated. John's funeral was held on March 10 at All Saints Church, Odiham. Dean Robert (Bob) Sqn Ldr (Ret’d). Died on February 16 in St Mary’s Hospital IoW after a short battle with cancer. Ex of the RAF Police he served from

1951 to 1984 with his Officer Training at RAF Jurby, and RAF Police training at No 54 Police Training School, RAF Netheravon. Robert is survived by Eileen and daughter Sarah. He was a dearly beloved husband, father, grandfather and greatgrandfather. His funeral was at 11am on March 10 at St Mary the Virgin Church Cowes, IoW, and led by Rev Andrew Poppe, his son-inlaw.

SQN LDR ROBERT DEAN Newell Colin Flt Sgt (Ret'd) of Mablethorpe, formerly Lincoln. Passed away peacefully following a short illness, February 8.

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and memories about RAF Mafraq, Jordan circa 19456, where my grandfather Archibald Sinclair – who I never met and who I am trying to write a portrait of for the rest of the family – served as a Staff Sergeant in the Royal Engineers. Please contact Ian Sinclair on: or call: 07837 921080. Liz Rowberry (was Farrow) is looking for Carol J Philbin (unmarried name Lewis) and John (Mick) Philbin. We last saw them in married quarters at RAF Benson in 1972. Since then, they could have gone with Tim Peake, as we have no record of them at all. Please email: Robert. or call: 01527 68928 if you can help, even if they have left England. Binbrook Seeking Armourers 1974-1978, 19801984, Station Armoury and 11 Squadron, who knew Martin Ford. Please write to 25 Goodens Lane, Newtonin-the-Isle, Wisbech, Cambs, PE13 5HQ. Do you know the contact details of the late Ian Spinner or his family, who served with the RAF Regiment 16 Squadron? Replies to: or call: 01628 665733. Seeking old friend George Roberts Flt Lt Air Engineer aged 66. Last known posting RAF Lossiemouth, 1980, flying Hercules transport. Please contact Barry Spencer, 203 Mill Park Drive, Braintree CM7 1TQ, call: 01376 550564. RAF Catering WOs and Seniors Association. For information and application form email: Eddie Jones: or call: 01487 823480 RAFCWO&SA website:

Reunions 100 Sqn are hosting a centenary event at RAF Leeming on March 18. The day will include: air and ground capability demonstrations a formal sunset parade, a flypast. and an evening hangar party with live music entertainment and a gala dinner. Normal ticket prices are expected to be around £50 which includes food, drink and access to all activities. Please contact: for more details. WA A F / W R A F / R A F ( W )

Association: Reunion and AGM, Eastbourne, April 7–10. For further information or membership enquiries, contact Linda Hamill, Treasurer, on: 01472 232986; Sandie Faloon, Chairperson, on: 01753 582170 or visit: NO 4 Sqn 309 Entry RAF Hereford 50th anniversary reunion, Green Dragon Hotel Hereford, May 5, 6, 7. Any 308/310 Entry also welcome but please book early as it will be a large turnout for this event. Email: or: dave.thompson@thomco. ) or call: 07982 190504 (Special rates available at the hotel for accommodation and food). Hope you can make it, Robert Willis. RAF Catering Warrant Officers and Senior Association Ladies (London) Guest Weekend will take place May 5-7. Members' information and application forms from WO Dave Scott – email; David.scott225@mod. uk. Call: 01780 417592 or email Jim Peters: jf.peters@; or call: 01529 414018. XV Sqn Association 102nd Anniversary Reunion will be held at RAF Wittering on May 12. Contact: secretary@ or

XV Sqn Association, XV(R) Sqn, RAF Lossiemouth, Elgin, Moray, IV31 6SD for details. RAF Changi Association (inc. HQFEAF). 21st Annual Reunion and AGM on May 5-8 at the Tillington Hall Hotel, Stafford. ST16 1JJ. We are always looking for new members and are open to all ranks ex RAF/WRAF/ WAAF and civilians who served there during 1946-72. Contact our Membership Secretary: Malcolm Flack on: 01494 728562 or email: or visit: for more details. Boy Entrants reunion – 39th Entry B Flight 4 Sqn reunion May 19, 20, 21. National Memorial Arboretum and RAF Cosford. Please email Derek Bury: d.v.bury39@ RAF Regiment Association Somerset/Dorset Branch Spring reunion May 19-22. Warners Littlecote House, Berks. Join The Social Club. Contact Alec Hunt (Coordinator): 01793 704629 for membership form and booking form. 45th Entry 'C' Flt 3 Sqn Suppliers. Don't forget 55th re-union do at Three Counties Hotel, Hereford,

Help restore graves

PIONEERS: The north London graves of two of the Shorts brothers, inset above, Eustace and below, Horace Short

AN APPEAL is underway to raise funds to restore the graves of pioneering aeronautical engineers the Short brothers. Liz Walker, Horace, Eustace and Oswald Short’s greatgreat-niece and chair of the Short Brothers Commemoration Society, said: “Our project aims to promote a greater awareness of the contribution the brothers made to aviation history, raise money to restore Horace and Eustace’s dilapidated graves in Hampstead Cemetery and mark their importance with plaques. We need £10,000 for the restoration and to provide graveside information plaques with website details that will mark the graves as important national monuments.” She added that Oswald Short’s headstone at Lynchmere Burial Ground, West Sussex, is currently being restored. The work should be finished by Easter. Formed in 1908, Short Brothers was Britain’s first aeronautical manufacturing business and built aircraft for the Wright brothers. The company went on to build the Sunderland flying boat and the Stirling bomber. n Go to: for more information about the appeal.

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You can email photos for announcements on this page. Send small jpg files (less than 1MB) to July 14-15. Contact Dave Bell, Hull: 01482 377625. 57TH/)OM9S. Soon you'll be thinking back 70 years when young men, from all points of the nation, set forth on journeys that would 'reshape' their lives forever. Some of them experienced things like train travel for the first time and imagine the London Underground when you'd spent all your life so far on a Scottish island. Would any of you that are left like to get together for a final hurrah before Kingdom Come? I am quite prepared to do the organising. Just email me:; phone me: 01522 778909 or even visit me: 30 High Street, North Scarle, Lincoln LN6 9EP. I would suggest a date near to September 21. Venue wherever, I can get to most places and I'm sure we could help those who can't…Don't delay, the grim reaper is in the wings. 99TH Entry RAF Halton Aircraft Apprentices 56th Anniversary of Attestation at The Bentley Hotel, Lincoln, September 22-24. Email: jim. or

call Jim on: 01529 461662. PN course 86 trained at RAF Halton 1975-1977 – 40-year reunion October. Do you know anyone who trained there during that time or friends who might know anyone from the course? Please email Ann Newby née Coleby-Roe at: or call: 07714 144522. NO 214 (FMS) Sqn Association will celebrate formation centenary of 14 Sqn RNAS/214 Sqn over weekend of October 7-8 to include Reunion dinner in Derby and memorial wreathlaying at Alrewas Arboretum. Former Sqn members/ families/friends welcome. Details at: uk or contact John Gulliver: 01983 873248 or no214fms@ CALLING MTD/MTSS personnel who have served at RAF High Wycombe MT. Next reunion at the RAFA Club, High Wycombe at 7pm on Saturday, October 14. Contact Steve Steer via email: stevesteer@hotmail. or call: 07891 673135.

ULAS – University of London Air Squadron exmembers Annual Dinner at the RAF Club on October 28. For more information of the ULAS Ex-Members Association please email Kevin Cooper at: kevin@

Runnymede ceremony

Model Sunday show

Aircrew Associations ARE you former military aircrew? Do you miss the camaraderie and banter of your former squadron/crew buddies? Would you like the chance to meet other former aircrew to chat and swap stories over lunch? Well you can. The Aircrew Associations all over the UK do just that and Project Propeller provides an annual opportunity for some members to fly to a big party with other former aircrew. If you live near Edinburgh or Glasgow contact the Hon Sec of the Saltire Aircrew Association on: robair@ or our website: aircrew-saltire. org. We can also put you in touch with the Tay Aircrew Association which covers Tayside and meets in Perth.

ANNUAL Act of Commemoration, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey – Sunday, May 7 at 11am. Wreaths will be laid on behalf of the Commonwealth Air Forces and ex-Service organisations in honour of 20,458 members of the Commonwealth Air Forces who lost their lives in World War II while operating from the United Kingdom and North West Europe and who have no known grave. This moving ceremony is open to all who wish to pay their respects to those named on the memorial.

THE POPULAR Shropshire Scale Model Show, pictured above, returns to the RAF Museum, Cosford on Sunday, April 2. The annual event attracts thousands of visitors each year and takes place among the world-class collection of aircraft and military vehicles on display at the museum. Thousands of intricately detailed models of aircraft, cars, bikes, trucks and science fiction items will be spread across the whole site. More than 100 modelling clubs and traders from across

the country are due to attend the one-day show this year. Event organiser, Gary Stevens Secretary of Shropshire Scale Modellers, said: “We’ve made a few changes to the show's layout this year, working around the Museum’s new aircraft arrivals." There will be a free park and ride service for the day, running from Cosford train station. The show is open to the public from 10am until 4pm and entry is free. For further information,go to:


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R'n'R Prize Crossword No. 198

Solve the crossword, then re-arrange the eight letters in yellow squares to find an RAF position.

No. 208 Fill in all the squares in the grid above so that each row, each column and each 3x3 square contains all the digits from 1 to 9.

Across 6. By Dickens, he’s miserly! (7) 7. Don’s deception (3,2) 9. By the sound of it, consumed quite a number (5) 10. It’s used to keep locks clean (7) 12. See 21 Across 14. Troika friar crashes at station (3,8) 18. Rare bow created for this conflict (4,3) 19. I’m involved in conspiracy against high-flier (5) 21. And 12 Across. Does this plane carry maps? (5,11) 22. Not skating first riles public servant (7)

Solutions should be sent in a sealed envelope marked 'Su Doku' with the number in the top left-hand corner to RAF News, to arrive by March 24.

Down 1. A part of police force embraces right tart (5) 2. Inconvenience caused when male relative lose right (6) 3. A green light from the past (3) 4. Seasonal accountant? (6) 5. Intestinal part the Spanish rank (7) 8. Pancake fellow takes a Thai outside (7) 11. Inside tent a special event to beg for (7) 13. Dances around vast orc in confusion (7) 15. 19 Across damaged marina (6) 16. Elevating endless fruit (6) 17. Prisoner-of-War joins queen in command (5) 20. Decoration displayed for Christmas initially (3)

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 by March 24.

The winner of Crossword No. 196 is Frank Brown from Portsmouth who wins a copy of Axis Suicide Squads by Justo Miranda (

Su Doku No. 206 winner is Debbie Hughes from DMS (W) Lichfield who wins a copy of A Spitfire Girl by Mary Ellis (

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Solution to Su Doku No: 206

Solution to crossword No. 196:


Across – 1. Molar 4. Set Free 8. Satsuma 9. Eagle 10. Etna 11. Goalpost 13. Heat 14. Stop 16. Hate Mail 17. Miss 20. Ideas 21. Arapaho 22. Titania 23. Storm. Down – 1. Messerschmitt 2. Latin 3. Rout 4. Shadow 5. The Blitz 6 Regroup 7. Electric Storm 12. Parmesan 13. Hot Seat 15. Misawa 18. Idaho 19. Cats.

RAF position:.................................................................. Crossword No. 198

Aviation term – G-force

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Museum scores a first

STARMAN: The legendary David Bowie on stage in 1973

The Spiders’ last stand YOU DON’T have to be a hardcore David Bowie fan to be fascinated by a special showing of the classic rockumentary Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars: The Motion Picture, directed by the highly respected D A Pennebaker. It focuses on the much missed music giant and his glamtastic band at the height of their success during their memorable live show at the Hammersmith Odeon on July 3, 1973, worshipped by fans. As well as featuring Bowie in his Seventies splendour performing songs including Suffragette City and Rock N Roll Suicide, it has intriguing glimpses of the flamboyant frontman backstage – getting his make-up done, changing costume while chatting to Ringo Starr and greeting his wife Angie. For one night only, March 7,

showings of the film will be preceded by a brand new interview – shot in black and white – with the Spiders' last surviving member, drummer Mick ‘Woody’ Woodmansey. Woody, interviewed by Mojo magazine’s editor-in-chief Phil Alexander, reveals a wry sense of humour as he talks about his first meeting aged 19, with Bowie after being recommended by Spiders guitarist Mick Ronson, his three years with the band and his disbelief when the great man announced on stage at that unforgettable summer concert that it was the Spiders’ lastever show. The film is available on DVD and Woody’s autobiography, My Life With Bowie: Spider From Mars is out now. They make a winning combination. Review by Tracey Allen

A film featuring former RAF Flt Lt Ayla Holdom, pictured below, is among those showing at the Museum of Transology, in the Fashion Space Gallery at the London College of Fashion until April 22. The decorated ex Search And Rescue pilot’s film and two others make up an Armed Forces mini series, part of a cluster of 25 short films from all over the UK – the award-winning My Genderation – made by artist, filmmaker and campaigner Fox Fisher. Fox said: “What makes these films unique is that they were made (on a micro budget) by trans people, myself and Lewis Hancox, about trans people for a much

INTIMATE: One of the exhibits lent to the Museum of Transology

wider audience.” Ayla now works for the National Police Air Service based in Bournemouth, flying helicopters to support police units in the south of England. The exhibition, curated by E-J Scott, includes more than 100 crowd sourced objects, comprising the largest collection of trans artefacts and photographic portraiture ever to be displayed in the UK. E-J Scott said: “The objects people have chosen to donate to the Museum of Transology are strikingly intimate and make a unique contribution to broader social debates surrounding body politics, gender inequality and the

continuing attachment of biological sex to gender despite three waves of feminism. He added: “Ultimately the exhibition is about how every single one of us deserves the freedom to fashion who we want to be.” Exhibits range from a lipstick and a pair of silver sandals to a ‘fiddle toy’ used by a young person to distract themselves from negative feelings. The exhibition also features behind the scenes footage from the filming of the Born Risky series by artist Grayson Perry for Channel 4. n For more information go

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The UK Armed Forces joined the celebrations to mark International Women’s Day this month. RAF News spoke to 33 Sqn Puma pilot Sqn Ldr Sarah Seddon about her career and closing the military gender gap What attracted you to a career in the RAF? The camaraderie, the opportunities to deploy to interesting places and of course the flying. I love the can-do attitude of the RAF and the way that everyone pulls together. Are there any drawbacks to being a woman in the Armed Forces ? It is women who have the babies, not the men. We can’t always do the job we want to do because of our medical status during pregnancy. But it’s still possible to be a working mother in the RAF. I have enjoyed a rich and varied career so far both as a singleton and a mother. What advice would you give a young woman considering joining up? You don’t have to compromise your femininity to work in a man’s world. Be yourself! Would you recommend the RAF to other women? Yes. Men are much simpler creatures to work with than women. In the time you have been in the Service have you

seen any changes? Yes – it’s got better. I’m from a generation that accept women as equals. It’s no longer headline news that women fly. When I joined up it was. Is there a glass ceiling in the UK Forces? No. I think that women will sometimes voluntarily take themselves out of the running for promotion to create a stable home for their children. However I think that applies to lots of men too. The RAF has a higher percentage of women serving than the other two Services – why do you think that is? The RAF is by far the most forward leaning. My chain of command have always worked hard to accommodate family and home commitments where possible though this is the case for men and women alike. Are people surprised when you tell them what you do? There is a stereotype of what a female pilot looks like. I am glad that I don’t fit the stereotype.

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RAF Strategy – your reaction

In the first strategy document to be published for more than a decade Royal Air Force chiefs have laid out their vision to meet the growing demands on UK airpower across the world. Buoyed by government funding pledges on new aircraft, recruitment and training, the RAF’s senior leadership team hopes to inspire personnel to deliver the next generation of capability. The arrival of the F-35 Lightning in 2018 signals a step change in capability. But Service chiefs say their real priority is Service personnel. Backed by programmes like the Thinking to Win campaign, Air Chiefs are reaching out across the ranks to develop policy and deliver for UK Defence. Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief

Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, pictured, said: “I’m delighted with the feedback across the Whole Force on the new RAF Strategy. It seems clear that people are finding it easy to engage with and can relate it to their work. “I’m particularly pleased that everyone is picking up on the emphasis on people issues – that is absolutely at the heart of everything we need to achieve. “I strongly encourage everyone who has not yet done so to read the strategy and to think through their contribution to shaping the future of our Air Force.” We visited RAF Marham, High Wycombe, Cranwell and Leeming to gauge reaction to the recently published strategy.

Rev Flt Lt Christina Lacey, RAF Marham station chaplain

I really liked the Strategy. I thought it was really good at focusing on the three different areas of the people, the operations and the front line work that theRAF is doing

SQN LDR Nick Bolan, COS 38 Gp RAF High Wycombe

FLT LT James Vaughan RAF Regt, 3 Force Protection Wing

I do think that the Strategy does a good job of making itself digestible by a good, broad section of the Royal Air Force. It’s not just a product which is geared solely for the senior officer cadre

The RAF Strategy is all about looking to the future, moving forward and embracing innovative new technology, as well as retaining and recruiting new personnel

FLT LT Gary Walker, RFTS Officer

The part of the RAF Strategy that I most identified with would probably be working with the different TriService people and becoming a whole force as we integrate the new future aircraft

SAC Kayleigh France, Tornado Support Flight

I like the fact that it is people based; focused on the workforce. Technicians have been stretched recently with operations overseas and back home. It’s nice that the Strategy focuses on the people

This is the first time I have seen something referring to us taking back responsibility for our estate. To me that’s absolutely key if we want to manage ourselves in an effective way in the future

SAC Owen Lenney, Personnel Administration Clerk

Maydie Smith, RAF Marham HIVE information officer

The Strategy to me, as a Civil Servant, was about supporting our staff, getting the best from them and meeting their needs

” Have your shout on the new Royal Air Force Strategy:

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Battle of Britain pilot Red Bartlett dies at age of 100 Group Captain Leonard ‘Red’ Bartlett DSO


roup Captain Leonard ‘Red’ Bartlett, who has died aged 100, flew Hurricanes with No. 17 Squadron during the Battle of Britain. He was called up in September 1939 and trained as a pilot. He joined No. 17 at Debden in Essex as a sergeant pilot in the opening weeks of the Battle and flew with this unit for the next 12 months. On August 28, 1940, he shared in the destruction of a Junkers 88 bomber and on September 19 he shared another. On November 8 he destroyed a Junkers 87 ‘Stuka’ dive-bomber and probably a second and three days later he shot down another ‘Stuka’. On March 17, 1941, he was shot down over Chiddingly in Sussex. Although wounded he managed to bale out. At the end of July he was commissioned and began a six-month period as an instructor at a fighter operational training unit. After his period as a fighter instructor, he joined No. 137 Squadron flying the twin-engine Whirlwind fighter. On July 6, 1942, he damaged a German bomber off

the coast near Yarmouth. In September he was given command of No. 253 Squadron and two months later the squadron left for North Africa, via Gibraltar, to support Operation Torch, the Allied landings in Morocco and Algeria. Flying Hurricanes, the squadron provided cover for the many convoys bringing troops and supplies into Algiers. On January 10, 1943, Bartlett shot down a Junkers 88 off the coast near Bougie. After re-equipping with Spitfires, Bartlett and his pilots covered the landings on Lampedusa. The squadron moved to the Italian Front in October and provided cover over Naples. He left the squadron in January 1944 and two months later was awarded the DSO for his ‘utmost courage and initiative’.


artlett served on the air staff of a tactical fighter wing headquarters before taking command of a forward airstrip on the island of Viz, a few miles off the coast of Yugoslavia. The base played a crucial role in support of the Yugoslav partisans and as a forward deployment airfield for fighter and transport aircraft. For his services in organising the rescue of USAAF aircrew from the Adriatic Sea, he was appointed an Officer of the US Legion of Merit. He was also mentioned-in-despatches.

LEONARD BARTLETT: Multiple kills as a flyer

After the war he served in Egypt before moving to Germany, where he later commanded No. 2 Squadron flying Spitfire photographic reconnaissance aircraft. Over the next few years he served in Fighter Command and in 1952 commanded the flying wing at RAF Wattisham, equipped with Meteor jet fighters.


e was the air defence specialist at the School of Land/Air Warfare before moving to air headquarters in Aden, responsible for air plans. Promoted to Group Captain in April 1960 he commanded the air defence early warning radar station at Bawdsey, on the Suffolk coast. After a further three years at Headquarters Fighter Command, he retired from the Service in June 1966, when he emigrated to Australia – where he spent the rest of his life. Bartlett was one of 13 serving Group Captains who had flown in the Battle of Britain to march in Sir Winston Churchill’s funeral cortege in 1965, led by Air Commodore ‘Al’ Deere. In 2005 Bartlett returned to London for the dedication of the Battle of Britain

Memorial on Victoria Embankment on the 65th anniversary of the Battle. He looked on with a mixture of pride, joy and sadness as he recalled the historic defeat of the German Luftwaffe more than half a century earlier. He commented, ‘we were young and didn’t really think about what we were doing. I don’t think any of us really understood the importance of the battle at the time.’

The specialist navigator who took a bomber around world Wg Cdr Trevor Thain DFC


ing Commander Trevor Thain, who has died aged 98, completed 42 bombing operations before becoming a specialist navigator. After completing his training as an air observer in January 1941, he joined No. 99 Squadron, which operated its Wellington bombers from Newmarket Racecourse. Shortly after joining the squadron, Thain and his crew were tasked to attack Bremen. They reached the target, dropped their bombs and set course for Newmarket. On return, the base was in fog and the crew diverted to a nearby airfield but this too was shrouded in low cloud. The pilot climbed to 2000 feet, headed towards the Wash and ordered the crew to bale out over the Fenlands. Thain landed in a waterfilled dyke, inflated his life jacket

THAIN: Baled out over the Fenlands

and swam to the bank. Shortly after he was detained by two men of the Home Guard and marched at bayonet point to their headquarters, where he was able to prove his identity. He returned to Newmarket the following day to discover that two of his crew had not survived. Over the next eight months he

attacked many targets in Germany including Hamburg, Mannheim and Cologne. He also attacked the port of Brest, where the battle cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau were berthed. At the end of his tour of operations, Thain was awarded the DFC. For two years he was an instructor at one of the many navigation schools established in Canada as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan and on returning to England in April 1944 he specialised in transport and air supply operations, serving as the navigation officer on one of the airfields flying Dakotas and gliders on the Arnhem and Rhine crossing operations. After the war, Thain was a navigation specialist at the Empire Central Flying School and then the Empire Air Navigation School. When the latter moved to be part of the newly-formed RAF Flying

College at RAF Manby, near Louth in Lincolnshire, he became an instructor on the course training selected navigators to be specialists. During his time at Manby, Thain was one of two navigators who formed the crew of a converted Lincoln bomber given the name Aries III. Modified to carry extra fuel tanks and specialist navigation aids, the bomber took off on October 20, 1950, and made a 3064mile, non-stop flight to Khartoum – arriving after a flight of 14 hours 23 minutes, a record confirmed by the Royal Aero Club. The aircraft then headed for Mauritius before flying on to the RAAF base near Perth, in Western Australia, arriving 62 hours after leaving England. After an extensive tour of Australia, the aircraft completed a round-theworld trip via Fiji, Hawaii and the USA. Thain later commanded No. 202 Squadron, based in Northern

Ireland, flying long-range sorties into the Atlantic to gather meteorological data. His later service included staff navigation appointments at HQ Middle East Air Force during the Aden troubles, before commanding the transport flying wing at RAF Lyneham. Towards the end of his service he served in the Far East, where he was responsible for the transport flying operations and training during the Indonesian Confrontation campaign. He retired from the RAF in 1965. In 1982 the remains of his Wellington – R for Robert – were discovered near Wisbech. A propeller blade from the aircraft was mounted in a block of white concrete and erected close to the Rowley Mile on Newmarket Heath, where it was unveiled in a ceremony in September 1985 to commemorate those who had failed to return from operations.

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Free escorted Normandy trips for D-Day veterans The travel arm of the Royal British Legion, Remembrance Travel, is on a mission – to find every surviving D-Day veteran and offer them a free tour to Normandy. The Treasury is financing a series of tours for D-Day vets to return to Normandy and pay their respects to their fallen comrades. The tours are being funded by Libor fines (levied on the banking industry) and the D-Day veteran can travel with a family member and carer on a six-night visit. The tours, with a medic and an RBL guide, take place this month, in April, May and September and will give Normandy vets – now mostly in their 90s – the chance to revisit the Normandy beaches, cemeteries and memorials.

Ex-Nav maps out cycle route Former Tornado navigator Kev Jones is getting on his bike to cycle more than 970 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Kev, who served with IX(B), XV(R) and 31 Squadron and is a long-standing member of IX(B)’s Squadron Association, takes to the road in September as part of the Ride Across Britain event, in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund and The Prince’s Trust. TRAINING: Kev Jones Cycling an average 107 miles a day and climbing more than 41,300ft, his route runs from the Cornish coastline, through the Peak District, to the Scottish Highlands. The Reading-based ICT specialist, who hopes to collect £10,000, said: “I’d like to raise awareness of and help the RAFBF to light and guide the way for those in the RAF family in need today.” n To donate visit: justgiving. com/teams/sonic-boom

visits to Pegasus Bridge, Juno, Sword and Gold beaches, Arromanches and war memorials, and visits to

personally-specified cemeteries. The Chancellor, Phillip Hammond, said: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to give nearly £4 million of Libor funds to support our D-Day veterans wishing to return to Normandy to pay their respects to those who did not return home in 1944. “It’s a token of our nation’s immense debt of gratitude to those who gave so much, both for our freedom and the freedom of Europe in the Second World War.” Nichola Rowlands-Smith, from Remembrance Travel, said previous group tours to Normandy for D-Day veterans had proved ‘a very moving experience for all.’ She added: “It has been wonderful to offer these brave

elderly men a chance to revisit the battlefield and to share their experiences with friends and family. “There’s no database of Normandy veterans, so we’re relying on the public, whether a grandchild, neighbour or carer, to spread the word so that we can offer these free tours to all D-Day survivors.” n Normandy veterans interested need to apply via Remembrance Travel’s tour operator, Arena Travel on: 01473 660800, or visit: arenatravel. com/journeysofremembrance. Remembrance Travel will also be offering group travel opportunities for Normandy veteran associations.

about loneliness among Armed Forces veterans.” More than half of the UK’s military veterans population are aged 75 or older, and relationship and isolation issues affect around 170,000 RAF veterans, with 85,000 of them specifically experiencing loneliness. The spokesperson added: “To combat these concerns we introduced a befriending service to provide much-needed support and companionship to the thousands of RAF veterans experiencing social isolation across the UK.

“It pairs a veteran with one of our trained volunteers for a visit and chat, giving veterans the chance to share their RAF experiences and to ensure that no veteran will be forgotten.” Rory O’Connor, the RAF Association’s director of welfare and policy, said: “Our research shows that while the public are understandably concerned about veteran care in this country, the issue of loneliness seems to be less well-known. Both are critical issues to us, and our service will ensure that more is done across the board

to support our Servicemen and women. “The befriending service is an important initiative that provides invaluable welfare support for the 1.5 million-strong RAF family. If you or someone you know could benefit from befriending, we’d encourage you to get in touch with us, as no veteran should ever feel lonely or isolated. A veteran’s service should be shared, celebrated, and never forgotten.” n Those who could benefit from the scheme can call: 0800 0182 361 or visit:

Operation Overlord: Allied troops land on Sword beach

They depart from London and will include a Eurotunnel trip from Dover to Calais, accommodation, welfare New research from a leading RAF charity has revealed that fewer than one in five people think UK military veterans are well-looked-after. The survey, conducted for the RAF Association, showed that only 19 per cent of those questioned thought Armed Forces veterans received enough care, a figure the charity called ‘worryingly low.’ The research showed the figure fluctuated across different age groups – it was lowest (nine per cent) among respondents aged 65 and over, while those aged 25-34 had most confidence (32 per cent) that veterans were well-lookedafter. A RAF Association spokesperson said: “Other research focused on the public’s awareness of and exposure to various social issues. While 40 per cent of respondents have definitely seen, read or heard something about mental health issues among veterans in the past three months, we are concerned that less than a quarter (23 per cent) of the population say this

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Loneliness hits 85,000

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Hartley signs in at Waddington

Media course with bursary Service leavers and veterans can apply for the Forces Media Academy’s free Higher National Certificate Media Production Course, run by Services Sounds and Vision Corporation (SSVC). All students on the one-year course receive a bursary of £18,000 to help with living costs and accommodation. The full-time course starts on September 25 and runs until July 2018 at SSVC’s headquarters in Buckinghamshire. The closing date for applications is March 31. n For details go to: forcesacademy. com.

SPITFIRE PILOT: Sgt Robinson with Hartley Moyes Photo: SAC Simon Armstrong

Avid autograph hunter Hartley Moyes made a special visit to RAF Waddington to add to his prized collection of military signatures. Hartley, who has autographs dating from the days of the Royal Flying Corps, asked if Sgt Alan Robinson would also sign his treasured stamp cover (pictured inset left) – signed by Sir Douglas Bader. Gp Capt Bader was the first man with a prosthetic leg to fly the Spitfire and Defence Equipment and Support worker Sgt Robinson became the first amputee to fly a Spitfire solo since World War II aces Bader and Colin ‘Hoppy’ Hodgkinson. Sgt Robinson, who lost his right leg just above the knee after a motorcycle accident in 2011, achieved his ambition to become a pilot last year.

Go Nuclear

Wounded veterans are seeking members of the public to take part alongside them in the gruelling Nuclear Races in May. Paraplegic Andy Bracey will be joined by amputees Rob Copsey, Hannah Campbell, Colin Branch, Andrew Stockton and Matty Woollard – who are raising funds for military charity Blesma, the Limbless Veterans. The charity has 500 places to fill for the 7k obstacle race (pictured above) on May 13. n For details call: 020 8548 7089, go to: or email:



The unique benefits of boarding Tips for parents and children considering boarding school. The unique educational experience provided by a British boarding school affords modern families with a top quality education and a flexible solution to family life. Academic achievements are fundamental in this fast-changing, global working world, but the ‘extras’ are what really make a boarding school experience count. The boarding culture fosters meaningful relationships with peers and house staff enabling pupils to gain independence and experience a breadth of opportunities. Each school will have their own specialism and cater for a wide variety of children but what all will have in common is their care for each individual child. At the heart of every boarding school is the philosophy to ensure that each child is happy, thrives and succeeds, whatever their interests or talents. Whether on the sports field, the concert hall or in the classroom you can be certain that all boarding schools seek to help all pupils achieve their full potential. The structured environment and extended school days are designed to offer pupils a wealth of valuable life experience, in turn enabling them to gain independence and be well-prepared for life beyond school. ‘Opportunity’ is word cited time and again within boarding schools. Access to new experiences and guidance by tutors and house parents, ensures that each pupil is supported academically and emotionally through the ‘difficult’ teenage years. Opportunity coupled with outstanding facilities, famous alumni, top academic records, small classes... the list goes on - it is the family culture of each boarding house where meaningful relationships with peers and house staff are fostered. Parents may choose for their child to attend boarding school on a full, weekly or flexi-board basis,

according to their family schedule. Visits, support at concerts, pitch-side and events are encouraged, as is communication via Skype, email and FaceTime. Boarding schools work hard to make the transition from home to school as smooth as possible. A sense of community and a busy life outside the classroom while facilitating contact with home helps a child to settle quickly and enjoy all that school life has to offer. Most pupils will report that ‘spending time with friends’ is the best part of attending a boarding school. An additional benefit of the boarding community for parents is access to experienced staff who have ‘seen it all before’. In an age where social media bombards teenagers and many parents face a growing minefield through which to navigate, boarding staff are trained to ensure that the welfare, academically and emotionally, is their number one priority. The happiness of the boarding house depends upon the happiness of individual boarders and the strength of the relationships they build with each other. There is no doubt that boarding will not suit every child or family. But for the right child, in the right school, it can offer an enriching life experience, preparing them for life beyond school. Learning to live with others with respect and tolerance and having the ability to resolve conflict when it occurs are key skills that pupils will need when they enter the working world and experience the challenges of twenty first century. More often than not, the achievements, friendships and interests cultivated at boarding school, last a lifetime. During 2015/2016 the Boarding Schools’ Association celebrated its 50th year and while many advances in technology have occurred since its inception, the values of education and outstanding care still exist. For further information about the Boarding Schools’ Association and to search for a boarding school please visit




A school rich in talent and opportunity FOUNDED in 1912, Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate is a day and boarding school with 1500 pupils aged from 5 years to 18 years and from over 40 different countries. Set in 120 acres of beautiful North Yorkshire countryside, the campus has some of the most impressive study, boarding and leisure facilities in the independent school sector. 2016 saw QE celebrate its best ever ALevel results. Queen Ethelburga’s College was ranked the top day and boarding school in the North of England, according to the Daily Telegraph 2016 League Table for percentage A*/A A levels and equivalent qualifications. It scored 87% which ranked it top in the North and the second UK day and boarding school overall. The Faculty of Queen Ethelburga’s, the Collegiate’s other Sixth Form school, scored 84% with its percentage of A*/A A levels and equivalent qualifications in the Daily Telegraph table, placing it second in the North and fourth in the list of UK day and boarding schools. King’s Magna Middle School takes pupils from age 10 years to 14 years. Here the transition is made from classbased teaching to specialist teaching, so that by Years 8 and 9, all subjects will be taught by specialist teachers.

2016 saw the school’s best A-Level results By Year 11 students will choose to attend the College, which offers a more traditional academic route of learning with GCSEs and A levels, or the Faculty, which offers GCSEs and A levels but also more vocational BTEC subjects such as performing arts, fashion or sports science. For many students though, Queen

Ethelburga’s is more than a school, it is their home too, and the boarding facilities are simply exemplary. Student bedrooms and apartments are all air-conditioned and have their own en-suite facilities and for the older students, their own kitchen area. Each room has a direct dial telephone, satellite plasma television with timed gaming port and DVD player. House parents are on hand 24 hours a day to help with prep, heat up hot chocolate or to listen to career ideas. New to September 2016 are our new floodlit 3G and grassed sports pitches. We run a Cricket Academy which is being run in partnership with The Yorkshire County

Cricket Club. This runs alongside our existing sporting academies – the Rugby Academy, supported by Leeds Rugby Academy and Foundation at Leeds Carnegie and the Netball Academy run by Yorkshire Jets. There will be further development of existing programmes in football, swimming, hockey and basketball, all will have the advantage of use of the facilities in our £30m Sports Village. Queen Ethelburga’s motto is about ambition and excellence – “to be the best that I can with the gifts that I have” – it is a school rich in talent and opportunities and well deserves such a maxim.

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


An education for life music, drama and the Duke of Edinburgh Award as well as a new Combined Cadet Force due to launch in September 2018. Our sports teams including hockey, squash, tennis and rugby enjoy local and regional success across all age groups. The school benefits from outstanding facilities for both music and drama with pupils able to perform in remarkable concerts and productions throughout the year. Our choristers recently took part in the recording of the charity single “Tears of the World� to raise funds for the International Bomber Command Centre.

Outstanding results Our Sunday Times Top 100 rated Preparatory School achieved outstanding SATs results in 2016, far exceeding the national average in all areas: * Reading: 93% (national average 66%) * Mathematics: 86% (national average 70%)

* Grammar, punctuation and spelling: 89% (national average 72%) Likewise, our sixth form excelled again this year with 88% of our pupils going on to their first choice destination after Year 13, with 30% attending the prestigious Russell Group of universities. Excellent co-curricular programme Our comprehensive co-curricular programme offers our pupils the opportunity to develop their confidence and skills by taking part in a wide variety of activities including sport,

Pupil focused pastoral care Our staff understand the important role that excellent pastoral care and a focus on pupil well-being plays in developing confident and assured young adults that are able to fulfil their potential both academically and socially. The best way to find out whether Lincoln Minster School is right for your child is to visit us, enjoy a pupil led tour of our facilities and meet with our dedicated staff. For more information about our open days or to book at taster day for your child, please contact our Registrar, Mandy Stuffins on 01522 551 300 or email



Open Days from Nursery to Sixth Form: Saturday 18 March, 9.30am-12.30pm Tuesday 23 May, 1.30-3.30pm Friday 30 June, 1.30-3.30pm Visit or call 01522 551 300 for more information



Located on a beautiful 150-acre site near Dover, Kent, The Duke of York’s Royal Military School is a state boarding school for students aged 11 to 18. We welcome applications from students who want to study GCSE’s, A Levels and BTEC at this unique and iconic school with its military traditions. Graded ‘Good’ in all categories by Ofsted, the school provides excellent academic facilities and continuity of education, as well as supportive pastoral care.

‘It’s all about the students’ The Phantom of the Opera The School’s international musical production of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ was spectacularly performed over four nights in late November. Partnering with West Point High School, Virginia in the United States, students magnificently rose to the challenge of gruelling dance, singing and acting rehearsals while working with another cast 3,500 miles away.

The School recently welcomed its new Principal, Mr Alex Foreman (pictured), who has moved from Kings School in Germany. Mr Foreman’s background with British Forces Germany, has enabled him to appreciate the benefit that military values and a military ethos can have on the learning culture of a school, and which the students from both military and nonmilitary backgrounds who study here fully embrace. Mr Foreman acknowledges ‘it’s all about the students’ and recognises that all Dukies live and breathe the School’s mantra of ‘Looking forward with Confidence, Looking back with Pride’, He said: “Every day I’m amazed by our students and feel the core military values they show for themselves and towards others is evident to anyone they meet. My mission is to continue developing


leadership capabilities throughout the school, empowering staff and students to ensure that our learning community experiences great opportunities, great teaching and great outcomes.”

Juniors enjoy sporting success in Holland Funded by Old Dukie, Paul Harrington and Law Firm Irwin Mitchell, 31 Junior Dukies from Years 7 and 8 visited Holland for a short developmental Hockey Tour in half term. They trained really hard and it is starting to pay off, as the U13 junior A team boys secured a confident win (8-1) over local competition, Harvey Grammar School.

The school made me ‘life ready’ “SEVEN years have gone by so fast, and it feels like only yesterday when I was a fresh-faced Year 7 getting lost on the way to lessons. Seven years sounds like a long time, however it has been the most amazing experience and has truly flown by. Not only has this School provided me with some brilliant learning opportunities and sporting experiences, but also a group of friends that I am happy to call my family, and memories to carry for a lifetime. Having climbed the ladder to where I am now, I am very grateful that I made the decision to not only come to this School, but to continue on my journey into Sixth Form. This Sixth Form is prestigious, with an excellent approach to learning, great opportunities to undertake responsibilities, and a huge network of support for university and life after School. Nothing has given me such a sense of pride than representing the School in netball, hockey and tennis. Going from Year 7, having never picked up a netball before, to being appointed 1st team netball captain this year. My wish for all those who are on this journey is to embrace what School life has to offer; this School has made me, and will make you, life-ready, and so my final words are: “thank you to my teachers and peers for shaping me into the independent and well-rounded person I will be when leaving through the School gates in July”. Sophie, Senior Prefect


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Jay wings it with scholarship A Shropshire man has become one of just 30 serving RAF Regular and Reserve Junior Ranks to receive a flying scholarship, sponsored by the RAF Charitable Trust. Air Force Engineer SAC Jay Butler, 21, applied for the Junior Rank Pilot Scholarship Scheme, which offers 15 hours of flying training, to help gain his pilot’s licence. SAC Butler, based with 8 Sqn at RAF Waddington, said: “I hope to achieve everything I can with the scholarship scheme. It would also put me in good stead for competitive gliding, which would love to take up. “I strongly encourage others to apply for the scheme next year.” SAC Jay (pictured right) is also hoping to qualify for extra funding under the scholarship’s top-up scheme to extend his flying training. More than 400 rookie pilots applied for this year’s scholarships aimed at giving junior ranks the chance to experience the thrill of flying. More than 40 RAF personnel have completed the course since it was launched in 2015. Justine Morton, RAFCT Director, said: “Congratulations to Jay and all those who were selected for this year’s scholarship intake. They have a very exciting few months ahead of them and I wish them the best of luck. “The Trust sponsors the scholarship scheme each year to provide more flying opportunities for young personnel who otherwise

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all adds up: Olivia and Lucy celebrate

Egg heads crack science challenge

may not get the chance. “The scheme’s success over the past two years shows the difference this funding can make to the lives of our JRs, as well as highlighting just how much appetite there is for youngsters

to get involved in aviation.” RAFFCA Project Officer Flt Lt Chris Hives said: “It’s great to see so many young people with an interest in aviation getting excited about the scheme, and this meant that the

competition for this year’s JRPSS was tougher than ever – we received a record total of 468 applications. All of this year’s scholars should be extremely proud to have got through such a robust selection process.

Young boffins Olivia Goodwin and Lucy Dennis scooped top hours in this year’s Junior Engineer Challenge. The pupils from North Cerney Academy netted £500 for their school after successfully completing the problem-solving engineering challenge, funded by the RAF Charitable Trust and STEMworks. Twenty primary schools from the Cotswolds put their engineering skills to the test with the Air Drop Challenge. Teams had to build a carrier to deliver an egg safely, without breaking it, judged by Red Arrows engineers. Principal Jane Burr said: “The pupils really enjoyed taking part in the challenge. “We are going to use the prize money to raise the profile of science.”


Top cadet Iva takes on Waddington VIP spot Staff Reporter High flying Iva Magpantay is heading for RAF Waddington after being selected as the Station Commander’s cadet. Air Cadet Magpantay beat a host of other contenders from across Lincolnshire to win the prestigious year-long posting which will give her VIP access to the station – home to the RAF’s fleet of surveillance aircraft. Cadet Magpantay said: “When I was informed that I had been selected I was surprised and elated

at the same time. I am very grateful for the opportunity and excited to be able to witness a side of the RAF that cadets do not normally have the chance to see. “I’m really looking forward to carrying out my responsibilities and duties to the Station Commander, such as attending  the Freedom of Lincoln parade in April. “ Sixteen-year-old Iva (pictured right) takes over the post from outgoing commander’s cadet FS Ellie Sisson. Her duties will include joining Station Commander Gp Capt Al Marshall on official engagements and acting as an ambassador for her unit, 1237 North Hykeham Sqn. Waddington Station Commander Gp Capt Al Marshall said: “Iva excelled at interview has proven herself academically and I am sure she will be an excellent ambassador for the Air Training Corps.” Over to you: Outgoing commander’s cadet Ellie Sisson welcomes her successor Iva Magpantay to Waddington

up and away: Cadets get on board

Training revamp to boost recruitment The ATC has launched a new training programme aimed at younger members to boost recruitment. Under the new Progressive Training Syllabus, 13-year-old recruits will be able to take part in flying and glider training, while a new set of blue, bronze, silver and gold packages will allow cadets to gain nationally recognised awards and qualifications. The new training system is the biggest shake up in cadet activities for 75 years, a spokesman said.

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Serg is a Ringmaster Prestigious title defence in Rotherham shows level boxer and association has risen to in recent year

EYE-TO-EYE: Above, RAF Gugliotta prepares for his title defence, left, focused on his opponent as the bout gets underway PHOTO: SBS

THE TEAMWORKS: Above, Gugliotta listens to his coach between rounds, below, with his team after his title defence, inset, the belt PHOTOS: SBS

Staff Reporter HQ Air Command SAC Sergio Gugliotta recently made his first defence of his English Southern Area Title in front of a crowd of hundreds at the Magna Centre in Rotherham. On a bill featuring 10 title fights, Gugliotta was one of five UK Armed Forces boxers battling for honours. Gugliotta won the title defeating James Martin from Malden ABC at Connaught Hall, Norfolk in December last year. The RAF Honington man

brought his own support, with 25 vocal and willing fans having travelled up to cheer him on.

Recent performances show that RAF boxing is going from strength to strength

The loyal fans were not disappointed as Gugliotta faced Lee Cutler of Poole ABC in what was

one of his closest (and toughest) fights in recent memory over three, three-minute rounds. Some excellent work to the body, along with his characteristically relentless approach, saw him retain his belt by way of a split decision. SAC Gugliotta said: “To retain my belt in front of friends colleagues and a big crowd, and on a bill with other UKAF boxers, was a proud achievement. The calibre of performances in recent tournaments and competitions shows that RAF boxing is going from strength to strength and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

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Guts led to IS glory Inters bring out best in Alpine, boarder and Telemark stars as titles won and run close Dan Abrahams Meribel, France THERE WAS action from all sides with records being set and titles reclaimed as the Service shone on the slopes at Meribel, France for the Inter-Services Alpine Winter Sports event. All three disciplines saw RAF involvement in skiing, snowboarding and telemark and following a hugely successful RAF Championships in Austria the teams were gunning for glory in France, with each looking to take back titles. Only two managed the feat, with the women’s ski team coming out on top, while the men’s snowboarders joined them on the podium top spot. Led by Flt Lt Claire Nixon, the

women’s ski team were front and centre throughout the week of action, with Cpl Rachel Hughes being the association’s new star, ably supported by Sqn Ldr Caitlin Wroe, and the rest of the team.

The girls had a fabulous few days here, we had so many brilliant runs, it was amazing

Nixon said: “The girls had a fabulous few days here, we had so many brilliant runs, it was amazing.” The men’s ski team battled hard but suffered a frustrating week, missing out on race points by the narrowest of times, but despite this

they fought hard until the final race. The boarding fraternity started brilliantly by taking all podium spots in the men’s Boarder Cross, with the girls taking top spot in the same race through team captain Sqn Ldr Claire Collis. Further excellent displays saw the men’s team led by Cpl Andy Amphlett reclaim the title, while the girls’ suffered a heartbreaking second place, and are now gunning for top spot next year. Amphlett said: “The guys smashed it all over the park, they were brilliant throughout.” In Telemark, the team boasted the only female competitor in the guise of Sqn Ldr Clare Thomas, and although they finished third they were competitive throughout, producing several top 10 finishes, much to the delight of team captain Sqn Ldr Johnno Young.

MERIBEL TIME WAS HAD BY ALL: Be it on skis or boards the Service’s stars shone brightly on the French slopes PhotoS: SAC CHRISTOPHER THOMPSON-WATTS/SGT MIKE O’NEILL

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SLOPING OFF: Above, night racing was held in ski and snoawboard disicplines and provided an extra special spectacle for locals and athletes alike, the action was non-stop and fast-paced throughout  Photo: SAC CHRISTOPHER THOMPSON-WATTS/SGT MIKE O’NEILL

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corner job: Above, Hall’s ford drive during a hill climb in last year’s WRC World


Rally man Hall pays it back to Service Co-driver races in WRC after beloved RAF helped him build his dream Daniel Abrahams Air Command IN JUST five short years former SAC Phil Hall has gone from Service rally co-driver to competing on the biggest stage of his sport, the World Championships. Hall, 28, who is preparing to start his second season in the sport, racing with Ford alongside a young upcoming British driver, has began working with his beloved RAF to raise the profile of the sport further, with, in his own words: ‘Exciting plans ahead for 2017’. Hall, who began competing in rallying when he was 12 became one of the sports youngest competitors at British Championship in the 2006/07 season, before going on to compete at national level in 2008, but he began to make greater strides when he joined the RAF in 2011 as an Intelligence Analyst, being posted to 5(AC) Squadron at RAF Waddington. He said: “The Service were brilliant in supporting me, to think it has taken me five years to go from grass roots rallying to international level. “OK I am only in the middle classes of the World Championship, but the journey has been incredible and the RAF Motorsports Association was heavily involved in helping me achieve my dreams. “There are not many employers who would help their staff reach such goals, it was impressive when you consider there were no elite status rally drivers at that time,

so nobody knew how to help sort things for me, but the RAF did.” Having represented the Service in the British Rally Championship and American Rally Championship in 2014 with podium finishes in both series, Hall competed in 15 events at a National and International level and was offered the chance to compete at the 2015 European championship. He was left facing a decision between his Service life or a full-time career as a rally co-driver. He said: “I loved my time in the RAF, it was a really tough decision, but I felt I had to take the opportunity when it arose. “I now use my position to spread the word on the Service and also I love talking with personnel and passing on advice about the sport in the Service and what the RAF can offer, I never miss an opportunity to do the same if I am interviewed by the press, why shouldn’t I?” Hall who started out with the Toyota team alongside Japanese star driver Hiroki Aria, in a second season at world championship level in a Ford, alongside Kenyan Karan Patel and Ford, is now one of two co-drivers at the highest tier of the MSA Academy programme (MSA UK Motor Sports Association of the UK). The programme sees him mentored by World Championship legend (and co-driver to the late Colin McRae), Nicky Grist. From this course Hall will pass on his knowledge to upcoming drivers and the wider rally world. He added: “Year-on-year the rally association goes from

FULL SPEED: Above main, Hall co-driving for Ford, below, post race 

strength to strength, the growth is phenomenal and there are great opportunities, it is a team sport so drivers, mechanics, everyone gets to benefit.” Hall, who was keeping mum on what the year holds, could not hide his excitement at plans that are in the pipeline for the association. He said: “I am really looking forward to working with them on some really exciting projects, I am also in a great position with my new

driver, who sadly I cannot reveal the name of just yet, but suffice to say he has the world of motor sport at his feet. “For me, in my second year in the World’s, this is a perfect opportunity.” To find out more about RAF Motor Sport Association rally and motorssport visit: rafmotorsports. To find details of rally events visit:


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World awaits duo SOUTH AFRICA and France are the destinations for Northolt hockey stars Fg Off Andrew Seimann and SAC Liam Sanford who are representing their respective countries at international level in qualifiers for the Hockey World Cup.

Seimann, pictured, is a veteran of the Welsh hockey team with 87 caps to his name, he will be competing in a three-test series in France, before heading to Ireland for the world cup qualifier match. Sanford is just beginning his hockey career having been selected to play for England after just eight months in the sport. He will be joining the senior England side in South Africa for their test series. The pair will be aiming for a place in their respective Commonwealth Games squads in 2018, before that they will take part in the Inter-Services Hockey Championships at HMS Temerraire, Portsmouth, March 7-9.

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Sport indoor climbing

Over the hill and up the wall Expert training sees RAF News man conquer fear of heights and try a new sport Daniel Abrahams RAF Northolt SO A fear of heights and indoor climbing might not be a match made in heaven, but in the pursuit of all thing sport I headed to Northolt to try my hand at the sport and get some expert tutoring while I was at it. The wall in question has been housed at the station since 2013 and at first glance looks pretty daunting, reaching roughly 30 foot in height, roughly 21 foot wide, flanked either side by two bouldering walls, which at around 18 feet high look a lot more palatable. My tutor for the day, or at least until I lost my nerve was SAC Rachel Fairclough, a qualified Rock Climbing Supervisor (RCS), who even with Joint Service Adventure Training (JSAT) experience under her belt, had her work cut out with me. After struggling to put the harness correctly, to be honest I put it on the wrong way round, not the most auspicious of starts, I was then shown a few hand and arm stretches and warm up routines, to help reduce the possibility of a ‘pump on’, which can occur after a few goes up and down the wall. I was then put through a simple drill to get used to the wall and the grips, which involved moving around the wall touching various grips with feet placed close to the wall’s edge, the second time I was told to balance on the lowest level of grips, then it was time for the real thing. I was shown the ropes literally, which are run through the karabiner (clamp) and how to make sure I was not likely to fall, this point being very important to me, I listened intently before being told to try to make my way up the wall using the black grip, or Hold as it is named. Like a duck to water, well more like a duck to wall climbing, I tentatively took a grip on the first hold and began my way up, forefront in my mind was the advice to use my legs equally if not more than my arms, to move up the wall.

UP AND AWAY: Above, Abrahams gets to grips with the wall and ledge PHOTO: SAC MATTHEW BAKER

This made perfect sense to me and although not easy to do, it worked wonders as I kept my eyes focused straight ahead, rather then looking down, I acknowledged SAC Fairclough’s advice and encouragement by nodding or grunting, as she belayed for me. I must admit to finding the wall not too difficult to scale using the black holds, these are obviously the beginners’ holds, larger with more pronounced grip, it is the final hold, or making it that involved me taking a leap of faith, and with the full encouragement from below I did it. The feeling of elation was palpable and forgetting my previous Acrophobia (fear of heights) I looked down and began an excited chat with my tutor, who in my opinion had now reached god-like status having managed to get up the wall in the first place. The second climb, oh yes no rest for the wicked, was done using a self-belay, and I was told to attempt to climb using the white holds, and to attempt to climb up working my way around a ledge, it all seemed to go to plan and having planned my ascent before I made any moves, the route was much easier. Another bit of advice from Fairclough, which

KNOT GETTING IT: Above main, SAC Fairclough talks me through the basics for ropes and Krabiner work, below, a warm-up of getting used to the wall and various holds  PHOTO: SAC MATTHEW BAKER

proved very helpful. It was only after I took another leap and jumped away from the wall to return to terra ferma that I realised how far away I was from conquering the sport as SAC Fairclough showed me a route up the wall I could have chosen, using a different body shape and seemingly walking up the first few holds like a staircase. The simplicity of her approach was impressive, and left me knowing I have a way to go, but having overcome my fear of heights, I will be back. Northolt Climbing Club has around 25 members, with new members always welcome. It holds a weekly climbing club on Tuesday nights from 5.30pm at Northolt gymnasium. For information email:

Full strength Vulcans storm to Anglo victory THE ANNUAL Anglo Cup clash in Telford proved that size does matter as the RAF Vulcans used a full compliment to beat an under strength Bluewings side 12-2. The cup is competed for by the Service’s English clubs in a league system, with the top two battling it out at the Telford Ice Rink. Oxford based Bluewings arrived at the game with only 10 players, while the Vulcans had 17, and, despite a battling display,

the Wings went behind after just two minutes, through US Navy Lt Andy Burcham. SAC Tom Hill, SAC Chris ‘Oldy’ Old and another for Burcham made it four. The second period saw Wings reply with a goal, as RAF ice hockey veteran, Cpl Greg Symonds and SAC Jason Devaney, saw a goal scored by SAC Si Cryer, but it ended 10-2, with Burcham securing his hat-trick. Devaney added to the

Bluewings score, but as they pressed, creating some good passages of play, legs began to tire and with no fresh replacements available, they conceded three more. A quiet third period saw only two more goals, but once again they came from the Vulcans, for a final score of 13-2, as SAC Lewis McCabe and Fg Off Mark Orr found the net, before SAC Old, Vulcans captain, lifted the cup.

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Reigning in Spain Training camp’s best set up for coming season Dan Abrahams High Wycombe A COMBINED team of RAF downhill and Gravity Enduro riders took to the hills and trails of Malaga for their annual training camp, which was also made open to development riders hoping to ride for the Service this year. The 12-man team took to trials normally used by professional teams such as Trek World Racing, Maddison Saracen and Santa Cruz, and were dry, steep and dusty, with plenty of rocks and jumps proving testing for riders. A spokesman for the team said: “Riders were descending up to 5500 feet each day, with the trials stretching across southern Spain including Granada and Benalmedina. “Our focus was to improve race results during the UK race season and at Inter-Services. As race times are taken on the descents we concentrated on that and avoid wasting energy climbing back up. “In temperatures reaching 21c both training and bike set ups were perfect.”

GET DOWN: Service riders take on rising temepratures and dusty downhills during the excellent training camp in southern Spain recently

Our focus was to improve race results during the UK race season and at InterServices.

The downhill year will see riders compete across England, Wales and Scotland, throughout the full British season, against fields including sponsored teams on

professional tracks when the year starts in April. Combined Services titles, along with Inter-Services are also factured into the season. For the enduro team races on a mix of national standards sponsored teams are involved, with three to five stages included in each race, with climbing times to race start points being undertaken in a specified time. For further information on the team and the sport contact: raf.dh@


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SAC James Bairstow RAF Cosford A RESOLUTE defensive display helped Sgt Kevin Barry’s side keep their recent good form going, with a hard-fought 1-0 home victory against a strong Hartbury College side at RAF Cosford. Barry singled out his defence and keeper for praise, saying: “This was just what we needed before our trip to Akrotiri next month. The back four and the keeper were fantastic today, but we defended well all over the pitch. “A lot of our players are in good form and have been very consistent this season, but there is still more to come from this fantastic group of players. Sgt Carl Evans was man-of-thematch today. He was magnificent throughout, and he marshalled the back four tremendously. “It was a really competitive game and it was just what we needed at this stage of the season.” The game was a lively and even affair from start to finish. Cpl Steve Norton went close on two

occasions for the hosts, but could not break the deadlock, while the visitors could not find a way past LAC Dan Gorman, between the posts, as the early exchanges ended goalless. The hosts’ opened the scoring on 38 minutes following an excellent counter-attack which saw midfielder Sgt Lewis Brownhill deliver an exquisite pin-point cross that was headed home with aplomb by in-form striker Cpl David Webb. After the break the visitors came out firing and grabbed the game by the neck, forcing the hosts into 15 minutes of resolute defending. Barry’s men found a second wind and dominated the final half an hour, with Brownhill and SAC Nathan Martland, both going close. The away side refused to lie down, creating two half chances before the end of the game. Barry, who now takes a freshly selected 20-man squad to Cyprus, said: “I’ve managed to whittle my squad down to just 20 players which wasn’t easy. I was spoilt for choice – but I am confident that I have picked the best squad available to me.” The team will face the Army at Aldershot on March 15, before

hosting the Navy at Shrewsbury town’s Greenhaus stadium on March 29.

Bobsleigh squad LAC Dan Gorman Sqn Ldr Mark Bowden SAC Hayden Pain Sgt Carl Evans SAC Dan Dixon SAC James McGowan SAC Ben Greenwood Cpl Matt Ellis Cpl Tim Claisse Cpl Dan Gardner Cpl Alex Woodhouse SAC Christopher Peel Sgt Lewis Brownhill SAC Liam Corrigan Cpl David Webb Cpl Mike Campbell Cpl Steve Norton SAC Nathan Martland Flt Lt Kyle Hickinbottom Cpl Mike Atkinson

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Full steam on MARKING THE number of Service personnel who have died since World War II by running the figure in miles is how personnel of XI(F) Squadron are showing their respect and raising money. The small team will complete the total distance of 16122km

with the aim of raising £2000 for the Reagen Jack Rainbow charity, which supports children with lifethreatening illnesses and complex needs. The charity recently won a Pride of Britain award. So far the team have realised £280, to sponsor them visit: https:// xisquadronchallenge

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TOUGHING IT OUT: Main, RAF women make a break in the hard-fought clash against British Police, below, none shall then pass PHOTOS: SAC Nicholas Egan

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Daniel Abrahams Meribel, France THE SERVICE’S rugby union women’s team fought out a classic game of two halves in their final IS warm-up game against a British Police side. Succumbing 31-14 Niall Thompson’s charges took to the field with the noticeable omission of their international stars and played out a frustrating first half where handling errors proved costly. Thompson said: “We knew they would be tough opposition, which is exactly what we needed. The girls are still on an upward curve, which is all we can ask from them, but we gave them their points in the first half and once we cut out the mistakes we were a completely different side and made a good game of it.” Going behind in the first few minutes they fought back to run over through Flt Lt Linda McClean who produced a great run to score, with Fg off Sophie Gale converting. McClean would later be sent off for

a high last gasp tackle late in the half. Inconsistent refereeing saw offisides from the visitors go unpunished and a high tackle after the break was also missed. Thompson, who had made changes at the break had to watch as the opening 10 minutes of the half were lost through continual stoppages. When they were allowed to run, the RAF produced a great half of play, dominating in the line outs, SAC(T) Dale and SAC Roz Mills proved a thorn in the Police’s side. The on the hour mark Cpl Charlotte Williams produced a wonder try, cutting to the byline on the Police 10-yard, she checked inside past two, before sprinting on angle across the visitors’ lines for a converted try for a final score of 14-31.

Late Navy blasts sink MDS A LATE goal in their opening fixture saw the Service’s development side beat the Army, and a late show robbed them of the IS crown as they were sunk 3-0 by the Navy. A change in formation to 4-14-1 did not halt the Service U23 side from getting off to a flyer, producing some slick passing on the HMS Temeraire pitch, but it was the hosts who went closest in the opening exchanges seeing a free kick fly just over the bar. Some heavy tackles began to fly in causing the referee to talk with the players to calm things down, from there the RAF produced a good spell of pressure, with an effort from Cpl Michael Atkinson nearly sneaking in. The visitors then produced the best phase of play in the half, as they first saw a free kick superbly saved, winning the ball back following great pressure. The RAF then saw chances from AC Bradley Crooks and SAC Liam Beckett, but the deadlock could not be broken. Just before the half

finished there was time for the Navy to input into the game and only a fantastic stop by the RAF defender SAC Elliot Smith saw the half finish at 0 – 0. An unsteady start by the visitors after the break was altered after 52 minutes when SAC Jackson Hall saw a goal disallowed following his header from a free kick swung in from the right angle of the Navy penalty area. Wheeling away in celebration Jackson’s joy was cut short as the linesman’s flag ruled the chance offside. Four minutes later the

Navy had a similar goal disallowed as the pace of the action began to pick up. The next action saw LAC Matthew Cape save well and clear long upfield, but the RAF could not capitalize on the opportunity, and minutes later LAC Craig Daley got caught in two minds and his header back to Cape saw a Navy forward nip in to score. The second came straight form a corner minutes later, with cape booked for his protestation with the referee that he was impeded. The final nail in the coffin came on the stroke of 90 minutes.

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RAF News 10 Mar 2017  

RAF News is the official newspaper of the Royal Air Force featuring the latest news, features and sport from across the Service and UK Defen...

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