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RAF CHINOOKS flew in an estimated 400 tonnes of rubble to reinforce the damaged Toddbrook dam as flood waters threatened to engulf a nearby town. More than 1500 people were evacuated from Whaley Bridge amid fears the the dam wall could burst. ● Full story p7
THE NEW Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Mike Wigston says Britain needs a 'next generation' Air Force to combat growing threats against national security. Speaking after taking over the Service's top job from ACM Sir Stephen Hillier, he said the RAF needed to transform the way it operates to maintain its advantage against enemy forces. He added: "Today we operate in a state of constant competition and confrontation with threats which are diversifying, intensifying and proliferating rapidly. "If we don't stay ahead of those evolving threats we cannot guarantee our future freedom of action by air, sea or land." ●Full report p5
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THE SECOND of the UK’s squadrons operating the F-35 Lightning stood up at Marham in Norfolk this month. 207 Sqn flew into the Norfolk station from the US Marine Corps base at Beauford last month and was officially reformed during a ceremony last week. The event included a solo Tucano flypast and a one minute silence as a mark of respect to the 154 airmen the unit lost during WWII. The squadron will produce Britain’s first homegrown F-35 Lightning pilots from the new state of the art training facility at Marham. Station Commander Gp Capt Jim Beck handed commanding officer Wg Cdr Williams a new pennant which was raised by squadron personnel outside their building. 207 Sqn’s WO Ali Fisher said: “It’s a real honour. I’m proud to have been a part of this stand-up ceremony and looking forward to overcoming any challenges we have ahead of us as we grow the UK Lightning Force.”
MILESTONE MOMENT: Marham chief Gp Capt Jim Beck hands new pennant to 207 Sqn’s Wg Cdr Scott Williams.The squadron will train F-35 pilots for frontline operations.
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18 Squadron is re-formed at RAF Odiham as the first RAF heavy transport helicopter unit equipped with Chinook HC1s.
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Ready to deliver Next Generation Royal Air Force New CAS says Service must transform to meet threats
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BRITAIN’S LEADING airman has warned the RAF must transform the way it operates to maintain its military advantage in the face of increasing threats from around the globe. Air Chief Marshal Mike Wigston said the proliferation of sophisticated weapons systems, cyber hackers and space-based technology pose the biggest danger to UK security since the Cold War. Speaking after his appointment as Chief of the Air Staff, ACM Wigston said: “We serve in challenging times. “The international system we rely on for our security and prosperity is being eroded by states working actively to destabilise it. “Today we operate in a state of constant competition and confrontation with threats which are diversifying, intensifying and proliferating rapidly. “If we don’t stay ahead of those evolving threats, we cannot guarantee our future freedom of action by air, sea or land. “To deliver decisive sustainable air and space power in an increasingly complex and contested environment, we must continue to transform everything we do across the Service. “Transforming the way we operate and run our stations and how we work with the Army, the Navy, Joint Force Command, Nato and other international allies is vital.” The introduction of fifth-generation aircraft, such as the F-35 Lightning stealth fighter and the new Poseidon sub-hunter, will raise the RAF’s current technological capability. But ACM Wigston said the skills of personnel are at the centre of his drive to create a ‘Next Generation Air Force’. He added: “Information and digital technology will be at the heart of the Next Generation Air Force. “But equally important will be our people, capable of managing vast amounts of information, enabled and empowered to make faster and more accurate decisions.
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“We will rely on the talent of our people just as much as at any time in our history. “We have to continue to improve what we offer in return by improving the infrastructure of where you live and where you work; continuing to develop your terms of employment, to meet your needs and expectations and being truly diverse and inclusive to reflect the society we serve.” His appointment to the RAF’s top job follows the publication of his report into standards of behaviour in the UK Forces, which identified shortcomings in the way Defence handles complaints of harassment and bullying. MoD chiefs have pledged to reform procedures to bring the Forces into line with civvy street employers and speed up disciplinary issues. He added: “Spending six weeks focused on inappropriate behaviours and the harm caused to people was a sobering experience. “The vast majority of people in the Royal Air Force go about their business with professionalism, pride and dedication to duty. There is a tiny minority who behave inappropriately, harm people and damage our reputation. “In the private sector these allegations are dealt with in a matter of weeks. We all recognise the Service complaints system is not agile enough to respond in that timeline. “This is about leadership and line management at every level. We must relentlessly engage by communicating and working to stop inappropriate behaviour occurring. “We have to recognise society’s notion of what constitutes inappropriate behaviour and take on board the lessons of things like the #Me Too campaign. We owe it to our people to recognise the challenge of inappropriate behaviour. It has no place in today’s Royal Air Force.”
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Battle of Britain hero McInnes dies Child’s play for RAFA TRIBUTES HAVE been paid to a Battle of Britain hero who died shortly after celebrating his 100th birthday. Former Flight Lieutenant Archie McInnes was one of only six surviving members of The Few. He joined the RAF volunteer reserve in 1938 and was posted first to 601 Sqn before transferring to 238 Sqn, where he flew Hurricanes alongside the conflict’s thirdhighest scoring fighter ace Pilot Officer Bob Doe. In October 1941 while flying bomber escort and top cover sorties in the Middle East Archie was shot down after a dogfight with Me109s. Executive Officer 601 (County of London) Squadron RAuxAF Wing Commander John Chappell said: “As a result of the crash his left arm
AMPUTEE: But McInnes returned to flying
was badly damaged and had to be amputated. During hospitalisation it also transpired some days later he had blood poisoning and typhoid – however, following recovery,
Archie incredibly designed and created his own arm prosthetics and adaptations. “These were approved allowing him to return to flying – including once again his beloved Hurricane with 691 Sqn at Roborough in February 1944, in charge of B-Flight. Here he also flew Barracudas and had a position towing target tugs down at Tangmere, Sussex.” Archie was released from the RAF in 1946 as a flight lieutenant and eventually retired to village life just outside Cambridge. He was playing golf with one arm until he was 93. Last year, aged 99, to mark the 78th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, Archie took to the skies again as a passenger in a refurbished Spitfire.
THE ROYAL Air Forces Association has taken over its first nursery at Odiham as part of a drive to cut costs for serving families. Air Force personnel chief AVM Chris Elliot officially opened the new childcare facility operated by the charity under its RAFA Kidz programme. AVM Elliot said: “Access to affordable high-quality childcare is a key priority for our families, so I am delighted to see the launch of the new RAFA Kidz childcare service. It is already making a huge difference for families serving at Odiham.”
Chinook joins fight to save dam threat town 27 Sqn does heavy lifting to shore up reservoir wall CHINOOK HELICOPTERS were scrambled to shore up a damaged dam threatening to flood a Derbyshire town. As RAF News went to press aircrew were dropping 400 tonnes of aggregate to stop more water getting into Toddbrook Reservoir. Earlier around 1,500 people were evacuated from nearby Whaley Bridge amid fears the dam wall could break, and roads and railway lines were closed in the area. Emergency workers and teams of engineers have been gathered on top of the concrete spillway to try to get water levels down, reduce pressure on the wall and allow repairs to begin. An RAF spokesman said: “Two Chinooks from 27 Squadron at RAF Odiham arrived in Derby in the early hours of the morning and their task is to lift 400 tonnes of aggregate to prevent it breaching. “They have been working day and night to support civil authorities who are trying to reduce the pressure in the dam enough for it to be repaired.” The Joint Helicopter Support Squadron from RAF Benson also deployed to prepare the loads for safe lifting and to manage the drop site. Derbyshire Deputy Chief Constable Rachel Swann said by dropping a mixture of sand, gravel and stone on surrounding water
courses the helicopters would help drain the reservoir. The reservoir contains 1.3 million tonnes of water and sits above hundreds of homes and businesses. Nearby residents were initially told to pack up their medication and pets and gather at an evacuation point at a local school.
Some stayed with relatives while others bedded down in pubs and hotels, with lots of businesses offering free rooms. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “Our Armed Forces will always leap to assist the civilian authorities should the call come for help in keeping the British people safe.”
FIGHT AGAINST NATURE: RAF Chinook is loaded with aggregate (left) to help shore up the reservoir (above)
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VETERAN: Ken Muddimer returned to the squadron he first joined more than 80 years ago
Cadet super-vet Ken claims title SPRIGHTLY 93-YEAR-OLD Ken Muddimer has staked his claim to being Britain’s oldest surviving Air Cadet. Eighty years after joining, he revisited his old unit – and the country’s first cadet squadron – No 1 (City of Leicester). By the time he signed up at 13 Ken had already spent two years in the Air Defence Cadet Corps, which became the Air Training Corps in February 1941.
He later became a Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR) Flight Engineer before switching to the Army. Ken was accompanied by the squadron’s current youngest recruit Josh Carvel during his visit to the squadron.
Typhoon team get a grilling in Baltic barbie showdown Full English fry-up doesn’t cut the mustard in Estonia
BARBIE-CREW: (From left) WO Gill Malam, Sqn Ldr Sam Mitchell and Fg Off Michael Brown feel the heat as they prepare for another round of the annual grill-fest event at Paldiski; above, RAF burgers beefed up chances; below, WO Malam gets the results from judges PHOTOS: CPL ROB BOURNE
Rob Bourne Amari Air Base, Estonia
RED ALERT: Arrows join Trust chief Dr Emma Egging and students at Fairford show
Blue Skies kids see Red at RIAT STUDENTS on a youth programme aimed at launching their careers in aviation got a boost from the Red Arrows recently. The aerobatic aces took time out from their final displays at Fairford to chat to youngsters on the Jon Egging Trust’s Blue Skies programme. Trust chief Emma Egging said: “We are grateful to the Reds for providing an eye-opening experience for our students.”
A RAF crew failed to bring home the bacon in a Baltic barbecue cook-off – because their traditional English fry-up didn’t cut the mustard with Estonian judges. Air Force crews keeping the peace in Eastern Europe faced a grilling from local teams when they took part in the annual
Paldiski cooking contest close to the Amari air base where they are stationed. The Air Force barbecue crew turned up the heat on rivals to take top honours with their burgers in the first round of the alfresco show down. But their efforts to clinch the title with a traditional English fry-up as their signature dish saw them knocked off the top spot.
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WO Gill Malam, Sqn Ldr Sam Mitchell, Flt Lt Mark Gibbons and Fg Off Michael Brown had to settle for third place. They were presented with their runners-up certificates by the Mayor of Paldiski who paid tribute to the RAF’s 121 Expeditionary Air Wing currently guarding Nato skies over the Baltic. WO Gill added: “Our team was made up of individuals with no background in catering so for us to win the best burger round and finish so highly was superb. “It was an enjoyable day. What
NATURAL BORN GRILLER: Sam checks the round-winning burgers at Paldiski food festival
was really special for us was for the local Mayor to give us such a warm reception and recognise the role that we are playing in Estonia.”
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Putin test for Baltic defences Staff Reporter Amari Air Base, Estonia
UK TYPHOONS scrambled from a Baltic airbase to intercept a Russian military transporter closing in on Estonian airspace. Nato chiefs tracking Russian military movements in the region ordered the RAF jets stationed at Amari to launch and escort the Soviet era IL-76 transport aircraft used to deliver heavy machinery. A Typhoon pilot from XI(Fighter) Sqn said: “We were scrambled to intercept an aircraft that was approaching Estonian airspace from the south. “We identified and monitored it as it transited close to Nato airspace. This is standard protocol for aircraft that might not
be communicating with air traffic control or on a recognised flight plan. “We continued to escort the transport aircraft as it transited in a north direction, away from Estonian airspace.” It is the 14th time Royal Air Force crews policing Baltic skies have been scrambled as Russian president Putin continues to test Nato reactions. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace added: “As this latest quick reaction alert demonstrates, the RAF are frequently called upon to use their world class skills and capabilities to help police and protect the skies over the Baltics. “Our personnel deployed to Estonia and around the world are always ready to react to any scenario as we continue our commitment to our Nato allies.”
EASTERN PROMISE: RAF Typhoon closes in on Russian transporter over the Baltic Sea; inset, on the runaway at Amari; left, new Defence Secretary Ben Wallace
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Son’s tribute to war hero dad 75 years after crash
EMOTIONAL: Robert Kirkpatrick with his nieces at the ceremony; inset below, civic leaders pay tribute to lost crew
Families of crew downed by Nazis join villagers as memorial unveiled Simon Mander BOB KIRKPATRICK was just 18 months old when his airman father died alongside six crew mates when their Lancaster bomber was shot down over France during a WWII raid. Now aged 76 he has finally been able to pay tribute to the parent he never knew after French villagers invited him to join them to unveil a permanent memorial at the crash site. For years the British crew’s final resting place had been cared for by local children, until the community of St Martin-sur-Oreuse reached out to British families and military colleagues to remember those who died. The 49 Sqn Lancaster JB701 was on a bombing raid over Northern Germany in July 1944 when it was shot down by enemy fighter aircraft near Sens, 120km south of Paris. None of the crew survived and they were buried together in the nearby cemetery of St Martin-sur-Oreuse. Among them was 30-year-old air gunner Sgt George Kirkpatrick whose son Bob was only 18 months old when he lost his father that day. Now 76, Bob, his wife and two nieces travelled from Surrey to unveil the new memorial nestled in trees on
“I am happy that my father is buried with his crew and that his resting place is protected by friends he never met.” The pilot on the ill-fated mission was 22-year-old Flt Lt William Leonard Powell.
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the edge of a field. He said: “My father and many others gave their lives so that we could all be free. “For the past 75 years this French village community has honoured my
family by tending his grave, ensuring his sacrifice is remembered. “This part of France, like many others, will remain connected to Britain by the blood in the soil.
New honour for Gunners GUNNERS WHO have overcome major challenges in their personal or professional lives are to be recognised by a new honour. The RAF Regiment is introducing an annual John Gall ‘Through Adversity’ Award to recognise people’s skills and achievements. It comes after the Corps’ annual Warrant Officers’ conference identified a feeling among junior ranks that they were not being valued enough. The accolade will be presented annually at the WOs’ Conference dinner to the Gunner who has overcome adversity themselves, assisted someone else to do so, or is currently displaying fortitude and resilience. Nominations can be made by email to the Corps Warrant Officer throughout the year, with the winner being announced in April.
Golden days for paras
IT WAS a gold rush for members of the Royal Air Force Sport Parachute Association. Sixteen entered into competition at the Army Parachute Association Netheravon, against a variety of military and civilian skydiving teams. RAFSPA entered six teams in total, in three different disciplines: Formation Skydiving, Freestyle & Freeflying, and the Accuracy discipline. The Service won three gold and three silver medals.
Navigator Fg Off Geoffrey Edward Franklin, bomb aimer Fg Off Albert Cole, Wireless Operator FS Donald Stephens, Flight Engineer Sgt George West and gunner Sgt Thomas Moore all died in the crash. The families were brought together by local historian Jean-Luc Prieur who has been searching for living relatives of the crew for the past 15 years. Bob’s cousin spotted Jean-Luc’s advert in a Nottingham paper
as George Kirkpatrick had lived in Sutton-in-Ashfield. Bob and his brother then researched their father’s role in the RAF. “I’ve sat in the rear gunner’s position in a Lancaster, you could not take your parachute in there, it’s isolated and cramped. “My father must have had tremendous courage to clamber down to that seat,” said Bob. “I’ve heard they would kick out the Perspex canopy to get a clearer view to fire their guns, that meant you’d be flying long hours in subzero temperatures. “The courage that must have been required to do that, for so many missions, with flak exploding around you.” More than 55,573 died whilst flying with Bomber Command in World War II. Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster pilot Flt Lt Neil Farrell said: “Talking with the veterans about their experiences during WWII brings home the significance of continuing to fly the fleet of WWII aircraft as a living tribute to them. “We should never forget the sacrifices they made nor the hardships they faced in defence of their country.”
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Ex-Enders star joins PTSD plea Soap hardman Fairbrass backing new production
A CAMPAIGNING actor who claims the Forces are failing to tackle PTSD is taking to the stage to highlight the dangers of the condition. Taz Skylar will be starring alongside ex-EastEnders hardman Craig Fairbrass in the play Warheads Taz, who made his own screen debut earlier this year in the movie The Kill Team opposite Alexander Skarsgard, said he wrote the play after a soldier pal returned from the frontline with PTSD. He said: “My buddy joined young and was a war vet in his early 20s and something had shifted in the way he was. “For him, the best cure was to plough on and forget about it. But that became incredibly difficult as his condition got worse.” Taz plays 19-year-old Miles Wepper struggling after returning from his first tour of Afghanistan. The harder he tries to act normally, the harder it gets to be normal, and all attempts to help him make things worse. Taz said: “PTSD is kind of a taboo word in the Armed Forces. “Very few really want to admit they’ve got it or have had it. You think people are going to judge
you for saying it because they think you’re just trying to get some sick leave.” He added: “It’s never the guy or girl who is screaming for help that you should be worried about. It’s the ones who seem completely fine.” “If a play prompts an audience to talk about a multitude of things they hadn’t spoken about before and see things in a different way then I’ve done my job.” Former RAF policeman Luke Dallison, who went on to develop PTSD after a round in Afghanistan, said: “It’s important to be aware of PTSD, the symptoms and the effects it can have. “Sufferers can be blind to it and they rely on their friends and family to get them to recognise it and to seek help. “By revealing it can equally affect young people it will better inform those who are looking to enlist of the impact it could have on their life. “Missing limbs and scars are there for the world to see but a wounded mind can remain hidden from sight.” OGo to: park theatre.co.uk for ticket details.
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RAF family rallies to give lonely vet emotional send off
Fears widower Lee, 93, would end up with a pauper’s funeral A MILITARY charity encouraged dozens of mourners to attend the funeral service of an RAF veteran in Shrewsbury who otherwise would have had a pauper’s sendoff. Harold ‘Lee’ Tracey, who was understood to have also worked for the security services following World War II, died at the age of 93 after suffering a stroke. Thanks to a volunteer who knew him through the Royal Air Forces Association charity, Lee was given a military funeral, with 30 serving personnel from RAF Shawbury’s 60 Squadron forming a guard of honour and a further seven personnel as pallbearers. RAF Association befriender Nick Nicholson said: “Lee was a wonderful, highly-intelligent gentleman whom I will miss tremendously. I’m so pleased that we were able to give him this sendoff.
AIRMAN: Mr Tracey during the Second World War
“Whilst giving the eulogy I looked up, and it was then that a tear came to my eye when I saw the number of people who had made the effort for Lee.” Lee, who lived alone in Oswestry following the death of his wife five
US medevac link-up
BRITISH and American medics teamed up at RAF Brize Norton to share their lifesaving skills. The joint training enables personnel from both countries to evacuate each other’s sick and wounded comrades from war zones. Members of 4626 Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron hosted a team of US medics from Joint Base Charleston’s 315th Aeromedical unit for the event. 4626 AE Sqn’s Flight Lieutenant James Iddon said: “The relationship between 4626 Sqn and the 315th Airlift Wing has developed over a long period of time. It’s important we develop the interoperability of our personnel.” Both units operate mainly from the giant C-17 Globemaster, kitted out as a flying emergency ward to airlift seriously injured frontline fighters back home for treatment.
MEDEVAC: Both units operate from C-17
315th AES Medical Service Corps Officer Major Lee Knoell said: “We have a very segmented part of the mission – fixed-wing aeromedical evacuation. “The unit does everything from immediate response all the way up to getting patients through the aeromedical staging facility, so we get to learn about these other pieces that we may need to do down the road.”
years ago, received welfare support and companionship through the RAF Association, of which he had been a lifetime member. Around 150 people attended his funeral, which was standing room only, including members of the public, veterans and serving personnel. The service was led by the Chaplain of RAF Shawbury, the Reverend Alastair Bissell. Warrant Officer Nick Williams, community engagement officer at the station, said: “We felt very honoured to be part of Lee’s funeral. None of us at RAF Shawbury knew him, but we feel strongly that he was part of our family – the RAF family.” The service, which took place at Emstrey Crematorium, was also attended by standard bearers from the Association’s Ellesmere Branch, plus 10 members of the 1165 Oswestry Air Training Corps and representatives from the Royal British Legion, as well as dozens of members of the public who learned of Lee’s funeral through an appeal put out across social media. Mr Tracey was born in Omagh, Northern Ireland, in 1926. His father, an RAF officer, died when BROTHERS IN ARMS: Lee’s coffin is carried into Emstrey Crematorium by six serving he was five years old, and he and his personnel from RAF Shawbury, led by MAcr Jolly Archer sisters were given up for adoption by their mother two years later. he founded the company Audiotel received money from the charity He was raised in England, at an International, which to this for a new fridge freezer and TV, orphanage in Stoney Stratford. day remains a market leader in plus a holiday at a Wings Break After leaving the home, Lee was surveillance equipment. hotel for RAF veterans. enlisted in the RAF in 1943 and Lee met singer and actress Maria quickly moved to RAF Intelligence. Wagg while at work, and the two It was a privilege He was promoted to the rank of fell in love and married in 1961. Sergeant and posted to Egypt, India They had a long and happy life to have attended the and Iraq, where he worked on together, moving to settle in funeral cryptography and surveillance. Oswestry in 2002. He left the Service in 1947. Following Maria’s He continued throughout his death in 2014, Lee Tim Potter, chairman of the life to be involved in intelligence became isolated and RAF Association’s Ellesmere and activities around the world, and lonely, until the RAF Oswestry Branch, said: “It was invented a number of surveillance Association stepped in to a privilege to have attended the systems and devices, provide support. He funeral. Without Nick Nicholson’s including the Scanlock was introduced hard work to bring Lee’s situation Harmonic Receiver. to volunteer to our attention this would have It is understood befriender Mr been a pauper’s funeral, which Lee he worked for the Nicholson, who certainly did not deserve. security services until visited him “We’re so pleased that the RAF 1970, and thereafter regularly to offer Association was able to support Lee worked as a freelance companionship. in his final years, as well as at the consultant. In 1978 RAFA BEFRIENDER: Nick Nicholson Lee also very end.”
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Battling bro Bruce back on his bike
A 61-YEAR-OLD cyclist who was brought back from the brink of death by his quick-thinking Air Force brother after suffering a heart attack on a bike ride is back in the saddle. Wg Cdr Tristram Carter battled to keep his brother Bruce alive by carrying out CPR as he desperately waited for an ambulance to arrive. Plumber Bruce collapsed by the road side during an outing on the bike he had just bought as part of a fitness drive. Paramedics who arrived at the scene minutes later were able to start Bruce’s heart with a defibrillator as they rushed him to a South Tyneside hospital. After making a full recovery Bruce met up with air safety officer Tristram and the ambulance crew
who brought him back from the brink to thank them. He said: “My brother is trained in first aid and used CPR – that’s probably what saved me – meaning my brain wasn’t starved of oxygen. “The crew were fantastic, helping to treat me and reassuring me. “I just wanted to thank them personally for what they did.” Paramedic Michael Hugo added: “Bruce needed a defibrillation shock restart his heart. After that his heart went into a normal rhythm. “By the time he woke up, he was understandably very confused and didn’t know where he was. “Effectively he had died for 20 minutes – he had stopped breathing and didn’t have a pulse.”
Competitors took on nine adaptive sports archery, athletics, cycling, indoor rowing, powerlifting, sitting volleyball, swimming, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby. Invictus UK trials event director Martin Colclough said: “The Invictus UK Trials are a brilliant demonstration of the power of sport and we are here to help every individual exceed their personal recovery goals – be it to take part, set a personal best or take home a medal.” Royal British Legion Director of Operations Antony Baines said: “The Legion is proud to be supporting the friends, families and carers of the UK Team. “Without their support many of the competitors wouldn’t have made it here.” An international field of more than 500 competitors are expected to take part in the 2020 games. The UK Forces team will be bidding to beat their tally of 72 medals, including 28 golds, from the last games in Sydney in 2018.
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ROAD TO RECOVERY: Tristram and Bruce meet up with medics who treated plumber after heart attack
Games on for Harry’s heroes
A TOTAL of 350 veterans and serving personnel gathered in Sheffield to compete for 65 places in the UK Invictus Games team heading for the finals in the Hague next year. Among them was multiple sclerosis sufferer Sgt Georgina Smith, (pictured centre with Jessica Ennis-Hill) who took part in the 100 metre sprint, shot putt, sitting volleyball, fou r- m i nute endurance and oneminute sprint. She said: “The trials were brilliant, absolutely amazing. If I get through, the next step is the regional championships in Bath.” “I saw more serving personnel at this year’s trials than I had in the past few years. “It’s important the message gets out that the games are not just for veterans, or those with the most severe injuries, like amputations. They are also for people with illnesses and disabilities who are currently serving. The games are very inclusive.”
INVICTUS CHALLENGE: Clockwise from top: Invictus ambassador Jessica Ennis Hill celebrates with heat winners, Invictus founder Prince Harry, competitor warms up. PHOTOS: SAC SAMANTHA HOLDEN
WG CDR Julian Weekes (pictured left) has handed over as Commanding Officer of the Force Protection Centre to Wg Cdr Liam Mitchell, who arrives at RAF Honington from HQ Allied Air Command at Ramstein. Wg Cdr Weekes is taking up a posting with the Ministry of Defence.
HOMAGE: Bodil Friele’s artwork was inspired by her father Olly Olsen’s, inset, left, experiences in WWII. Top left, Olly’s Red Cross POW label. Inset, far left, artist Bodil. PHOTOS: Anna Lythgoe
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Angus takes a shine to II Sqn Simon Mander TWO TYPHOONS marked a tribute to one of the RAF’s most historic squadrons, which was granted the freedom of a Scottish town. The flypast marked 106 years since II (Army Cooperation) Sqn was first stationed at Montrose Air Station, under the Royal Flying Corps. The parade, in Angus, was attended by more than 60 personnel from the Lossiemouth-based outfit, affectionately known as the ‘Shiney IIs’. The civic honour follows a demanding year of operations, policing the skies in the UK and the Falkland Islands, and spearheading operations against Daesh in the Middle East. The event was also a poignant occasion for outgoing commanding officer Wg Cdr Jim ‘Rosie’ Lee. He said: “I am immensely proud of the men and women I have had under my command. “Their positivity and professionalism has allowed us to consistently deliver air power where it is needed. “Today for me is bittersweet. I am honoured that II (AC) Sqn has been awarded the Freedom of Angus but as my last day in command, part of me is sad to leave.
“Fortunately, I know that under their successor they will move from strength to strength, and I wish all of ‘Shiny Two’ the best.” Local people lined the streets to watch the parade and flypast and the salute was taken by The Lord Lieutenant of Angus, Georgiana Osborne, and Lossiemouth Station Commander Gp Capt Jim Walls. He said: “We have heard about the past, but today has very much been about the future. “With the granting of the Freedom of Angus, our future relationship with Montrose is assured.” With more than a century of service under the RFC and RAF, Montrose Air Station was II (AC) Sqn’s first home as an operational military airfield in 1913. Flying the BE2 twin-seat propeller biplane, many early aviation records were set including the longest non-stop flight of seven hours and 20 minutes, and the national height record of 16,000ft. Volunteers from the Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre built a replica BE2a, based on the aircraft flown by Lt Harvey-Kelly of 2 Sqn RFC who was the first to land in France at the start of WWI. II Sqn is due to depart for Malaysia on exercise later this year.
CIVIC HONOUR: Wg Cdr Jim Lee leads the parade through Angus; inset right, II Sqn Typhoon prepares for a mission from RAF Akrotiri. PHOTOS: SAC SIAN STEPHENS
Seedcorn set for UK return Dylan Eklund ROYAL AIR Force personnel and US Navy colleagues have marked then end of seven years collaboration testing the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft. RAF personnel have served with VX-1 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland since 2012. The posting is part of the Seedcorn programme designed to maintain the UK’s maritime patrol skills and develop the Poseidon. The RAF team will now move to NAS Jacksonville, Florida to join colleagues serving with VP-30 ahead of the arrival of the first UK aircraft later this year. One of the members of the RAF Seedcorn programme, MACr Kenny Young (pictured below), was presented with the US Meritorious Service Medal by Capt Greg Sleppy for mentoring US Navy personnel. MACr Mark Utting, who serves with VP-30, was presented with the medal from Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier at the recent Royal International Air Tattoo. Flt Lt Colin McChristie was
presented with a 1,000 flight hours patch. Britain is
acquiring nine P-8s which will be known as the Poseidon MRA.1 in RAF service. The first Poseidon will arrive in Scotland early next year.
Escapers Memorial invitation THE FAMILY of the last survivor of the Great Escape, Sqn Ldr Dick Churchill, who died earlier this year, are appealing to the relatives of other airmen who broke out of the Stalag Luft camp to attend a special memorial service. Sqn Ldr Churchill’s sons, David and Roger Churchill, have organised the service at the RAF church, St Clement Danes, in London in memory of their father, who died in
February aged 99. David Churchill said: “We would like to extend the invitation to family members of the other 75 Great Escapers and to anyone in the RAF with a particular connection to the Great Escape.” OThe event takes place on September 19 at 2pm. Attendance is by invitation only. For more details email: ACAS-Calendar@mod.gov.uk
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Feature Face of the Battle of Britain
‘Sandy’ Lane: The Finest of The Few … even Douglas Bader was envious of his DFC Simon Mander
HE LIFE and untimely death of a man portrayed on one of the most well-known photographs of the Battle Britain, whose gaunt face symbolised the strain fighter pilots suffered, is explored in a new book. And author Dilip Sarkar believes despite the loss of Squadron Leader Brian ‘Sandy’ Lane – almost certainly shot down over the North Sea on December 13, 1942 – his earlier heroics made him ‘the finest squadron commander’ of the war. But even before taking command of 19 Squadron, with whom he helped defeat the Luftwaffe, his gallantry and coolness in Belgium and France – when he led four squadrons eight times, destroying 30 enemy aircraft – earned him the Distinguished Flying Cross. The medal prompted fighter ace Douglas Bader, on seeing the ribbon, to prod it with his pipe and ask cockily, ‘What’s that? I must get one of them.’ And it was as part of Bader’s legendary Duxford wing that Lane was to play a key role in beating back the largest air armada ever unleashed against Britain, when Reichmarschall Hermann Goring ordered 348 bombers and 617 fighters to attack on September 7, 1940. Although on that day Lane, as 19 Squadron’s new CO, claimed only one Messerschmitt Bf 110 fighter, overall the wing destroyed 20 aircraft, with five probables and six damaged for the loss of one pilot. Four days later, Lane recalled in his log book that he had ‘never had so much fun before!’ after carrying out a head-on attack
on 12 Heinkel He 111 bombers and machine-gunning two Me 110s until his ammunition ran out. And on Battle of Britain Day itself – September 15, 1940 – Lane, 19 Sqn and the Big Wing ran into the ‘whole Luftwaffe’ over London in what was, according to the author, the only protracted dogfight of the day. Lane wrote: “[We met] Wave after wave of bombers covered by several hundred fighters. Waded into escort as per arrangement and picked out a 109. Had hell of a dogfight and finally he went into cloud inverted, diving, and obviously crashed as he appeared out of control.
REFLECTIVE: The Commanding Officer of 19 Squadron, based at Duxford, Cambridgeshire, Squadron Leader BJE 'Sandy' Lane, September 1940. Above, Battle of Britain Spitfire like the one he flew ALL PHOTOS: AIR HISTORICAL BRANCH (RAF)
Met wave after wave of bombers covered by several hundred fighters. Waded into escort as per arrangement and picked out a 109
“Sky seemed empty, so went down to Dungeness to wait for the lads coming home. Saw two large formations of 215s and had a smack at each without result.” Both sides massively over-claimed the number of kills achieved on that day, but according to Sarkar the Luftwaffe lost 56 aircraft to the RAF’s 29 and 12 pilots.
ane served with 19 Squadron from September 1939 to June 1941, during which time it enjoyed high morale under his inspirational leadership. After fighting day and night over Dunkirk and besieged Britain, he had earned a deserved rest. What followed were two dull staff jobs – one at ‘perishing’ 12 Group HQ before joining AVM Arthur Cunningham’s Desert Air Force, during which Lane briefly flew Hurricanes in the emerging close air support role. He was posted home and did a refresher course BRIEFING: Sqn Ldr Brian Lane (4th left) with his pilots, October 1940 on Spitfires before his final fateful posting to 167 (Gold
19 SQUADRON: Spitfire pilots based at Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire, gather to confer after a mission in September 1940. (l-r)bFlight Lieutenant WJ ' Farmer' Lawson, Squadron Leader BJE 'Sandy' Lane (Officer Commanding) and Flight Sergeant GC 'Grumpy' Unwin
Coast) Squadron, flying from Norfolk to attack had not been killed in such a useless action, I am enemy shipping in the North Sea, escorting bombers sure that he would have become one of the great on missions against Dutch ports, and so-called fighter leaders of the war, quite possibly equal nuisance Rhubarb raids harassing the to Douglas Bader and Johnnie Johnson. Germans in Holland. “Someone at Fighter Command It was on one such futile operation to surely made a blunder posting him attack a Dutch railway line that Lane to 167 Squadron, which specialised perished, aged just 25. in ground attacks, during which Former police detective and flak was intense and luck played a historian Sarkar, who has researched major part in who was shot down. the life and times of Lane and his “Brian Lane’s exceptional skills squadron since the mid-1980s, is as both a fighter pilot and leader moderate in his criticism of the events were obviously useless in such a that led to his death. sion role.” is m er ft A : He says given Lane’s experience as a DOG TIRED Packed with unique photographs ‘pure air-fighter and training in leading and first-hand accounts from those who a wing at high altitude,’ it is ‘surprising’ that he was were there, Sarkar’s completely new publication sent to 167. Spitfire! The Full Story of a Unique Battle of But one of his comrades, who joined 19 Squadron Britain Fighter Squadron, published by Pen and as a sergeant, is less circumspect. Sword priced £30, is a fascinating account of the Wing Commander David Cox said: “If Brian Lane human experience of one of the best of The Few.
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CONNECTION: Rafi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) and Miloni (Sanya Malhotra)
HOTOGRAPH SEES an unlikely relationship develop between Rafi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), who takes photos of tourists by the Mumbai Gateway, and a fleeting subject (Sanya Malhotra) who he talks into posing for a quick snap before she floats away in a crowd, not even taking her Polaroid. Hearing that his grandmother has stopped taking her medication, despairing over the fact that he has not found a partner, Rafi sends the old woman the Polaroid – which so delights her that she comes to visit, so that she may meet this fictional girlfriend. When his hypercritical grandmother (Farrukh Jaffar) arrives, Rafi finds solace in the fabricated relationship with the girl in the
photograph – giving her a name and fantasising about her perfection. But this isn’t enough for his grandmother, he must find the girl and convince her to join in the charade. Her real name is Miloni, an accounting student with such promise that she is front and centre on billboards advertising the school that she attends. Their fate is marked on their first meeting, and the film will gently and gradually pull them together. Miloni agrees to play pretend as recompense for having left him at the gates – this is a classic comedy set-up but it is used to bring out empathy and understanding. Through grandma’s insults and anecdotes, Rafi appears meek and sensitive, qualities that Miloni seems to admire, or at least to which she can relate. Both introverted and with domineering parents, they share a
Film WG CDR Rob Caine is OC IV (AC) Sqn at RAF Valley, that trains fast jet pilots. He is featured in a new children’s book, AB Gets His Wings, by Richard Bland about the adventures of cute ursine aviator WCAB, to be launched at Valley next month. Here’s Rob’s Top 10 Playlist:
Barber 1 Samuel Adagio for Strings Prodigy 2 The Breathe Wonder 3 Oh All We Do (ft. Rihanna) 4 Eminem The Monster Cult 5 The She Sells Sanctuary 6 Republica Ready To Go Cranberries 7 The Dreams Rida 8 Flo Good Feeling Collins 9 Phil In the Air Tonight Clare 10 Alex Too Close
tenderness. Conflict comes in the shape of class difference, shown by their living situation, education and careers. At one point Miloni joins in eating some street food, which makes her ill. Grandma doesn’t understand, insisting that they are fine and that she’ll get used to it. Small observed details help to paint the picture, in their preferences of cola and kulfi for example, details which are not surprising coming from Ritesh Batra, the writer/director of The Lunchbox – a Mumbai love story communicated primary through food. Photograph is almost a throwback to a classic love story, sentimental but grounded in small expressions and details. By Sam Cooney 3 out of 5
Ocean Film Festival Nationwide
Surfer Dan’s a chilled-out dude
IGHLIGHTS OF this year’s Ocean Film Festival, that visits more than 35 locations around the UK, include A Peace Within, about underwater artist Philip Gray, and Surfer Dan, the story of ‘a crazy guy with an icy beard who catches waves in January’. The Ocean Film Festival World Tour kicks off at Cheltenham Town Hall on September 10 and visits venues including Bath, Guildford, Edinburgh, Exeter, Liverpool, Llandudno, Inverness, Abingdon and London. It will feature a selection of short films telling seafaring stories from both above and below the water’s surface. Witness mind-blowing marine life, wild adventures and stunning
cinematography – all on the big screen. As well as mesmerising films, each screening will have a free prize giveaway to win oceanrelated goodies. The Ocean Film Festival World Tour originated in Australia, with the aim of inspiring people to explore, respect, enjoy and protect the oceans. This is the sixth year it has toured the UK and Ireland. In A Peace Within extreme artist Philip Gray takes on his biggest challenge to date, venturing below the surface to paint Mexico’s astounding cenotes – clear-water subterranean pools that were viewed by the ancient Mayans as gateways to the afterlife. Surfer Dan isn’t your typical surfing film. It focuses on
N OCTOBER 6 it will be 67 years since Agatha Christie's murder mystery cum drawing room comedy The Mousetrap opened in the West End. The play broke the British theatre record for the longest-running show as early as 1958 – since then generations of playgoers have flocked to see it. TV and film star Susan Penhaligon (pictured) is currently playing the role of snooty former magistrate Mrs Boyle in the touring production of the show, that’s at Milton Keynes Theatre for a week from August 19 and visits venues including Torquay, Eastbourne,
landlocked ocean-lover Dan Schetter who lives on the shores of Lake Superior in Michigan where, in winter, strong winds across the water create deadly currents, icebergs and… waves. n Visit: oceanfilmfestival.co.uk for more and to book tickets.
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Penhaligon’s Mousetrap role Cardiff, Glasgow and Yeovil, up to February 2020. The Mousetrap tells the story of a group of people who find themselves in a country house cut off by the snow with no means to contact the outside world. Suddenly they discover that there’s a murderer in their midst… Penhaligon, who first found fame in torrid Seventies TV series Bouquet of Barbed Wire, said: “When the part
came up, I read the play and thought ‘wow’; it’s funny, tense, has great characters, a brilliant plot, and it was based on a real event – chilling really. “Agatha Christie is so clever, there’s always truthful emotion in her plays. She’s the second most-read English writer after Shakespeare, so she must have done something right.” n Go to: mousetrapontour.com for tour dates.
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William Blake (1757-1827) Tate Britain
The Big Interview Aisling Bea
The only way is up Mental health sitcom for Bea & pal Horgan
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The Whitworth, The University of Manchester
Tate’s UK Blake first
HIS AUTUMN Tate Britain in London will present the largest survey of work by William Blake (1757-1827) in the UK for a generation. A visionary painter, printmaker and poet, Blake created some of the most iconic images in the history of British art and has remained an inspiration to artists, musicians, writers and performers worldwide for more than two centuries. The ambitious exhibition, which runs from September 11 – February 2, 2020 – will bring together more than 300 remarkable and rarely seen works and rediscover Blake as a visual artist for the 21st century, said a Tate Britain spokesperson. She added: “William Blake will reimagine the artist’s work as he intended it to be experienced. Blake’s art was the product of his tumultuous times, with revolution, war and progressive politics acting as the crucible of his unique imagination, yet he struggled to be understood and appreciated during his life.” A section of the exhibition will be dedicated to Blake’s illuminated books, such as Songs of Innocence and Experience 1794, his central achievement as a radical poet. Other highlights include a selection of works from the Royal Collection and some of his bestknown paintings. A portrait of Blake, thought to be his only self-portrait, will be shown
PORTRAIT OF WILLIAM BLAKE, 1802: Pencil with black, white, and grey washes – collection Robert N. Essick
in the UK for the first time in the exhibition. In the 200 years since its creation, the detailed pencil drawing has been shown only once before and never in the artist’s own country. Alex Farquharson, director of Tate Britain, said: “We are thrilled to have an opportunity to shed new light on William Blake as a visual artist, bringing together a truly remarkable array of rarely seen works, alongside a great many of his most celebrated images. This intriguing portrait has been held in private collections for more than 200 years.” n Go to: tate.org.uk for more details.
RISH ACTOR, writer and award-winning stand-up comedian Aisling Bea stars in the new Channel 4 series This Way Up as Aine, a smart Englishas-a-foreign-language teacher trying to pull her life together after a ‘teeny little nervous breakdown.’ Bea’s co-star is Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe, Pulling), who plays Aine’s sister Shona and worries, not only about her younger sibling, but also about her own life choices. Bea, who has appeared on almost every UK panel show, including QI, 8 Out of 10 Cats and The Last Leg, said: “The show is technically a comedy about loneliness, but that’s kind of a hard-sell. The romance at the core of the show is the relationship between two sisters. “I wanted to make a show not about someone breaking down, but starting broken and going ‘this way up’ on the way to recovery. I wanted to show how messy and hard it is to get better and remain well – and it doesn’t have to be done in a maudlin way; people get through things with humour. “It’s about family, and loneliness, outsiders, immigrants and how we all feel like outsiders at times.” How much research did Bea do into mental health and the issues surrounding the subject? She explained: “In terms of research, it’s the human condition, I suppose. I’m quite philosophical, quite into self-help and improving myself. One thing I did research and kept coming across a lot was how loneliness physically affects people – how it affects their ability to get better. The idea that people die from loneliness after their partners die is a real thing. The effect it has on their body is huge. I think what we’re seeing in society now is an ill society from loneliness. I researched that a lot. “A lot of writers are story collectors, and that’s what I did a lot of. I talked to all sorts of people. Doing stand-up helps – you meet such a wide variety of people.”
ea revealed that her decision to make her character Aine a teacher was inspired by her own family. She said: “I come from a family of teachers. My mother,
New Theatre, Oxford
War Horse gallops back for new run
OLLOWING A sell-out run in 2017, the National Theatre’s acclaimed production of War Horse returns to Oxford’s New Theatre for three weeks, from August 22. The record-breaking production based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel about young country lad Albert Narracott and his beloved horse Joey has played in 11 countries to more than seven million people. At the outbreak of World War I, Joey is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. He is soon caught up in enemy fire and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides until finding himself alone in no man’s land. Albert, who remained on his parents’ farm in Devon, cannot forget Joey and, although still not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home. Scott Miller plays Albert in the show that also goes to Leicester, then Wembley Park, before starting an international tour at the end of November.
hy does he think the play resonates so strongly with audiences? He said: “I think it’s because it doesn’t glorify war and doesn’t romanticise it. It’s set during the war but it’s not really about that – it’s basically a love story between a boy and his horse.” He added: “I feel really lucky to be part of such an iconic production. It’s my first job after drama school so it’s a really big one to get. It’s a real privilege and an honour. It’s nerve-wracking in the sense of getting butterflies and stuff
TROUBLED: But Aine (Bea) is recovering, with the help of sister Shona (Horgan), below right
who’s a retired jockey, is a teacher. I like the idea that Aine’s good at it. It’s not a show about a woman in her 30s who’s trying to find what she can do, and suddenly discovers she wants to be a writer or whatever. She doesn’t have other dreams – she loves teaching. “Maybe the show is a bit of a love letter to teachers. And I’m acutely aware of how privileged I am, as an immigrant to this country, to have English as my first language, and I wanted to show the other side of that. Some of the characters in the show just don’t have the words to be who they were back in their own
Theatre countries. That’s so isolating, not to have the language.” Bea and Horgan have played sisters before and are close friends in real life. Bea explained: “We had an immediate connection. I look up to Sharon in a big sisterly way. I’m a massive fan. I have an absolute want to make her laugh, it’s so rewarding, she’s got this dirty, fry-up laugh.”
organ said her character Shona is something of a straight woman to Aine. “Shona is the sensible, protective, maternal older sister. It was quite difficult, because playing the straight woman is not what I’ve done in the past,” she explained. “But it was ultimately down to Aisling how she wanted the characters to be portrayed, and I just went with what she came up with and tried to do my best.” Horgan acknowledged that you have to be very careful when making
a comedy show about someone who’s had a breakdown. She said: “You have to be careful representing anything other people might have experienced, especially when it’s to do with mental health. Catastrophe delves into that whole area quite a lot, and it always made me nervous. But you have to trust that you’ve approached it in a way that is truthful and sensitive.” Bea’s real-life sister, Sinead O’Sullivan Kidao, was the costume designer for This Way Up. “This is a step down for her,” Bea laughed. “She came off doing the new Greta Gerwig movie, Little Women.” How does Bea feel about This Way Up? She said: “I’m really proud of it. I have no control over edits of other TV shows I’m in, but the team have really crafted this all together. I’m not saying it’s perfect, but I’m proud.” n This Way Up continues on Channel 4 at 10pm on Thursdays.
JOEY: Amazing puppeteers bring the equine hero to life in the record-breaking show
but I don’t feel overwhelmed or out of my depth and I think that’s down to the team we work with. We’re all very supportive of each other. I feel very comfortable in the part and really connected to it.” Miller described Albert as ‘a bit weird at the start’, adding: “He doesn’t have any friends, he’s just got this strong connection with a horse, so he’s a bit of a character but he’s loveable and he doesn’t have a bad bone in his body. He’s just a very honest individual.” The puppetry in the show is brilliantly done, audiences feel the animal puppets are real – what’s it like as an actor, performing with puppets? Miller said: “I’m completely in that world and I don’t think of them as puppets at all. I do believe Joey is a horse and I have to, in order to connect with him. The amazing puppeteers have spent so long working on those tiny little details to make it all completely believable.”
areth Aled is the show’s resident puppetry
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director, and first started work on War Horse in 2013. He said: “It’s a play where you’re going to work harder on stage than you have ever done before and you have to have such generosity of spirit that you believe a bit of wood and cane and mesh is more alive and worthy of the audience’s attention that you are. “We have around 24 puppets and an amazing puppet tech department to maintain the puppets and help us creatively. It’s a constant dialogue to ensure these puppets function as we want them to and they are believable animals on stage. "We’re operating on animal instincts as opposed to caricatures. It’s not Pixar or Disney. These aren’t anthropomorphised animals, they’re behaving like real animals and we’ve got lots of puppets to help us communicate that style and that language.” n Go to: atgtickets. com for tour details. PULLING THE STRINGS: Puppetry director Gareth Aled
Revamped Queen hit looks set to reign supreme once more
ASTING HAS been announced for the new 2019-2020 tour of Queen and Ben Elton’s smash hit musical We Will Rock You, which kicks off at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley on September 19. Olivier Award nominee Ian McIntosh (Beautiful, The Commitments) takes on the role of Galileo. He will be joined by Elena Skye (Les Miserables, Kinky Boots) as Scaramouche. Jennifer O’Leary (Heathers The Musical, Rent) plays Killer Queen, with Michael McKell (Macbeth, Blood Brothers) as Buddy. Queen’s Brian May said: “This is a stunning, state-ofthe-art new-look production of We Will Rock You, but, of course, the original story is now more relevant that ever. We’re confident WWRY fans will love revisiting the world’s first true rock theatrical, and a whole new generation will now discover the vibe.”
HIT SHOW: But We Will Rock You has a new cast and a new look
Featuring 24 of Queen’s biggest hits, We Will Rock You has been hailed as a ‘global phenomenon’ that ‘continues to be one of the most spectacular musicals to tour the United Kingdom and Ireland.’ The nine-month tour will visit venues including Ipswich, Sheffield, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Derry, Dublin, Nottingham, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Birmingham and Bournemouth and concludes in Reading in July 2020. n Go to: queenonline.com for more details.
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Birthday ON August 1 Edmond (Ted) Walker (Service number 652294) reached the age of 100. Ted joined the RAF in July 1939, serving three years in Algiers before being demobbed in 1946. He remains very proud to have served. Ted resides at The Meadows Residential Care Home in Greenford, Middlesex.
Seeking XIII Sqn are looking for family members of Flt Lt Peter John Michael Mosley (pilot), killed on September 1, 1994 in the crash of Tornado ZG708, along with fellow crew member, Flt Lt Patrick Peter Harrison (navigator). This year is the 25th anniversary of the crash and XIII Sqn will be holding a commemoration service at the crash site in Scotland. We are in contact with the Harrison family, but have so far been unable to contact anyone from the Mosley family. If you can help, please contact: Lorraine. email@example.com.
I am seeking some former colleagues who worked with me at the Flying Refresher School at RAF Finningley, Yorkshire in 1949-50: Ron Welsch, who came from Bermondsey (RAF No 2426169); Roy Wilkin, who came from the Woodseats area of Sheffield (RAF No 2438595); Len Hagens (RAF No 2424749); and Norma Pritchard, who came from Horley, Surrey, (RAF No 2810376). Please contact Nobby Hill on: 01869 252903 if you can help to locate any of these people or their families. LOOKING for Andy Blanchard from Hull who was with me at RAF Swinderby 1967 or 69 and the Moyse Brothers (boxers) 67; Clyde Anderson (Gaedor 67), Peter Morell. Please contact: Rick Pinto, 34 St Pauls Square, Preston, Lancs PR1 1XA. I am trying to trace ex 97th Entry ex Halton Aircraft Apprentices Jan 61-Dec 63: Derrick Loughran, George Rowan, Doug Thorne and Eric Murphy. Please call David Truscott on: 01752 778474.
LINGARD Michael Nolan Lingard (deceased). Would Mark Lingard and Ian Johnson (Lingard) last known residents of Colchester, Norwich and London, please contact Mr T Ogle of Birkett Long solicitors. Please call: 01206 217300. I AM trying to trace Mark Irwin, who I believe was a dog handler in the RAF. A former Police Cadet in Lancashire, he was on the 3rd Residential Course at Stanley Grange in 1969-70. In September we are having a 50th anniversary re-union dinner and would very much like Mark to be with us. Please contact me by email if you can help. Philip Walsh, email: Savoyard1@ uwclub.net.
will take place in Suffolk at the Bentwaters Cold War Museum on August 31 at 10am. All members are encouraged to attend, in particular the ex-Jaguar folk as there may be a ground run/taxi of XX741 which is undergoing restoration there. There will be a lunch afterwards at the Coach and Horses in Melton, Woodbridge. Further details are in Tinopener. Applications to: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are not a member but would like to join, contact the Membership Secretary on: 6sqnassociation@gmail. com.
THE 97th Entry Halton Aircraft Apprentices reunion will be at the Park House Hotel, Shifnall on September 3 and 4. Please contact Ted Savill on: 01554 773533.
230 (Tiger) Squadron RAF Association Reunion. Matlock Bath, Derbyshire August 29-31. Details from: 230assocreunionsec@gmail. com or call Rod: 07764 781657.
RAF Boy Entrants Association Reunion 25th Association Anniversary Harper Adams University, Salop, September 6-8. Details from: rafbeareunion@gmail. com or please call Rod on: 07764 781657.
NO 6 Squadron Association AGM and annual reunion
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45TH Entry C Flt 3 Sqn Suppliers annual reunion Friday-Saturday September 27-28. Three Counties Hotel, Hereford. Contact: Dinger Bell, Hull: 01482 377625. 314 CA Telegraphist 50th Anniversary Reunion. A reunion of the 314 CA TELEG entry will be held at RAF Cosford in October. Any former 314 Entry members who have not yet been contacted should contact Mac Halliwell by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. 23 Sqn Association Reunion AGM and Dinner will be held on Saturday, October 19 at the Double Tree Hotel, Lincoln LN1 1YW. For more information please contact Colin Woolfson by email: email@example.com or phone: 07803 617818.
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Memorial service A Memorial Service is to be held for Sqn Ldr Richard ‘Dick’ Churchill (pictured), who passed away in February this year and was the last of the Great Escapers. In addition to this being a service in memory of their father, this being the 75th anniversary of the Great Escape, Sqn Ldr Churchill’s family would like to extend the invitation to family members of the other 75 Great Escapers and to anyone in the RAF with a particular connection to the Great Escape. The service will take place at the RAF Church, St Clement Danes in The Strand, central London, on September 19 at 2pm and is by invitation only. If you would like to attend, please email: ACAS-Calendar@
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5131 Sqn event APRIL 1, 2020 will see the formal disbandment of 5131 (Bomb Disposal) Squadron, the last remaining bomb disposal unit in the RAF. To mark the event, the squadron will be taking part in a final parade followed by an evening of celebration at RAF Wittering. Anyone who has served on the squadron or undertaken EOD duties is invited to express an interest in attending. Final date to be confirmed but will be held in April, 2020. For further details please email: 5131bd75@gmail. com including name, rank held, and phone number and please indicate whether still serving or not. Once numbers of attendees are known, formal invitations will be sent.
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COASTAL Command Officers' Reunion, RAF Club, October 12, 2019, October 10, 2020. Please contact Ray Curtis, call: 01264 735349 or email: email@example.com. RAF Boy Entrants 45th Ground Wireless Reunion We s t o n - s u p e r - M a r e , October 12. Email: suddesr@ aol.com or call: 07840125396. RAF and Defence Fire Service Association Annual Reunion and AGM, October 18-21 at the Ettington Chase Hotel, Banbury Road, Ettington, Stratford-UponAvon. Details from: Neil via
READER KEVIN Benson writes: I am trying to confirm the identity of the chap standing in the background of this picture, (above), with his elbow on the aircraft tail, which my neighbour happened upon in a magazine article. The article was captioned ‘RAF pilots in training with the Embry-Riddle company at Coristrom Field near Arcadia in Florida, 1941.’ My neighbour believes it to be her father Cecil Griggs. If anyone can help or offer information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Kev on: 07946 055523. PHOTO: © IWM
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Tucano celebrations AFTER 62 years, Fast Jet training is leaving RAF Linton-On-Ouse. If you’ve ever been involved with Tucano, past or present, across the Whole Force, please come and join us for an End of BFJT Hangar Party on September 28, 2019. Email for more information and ticket requests: LINTucanoOSDHangarParty@ mod.gov.uk.
place at 11am on Sunday, August 18 at The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. If you want to attend, would like more details or served in Cyprus during The Emergency please contact Les Smith at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CROWD PLEASER: RAF Chinook display team, inset, will perform at air show. PHOTOS: Bournemouth Air Festival
Memorial service THE Sibsey Lancaster Memorial Trust Annual Service, Memorial in the Field, September 29 at 2.30pm. Call Stu Davidson on: 07704 777 756.
Remembrance service THE fourth Service of Remembrance held in memory of the 372 men, 69 of them RAF, who died during the 1955 to 1959 Cyprus Emergency will take
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BBMF back at air fest THIS YEAR’S Bournemouth Air Festival runs from August 29-September 1 and promises to feature more new displays than ever before. The festival will include vintage aircraft, two parachute teams, aerobatics displays, wing walkers, night air pyrotechnics and fireworks and, for the first time from Sweden the Saab Draken and Canadair T-33 Silver Star. Regular favourites the Blades Aerobatic Display Team, RAF Tucano, RAF Chinook, and the MiG15 will all be displaying. Last seen in 2016, the full Battle of Britain Memorial Flight line-up, featuring the iconic Lancaster alongside the Hurricane and Spitfire, will be displaying on all four days. The ever-popular night air dusk flying will include a performance from the Typhoon. There is a new location this year for the RAF Village, on the East Overcliff. Visit bournemouthair.co.uk for more details.
HISTORY BOYS: Hull YUAS, 1956
THE YORKSHIRE Universities Air Squadron (YUAS) is celebrating its half century this year. On March 15, 1969 at RAF Church Fenton, the University Air Squadrons of Leeds and Hull amalgamated to form the YUAS. Senior Student, Acting Pilot Officer Peter Smith, said: “The squadron’s main aim is to introduce members to the role of the RAF and Air Defence and show them the career options available to them.
“Many have gone solo on the Grob Tutor and even advanced to solo navigation, formation flying and aerobatics. YUAS was the first university air squadron to recruit female cadets and also the first to send a student solo in the Scottish Aviation Bulldog trainer.” He added: “YUAS has a full programme that includes sporting fixtures, force development training and visits to RAF stations.” Q Follow the YUAS on social media @YorkshireUAS.
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R'n'R Prize Crossword No. 255 Across
Solve the crossword, then rearrange the nine letters in yellow squares to find an RAF word.
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 August 23, 2019.
No. 265 Fill in all the squares in the grid so that each row, each column and each 3x3 square contains all the digits from 1 to 9.
1. See 12 Across 8. Maybe Carol happy? Not true! (10) 9. And 6 Down. A slow repertoire’s upset member of RAF (8,8) 10. Pole has a street (4) 12. And 1 Across. Large drink on knoll of special RAF site (6,4) 14. Spot water, presumably (6) 15. Diana’s channel put out of action (6) 17. Military event father will attack, we hear (6) 18. During Monday, a heavenly nursemaid appears (4) 19. Penny followed Gavin (8) 21. Club editor involved in RAF decoy system (10) 22. Home for guided missiles is coming back there! (4)
Down 2. After popular domestic reaches Italy, Al leaves: bad manners (10) 3. Defective fabric? (4) 4. Leading Tory joins Royal Navy control (6) 5. Press release is about detention centre (6) 6. See 9 Across 7. PC will move slowly (4) 11. Unintended dialect can be modified (10) 13. Pig heart can be used in a pencil (8) 16. Apes ‘La Boheme’ character outside Chartres (6) 17. Vicar in Peterhead fire-raising (6) 18. Great pop group, either way (4) 20. Augments Auntie Daisy’s dwindling savings, at first (4) Name ................................................................................................................... Address ............................................................................................................... .............................................................................................................................. ..............................................................................................................................
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The winner of Crossword No. 253 is D Masters of Sheffield who wins a copy of Forty-Seven Years Aloft by Brian Burdett (pen-and-sword. co.uk). Solution to crossword No. 253: Across: 6. Phantom 7. Basil 9. Bingo 10. Chopper 12. RAF Cranwell 14. Translators 18. Aviator 19. Sneak 21. Psalm 22. Remarks Down: 1. Chair 2. Enigma 3. Tom 4. Pawpaw 5. Firefly 8. Chianti 11. Scallop 13. Provost 15. Runway 16. Nearly 17. Hanks 20. Jet RAF word: Arsenal
RAF word ....................................................................... Crossword No. 255
Solution to Su Doku No: 264
UK and European tour
Roller Skate/Roll With Me
European tour is Cherry on cake
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 August 23, 2019. Su Doku No. 264 winner Mr Edward Dillon MBE from Wirral wins a copy of Beaufighter Boys by Graham Pitchfork (grubstreet.co.uk).
HE’S STILL only 23 but has already been twice nominated for a Brit award. Singersongwriter Mabel is the daughter of Neneh Cherry, probably best known for her worldwide hits Buffalo Stance and Manchild,, and music producer Cameron McVey. Mabel’s much-anticipated debut album, High Expectations,, is just out and she has announced the dates for her UK and European tour, starting in Dublin on January 29, 2020. The 11-date UK leg of the tour finishes at the Hammersmith Eventim Apollo in London, before playing various dates across Europe: including Madrid, Milan, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen and Oslo. She’s also appearing at SW4 in London on August 24 and the Sundown Festival in Norwich on August 31. Talking about High Expectations,, Mabel said: “I’ve gained so much confidence from writing this album and that’s what I want people to take away. I want to send a positive
message to everyone that’s going to listen to it.” She even had the album’s title tattooed phonetically on her neck when she first thought of it two years ago, knowing firmly that it would never change. Mabel has been tipped as one to watch; poised to join the pantheon of international pop greats, she’s been called ‘one of the year’s breakout stars’ by the Sunday Times and ‘unflinchingly honest, earnestly positive, and resolutely single-minded’ by Vogue. ■ Go to: mabelofficial.com/ live/ for tour details. MUSICAL GENES: Mabel, and mum Neneh Cherry, inset top
Bedingfield rolls with it N
ATASHA BEDINGFIELD is heating up the summer with two tracks – the soulful fun-anthem Roller Skate and the infectious pop gem Kick It, both recently released from her fourth new studio album, Roll With Me, out on August 30. Named one of American TV network VH1’s ‘100 Greatest Women in Music’, Natasha said, of Roll With Me: “I wanted to make music that moves people and makes them move. It’s bright and bold but in a way that is also raw and honest.” Multi-platinum producer Linda Perry said: “I wanted to work with Natasha because she is one of the best live performers I have ever seen and has one of the most versatile voices I have ever heard. It was important to both of us to capture the true spirit of who Natasha Bedingfield is, and we nailed it.” Natasha recently released a special new remix of her iconic song Unwritten for MTV’s The Hills: New Beginnings. Unwritten was the most-played song on US Top 40 radio the year it was released. She has sold more than 10 million albums and 10 million singles worldwide. Her music has netted her platinum artist status,
‘VERSATILE’: Natasha Bedingfield a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and multiple Brit Award nominations for Best British Female Artist. Natasha has collaborated with a wide range of artists throughout her career including Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Nikki Minaj, Bruno Mars, Big Sean, Rascal Flatts, Lil Wayne, Brandy, Sheryl Crow, Sean Kingston and Jon Bon Jovi. ■ Go to: natashabedingfield.com for more information.
Pension benefits payable to dependent children In her last article for RAF News MARY PETLEY of the Forces Pension Society explained the spouse/partner provisions of AFPS 75, AFPS 05 and AFPS 15 where the member dies in service. This article looks at the benefits payable to dependent children. SOME of you will be AFPS 75 or AFPS 05 members only but the majority will have been transferred to AFPS 15 on 1 April 2015 - which means that there could be benefits from more than one scheme in the majority of cases. Who is eligible? G AFPS 75: a natural child, a stepchild or an adopted child of the member, who is financially dependent on the member and is: G Under the age of 17; or G Under the age of 23 and still in full time education or vocational training. G An unborn child born within 9 months of the member’s death. AFPS 05/AFPS 15: a child who is financially dependent upon the member who is: G Under the age of 18; or G Under the age of 23 and still in full time education or vocational training. G An unborn child born within 12 months of the member’s death. For all schemes, the pension will only continue after
the age of 23 if the child is unable to undertake gainful employment due to physical or mental incapacity incurred before age 23. How much will they receive? Where there is an adult pension entitlement, AFPS 75 allocates 50% of the member’s pension entitlement to children’s benefits: AFPS 05/AFPS 15 allocates 37.5%. No child can receive more than 25% of the member’s entitlement. For all schemes, if there is no adult pension entitlement, and the children are not living with a parent or step parent, 100% of the member’s entitlement is available for children’s pensions with no child receiving more than 33.3%. That is straightforward where the individual is a member of just one scheme - but what about cases where the deceased was transferred to AFPS 15, and has benefits in his or her ‘old’ scheme too? In the event of a death in service, pension benefits are enhanced but, as schemes will not ‘double compensate’, the benefits are calculated and then off-set against each other. It is complicated, so let’s look at an example: Toby joined the RAF on 1 April 2004 - his 18th birthday. He was a married man with two young children. He died on 31 March 2019 as a Sergeant. This gives him 11 years’ reckonable service (RS) in his ‘old’ scheme (either AFPS 75 or AFPS 05) and 4 years’ RS in the ‘new’. His Final Pensionable Pay (FPP) is £40,000 and his AFPS 15 pension is £3,600pa. From AFPS 15 his children would receive an equal share of 37.5% of Toby’s adjusted pension entitlement which is worked out as follows. Toby’s annual pension earned is £3,600 – so his average pension is £900. His enhancement is half of the 27 years he could have served until 60 multiplied by his average pension (13.5
x £900=£12,150) but he is entitled to only 4/15th of that (£3,240). Toby’s adjusted entitlement would have been £6,840 (£3,600 pension earned + £3,240 adjusted enhancement). His children would share 37.5% of £6,840 (£2,565 pa). Had his earlier service been as an AFPS 75 member, Toby’s entitlement would be based on his pension as if he had retired ‘normally’ with 11 years’ RS (£5,319.77) plus 11/15 of the difference between the 15 year pension rate of pension for his rank (£7,254.30) and the 15 year invaliding rate for his rank (£9,232). His total adjusted entitlement would be £5,319.77 plus £1,448.85 (£1,975.70 x 11/15) totalling £6,768.62, and his children are entitled to share 50% of that figure (so, they share £3,384.31pa in addition to their AFPS 15 entitlement). These figures are arrived at using the 2018/19 Pension Code plus an assumed increase of 2%. Had his earlier service been as an AFPS 05 member, Toby’s unadjusted pension enhancement would have been 11 years (half of the number of years he could have served to age 55) but he is only entitled to 11/15ths of this enhancement (8.0667 years). His pension entitlement would be based on 19.0667 years (11 years RS + 8.0667 years adjusted enhancement), multiplied by his FPP, then divided by 70 (18.0667 x 40,000/70 ). His adjusted entitlement would be £10,323.83 and his children would share 37.5% of this figure (so, they would share £3,871.44 pa in addition to their AFPS 15 entitlement). Not easy! If you are a Member of the Forces Pension Society and have a pensions-related question, please email email@example.com If you are not a Member but would like to know more about us, visit www.forcespensionsociety.org
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Selfless actions of young pilot kept port townsfolk alive
Doodlebug Spit hero who saved town honoured By Ed Tyhurst A SPITFIRE pilot who died saving a town by shooting down a Nazi doodlebug and diverting his burning aircraft has been remembered 75 years after his death. On July 12, 1944, Flying Officer George McKinlay of 610 Squadron intercepted and destroyed a V1 headed for Newhaven. The flying bomb exploded in a tremendous fireball damaging the fighter. Rather than bail out and risk the stricken aircraft crashing into the town, McKinlay circled away in a wide loop. But before he could escape his engine stalled and the aircraft crashed into nearby fields. He died aged 23. Earlier this month, five Newhaven residents who witnessed McKinlay’s sacrifice were among crowds at a commemoration ceremony at Newhaven Fort. They watched in awe as a replica Spitfire Mk XIV in McKinlay’s 1944 markings flew over the harbour to the Drove, where McKinlay had lost his life. As the aircraft departed to the west, the cross of St Andrew, the Union Flag, and the RAF Ensign, above the fort ramparts, were lowered at 16:15 – the approximate time he died. George M McKinlay was born on April 24, 1921. With seven siblings, he was from a strong working-class background. His father, William, was an iron moulder at the Dumbarton shipyards on the banks of the Clyde. During George’s childhood, the family re-located to Gateshead, William taking up work in the shipyards on the Tyne. At the outbreak of the Second World War George was working for an insurance office in Newcastle and chose to sign up for Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR). But he wasn’t called up until 1941. Meanwhile, his brother Leslie was serving as a Fitter 2nd Class with 404 Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force based at Wick. On September 2, 1941, a plane he was a passenger in crashed during a routine test flight. Leslie and the three-man crew were all killed. After basic training Flying
GUARDIAN: Spitfire shadows a deadly Doodlebug (also inset)
PHOTOS: Air Historical Branch (RAF)
KILLED: Spitfire pilot George McKinlay, 23
Officer George McKinlay was posted to 610 Squadron, based at Bolt Head. The unit became the first operational squadron to receive the new Spitfire MkXIV fighter, powered by the mighty Rolls Royce Griffon engine, developing 2050 horse power with a maximum speed approaching 400mph. As the momentous events of D-Day were taking place across the Channel in Normandy, McKinlay and the rest of the squadron were preparing to move to RAF Friston, a windswept airfield on top of the Seven Sisters near East Dean. This brought them to the frontline of a battle waged that summer against a new kind of terrifying weapon – the V1 Flying Bomb (Doodlebug), the first of Hitler’s fabled Vengeance Weapons. The Germans launched the first V1 on the morning of June 13, only a week after the Normandy landings. In the months that followed, more and more flying bombs were unleashed day and night from launch sites hidden in the occupied French countryside, aimed at London. By the morning of July 12, 1944, FO McKinlay was the second topscorer in the squadron against the Flying Bombs with two and a- half under his tally (the first being a shared ‘kill’). At 6.50am he took off on a Diver patrol and by 8am upon his return he’d downed another of Hitler’s flying bombs. At 16.05pm, McKinlay in his Spitfire MkXIV, serial number RB142, DW-B, left the grass runway of Friston for the last time. After his death letters of condolence and thanks were sent by the Clerk of Newhaven Urban Council on behalf of the townspeople to William and Bessie McKinlay in Newcastle. They were touched by the many kind tributes paid to their son for his action that day, stating he’d grown up with a ‘thoughtfulness for others’ and ‘if anything could make his loss more bearable, it would be the thought that he ended his life in the spirit in which he lived it.’ Flying Officer George Mercer McKinlay is buried at Saltwell Cemetery, Gateshead. CRASHED: RB142, DW-B
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Royal honour for officers HIS ROYAL Highness The Duke of Kent was the Reviewing Officer for The Queen’s Squadron at Royal Air Force College Cranwell recently. Officers of Initial Officer Training Course No 59 graduated after The Duke took the Royal Salute with a flypast by the Red Arrows. Musical accompaniment was provided by The Band of The Royal Air Force College. After reviewing the graduating officers, HRH presented the course prizes in front of the officers’ family and friends. The parade concluded with a flypast by a Typhoon from 29 Squadron, RAF Coningsby. Commandant of the Royal Air Force College, Air Commodore Peter Squires said: “Graduations are always memorable, but having His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent as today’s Reviewing Officer has made this occasion extra special for the Royal Air Force’s newest officers and their guests.” Afterwards, The Duke of Kent was invited to plant a lime tree beside The Queen’s Walk. GRADUATING OFFICERS OF INITIAL OFFICER TRAINING COURSE NO. 59 PILOT l Flying Officer H A Boughton l Flying Officer T J Cockcroft MEng l Flying Officer N S Daly BSc l Flying Officer N P Kearney BSc l Flying Officer T J Mills BA l Flying Officer M A Moss BSc l Flying Officer A J Pilditch BSc l Flying Officer C R G Rhodes l Flying Officer J G Rowley BEng l Flying Officer B C Southern BEng REMOTELY PILOTED AIR SYSTEMS (PILOT) l Flying Officer H C Bushell BSc l Flying Officer J C Greasley l Flying Officer J A Phillips l Flying Officer J Rogers WEAPONS SYSTEMS OFFICER l Flying Officer A E Connor AIR OPERATIONS (CONTROL) l Flying Officer C P O’Malley l Pilot Officer H D Jaycock BSc l Pilot Officer A Johnston BA l Pilot Officer H R Jones l Pilot Officer D M Langston BSc l Pilot Officer B P Miller l Pilot Officer G R Pulham MEng l Pilot Officer L A Stevens
LOGISTICS l Flying Officer D J Claxton l Flying Officer E L Graves DipABRSM l Pilot Officer K N Manley-Soanes BA l Pilot Officer J J Rose BA l Pilot Officer J A P Siddle BA PERSONNEL SUPPORT l Flying Officer R B Adams MSc BA l Flying Officer C K Carey l Flying Officer P D Charnock BSc l Flying Officer J R Parsonage l Flying Officer C E Wren l Pilot Officer E L Clouston BSc PERSONNEL TRAINING l Pilot Officer F Dawson MA BA PGCE l Pilot Officer M E Richards BA PGCE l Pilot Officer M T Richardson BA ROYAL REVIEWING OFFICER: HRH The Duke of Kent inspects officers and, below, gives out an award
AIR OPERATIONS (SYSTEMS) l Flying Officer J W Carradice l Flying Officer B A Emms l Flying Officer B T R Galvin l Flying Officer A G Harris BA l Flying Officer D T Perry l Pilot Officer A P H Herrmann l Pilot Officer P E B Holmes
l Flying Officer R W Granger FdSc l Flying Officer E-K Halsey MSc BSc l Flying Officer A J Jones FdSc l Flying Officer N H Joshi MSc BSc l Flying Officer K A Stewart FdSc l Flying Officer B Underwood FdSc l Flying Officer D A Walsh FdSc l Flying Officer A M Weaver BSc BA
INTELLIGENCE l Flying Officer D J Anderson l Flying Officer F G L Withers l Pilot Officer J C Hicks BA l Pilot Officer E Smith l Pilot Officer E S Sykes BA
ENGINEER (AEROSYSTEMS) l Flying Officer A R Cole MEng l Flying Officer C Collery MEng l Flying Officer K L Colley FdSc l Flying Officer J A Cooper FdSc l Flying Officer J D Fowler FdSc l Flying Officer B I Fullerton BEng l Flying Officer B A Knight BSc FdSc l Flying Officer S T Lawton MEng l Flying Officer C Marshall FdSc l Flying Officer S P Molyneux l Flying Officer B D T Mullard FdSc l Flying Officer I R Pagano FdSc l Flying Officer A F B Snitch FdSc l Flying Officer B Stones BEng l Flying Officer D J Sumner FdSc l Flying Officer G J Ware FdSc l Flying Officer C R Watt MEng l Flying Officer N G Wheeler FdSc l Flying Officer M N Woodcock FdSc
REGIMENT l Flying Officer I Gilmour l Flying Officer D A McIntosh l Flying Officer J R Young MA BA l Pilot Officer J W Barber l Pilot Officer A J Eyett BA l Pilot Officer T J Fream BSc l Pilot Officer J J Pharoah BA l Pilot Officer P M Spenceley ACCA CTA PROVOST l Flying Officer S S C Belton l Flying Officer N L Cain l Pilot Officer C D Buckland l Pilot Officer M L Scott LLB ENGINEER (COMMUNICATIONS – ELECTRONICS) l Flying Officer S A Conroy BA FdSc l Flying Officer C D Evans FdSc
MEDICAL l Flying Officer N Y Balic BSc PRIZEWINNERS OF INITIAL OFFICER TRAINING COURSE No. 59 The Sword of Honour – awarded to the RAF cadet who has demonstrated outstanding ability and leadership – Officer Cadet B T R Galvin. The MacRobert Prize – awarded to the cadet who, in the opinion of his or her peers, has made the greatest contribution to the course – Officer Cadet D A McIntosh. The BAE Systems Trophy – awarded to the RAF or International cadet who has attained the highest marks for professional studies on the course – Officer Cadet C R Watt MEng. The Group Captain Williams’ Memorial Trophy – for the cadet who has shown the greatest improvement – Officer Cadet E Smith. The Warrant Officer Bill Torrance Trophy – for the best at Physical Education– Officer Cadet B T R Galvin. The RAF Club Prize – for the most determined cadet – Officer Cadet N S Daly BSc.
Rookie Gunners earn their Mudguards at RAF Honington EIGHTEEN rookie Gunners earned their prized ‘Mudguard’ shoulder flashes as the latest intake graduated from RAF Honington. Members of TG 5-18 Meiktila Flight were reunited with their proud families after successfully completing 20 weeks of Phase 2 training in combat tactics, the fundamentals of Air Force Protection, advanced fieldcraft skills and live-fire ranges. Reviewing Officer Station Commander Group Captain Matt Radnall said: “You have put a greater cause above your own, be proud of that commitment.” The latter part of the course is both physically and mentally demanding and earns the right to wear the RAF
Regiment badges, known informally as mudguards. The six trainee Gunner Flights of the Regimental Training Squadron are named after historically significant RAF Regiment actions. Meiktila commemorates the critical RAF airfield in Burma, defended against the Japanese by an RAF Regiment Wing in March 1945. There were six prize winners from the intake: l LAC Oliver Littleford was awarded the Frank Sylvester Trophy for the best all-round Trainee Gunner. l LAC Jamie Howe won the honour for excellent military deportment, both on and off duty. l LAC Romaine Scott received the WO Ramsey Cup for the greatest
improvement during the physical development course. l LAC Jake Rigby is the latest recipient of the LAC Beard Trophy, awarded to the Gunner who has been voted by his peers on the course as the most inspirational and supportive member of the Flight. l Sharpshooter LAC Taylor Farr won the SAC Luders Champion Shot Trophy. l Cpl Ramon Rayner got the Corporal Bradfield Trophy for the Corporal Instructor for setting an exemplary standard for the recruits to follow. The graduates are now posted to one of the Corps’ regular field squadrons at Honington to begin mission-specific training.
WORDS OF SUPPORT: Station Commander Group Captain Matt Radnall
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End of an RAF dynasty THE DEATH of Air Marshal Sir Frederick Sowrey, aged 96, brings to an end the RAF service of a remarkable family who had served the UK for an unbroken period of 65 years. Sir Freddie’s father and two uncles had transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in 1915 and each saw considerable active service in France. Freddie – as he was always known – was the son of the second brother, who had shot down a Zeppelin over Essex in September 1916 and who went on to be a fighter ace on the Western Front. The next generation of Sowrey boys also joined the RAF. Freddie’s eldest cousin, John, became a fighter ace in World War Two and retired as an air commodore and his younger cousin, Jimmy, was shot down flying a Hurricane in the Western Desert and was killed. Sir Freddie (as he always liked to be called) joined the RAF at the first opportunity after leaving school in 1940. He trained as a pilot in Canada and on his return to England he flew Lysanders and Tomahawks in the army cooperation role before joining 26 Squadron flying Mustangs on reconnaissance sorties over France. In October 1942 he was a patient at the RAF Convalescent Hospital housed in the Palace Hotel at Torquay. On the morning of Sunday, October 25, the hotel was attacked by two German fighter-bombers. Nineteen staff and patients were killed; many were injured including Sowrey, who had to be dug out of the rubble. After further convalescence he returned to 26 Squadron in December. When
SIR FREDDIE: Distinguished service
he finished his tour in November 1943 he had completed 200 hours flying Mustangs and Tomahawks. Sowrey became a flying instructor before he reported to a Heavy Glider Conversion School where he became a flight commander and instructor on heavy gliders and their Albermarle tug aircraft. He was mentioned in despatches. After converting to jet fighters, he joined 615 (County of Surrey) Auxiliary Squadron as the training officer, in May 1946. Based at Biggin Hill, the squadron’s honorary air commodore was Winston Churchill who lived at nearby Chartwell. The squadron became known as ‘Churchill’s Own’. Sowrey served as an instructor at the Central Gunnery School before returning to Biggin Hill to take command of 615 Squadron flying Meteor fighters. During his period in command the squadron
was awarded the Esher Trophy, an annual award to the most efficient of the 21 Royal Auxiliary Air Force squadrons. He was awarded the AFC, the fifth member of the Sowrey family to receive this award. After two years in the Air Ministry, Sowrey took command of 46 Squadron, flying the deltawing Javelin all-weather fighter in the defence of the UK. His dynamic leadership and his excellence as a pilot led to the award of the Ingpen Trophy as the best night-fighter squadron. Later in the year he led a formation of 90 aircraft of Fighter Command on seven consecutive days at the 1959 Farnborough Air Show. Afar serving as the personal staff officer to the Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Air Chief Marshal Sir Thomas Pike, he assumed command of the large RAF Transport Command base at Abingdon in December 1963. This provided a very different type of flying and, with his usual boundless energy and enthusiasm; he participated in every aspect of the base’s operations. He flew the huge Beverley transport aircraft and the Hastings on worldwide routes and he made parachute jumps with the resident Parachute Training Squadron. On an enforced delay in Aden he took the opportunity to fly a Beverley of 84 Squadron (his uncle’s former squadron) on resupply sorties to desert airstrips. At the end of his tour he was appointed CBE. After attending the Imperial Defence College, Sowrey was sent to Aden as the senior air staff officer in February 1966, two weeks after the Labour Government had
announced the UK’s withdrawal from the protectorate by the end of 1967. Typically, he completed a conversion course to the Hunter fighter so that he could fly with the resident squadrons and “see for myself ” what up-country operations involved. The airbase at Khormaksar was one of the largest in the RAF and housed fighter, transport, bomber and helicopter squadrons. Sowrey was tasked with planning the final withdrawal, a complex operation involving the evacuation of thousands of personnel, including families, heavy stores, equipment and a phased withdrawal of the squadrons whilst maintaining an essential operational capability. Working closely with his navy and army colleagues, the final plan was executed satisfactorily and Sowrey, with his army counterpart, was the last to step off Aden soil when he boarded the final Hercules to leave on November 30, 1967. Shortly after, Sowrey was appointed CB. In February 1968, he returned to MoD, this time to head a tri-service team in the defence policy staff. With his fellow directors he was charged with reviewing the future size and shape of UK armed forces. In May 1970 he was given responsibility for all RAF training matters, which included implementing radical changes to the training of officers at the RAF College Cranwell. He was also responsible for planning and implementing the pilot training programme for HRH the Prince of Wales. Sowrey was also a ‘handson’ commander and took every opportunity to visit the flying
schools and fly all the aircraft under his command. As the commandant of the National Defence College he was determined to develop the course for senior officers and offer opportunities for them to meet military, political and industrial leaders. He introduced a series of demanding exercises, all designed to identify those who could make the most significant contribution to the British military in their later appointments. Throughout all these changes he recognised the value of inter-service exchanges at work and socially and he and his wife Anne were immensely popular. For his final appointment, in October 1977, Sowrey was promoted to become the UK Permanent Military Deputy to CENTO with headquarters in Ankara. He retired from the RAF at the end of 1980 having been appointed KCB. With a childhood and long career spent in the RAF, Sowrey had a deep interest in the history of the service. He became the founding father of the RAF Historical Society, its vice-president and finally its president. He rarely missed the twice-yearly seminars when his infectious enthusiasm, military insights and personal anecdotes were a highlight of his concluding remarks. The current chairman of the 46 Squadron Association summed up the feelings of Sowrey’s many admirers: “It was Sir Freddie’s inspirational and charismatic leadership and support that kept us going.”
DOUGLAS LIQUORISH, who has died aged 94, was flying an RAF fighter over Sinai when an Israeli Air Force Spitfire seriously damaged it in an attack. After leaving school in Leicester, he studied as an aeronautical engineer, which was considered as a reserved occupation. However, Liquorish was determined to be a pilot and he enlisted into the RAF in September 1942. He trained as a pilot in Southern Rhodesia but with the demand for pilots decreasing, he did not gain his wings until March 1945. After further training he was posted to the Middle East where he joined 6 Squadron in Khartoum in November 1947. With tension between Egypt and Israel increasing, the squadron moved to an airfield in the Canal Zone in May 1948. Following infiltrations into Egyptian territory by Israeli ground forces, four RAF fighters carried out a reconnaissance over the border area on January 7, 1949. Anti-aircraft fire and
Israeli Spitfires shot them all down. One pilot was killed and two were captured. During the afternoon, a large force of RAF fighters was sent to the area to search for the missing pilots. Liquorish was flying a 6 Squadron Tempest giving cover to a squadron of Spitfires. Approaching the border they encountered five Spitfires, which had red propeller spinners similar to those of RAF Spitfires. Initially, the leader of the RAF forces assumed they were friendly aircraft but this proved to be an error. The Spitfires immediately attacked the RAF aircraft and Liquorish’s wingman was shot down and killed. A second Israeli Spitfire attacked Liquorish’s Tempest, which was badly damaged with one 20mm cannon shell lodging in the armour plating behind the pilot’s seat, but it failed to explode. Another shell hit the starboard wing, practically severing the aircraft’s main spar. Liquorish nursed the aircraft back to base and landed safely. It was only in the 1980s, when
military records were released, that Liquorish discovered that his attacker was Ezer Weizman, who had served as a pilot with the RAF during World War Two. He later commanded the Israeli Air Force before becoming the President of Israel. In March 1949, Liquorish was attacked in the street by three Egyptians intent on stealing his wallet and watch. Shortly afterwards he returned to Britain. He joined an RAF ferry unit and trained on jets and multi-engine aircraft. Whilst on a detachment to the Aston Down Ferry Unit near Stroud, he gave a flying display in a Tempest at the annual Battle of Britain show in September 1949. Whilst in a vertical climb, the aircraft’s engine failed, spraying the windscreen with oil. He managed to successfully force land in front of a crowd of 12,000 spectators. He received a letter of congratulation. Liquorish left the RAF in 1950 and became a specialist noise and vibration engineer.
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OFF TO A FLYER: The new 5008’s jet-like cabin (right) is a far cry from its old MPV predecessor and its boot (inset) also has room for longer loads
From vintage to jet set TIM MORRIS Motoring Correspondent THE LAST time I encountered a Peugeot 5008 it was doing sterling work providing a taxi service to a child’s birthday party. It was a good old-fashioned Multi Purpose Vehicle (MPV), a people carrier, a popular private hire weapon of choice. Consequently, when the latest incarnation of the car arrived I did have to double check the paperwork. The 2019 version of the 5008 is a million miles away from the seven-seat MPV that it once was. It’s now a striking vehicle that has the presence of a must-have Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) and Peugeot has certainly upped its game in terms of exterior styling. With a three-row seat configuration, it’s been designed to compete with the likes of the Nissan X-Trail and the Skoda Kodiaq, which it does at a reasonable price (our car was £26,545 OTR, plus options). It gives the impression that you’re driving an up-market 4x4 for roughly half of what you’d expect to pay for an Audi Q7 or a Volvo XC90. It’s cheaper on fuel too.
On The Road The engine range is similar to the line-up that you’ll find in the 3008. You can get petrols in 1.2 and 1.6 litre forms and 1.5 or 2.0 litre diesels. The manual option is a sixspeed box, and the auto comes in six or eight-speed guise, depending on which engine you choose. My test car was the 131bhp 1.5-litre diesel (Blue HDi 130) matched to the six-speed manual. It’s a combination that delivers surprisingly punchy performance considering the car’s weight and returns an impressive 67.3mpg on a combined cycle (according to Peugeot).
Gone is the retro MPV, replaced by a new 5008 SUV with aircraft-like cabin controls – but it’s not a genuine 4x4 Suspension and handling are exactly what you’d expect from a French automobile. The 5008 is softly sprung and as such it’s one of the more comfortable cars in the class. It’s certainly more relaxing than the Nissan X-Trail on a run but that cosseting ride does come at the expense of some precision. The 5008 has a little less vertical body control on uneven winding roads than something like the Kodiaq and, in diesel form at least, it does feel a bit nose heavy. Its handling therefore isn’t classleading but that’s not something buyers of large SUVs tend to be especially concerned about. It’s most certainly not the worst in class either.
Off-Road It talks the talk with its aggressive SUV styling, but can it walk the walk? In a word, no, because the 5008 doesn’t come with true four-wheel drive in any form. Instead, you can add an option called Grip Control – which is a suite of electronics that works with the ‘hill descent control’ to improve traction. In reality the system lends a hand on slippery surfaces but is unlikely to match the extra traction of four-wheel drive rivals when the going really gets tough. As most crossovers rarely venture off tarmac anyway, it’s unlikely to be an issue for the vast majority of buyers.
In The Cabin The driving position in the 5008 is, well, interesting. It takes a few minutes to work out what suits you
best because it is such an innovative design. When I was little there was a TV programme called Knight Rider, that starred a talking car and its sidekick David ‘The Hoff ’ Hasselhoff. The reason I mention this is that the 5008’s steering wheel reminds me a lot of the design the show’s producers considered to be space age back in 1982. That is most emphatically not a criticism, it’s unusual but I like it. You have to sit in a slightly different position because the dials are designed to be read over the top of the tiny steering wheel rather than through it, but you soon get used to it. The talking car from the 80s had the top and bottom parts of the wheel removed, in part to aid visibility of the digital instruments, but Peugeot has opted to retain these as straight bars. If you’re of a certain height therefore the wheel rim blocks the bottom half of the dials from view and, if we’re being hyper-critical, that can be slightly irritating. Come back Glen A Larson, all is forgiven! Continuing the futuristic theme, the dash houses two configurable screens. One features the driver’s instruments and the other covers the sat-nav/entertainment controls. Operation is slick and logical with reasonably high-res graphics. What I really like though is that beneath the main info screen you find a row of actual buttons, yes things that are always easily visible and in the same place. Peugeot calls the system i-Cockpit and you can see why. The screens and the dashboard are wrapped around the driver to make it feel more like you’re piloting an
aircraft rather than driving a car. It’s very modern and very cool, yet once again it could easily have been raided straight from the Knight Rider playbook. My vehicle came with the optional massage function on the front seats too, which you would normally expect to find on much more expensive models such as the Range Rover Velar. The seats are stylish and comfy. There’s also plenty of space for passengers, front and back. The two rear-most seats are really designed for small children but that’s on a par with everything else in the class. Erecting, stowing and accessing them is pretty straightforward. The middle row gets three individual seats that all slide and recline. There’s plenty of storage space around the cabin and most are carpeted inside to prevent loose items rattling around. At night the ambient mood lighting helps to make it feel far more expensive than its price tag would suggest. Visibility is great all round with a good suite of bleeps and cameras. Build quality is good for the class.
Concept The 5008 is a natural evolution of the smaller 3008, which Peugeot has used as a platform on which to base the new car. Looking at the two side-by-side you can see where they overlap and from the front doors to the nose they’re effectively the same vehicle. It is therefore at the rear where Peugeot’s designers have been hard at work creating more space with a longer boot and a more upright tail. The rear doors are longer for ease
Verdict Pros l An expensive-looking car l Loads of space for the money l Stylish, futuristic, plush interior l Competitive fuel economy and CO2 emissions Cons l A counterfeit 4x4 l Slightly reduced rear head room l Not quite as well equipped as some rivals in standard form Overall The Peugeot 5008 is priced well and relatively affordable to run. It’s a massive improvement on the old 5008 and although it’s not the most engaging vehicle to drive it is a comfortable, quiet cruiser. It could use All Wheel Drive to back up its SUV image but it is otherwise a ruddy good effort from Peugeot. In my view it’s the innovative styling that really makes it. It’s one of the most interesting interiors available in a mainstream production car and, once you’ve found the right driving position to see those dials, the sci-fi dash is a big selling point. Its interior design could easily be described as revolutionary but, bearing in mind my earlier points on Knight Rider, perhaps the legendary author Terry Pratchett was right when he wrote ‘revolutions always come around again. That’s why they’re called revolutions.’ of access, it can accommodate more luggage and it has those useful flipup seats in the boot floor. Essentially, it’s a 3008 with more space for passengers and loads.
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Poll position for RAF man SAC secures historic five years in row SUPER SERVICE triathlete SAC Luke Pollard made athletics history after he won a fifth Inter-Service men’s title in a row, storming to glory in Wales. The Officers Association Standard Distance triathlon InterServices took place in the Brecon Beacons, Wales, but the challenging new course was meat and drink to the RAF man who finished an amazing nine minutes faster than the chasing pack. pollard said: “I always enjoy competing at the Inter-Services and taking the win is the icing on the cake. The new course suited me well and I took full advantage of that. Hopefully I’ll be able to go for the sixth win next year.” He now matches the Royal Navy’s Charlie Pennington for individual victories in the event. Organised this year by the Army Traithlon Association, the race featured a swim in Parc Bryn Bach lake, followed by a cycle from the Parc to the village of Llangynidr and back, taking in the infamous Llangynidr Mountain which included a 5.8km climb and elevation gain of 392m. (The climb has been listed in the official 100 Greatest Cycle Climbs). The race he ran was two laps of the lake and up into the golf course, again incorporating some smaller climbs to push the athletes to their limits. In the women’s race, Fg Off Hannah Dodwell and Flt Lt
Samantha Rose led, coming out of the water challenge, but the real race began on the cycle. Entering transition, Rose cycled herself up into third. Despite giving it everything they had, this was how the positions remained as they crossed the finish line with Rose taking second. The male veteran competition was a very closely fought affair with less than two minutes separating first and third places. Sqn Ldr Chris Carre had the fastest run in the category to push himself into third, with Sqn Ldr Johnny Hynes taking second. In the overall team events both the male and female teams finished runners-up to the Army. The IS battle resumes on September 14 at the middledistance Inter-Services taking place at Rutland Water.
Home and away for cricket coach as she hangs up bat A FITTING FAREWELL was awarded to long-term women’s cricket head coach Squadron Leader Lisa Kelly-Tonge, pictured right, as she called time on her RAF career at Vine Lane. The Uxbridge home of RAF cricket was the perfect venue for Kelly-Tonge’s final innings during the second match of the Inter-Services Women’s T20 Tournament against the Army. Players from the RAF, Army and Royal Navy formed an arch of bats to salute Sqn Ldr Kelly-Tonge on her walk back to the Pavilion for the final time. Visibly moved, Kelly-Tonge raised her bat to salute the teams, thanking all those involved. Describing her cricketing career, she said: “Service cricket has given me so much over the last 13 years and I will continue to support and cheer on the side at every opportunity.
“The strong spirit of sportsmanship in Service cricket is there for all to see and is present in all the coaches, players and officials involved making the sport a pleasure to be involved in.” Within three years of starting her cricketing career in the Service Kelly-Tonge had established herself as a wicketkeeper and top order batsman representing the Royal Air Force and the Combined Services. A key part of the 2012 RAF team that won the IST20, she then led a tour to Australia and in the last four years has been the cornerstone of the Women’s coaching and management team. Kelly-Tonge who retires from the Service later this year, was also presented with flowers, champagne and a signed shirt on behalf of all the three Services. Follow RAF women’s cricket on Twitter @ RAFCricket.
FULL PELT: Main, SAC Pollard won the IS title by nine minutes; below, Flt Lt Rose finished second in the women’s event PHOTOS: GRAEME MAIN SOLDIER MAGAZINE
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Sport TUG OF WAR
History-makers pull a record
PASSION AND POWER: The Pingle Stadium saw brilliant displays from the RAF, with the men’s A team coming home with the 640kg title for the first time in 31 years
640kg and 680kg, a very strong women’s team for the female 600kg and an incredibly talented mixed squad for the 4x4 640kg. With two pulling teams for the 640kg, and without two of their key athletes missing, the RAF A-team weighed in 15kg lighter than the other squads and so entered the weight category as the significant underdogs.
Seafishing stars hook a big one again at Inters
STAFF REPORTER Nuneaton PINGLES ATHLETIC stadium saw the end of a 31-year drought for the RAF as the Tug of War team finally overhauled the Army to take the Inter-Services title. Wg Cdr Nick Robson, HQ AIR and Head of RAF ToW and Chair of UKAF Tug of War, said: “Clearly, this has been a successful tournament for the Army deservedly winning three of the four categories. “We are so proud of the RAF 640kg men’s squad who delivered on the rope and building on our successes of RAF100 and at the Braemar Royal Highland Games last year.” As part of the Inter-Services athletics championship, hosted by the RAF at the stadium, Nuneaton, the Inter-Services Tug of War championships saw squads from the Army and RAF compete across a variety of weight categories. Traditionally dominant, the Army produced two strong teams for each of the male weights of
We are so proud of the RAF 640kg men’s squad
RAF B, made up of a mix of experience and novice pullers, almost delivered a surprise shock holding the RAF A. Despite a closely fought contest and breaking the A teams superiority, they finally lost 2-1. The Army B team proved top be credible opponents to the RAF A team, but the Light Blue drew on all their experience and pulled to a 2-0 victory in this best of three ends format. The show down was set for
Army A and RAF A in a winner takes all face off for the 640kg title. With Welsh international, Flt Lt Gareth Davies pulling at number one and Flt Lt Greg Curtis directing tactics at number seven, the RAF delivered a shock 2-0 defeat against the reigning champions. The etching of the RAF name on the coveted trophy marks an end to more than three decades of Army dominace. The RAF women’s team maintained Service honours showeing strength and tenacity in the 600kg category. Made up of four novices, some of whom had only touches a rope the day before, they held the strong Army women deflecting and deterring attack after attack, but the Army’s experience showed through and they eventually defeated the RAF Women 2-0. It was a similar tale in the men’s 680 kg and the mixed 4x4 600kg categories with the Army pulling strongly to decisive victories having been able to dig deep into a pool of talented and experienced pullers. l Follow RAF Tug of War on Twitter @RAFTug.
THE RAF Boat sea fishing team have successfully retained the Inter-Service Trophy for a 13th year in a row, believed to be the longest retention of an IS Trophy recorded in any competitive sport. This year the Royal Navy hosted the competition out of Plymouth where a team of 10 RAF personnel, nine anglers and one reserve, set out to defend the IS title. Two practise days of fishing allowed the team to prepare before the two-day competition began. After the first days’ action the RAF had secured a small lead. The Royal Navy were chomping at Air Force heels following some very impressive boat angling. Day two saw an increase in wind speed making the fishing a little harder, but the RAF squad stuck to the plan to fend off the challenge. The Service also enjoyed six anglers in the top 10 with WO Darren Rose, above right, winning the 2019 Individual Trophy.
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Heat was on for cable champs but action was wet and wild Championships classed best ever Daniel Abrahams Hannam’s Wake Hub, Ely, Cambridge A BUMPER field of wakeboarders took the water on the hottest day of the year for the actionpacked Cable Wakeboard championships. The event saw 50 competitors battle it out for glory and a potential spot in the Service’s Inter-Services squad this coming September at Hannam’s Wake Hub, Cambridge. SAC(T) Gareth SchofieldDowning said: “This year’s event has definitely been the best one I have been to. “The cable is so welcoming to beginners, it’s been so good to watch them all progress so quickly. The event couldn’t have gone any better. Unfortunately, I fell in both my runs, but I will be coming back next year to try and take the top spot.” Boarders were judged on board control, style, amplitude, difficultly and technicality. Beginners were judged on anything from carving left and right to the advanced riders spinning onto and off rails and completing load and release tricks on flat water. In the beginners’ event LCpl Matty Hone took top spot, with SAC Cai Hughes runner-up. In the rookies discipline SAC Alex Schofield came first, with SAC Alex Charalambous second. SAC Thomas Hukin won the Intermediate event, with Chf Tech Ian Parkinson second. Cpl Erin Pollinger took the women’s title, with SAC Kitty Barratt runner up, while SAC Aran McGuckin won the advanced event, with FS James Cook coming second. After the day’s action FS James Cook, wakeboard team captain, collated the day’s results, combining them with those from the boat water ski and wakeboard championships earlier in the year, to select his team for the Inter-Services championship in water-skiing, boat wakeboarding and cable wakeboarding at Box End Park, Bedford next month Cook said: “As the team captain this event really helps me to gauge where the guys and girls are at with their riding, it’s amazing to see how far they have all come since last year, with some new faces really progressing well and impressing me. “It’s going to be a tough job choosing, but I feel confident that we will be taking a strong team to the Inter-Services this year.”
SPLASHTASTIC: Clockwise from above, action from the Ely event
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Domination game perfect for Service RUGBY LEAGUE
WHITE HOT temperatures both on and off the pitch made for a fantastic 28-6 clash between the Service’s rugby league stars and Stanningley for the annual Wills Way fixture. First team coach Chf Tech Garry Dunn said: “I think the attitude we showed as a group was fantastic, we played the game with only 16 from the second set, which asked a lot. Apart from the one error, we were great in defence. We threatened with the ball regularly in the first half and offered some really good shape in attack and we caused the problems. We had success around the ruck and our half-backs controlled things well. The second half was disappointing from an attacking point of view, I think our skill and composure let us down a little at times but as it always does it highlights areas that we need to work on for next time.” The National Conference Division side kicked the game off for a brutal opening period of play. An immediate RAF error, misjudg ing a high kick saw Stanningley burst over. Stung into action the Service side produced a series of well-structured sets and began to take control. Some opportunistic
play from RAF stand-off SAC Elliot Kerry then saw SAC(T) Scott Stevenson put through a gap, he broke and then found SAC(T) Adam Flintham in to score, with Kerry converting. The rest of the half then belonged to the military side, who, after soaking up a lot of pressure on their own goal-line, broke the deadlock. An explosive break from RAF Regiment debutant SAC James Peach out of his own 20 saw Kerry put SAC Adam Middleton in for the first of a brace of tries. Minutes later SAC(T) Josh Fitzgerald put him through for a 60-metre run to dive in under the sticks. Dominant defending then led to an interception by Kerry who then raced in to score, before converting his own score to make it 22-6 at half time. The second half was a low scoring scrappy affair, which failed to produce much quality action, with the Service side failing to capitalise on their dominance. Having opened the scoring in the game was ended when Flintham went over for a welldeserved s c o r e , after he attacked the defensive line at pace and engineered a gap to gat through. As part of a d ou b l e - h e a d e r of matches
STANN AND DELIVERED: Main, SAC (T) Flintham dives over; below right, Cpl Si Wray runs into a wall of players; inset, Cpl Craig Rutter gets moving PHOTOS: SBS
the Service’s A-grade played Hull Dockers at the same time and came out 42-34 winners, with SAC’s Danny Bournes, Sam Dodwell and Joe Grey all outstanding while LAC James Kilner impressed on debut.
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Mixer magic as hockey stars tame Lions attack Win & draw Staff reporter RAF Halton THE SERVICE’S mixed hockey team produced varying results as they took on England Lions in a double-header of action at RAF Halton. The matches, held annually to build relations with England Hockey, kicked off with a goal-fest 3-3 draw. It took the RAF team just minutes of the tie to get on the score sheet as Cpl Sam Nutt carved his way through the Lions’ midfield and slotted the ball towards the back post for a perfectly poised Fg Off Zoë Wilson-Chalon to nudge the ball over the line. The RAF came close to doubling their lead, but a well drilled short corner routine was cleared off the line by a very committed Lions defender. The Lons finally levelled despite the best efforts of Cpl Sam Hodge and Fg Off Will Hall. Keeper SAC Dan Upton stopped the Lions taking the lead, before his teammates did exactly that. The RAF turned up the heat and some lovely link up play between Flt Lt Rachel Clarke, SAC (T) Thom Fowler and Cpl Sam Hodgesaw the second goal from Fg Off Zoë Wilson-Chalon. A sleeping Service side then saw the scores level just before the break.
STICK STYLING: Here and below, action from the Lions double-header PHOTOS: LUKA WAYCOTT RAF HALTON
Going behind after the break the military team took the lead for the final time with just five minutes left to level the game. In the second clash the Service side once again stormed into an early lead with Flt Lt Clarke beating
two defenders before finding SAC(T) Thom Fowler who netted following a rebound of his first attempt. Some great defensive work from the Lions then resulted in a counter-attack goal with the RAF floundering.
The Service side upped their game and eventually Cpl Terry Kynaston and Flt Lt Clarke combined to find the net. Cpl Emma Pook then saved the Service’s blushes with an excellent save, before they scored again from
a short corner. A precise pass from Fg Off Will Hall to Flt Lt Clarke then allowed SAC(T) Thom Fowler to casually drag flick the ball in the top left corner. Despite the Lions fighting back the RAF side held on to win for the win.
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Vickers valiant after his return from injury STAFF REPORTER HQ Air Command HOME WAS definitely where the heart was for Ryan Vickers and the RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki team as they secured a 12th place finish at Snetterton after a month’s layoff through injury to Vickers. It was always going to be hard coming back to British Superbike Championship after missing rounds at Knockhill and most of Donington Park and Brands Hatch, but he rose to the occasion in style. It proved to be a challenging weekend for Vickers and the team, with technical issues on his Kawasaki ZX-10RR, meaning he had to settle for 20th place in qualifying. Race day saw good conditions and with the bike settled and Vickers lying 14th at the halfway point of the race, before a spill ended his run. Vickers said: “I was really happy to be back on the bike after a couple of bad rounds. It was just steady away really and I didn’t want to rush anything. “The aim was just to get some finishes under my belt but, unfortunately, I had a little crash in race one and after struggling a bit with engine braking. For race two, I was a bit higher on the grid in 16th and with a good start I was soon fighting for 12th place and beyond. “A top 10 finish was very much on the cards, but I nearly got taken out by another rider and it made me run wide and touch the grass. I lost a lot of positions and dropped back to 17th so had to do all the work all over again. I still had half the race to go so got my head down and made up some good ground on the
riders in front of me and ended up finishing 12th. I was really happy with the result and my pace was enough for the top eight, so it was a real boost. It was just really good to be back so hopefully I can get some momentum going now and build my way back up the order. As always, a massive thanks to the team for all their hard work.” With no injuries to report, Vickers was able to start race two from the more advanced position
LANE CHANGERS: Above and below, action from Vickers’ impressive return at Snetterton PHOTOS: TIM KEETON IMPACT IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHY
of 16th where the aim for both rider and team was a solid finish. A spill on to the grass interrupted Vickers race. Undeterred, the 21year old quickly regrouped going on to set some of his best sector
times of the weekend. His lap times improved as the race wore on and his pace at the end of the race was solid enough for respectable finish. As it was, the time lost earlier in the race meant that 12th place was
the highest he could climb, at his home round with the four points ensuring his weekend ended on a high note. The team now head to Thruxton, Hampshire for round seven of the series.
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Field Gun victory delights president Thompson ARMED AND DANGEROUS: Main and below, action from the recent Cosford win
“THEY ABSOLUTELY smashed it,” was how RAF Cosford Field Gun team president Wg Cdr Jammie Thompson described his charges’ Junior Leaders tournament win. The Cosford event, the 13th of its kind, saw the hosting team win for the first time since 2008, and the third time in their history. Thompson, with Sqn Ldr Ian Gould, Cosford OC Contract Management Team, were alongside the competitors throughout, sharing in their success and passing on tips where needed. Thompson added: “The 18
young Airmen and Officers that came together for the team were keen, dynamic and physically aggressive. “They trained hard over the week to accomplish a remarkable feat. More importantly, they have worked together to form a team built on friendship and respect, principles they will carry with them through training and into the Air Force.” The team, run by trainer Sgt Carl Barker and assisted by Sgt Simon Benson, consisted of Sgt James Benson and Cpl Simon Milligan, all members of the Senior RAF Field Gun team.
At the competition stage the team were victorious, going through to the final with the fastest accumulated time over the three heats, and winning with a time of one minute, 19 seconds, a clear five seconds faster than any of the other 19 teams – which included last year’s winners HMS Neptune. Their time of one minute and 19 seconds also earned them the fastest time trophy. The tournament, which runs over two days, features heat one run the afternoon of the opening day, with heats two and three plus the final run throughout the second day.
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