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Bucket list appeal makes battling airwoman Emily's Big Apple wish comes true Tracey Allen Brize-based airwoman SAC Emily Kendrick battling terminal cancer has realised a lifelong wish to travel to New York – after donations flooded in following an emotional bucket list appeal. The 25-year-old RAF air stewardess said she was 'overwhelmed' by the response of Forces friends and members of the public who donated cash to the crowdfunding appeal organised by mum Sonia, raising more than £7000. Emily drew up a 'bucket list' of

things she wanted to do after she was diagnosed with inoperable ovarian cancer in 2016. The response to the appeal has allowed her to travel to the States with Mum Sonia, sister Amy and grandmother Janet. The family arrived at the airport in a limo and British Airways arranged for them to stay in a five star hotel in Times Square in the heart of New York. Mum Sonia said: "Emily had a fantastic time. I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for helping us to make these memories. l See p5

CROWDFUNDING BONANZA: Brize airwoman Emily, left, enjoying a chopper ride over New York with sister Amy

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It was great meeting the man from the telly. I want to be a hero like him

Six-year-old Henry Conway who donated his birthday cash to veterans after a TV appeal – p15

Boffin Prof Brian Cox on the impending end of the world which he says is probably coming– p9

The most likely apocalypse is the one we cause ourselves through ignorance

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‘Wipe this evil from the map’ Defence chief Williamson calls on RAF to hunt down last Daesh fanatics and protect UK streets from terror Staff Reporter RAF combat crews are spearheading the coalition mission to obliterate the last Daesh fanatics holding out in Eastern Syria and halt the threat of UK terror attacks. RAF Tornados, Typhoons and Reaper aircraft launched New Year strikes as Syrian Democratic Forces closed in on isolated positions near Abu Kamal, close to the eastern border with Iraq. The latest combat operations come as Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson warned that Daesh extremists driven from the region could target the UK and other coalition nations. Speaking on a fact finding tour of the region where he held talks with political leaders, Mr Williamson said: “The dangers we face are changing and intensifying rapidly. “Eliminating the threat from terrorism is critical to our security at home and abroad. “Only by defeating this evil and barbaric group will we reduce the deadly threat Daesh poses to us. We will not stop until their global network is destroyed.” The group’s so-called caliphate was declared dead following the liberation of Mosul in Iraq and then Raqqa in Syria, in October last year. Since then coalition commanders have tracked and destroyed groups of fighters holding out in more

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Only by defeating this evil will we reduce the deadly threat Daesh poses. We will not stop until their global network is destroyed

In the latest operations an unmanned Reaper aircraft launched Hellfire missile strikes on terrorists targeting Syrian Forces with heavy

Fight against terror: Defence Secretary Williamson with members of the RAF’s 83 EAG, spearheading attacks against Daesh. Left, talks with senior political and military figures PHOTO: CPL DAVID PARNHAM

weapons and mortars. In separate attacks Typhoons tracked Daesh fighters to a building which was destroyed in a Paveway IV strike. Tornados blitzed two buildings being used as a base by terrorist fighters. Since the fall of Raqqa, RAF combat chiefs revealed they have halted a number of potential

attacks on the UK by tracking and destroying extremist cells. There are currently more than 600 UK troops deployed to Iraq providing military, intelligence and medical training to Iraqi security forces under a threeyear programme which has so far trained an estimated 60,000 Iraqi security personnel.

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Crowdfunding appeal gets young SAC with cancer to the Big Apple

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A terminally-ill young airwoman’s big dream has come true… thanks partly to help from people she has never met. SAC Emily Kendrick, based at RAF Brize Norton, is battling ovarian cancer and the 25-yearold was desperate to complete as many items on her ‘bucket list’ as possible, including a trip to New York. Her mum Sonia launched an online crowdfunding appeal to raise £5000 towards the trip and the public were so moved by the young air stewardess’s story her JustGiving Fund reached more than £7,200. Emily, her sister Amy, Sonia and grandmother Janet made the trip to the Big Apple last month. Sonia said: “Emily had a fantastic time. I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for helping us to make these memories.” Janet had been saving up to pay for the holiday and money was spent on paying for her and Amy, 28, to go with them. Sonia and Emily (pictured right) had planned to visit the USA for

Sonia’s 50th birthday next year but needed fundraising help to make the trip as soon as possible due to the uncertainty with Emily’s health. Sonia organised a limousine to take the family from the airport to the city and British Airways arranged for them to stay in a fivestar hotel on Times Square.

She’s gone back to work now, she’s amazing. I take my hat off to her every day. We had her home with us for three weeks and had a lovely time, so it was quite hard when she went back to Brize

Sonia said: “We saw all the sights: Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. We also went to the 9/11 Memorial, which was very moving.” The women also did some shopping

HEAD FOR HEIGHTS: Emily with mum Sonia at the Empire State Building

in New York’s famous department stores. The icing on the cake for Emily was a surprise helicopter trip over the city for her and Amy – Sonia’s Christmas present to them. She handed over the tickets while the group were having dinner at the Rockefeller Center. She said: “I’d arranged it all beforehand and when I gave Emily an envelope with the tickets in it she thought it was amazing.” Emily, from South Wales, has also been able to tick a few more items off her bucket list, including seeing The Lion King on stage in London and spending New Year’s Eve in the capital to see the fireworks and take a trip on the London Eye. The airwoman, who joined the RAF at 17, is currently working in a ground-based role. Her duties have included flying to Afghanistan to help bring injured Service personnel home. Sonia said: “She’s gone back to work now, she’s amazing. I take my hat off to her every day. We had her home with us for three weeks and had a lovely time, so it was quite

AIRBORNE AGAIN: RAF stewardess Emily (left) with sister Amy in New York helicopter

hard when she went back to Brize. “She is adamant she’ll continue working. When she’s there she can be normal, just Emily, not ‘Emily with cancer’. It’s the same when she is travelling, she can be herself. Going away gave her a big boost.”

The next big item on her list is to see Wales play Ireland in Dublin next month in the Six Nations. Sonia and Emily have been invited by the Welsh Rugby Union to fly to Ireland with the team and watch the match.

CAPITAL IDEA: The young airwoman and her mother on the London Eye during a sightseeing trip to London



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RAF100 Service THE 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force will be celebrated in central London on Tuesday July 10, 2018. A limited number of tickets are available for the Service in Westminster Abbey (including reception), or access to the reception only on Horse Guards Parade, from where you will view the flypast. Applicants should provide the names, addresses, place and date of birth, Passport or Driving Licence number of individuals wishing to attend. Applications should be made in writing, and are to be accompanied by a stamped self-addressed envelope. Applications should reach: Mrs Michèle Small, SO3 RAF Ceremonial Events, RAF Ceremonial Office, RAF Northolt, Ruislip, Middlesex, HA4 6NG to arrive before April 3, 2018. Please clearly mark the rear of the envelope ‘PARADE’. To assist with the categorisation of tickets, applicants are requested to state which of the following is appropriate: either a

member of the general public, or Royal Air Force or Royal Auxiliary Air Force/ Reserve Force veterans who should provide their Service number. Please state if you are a wheelchair user. Tickets, and a note on dress and timings for the occasion will be issued four weeks before the Service. Those applicants wishing to attend the Service at Westminster Abbey should plan to be at the Abbey at 0845. Reception guests only should plan to be at Horse Guards Parade no later than 1045.

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Rare aircraft at Cosford COSFORD AIR Show’s organisers have announced details of three historic aircraft due to display at this year’s event on June 10. Visitors to the 2018 show, which celebrates the Royal Air Force’s centenary, will be treated to a flying display from a rare Supermarine Spitfire PRXI. This version of the Spitfire was a photoreconnaissance aircraft, designed to operate at high altitudes and high speeds, painted blue rather than the traditional camouflage pattern. The particular aircraft on display at the Air Show will be Spitfire PL965, which was operated from RAF Cosford for a short period during World War II. As well as a six-hour flying display, the show will feature a static exhibition of 100 aircraft, showcasing the history of the RAF and aircraft development over the last century. A unique example of the

Hawker Hurricane IIb – known as a ‘Hurribomber’ – will be exhibited in this lineup equipped with replica bombs. The 'Hurribombers' bravely carried the fight to the European mainland in late 1941 and early 1942, armed with a pair of 500lb bombs, together with an up-rated armament of 12 Browning .303-inch machine guns. Also included in the static line-up will be a Douglas C-47 Dakota, forming part of a tribute to the Berlin Airlift which remains the largest ever humanitarian airlift in history. During the Berlin Airlift British military and civilian aircraft flew more than 540,000 tons of cargo into the city. Air Show tickets will only be available in advance, and are £25 per adult, with accompanied under-16s free. QTickets are available from:


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Apocalypse now In the 90s his band said Things Can Only Get Better, but today pop star turned scientist Brian Cox says he isn’t so sure Tracey Allen PROFESSOR BRIAN Cox has revealed his belief that it is likely the world will face an apocalypse in the future. The scientist, TV presenter and RAF charity ambassador is the specialist advisor for new BBC drama series Hard Sun – a pre-apocalyptic crime show set in contemporary London. Prof Cox, who had a chart hit with 90s band D:Ream’s anthem Things Can Only Get Better, said: “The most likely apocalypse is one we cause ourselves by wiping ourselves out through ignorance. “We are potentially the only civilisation among two billion stars in our galaxy. “The most likely outcome is that we will wipe ourselves out by being stupid. But assuming we find a way to stop being stupid, we may still face an apocalypse. But at least we’ll know there’s nothing we can do about it.” The BBC put Cox in contact with Hard Sun writer Neil Cross, creator of hit TV detective series Luther, who, said the boffin ‘wanted to have a chat about different

FUTURE SHOCK: Clockwise, from above, Prof Cox at RAF Coningsby, Jim Sturgess and Agyness Deyn in a scene from Hard Sun, Cox with Dr Emma Egging

apocalyptic scenarios’. In Hard Sun, while investigating an inner city murder, detectives Charlie Hicks (Jim Sturgess) and Elaine Renko (Agyness Deyn) stumble on proof that the world faces certain destruction – in five years. Cox, a patron of the Jon Egging Trust, added: “There are conceivable apocalypses which you’d have notice of. There will be one in the future – the question is when.” The possibility

of an apocalypse doesn’t worry the top scientist, who is Professor of Particle Physics at the University of Manchester. He said: “Quite the reverse – it tells me that we’re extremely lucky. Understanding nature should tell us that we are astonishingly fortunate to be here. There may be very few places in the universe where beings can say that. That should inform us that we should study nature. The only insurance policy we have is to understand nature. He added: “It’s remarkable that Earth has survived for four and a half billion years without a major catastrophe wiping out all life.”


Marathon man Luke is one in a Millie-ion RAF VETERAN Luke Wigman, who beat serious injury to set a world endurance record after being wounded in Afghanistan, has won a coveted Millie for Overcoming Adversity. The ex Gunner, pictured, was co-winner of the Military Award, sponsored by The Sun, with his ex Army mate Ibi Ali, who was seriously injured in Iraq. Together the pair took part in one of the toughest races in existence – the World Marathon Challenge – where competitors have to run seven marathons in seven days on seven continents. They raised £1 million for a new Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Loughborough for fellow injured or sick personnel. Luke said: “Raising money for

a world class rehab centre is what this was all about, but we were delighted to be nominated for the Millies and we hope this raises more awareness for the DMRC and the life-changing difference it will make to those who suffer from serious trauma injuries.” The former SAC was treated at the DMRC at Headley Court in Surrey after his leg was shattered when he stepped on an IED in 2011. He said: “What got me through the marathons when the going got tough was thinking about why I was doing this and how the new centre would benefit other people – that gives you the drive to keep on.” He became the fastest British competitor to complete the World Marathon Challenge, knocking two-anda-half hours off the event’s world record time.

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News CROWD PLEASER: Show marked the return of iconic BBMF Lancaster after engine problems PHOTO: SAC NICK EGAN

Scampton air show is axed Organisers scrap plans for 2018 RAF centenary event SCAMPTON AIRSHOW will not return to mark the RAF’s centenary year, organisers have revealed. Despite attracting 50,000 visitors at its debut event in September last year, air show bosses have confirmed there will be no repeat performance in 2018, following reports of poor ticket sales. In a statement Scampton Airshow Ltd said: “We have

concluded that rather than stage an airshow in 2018, we will use next year to fully consider the many lessons learnt with the ambition of running an event in 2019.” It was hoped the event would mark the return of an annual air show to Lincolnshire after the show previously held at nearby RAF Waddington was axed in 2015 by defence chiefs over increased security concerns.

DEATH-DEFYING DUSTING is underway at RAF Cosford as cleaners spruce up some of the Service’s most iconic aircraft. Exhibits including a Meteor, Vulcan, Canberra and Lightning, are being given the brush off to remove dust that has gathered over the past year. Workers suspended from ropes connected to the metal rafters of the building carry out the spring clean which is expected to take four days to complete.

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News wall of gallantry

Swiss roll into Lossie Alps no match for Highlands for Top Gun combat drill

Singapore survivor signs on at Cranwell Tracey Allen An airman who escaped capture by the Japanese in World War II has signed the prestigious Wall of Honour at RAF Cranwell. Len Parry, now 97, above, was guest of honour at the Defence Training Organisation’s Aircrew Survive Evade Resist and Extract Training Centre, where he spoke to flying training students about his experiences serving at RAF Seletar with 205 Maritime Squadron in Singapore during WWII. Mark Fairhead, Training Officer at the Centre, said: “Len described how, he and his colleagues found themselves, with no warning, under attack and later captivity from Japanese forces.” “He spoke of the fear and frustration of being bombed every day, twice a day, for eight weeks

straight and went into detail about how he and his men escaped, overcoming the Japanese sentries and taking their weapons and ammunition and then how they evaded via the mangrove swamps to Sumatra during the fall of Singapore.” During his service with the RAF Mr Parry also crashed into a lake when flying on a PBY Catalina Flying Boat while serving in India. He joined the RAF in 1940 as ground crew and was trained to repair flight instruments on aircraft. He served mostly in the Far East on a variety of flying boats including Shorts Singapore Mk3s. Mr Fairhead added: “Len had completed elements of his training at Cranwell back in 1940 and was keen to see how it had changed. “He was superbly candid recounting his experiences and was an excellent guest of honour.”

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Airbus nets £100m Puma II service deal AIRBUS has landed a £100 million deal to provide support services to the RAF’s Puma II helicopter fleet. Under the current contract the company will deliver complete technical support and logistics for the chopper fleet until 2022. But subject to the agreement of the company and the MoD, the new deal includes a provision for this to be extended until the aircraft’s planned out of service date in 2025. The project involves providing training to all avionics and mechanical technicians, as well as engineering managers of the Puma fleet. Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin said: “This £100m investment will ensure our Puma helicopters continue to transport British troops and kit to the frontline – helping us provide vital support quickly in rapidly evolving situations.

Swiss Air Force F-18 combat crews flew into Lossiemouth to hone their night flying skills over the Scottish Highlands – because their native country is too small. More than 70 Swiss personnel and 10 jet fighters landed at the RAF’s most northern station to train alongside Typhoons which guard UK air space from northern Scotland Swiss Air Force Commander Lt Col Aldo Wicki said: “We are limited in Switzerland when doing night flying because of our very crowded air space since we are a very small country and our training sectors are very limited.

Ronan’s keeping it in the family

Rapid reaction: Puma II was scrambled to deliver aid to crisis-hit Caribbean

“The deal will not only give our Armed Forces the kit they need to deal with intensifying global threats but will also sustain British jobs at Airbus Helicopters.” The first upgraded Puma II helicopter entered service in 2012.

Plt Off Ronan Carey is carrying on the family’s military tradition by graduating as an RAF Reservist at Cranwell. He was joined on the parade ground by dad Noel who served for 20 years with the Irish Defence Force and big brother Paul who is still serving with the IDF. Pround to serve: Ronan, centre, with dad Noel, far right, and brother Paul

“We are not allowed to do night flying or go supersonic because of the risk of avalanches. “RAF Lossiemouth has fabulous training facilities and opportunities to develop our skills flying with and against the Typhoons.” Swiss crews were given a traditional Highland welcome to the station – with a performance by the RAF Lossiemouth Pipes and Drums band. In the bag: Lt Col Wicki with Pipe Major Barry Ashby

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News coalition update

May praise for UK crews ending Daesh reign of terror Staff Reporter RAF Akrotiri Prime Minister Theresa May has issued a personal tribute to the RAF crews helping to bring the Daesh reign of terror in Syria and Iraq to an end and crushing the group’s self-proclaimed caliphate. Mrs May said: “Thanks in very large part to your efforts, the socalled caliphate has been crushed, and no longer holds significant territory in Iraq or Syria. You should be incredibly proud of that achievement.” Mrs May was speaking during a visit to Akrotiri where she met

MISSION: Typhoon takes off, inset, Brimstone strikes target

some of the 3000 UK military personnel supporting the operation and chatted to RAF combat and surveillance crews stationed there. RAF Tornado, Typhoon and

unmanned Reaper aircraft have launched more than 1600 strikes against the terror group since the UK joined the fight against Daesh in 2014.

coalition chiefs declared the fake caliphate over after the liberation of Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria – the Daesh defacto capital, in October last year. However the Prime Minister said military action against the group would continue to safeguard the region and underlined the UK’s commitment to training Iraqi troops. She added: “We need to continue to deal directly with the threat they still pose in the region. “We also need to focus on training the Iraqi security forces so they can keep Daesh out.”

TRIBUTE: Theresa May

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Qatar Top Guns to join RAF Sqn £6 billion Typhoon Gulf state deal includes pilots training pledge Simon Mander A NEW RAF Typhoon squadron is to be stationed in Lincolnshire following a £6 billion deal to sell 24 of the jets to Qatar. Now a new joint unit, 12 Squadron, will be formed to temporarily integrate Qatari personnel based at RAF Coningsby. Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin made the announcement at a reception to celebrate Qatar’s national day in London. She said: “The formation of a joint squadron means our RAF will take the lead in providing training and support to the Qatari Emiri Air Force as it brings the Typhoon into service.” Marham-based 12 Sqn currently operates Tornados, and will switch to the Typhoon following the retirement of the 40-year-old aircraft next year.

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Brecht takes over all stars squadron AIR VICE-MARSHAL Malcolm Brecht has taken over command of Northolt’s 601 (County of London) Sqn. The squadron was reformed last year with 21 Honorary Group Captains from across industry to provide the RAF’s senior leaders with advice from industry and the private sector.

The Qataris will not be a permanent part of the squadron, but will be integrated ahead of the delivery of their Typhoon aircraft, the MoD said. British and Qatari air crews recently took part in joint exercises which saw Typhoons fly over the Arabian Peninsula. The RAF’s 29 Sqn showcased the combat capabilities of the aircraft during a two-week exercise alongside the Qatar Fighter Wing’s Mirage fighters at Al Udeid airbase. As 29 Sqn crews demonstrated the Typhoon’s combat pedigree in the skies, Harriet Baldwin flew into the country to meet with highranking Qatari military officials to finalise the deal. Qatar is the ninth nation to buy the Typhoon. The first jet has already been delivered to Oman, and the MoD is currently bidding to replace Belgium’s F-16s with

the UK-built swing role fighter. Defence chiefs are also negotiating a second batch of sales to Saudi Arabia.

LIFT-OFF: Typhoon takes to sky. Left, RAF and Qatari pilots compare notes

Geordie scoops Canadian prize AN RAF officer has been presented with the top student award after completing the Royal Canadian Air Force Air Power Operations Course at CFB Trenton, Ontario. Air Traffic Controller Flt Lt Michael ‘Geordie’ Lyddon was presented with the award by Brigadier-General Dave Cochrane, Commander 2 Canadian Air Division.



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Henry’s birthday gift knocks Spit hero Stan for six Brooke Harrison-Davies BATTLE OF BRITAIN veteran Stan Hartill has welcomed six-yearold Henry Conway to his home in Bournemouth to thank him for his recent donation. The big-hearted youngster was so impressed with the 96-year-old’s appearance on the latest RAF Benevolent Fund TV advert, he donated his own birthday cash to the charity.

It was really fun to meet the man off the telly. I’d like to be a hero like him

As a special thanks to Henry, Stan invited Henry and his family to his home where the pair shared stories about school and chatted about Stan’s wartime service. Henry said: “It was really fun to meet the man off the telly. He told me about the war and the Spitfires. I’d like to be a hero like Stan when I’m older.” Stan said: “Henry’s a very charming and intelligent little boy and it’s been a pleasure meeting him. I was deeply moved to hear about Henry’s donation after seeing me on the TV, so to be able to thank him personally is wonderful” Former airframe fitter Stan joined the

RAF when he was 19 and was supported by the charity after struggling to pay maintenance charges on his flat. It also assisted Stan getting benefits worth a £3000 increase to his annual income, and 94 weeks of backdated payments of more than £5700. The Fund’s Show Your Pride campaign also features RAF double amputee Stuart Robinson and widow Jacqui Thompson, whose husband was killed in Afghanistan. RAFBF Direct Marketing Fundraiser Carla Stimson said: “We were delighted to hear about Henry’s wonderful contribution. Donations like Henry’s make our work possible and, at six years old, he may well be our youngest supporter.” Last year, the charity spent £17.6m supporting more than 65,000 members of the RAF Family.

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new year honours

THE MOST HONOURABLE ORDER OF THE BATH AS COMPANIONS (CB) n Air Vice-Marshal Richard John Martin BROADBRIDGE n Air Vice-Marshal (The Venerable) Jonathan Paul Michael CHAFFEY

THE MOST EXCELLENT ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE AS COMMANDERS (CBE) n Group Captain Richard Andrew DAVIES n Air Commodore Alan Kenneth GILLESPIE n Group Captain (now Air Commodore) Michael John SMEATH, MBE AS OFFICERS (OBE) n Group Captain Andrew Edgar BATTYE n Wing Commander Sean DONOGHUE n Wing Commander Darryn George RAWLINS n Group Captain Roland Stephen SMITH AS MEMBERS (MBE) n Wing Commander Edward CHALLONER, (Cadet Forces) n Wing Commander John Howard DAVIES n Flight Sergeant Alison Frances FISHER n Squadron Leader Martin GERAGHTY n Corporal Liam Paul GRIME n Warrant Officer Alan Stuart HART n Squadron Leader Scott Smith MACCOLL n Squadron Leader Thomas Martin MCMORROW, (Cadet Forces) n Sergeant Louise Mary MULLEN

AOC 38 Gp Commendations Sqn Ldr G Leech FTRS Chf Tech T Lilley Sgt T K Davies Mr G W Crewdson Team Commendations Armed Forces Careers Office Gloucester Serving and Re-Entrant Officer Team

n Corporal Anthony Grant MULLER n Squadron Leader James Andrew SCHOFIELD n Warrant Officer Robert Ernest WEAVING QUEENS VOLUNTEER RESERVES MEDAL (QVRM) Royal Auxiliary Air Force n Warrant Officer Shobha EARL n Flight Lieutenant Norman MacKay GRAY MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL, CAS, DEPUTY COMMANDERS’ AND AOC COMMENDATIONS 3 FTS RAFC CRANWELL AOC 22 (Trg) Gp Commendation Mr A Wade 90 SU RAF LEEMING DCom’s Commendation Team Commendation 591 Signals Unit, Defensive Monitoring Flight AOC 38 Gp Commendations Flt Lt S L Bannon Flt Lt J Hadfield FS D M Driscoll Cpl D E H Oates-Lee RAuxAF A/Cpl S D Padgett Team Commendations 90 Signals Unit, Aerial Engineering Flight Op BILOXI TCW 4(FC) Sqn Detachment COS CAP AOC 38 Gp Commendation Mrs V Dunlop HQ 22 (TRG) GP AOC 22 (Trg) Gp Commendation A/WO D Owen

JUMPING FOR JOY: HRH The Duchess of Cambridge with youngsters at a cadet camp held at RAF Wittering last February. Many RAF ACO staff from HQ Air Cadets Cranwell have been named in the New Year Honours PHOTO: CPL PAUL ROBERTSHAW

FS J L Geeson Cpl M Nicholson Mrs S Bell Team Commendation Weston-on-the-Green - ‘Row For Rob’ AO A4 Comd JFC Commendation Flt Lt L J Ashcroft AOC 22 (Trg) Gp Commendation WO S L Bowen AOC 38 Gp Commendation Sqn Ldr G L Davies ACOS MANNING DCom’s Commendation Sqn Ldr M Robertson AOC 1 Gp Commendation A/Sgt N J Hersey AOC 38 Gp Commendation Team Commendation Trade Group 1 Career Managers

RAF IN ACTION: A Royal Air Force Chinook from RAF Odiham inserts troops from 40 Commando Royal Marines on to a mountain peak in the Mojave Desert in California during Exercise Black Alligator PHOTO: SAC NICHOLAS EGAN

ACOS OPS Meritorious Service Medal WO A G Russell ACOS C2 ISR DCom’s Commendation Mr L Duncan ACOS AIR INFRA DCom’s Commendation Flt Lt M P T Warburton ACOS PERS DEL AOC 38 Gp Commendation Sgt E L Cobb BM FORCE CDR AOC 1 Gp Commendation Sgt L Robson HQ AIR CADETS CRANWELL CAS Commendation Sqn Ldr N A Wilks RAFVR(T) DCom’s Commendation Sqn Ldr J N Olver RAFVR(T) Team Commendation RAF Air Cadet Media Communications AOC 22 (Trg) Gp Commendations Wg Cdr J Parsons RAFVR(T) Sqn Ldr J R Brabner RAFVR(T) Sqn Ldr E C Hetterley RAFVR(T) Sqn Ldr J K Hudson RAFVR(T) Sqn Ldr S A Hughes RAFVR(T) Sqn Ldr P Mockeridge RAFVR(T) Flt Lt G P Hayes RAFVR(T) Flt Lt B N M House RAFVR(T) WO (ATC) V S Moran Team Commendations Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing Easter Camp Executive Team Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing Nijmegen Marches Support Team RAF Air Cadet Music Services HQ RAF RECRUITING AND SELECTION CAS Commendation Sgt K L G Otterwell DCom’s Commendation Sgt P J Higgins

AIR WARFARE CENTRE DCom’s Commendations Flt Lt G M Basnett Mr R Scorer Team Commendation Exercise STRATEGIC LEAP Project Team AOC 1 Gp Commendation Flt Lt D R Tremble Sgt A J Singleton Sgt D P Wells Team Commendations Trial Bright Depth Team Royal Air Force Intelligence Branch and Trade Advisers Team AOC 2 Gp Commendations Sqn Ldr G B Willcox MACr A P du Cros BDS WASHINGTON AOC 1 Gp Commendation Flt Lt G D O’Brien DCTT Meritorious Service Medal FS J Grundy WO1 P J Franklin WO1 C E Pagan DCom’s Commendation A/Cpl L H Cooper Mr R V J Brannigan Team Commendation Engineering Development Flight (EDF), RAF Cosford AOC 1 Gp Commendation Cpl S J Devlin AOC 22 (Trg) Gp Commendations Flt Lt M Fitton Chf Tech K A Stevens Cpl D A Greene Mrs T Gravell Mrs J Hartshorne Mr I Hutchison Mrs J MacDonald DSTO ST MAWGAN AOC 22 (Trg) GP Commendation WO2 J Gaylard JFACC AOC 1 Gp Commendation Flt Lt F M Thompson JFC Meritorious Service Medal WO P R Armitage WO S Errington WO P Gallagher FS P J Reid Sgt M Hollow DCom’s Commendation Flt Lt G T Craggs FS P E Marley AOC 2 Gp Commendation Sgt L Walters AOC 22 (Trg) Gp Commendation

FS A J Bedborough AOC 38 Gp Commendation FS P J Williams Sgt C S Clayton JHC Meritorious Service Medal MACr P J Dunkerley WO T Fenner MACr A N Hunt MACr D S Mann DCom’s Commendations Maj (USAF) J R Donaldson Sgt K A Jolly Mrs J Williams AOC 2 Gp Commendations Flt Lt K G Bibby Sgt C J Pratt A/SAC(T) N A Bates Mrs S Fawdry Mr M Hyde Mr M Prendergast Team Commendation Force Protection Training Flight, RAF Benson JSSU DIGBY Meritorious Service Medal Flt Lt A Hemlin MOD ABBEY WOOD Meritorious Service Medal WO R Barrow MOD ABBEY WOOD (DFT) Meritorious Service Medal WO W J Roe NAVAL SECRETARY DCom’s Commendation Flt Lt A P North RAF BENSON AOC 2 Gp commendations Flt Lt Kenneth Bibby SAC(T) Nick Bates Mrs Steph Fawdry Mr Michael Prendergast Meritorious Service Medal WO Trevor Fenner MACr Andrew Hunt VCDS Commendation Wg Cdr Victoria McPhaden DCom Commendations Maj Jeffrey Donaldson USAF Mrs Joanna Williams RAF BOULMER Meritorious Service Medal WO K L Bowers AOC 1 Gp Commendations FS M A McKee Mrs B A Russell RAF BRIZE NORTON Meritorious Service Medal WO A B Ascroft FS M J Murphy CAS Commendations FS T R Buxton FS C J Marshman CGS Commendation A/Sgt K Lyon-Taylor RAuxAF DCom’s Commendations Flt Lt P M Dunkley Flt Lt C E Nash A/FS R D Lloyd Sgt M L Atkinson Miss C R Schultz AOC 2 Gp Commendations Flt Lt D A Blair

FS I J Ralph Chf Tech S M Desmond Sgt L O Lyons Sgt T J Powell Sgt B P Staton Sgt P J A Williams A/Sgt R J Dalziel A/Sgt J R Hedges RAuxAF Mr A Axford Ms K Rosier Team Commendations Transition Support Flight C-17 Operational Engine Change Team Mobility Supply Flight Air Movements Team Statement of Requirement Writing Team Horus Sevens Rugby Team RAF CAM Meritorious Service Medal WO M S Dunn FS D T Ford AOC 38 Gp Commendations Wg Cdr A Cowan RAuxAF FS J D Prior RAuxAF FS R P Tapscott Sgt P J Brown FTRS A/Sgt G L Jones Team Commendation RAF Medical Board RAF CONINGSBY Meritorious Service Medal FS D Price CAS Commendations Flt Lt R A Watts WO P G Williams DCom’s Commendation Team Commendation Ground Engineering Flight Station Workshops Team AOC 1 Gp Commendations Chf Tech A X Stainfield Sgt N Nolan Sgt H J Ross Cpl J T Murphy SAC D J Newman Team Commendation XI(Fighter) Squadron’s Engineering Rear Party RAFC CRANWELL Meritorious Service Medal FS D A Bellingham FS R Gormley Comd JFC Commendation A/FS S P Hollis DCom’s Commendation Mrs J E Cross AOC 1 Gp Commendation A/Sqn Ldr C N S J Paton AOC 22 (Trg) Gp Commendations Flt Lt P J Blizzard Flt Lt J S Slack FTRS FS G G Evans FS P Thompson Mr D Cox Mr G Drake RAF FYLINGDALES AOC 1 Gp Commendation Mr D Flett Team Commendation RAF Fylingdales Command, Control, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) Team

QRA: A Typhoon from RAF Coningsby monitors Russian warships passing near British waters. RAF air power is always ready to respond to foreign maritime and aerial activity

RAF HALTON CAS Commendation WO D M Williamson AOC 22 (Trg) Gp Commendations Sgt D R Bennett Sgt N J Fenge Sgt G R French Cpl M W Charity FTRS Cpl R L Spencer Miss A Setchell Team Commendation Royal Air Force Trenches Committee RAF HENLOW AOC 2 Gp Commendation Flt Lt E L O’Brien RAF HIGH WYCOMBE Comd JFC Commendation Sqn Ldr H A Adamson AOC 38 Gp Commendation Cpl C J Smyth Team Commendation RAF High Wycombe Information Services Wing MODNET Team RAF HONINGTON Meritorious Service Medal FS N J Shinner CAS Commendations Sgt C N Moore SAC J A Lear DCom’s Commendation Flt Lt T O J Richards AOC 2 Gp Commendations Flt Lt A M B England FS K P Hinchley Cpl E J Bowmer SAC L S Hodgkinson-Davis Team Commendations Air Force Protection Training Flight RAF Regiment Recruitment and Selection Flight RAF LAKENHEATH AOC 38 Gp Commendations Mr R M J Archer Mr A Jarvis

Mrs V C Marsh Mr W G E Pratt Mr R M Willis Team Commendations Liberty Wing Recycling Center RAF LEEMING Meritorious Service Medal WO R A Williams CAS Commendation Plt Off A Davies DCom’s Commendation Sqn Ldr A J Sleightholme AOC 1 Gp Commendation Cpl M J Roberts AOC 2 Gp Commendation A/Cpl M A Fletcher RAF LOSSIEMOUTH Meritorious Service Medal WO S G T Milne AOC 1 Gp Commendations Sqn Ldr A Slater Flt Lt H G Allerston Flt Lt K A Pearson Flt Lt C D Smith FS M C Muir RAuxAF Chf Tech A M Birbeck Sgt I J Pegg Cpl P A Cairns Cpl L Groves Cpl T R Parry Cpl D M Robertson Ms Y Post Team Commendations 1 (Fighter) Squadron – Leadership of Engineering Rear Party (During Exercise ATLANTIC TRIDENT) Royal Air Force Lossiemouth Police Flight RAF MARHAM Meritorious Service Medal WO S M Wiseman DCom’s Commendation Lt (RN) D James Team Commendation RAF Marham Military Working Dog Section AOC 1 Gp Commendations Sqn Ldr B C B Thorpe

Flt Lt J W May PO (RN) D B Hull Cpl C P Foot Team Commendation RAF Marham Supply, Control & Accounts Flight RAF NORTHOLT DCom’s Commendations Sqn Ldr G F Cowen SAC R Streeter AOC 1 Gp Commendation SAC A D Pattison AOC 2 Gp Commendation Team Commendation Northolt Air Traffic Control Team RAF POLICE (AO FP) DCom’s Commendation FS C E S Bullen AOC 2 Gp Commendations FS D A Hoare Cpl J Clay Miss A L Hudd Team Commendation Operational Support Unit, Covert Ops Unit RAF SCAMPTON AOC 1 Gp Commendation A/Sgt L Scott RAF SHAWBURY AOC 2 Gp Commendation Flt Lt M A Kelman MBE AOC 22 (Trg) Gp Commendations Sqn Ldr A P Vine Sgt A Deakin FTRS RAF SPADEADAM AOC 1 Gp Commendations Sgt J R Blenkinsop FTRS Mrs H N Garstang Mrs D MacMillan RAF ST MAWGAN Meritorious Service Medal FS S G Damms AOC 22 (Trg) Gp Commendation

Mr M Wilson Team Commendation RAF St Mawgan Physical Education Section RAF(U) SWANWICK AOC 1 Gp Commendations Flt Lt K A Watson Sgt M F Dickinson RAF VALLEY AOC 22 (Trg) Gp Commendation Mr D Clarke RAF WADDINGTON Meritorious Service Medal WO M J Hannam WO P J Major MACr J Tracey CAS Commendation Sqn Ldr G J Orme Sgt A J P Mumford DCom’s Commendation FS R L Knowles MBE AOC 1 Gp Commendations MACr C M Walton S/Sgt T Subba Chf Tech C P Harker Chf Tech S S Palmer FTRS Team Commendations Number 5 (Army Cooperation) Squadron B Flight 54(Reserve) Squadron Reaper Training Flight Station Services Squadron, RAF Waddington RAF WITTERING Meritorious Service Medal WO P Hunt AOC 1 Gp Commendation Sgt R Rea AOC 38 Gp Commendations Sgt G D Teague Cpl D J Wright SAC R M Kobak Team Commendations 605 Sqn Training Team RAF Wittering Community Support Team

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ET READY to journey back in time with Dr Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula) and his holographic guide Al (Dean Stockwell) in the five-time Emmy award-winning series Quantum Leap. Fans can now enjoy all 97 episodes of this groundbreaking sci-fi adventure series to be released fully restored and in high definition on January 29. Consisting of 22 discs this Complete Collectors Edition contains all the original music – previously missing from the DVD release – from the series. Bakula (Star Trek: Enterprise) received four Emmy award nominations and a Golden Globe award for his role as a time traveller, helping people out of sticky situations by taking over their bodies. Physicist Beckett finds himself trapped leaping through spacetime with his holographic guide Al during a time travel experiment. Beckett takes the place of a different person in a different time period each episode where he and Al have

to correct historical mistakes before moving on. In 1988 Stockwell was nominated for the Academy Award for best actor in a supporting role for Married to the Mob. It’s reported Dennis Hopper advised him not to take on a television role so soon after being nominated. Stockwell didn’t listen, and went on to be nominated for four Emmys, and four Golden Globes, winning in 1990. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 29, 1992. Fans of Quantum Leap organized this 'Leap Day' ceremony. Series creator Donald P. Bellisario (Magnum P.I., Tales of the Gold Monkey, Airwolf, NCIS) wrote the Quantum Leap Season Five episodes Lee Harvey Oswald Parts 1 and 2 after his children came home from watching the film JFK discussing conspiracy theories. Bellisario had met Lee Harvey

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OW STARRING as Cilla Black in the musical that celebrates the life of the Mersey singing legend, Kara Lily Hayworth was just 11 when she met her idol. She said: “I was shopping out with my mum and bumped into Cilla and asked her for an autograph. I told her I wanted to be an actress – she laughed and said ‘It’s a tough industry, but if you really work hard and go for it, you’ll be just fine’. “She was a huge inspiration to me as a child; I grew up watching her on Blind Date every Saturday night with my Nan. To be chosen to play her is such an honour and I’m so excited to take on the role.” Kara, pictured, queued for four hours at London’s Dominion Theatre to have her chance to audition in the first rounds. She made it through to the last 30 before being chosen to do her final audition at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. Robert Willis, the show’s executive producer and Cilla’s son, said: “We wanted somebody who wasn’t going to impersonate my mum but someone who could capture her spirit. Kara came in with

Mischievous Miriam her huge personality and amazing voice – when I saw the response of the audience at the Cavern, I knew we’d found her.” Cilla – The Musical is adapted from the critically acclaimed ITV mini-series based on the early life of the singer and TV personality, by BAFTA award-winner Jeff Pope. Sheridan Smith starred in the series as Cilla. The musical’s

cast also features Andrew Lancel (Coronation Street and Bad Girls) as Brian Epstein. The show’s score includes some of Cilla’s greatest hits such as Anyone Who Had a Heart and Alfie. It’s now on tour and venues include the New Theatre Oxford in February, followed by dates in Bristol, Woking and Aylesbury. For details go to:

HAPPY VALLEY star Sarah Lancashire stars in the gritty new Channel 4 drama Kiri, about the abduction of a young black girl who is soon to be adopted by her white foster family, and the trail of lies, blame, guilt and notoriety that follows. Lancashire, pictured above, plays Miriam, a Bristol-based, nononsense social worker who loves and believes in her job. When Kiri disappears the finger of suspicion and blame – from the police, press and even her colleagues – points firmly at Miriam. Lancashire said: “Miriam’s a

rather colourful character. She’s somewhat mischievous. She likes to unsettle people with her directness and earthiness. But she’s also brilliantly flawed. She’s really striving to do good in an imperfect world, whilst carrying her own demons. “She has a defiance, a very strong purpose, a need to do good in society. “But she also works very instinctively, she uses her intuition, but in this instance it leads to a catastrophic end.” n Kiri is on Channel 4 on Wednesdays at 9pm.

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The Big Interview Hard Sun




Five years away from Couple out in the cold the end of the world Luther creator's new series was inspired by Bowie song

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W TEEN ANGST: Growing up is never easy, especially if you live in Northern Ireland during The Troubles, like Erin (centre) and her pals

Troubled teen years amidst The Troubles


or Channel 4's new series Derry Girls, writer Lisa McGee mined her own experiences to create a candid, family-centred comedy set against the spectre of The Troubles in Northern Ireland. It's the early 90s, and Erin and her friends are used to seeing their country on the nightly news and speaking in acronyms (the IRA, the UDA, the RUC). It's a time of armed police in armoured Land Rovers and British Army checkpoints. But it's also the time of Murder She Wrote, The Cranberries, MJ and Lisa Marie, Doc Martens, bomber jackets, The X Files, Nirvana and Wayne's World. And while The Troubles may hang over her hometown, Erin has troubles of her own. The six-part series looks at the everyday

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cGee (left) said: “It's my experience of growing up in the 90s in Derry, pre-ceasefire. When I moved to London, it only slowly dawned on me that those circumstances were unusual. Then it occurred to me that that's because

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teenagers everywhere are the same – no matter what is going on around them, there is a selfishness to being a teenager, I think. “There are things they all have in common – their families frustrate them, their friends embarrass them, the boy they like doesn't know they exist – and I thought there was something nice about how universal that is. “That was all going on while there was an army still patrolling, and there were still bombs going off, I thought that could be interesting, and comical, with the mundane day-to-day stuff of normality going on in the midst of it all. “And then, in a simpler way, it's about a working class family, and about a group of friends and the scrapes they get themselves into. “It's so rich, that Northern Irish dialogue, and the words we have for things; it lends itself to comedy really well. But in terms of the people, it comes to me very naturally, and I sort of know versions of them all.” She added: “It's 20 years since the Good Friday Agreement, the ceasefire was '94 – there's enough time passed that you can look back on those things with a bit of distance.” What is Derry like now? McGee said: “It's great. There's a lot more to do there than when I grew up. But the spirit of it is exactly the same, everyone knowing everything about everybody.” n Derry Girls is on Channel 4 at 10pm on Thursdays.

ritten by Luther creator Neil Cross, starring Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas, Close To The Enemy) and modelturned-actor Agyness Deyn (Clash of the Titans, Sunset Song), with Professor Brian Cox as its specialist advisor, Hard Sun is a cop series with a difference. The two leads play police detectives Charlieº Hicks and Elaine Renko trying to keep order in a society on the brink of chaos – as the world faces certain destruction in five years time. Cross was inspired to write the dystopian thriller by the David Bowie song Five Years from the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Cross said: “I’ve loved the song since I was a kid. Yes, it’s about the end of the world but it’s also about the value of the everyday; of the things we often forget to notice. Including each other. In making you recognise that, it leaves you feeling strangely uplifted and optimistic.”


e explained the concept behind the show: “Imagine the world you see when you look out of your window… except that it’s been given a death sentence. There is no hero to come and save us. That’s the world of Hard Sun. “What’s it like trying to enforce the law in a city that, day by day, slips closer to certain destruction? How do you get up in the morning? And what about predators? What about the murderers, the religious nuts, the cult leaders? Who among them would fear a prison sentence in a world like this? What’s the point of justice in the face of Armageddon? What is the central relationship between Hicks and Renko like? Cross said: “I thought, wouldn’t it be fun to have two characters who are mortal enemies, who have a profound reason to distrust each other… but who are thrown together by this terrifying secret. “They are forced to collaborate in order to survive, but there is a constant dance of trust and mistrust between them.” How does he think Hard Sun’s apocalyptic themes will affect its audience? Cross explained: “There’s strange comfort to be found in stories about the end of the world, but I think the wellspring of this pleasure can be

n tense thriller Numb husband and wife Will (Jamie Bamber: Battlestar Galactica) and Dawn (Stefanie von Pfetten: The Man in the High Castle) are in financial crisis after learning the job Will was counting on to salvage their financial future has disappeared in the midst of a market collapse. They set out to drive home on the winter highway back to their city and, in a moment of altruism, pick up siblings Lee (Aleks Paunovic: Van Helsing) and Cheryl (Marie Avgeropoulos: The Inbetweeners, The 100), a pair of hitchhikers on their way to start a new life. In the middle of the night they nearly collide with an old man wandering on the snowy highway, hypothermic and horrifically frostbitten. While searching for his ID they discover a wad of cash, a hand-drawn map with GPS coordinates and a single gold coin inside his coat. Will and Dawn reluctantly go along with Lee’s plan to report him to the police as a John Doe and pocket the money. In an attempt to save their financial

found in the idea of transformation rather than annihilation. “We like to imagine that, in such drastic circumstances, our workaday selves – weighed down as they usually are by nagging, humdrum anxieties – would be tempered, hardened, stripped back to their absolute essentials, to what really matters – the people we love. “Renko and Hicks, compromised and morally ambiguous as they may be, are willing to be tested to destruction in the name of people they love. I think most of us would like to think we’d do the same. And I think that’s a pretty optimistic idea.”


eyn described her character as ‘complex’. She said: “Renko is not only physically strong, she’s also mentally strong. She’s focused. She goes on a journey from isolated to integrated, from island to intimate, and self-sufficient to sharing. “At first, the most important thing for her is to survive. But then her own survival is overtaken by the survival of everyone else. “Her solution to life is to walk


struggles, all four venture off into the snowy wilderness in search of the buried gold, but what is out there and will they survive? We have three digital copies of Numb (certificate 12) up for grabs. For your chance to win a copy, just answer the following question correctly: Who plays Will in Numb? Email your answer, marked Numb digital downloads competition, to: competitions@ or post it to: RAF News, Room 68, Lancaster Building, HQ Air Command, High Wycombe, HP14 4UE to arrive by January 26.

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FORCED TOGETHER: Agyness Deyn and Jim Sturgess star in Hard Sun as detectives Renko and Hicks in a pre-apocalyptic world

PARTNER: Renko's relationship with her colleague Hicks (Sturgess, above) is 'cat and mouse' said Deyn

into the fire – that’s her way through. She will always walk towards danger rather than back away from it.”


desperate measures: Will and Dawn

he described Renko and Hicks’s relationship as ‘cat and mouse.’ “They’re on parallel roads, but are forced together. Then they reach a crossroads and have to make a decision. It’s like a dark ballet where they’re dancing around each other.”


PHYSICAL: As Renko, actress-turned-model Deyn, above, did most of her own stunts. Inset, on the catwalk in 2008 PHOTO: PA

Deyn revealed that filming Hard Sun was physically tough, but she loved shooting the action sequences and did most of the stunts herself. She said: “In one fight sequence we had no choreography at all. I was fighting a young man. He had a blade and was trying to slash me with it. “It’s very difficult to choreograph that, so we had to do it instinctively. “It’s very hard physically, but it’s

amazing to be able to do all that myself. They didn’t let me do a couple of stunts. They wouldn’t let me fall through a glass table because even the stunt guy gets hurt when he does that. And they wouldn’t let me crash a car. But otherwise I did everything myself. “It was exhilarating because with every punch, block, run, swerve and skid of the car, I felt like I was filling

Renko’s skin to its fullest potential. She’s a very physical woman.” But she had a bit of an accident when filming a fight scene with Jim. Deyn said: “I punched him on the nose by mistake during one sequence. Afterwards, the stunt guy said he was surprised we'd both only had one accident.” n Hard Sun is on BBC One at 9.35pm on Saturdays.

The ultimate fighter


he Phantom was developed for the US Navy as a long-range, all– weather fighter and first flew in May, 1958, before becoming operational in 1961. The US Air Force then realised that the Navy had an aircraft that was far better than any tactical aircraft in their inventory and ordered 543 F-4c variants. A spate of orders from around the world followed. In Britain the fighter was ordered for the Navy and Royal Air Force, but was modified to take the Rolls-Royce Spey turbofan. Phantoms have been used in combat in many conflicts throughout the aircraft’s long Service history. Martin W Bowman’s new book The Men Who Flew The F-4 Phantom ( includes scores of personal stories from the RAF, USAF, US Navy and Israeli Air Force pilots who flew this iconic combat aircraft. We have copies of the book (rrp £25) to win, plus copies of another Pen and Sword title from its

Images of War series – Hitler’s Sky Warriors German Paratroopers in Action 1939-1945, by Christopher Ailsby (rrp £14.99) up for grabs. The book contains 250 photographs, many previously unpublished, of German paratroopers (Fallschirmjger) in action – they carried out many successful and daring operations during World War II. Hitler’s Sky Warriors is a detailed examination of all the battles and campaigns of the Third Reich’s airborne forces. For your chance to win a copy of one of these top titles, simply send us the correct answer to this question: In which year did the F-4 Phantom become operational? Email your answer, marked Pen and Sword books competition, to: competitions@rafnews. or post it to RAF News, Room 68, Lancaster Building, HQ Air Command, High Wycombe, HP14 4UE to arrive by January 26. Please state which book you prefer to win.

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Death Box Ron. It is with great sadness we report the death of ex Warrant Officer Ron Box who passed away on December 24, 2017. Stalwart of the WO’s Cattering Association and ex Bridgnorth, Hereford, High Wycombe, Watton, Tobruk, Akrotiri, Stanbridge, Aden, Northwood, Stanmore, Wildenrath, Bracknell, Cosford, Marham, Shawbury, Port Stanley and Cosford. The funeral took place at St Mary Magdalen Church, Albrighton, Wolverhampton, WV7 3EQ on January 8. We ask that any donations, if desired, are shared between the Wolverhampton Coronary Aftercare Support Group and Albrighton Medical Surgery c/o CJ Williams Funeral Directors Bradford St, Shifnal, TF11 8AU. HAY William Petrie of Welton, Lincolnshire. It is with great sadness we report that the retired Flight Lieutenant and dearly loved husband of Marjory passed away peacefully at home on

December 18, 2017. The funeral service was held on January 4 at St. Mary’s Church in Welton, Lincoln. MOORE Roderick Bruce Alexander Wing Commander (Admin) RAF Retired, sadly lost his long battle with Parkinson's on December 11, 2017 when he died peacefully in his sleep. His funeral took place at Steep Church, near Liss, Hants, followed by a wake at Beedales School, Steep. Any donations to Parkinsons UK and/or the RAFBF.

IAn RAMSDEN Ramsden Ian, ex RAF Sergeant Survival Equipment Fitter, passed away suddenly on December 28, 2017, aged 51. He served 30 years as a

Survival Equipment Fitter from 1984 to 2014 at home and abroad, ending his career at the Centre of Aviation Medicine, RAF Henlow. Funeral arrangements are yet to be finalised. Details, when known: Yan Townsend on 07813 814044; email: yan.townsend605@mod. uk or Lee Darton on: 07771 661819; lee.darton390@

In Memoriam DOLMAN, Florence Grace. Much-loved wife of Tom, ex F/Sgt BEM, RAF Fire & Crash Section 1956-1978. Dearest mother of John and Keith. Beloved motherin-law, grandmother and great-grandmother. Passed peacefully away January 12, 2015 after a very brave fight against dementia. Sadly missed by all who knew her.

Seeking No 6 Sqn (RAF) Association – a thriving group of serving and ex-members of 6 Sqn awaits your application to join. Renew acquaintances

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with your old friends – before it is too late! No one is too old or too young, if you have served on 6 or have a link. Annual functions either at the squadron’s new location or in London. We also have a specific group on the Remembrance Sunday Cenotaph parade. A threemonthly online magazine has all the latest on squadron news, and contributions from past members are always welcome. Applications to the Membership Secretary at: 6sqnassociation@gmail. com or go to the website: Seeking Dr Nick Lee (author of letter 'Medicine Man' published in Aden supplement of RAF News No 1431) concerning the medical evacuation of a seaman from the German vessel Braunfels of Bremen off Ahwar in 1966. Please contact Bill Campbell, email: billandlizcampbell@gmail. com Seeking Brian Stutchbury or any information about his current whereabouts. Brian knew my aunt, Kathleen Jessop, née Ellesley, before the outbreak of World War II when she worked in a record shop in Guildford. Brian went off to become an RAF pilot. Kathleen, now 91, would like to reconnect with Brian. Please email me: or call: 07969 864714. I am trying to get in contact with any RAF friends of my Grandad, Kenneth Sedman, now deceased unfortunately. He served with the RAF during World War II, and I suspect he was based in the Yorkshire area. Please contact Mark Perfect by email at: markperfect2@ Seeking information on railway workers who volunteered for RAF service during World War II (especially interested in those serving with Bomber Command). A stone has been commissioned in their memory, to be placed at the International Bomber Command Centre, Lincoln in 2018. I would appreciate any memories/stories from readers concerning these personnel, to help with my research. Please contact Jon Crisp (East Midlands Trains) via email: j.crisp155@gmail. com SEEKING information about No 2771 Sqn RAF Regiment personnel who served between April 1942 and June 1946. My

Marham runners hit a New Year record A RECORD turnout of 219 runners took part in the RAF Marham Flyers Running Club annual New Year’s Eve 10k run. Held in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund, the event raised more than £3400 for the charity. The run, in damp, windy conditions, was kicked off by Station Commander, Gp Capt Cab Townsend (pictured, right) who led the pack at the start but was quickly overtaken by a number of elite runners from the local clubs. Lisa Hunt, Regional Fundraiser for the RAFBF, said: “It’s a wonderful feeling knowing that so many people battled the cold conditions to show their support for the Benevolent Fund. "RAF Marham has always been hugely supportive and events like this do so much to build on the great relationship we already hold. She added: “The Fund was proud to spend more than £183,000 at Marham late father William David Alderman, served with 2771 Sqn from its formation to its disbandment. During that time he made many notes about his and the squadron’s activities. With regards to 2771 Sqn history, any helpful information will be most gratefully received. For first contact please email David Alderman: dvaldrmn5@aol. com

Reunions 31 Group Royal Observer Corps Association Annual Reunion will be held once again in the Magherabuoy Hotel Portrush over the weekend of February 3-4. Always a great event. For more information please email Honorary Secretary: To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the formation of the RAF this year Trade Group 6 MT are combining their annual reunion weekend with an Anniversary Dinner and Ball in Blackpool over a weekend in April. For more details or to attend the weekend please email: Everyone welcome from MT, all ranks. No 4 Sqn 309 entry RAF

last year to help support serving personnel based there, and we look forward to continuing to help the station and the wider RAF family throughout 2018." "Thank you so much to all who took part, it makes a huge difference to the work we do. ” Hereford Annual Reunion will be held on April 26-28. This is a special reunion with a visit to a Lincolnshire RAF base. A formal dinner will be arranged on Friday 27th and all interested parties can obtain further information by emailing: robert.willis@ or: dave. or call: 07982 07982190504 Please book early for this event, all ex Apprentices are welcome. RAF Regiment Association Somerset/Dorset Branch Social May 18-21. Warners, Cricket St Thomas, Somerset. Join the Social Club. Please contact Alec Hunt, Coordinator: 01793 704629.

War Memorials Trust The War Memorials Trust is looking for Regional Volunteers (RVs). Activities RVs can be involved in include: monitoring and reporting on the conditions of war memorials, listing and researching the history of memorials and representing the Trust at rededication ceremonies. If interested in becoming a RV, please contact Rachel on: 020 7233 7356; or go to: regional-volunteers

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RAF100 Service THE 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force will be celebrated in central London on Tuesday July 10, 2018. A limited number of tickets are available for the Service in Westminster Abbey (including reception), or access to the reception only on Horse Guards Parade, from where you will view the flypast. Applicants should provide the names, addresses, place and date of birth, Passport or Driving Licence number of individuals wishing to attend. Applications should be made in writing, and are to be accompanied by a stamped self-addressed envelope. Applications should reach: Mrs Michèle Small, SO3 RAF Ceremonial Events, RAF Ceremonial Office, RAF Northolt, Ruislip, Middlesex, HA4 6NG to arrive before April 3, 2018. Please clearly mark the rear of the envelope ‘PARADE’. To assist with the categorisation of tickets, applicants are requested to state which of the following is appropriate: either a

member of the general public, or Royal Air Force or Royal Auxiliary Air Force/ Reserve Force veterans who should provide their Service number. Please state if you are a wheelchair user. Tickets, and a note on dress and timings for the occasion will be issued four weeks before the Service. Those applicants wishing to attend the Service at Westminster Abbey should plan to be at the Abbey at 0845. Reception guests only should plan to be at Horse Guards Parade no later than 1045.

RAF Changi Assoc RAF Changi Association (inc. HQFEAF). We are always looking for new members and are open to all ranks; ex RAF/WRAF/ WAAF and civilian personnel who served there during 1946-72. Please contact our Membership Secretary Malcolm Flack on: 01494 728562 or you can email: MemSecChangi@telco4u. net or visit the website: www. for more details.

Rare aircraft at Cosford COSFORD AIR Show’s organisers have announced details of three historic aircraft due to display at this year’s event on June 10. Visitors to the 2018 show, which celebrates the Royal Air Force’s centenary, will be treated to a flying display from a rare Supermarine Spitfire PRXI. This version of the Spitfire was a photoreconnaissance aircraft, designed to operate at high altitudes and high speeds, painted blue rather than the traditional camouflage pattern. The particular aircraft on display at the Air Show will be Spitfire PL965, which was operated from RAF Cosford for a short period during World War II. As well as a six-hour flying display, the show will feature a static exhibition of 100 aircraft, showcasing the history of the RAF and aircraft development over the last century. A unique example of the

Hawker Hurricane IIb – known as a ‘Hurribomber’ – will be exhibited in this lineup equipped with replica bombs. The 'Hurribombers' bravely carried the fight to the European mainland in late 1941 and early 1942, armed with a pair of 500lb bombs, together with an up-rated armament of 12 Browning .303-inch machine guns. Also included in the static line-up will be a Douglas C-47 Dakota, forming part of a tribute to the Berlin Airlift which remains the largest ever humanitarian airlift in history. During the Berlin Airlift British military and civilian aircraft flew more than 540,000 tons of cargo into the city. Air Show tickets will only be available in advance, and are £25 per adult, with accompanied under-16s free. QTickets are available from:


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HIGHLIGHTS: A rare Supermarine Spitfire PRXI above, and below, reenactors in front of a 'Hurribomber' set to appear at the 2018 Cosford Air Show PHOTOS: Darren Harbar


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R'n'R Prize Crossword No. 218

Solve the crossword, then rearrange the 13 letters in yellow squares to find an RAF term. 6. It’s tiresome when crashing consumes communist (7) 7. And 13 Down. SOS! Robin, John has upset minister (5,7) 9. During mishap Ronaldo reaches part of the airfield (5) 10. Butter I spread over commendation (7) 12. Fantastic transportation used in recent Oman exercise? (5,6) 14. Holiest sumo transported to RAF station (11) 18. Article idiot took to Belgian city (7) 19. Most of a specimen, a large one at that (5) 21. Fashion left with Twiggy as the answer (5) 22. Pantomime character a uniform feature (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 January 26, 2018.


Address................................................................................................................ .............................................................................................................................. .............................................................................................................................. RAF term:........................................................................ Crossword No. 218

Name.................................................................... .............................................................................. Address................................................................ .............................................................................. .................................................Su Doku No. 228

Su Doku No. 226 winner Audrey McAdam from Cambridgeshire wins a copy of For The Love of the Air Force by Norman Ferguson (

The winner of Crossword No. 215 is Mr P Mathews from Lincoln who wins a copy of The De Havilland Mosquito by David Ogilvy ( Solution to crossword No. 215


No. 228 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.


1. Cuts embrace duck’s aerobatic manoeuvres (5) 2. Pro embraced editor with a certain type of hat (6) 3. And 20 Down. Movie flying ace (3,3) 4. Unruly crowd came back at end of many months on aircraft (6) 5. Ten slot into Scottish kingdom seeking larger number (7) 8. Pamphlet on golden vehicle (7) 11. ‘The Mona Lisa’, for example, grows progressively fainter (4,3) 13. See 7 Across 15. Was furious when stopped at lights (3,3) 16. Thomas ate more or less nothing but fruit (6) 17. Make a copy of one hundred in solitary (5) 20. See 3 Down

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 January 26, 2018.

Solution to Su Doku No: 226

Across – 6. Traffic 7. Lemon 9. Topaz 10. Airshow 12. Armed Forces 14. Bombardiers 18. Steward 19. Style 21. Tower 22. Hemlock. Down – 1. Groom 2. Affair 3. Air 4. Geyser 5. Colonel 8. Tinfoil 11. Terrors 13. Control 15. Bowler 16. Rattle 17. Black 20. Sea. RAF word – Transporter


Next of Kin ITV

Drama tells a story for our times


USBAND AND WIFE team Paul Rutman (Indian Summers) and Natasha Narayan are the creators of new sixpart TV thriller Next of Kin. The ITV drama stars Archie Punjabi (The Good Wife) as Dr Mona Harcourt and Jack Davenport (Pirates of the Caribbean) as her political lobbyist husband Guy. When a bomb goes off in London on the same day that her brother Kareem is abducted and murdered in Pakistan, Mona’s charmed life is shaken to its core. The situation escalates when Mona realises her brother’s son Danish – known as Danny – has vanished from university and is being linked to both the bombing and his father’s murder. With the family facing accusations and becoming embroiled in a tangled web of betrayal and conspiracy, Mona finds herself confronted with the ultimate dilemma: how far would you go to keep your family safe? Described as ‘sharp and sociable’, Mona lives in West London with Guy,

their son Sammi and her mother, Mrs Shirani. Highly ambitious and fiercely loyal, Mona has a happy home life and a close relationship with her extended family. The second of four siblings, and the oldest sister, she is prone to adopting the mother figure role and is the one who rallies the family when Kareem dies and who they look to for guidance. Punjabi said: “Mona is a second generation immigrant who considers herself to be very English but also holds quite traditional values. “For her, family is the be all and end all. She feels very protective, loya l and responsible for them.” “For me the centre of the drama is about this very closeknit modern day British family. They’re very happy, living a normal life and content with it. “Then

the news turns each one of their lives upside down and Danny, one of the youngest members of the family, is suspected of being radicalised. She added: “The story follows Mona’s fight to prove her nephew’s innocence, whilst at the same time trying to keep the family unit intact because those relationships come under immense strain. “It’s probably the most

FAMILY MATTERS: Archie Punjabi, above, stars as Dr Mona Harcourt in Next of Kin with Jack Davenport, far left, as her husband Guy, and Viveik Kalra, left, as their nephew Danish Shirani, who is suspected of being radicalised PHOTOS: ITV

emotionally challenging moment of Mona’s life having to deal with it all.” “What makes Next of Kin so powerful is this is a drama ultimately about a family. People watching will ask themselves, what

would I do in that situation? “It’s reflecting the world we live in today and it has to be talked about.” n Next of Kin continues on ITV at 9pm on Mondays.

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Aden feature was hot stuff

With reference to the Final Withdrawal from Aden feature, I would like to thank you for printing the article and pictures I sent to you. An ex-RAF colleague of mine rang me to say he’d seen the published article. The whole eight pages were a credit to you and your staff. My RAF News is important to me as it is full of up-to-date information, news and happenings, also I can look back to the 1994 edition which is my first copy. I have a collection of 250-300. My current interest is with a Lancaster Bomber fuselage S-Sugar, which my friend, Martin Willoughby, owns. He transported the shell from Devon to a former wartime RAF station, North Coates, Lincolnshire, which coincidentally, was my last posting before demob. I have been greatly involved in the full installation of instruments, panels and painting of the fuselage. This has been a labour of love for the last three years and I had the privilege of escorting S- Sugar to its current residence, AVRO Heritage Museum, Greater Manchester. It’s like it’s come home. Patrick ‘Tom’ Hague By email

DRESSING DOWN: Ground crew take a relaxed approach to uniform in the Aden heat, 1964

I’m sorry Heidi Gardner took my letter about cars in Aden so personally, it was my criticism of the programme, not lady drivers. I was referring to the Last Post episode when two wives of officers drove off into the middle of nowhere without an armed escort during a period of acute

terrorism. I still didn’t know anyone with a private car in 1955-56. In fact, when I returned to the UK the workshops staff numbered about 40, only two senior NCOs had a car – they had won £600 on the football pools. AR Powis Farnham, Surrey

This is to express my thanks to RAF News for the excellent coverage of the 50th Anniversary of the Withdrawal of British Troops from Aden on November 29, 1967. Whilst the BBC programme The Last Post did much to tell viewers that there was such a place as Aden, it did nothing to accurately show what life was really like. The parts that I did watch, under duress I have to say, left me feeling that the British Servicemen and women who served there had been badly let down. This was very much the case with the SAS coverage. I was, until December 1, 2017, the Branch Secretary of the Aden Veterans’ Association Gloucestershire Branch and had a hand in arranging the service in Gloucester Cathedral on November 26 last year. I then travelled to York to join with other veterans at the

Minster on the actual date. It was at the Minster that I was advised about the coverage in RAF News 10 days earlier, but I was unable to obtain a copy at that time. Ian Hone, ex-RAF stationed at RAF Steamer Point Sick Quarters 1964/1965, helped obtain from you copies of RAF News for distribution at our branch Christmas lunch, held at the Masonic Hall in Stroud, Gloucestershire. These were quickly picked up and read with interest and many of the comments received since have been very appreciative of your thoughtfulness and, dare I say, accuracy. Thank you and keep up the good work. Chris Blick BEM JP Ex-RAF Aden 1959/1961 4247262

Wg Cdr Morrell is the principal man

In RAF News No 1432 the article headlined ‘CAS makes recruits’ day’ states that the musical accompaniment at the RAF Halton graduation ceremony was by the band of the RAF Regiment with Bandmaster Wing Commander Piers Morrell.

Wg Cdr Morrell is the Principal Director of Music, Royal Air Force Music Services. Nowadays bandmasters are Warrant Officers or Senior Noncommissioned officers. Frank L Bown By email

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Pilot Colman and comrades protected ships from German U-boats

Atlantic star


rom the age of 10, Jack Colman wanted to be a pilot. He joined the RAF in October 1940, shortly after his 21st birthday, and was sent to Canada to learn to fly. Promoted to pilot/navigator, Colman joined Coastal Command on Liberators based in Iceland. After retiring in the 1980s, Colman wrote a record of his war years as an RAF pilot, covering his training in Canada and time with Ferry and Coastal Command flying Hudsons and Liberators over the North Atlantic. With input from his son Richard, his memoirs have been abridged to appeal to a wider audience, covering the period to late 1943, and published as Liberators Over The Atlantic ( The narrative includes descriptions of the practical difficulties of flying over the North Atlantic and Arctic Ocean protecting the convoys and hunting U-boats, battling atrocious weather and navigational uncertainties. And he describes his brushes with death, in training and when operational, whether due to mechanical failure, flying into the sea, U-boat gunfire or running out of fuel in an ever-changing hostile environment. Richard said: “Jack’s stories are told dryly and without exaggeration, with a cool head necessary for survival when the rash, ill-judged decision could be fatal. “In writing his account, he relied heavily on his hand-written notebooks, flying logbook, maps and photographs. “The RAF and young pilots of today have appreciated this record of life and flying in those more

SERVICE: Jack Colman as a young Flight Sergeant in the RAF

MAY 1941: Jack during basic training

ON TARGET: A U-boat in distress and, inset, a Hudson similar to the one flown by Jack Colman and his squadron

mechanical times and a complete, unbound, hand-typed copy of his memories is lodged in his old squadron’s archives.”


or his operational training on Hudsons, Jack was stationed at Debert, near Truro in Nova Scotia. He was among a group of five navigators and five pilots. He wrote: “We were a cosmopolitan bunch. About half were RAF from the UK, the others Canadian, Australian, Norwegian and a Pole. The Norwegians had escaped from Norway in a small boat, been picked up by our Navy, taken to Scotland, and continued their training with the RAF: they were already in the Norwegian Air Force. They had no idea what may have happened to their families. “The instructors were RAF. Most of them had completed a tour of operations and were on this job for a ‘rest’. They had all been on Hudsons, some operating from the UK and some from Iceland. There was a fair sprinkling of DFCs among them. “We pupils were pilots, observers (they

rightly preferred their proper title, instead of navigator) and wireless operator/air gunners.” He added: “Whoever thought of building an airfield here, God knows. We were about 50 miles from the coast of Nova Scotia… surrounded by millions of fir trees. The airfield was merely a clearing in the forest with a strip about one mile wide and three miles long. It had only been open a few months. Everywhere was covered in snow except for the black-looking trees, which extended as far as the eye could see.”


hey were to spend 12 weeks there – the first half learning to fly the aircraft, the second half flying as a crew so that when they left, they would be ready to go straight onto operations. In the chapter The Big Battle of the Atlantic, Colman describes how he and his crew were involved in escorting and protecting convoy SC130 of 38 ships in the Atlantic, sailing from Halifax, from attack by German U-boats. He wrote: “Suddenly, Chalky, pointing on the starboard bow, shouted ‘There’s two of the

Win copy of book


e have three copies of Liberators Over The Atlantic by Jack Colman and Richard Colman, published by Fonthill Media, (rrp £25) to win. For your chance to own one, answer this question correctly: In which year did Jack Colman join the RAF? Email your answer, marked Liberators book competition, to: or post it to: RAF News, Room 68, Lancaster Building, HQ Air Command, High Wycombe HP14 4UE, to arrive by January 26.

50 yearS on: Jack, right, and former comrades at Battle of the Atlantic celebrations

bastards’. Everything went forward (throttles, pitch and mixture); the bomb doors opened; and the nose went down, turning into the nearest one. Luckily this put them more of less in line so that, while attacking one, we were not exposing our side to the other. I turned to try to bring us diagonally across the nearest boat’s tack and gave a few quick bursts on the cannons. She was diving but the other bugger was not, just coming up to the first. The decks were awash now. “Popping up a bit and completing the turn, we spotted her diving, deck already awash/ I tried to haul the Lib around but she got away, just a swirl in the water. We circled, dropping smoke floats, dye and flame floats and stayed circling until a Destroyer and Corvette arrived and took over. Did we get the first one? We felt confident we did.” He added: “It appeared that four packs of U-boats attacked SC130 between May 15 and 20. They failed to sink a single ship, but five U-boats were lost.” Jack Colman dedicated his book to the crews of the merchant ships and escorts of the North Atlantic and Arctic convoys. He said: “They suffered hardships and heavy losses but, if they had not won the Battle of the Atlantic, we could not have carried on the war.”

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Air Chief survived an IRA attack


IR CHIEF Marshal Sir Peter Terry, who has died aged 91, was serving as the Governor of Gibraltar when British intelligence detected that the IRA were planning an attack in Gibraltar, most probably at the changing of the guard ceremony outside the Governor’s residence. Three known IRA members were tracked to Malaga in Spain and in early March 1988 they crossed into Gibraltar with a car mistakenly thought to contain a bomb. On March 6 Sir Peter authorised the local police and a team of SAS personnel to pursue and arrest them as part of Operation Flavius. In the event, the three terrorists were shot and killed. On September 18, 1990 Sir Peter was reading in a downstairs room in his house in Staffordshire. The curtains were partly open when a gunman fired through the window. Nine bullets hit him, shattering his jaw and with two lodged in his skull close to his brain. He was also wounded in his side and left leg. His wife Betty suffered an eye injury, which later affected her sight. Their daughter, who was also at home, was uninjured but deeply shocked. The IRA claimed responsibility for the attack. Sir Peter spent many months recovering from his injuries and later led a very private life before moving to a new home in Buckinghamshire. He had joined the RAF in 1945 and was commissioned into the RAF Regiment. In December 1948 he joined one of the Regiment’s Light AntiAircraft Artillery squadrons in Germany

providing air defence for RAF airfields. After three years he became the personal staff officer to the Commandant General of the RAF Regiment. In June 1953 he started training as a pilot and two years later joined 79 Sqn flying the Swift in the tactical reconnaissance and ground attack role from airfields in Germany. He completed the Pilot Attack Instructor’s (PAI) course where he came top and was awarded the Leconfield Trophy, a rare achievement for such an inexperienced pilot and in such a demanding role. This was soon followed by his appointment as a flight commander. At the end of his tour he was awarded a Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air.

He attended the Central Flying School and trained as a flying instructor before taking command of a jet training squadron at the RAF College Cranwell. After two years he was awarded a second QCVSA. Attendance at the RAF Staff College was followed by almost three years in the plans division of the Far East Air Force based in Singapore. During what proved to be a busy tour, he was heavily involved in developing plans to support operations during the period of Indonesian Confrontation. On his return to the UK in 1966 he assumed command of 51 Sqn equipped with Canberra and Comet aircraft specially adapted for gathering electronic and signals intelligence,

operations described in those days as ‘long-range calibration’ sorties. At the end of his tour he was awarded the AFC. On promotion to Group Captain he was sent to command the large staging post and airfield at El Adem in Libya. RAF squadrons were also detached to the base for training on the local bombing and gunnery ranges. Following the military coup d’état, led by Colonel Muammar Gadaffi on September 1, 1969, Sir Peter began plans to withdraw the RAF from El Adem. At a ceremony on March 28, 1970 he handed back the base and associated ranges to the Libyan authorities, bringing to an end the British military occupation of airfields on the North African littoral, which dated from the days of the Royal Flying Corps. His return from Libya signalled the beginning of a series of high profile appointments in MOD, overseas and in Nato. Following a period as Director of Forward Plans (RAF) he became Assistant Chief of Staff (Plans and Policy) at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe an appointment filled by the RAF’s most capable officers and those destined for senior posts in the Service. On his return to the UK in 1977 he became the Vice-Chief of the Air Staff responsible for the operational and planning aspects of the RAF at a time when the Service was adjusting to some heavy cuts and dealing with problems on Service pay. These coincided with the

introduction of the strike version of the Tornado, the purchase of Chinook helicopters and the development of the ill-fated Nimrod airborne early warning aircraft. In April 1979, Sir Peter returned to Europe when he was appointed the Commander-in-Chief RAF Germany and Commander Second Allied Tactical Air Force. His RAF and Allied squadrons were in the midst of a major aircraft re-equipment programme and there was great emphasis on the ability of his airbases to survive any pre-emptive attack, which included the construction of hardened aircraft and operations facilities and enhanced air and ground defence capabilities. After a brief period as the Deputy Commander-in-Chief at HQ Allied Forces Central Europe, Sir Peter moved to Nato headquarters where he became the Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, a post he held for three years. He left the RAF in October 1984 and a year later became the Governor of Gibraltar, retiring four years later. He was appointed GCB (1983), KCB (1978) and CB (1975). He possessed a great intellect but was a private, unassuming and modest man. A colleague said of him, “his tact, manner and diplomacy were unrivalled”. Throughout his long public life, he received great support from his wife Betty, none more so than during the long months of recovery following the attempt on his life He is survived by Lady Terry and a son and daughter.

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ROUP CAPTAIN Johnnie Foster, who has died aged 95, spent the majority of his long service in the RAF as a fighter pilot. Born in Belfast, he joined the RAF in 1940 and trained as a pilot in Canada before joining 19 Sqn in April 1942 flying Spitfires. Over the next few months he flew many sweeps over northern France in support of formations of light bombers attacking targets in the region. The squadron was heavily engaged during Operation Jubilee, the raid on Dieppe on August 19, 1942. During one sortie, Foster’s aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire wounding him in the leg but he managed to return safely. Throughout 1943 Foster was in constant action and had amassed more than 600 hours flying time on Spitfires when he was rested before becoming a flying instructor. In April 1944 he converted to the Mustang long-range fighter. In September, he was posted as a flight commander to 65 Sqn flying from airfields in Norfolk escorting bomber formations before it was sent to Peterhead in north Scotland. In late 1944, Coastal Command’s strike wings of Mosquitos and Beaufighters based on the Moray Firth made concentrated attacks against enemy convoys carrying Swedish

iron-ore to Germany and shipped from Norwegian ports. The Luftwaffe’s fighter squadrons based in Norway and Denmark posed a serious threat to these operations so it was decided to escort the strikes with long-range fighters. When shipping was identified off

the Norwegian coast, formations of up to 36 strike aircraft were launched with Foster and his pilots providing an escort. The Luftwaffe countered with fighters and on February 9, 1945 they struck in force as the strike wings attempted to attack shipping in the

narrow Forde Fjord. Despite the intervention of Foster and his pilots, nine Beaufighters and a Mustang were lost. The Mustangs shot down four enemy fighters. During another fierce engagement on March 25, the CO of 65 Sqn was shot down and Foster was promoted to take command of the squadron. Operations intensified and towards the end of April and in early May, U-boats attempting to escape from the Skagerrak were attacked. He led 12 of his Mustangs escorting the strike wings on May 2 when U-2359 was sunk on the east coast of Denmark and two days later they protected the strike wings on their last operation of the war. A week later, Foster was awarded the DFC. In September 1946 he left for the Far East to join the British Commonwealth Occupation Force in Japan as an intelligence officer. He returned in June 1948 to fly Spitfires and Hornets before converting to the Meteor jet fighter. In July 1949 he took command of 263 Sqn at Horsham St Faith near Norwich. At the time, the RAF did not have a permanently established aerobatic team and Fighter Command squadrons competed annually to represent the RAF. Foster built a team and it was selected for the 1950 season when

it performed at many air shows including Farnborough. A year later he took command of No. 257 Squadron, also flying the Meteor. He held the post for two years and in June 1952 he was awarded the AFC. After two years at HQ Fighter Command, Foster left for Egypt to command the flying wing at Abu Sueir in November 1955. With the breakdown of relations between the UK and Egypt, RAF forces redeployed to Cyprus with Abu Sueir being the last RAF base to close in April 1956. The squadrons moved to Nicosia where Foster assumed command of the flying wing. For his services during the Suez crisis (Operation Musketeer) in November 1956 he was mentioned in despatches. In 1959 Foster served in the operations department of the Air Ministry before joining the staff of the Joint Warfare Establishment. For three years he served on the air staff of the Allied Air Forces Central Europe as a Group Captain and in June 1969 he was appointed to command the flying training base at RAF Church Fenton near York. He spent three years as the Air Attaché in Rome before retiring from the RAF in September 1975.

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A business which operates high hazard energy and process industry facilities across the UK has been commended for creating jobs for ex-military personnel. Securing a Silver Award, Teeside-based px group has been recognised as an Armed forcesfriendly organisation. It employs people with a military background in operational, specialist and managerial roles. A px group spokesman said: “The business has worked closely with the Ministry of Defence through the Career Transition Partnership scheme and has devised policies aimed at supporting the employment of ex-Forces personnel, also creating a dedicated web page with case studies and information for those looking to secure work in this sector.”

SILVER LINING: From left, RAF veteran Adran Corney and David Henderson from px group collect the award from Maj Gen Ranald Munro, Acting Chief of the Defence Staff (Reserves & Cadets)

Jenny Mackness, px’s human resources manager, said: “We are delighted to receive this Silver Award – a step up from the Bronze Award received when we first signed up to the Armed Forces


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Covenant in 2016. It is testament to the commitment, hard work and dedication of our team over the last year, to ensure our business is offering good opportunities to highly-skilled individuals who have served their country and are now looking to new careers in civilian life.” Among those collecting the award was Adran Corney, a former RAF corporal and avionics technician, who now works as deputy shift team leader at the Teesside gas processing plant. He said: “I have been working for px for 10 years and have seen an influx of ex-Forces people join as the business has grown. I’m thrilled to be associated with a company that recognises the integrity, skill sets and incredible work ethic that former military personal bring.”

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GOING FOR BUST: CAS with the Magee bronze

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, has given his support to a project that aims to erect a memorial statue to wartime pilot John Gillespie Magee Jr, author of ‘the airman’s poem’ High Flight. Plt Off Magee, an American citizen and member of the Royal Canadian Air Force, flew Spitfires with the RAF and died in a midair collision on December 11, 1941, aged just 19. The John Gillespie Magee Jr Foundation is managing the project to raise funds for the bronze statue, to be created by the highly-regarded sculptor Antony Dufort. At last year’s Royal International Air Tattoo the first part of the commission, a bronze bust of Magee, was exhibited to the chiefs of the Air Staff from the

RAF, USAF and RCAF. Sir Stephen said the project ‘symbolises the partnership that our three nations have in our history and have today.’ He added: “High Flight epitomises much of what we feel as airmen and airwomen.” Magee was stationed at RAF Wellingore in Lincolnshire and billeted in the village, said Malcolm Smith from the Foundation, and the volunteer project plans to install a ninefoot statue of Magee in his pilot’s uniform in a local park. Mr Smith added: “Fundraising for the statue is well underway and it is hoped that the landscaped park will be open to visitors in August, 2019.” n Go to: for more details of the project.

athletes wanted HOME COMFORTS: Bryony with Tim Craven from the OA

One of the first female officers to graduate from RAF College Cranwell is leading a new campaign encouraging veterans and their dependants to contact a leading charity if they need advice or financial help. Bryony Fuller is fronting the campaign calling for more officers and their families to seek help from the Officers’ Association (OA) to overcome challenges they may face after leaving the Services. The Wiltshire-based veteran broke her neck, back and spinal cord after she fell down the stairs – an accident that left her paralysed on the floor for 30 hours. She spent 12 weeks in intensive care followed by nine months recovering on a spinal injury ward. After a year, Bryony returned

home with permanent mobility issues, and now needs to use a walking frame or wheelchair. She wanted to stay living in her home, but the stairs and its remote location in the countryside made that difficult. She contacted the OA, having first heard of the charity through her mother, who was an RAF officer during World War II. The charity helped provide Bryony with a stair lift, a new lightweight electric wheelchair and taxi rides to and from hospital, to help her lead a normal life. She is now able to stay living in her home and even enjoys horse riding again. She said: “The OA helped me to rebuild my life, they helped me in so many ways. The main thing to me is that I can stay in my own

home. It’s not just what they’ve done for me, it’s the fact they’re still there after all this time.” Nigel Hare, Head of Benevolence at the Officers’ Association, said: “Bryony’s story highlights how the OA can step in to people’s lives and support them when they need it the most. We are here to support former officers and their dependants by offering advice and support, as well as grants. “I want to encourage people to approach us with the assurance that the OA Benevolence team understands the challenges that former officers and their families can face.” n Ms Fuller has made a video, Bryony’s Story, which can be viewed on YouTube.

Endurance walks call

Blind Veterans UK is looking for walkers to take part in two major events this summer: the 100K Yorkshire and the 100K London to Brighton. The Yorkshire event takes place over the weekend of June 23-24, starting and finishing at Darley Memorial Hall in Nidderdale, with a circular route that passes through Brimham Rocks and Ripley Castle. Registration is £40 (individual), £40 per person for a team of five competing alongside each other and £90 for a relay team of four completing 25K each. The London to Brighton walk is held on the weekend of July 7-8, starts at Hammersmith and Fulham Rugby Club on Saturday morning, crosses the North Downs and

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On course for future in RAF A GROUP of cadets from across the Central & East Region have taken part in a one-day course at RAF Cranwell to increase their aeronautical knowledge. Led by the Region’s Aerospace Officer, Wg Cdr Nathan Wilks, the 14 cadets, under simulated conditions, had to plan and fly a ‘sortie’ as well as examine the CADET: Mapping air traffic control procedures out a RAF career? involved. Planning for the sortie was carried out under real conditions, in 45 (R) Sqn’s planning room. The cadets mapped out the route they would navigate, taking into account the weather and characteristics of their ‘aircraft’. Having completed the planning, the cadets, as either pilot or navigator, moved to the flight simulator, set up to emulate the Grob Tutor – flown at the Air Experience flights – and carried out the sortie, under the watchful eyes of Flt Lt Kyle Aldridge and Qualified Aerospace Instructors (QAI), themselves cadets.

Whilst the sortie was being flown, other cadets were learning the rudiments of air traffic control on another simulator. Two of the cadets on the course – Cadet Corporal Tilly Watt, 16, from 301 (Bury St Edmunds) Sqn and Cadet Lilly-Louise Cottrell, 15, from 2160 (Sleaford) Sqn – said they found it ‘really useful’ and a ‘good insight into the complexities of flying’. Tilly said she hoped to join the RAF as an aero engineer and is hoping to gain a place on the Air Cadet Pilot Scheme. Lilly-Louise is looking for a career as an Intelligence Analyst Linguist in the RAF. Wg Cdr Wilks said: “This course has been intense and the cadets have all done really well and stepped up to the mark. All planned a full route including arriving at the destination airfield. In addition, 80 per cent of the students took the opportunity to draft their flying scholarship applications.”


ON TARGET: (l-r) Jack Lackenby, Mary Delariarte and Harry Dixon

Silver lining for Longbenton HOT-SHOT Cadets from 2344 (Longbenton) Squadron have won silver at the Durham/ Northumberland Wing Air Cadets Skill at Arms Championships. The youngsters competed against 34 other Air Cadet squadrons across the region at RAF Boulmer, Northumberland, winning silver place with 327 points. Cadet Harry Dixon, 15, who won silver in the individual

rankings with 107 points, said: “It was a really good day. We worked well as a team to compete as we knew if we focused on our game then we had a great chance of winning. “We’re happy with our second place but we will certainly look to improve for next year’s competition.” It is the first time in more than a decade that the Longbenton Squadron has finished in the top three in the competition.

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5 pages of RAF Sport l So close to title for BMW pair: page 29 indoor rowing

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SLIDE IN: Above, Cpl Tom Jackman manages to remain focused as he showed Sir Bradley Wiggins a clean pair of oars to finish 10 places ahead of the former Tour de France winner. Four further RAF rowers finished ahead of the cycling idol. Above left, Sgt Danny Graham, (left of the three medal winners), with his silver medal won in the 40-49 age group class

Service rowers shine as Wiggo slips out Sir Bradley Wiggins may have stolen all the headlines at the recent British indoor rowing championship, but he was eclipsed by a team of five RAF rowers at the Lee Park Velodrome. Placing 21st with a time of six minutes and 22

seconds, the former Tour de France winner competed next to Cpl Tom Jackman, who recorded an impressive time of six minutes and 11 seconds for his 2km, finishing 11th somehow remaining unaffected by the media furore surrounding Wiggins in the Open Men’s

HW 2000m race. Cpl Michael Barnes was the first RAF rower in ninth with a personal best time of six minutes and 10 seconds, while FS James Saxton was 10th in six minutes and 11 seconds. SAC Edward Carpenter came home fifth in the Men’s

open LW 2000m, while in the men’s relay 4000m the RAF team of Sgt Danny Graham, Sgt Paul Savage, Saxton and Barnes finished fourth, having held third place for majority of the race, heavily beating the Navy team along the way. Graham also finished second in the 40-49 age category in a time of six minutes and 11 seconds.

Savage took sixth place in the 30-39 age category in a time of six minutes and 15 seconds, while in the womens U23 2000m SAC Megan Hart came 14th with a time of seven minutes and 59 seconds. An association spokesman said: “Indoor rowing has just been given category three status as a recognised sport by the

UKAF sports board. Our aim from there is to get category two status over the next year.” As part of the RAF100 celebrations the men’s team are looking to recruit capable rowers in their attempt to break the world indoor 100km record. For more details contact Sgt Graham by email: danny.


Brit of alright for Mel Staff Reporter Sheffield CLOSING OUT the year Cpl Andy Melbourne took top spot as he stormed to the British Judo title in the Over 100kg category. He said: “I brought a lot of physicality with my size and stature. In my first fight I flew at my opponent, which set the standard for the rest of the day. Everyone was a bit cagey about coming out and trying to get one over on me.” On the mats of the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield, Melbourne exploded into action starting aggressively, instantly

putting his opponent on the back foot before throwing for wazari and securing a hold down to win. His second contest was against the British number 2, knowing it would be a tough contest Melbourne upped his game and came out firing. He dominated his more experienced opponent for a full four minutes, despite the match going the distance, his performance was solid, forcing his opponent to pick up penalties due to the relentless pressure before he scored hard with his favoured harai-goshi technique. lCont page 31:

HEAVEN FOR MEL: Above, Cpl Melbourne gets to grips on his way to the British title PHOTO: CPL ALEX SCOTT

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Shooters gun their place in history IS clean sweep and international medals aplenty

100 kicks off on international stage THE PRINCIPALITY Stadium. Cardiff saw the Welsh RAF100 appeal launched as part of the rugby union Autumn International series. The Central Band played the national anthems of Wales and New Zealand, to a capacity crowd, while cadets carried the national and RAF100 flags, before the 18-33 win by the visitors.

Snow stars get set for slopes and battles as Champs and IS arrive Continued from page 32: “What we do know is that with the growth in the sport we have an abundance of talent from which to continue to grow and then select from – exciting times ahead.” Ladies ski team captain Flt Lt Claire Nixon said: “The ladies squad are hugely excited for the upcoming RAF Championships and Inter Services competition. Throughout 2017, the hard work and dedication from female squad members has catalysed growth. The impressive depth of talent will create exciting competition at the RAF Championships and result in a strong team selection for the Inter-Services. Whilst the Army and Navy will provide fierce competition in Meribel, the RAF ladies team are in an excellent position to defend their 2017 Inter-Services title. “The male and female team are always looking for new members share the opportunities provided by this exciting and challenging sport. “The team will be offering

taster sessions at the upcoming RAF Championships. During the sessions you will ski with team members and find out about overseas training camps. Please look out on Facebook and/or information disseminated by Stn OiCs.”      The men’s ski team captain Barnaby Rudge said: “We are currently in the middle of an exciting rebuilding phase for the men’s team where we have a lot of new and fast guys coming through to challenge the established members of the team and a few of the old guard returning after missing a few years for various reasons. We are excited to see what the guys can put down at the champs and look forward to them pushing each other on so we are at our best to compete with the Army and Navy. It’s going to be another exciting year and will be interesting to see how we stack up against the other Services.” Follow all the action on Twitter @rafnewssport or Facebook: sportrafnews.

THE SERVICE’S operational shooting team produced an historic Inter-Services clean sweep and an incredible international blitz, totalling 18 medals. They blitzed the entire summer of events with a clean sweep at the Inter-Services Shooting Competition earlier last year, beating the Royal Navy/Marines and British Army in all four disciplines - Long Range Rifle, Close Quarter Battle, Service Pistol and Service Pistol Falling Plates. RAF team captain Chf Tech Pete Guard said: “I would personally like to thank Sqn Ldr Albie Fox for his commitment to coaching the RAF team before we left, even though he was unable to attend CAFSAC17 due to work commitments. “2017 was one of the most successful years on record for the Service Weapons discipline and I am for sure, the proudest RAFOST Team Captain in RAFSAA’s 96 year history.   “We are also still in touching distance of other medals as the CAFSAC International Shoot continues. Stage two of the Pistol includes three dynamic matches where shooters clear buildings from room to room in a 180 degree firing arc range. Stage two of the Rifle selects just the top 20 international shooters to continue into the Queens Medal Final, nine of which are RAF. CASAM continues with the Soldiers Cup and CQB and a

Barricade Match tests the shooters, firing positions to the limits.” (Full details of the second leg will be reported in the next edition of RAF News). RAFOST then deployed 12 personnel, five Engineers, six RAF Regt Gunners and an Air Cartographer to compete at the Canadian Armed Forces Small Arms Concentration (CAFSAC) at the Connaught Ranges, Ottawa. This prestigious competition featured teams from across the globe including the US National Guard, the British Army Combat Shooting Team, the British Army Reserve Combat, Royal Netherlands Army team and several regiments from the Canadian Armed Forces of course, 16 teams in total and 286 competitors. Following the Bisley triumph Guard selected 10 experienced shots, including Cpl Keightley, the RAF 2017 Queen’s medallist for Champion Shot of the Air Forces, along with two development shooters. On the opening day a Match 11 (M11) Normandy, a 200m shoot was followed by the first LMG match (M41 Mont des Cats) that afternoon whilst the first pistol match (M21 Falaise Pocket) ran concurrently on another range. Sgt Chrossan won the Open Gold in the rifle while SAC Mitchell won the Open and Overall Gold in the LMG. Meanwhile, Chf Tech Guard


CRANWELL SPEEDSTER Sqn Ldr Clare Law and teammate Adrian Warrant (Coningsby) narrowly missed out on the Service’s rally championship by just four points. Law and Warrant had a mixed season with their BMW M3 Compact, missing out on round 2 of the championship season following mechanical issues at Donington, but made it back to the track to chase for points in the

remaining rounds at the Dukeries Rally (Donington), Harold Palin Stages (Fulbeck) and Hall Trophy (Blyton). They entered the final round in second place, but just failed to make up the vital points. Warrant said: “We gave it everything at Blyton but lost vital seconds when we spun off the track after hitting a corner with too much speed.”

won the Open and Overall Gold in the pistol. Day two saw a short range 100m forward match for rifle, with LMG over 400m, with pistol (M22 Ortona) stepped up the pace with prone and rapid magazine change shoots. The RAF responded by upping their game and bringing home more gold as Cpl MephamStone (RAF Regt) won the rifle Open, Cpl Lowe (RAF Regt) the Open LMG and Guard narrowly missed winning the overall in the Pistol, beaten by four points by the US National Guard. More Rifle and LMG, 300m and 500m kicked off day three with SAC Mitchell smashing Open and Overall to win the third and final LMG match, increasing his medal count by two Golds, M43 (The Scheldt) and the overall aggregate and champion machine gun shot. Cpl Mepham-Stone took the Open Gold in the rifle bringing the medal count to seven golds from eight matches. One V bull (dead centre) from 50 shots determined the winner of the Open Gold in M14 Pursuit to Mons, 500m rifle. Flt Lt Owen won overall Open Gold in the Service Rifle Stage one aggregate. Guard added: “The competition includes the Canadian Army Skill at Arms Meet (CASAM) where the Canadian Army Regiments compete against each other to win their overseas trips to the USA, Australia and Bisley, England. “The International Teams enter for honours only and the competition gets even more physical, including CASEVAC runs, Counter Attack forced marches, the Soldiers Cup Assault Course and a CQB shoot. In addition to this, a 7.5Km Military Biathlon in full fighting order kit tests the resolve of the hardest soldiers, so we entered a full RAF Regiment Team. “We were happy to beat BACST in the CA, consisting of a onekilometre run followed by an eightman section attack. “M17 and M18 make up the stage one and two of the CAFSAC international shoot. The top eight shooters, a coach and a team captain from each country go up against each other for medals for being the International Best Shots.” Seven RAF and one Army shooter made up the UK team with Guard as captain. A close-fought battle with the hosts saw them come second, beating the US and Netherlands teams, which earned them 10 silver medals, making a total medal count of 18. Follow the association on Twitter @RAFSWShooting.

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Cadets end year in sporting style RAFC Cranwell hosted the last round of Air Training Corps’ (ATC’s) Senior Rugby and Netball competitions. A cold but occasionally sunny day greeted teams from all six of the ATC’s Regions for a day of sometimes very closely fought matches. The rugby was won by Central and East Region (C&E) after a very competitive final with London & South East Region. C&E’s team captain Cdt Cpl Jay Shipway said: “It was a perfect day. We did not concede a single try. The team was a bit disconnected at first, but soon came together into a good unit.” “The region’s sports officer, Sqn Ldr Stephen Riggs RAFAC added that the cadets put in a strong performance that was reflected in

the results.” On the Netball court the competition was also closely fought with very little separating the top teams. London & South East Region finally came out on top with South West Region runners-up. Team captain Cdt WO Jessica El-Homssi from 14F (Northolt) Squadron, competing in her last National level event, said: “I was very impressed by the team’s performance. We had two very tight games, but the team pulledtogether and all came good in the end.”  The region’s team manager, Flt Lt Jo Blackwell RAFAC, said: “I am particularly pleased with the result. The cadets worked really hard and

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Shield defeat to Birmingham for UKAF The UKAF men’s netballers battled to a hard-fought defeat at the hands of division one side Birmingham Black Country at RAF Cranwell to close out the year. Having won the Shield last season Birmingham would prove a tough test with the UKAF team on the back foot almost immediately in the first set, but with UKAF setter Sgt Phil Crawford (RAF) and Opposite Michael Grainger (RAF) it became a tight first set and strong defence saw Black Country manage to see out the set 25-22. Set two saw the hosts halted, with a series of unforced errors beginning to creep in. However some big hitting from Cpl Steve Kamden Lewe (Army) and Fg Off Ben Dunkley RAF saw UKAF gain some momentum, but the earlier damage could not be clawed back with the visitors winning 25-19. With the UKAF players now facing the possibility of being knocked out of the tournament, UKAF started the third set strongly with good work from SAC Grainger RAF and Fg Off Dunkley saw them take an early lead.

UKAF were holding on to their winning score until late in the set when Birmingham managed to claw the points to win 26-24. Coach Al Burdett said: “Despite

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League of its own ISL ends with cold but thrilling two-days AFTER THE final fence was cleared it was DMS Whittington who took the 2017 Inter-Station League title, along with Cpl Michelle Gorman (RAF Cranwell), who took the individual crown. Sixteen teams from four regions started the event back in February After a round robin the winners take part in the finals and runnerup events. Cranwell finished third in the team event. After a tough season of riding the Runner Up finals were to be battled out by Coningsby, High Wycombe, Marham and DCAE Cosford and through to the Final Finals were: Odiham, Cranwell, Lossiemouth and DMS Whittington. A bitterly cold Cranwell course saw jumpers sporting thermals with the morning test rides and afternoon jumps marked by an independent judge, one for each of the two days. Points were awarded for style jumping, introduced last year to

ensure fairness across all riders. Not only is the aim for clear rounds, but riders were marked on their ability to ride the horse correctly, present them to the fence in good manner and have a good communication with the horse. This means the more inexperienced riders can often pick up valuable points through correct

riding. A mixture of nerves and tension filled the rounds, with Gorman holding her nerve over Kim Adams and SAC Trudy Gaston both from Odiham. In the runner-up final Sgt Emma Morgan took the individual title, while Marham took the team title over DCAE Cosford.


FINAL JUMP: Harriett Richardson jumping at Cranwell during the final ISL outing


Hales and hearty SGT KEV Barry’s SRT team closed out the year with another win, this time over an impressive Halesowen Town team. On a cold night at Cosford Stadium, Barry saw his side dispatch of their Evostik Northern Premier League opponents 2-0. Scoreless at the break after an entertaining opening 45 minutes, it took until just before the hour mark

for Cpl Mike Campbell to stear home. with LAC Rhys Harbottle stroking home on 67 minutes after a good attack from Norton and Webb, with the midfielder finding the onrushing defender. Barry said: “This was a great fixture to end the calendar year and I am really grateful to Halesowen who found time in their busy schedule to play us. “We are in a very good place at the moment. We have gone 315 minutes without conceeding a single goal.”

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Continued from page 27: His third performance was flawless. He started the contest steadily dominating his opponent before countering with an amazing ashi-waza, demonstrating great timing and movement; a testament to the hard work he has been putting in at Camberley Judo Club. His final bout was to secure first place. Against a talented Judoka that outweighed him, Melbourne went behind on the scorecards for the first time on the day. He then countered his opponent’s next attack, scoring wazari and seamlessly transitioning to groundwork where he secured a pin and an armbar simultaneously, forcing his final opponent to tap out immediately, giving him the title.

Also competing was SAC Tommy Mercer, above, fighting in the under 81kg division. The Scotsman was drawn in an exceptionally hard pool, making qualification into the next rounds extremely difficult. Winning two out of his four bouts was not enough to move forward, and SAC Mercer had to settle for seventh place. His performance was recognised and rewarded in selection in the Judo Scotland Performance Programme and is now part of the Scottish National Squad. RAFJA Senior Coach FS Fred Harris said: “Cpl Melbourne put on a masterclass today. A tremendous show of heart and talent has seen him emerge the victor in a weight group that contained some serious fighting talent.”

Ticket no. 514531


Ticket no. 227965


3rd Prize

Cpl Wragg

Ticket no. 461902


4th Prize

Sqn Ldr Field

Ticket no. 16267


5th Prize

AC Wright

Ticket no. 683515


6th Prize

SAC Jessop

Ticket no. 209049


7th Prize

Sgt Ashworth

Ticket no. 863148


8th Prize

SAC(T) Broadbent

Ticket no. 165925


9th Prize

Flt Lt Sagrott

Ticket no. 165925


Ticket no. 19113


10th Prize Fg Off Gosling

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RAF Championships Skiing, Snowboard and Telemark Austria, January 12-27, 2018

Inter-Services Skiing, Snowboard and Telemark France, March 2-10, 2018

THE SLOPES of Austria and France will play host to the Service’s Alpine skiers, snowboarders and Telemark stars as the RAF Championships and Inter-Services come round again. The month starts with the championships, where the team’s will be selected to defend the ladies’ Alpine ski crown won last year along with the men’s snowboarding title, the men’s ski team will be looking to improve on last year’s third place finish, which did not reflect how close they were to second. The ladies snowboarders who finished second last year, will be gunning to reclaim the crown they last lifted in 2016. In Telemark the association will look to make further inroads after several top 10 finishes. Sqn Ldr Nicola Duncan, snowboard team manager, said:

“The 2018 RAF Championships marks the culmination, in the form of various competitions, of a year’s training and preparation from riders across the RAF to ensure the management team are selecting the best riders the RAF has to offer to take forward to the Inters. There has been a positive increase in training due to the significant growth of Station snowboard clubs and the surge of attendance at the monthly events which is assisted by the excellent support and tuition we receive at both Castleford and Milton Keynes Snozones.  She added: “The squad development camps have increased and due to the support from sponsors, we are in a position to offer another overseas training opportunity providing more chances to grass root riders and their development, giving them a direct line to prove their riding ability. With the 2017 men’s win under our belts the squad is excited about

achieving another win, not only for the men’s but the ladies as their last win was 2016. We have yet to select the riders who will represent the RAF at the 2018 Inters as selection will take place following the results from the Champs; however, what we do know is that with the growth in the sport we have an abundance of talent. OContinued on page 29:

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