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Air power trio Typhoon Top Guns join F-35 and Rafale in Virginia Tony Durrant Langley Air Firce Base, Virginia

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Football Wonder goal sinks Navy

RAF Typhoons joined French and US air force crews to hone their fighting skills in a high stakes air warfare exercise in Virginia. Exercise Atlantic Trident is one of the world's biggest air combat drills which will test the combat proven Typhoon alongside the fifth generation F-35.

It is only the second time the pair have taken to the skies together and will give the RAF's 1 Sqn pilots a taste of what they will be expected to deliver when the Lockheed Martin stealth fighter enters service in the UK next year. The French Air Force's Rafale and USAF F-22 are also taking part in Atlantic Trident which will test pilots in a range of combat scenarios.

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I was a bit nervous but I felt really proud to be here

Cadet Iva Magpantay, RAF Waddington Commanding Officer’s Cadet, on her first official duty– p28

To be selected again for the Games is an annual goal of mine

Invictus Games gold medalwinner Stuart Robinson – p7

We hope that we can live up to your example

CAS ACM Sir Stephen Hillier pays tribute to WWII veterans at Bentley Priory – p15

Growing up I’d watch my family relive the trauma of his death every year

RAF medic SAC Charlotte Petch on finally visiting the memorial to her uncle in the Falklands – p9

It has been an incredible experience, definitely a career high

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Deadly accuracy: Tornados and Typhoons target terror with laser guided precision in Iraq and Syria

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Precision strikes destroy Daesh positons in Mosul and Raqqa Staff Reporter RAF TYPHOONS and Tornados have launched a series of precision strikes on Daesh positions as Iraqi forces continue to gain ground in the fight to liberate Mosul. UK aircrews spearheading attacks on the terror group destroyed mortar positions used by terrorists in Iraq’s second city. A pairing of a Tornado and Typhoon launched laser guided

Brimstone and Paveway IV weapons during an attack on a truck carrying heavily armed Daesh fighters preparing to attack advancing Iraqi troops. In a separate strike, the UK aircraft tracked and destroyed a terrorist bomb team attempting to plant IEDs in a bid to halt advancing ground forces. RAF combat jets have also been in action in Syria providing air support as Syria Democratic Forces

seized the strategically important Tabqah dam, to the west of the city. As the fight to drive the terror group from its last strongholds in Iraq and Syria intensifies, Daesh is using civilians as human shields and launching attacks from schools, clinics and mosques. An RAF spokesman said: “While the operating environments are very challenging, particularly given the closely packed buildings, narrow streets and the density of the urban

population, our aircrew have continued to deliver precision strikes in support of troops on the ground. “Daesh’s current tactics, including the illegal use of civilians as human shields, increases the risk to innocent life. “While no military operations come without risks, particularly in dense urban environments, and against such inhuman tactics, the RAF continues to take all steps to minimise civilian casualties.”

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Grand design RAF chiefs launch Service-wide search for air power pioneers Air chiefs have launched a Service-wide challenge to personnel to come up with pioneering ideas to power the RAF into its second century. The first ever Royal Air Force Engineering competition will offer cash prizes to teams or individuals from across the Service, youth groups and University Air Squadrons. The winners will be announced in October 2018, as the RAF marks its 100th anniversary. The technology drive was launched this month and features a ‘Dragons Den’ style panel of experts from Defence and industry who will decide which designs will go forward to the final round of judging. The competition will run for 18 months and is offering cash prizes of up to £1000 across a range of categories designed to kick start what Service chiefs hope will become a culture of innovation. Gp Capt Mike Brown from the RAF’s 38 Group organising the contest said: “This reaches out across the breadth of the Service including the whole force and youth organisations affiliated to the RAF. This is the first all-inclusive engineering competition the RAF has staged and it recognises the increasing role and importance of engineering technologies in all aspects of our business. “We have tens of thousands of talented, inspiring individuals and teams working in and alongside the RAF, as well as a thriving youth engagement sector that supports the Service and shares our ethos.” “We want to showcase and celebrate the potential, ingenuity and innovative spirit of all those associated with today’s Royal Air Force.” Organisers have created four categories they

tech upgrade: AVM Sue Gray checks out a new piece of kit at Leeming, Top,Technicians take part in a problem solving session

Generation game: Fifth generation F-35 raises air power stakes

hope will boost UK air power and help counter emerging threats such as cyber attacks. The categories include ‘RAF the Next 100 Years’, ‘Size, Weight and Power’, ‘Height, Reach, Speed and Endurance’ and the ‘Information Age’. The panel of experts will draw up a shortlist of 15 designs which will be assessed in the final round of judging. The competition is part of a major rethink by Service chiefs who want to encourage personnel to challenge the chain of command and boost technological innovation as part of the Thinking to Win campaign launched two years ago. The T2W campaign and engineering challenge are part of a move to reboot the military mindset and harness the brain power of personnel across the ranks to transform the way the Service thinks – and fights, chiefs

say. The Service boasts a proud history of innovation with pioneers such as bouncing bomb inventor Barnes Wallis, Spitfire designer RJ Mitchell and Frank Whittle, designer of the jet engine, (pictured bottom left). Moves to challenge traditional military hierachy and promote innovation is seen as vital as the RAF prepares for delivery of the fifth generation F-35 Lightning and faces increasing threats from the cyber world. Air Vice-Marshal Sue Gray, head of 38 Group, said: “Inspiring the next generation in science, technology, engineering and maths is something the RAF will promote during the centenary. “We want as many people as possible to participate and think about innovative ways that engineering can enhance or improve the delivery of air power across the full range of RAF outputs.” l For full details on how to enter go to:

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Iconic car maker Aston seeing red after RAF move Firm prepares for production at St Athan as new Arrows inspired model is unveiled Staff Reporter St Athan British motor manufacturer Aston Martin is celebrating its links with the RAF by releasing a limited edition super car inspired by the Red Arrows. The iconic performance car company will produce 10 Reds themed versions of its top of the range Vanquish S in the display team’s unique custom Eclat Red. The cars also feature the trademark blue and white smoke trails on the skirts, tail fin motif and switches made from recycled Red Arrows Hawk parts. The Vanquish Red Arrows also boasts ‘Diamond Nine’ embroidery on the head rests and Martin Baker ejection seat fabric. Each vehicle features an engine plaque with the Red Arrows logo, signed by a member of the team. Aston has also offered one of the Arrows edition cars as a prize to raise cash for the RAF Benevolent Fund. The customised Vanquish is being released as the Midlands-based company prepares to set up production of its latest model at the MoD site at St Athan. The company signed a deal to buy part of the site this month and

Ath-ton Martin: Manufacturer will use RAF super-hangar to produce latest models. Left, Sir Michael Fallon welcomes company bosses to St Athan, below AVM Turner and Wg Cdr Balls at the super hangar.

will move production into the superhangar previously used by the RAF. The deal is expected to create 750 high tech jobs at the military station which is also home to the RAF’s School of Technical Training. Work transforming the site into a car production facility is already underway. Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon welcomed Aston chiefs to St Athan this month claiming the deal will provide a boost to the local economy. He said: “Aston Martin’s decision to build a new facility on land we no longer need will bring more high skilled jobs to Wales.” Aston has confirmed that the St

Athan plant will produce its new DBX model which will be marketed as a vehicle handmade in Wales. The arrival of Aston at St Athan is part of a major technical development programme at Defence sites across Wales. Defence chefs recently signed a £330 million contract to design battlefield communications systems for the military which is expected to create a further 250 jobs Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said: “The St Athan site is springing back to life as a significant centre of employment bringing with it valuable skills and a lasting legacy for the region.”

NATO military presence

Brize Norton boosts NATO Baltic peacekeeping mission More than 200 British troops flew out from RAF Brize Norton on an RAF Voyager to Estonia as part of a major build up of NATO troops across Eastern Europe. The soldiers from Bulford-based 5th Battalion landed at Amari airport to start an eight-month deployment supporting the Alliance’s Enhanced Forward Presence. The move is designed to provide reassurance to East European states bordering Russia, UK defence chiefs said. Royal Air Force Typhoons are set to arrive in Romania at the end of this month to police the skies over the Black Sea and intercept Russian military aircraft closing in on NATO controlled airspace.

vets welfare

Vets net Libor windfall

The Aged Veterans Fund has awarded £22.7 million of Libor funding to 10 charities to improve support and introduce new services to help older veterans. The money will help organisations across the country

support older veterans by providing better access to health care and carers, training to help them use the internet and general lifestyle and welfare advice. Defence Minister Mark Lancaster said: “Our veterans have given so much for their country, and the Aged Veterans Fund is a way of us thanking our older veterans and ensuring they are cared for in later life.” Poppyscotland is one of the biggest winners in the Libor handout, netting £4 million to fund urgent home improvements and better support to those who suffer hearing problems. Age UK will also receive £4.4 million for its Joining Forces scheme which provides information and advice, practical support at home, access to social events and digital technology, and opportunities to become more active.

“Every morning I drive past the Chinooks in the hangars and it makes me feel proud.” —Lucy Brown, Boeing Contracts & Pricing

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3MCS feed the masses A team from RAF Wittering’s 3 Mobile Catering Squadron (pictured) showcased their culinary talents by feeding more than 200 people from a field kitchen at a special Great British Sunday Lunch event, held at nearby Kendrew Barracks. The event was in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund, backed by celebrities including actress Dame Barbara Windsor and presenter Carol Vorderman and top chefs the Hairy Bikers, Michel Roux Jnr and Ken Hom. Staff from Produlic, that provides playground equipment for the RAFBF’s youth support programme Airplay, raised £350 with their Sunday Lunch hour, that saw them don 1940s-inspired outfits.

FW190: One of the star attractions

WWII Luftwaffe aircraft up close Two WORLD War II German frontline fighter aircraft, the Messerschmitt BF109G-2/Trop and the Focke Wulf Fw190A8/U-1, are the stars of the Open Cockpits Evening at the RAF Museum Cosford on May 1920. With just 300 tickets available per evening, organisers are anticipating the event will be hugely popular with aviation fans eager to get a look inside two former Luftwaffe aircraft. A wide range of transport aircraft, jet fighters and unique research airframes from each of the museum’s display hangars and within its grounds will also be open. Tickets are available via and cost £12.50 per person, which includes parking. The museum will close at 5pm on both days; however the Visitor Centre and Refuel Restaurant will remain open for ticket holders and will be serving a special menu. A second Open Cockpits Evening will be held on September 1516.

Invictus Games will be missing Wigman Harry’s heroes

… but wheelchair rugby star Robinson hoping to go Elite athlete Luke Wigman has revealed that he won’t be defending his title at this year’s Invictus Games. The former Gunner, who won gold in the men’s 1500 metres in Florida last year and at the inaugural games in 2014, said: “I have learnt so much from these games, and now it’s time for me to move on.” He added: “I’m excited for all the new competitors, as I know it will be a life-changing experience for them all. They will come out the other side much stronger, with a new outlook on life, and more importantly, they will start to realise what they are truly capable of.” Earlier this year Luke became the fastest Brit to complete the gruelling world marathon challenge – running seven marathons in seven days on seven different continents. The ex-RAF Regiment SAC, whose left leg was severely damaged when he was caught up in an IED blast on duty in Afghanistan in 2011, was treated at the Headley Court military rehab unit. He said: “I’ve learnt that rehab is an ongoing process and the Invictus Games is a great continuation of rehabilitation, not just physically, but also mentally. It gives you something to focus on and something to work towards.” The 2016 games’ golden boy, Mike Goody, also a former Gunner, is yet to confirm whether he will be defending his titles in four swimming disciplines.

WIGMAN: Will not defend 1500m title

GOODY: Hopes to again reign supreme

GAMES PATRON: Prince Harry, at Bath Uni

He brought home a record haul of gold medals winning the 50m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 100m freestyle and 4x50m freestyle mixed relay. Mike lost his left leg in a roadside bomb explosion in Afghanistan in 2008. Wheelchair rugby star Stuart Robinson confirmed he is hoping to make the UK squad for the 2017 games in Toronto in September. The former RAF Regiment Cpl said: “To be selected again for the games is an annual goal of mine. To continue my push towards raising my game and improving my sporting and social commitment is a big enough reason to want to take part.” Stuart was involved in an

IED incident while serving in Afghanistan in 2013 that resulted in the amputation of both his legs. He said: “I feel the Invictus Games are a vital piece in the machine for the road to recovery for injured Service personnel. Physio, rehab and mental robustness are all components for getting people’s lives back on track and adding the power of sport and the uniqueness and international platform of the Invictus Games can only benefit and add a positive outlook in the bigger picture.” Prince Harry, the event’s patron, met games hopefuls at the UK team trials at Bath University’s sports training village this month. More people than ever before have applied to take part in

the games, a multi-sport event showcasing wounded, injured and sick serving personnel and veterans. Of the 306 trying out, 212 have never taken part in the games before but are using sport as part of their recovery and hope to be selected to represent the 90-strong UK team in Toronto. Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said: “The Invictus Games promote the importance of sport in the recovery process, and provide inspiration and opportunity to our injured Servicemen and women. “I saw first-hand the strength and determination of competitors at the previous games and I wish all those taking part in this year’s trials the best of luck as they take on this challenge.”

tragic death

RAF Recruitment civvie dies aged 31

Tributes have been paid to RAF civilian worker Ashley Nettleton who has tragically died, aged 31. Ashley, who worked in Recruitment Marketing at RAF College Cranwell, passed away while undergoing a liver transplant following a short illness. Gp Capt Wendy Rothery, Ashley’s boss, said: “Ash was a much-loved member of RAF Recruiting and Selection and will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege to know him, both at RAF Cranwell and Armed Forces Careers Offices throughout the UK. “Passionate about his work with the Royal Air Force, he made a significant and lasting contribution to our marketing

effort and leaves a strong legacy of media and communications advancements that will benefit RAF recruiting for years to come.” She added: “A genuinely kind, funny and passionate individual, his sudden passing has been a massive shock for his family, friends, work colleagues and the entire RAF Recruitment community. “He leaves a giant-sized hole in the lives of everyone who knew or worked with him.” Dedicated Arsenal fan Ashley was taken ill suddenly in February while on holiday in Prague. His brother Wesley contacted star player Olivier Giroud’s agents to request a message from him. The forward sent a touching get well video message but Ashley sadly died before he could see it.

ASHLEY NETTLETON: Remembered as a ‘kind, funny and passionate’ individual



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News falklands trIbute

Brize medic Charlie’s Falklands pilgrimage

8000-mile mission to remember hero Ian

TRIBUTE: Charlotte at the memorial, inset, her uncle L/Cpl Ian Farrell

Tracey Allen An RAF medic volunteered for duty in the Falklands so she could finally to pay tribute to her soldier uncle who died fighting to liberate the islands. SAC Charlotte Peach signed up for the tour in the South Atlantic to make a personal pilgrimage to the memorial to her uncle, medical officer L/Cpl Ian Farrell and two other medics who died when the Sir Galahad was bombed in 1982. Medical officer Farrell was among 48 killed in the strike on the vessel in Bluff Cove which also left 150 injured – the worst single incident suffered by UK Forces in the conflict. Charlotte joined other serving personnel for a ceremony at Fitzroy near Port Stanley where the memorial has been erected to remember the three medics who died. As the group gathered at the Fitzroy memorial Charlotte’s family back in the UK held a minute’s silence to remember their lost family member. Twenty-six-year-old Charlotte wasn’t born when Ian died fighting for his country – but she said she grew up feeling her family’s grief and wanted to help them cope with the loss. She said: “Growing up I would attend an annual memorial with my

remembering the fallen: The attack on Sir Galahad was worst single incident during the conflict.

family for my uncle at St Georges Church in Liverpool. “Each year I’d see my mum (Ian’s sister), my aunties, uncle and grandparents relive the trauma of having lost Ian in the conflict. “Doing a tour of the Falkland Islands was a great opportunity to be the first member of my family to visit the site of the conflict and pay my respects to my uncle on behalf of them all.” She added: “It was one of the heavily influencing factors in my decision to volunteer to complete a four-month tour out here. “Helping to organise and being a part of the remembrance service was an absolute honour. It was a very emotional afternoon. “The service was conducted by two of the station padres. “Myself and WO1 Andrew Higgins of 208 Liverpool Field Hospital (Ian’s TA Unit before he joined as a regular), laid a wreath. “I made my family aware of the service and the timings so at the same time in the UK they could take a moment to stop and also remember Ian.”

freedom parade

Bomber county honours RAF links CIVIC LEADERS and residents lined the streets in Lincoln as more than 60 RAF personnel from nearby Waddington and Scampton marched through the city. Squadrons from the two Air Force stations paraded with their squadron colours as they exercised their right to the Freedom of the City. Waddington was granted the honour in 1958. Scampton was

awarded the same civic rights in 1993. A Sentinel surveillance aircraft stationed with the RAF’s ISR force at Waddington performed a flypast during the event. The Freedom of the City is an ancient honour allowing armed men to enter through the city walls unchallenged. Lincolnshire earned the ‘Bomber County’ tag during World War II due to the number

of bomber squadrons stationed there The Parade Commander said: “It is an honour to march through Lincoln. All ranks were represented from the most junior airmen and women through to senior officers. “Our local community turned out in great force. There continued support means a great deal to everyone stationed at Waddington and Scampton.”

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Hot shot chef’s Top Gun dream

food guru: TV chef Matt Tebbutt says he would have been happy as an RAF Gunner

Cookery ace says flying was his first passion

Tracey Allen The new host of top TV show Saturday Kitchen has revealed his ambition to join the RAF. Celebrity chef Matt Tebbutt, who has taken over as presenter of the popular weekend food programme, was an enthusiastic member of his university’s Air Squadron in Oxford and dreamt of becoming a Royal Air Force combat pilot. He said: “It was a childhood ambition to join the RAF. I always wanted to fly and then I saw Top Gun – and I wanted to be a pilot, but I would have been happy in the RAF Regiment. “I learnt to fly in the Bulldog TMK1 in the UAS. “I don’t have the time or the money these days, but I would love to take it up again.” He added: “At the end of my three years at university, I had to make a big decision. I found flying mentally draining and had to work very hard at it. “My relaxation came from cooking for my flatmates so in the end cooking won. But in fact, being a chef is mentally draining and hard work, so I have spent many days thinking I should have gone with the RAF.” Matt, who co-presented Food

In brief

Covenant wins cops’ backing LEICESTER POLICE Force is the latest UK-based organisation to back the Armed Forces Covenant. The Midlands Force currently employs four Reservists and signed the pledge to support Forces personnel in the workplace. Chief Constable Simon Cole was joined by Col David Dorbe and civic leaders for the official signing ceremony. More than 1500 groups have signed up to the scheme since its launch in 2014.

Unwrapped on Channel 4 and opened award-winning restaurant The Foxhunter in Monmouthshire in 2002, is still in touch with friends in the Service. He said: “They’re all colleagues from UAS days, some are still flying but some are now ‘flying desks’ in GCHQ and Whitehall and are scarily in charge of operations.” He praised RAF caterers’ high standards of cuisine. He said: “As a student, I remember being particularly grateful for formal dinners in the Officers’ Mess. It was always on a grand scale with fantastic classical culinary skills.” He recently experienced cooking in field kitchen conditions himself when filming the series Kings of the Wild for the Discovery Channel. Matt said: “I had to live off the land, with only a large knife, a dutch oven and salt, vinegar and sugar to improve the flavour of anything. “The tastiest thing I ate was a lizard and the most revolting was a racoon.

“The hardest thing to kill was a 10 foot python – it looked like a scene from Reservoir Dogs but with added tapeworm.” Having appeared as both a guest and guest presenter on Saturday Kitchen, he admitted he’s excited to be the show’s new permanent host. He said: “It is particularly thrilling to be able to call it my own show. “It’s easy Saturday morning viewing, no distracting adverts, funny guests and it’s live, so there’s always potential for disaster. We also show some great archive footage like classic Keith Floyd.” One of the programme’s most popular sections is where celebrity guests have to choose their ‘food heaven’ and ‘food hell’. Matt said: “My food heaven is over-ordering in a Chinese restaurant and my food hells are boiled tripe and the cleaneating trend.” He said his proudest career achievements to date are ‘surviving training with Marco Pierre-White, having my own restaurant for 15 years and not swearing on live TV – so far anyway.”

Lossie set for new era as Tonka takes a bow The last RAF Tornado squadron based in Scotland has been disbanded during a military ceremony at Lossiemouth. Led by the Band of the Royal Air Force members of 15(Reserve) Sqn carried out their final parade before an invited audience of 750 veterans, family and friends. The Standard Party left the hangar to the haunting tune ‘Sands of the Kuwait’ played on the bagpipes by Chief Tech Al Sharp. The tune was written to commemorate the Gulf War, the squadron’s final battle honours before taking on the role as the Tornado pilot training conversion unit. Following the parade Wing Commander Paul Froome gave an emotional tribute to the members of his squadron. He said: “I am incredibly proud. Members of XV(Reserve) Sqn have provided a stirring finale to the Squadron’s history. “To be able to share today with

many past and present members of the Squadron, as well as our families, has been wonderful. “The hours of dedicated work the squadron engineers have provided to the Tornado Force over recent years has been replicated in their efforts today in this arena. “It was an absolute honour to lead them through the parade. “I will be sad to leave them and Lossiemouth.” The squadron Standard will be laid up in the Rotunda at Cranwell as RAF chiefs decide the future for the famous XV number plate which has seen more than a century of service. The last Tornado aircraft will leave Lossiemouth over the coming months for Marham where the RAF Tornado fleet is now based. While the Moray station says farewell to the Tornado, work is already underway to prepare for the arrival of a fourth Typhoon squadron. Lossiemouth has also been

confirmed as the home for the RAF’s new fleet of Poseidon P8 maritime patrol aircraft, due to enter service in 2020. Station Commander Gp Capt Paul Godfrey added: “It is a sad day to see the squadron officially disband, ending more than 23 years

of Tornado presence in Moray. “The squadron’s output in terms of quality training that has provided the Royal Air Force with such skilled aircrew has been second to none and has been fundamental to the success of the Tornado on operations.”

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News F-35 contract

RAF Gunners and Commandos

Black Hornet in bid F-35 Lightning gets £80m funding boost to help British Armed Forces keep their lethal sting F-35: Due to arrive at RAF Marham next year

Aviation giants BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin have been awarded an £80 million contract to speed up delivery of the UK’s first F-35 Lightning stealth fighters. Under the new deal BAE will provide more than 100 technicians and ground crew to supply training to RAF and Navy personnel and to carry out routine maintenance on the F-35 at Marham. F-35 manufacturer Lockheed Martin will continue as the main contractor for global operations. Work is already underway to prepare the RAF’s Norfolk station for the arrival of 617 Sqn, which will operate the UK’s first F-35s due to arrive next year. Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon announced the deal during meetings with US Defence chief General Jim Mattis. Sir Michael said: “Nothing demonstrates the strength of our relationship better than our joint work on the most advanced combat aircraft in the world – the F-35 Lightning II – and the UK is proud to be the future hub for all the European jets. “The additional investment at RAF Marham will ensure we have


a formidable fighting force that, at a time of growing danger, in the most momentous of weeks, will help us work with our US partners to promote international peace and security.” The aircraft successfully conducted its first firing tests of Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missiles last month. The trials marked the first time a British-made missile manufactured by MBDA have been launched from the Lightning, and the first time any non-US missile has been fired from the aircraft. UK pilots are currently training to operate the F-35 Lightning from the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers using a new simulator ahead of delivery. Using the latest £2 million synthetic training suites pilots can practise ski jump short take off and vertical landing procedures using simulated thrust from the aircraft’s turbofan engine. The BAE simulators are mounted on an electronic platform to mimic the pitch of the vessels and offer pilots a 360-degree view of the carrier. The units can also be programmed to mimic changes in fuel load and weapons.

Military warehouse is the size of 10 football pitches The MOD has formally opened its new £83 million logistics centre in Shropshire, aimed at streamlining distribution and storage of military kit. The 80,000 square metre facility is the size of 10 football pitches and will become the main storage and distribution centre for the Armed Forces’ £30 billion inventory, including spare parts, food, clothing and medical supplies. Minister for Defence Procurement Harriett Baldwin (inset) said: “This will transform the way we store and distribute

essential supplies to the Armed Forces who keep us safe. “This investment and partnership with leading logistics specialists is concrete evidence of our determination to give our personnel the very best support wherever they are in the world.” Alongside offering special environmental storage, the centre’s automated system will be capable of picking more than 1000 items an hour. The MoD hopes centralising its storage needs will net savings of up to £500 million over the next 10 years.

SMALL BUT POWERFUL: Black Hornet II can transmit high-definition video of the surrounding area to a handheld device carried by ground troops (below)

Defence chiefs have released details of the latest cutting-edge kit that could soon be giving UK Forces the technological advantage in the combat zone. RAF Gunners and Navy Commandos have carried out simulated combat drills on Salisbury Plain to test micro drones, agile all-terrain vehicles and handheld surveillance devices. More than 200 prototypes have been put forward by UK-based firms as part of an £800 million drive by Defence chiefs to equip British Forces with ground-breaking kit. A shortlist of 70 designs are currently undergoing testing and could be protecting frontline fighters in a matter of years. The tiny Black Hornet II is a pocketsized surveillance drone designed for use in urban combat, which can transmit high definition video to a handheld iPad-style controller carried by ground troops. Also undergoing testing is an autonomous hoverbike designed to carry a payload of 130kg at altitudes of up to 9000ft, to resupply ground forces with minimal risk. Military teams are putting a six-wheel drive, all-terrain vehicle through its paces on the UK Army training area. The vehicle, operated by a platoon sergeant, can carry essential combat kit allowing personnel to shed equipment and reach an optimal fighting weight. Lifesaving equipment is also undergoing testing including lightweight, chemical-free water purification bottles, a portable 50ft fold-up bridge and a pulley system designed to rescue casualties from

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LIFE-SAVER: Pulley evac system tested on a casualty

damaged combat vehicles. The Armoured Casualty Evacuation Rescue System can take minutes off the time it takes to get the casualty out of a damaged vehicle and to medical aid. Inventor and ex-soldier Paul Bateman said: “I have set the system up in the office and tested it with my wife lifting my weight. “I have also used it in a mocked-up vehicle, but these trials have given me a unique opportunity to get my product tested in the field.” The UK innovation trials follow similar initiatives run by the US military, and included American ground troops currently on exchange with British frontline units. Lt Col Nick Searle, from the Infantry Trials and Development unit overseeing the battlefield-style programme, said: “Industry has been very generous in its commitment. “We have formed a mutually beneficial partnership: industry has been able to put their equipment in the hand of users during a month-long, force-on-force experiment, while we have been able to

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News dedication ceremony

Stained glass tribute to Dowding’s heroes

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WWII networking : The third Dowding Apse window. CAS with Lady Dowding

Chief of the Air Staff, ACM Sir Stephen Hillier, paid tribute to Fighter Control veterans at a special ceremony at the Bentley Priory Battle of Britain museum. Seven veterans, all now in their nineties, attended the dedication of the Dowding System apse at the former RAF station. Three stained glass windows depict the story of the pioneering radar and telephone network designed by ACM Lord Dowding which enabled RAF pilots to intercept Nazi bombers before they reached the British coast. CAS officially opened the apse and unveiled the last window in the display on the RAF’s 99th birthday. He said: “It is an entirely fitting way to celebrate such an important part of RAF and the nation’s history and heritage. I am delighted to see it is being looked after so well and how fitting a commemoration we have here to the Dowding System. It’s a real privilege

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and honour to be here to celebrate that.” Addressing the veterans, he said: “We are busier than we have been in many years – we take inspiration from your example, your tradition, your heritage – we hope that we can live up to your example” Former WAAF Joan Fanshawe, who was on duty as an ops plotter at HQ 11 Group, RAF Uxbridge, during the Battle of Britain, spoke on behalf of the veterans. She said: “I remember very vividly when Churchill visited – we were not allowed to see or speak to him. “We will never forget what was afterwards called Battle of Britain Day. We were so busy it was very difficult to find a space to put the plotter. “My part felt very small but we were all part of the system. We look back on it now with pride.” Lady Odette Dowding unveiled the dedication plaque and following the dedication, led by The Rev (Gp Capt) John Ellis, deputy Chaplain-in-Chief, CAS and Iain Clark, the son of former Filter plotter Patricia Robins, who became a bestselling author, unveiled

a bronze plaque of her poem Children Look about wartime RAF aircrew. The actor Ben Willbond then read the poem. Veteran Sidney Wood, 96, an honorary Fighter Control Association member, travelled from Northern Ireland to attend the ceremony. A radar operator, he was stationed for a year in India. He said: “I was a ground control interceptor, on night fighting. Radar was in its infancy then and I couldn’t tell anyone what we were doing. I used to say I was a wireless operator.” Gladys Eva, also 96, was a Filter Room plotter at Bentley Priory, also on duty during the Battle of Britain, and one of the first women to serve in the bunker. She said: “I am very proud of what we achieved during the war. ‘I was here for six months, ‘down the hole’, and at times the weather was so bad that nothing could take off. .” The ceremony was followed by the premier of a film funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund about the Dowding System featuring the oral history recollections of eight veterans who took part in the Battle of Britain and the Blitz.


Wembley crowd raises the roof for Keith An ex- Gunner battling cancer died before he was due to carry the ball onto the pitch at a major cup final. Royal Air Force Regiment veteran Keith Ellick lost his year long battle with the disease ahead of the EFL cup clash between Coventry City and Oxford. Close friend ex-Guardsman Addam Smith and Keith’s fiveyear-old son Leighton stepped in to carry the ball onto the pitch at the start of the match. RAF pals Cpl ‘Brew’ BrewButler and Sgt Billy Albert later presented the cup in front of a record 75,000-strong crowd. Brew said: “The day was a mix of emotions. The atmosphere at the match was electric and the walk through the tunnel carrying the trophy was heart stopping. The noise as we stepped onto the pitch was amazing. “Keith passed away peacefully one week before he was due to carry the ball onto the pitch. It was an honour to have known him.” cup tribute: Keith and Addam Smith, main, Cpl Brew Butler with the EFL trophy

Super dad saddles up Crusading Air Force cop Cpl Nathan Curtis has launched a fundraising mission to support the medics who saved the lives of his twin baby daughters born 10 weeks premature. Millie and Charlotte were delivered by Caesarian section and were no bigger than the size of an adult hand when they were born. The twins were kept in isolation at Leicester hospital, away from mum Steffanie for their first few hours of their life and remained in intensive care for two weeks after their birth. Mille was later transferred to Peterborough hospital for further treatment after Charlotte was able to go

to the family home. Now aged six months and both thriving, proud dad Nathan decided to cycle between the hospitals that cared for his daughters to raise money for neonatal care. He said: “The quality of care was second to none. The neonatal intensive care staff are the real heroes. “Our girls wouldn’t be here without them. Other parents might be going through the same thing right now and they’ll need as much help as we had.” Wittering-based Nathan cycled more than 160 miles and will be donating the cash to the care teams who looked after his girls. l To support Nathan go to: mydonate.





























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Chinook hero sets the bar for rookies

The RAF’s most decorated serving pilot added his name to the Service’s list of modern day greats as he spoke of the operations that earned him a record three DFCs. Chinook pilot Gp Capt Phil Robinson earned his first Distinguished Flying Cross – the RAF’s highest honour – in 2001. He went on the earn a DFC and Bar 2003 and a third Bar in 2007 for operations behind enemy lines flying Chinooks with 7 Sqn during conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was later appointed as commanding officer of the Joint Special Forces Air Wing and is currently Station Commander at RAF Odiham, home to the UK’s Chinook Force.

After signing his name to the gallantry wall Gp Capt Robinson spoke to the latest pilots to graduate from the demanding Survival Evasion Resistance and Extraction course completed by all aircrew. He said: “As the next generation of RAF aviators it is important to enjoy the training, develop resilience and make sure you are prepared for all eventualities. “You get out of your career in the Royal Air Force what you put in. “I have enjoyed 25 years of service to date, experienced the thrill of operating behind enemy lines and the challenges of living out of the back of an aircraft.” Gp Capt Robinson is just one of a handful of pilots to earn the DFC hat-trick since the end of WWII.

DFC hat-trick: Gp Capt Phil Robinson signs on at the Wall of Gallantry PHOTO: LOZ PLATFOOT

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Squadron twinning pact boosts ties with Pakistan An RAF Tornado squadron has been twinned with a Pakistan Air Force unit as part of a UK bid to strengthen links with the country’s military. Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier announced the move during a three-day visit to Pakistan where he was briefed on the PAF’s role combating terrorism in the country. Britain’s most senior airman Sir Stephen also took to the skies in a Pakistani F-16, flying alongside PAF chief Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman. Sir Stephen said: “The Royal Air Force made a valuable contribution towards the development of PAF especially in its early years – a contribution that was deeply appreciated. “The relations between the two countries and, of course, the two Air Forces, will continue to strengthen even further.” Under the twinning arrangement the RAF’s 9 Squadron which operates the Tornado GR4

currently spearheading strikes against Daesh in Iraq and Syria, will be formally linked with the PAF’s 9 Squadron which flies the F16 multirole fighters. Although the gesture is seen as largely ceremonial, Sir Stephen said he hoped the arrangement would encourage co-operation between the two Air Forces. He added: “The Pakistan Air Force is respected the world over due to its sound professionalism and is deeply respected in the UK. “The twinning of these renowned squadrons will further develop their capabilities and lay a foundation to build on the legacy of our predecessors.” Sir Stephen later attended a Pakistan Air Force graduation ceremony at the Academy Asghar Khan where he spoke to newly qualified pilots. He added: “Relations between our two countries and our two Air Forces will continue to strengthen even further.”

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Juno heralds new chopper training era Staff Reporter The first of the UK’s fleet of 32 new helicopters designed to upgrade the Forces rotary training programme have been delivered to RAF Shawbury. A pair of H135 Juno and a single H145 Jupiter were flown to the RAF’s

helicopter training centre in the Midlands following modification work by manufacturers Airbus. The aircraft will replace the ageing fleet of Bell and Griffin choppers as part of a £1.1 billion deal with Ascent Flying Training, a joint venture between Babcock and Lockheed Martin, to modernise

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military training. The twin-engined rotorcraft will be used to train RAF, Army and Navy crews under the rotary element of the new Military Flying Training System due to be launched in 2018. Live flying will be backed up with the installation of full-flight simulators at the RAF station.

AIRCRAFT UPGRADE: RAF Shawbury has taken delivery of new helicopters to replace its ageing fleet in a £1.1 billion deal

A FORMER Gunner who was made homeless after developing post traumatic stress disorder is releasing a song he wrote to raise money for a Forces charity. Afghanistan veteran Alex Askew, 34, and his wife Lisa (pictured above), who spent some time living in a car, were helped by charity SSAFA to buy furniture after they were eventually housed by their local council. The couple now have an 18-month-old daughter and musician Alex, has released a single Just Another Week to support the charity that helped him and his family. He said: “The feelings I was going through whilst writing the song are not only relevant to me, but any other ex Service person that may reach out to SSAFA for help. I’m hoping this will appeal to everybody no matter what their age. “Nobody likes asking for charity, but we were overwhelmed by our SSAFA caseworker Marion’s support. She really turned our lives around. We thought we can’t just take this money; we’ve got to give something back.”

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Feature Air and Maritime Integration

RAF helps NATO flex its muscles MAIN PICTURE: Soldiers from 2 Para Battlegroup jump from a RAF Wattisham C-130J Hercules during Exercise Joint Warrior (also below) MAIN PHOTO: SGT SHANE DAVIES, BELOW: PA

Atlas A400M in Joint Warrior debut as Defence chiefs test P-8 Poseidon By Simon Mander Air Command

R ABOVE: RAF Chinook crews pick up underslung loads at Woodbridge Airfield and refuel alongside Apache Helicopters before commencing low-level training and night flying LEFT: Members of 2 Para disembark from a Chinook

AF stations across the UK joined NATO allies for one of the largest multinational exercises in Europe. A total of around 34 aircraft including Typhoon fast jets, C-17, Hercules and Atlas A400M transporters and 18 helicopters from the UK, France, Germany and the US have flown more than 650 sorties in a range of air power roles; from tactical combat missions to surveillance and transportation. The exercise was first launched 70 years ago under the guise of Neptune Warrior, designed to fuse allied air and maritime power to counter the growing threat from the Soviet Union. The name may have changed but the military imperative to face down Russia’s increasingly assertive stance across its former Soviet-era territories in the Baltic once again places the exercise at the heart of NATO defences.


shape of things to come: RAF Lossiemouth will be home to nine P-8 Poseidons PHOTO: SAC CHARLOTTE HOPKINS

TYPHOON: Brought awesome air power to Exercise Joint Warrior

g Cdr Mike Saunders is the senior Air Member of the Joint Tactical Exercise Planning Staff co-ordinating Joint Warrior. He said: “Joint Warrior is enabling us to be more effective as a Joint Force while enabling us to better integrate with our international partners. “The genesis of Joint Warrior was originally in retaining and developing the critical skills and capabilities associated with Air and Maritime capability integration. “This requirement remains as critical today as it did then, borne out by a proliferation of subsurface, surface, land-based and air-delivered threats that demand a fully joint and integrated response to proactively meet and defeat these threats wherever they may present themselves.” RAF Atlas A400M crews have been working alongside 16 Air Assault Brigade launching air mobility operations and parachute drops on Salisbury Plain and training sites in Norfolk. Wg Cdr Ed Horne said: “Joint warrior is an exciting opportunity for us on the A400M Atlas. It is a chance for us to learn valuable lessons from our international

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partners, but also to demonstrate to any potential adversaries that we can operate together in times of crisis. “It is the first time the aircraft has been involved in the exercise – specifically with 16 Brigade, operating from Brize Norton to Keevil Airfield and Salisbury plain but also Woodbridge in East Anglia. “We were involved moving personnel and equipment, vehicles in particular, transporting them to the locations within the exercise scenario. “16 Brigade will be our main customer in the future so it has been a really good opportunity to support them in the exercise. We hope to be working with them ever closer as the aircraft capabilities develop.”


AF Chinooks and Puma II helicopters helped transport more than 2000 troops and their equipment during simulated airborne rapid reaction drills commanded by 16 Air Assault Brigade. At the other end of the UK, RAF Lossiemouth Typhoons took part in a range of simulated defensive and offensive actions under the specialist direction of the Air Warfare Centre (AWC) 92 Squadron, RAF Waddington. Joint Warrior has also set the stage for UK defence chiefs to test the latest addition to the RAF inventory – the P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, due to enter service with the Royal

air Force in 2019, to protect the UK’s submarine-based nuclear deterrent. US Navy P-8s landed at RAF Lossiemouth – the future home of the UK’s fleet of nine aircraft – to take part in a number of simulated surveillance operations with a multi-national naval fleet off the UK coast. General Sir Gordon Messenger, Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff, visited RAF Lossiemouth to assess the capability of Britain’s new maritime patrol asset. He said: “This aircraft will be pivotal in terms of RAF capability and the whole of the UK Armed Forces.

Joint Warrior will play a pivotal role in the introduction of world-class capabilities such as the Lightning and the P-8 Poseidon

“RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland is the ideal base from which to operate the P-8 Poseidon due to its close proximity to one of the aircraft’s most likely areas of operations. “It is also well placed for other maritime patrol activities and potential search and rescue operations.

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t the Cape Wrath Weapons range RAF and Royal Navy fast jets carried out close air support drills controlled by UK, Dutch and US Forward Air Controllers. Squadrons from RAF bases Leeming, Waddington, Coningsby, Mildenhall, and Brize Norton also scrambled to hone their skills in drills across Scotland and North East and South West England. Taking place against a backdrop of a build up of NATO forces in Estonia, Poland and Lithuania, Joint Warrior is showcasing NATO’s military muscle. Over the next five years the biannual test of that fire power will grow to include the next generation of the UK’s maritime and air power with the introduction of the F-35 Lightning and Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier. Wg Cdr Saunders added: “It is through exercises like this that we can grow the experience of our training audiences and ensure that our Joint Force is ready to meet the challenge from our enemies; but more than that, we can then take our emerging capabilities to the enemy and challenge them. “Joint Warrior will play a pivotal role in the introduction of world-class capabilities such as the Lightning and the P-8 Poseidon.”



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English beauty Gemma Arterton (Made In Dagenham, Tamara Drewe) plays plucky young Welsh copywriter Catrin Cole in this World War II-set tragi-comedy from An Education director Lone Sherfig. Catrin has been brought into the Ministry of Information’s Film Division to write the ‘slop’ – the female dialogue as it’s patronisingly known by her male colleagues – for the Ministry’s

propaganda shorts, shown between feature films to give the war-weary population a morale boost. There’s more to Mrs Cole than first meets the eye – she gets off on the wrong foot with pompous fading star Ambrose Hillier (played to perfection by Bill Nighy, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), and develops a growing attraction to her forthright fellow screenwriter Tom Buckley (The Hunger Games’ Sam Claflin), though she faithfully returns home through Blitz-hit London streets after work to the dinghy digs she shares with her artist husband Ellis (Jack Huston). Catrin and Buckley are enthused by the patriotic story of twin sisters who set out in their drunken father’s old fishing boat to rescue British troops in Dunkirk. Intrigued, Catrin goes to visit the strange siblings, but finds out that things aren’t quite as they were told. This doesn’t stop the proposed film from going ahead, however, and the screenwriting partners grow closer as they work on the production on location. The strong supporting cast features Richard E Grant as the


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Islands’ stories of airborne battles THIS MONTH Malta celebrates the 75th anniversary of its award of the George Cross. To mark the landmark anniversary, earlier in April the premier of a play about the island’s wartime heroine Christina Ratcliffe was staged. Star of Strait Street by Philip Glasborow told the story of the former dancer who volunteered for highly classifield work as an aircraft plotter. She went on to became assistant controller and was later awarded the British Empire Medal. Christina was the lover of World War II ace Wg Cdr Adrian Warburton, one of the war’s most highly decorated pilots and the subject of a book, Malta’s Greater Siege by Gp Capt Paul McDonald. Mr Glasborow consulted Gp Capt McDonald during his research for the musical, which

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OMEDIAN, ACTOR and author David Walliams has two stage adaptations of his bestselling children’s books on tour this year. The First Hippo On The Moon is at Oxford’s New Theatre on April 21 and 22 and goes to venues up and down the country until July. The world premiere of Awful Auntie starts this autumn, opening at The Capitol Theatre in Horsham in September. Walliams said: “I love seeing adaptations of my books, and really enjoy the changes. I come from writing for television, which is very collaborative, and have always liked working with other people. Ultimately, you feel like a magician when something that was in your head becomes real.” His showbiz career began when he was 24, writing The Ant and Dec Show. Since 2012 Walliams has been a judge for Britain's Got Talent, hosted by the Geordie duo. The role saw him win Best Judge at the National Television Awards.



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alliams has collaborated with the award-winning theatre company Les Petits for the fantastical adventure The First Hippo On The Moon, which features puppetry, music, mayhem and a giant space race to the moon. He said: “I have loved their work for many years, so jumped at the chance to work with them. I love great children’s theatre shows, especially now I am a father, so am very excited to see this one. “The book is full of humour and I know that they are the perfect choice of theatre company to bring that out as their shows are so irreverent and funny.” The space race adventure for children aged three and upwards

tells the story of two big hippos with an enormous dream – to make it to the moon. Walliams hopes audiences will take a very important message from the show, he said: “That whoever you are, you should dream big. Plus if you work together as a team, then you can achieve so much more.”

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LTHOUGH DR WHO fans are excited the iconic show has returned to Saturday night TV screens, many are disappointed that this is Peter Capaldi’s final series as the Dr. Having starred in two previous seasons of the BBC’s global hit scifi drama, Capaldi bows out in the Christmas special when Dr Who’s regeneration takes place. Before then, he’s teaming up with a new companion, Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie), reuniting with Nardole (Matt Lucas) and facing adversaries including the Mondasian Cybermen and, of course, the Daleks in the new 12part series. Capaldi said: “Pearl brought a whole new vigour and excitement to the role of The Doctor’s companion. “She’s a character that doesn’t know anything about the Doctor’s life, the TARDIS or Daleks or anything like that so she has to be introduced completely to what goes on in his existence and that’s been a good way of rebooting the show. It allows people who aren’t experienced in Dr Who to experience it for the first time. “Bill comes in very much as a regular human being from the real world. She’s a very clever, bright, funny girl. I think The Doctor is very taken with her as she’s one of those people who life hasn’t been great to and she didn’t deserve life not to be kind to her. She has enormous potential and I think The Doctor wants to help her reach that potential."


wful Auntie is a tale of frights, fights and friendship, featuring a very old car, a very large owl and a very small ghost, produced by Birmingham Stage Company, the people behind the live stage shows of Horrible Histories. Walliams said: “Their Horrible Histories show was superb. I loved the humour and the interaction with the audience. Productions for children need to be fun and fast-paced. Children like audience interaction too. They like to be involved.” ■ Go to: for tour details.

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ENTLEY PRIORY Museum in Stanmore, North London, is based within the stunning Mansion House which was formerly RAF Headquarters Fighter Command. The commemorative Museum explores the history of the place from where the Battle of Britain was won. It features an award-winning audio visual film which highlights the importance of Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding, Commander-in-Chief of Fighter Command’s leadership during the Battle of Britain, and the pivotal role that RAF Bentley Priory played. In the museum’s Rotunda, a collection of memorabilia explores the moving stories of ‘The Few’, the courageous Battle of Britain aircrew who fought the Luftwaffe for freedom in the skies. A recreated Filter Room explains the ‘Dowding System’ and contains bronze resin models based

with The Doctor. He said: “He’s more textured, more three-dimensional. He works for The Doctor, but he’s never afraid to take him on either. He’s not shy in saying when he disagrees with something. “As the series goes on, I think Bill and Nardole find they have more in common and challenge The Doctor more. Nardole grows to appreciate Bill and what she brings to the TARDIS.”

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apaldi is pleased that Lucas has returned for Series 10. He said: “Matt plays quite a crucial part in the show this season. He’s very funny – a great presence to have on set and very talented and has a strange alien quality about him with his pale skin and clear eyes.” Lucas thinks Nardole has changed now he’s a regular traveller

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March and September. For more details visit: bentleypriorymuseum. For the chance to win a family ticket to the museum, plus a hot drink and cake in the cafe (maximum four people), simply answer this question correctly: Who was Commander-in-Chief of Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain? Email your answer, marked Bentley Priory Museum competition, to: competitions@ or post it to: RAF News, Room 68, Lancaster Building, HQ Air Command, High Wycombe, HP14 4UE, to arrive by May 5.

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Lucas revealed: “My silliest moment was in the TARDIS, in a scene with Peter and Pearl. I was in my own world and hadn’t realised that the camera was turning. Peter and Pearl are acting away and I’m just reclining on the dashboard, playing about with buttons and then I start just chatting with Pearl about what I was up to at the weekend. Meanwhile everyone else is cracking up.”

DOCTOR'S ENEMIES: The Mondasian Cybermen, above, and infamous Daleks, below


earl admitted she didn’t realise quite how big a show Dr Who is globally. She said: “I didn’t know it was one of the widely watched shows on Christmas day in America. It’s massive. “I get messages on Twitter from fans in

on WAAF personnel who worked at RAF Bentley Priory, and whose histories were so integral to its accurate recreation. The museum offers a wide range of family-friendly trails, activities and interactive exhibits, with the opportunity to sit in a life-size replica Spitfire cockpit a particular highlight. Visitors can listen to guest speakers talk on a variety of topics related to the Battle of Britain and World War II as part of the museum’s regular Friday morning talks programme. It has also recently developed a range of accessible resources for visitors, including au d i o - d e s c r i b e d guides for adults and families, Braille and large


CAPALDI: Last series as The Doctor


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Matt has an alien quality about him with his pale skin and clear eyes


e is now the biggest-selling children's author to have started writing since 2000. Eight of his bestselling novels have been translated into more than 40 languages and have sold more than eight million copies in the UK alone. He said: “There are so many great writers for children right now. My personal favourites are JK Rowling, Julia Donaldson, Dame Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Morpurgo. “My absolute hero is Roald Dahl. He is the greatest children's writer of all time, he wrote so many brilliant books. I tend to be influenced by everything good I read, though it is pointless trying to copy anybody.”


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languages I don’t even understand, which is great, but I wish I knew what they were saying. “Going to ComicCon in New York was amazing – there were people dressed up as me already. It’s super cool – the show’s fans are so dedicated to it. “Bill is fun. She’s excited, a bit geeky – she quite likes sci-fi stuff, so when she does go on adventures with The Doctor and discovers aliens are real and that kind of stuff, it blows her mind.” ■ Dr Who continues on BBC One at 7.20pm on Saturdays.

Teen wants blood


HANNEL FOUR’S new drama Born To Kill is a chilling coming of age story exploring the mind of Sam, a teenager on the verge of acting out suppressed psychopathic desires. It stars Romola Garai (The Hour, Suffragette) and Daniel Mays (Made in Dagenham, Line of Duty) as the single parents of two outof-control teens. Newcomer Jack Rowan plays Sam, who lives with his protective mum Jenny (Garai), a geriatric nurse, and thinks his dad died in a car crash. While working at the local hospital, Jenny meets the charming Bill (Mays). New to town with his moody teenage daughter Chrissy, (Lara Peake), Bill's trying to reconnect with his elderly mother, Margaret. Just as Jenny and Bill start to hit it off, their kids meet at school and

HARASSED MUM: Jenny (Romola Garai) is distraught about Sam

also form an instant attraction. Sam feels like he’s finally met someone he can relate to, but does she really share his desire to kill? At the same time, Jenny learns that her ex, Sam’s dad, a violent man named Peter (Richard Coyle, The Fall), is nearing his parole date. She must now face telling her son that not only is his father alive, but he's also a convicted murderer. As this menacing drama unfolds, Jenny, Sam and Peter’s long-buried past comes back to haunt the fractured family. Will Jenny discover, despite her best efforts, that

SINGLE DAD: Life is about to get traumatic for Bill (Daniel Mays)

Sam and his dad are more alike than she could have ever imagined? Rowan said: “From the outside, he's a normal kid – he goes to school, he’s part of the diving team, he’s a good swimmer, the girls like him. But there’s a lot going on in his mind, and it’s essentially about to break. “As the story goes on, he becomes increasingly cold and manipulative, while still being quite charming.” Did playing such a dark role take an emotional toll on the young actor? He said: “I’d be lying if I said it didn't, but it never affected me in a huge way. I love SAM: Teen with dark desires

acting, and the complex characters are the ones I love playing. But this character does horrible things. He lies all the time. He manipulates. He’s all fakeness, all day. And some of the things he does are quite intense and quite extreme. “It was only moments when I felt down. The minute I saw friends or family, boom, it was gone, and I was back to normal.” Before discovering acting, Rowan, 20, wanted to be a world champion boxer. He said: “In the summer of 2014 I won a boxing fight on the day I got my first acting job. Another job came along straight afterwards, and I went back to boxing thinking, ‘Man, I think I’ve found a new love.’ So now I want to do this for the rest of my life.” ■ Born To Kill starts on Channel 4 on April 20 at 9pm.

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Deaths BAIGENT Peter passed away peacefully at South Collingham Hall Care Home, Newark, Notts, on February 22 (his birthday) aged 84. Retired Flt Lt of 23 and 36 Sqns. Devoted husband of the late Frankie, wonderful Pa to Daniella, Andrea and Lindsay, grandpa to Daniel, Robyn, Laura, James and Francesca, fond brother of Robin and uncle to Chris. A great friend to many throughout his life, he will be sadly missed. Peter retired after 18 years service as a navigator in the RAF (19521971.) He carried out his flying training in Canada and first joined 23 Sqn at Horsham St Faith and Coltishall. He ejected twice from Javelins over Norfolk in 1958 and 1959 – with the same pilot and lifelong friend Hugh Stark. (Eternal thanks to the late Sir James Martin, of Martin-Baker.) 1960–1963 Peter served at Changi at the FEAF Jungle survival and parachute training school and in Brunei before returning to the UK for brief spells at Hawkinge and Thorney Island. Peter

flew Hastings with 36 Sqn at Colerne until 1966, along with Varsities at the Bomber/ Strike Command Bombing School, Lindholme, until he retired in 1972. He went on to teach Maths and sailing at nearby Thorne Grammar School before becoming a Manager at Hatfield Marina. The funeral service took place on March 3 at Charles Street Methodist Church, Newark. Thanks to all who attended, particularly his many RAF friends and colleagues from 23 Sqn Association and the Canopy Club. Donations to either the RAF Benevolent Fund, SSAFA or the RNLI. Enquiries call: 0118 9732 322 or email: harrowsinchina@

BARKER William. It is with regret that I have to report the passing of Mr William Michael Stanley Barker on January 28, aged 78. Served 31 years, CO 589757 Chf Tech, Armourer, ATC in Dereham, Norfolk. Three years trained as armourer The Halton Apprentices, the Bomb Disposal Association and Aden Veterans Assoc, The RAF Armourers, 19th RAF Fighter Sqn, first chairman West Yorks Aden Veteran Assoc, organizer The Royal Air Force in Aden group. Brought up in Dereham, member of Halton Apprentice vets. Married Evelyn, from Lucas, sadly deceased. One son and two grandsons. Nora Snowden.


BYRON William Wallace (Bill) Flight Sergeant, passed away on March 5. Will be sadly missed by his children and stepchildren Jane, Julie, John, Fiona, Val and Geoff. Bill joined the RAF in 1948 as direct entrant and left in 1984 as FS, spending many a happy year in RAF Eastleigh Kenya, Kai-Tak, Hong Kong, Sealand, Deeside and many others. The best years of his life were spent in the Service. Hopefully doing the angels'

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In Memoriam FS WILLIAM BYRON WHITE Kenneth R, Queens WO (Retd), Air Traffic Control. It is with much sadness and regret that we announce the death of Ken on April 5, aged 82, at the Albermarle Court Care Home, Nottingham, with his youngest daughter Sharon and youngest son Peter by his side. He enlisted in the RAF in July 1954 and did his initial training in Norfolk followed by a move to RAF Syerston where he met Rita Jennison; they were married in January 1959 and posted to Germany, where eldest daughter Yvonne was born. Further postings to Cottesmore – where both his sons Geoffrey and Peter were born – (1963-66), RAF Luqa, Malta (1966-69), Shawbury – 1970-73 – (where youngest daughter Sharon was born), SHAPE Belgium (1973-74), RAF Ternhill (1974), RAF Scampton (1974-75) and Northolt (1975-80) ensued, with his final posting West Drayton. Before retiring he spent time at both RAF Cottesmore and Northolt in Air Traffic Control.

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Ken moved to Nottingham and left the RAF in July 1982, where he settled down to civilian life with his late wife Rita, Geoffrey, Peter and Sharon. He worked at Freeth Cartwright for a number of years, retiring in 2002. He became a uniformed ATC Instructor and on retirement became a Civilian Instructor with the ATC Sqn 1803 in Hucknall and went to many camps with the Cadets. In his younger days in played hurling (at school). He played hockey (for RAF Shawbury) and also squash.

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Shores Ernest (Jim), passed away peacefully aged 93 at Windsor Court Rest Home, near Hamilton New Zealand, August 2016. Born in Hull, 1924, FS at 19 and trained as Wireless Operator. Based out of Tarrant Rushton 644 Sqn. Serial no 2203986. Served from 1943-47. He started in Wellington Bombers then moved onto the four-engine Halifax which he loved, more than Lancasters. After the war Dad hopped onto the ship Atlantis and headed south to NZ, arriving around 1951. He never spoke of the war to us growing up and not until his last few months did I began to learn of the somewhat harsh reality that he and many other RAF personnel went through during those years. Truly amazing our father got away with just some shrapnel wounds. To us Dad was always the absolute gentleman, impeccable and refined. Tony Shores.


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He was fluent in Irish Gaelic and French. He is survived by his four children, eight grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. Funeral to be held at 12.30pm on May 2 at Gedling Crematorium, Catfoot Lane, Lambley, Nottingham, NG4 4QH. Family flowers only, with donations to Dementia UK.

Wishart Alex Cpl Passed away April 2007. Missed every Maureen, boys, wives grandchildren.

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Seeking Seeking any former members of the Gibson Club at Avon, near Fontainebleau in 1966-67 or information on what may have happened to them, in particular Jim Sabourin (Master Navigator), Sidney Smith (WO), Fred Butlin (WO), Bill Williams (Sgt), Maurice Sangan (Sgt, Caterer), Cpl Roberts, WRAF etc. Also anyone who was stationed at HQ British Forces Gulf (Bahrain) in 1967-68 at the time of the Dining In Night

in the JHQ Sergeants’ Mess to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the RAF on April 1, 1917. Without having Mess Dress, the dinner was held in civilian clothing. Remember that? Also, those RAF officers and airmen who were stationed at the NATO Programming Centre, Glons, Belgium from September 1976 to May 1980, including Sqn Ldr Penman, Flt Lt B Cornwell, Wg Cdr J Low, Wg Cdr JG Kerrigan, Chf Tech Bas Hayman, Sgt Hamill and other Suppliers. All details, if possible, to Mr R de St Croix, call: 01775 820877. Seeking information about the RAF Gang Shows 194446, for a research project. In particular I would like to contact any relatives of Sgt Dudley Jones. Please email: philippabrownsword@gmail. com. Any ex-members of No 683 Sqn out there? Please contact John Clubb on: 01480 433099 or email: johnaclubb@

Reunions NO 4 Sqn 309 Entry RAF Hereford 50th anniversary reunion, Green Dragon Hotel Hereford, May 5, 6, 7. Any 308/310 Entry also welcome but please book early as it will be a large turnout for this event. Email: or: dave.thompson@thomco. ) or call: 07982 190504 (Special rates available at the hotel for accommodation and food). Hope you can make it, Robert Willis. RAF Catering Warrant Officers and Senior Association Ladies (London) Guest Weekend, May 5-7. Members' information and application forms from WO Dave Scott – email; David. Call: 01780 417592 or email Jim Peters: jf.peters@btinternet. com; or call: 01529 414018. RAF Changi Association (inc. HQFEAF). 21st Annual Reunion and AGM on May 5-8 at the Tillington Hall Hotel, Stafford. ST16 1JJ. Open to all ranks ex RAF/WRAF/ WAAF and civilians who served there during 1946-72. Contact our Membership Secretary: Malcolm Flack on: 01494 728562 or email: or visit: for more details. XV Sqn Association 102nd Anniversary Reunion will

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You can email photos for announcements on this page. Send small jpg files (less than 1MB) to be held at RAF Wittering on May 12. Contact: secretary@ or XV Sqn Association, XV(R) Sqn, RAF Lossiemouth, Elgin, Moray, IV31 6SD for details. BOY Entrants reunion – 39th Entry B Flight 4 Sqn reunion May 19, 20, 21. National Memorial Arboretum and RAF Cosford. Please email Derek Bury: d.v.bury39@ RAF Regiment Association Somerset/Dorset Branch Spring reunion May 19-22. Warners Littlecote House, Berks. Join The Social Club. Contact Alec Hunt (Coordinator): 01793 704629 for membership form and booking form. LAARBRUCH Supply & Movements Squadron reunion May 26-28 at Weeze and Laarbruch for past serving members (Service or civilian) with partners very welcome. For details please e-mail: kevin.white@intel. com. 237 OCU Groundcrew – the fifth Annual Reunion will

take place at the Compleat Angler, 120 Prince of Wales Road, Norwich, NR1 1NS on July 1, starting at 1200. Same format as previous years. All ex-OCU members welcome. Please see: events/350102122006579/ or email: or call Si Roberts on: 07546 400085 for more details. 45TH Entry 'C' Flt 3 Sqn Suppliers. Don't forget 55th re-union do at Three Counties Hotel, Hereford, July 14-15. Contact Dave Bell, Hull: 01482 377625. 85 Sqn (RAF) Reunion Association 100th Anniversary Celebration, August 1 at Trenchard Lines Upavon. All ex 85, 25 and Bloodhound Force members are cordially welcome. Contact Ian Moreland on: 01263512608, 07769666141 or email: ian.moreland@ 5 Sqn Binbrook Lightnings – an all rank informal gathering will be held at 11am on September 9 at the LPG QRA Shed, Bruntingthorpe, LE17 5QS. An evening do is also being held at the

Piano Rooms, Lutterworth, LE17 4LN from 7pm. Meal, raffle, after dinner speaker and comic booked. Tickets £28. More information via FS Andy Burden, call: 07539 260019 or Mark Crowson: 07856 234888 or group Facebook site: 5 Squadron RAF Binbrook.

Ann Newby née Coleby-Roe at: or call: 07714 144522. NO 214 (FMS) Sqn Association will celebrate formation centenary of 14 Sqn RNAS/214 Sqn over weekend of October 7-8 to include Reunion dinner in Derby and memorial wreathlaying at Alrewas Arboretum. Former Sqn members/ families/friends welcome. Details at: uk or contact John Gulliver: 01983 873248 or no214fms@

57TH/)OM9S. Would any of you that are left like to get together for a final hurrah? I am quite prepared to do the organising. Just email me:; phone me: 01522 778909 or even visit me: 30 High Street, North Scarle, Lincoln LN6 CALLING MTD/MTSS 9EP. I would suggest a date personnel who have served near September 21. at RAF High Wycombe MT. The next reunion 99TH Entry RAF Halton will be at the RAFA Club, Aircraft Apprentices 56th High Wycombe at 7pm on Anniversary of Attestation at October 14. Contact Steve The Bentley Hotel, Lincoln, Steer via email: stevesteer@ September 22-24. Email: jim. or call: 07891 or 673135. call Jim on: 01529 461662. THE RAF and Defence Fire PN course 86 trained at RAF Services Association reunion Halton 1975-1977 – 40-year will be held at The Aztec reunion October. Know Hotel Bristol on the weekend anyone who trained there from October 13. For details during that time or friends contact chairman Neil Slade who might know anyone on: 01252 492111; email: from the course? Please email

George looks sharp AIR SEA Rescue veteran 'Jim' George Sharp has celebrated his 100th birthday. George, from Kent, marked his centenary with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, (right). He joined the RAF in 1939, immediately after World War II started, married Joan Vallance in 1942 and transferred to Air Sea Rescue in 1943. Later that year he was posted to 63 ASRU at Oban in Scotland with a detachment to Tiree, the westernmost island in the Inner Hebrides, providing cover to operations in the North Atlantic. Cpl Sharp’s next posting was to Calshot, Hampshire in May 1944 to take part in the formation of 32 ASRU in the build up to D-Day. On June 2 his crew took ACM Sir Trafford LeighMallory on a tour of the invasion fleet around Cowes, Calshot, Southampton and Portsmouth. The skipper injured himself returning from the pre D-Day briefing,

so they did not sail for France until the early hours of June 7. They then operated off the Normandy coast, until able to go ashore towards the end of June. George remembered walking towards the frontline to ‘take a look.’ His unit worked its way up the coast with the advancing troops to Ostend from where he was demobbed. Returning to civilian life George resumed his prewar job as a water treatment engineer. He travelled the world in this post, living for several years in Bangkok. He was an enthusiastic dinghy sailor, owning several boats. In later years he enjoyed singing, and still plays his keyboard.


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R'n'R Prize Crossword No. 201

Solve the crossword, then re-arrange the 11 letters in yellow squares to find an RAF aircraft.

6. Officer in Monaco, lonely inside (7) 7. Heavy beer (5) 9. Plane that’s one short of 4 Down (5) 10. Entertainment where backing is supplied (7) 12. RAF personnel tossed alarm around (11) 14. A lofty RAF station, presumably (4,7) 18. See 3 Down 19. See 20 Down 21. Conspiracy I enter with member of the RAF (5) 22. Illuminating beetle? (7)

Solutions should be sent in a sealed envelope marked 'Su Doku' with the number in the top left-hand corner to RAF News, to arrive by May 5.

Down 1. Artery alternative all leading volunteers embrace (5) 2. Moan about company in this principality (6) 3. And 18 Across. Novel setting for Ohakea Air Base (3,7) 4. Book of maps weighing a ton finally (2,4) 5. Rubbish queen’s German plane (7) 8. Road Robert Burns’ hero crossed with fighter (7) 11. Moving like Merckx in a circular fashion (7) 13. Grain that is threshed in this country (7) 15. Honour Shakespearean prince, once inferior (6) 16. Person responsible for 7 Across (6) 17. Old Bob would murder this talent (5) 20. And 19 Across. MEP flies a kite with this spaceman (3,5)

The winner of Crossword No. 199 is Pipe Major F Maghee from RAF Waddington who wins a copy of Bader's Last Flight, An InDepth Investigation of a Great WWII Mystery by Andy Saunders ( Solution to crossword No. 199

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Sci-fi classic on screen KURT VONNEGUT Jr’s classic scifi novel comes to life in the haunting film Slaughterhouse Five from acclaimed director George Roy Hill (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting), just out on DVD. S t a r r i n g Michael Sacks as Billy Pilgrim, this thought provoking drama co-stars Ron Leibman (Rachel’s father in Friends) and Valerie Perrine (Superman, Superman II). During World War II Vonnegut Jr survived the Allied firebombing of Dresden He was also a prisoner of war and was captured at the Battle of Bulge on December 22, 1944. He used these experiences in the book. Billy Pilgrim is an ordinary World War II soldier with one major exception – he has mysteriously become 'unstuck in time'. With

Su Doku No. 209 winner is MD Brabon from Swindon from who wins a copy of Bloody April 1917 by Norman Franks, Russell Guest and Frank Bayley (

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Across – 1. Scab 8. Elaborated 9. Ned Kelly 10. Real 12. Barnes 14. Sloppy 15. Sortie 17. Mad Men 18. Trio 19. Mosquito 21. Fire Engine 22. Duet. Down – 2. Cinemagoer 3. Beak 4. Wallis 5. Polyps 6. Fairford 7. Idol 11. Apprentice 13. Nitrogen 16. Ermine 17. Mosaic 18. Tiff 20. Used.

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his life happening in a seemingly random order, Billy goes on an uncomfortable trip back and forth from his birth in New York to life on a distant planet and back again to the horrors of the 1945 fire-bombing of Dresden. We have three copies of the film on DVD to win. To be in with a chance of winning one, just answer the following question correctly: Who starred as Billy Pilgrim in Slaughterhouse Five? Email your answer, marked Slaughterhouse Five DVDs competition, to: or post it to: RAF News, Room 68, Lancaster Building, HQ Air Command, High Wycombe, HP14 4UE, to arrive by May 5. Please note entrants must be over 15.

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Film review Gleason Out now

Sports star’s inspiring story WHEN NFL linebacker Steve Gleason was diagnosed with ALS, the motor-neurone disease that has a life expectancy of two to five years, his wife Michel had just fallen pregnant. As a result Steve began keeping video diaries with the intention of sharing them with his son should he not be around at the time of his birth. This is how we are first introduced to Steve, talking to camera and delivering a message to his unborn child. This is a tragic premise for a documentary and one that seems unfairly saddening, but there is a lot more to it. Rather than provide a glossy overview in these

diaries he attempts to delve into the reality of life, including talks about anxiety, divorce and therapy. Clearly someone who thrives from being active and conquering his fears, Steve is determined to stay fighting while he is able, and even once he becomes near paralysed, he keeps fighting still. He sets up the charity Team Gleason whose tag-line is 'No White Flags', providing aid to those who share his diagnosis, and helping to pursue their dreams and adventures in spite of their condition. What might seem at first to be a documentary with the spirit of Americana, courage and positivity

winning the battle, is quickly dispelled by the reality captured on camera. We see how Steve gets caught up in his charity work and neglects Michel, how he is attempting to have an honest relationship with his own son because he feels distant from his own father, a 'wacky fundamental' Christian who quotes scripture and always has a Bible on hand. There is one hard-to-watch scene that takes place in a faithhealing church that ignites the fear in everyone. These conflicts are all set against the backdrop of Steve losing his ability to function physically and the looming threat of death. Often the footage cuts through time, noticeable through his physical transformation. It is needless to add that this documentary is deeply personal and emotional, and yet balanced in part by Steve and Michel's humour. Gleason is an inspirational documentary, but not in the way you would expect. Review by Sam Cooney R'n'R Rating:

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Air show preview


Scampton picks up an icon

ONE OF the last airworthy Catalina sea planes cheekily christened Miss Pick Up will be appearing at the first Scampton Air Show later this summer. The iconic 74-year-old fixed wing aircraft originally built for the Canadian Air Force has been restored by heritage aviation

group Plane Sailing who gave it the racy moniker as a lighthearted salute to its World War II pedigree. The Catalina was used by all the allied air forces as a u-boat hunter and reconnaissance aircraft. It later took on a Search and Rescue role before being


converted as a water bombing fire fighter. Scampton Air Show director Paul Sall said: “As the air show draws closer we are starting to see a fantastic variety of aircraft confirming their place in the flying display. “Each has their own exciting

history. This Catalina was built in what many people consider to be the golden age of aviation and 74 years on it still inspires younger generations with the wonders of aviation. “It will be a truly spectacular occasion to see it take flight right here at Scampton and one I am

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Crash victims tribute


elatives of four South African Air Force crew whose aircraft crashed on Mount Kenya during World War II have attended a special ceremony at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Nanyuki War Cemetery, 75 years after the crash. The CWGC hosted the service to remember Lt Charles Allen, Lt ‘Bokkie’ Lemmer, Air Sgt Lloyd Murray and Air Sgt Simon Eliastam, who were lost during a training flight on July 23, 1942.

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Blesma, the charity for limbless veterans, has announced the return of its grand prize draw – back for the third year running. The draw is part of the annual fundraising and awarenessraising Blesma Week, taking place in the first week of June. Entrants could win cash prizes of up to £1000, plus a bonus prize of an Olympus TG-870 camera. The closing date for entries is July 16, with the winners drawn and announced on July 26. To enter, call: 020 8548 3517 or email:

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Forces Friends, a project providing support to older military veterans, has been awarded the Working Together Award at the recent Soldiering On awards that give national recognition to exceptional individuals and organisations working within the Armed Forces Community. A partnership between Age UK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire and The Royal British Legion, Forces Friends supports older veterans experiencing isolation or loneliness, with trained volunteers, mainly from Forces or RBL backgrounds, offering home visits to provide companionship and social support. The RBL’s Linda Flecknell said: “In a short space of time Forces Friends has come to mean so much to the veterans of Nottinghamshire.”

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Tangmere military aviation museum hosts an exhibition on Polish and Czech fighters of World War II from July 22 to September 3. Entry to the exhibition is included in the normal museum entrance fee. The museum, near Chichester, holds its Family Day on August 6. For more information call: 01243 790 090 or visit:

The wreckage of their Blenheim Z7763 (below) lay undiscovered in dense bamboo forest until 2002, when it was found by the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK). It took several years to organise a joint return operation to the remote location in 2016, and the surviving relatives of all four airmen were tracked down only in the last year. After WWII the four men’s names were added to the 3000 British and Commonwealth

airmen listed as missing in action on the CWGC war memorial at El Alamein in Egypt. Four new headstones have now been installed at CWGC Nanyuki War Cemetery, not far from where the men took off in 1942. The new commemorations recognise that the casualties are no longer missing, but known to be located somewhere near the aircraft wreckage on Mt Kenya. Denise Murray, 71, the niece of Lloyd Murray, said: “I wish my father was still alive. He would have been so happy to have known what

NEW HEADSTONES: Men are remembered at CWGC Nanyuki War Cemetery in Kenya

happened to his brother. This all happened before I was born, but we grew up knowing Uncle Lloyd was always missing. Now, we will always have somewhere to visit to remember him.” Agnes Hunter, 65, niece of

‘Bokkie’ Lemmer, said: “I feel sadness and also relief. It’s good to finally know what happened.” The official finding of a board of inquiry concluded that the aircraft flew into high ground due to poor visibility during bad weather.

spokesperson. The service has been designed to help recognise the early signs associated with mental health difficulties and will provide access to a number of interventions, therapeutic treatments for complex problems and psychological trauma in a bid to prevent patients reaching crisis point. It will also help tackle some of the most common mental health issues such as alcoholism, anxiety

and depression and join up services across the board, working with local authorities and charities, so that the whole of a person’s needs – and their families – are looked after, the spokesperson added. This could include help and support with housing after discharge, as well as quick access to social care where necessary and an out-of-hours contact for emergencies.

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HS ENGLAND has launched a new £9 million mental health service specially tailored for Armed Forces veterans and Service personnel approaching discharge. Known as the NHS transition, intervention and liaison (TIL) veterans’ mental health service, it will act as a ‘front door’ to a range of mental health services for 17,500 people over the next three years.

Personnel nearing the end of their Service careers and veterans will be able to either self-refer or request referral via their GP or mental health provider or through a military charity such as Combat Stress, the Royal British Legion, Help for Heroes or SSAFA. An initial face-to-face assessment will be offered within a fortnight and, if needed, a clinical appointment two weeks later, said a


Hatta boy! Roland gets his medals, at long last A

former airman has finally received the medals he earned for fighting for his country in World War II – several decades after finishing his Service. RAF Leeming personnel WO Andy Beattie and Sgt Al Waring presented Roland Swindle, now 96, with his Defence Medal and WWII medal at a special ceremony that included a citation of his career, at Roland’s care home in nearby Barnard Castle. Former Servicewoman Maxine Moore, who works at the home, applied to the MoD Medal Office on Roland’s behalf after hearing about his wartime service. She then contacted RAF Leeming to request an official presentation. Roland completed his training as an RAF aircraft fitter at Preston in April 1941, and went on to serve at Peterborough, Hensford and Cambridge. He was tasked mainly with building Bristol Blenheim and Wellington aircraft frames as part of a 13-man team. Whilst serving, Roland and a Canadian airman colleague were lucky to escape with their lives after becoming trapped in fire in a Nissen hut where petrol was

stored. He escaped through one of the only two windows in the hut, and spent four months in hospital being treated for his injuries. After the medals presentation his cousin Vera said: “Roland was absolutely thrilled and enjoyed being the centre of attention. It’s nice to see him so happy and dressed up in his Sunday best chatting away with his fellow Brylcreem Boys.”

HAT’S THE WAY: A delighted Roland

PRIDE: Roland with WO Andy Beattie PHOTOS: SAC PHIL DYE

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Test pilot who fought off injury to keep flying A

IR COMMODORE Mike Williams, who died last month aged 87, served as the Deputy Commandant at the RAF College Cranwell having earlier flown as a fighter pilot and a test pilot. Born in Haverfordwest and educated at Marlborough College and Trinity College, Dublin, Williams joined the RAF in September 1954 and trained as a pilot. He flew Meteor day fighters with No. 245 Squadron before converting to the Hunter to operate with No. 63 Squadron at RAF Waterbeach near Cambridge. After training as a flying instructor at the Central Flying School in 1958, Williams spent three years at the RAF College training flight cadets on their jet conversion flying the Vampire. In February 1962 he joined No. 21 Course at the Empire Test Pilot’s School at Farnborough, one of four students with the surname Williams. On completion of the course in December he joined the staff at the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment at Boscombe Down. Williams tested numerous transport aircraft in his first

COURAGEOUS: Air Cdre Mike Williams

year as a test pilot. However, in December 1963 he was involved in a shooting accident, which resulted in the loss of his right eye. Despite initial opposition

from the RAF he returned to full flying at Boscombe Down testing large transport aircraft. He always considered himself fortunate to have been at Boscombe at the time

of the accident since an earlier commandant (Air Commodore ‘Cyclops’ Brown), had a long and distinguished flying career after losing an eye during air combat in World War II. In March 1966, Williams started a staff tour at the HQ Middle East Command in Aden and served throughout the complex period of the withdrawal of British Forces from Aden. He returned to the UK in August 1967 and assumed command of Oxford University Air Squadron, an appointment he held for two years. After attending the Joint services Staff College, he served on the operational staff in the MOD. On promotion to Group Captain in 1973 he became the station commander of RAF Little Rissington, the home of the Central Flying School and the Red Arrows who flew their Gnats from the nearby airfield at Kemble. It was an appointment that allowed him to fly a wide variety of aircraft. After three years on the staff of the Royal Navy Senior Officer’s War Course at Greenwich, Williams served on the UKCICC staff at Wilton. On promotion to Air Commodore he and his

family headed for Cyprus where he took up the post of Air Officer Commanding and Deputy Commander British Forces Cyprus in March 1979. This post created more opportunities to fly and he converted to helicopters. In May 1981 he returned to the RAF College Cranwell as the Deputy Commandant. During his three years in post he had particular responsibility for the development of air warfare training. In September 1981 he became the President of the RAF Modern Pentathlon Association. Williams retired from the RAF in August 1984 after 30 years service during which time he flew 58 types of aircraft ranging from modern fighters to heavy transport aircraft and helicopters. He completed 3316 hours of flying of which 1209 were after the loss of his eye. He was awarded a Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air. Late in his life he wrote a book about his flying life, ‘A Monocular Memoir’. Air Cdre Williams attracted widespread admiration for his determination and courage to return to full flying duties following his accident.

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Earning their stripes The following cadets have completed Non-Commissioned Aircrew Initial Training Course No. 270 and gained their Sergeant’s chevrons: Air Traffic Control N J Dooley S A E Lock D H Thompson


Weapons Systems Operator O J Burnham N E D Crofts S J Ford A B Goodchild R J Holding Weapons Systems Operator (Linguist) M D Cawood Prizewinners The Bowering Trophy: Sergeant D H THOMPSON. Awarded to the cadet who, during NonCommissioned Aircrew Initial Training, has demonstrated the


greatest determination, effort and intrinsic motivation in physical education. Their efforts were commensurate with the traditions, example and spirit of previous winners. The Butler Trophy: Sergeant R J HOLDING. Awarded to the cadet who has demonstrated the highest levels of team support and followership. Cadets’ cadet: Sergeant N E D CROFTS. Awarded to the cadet who, in the opinion of his or her peers, has made the greatest contribution to the course.

TEAM PLAYER: Sergeant RJ Holding receives The Butler Trophy from Gp Capt Cunningham


freedom parade

Iva top cadet PROUD: Cadet Flight Sergeant Iva Magpantay in her first official duty for RAF Waddington’s CO and, below right, the station’s Pipes and Drums band


Air Cadet Iva Magpantay joined Service personnel from RAF Waddington and RAF Scampton to march at the Freedom of Lincoln Parade. It was her first official duty since being named the RAF Waddington Commanding Officer’s Cadet earlier this year. More than 60 personnel marched through Lincoln High Street exercising their right to the Freedom of the City, an honour that dates back to Roman times. Accompanied by both the RAF Wa d d i n g t o n Voluntary Band and the Pipes and Drums of RAF Waddington, they formed two

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armed flights with bayonets fixed, carrying the Standards of 5(AC), 8, 14, 51, 54(R), 56(R) and 2503 Squadrons from RAF Waddington. Cadet Magpantay said: “It’s been a great first official duty. I was a bit nervous but I felt really proud to be here, especially when the crowd was clapping.” The Freedom of the City, granted to military organisations, gives them the right to enter the city ‘with drums beating, colours flying and bayonets fixed’. Waddington was originally granted the honour in April 1959 and Scampton in May 1993. The parade featured a flypast of a Sentinel R1 aircraft flown by 5 (AC) Sqn RAF Waddington, and the Freedom Scrolls originally presented to each station by the Mayor of Lincoln City were on display.

Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, poses for a selfie at the former RAF Bentley Priory with cadets on duty at a special event at the Bentley Priory Battle of Britain Museum, paying tribute to Fighter Control veterans.

The cadets, from 2236 (Stanmore) Squadron and 2473 (Highlands and Southgate) Squadron, were in attendance at a ceremony to unveil and dedicate the Dowding System apse in the World War II veterans’ honour. n See full story on p15.

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FULL TILT: Main, SAC Jordan Andrade blasts his way through the Halifax team during his side’s last minute 24-18 defeat at the Shay Stadium


World is waiting UKAFRL side suffer last gasp defeat in build up Dan Abrahams High Wycombe “THE GAME was exactly what we wanted and needed as we begin our preparations for the Defence Forces Rugby League World cup in Australia in July”, UK Armed Forces Rugby League head coach Flt Lt Damian Clayton said following his side’s last minute defeat to Halifax RLFC Reserves 24-18. A battling display at the Shay Stadium, Halifax provided an exciting warm-up clash to the Halifax versus Swinton RL Championship fixture with RAF star SAC Josh Scott getting on

the score sheet, while SAC Scott Stevenson saw an effort ruled out. The Armed Forces team were not overawed by their opponents or surroundings blitzing them with a sixth minute try as LS Ryan Matthews and Pte Mickey Hoyle created a chance which saw Hoyle go over, which Gnr Ben Rowan converted. An unconverted effort brought the hosts back to within two points on 10 minutes, taking the lead by four points after 20. Bouncing straight back Clayton’s charges saw a scrum 20 metres out forced into touch inches away from the hosts’ try line, with RAF man SAC Jordan Andrade going agonisingly close after back-toback penalties saw the visitors get

to the try line, with Andrade unable to hold on to the ball when well placed to score. As the half drew to a close a high kick was gathered and driven home by SAC Scott with Rowan’s boot levelling the scores 12-12. A bruising start to the secondhalf finally saw the hosts run over to lead 12-18, but an exhilarating closing 10 minutes saw the military side level the scores 18-18 through a Matthews Rowan combination. But they just could not hold on with the semi-professional outfit scoring with their last attack. Clayton added: “I am really happy, this game and a level of competitions is exactly what we wanted, a tough encounter against a

HANDY MAN: Above, SAC Scott pushes away a Halifax challenge, the RAF man ran in a try

tough side of this standard. The lads showed plenty of effort and we now focus our attentions on the Jack Harrison Memorial Trophy game at Hulls KCOM Stadium on April 28 as a curtain raiser to the Hull FC v

Warrington Wolves Super League fixture. For live Twitter match updates visit: @RAFNewssport. Follow the team’s World cup build up via their Facebook page: UKAFRL World Cup 2017.

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History girl Inter-Services referee is SAC

BIG GAME HUNTER: Main, the team works, SAC Thorold, second right, proves the team works with her on-pitch colleagues, right, keeping up with play, below, getting ready to start her big game

Dan Abrahams High Wycombe DURING THE business end of the season for Service football, the men in the middle had their time in the spotlight after the historic selection of the first female referee to oversee an Inter-Services match in the shape of SAC Louisa Thorold. The historic appointment was roundly celebrated by all involved in the referee association and created what must be another first, a crowd of supporters attending a game to cheer on a referee, as the Royal Navy women’s team played out a 0-0 draw against the Army at RNAS Yeovilton recently. Thorold, 23, from Wittering ATC, who has been involved with refereeing since she was 14, said: “It has been an incredible experience and massively different from my previous experiences in the middle, in so many aspects it was a different way of working, for example I have never worked with a team of assistants that I had never met before, I had only been in contact with them via email the week before, and I must add I really never expected to be selected.” Thorold has refereed in the Peterborough & District league and as an assistant referee in the United Counties league since she was 16, along with the Lincolnshire Services Association Football League since she joined the RAF last year. It was during her time in the military league that she began to come to the attention of her Station Commander and Chairman of the RAF Football Association Gp Capt

Richard Pratley and word began to spread of the new kid in town. Pratley said: “Both as the Chairman of RAF Football and as Thorold’s Station Commander, I was hugely proud of her performance in such a prestige fixture. Her control and reading of the game was superb and she rose to the occasion with the rest of her team magnificently. She has a bright future ahead.” RAF Director of Referees Wg Cdr Garry Winwright said: “For SAC Thorold to be selected for such a prestigious appointment is remarkable both because it is her first full season as an RAF official and, most notably, because she is the first female to referee any InterServices match from any of the three Services. “She was faultless in her decision. She deserves great credit for her commitment, dedication and talent and I look forward to more notable refereeing appointments for her in the coming years.”

Thorold added: “My team were brilliant to work with, it seemed to natural, and I think the players really appreciated me being out there, they reacted well to every decision I made, the game was played in a competitive but well mannered atmosphere. “It is definitely a career high for me, and to have so many people from within the Service showed me what it really means to everyone, which makes me very proud.” The game did not feature many contentious incidents, and even a late penalty decision that was confidently waved away by Thorold without further appeals. Thorold added: “I would love to try for assistant referee roles in a men’s Inter-Services match some time in the future, but that is a way off for now I am just going to keep improving my performances.” For match report on the RAF women’s Inter-Services title triumph see page 31.

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final fence. Not keen to finish the winning run quite yet the Plate titles went to Cpl Craig Whetton and Cunningham.

IT WAS a return to form of considerable levels as the Service’s table tennis stars reclaimed four Inter-Services titles at the recent event at Halton. Out of the nine trophies on offer the Service walked away with eight, reclaiming the individual men’s and women’s titles and the team trophies in both categories, meaning the Army held the crowns for one year following 32 years of RAF dominance. The opening day of action saw the Navy’s A and B teams knocked out, leaving the RAF and Army’s A teams to face their own B teams. The final slot saw RAF A team win 7-3 over the Army, while in the women’s event the Navy were beaten by both RAF and Army, with a mirror score line to the men’s game that saw the RAF win 7-3. A rampant RAF team then saw Fg Off Anth Barella win the men’s singles final 4-3, while in the ladies singles final Cpl Kris Sumner stormed into a 6-0 win in the final end over Army star Sgt Crieg after winning two ends each. An all RAF affair graced the men’s doubles final after Sgt Cullen and Cpl Faulkner beat the Army’s number one pairing in the semi-final to take on Barella and Sgt Steve Buck with Barella taking another title. The Army then halted the RAF landslide by taking the ladies doubles with Sumner and SAC(T) Hayley Cunningham falling at the

Lossie runner aims for ton CPL JON Ward is more than halfway towards completing a century of marathons to mark the 100th birthday of his beloved Service next year. The Lossiemouth mover who has run 53 marathons so far, is looking to make it 99 by the end of the year, reaching a ton on the RAF’s big day on April 1. Ward said: “I think it is important to commemorate the 100th anniversary because it is a massive landmark for the RAF. “I think we need to show how important the RAF is to the UK and its defenses. “RAF100 will be an historic event and I am proud that I’ll still be serving during this landmark occasion, and hopefully I’ll make a little history myself by achieving my ambition.” Ward achieved his first running ambition when he completed the London Marathon in 2007 at the age of 22, and he is now looking at using his century of marathon efforts to raising funds the RAF Benevolent Fund. Ward’s efforts can be followed on his Twitter page @Raf100marathons and donations can be made via his Just Giving page, visit:

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Lightning strike seals it Corporal’s wonder goal stuns Navy late on and rocks Cosford BUNDLE OF JOY: Main, Cpl Griffiths is shown the love as her teammates celebrate her wonder strike, below, captain Cpl Beaver fights for a header PHOTOS: SAC ALEXA THOMPSON

THE RESULT will go down in the history books, but the strike from the boot of Cpl Rachel Griffiths to win this year’s Inter-Service women’s football title will live long in the memory. The outrageous 18-yard strike levelled the scores in the tournament’s closing ‘winner takes all’ clash at RAF Cosford versus a Royal Navy team and was enough to take the title on goals scored, after the visitors had produced a goalless draw against the Army, while the light blues were pinned back to a 1-1 result by an agonising 93rd minute penalty by the Army. Griffiths and her teammates started brightly in the clash, producing some quick attacks, with Cpl Catherine Beaver and SAC Keri Haywood seeing efforts denied. Griffiths had got her eye in earlier in the clash smashing in a 35-yard free kick, which fizzed narrowly wide, after a foul on SAC Soniya Jones. The half was filled with near misses, either on goal or with passes, with RN producing chances late on. After a bright start from the hosts, the Navy took the lead after 35 minutes with a curled effort from inside the RAF penalty area. Digging deep the RAF were given a helping hand of sorts when Navy player Kaptein received her second yellow for a handball. Then came the moment of the season as Griffiths collected a slide rule pass from RAF captain Beaver which was dispatched by Griffiths into the top right-hand corner of the goal. Chances came and went at both ends, but the hosts held firm.

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HANDY WORK: Main, Maflin is all smiles as he pins my arms behind my back, below centre, that’s a choke hold in case you wondered, below, Sg Bonner is shown a few leg holds from David Onuma PHOTOS: SAC TIM LAURENCE

Martial law won RAF News man put through his BJJ paces Daniel Abrahams RGA Bucks WHAT I knew about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu you could write on the back of a stamp, but having spent the day with the Service’s martial arts stars during day-two of their monthly training camps I now know it’s one of the fastest growing sports in the RAF, oh and I am not very good at it. The buzz around the sport, which became recognised in the service in 2014, has been palpable since a recent bumper RAF Championship event saw new athletes produce impressive medal hauls, but all is quiet at the Roger Gracie Academy (RGA) in Buckinghamshire, as I watch the squad sit cross-legged on the mats waiting on every word spoken by instructor David Onuma. The RGA centre is owned and run by the RGA black belt and former European Champion Kevin Capel. He volunteered to be the RAF head coach and has been integral in helping the sport develop alongside association members. As Onuma talks through what he calls Base Training for this very close combat sport, I am struck by the technical side to a sport that when I try it out seems so fluid,

well it is for me as I am thrown about and pinned down with consummate ease. Terms are banded around such as ‘triangle, windscreen wiper, wrist lock and chokes’, and before trying out the sport I watch Onuma’s teachings being put to use. BJJ team captain Sgt Paddy Bonner explains the forward thinking history of the sport in the Service, which he began in 2014, and saw on base academies open in several bases, including the team he is a part of at RAF Waddington. He said: “Our love and understanding of what the sport it can provide is what drove us to introduce and push it out to the wider RAF. It was something we wanted to build for “the now” but also leave behind for Air Force members. We wanted to leave a legacy. The team is officially registered as an affiliate of the RGA team and is named Legado, which is Portuguese for legacy. “From our very beginning we wanted to create an association that could help athletes rise from complete novice to a black belt, and having grown to 60 members now, working under the umbrella of the RAF Martial Arts Association, which also features Karate and Tae Kwon Do, we are potentially not far away from having our first black belt in the shape of Fg Off Jonathan

Maflin, who is our lead athlete and along with several of us competes internationally.” Along with competing in Munich, Lisbon, Nice, Rome and Toronto over the past year, there are 12 national competitions as well as the RAF championships, Inter-Services and an Autumn invitational. Not to mention the team picked up three gold medals after entering a seven-man team to Australia for the Pan Pacific event last year. Success has followed success, but after talking with Bonner I feel every once in a while a low is endured and my taking to the mat for the first time is sure to be that low. I begin talking through the sport


My first flawed attempt sees my body weight used against me and I am pinned down

with Fg Off Maflin, who has been involved from his childhood and competitive for the last eight years. He explains moves and what the sport entails and I cannot shake the thought that the smiling assassin is about to make the next half an hour of my life very uncomfortable, and guess what? I am right. Kneeling Maflin shows me some holds, talking me through these as he pins me to the floor, calmly telling me what I should be avoiding and how I should be setting myself up to avoid being put on my front, or in a crucifix position. Of course, within seconds I am doing exactly what I am not supposed to do and I am shown a choke hold, wrist hold and made

to feel powerless, tapping on the Fg Off ’s arm to admit defeat. Maflin then suggests I try to put him in a hold, and my first flawed attempt sees my body weight used completely against me and I am turned onto my front and pinned down. Next up Maflin talks me through using my legs to keep competitors at bay, and when he speaks it all makes sense and seems so simple, but I am turned onto my back in the blink of an eye and tapping to submit once again, thankfully for the last time. To find out more about BJJ visit the association’s Facebook page at: Legado BJJ and for information on RGA Bucks visit:

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Girls sink IS Navy Halton witnesses blitz RAF WOMEN’S RU RN WOMEN’S RU

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Dan Abrahams RAF Halton AS THE final whistle blew it was difficult to decide the best part of the RAF ladies 72-0 opening Inter-Services win over the Navy, the record-breaking result or the display? For head coach Niall Thomson it was the way his side worked together and have bonded, leaving him feeling, ‘almost on top of the world.’ He said: “I am getting pretty close to that top pf the world feeling, for my last game at Halton it was an amazing send off, but for me after the last game we played against the police, we sat down and were brutally honest with each other. That side of things is the only way to improve and the girls are so tight together they only speak the truth. “We dominated from start to finish, we always looked dangerous and the girls knew that if they expressed themselves they would not get into trouble, and everyone was keen to try and get in on the action, even the guys who came on from the bench, it was a great day.” Former captain, Flt Lt Chrissy Siczowa, who was returning after a long injury lay-off and ran in a hat-

TEAM UP: Main, RAF girls support a teammate, right, Flt Lt Siczowa bursts for the touchline during an attack PHOTO: KATERUTHERFORD/LUKAWAYCOTT/RAFHALTON

trick of tries, said: “Yesterday was a good team performance and gives us a great platform to start from against the Army. Unfortunately a score like that takes its toll and we’ve picked up a few knocks which could force some changes to the line-up. “The Army are undefeated for a reason, they’re a class outfit and we expect them to be excellent however we’ve got a great squad this season and we’ve worked hard to get to where we are. There were some great individual performances, but also a great team performance, our bench had a fantastic impact.

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Top 50 start for former RAF co-driver FORMER RAF man and British co-driver Phil Hall, above, produced a top 50 finsh to his return to the FIA World Rally championships with David White at Tour de Course. Making his first WRC appearance since Rally Australia last November with Aussie Rhys Pinter, Hall was recruited by White thanks to his previous experience in the series and guided the Barnsley driver around his inaugural World Championship outing in a Ford Fiesta R2 on the 10 stage race. “It’s been a great adventure and certainly one of the toughest World Championship events I’ve ever done” said Hall. “I was also a little concerned for my voice at one point shouting out all the instructions.” Follow Hall on Twitter: @PhilHallRally.

“We can’t wait for the Army match.” For team captain SAC Kate Edwards, who scored the opening try, the match could not have gone any better, as her team stormed into a 10-point lead after 25 minute, before AC Lucy Nye burnt up the pitch with a blistering try, making it a brace just after the half-hour mark. From here it really was total domination, with the score 27-0 at the break, with the second period seeing SAC Lauren Tracey, SAC Charlie Murray (3), Siczowa, Flt Lt Linda McClean (2) and Cpl Anne Forbes all get on the score sheet.

Thomson added: “We had some great displays from everyone, with Cpl Maria Waghorn and Flt Lt Kay Simmons being particularly worth a mention. Now we have to raise our game again and improve for the Army, that is the ultimate challenge.

“They have never lost an Inters game so you can see what we are up against.” The ladies team will play the Army at Aldershot Stadium on April 19, 2pm kick. Follow live updates on Twitter @RAFNewssport.

Lifters go on full power in Kings Lynn THE SERVICE’S lifters shone brightly at the recent BDFPA National Full Power competition in Kings Lynn. SAC Lyndsey Hallam produced some excellent lifts including a 92.5kg squat, 52.5kg bench and a 117.5kg deadlift totalling 262.5kg at 49.5kg bodyweight in the 50.5kg weight class. In the 67.5kg weight class Cpl Ben Poole and SAC Robbie McDonnell dominated. With a weight class win for Cpl Ben Poole with an 185kg squat, 115kg bench and 210kg deadlift totalling 510kg out lifting his nearest competitor by 27.5kg. SAC Robbie McDonnell finished third in the weight class, but was the first place junior with a 155kg squat, 92.5kg bench and a 210kg deadlift totalling 457.5kg. Lifters that finished in the top three of their respective age and weight categories can now look forward to the WDFPF Full Power Championships which are held in Boston, Ma USA in November. On the second day of lifting action and in the 82.5kg category SAC Kash Brown managed to win the very competitive category of 14 lifters.

EYES RIGHT: Main, Sgt Nathan Harvey focuses during a lift

He squatted 215kg, benched 150kg and deadlifted 250kg giving an impressive 615kg total. In the 90kg category SAC JK UsoroBrown started well with a 190kg Squat and a 140kg bench, but failed to score a perfect deadlift.


Sgt Nathan Harvey in the 100kg category finished second with a 250kg Squat, 160kg bench and a 320kg deadlift giving a 730kg total, good enough for third place from all weight categories from the two-day event.

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Daniel Abrahams RAF Halton “The cold hard truth is we are not a side that is used to winning Inter-Services games, but we never felt we were going to lose this game and we are more than a team, we are mates, mates who dig deep for each other”, said RAF men’s rugby union captain Fg Off Stu Philpott after his side’s opening IS round match. Philpott led his side to a nervewracking 16-14 win at Halton against the Royal Navy, setting up a crunch match against the Army at Aldershot on April 19, running in his side’s opening try to snuff a bright start from the visitors. The win is the first for the Service against the Navy for 12 years, meaning a victory against the Army, which would be a hattrick of RAF wins in as many years, would make the 100th military clash at Twickenham a dead rubber and the Service are looking to spoil the party. Philpott added: “We have no pressure on us, the Army have it all on them. If we win the Twickenham game is a dead rubber. “We did not panic against the Navy and aside from a 20-minute spell, where we went off script, the



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rest of the game went exactly as we had planned. Even when things got tough we dug deep, stood together, showed no nerves and stuck to our game plan.” The visitors got off to the perfect start at Halton firing over a massive penalty kick, but the hosts did not panic, settling well and outpowering the Navy pack with a massive show of strength that lifted the crowd. Sgt Andy Byrne kicked a penalty to level the scores and act he repeated after 19 minutes following a series of Navy fouls. With the hosts trying to break up the RAF’s rhythm at every opportunity, a sublime passage of play saw the ball come back to Byrne who slotted a drop goal after 38 minutes. A high tackle then gave Byrne a chance but with the wind playing all sorts of tricks, the penalty skirted the upright, with the Navy nicking a score in the last seconds of the half for a 9-6 score. Throughout the RAF players produced big moments with SAC Daz Oliver and Fg Off Rob Bell lifting the crowd and it was Flt Lt Rory Wood who produced the

first bit of real skill after the break, jinking inside from a scrum to create a break and leave his Navy counterparts flat footed. A driving try after 49 minutes from the hosts put the score at 169, and despite not troubling the scoreboard from this point, the RAF went close on several occasions and then produced a defensive display to halt whatever the Navy could conjure up. The tense ending in the last

passage of the game saw the Navy go over in the corner, but they missed the conversion, fine margins were at play now, and Byrne then missed a penalty, before calmly sending a sublime kick into the corner to create further pressure on the visiting side. Having seen the Navy captain sin-binned for repeated fouls on the hour mark, the RAF were down a man as Cpl Josh McNally left the field with just three minutes

remaining. Undaunted, even without one of their talismanic players, the hosts regrouped, seeing the Navy miss a penalty and after some good play to run down the clock the hosts kicked the ball away to seal a historic win, that could have massive repercussions if they can win at Aldershot. For live updates from the Army versus RAF game Aldershot Stadium on April 19, kick off 5pm, visit Twitter @RAFNewssport.

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