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TYPHOON TRIBUTE: Specially-painted fast jet soars over iconic White Cliffs ahead of Photo: Cpl Lee Matthews Westminster Abbey service
HRH PRINCE CHARLES joined Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chief of the Air Staff, ACM Sir Mike Wigston at Westminster Abbey to mark the 81st Anniversary of the Battle of Britain. A Spitfire and Hurricane staged a poignant flypast as the nation remembered The Few during a special thanksgiving service conducted by the Dean of Westminster, The Very Revd Dr David Hoyle. Turn to page 3 for more
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BRITAIN, THE US and Australia have announced a new military alliance to protect and defend shared interests in the Indo-Pacific. The news comes after the UK’s Carrier Strike Group, carrying RAF F-35 Lightning jets, sailed into the region for joint exercises. Under the AUKUS deal the three nations will develop joint capabilities and share technology to deepen defence, security and foreign policy ties and build on their existing membership of the Five Eyes intelligence network. Their first task is to collaborate on an 18-month project to design and build nuclear-powered submarines for the Royal Australian Navy, exploiting Britain’s 60 years’ experience in constructing and operating the boats. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “The UK, Australia and US are natural allies – while we may be
separated geographically, our interests and values are shared. The AUKUS alliance will bring us closer than ever, creating a new defence partnership
and driving jobs and prosperity. “This partnership will become increasingly vital for defending our interests in the Indo-Pacific region
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and, by extension, protecting our people back at home. “The UK and US are already leading members of Nato – the world’s most important defence alliance. The work done by AUKUS will support our shared goals in new regions, promoting stability and protecting our people against new and emerging threats.” The Royal Australian Navy is already procuring up to nine British Type 26 frigates and both nations’ militaries, including the Royal Gurkha Rifles, have undertaken joint training exercises. The Indo-Pacific is at the centre of intensifying geopolitical competition with potential flashpoints including unresolved territorial disputes; nuclear proliferation and miscalculation; climate change, non-state threats from terrorism and serious organised crime, and is on the frontline of new security challenges, including in cyberspace.
Battle of Britain THE FINAL phase of the Battle of Britain begins as daylight raids by long-range Luftwaffe bombers are replaced by fighterbomber attacks and heavy night missions targeting London.
World land speed record TORNADO F3 pilot Sqn Ldr Andy Green sets a new land speed record of 714mph in the Phantom engine-powered Thrust SSC car in the Nevada Desert. The record still stands.
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Abbey honour for Churchill’s Few Continued from front page The conflict from July to October 1940 was the first battle in history waged almost exclusively in the air and although Luftwaffe commander Hermann Göering believed he could sweep aside the RAF in a matter of days, dogfights dragged on mainly over southern England for more than three months. But not all the 3,000 pilots who fought them were British – many came from the Commonwealth and Nazi-occupied eastern European territories, notably the Poles of
303 Squadron who shot down 126 German fighters, more than any other unit, and the RAF’s topscoring ace Czech Sergeant Josef Frantisek, who was credited with 17 victories in one month. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall attended the Service of Thanksgiving and Rededication accompanied by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston. Dean of Westminster The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle said: “Once again we come together to
ANNIVERSARY SERVICE: HRH Prince Charles joined Chief of the Air Staff, ACM Sir Mike Wigston and RAF personnel at Westminster Abbey
give thanks for the dedication and heroism of members of the Royal Air Force and the allied air forces in that remarkable struggle for air supremacy over Britain in October 1940. “Their courage marked a turning point in the war, for without their bravery it is hard to see how the Second World War could : Boris Johnson have been won.” PRIME MINISTER
£400m Boeing bonanza lifts Chinook and C-17 capability Simon Mander THE RAF’S Boeing-made C-17 transporters and Chinook helicopters are to be upgraded under a £400 million investment plan. In a £324 million investment with the US Air Force, Brize Norton’s Globemaster fleet – which last month evacuated 15,000 people from Afghanistan – will get new software and hardware to improve its airlift capability
HEAVYWEIGHT: Brize-based C-17 transporter is the largest aircraft in the RAF inventory; inset right, Chinook will receive upgraded defences
“C-17 and Chinook provide an invaluable service to our Armed Forces across the globe
And Odiham’s Mk5 and Mk6 Chinooks will be harder to detect by enemies after receiving stateof-the-art defensive systems under a £64 million deal with Boeing Defence UK. Minister for Defence Procurement Jeremy Quin said: “Whether evacuating people in Kabul, transporting people to hospital during Covid-19 or providing crucial logistics on the battlefield, the C-17 and Chinook provide an invaluable service to our Armed Forces across the globe. “This investment ensures our aircraft are equipped with cuttingedge technology to face a myriad of emerging threats from adversaries.” The five-and-a-half-year C-17 contract will include enhancements to satellite-enabled communication equipment and improved cockpit Head-Up Displays. The five-year Chinook deal will install infra-red suppression systems across some of the fleet, offering better protection from new missile systems that target aircraft heat signatures. It will counter with ‘blanking plates’ that mask hot components
and redirect airflow to cool the exhaust gases, making the helicopter more difficult to target. Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston, said: “I am delighted with the introduction of these state-of-the-art upgrades to the Chinook and C-17 Globemaster, as well as the significant benefits of nine allied nations working together on C-17 as a ‘Virtual Fleet’. “These measures will ensure our Chinook and Globemaster squadrons can operate wherever and whenever needed across the globe.” Around 50 new jobs will be created at Brize Norton, taking the total to around 100 employed on site to provide maintenance and logistics for the C-17 fleet.
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TYPHOON PILOTS are to get 10 new simulators after the MOD awarded contracts worth £220 million to BAE Systems to upgrade fast jet training. Under the deal, Coningsby and Lossiemouth will get new kit to enable aircrew to carry out complex combined exercises using real world mission software and tactics without leaving the ground – slashing the RAF’s carbon footprint. BAE Systems’ Typhoon Programme director Richard Hamilton said: “This contract will
eventually enable pilots from different locations to fly virtual missions together and provide the ability to ‘plug into’ other assets across air, land and sea. “With 9.6 tonnes of carbon saved by every synthetic flight, it will help reduce the current carbon footprint of live training, supporting net zero ambitions.” Delivery of both software and hardware for simulators and construction work on infrastructure is now progressing with a target of initial operating capability at Coningsby later in 2022.
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INSPIRATION: 18-year-old British tennis ace Emma Raducanu celebrates historic US Open win
RAF CHARITY chiefs are hoping to inspire the next UK tennis aces by organising top level coaching sessions at Wimbledon. The move is part of the RAFBF’s Airplay programme which funds sports and recreational activities at station’s across the UK. Wimbledon Foundation spokeswoman Lauren Palmer said: “We hope the magic of Wimbledon will help inspired them in all they can achieve.”
Lightning loads up Spade work DRILLMASTERS TURNED drone busters as the Queen’s Colour Squadron trailled the latest counter measures designed to protect airfields at Spadeadam. The Northolt-based unit famous for their ceremonial parade ground precision, adopted their field role to put the Orcus Counter UAV system through its paces. The system is designed to combat rogue and hostile drones and can be rapidly deployed anywhere in the country in support of emergency services. QCS deploys operationally as 63 Sqn RAF Regt and holds the world record for completing over 2,700,000 foot and rifle drill movements in 24 horus
BRITAIN’S LIGHTNING force is to get greater firepower after extra cash was awarded to BAE Systems and missile manufacturer MBDA. The award means British F35s will get SPEAR precision surface attack weapons that can destroy mobile longrange air defence systems at over-the-horizon ranges in all weathers and in highly contested environments. The funding will also see the weapons firm’s Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile integrated on both UK and Italian F-35A and F-35B jets. BAE Systems’ Vice President Tom Fillingham said: “Advanced weapons systems, such as Meteor and SPEAR, will provide the UK and Italian armed forces with an operational advantage.” Engineers will now start testing, simulating and integrating both weapons on aircraft in the UK and US to achieve initial operating capability. BAE Systems already designs fuel and life support systems on the Lockheed Martin F-35 programme and partners Pratt & Whitney
LOOK SHARP: Surface attack Spear Missile gets a funding lift F-35 . Inset above, RAF Lightning lands on the deck of Queen Elizabeth Carrier during recent training exercises.
and Rolls-Royce in delivering maintenance and training services supporting the current UK Carrier Strike Group deployment.
MBDA is the only European defence group capable of designing and producing missiles for all threearmed forces, with 45 missile of its
systems and countermeasures already in service, and 15 others under development, generating a 2020 revenue of £3.6 billion.
On a wing and a prayer for new Forces’ Bishop Staff Reporter
MILITARY PERSONNEL have a new Bishop to the Armed Forces following the appointment of the Rt Revd Hugh Nelson to the role replacing Lambeth’s Bishop Tim Thornton who is retiring. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, said: “The work lson Ne v Re Rt : ST PO NEW of military chaplains is crucial,
and is widely recognised as such within the Armed Forces. They need our support and prayers. “Military personnel are confronted daily with deep and vital questions about being human, our relationships, our values and morals. There are no tidy answers to these, but chaplains can offer compassion and hope.” Air Force Chaplain-in-Chief The
Venerable (Air Vice-Marshal) John Ellis added: “The Bishop to the Armed Forces plays a key role in connecting the military community, not just to the Church of England, but the global Anglican community. “The RAF warmly welcomes Bishop Hugh and looks forward to developing a fruitful partnership in a world where matters of faith and belief are proving ever more significant.”
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Island salutes The Few Staff Reporter A MUSICAL tribute from the Military Wives Choir and RAF Voluntary Band took centre stage as Cyprus remembered ‘The Few’ of the Battle of Britain. Crews from the island’s 84 Squadron search and rescue unit, who earlier this year battled devastating bush fires so big they could be seen from space, presented their Standard as part of the service. The ceremony was conducted outside Akrotiri’s St Paul’s Church and attended by Commander British Forces Cyprus, Major General Rob Thomson; Chief of Staff BFC, Air Cdre Anthony
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STAR ATTRACTION: Lancaster PA474 will rejoin BBMF displays this season
THE BATTLE of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster has returned to Coningsby after a 10-month maintenance programme. One of only two of the bombers still flying today, PA474, will rejoin the display team for the remainder of the season. BBMF Commander Sqn Ldr Mark Discombe said: “The Lancaster represents the bravery of the Bomber Command air and ground crews that fought during WWII, with many paying the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. “After a short period of training we are looking forward to getting the Lancaster up and in the public eye once more.” BBMF pilot Flt Lt Seb Davey said: “It is absolutely fabulous to have the Lancaster flying again.”
Laser quest LASER AND radiofrequency weapons demonstrators are set to be developed for the British military after contracts worth about £72.5m were awarded to UK industry. Directed Energy Weapons could revolutionise the battlefield by using laser and radiofrequency weapons technology, leading to a reduced risk of collateral damage. The MoD has awarded four-year contracts to the group headed by Thales and Raytheon UK, securing 249 jobs and creating at least another 49 new roles.
Simon Mander THE AIR FORCE’S latest uncrewed aircraft has taken to UK skies under a £94 million plan to replace the Reaper force. The SkyGuardian, to be renamed Protector when it enters RAF service, is the world’s first medium altitude long endurance RPAS to be certified to fly in unsegregated airspace. It has conducted sorties from Waddington – which will host a new international training centre for the fleet of 16 aircraft, expected to be declared operational in 2024. Chief of the Air Staff, ACM Sir Mike Wigston, said: “I need to be ready to provide our decision-makers with operational choice and, ultimately, the ability to fight and win when deterrence and political discourse has run its course. That requires a Royal Air Force able and willing to pioneer advances in technology like Protector and integrate it swiftly and seamlessly into our force.” Billed as the world’s first Medium Altitude Long Endurance Remotely Piloted Aircraft System, Protector will significantly boost the
RAF’s armed Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance capability. ACM Wigston said: “Protector is a giant leap forward in technology and aircraft performance over its predecessor, Reaper. “It can fly further for longer, for many more places around the world with a much wider range of potential missions, from flood monitoring to maritime patrol, to strikes on violent extremists who would do us harm. “Equipped with cutting-edge sensors, automatic take-off, landing and flight modes and UK weapons, this aircraft will enable our government to act on a world stage within hours at range and precisely.” The Centre will host a synthetic system that RAF and Allied aircrew from up to 30 nations, starting with the Belgian Air Force, can train on in a secure environment. It will include new living accommodation for ground crews, a hangar, offices, a new road and taxiway. ACM Wigston said: “Over the next few weeks, we’ll be working with the Civil Aviation Authority, civilian authorities and allies to confirm our ability to operate this aircraft
REAPER REPLACEMENT: CAS, ACM Sir Mike Wigston, joined Defence Secretary Ben Wallace at Waddington
freely in UK and international airspace.” SkyGuardian boasts Detect and Avoid technology that enables it to fly in unsegregated airspace safely, and can fly for up to 40 hours on military and civilian operations, including search and rescue. The UAV will take part in the Nato drill Exercise Joint Warrior, from Lossiemouth, later this month.
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Rock Hard Brize Gunners storm to victory at Rock Olympics ON THE PULL: Queen’s Colour Sqn dig in during tug o’war event against Marham-based 15 Sqn team (inset right); below, under starter’s orders for the stretcher race
BRIZE AND SHINE: II Sqn team claimed the title in the revived Rock Olympics, last staged in Germany in the 1970s
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BRIZE-BASED GUNNERS overhauled rivals to take top honours as teams went head to head at the RAF Regiment ‘Rock Olympics’. The II Sqn team clinched victory to claim the Adrian McGuire Memorial Trophy after outgunning six other teams in the fitness showdown, last held in the 1970s. In a closely fought tournament teams from Honington, Brize Norton, Marham, Northolt and Halton battled it out in seven brutal events to clinch the coveted trophy, named after former RAF Regt Director Air Cdre McGuire.
The Brize team took an early lead in the stretcher race before 63 (QCS) Sqn pulled back their lead with victory in the tug o’war final against Marham. Personnel from the Regt Training Flight at Halton upset the form sheet with a stunning win in the vehicle pull before 27 Sqn stormed to victory on the Honington assault course with point-man SAC Callum Tansley setting a tournament record. The first Rock Olympics were held at RAF Gütersloh in Germany in 1978, with teams competing in various sporting challenges for ‘bragging rights.’ WINNER: 27 Sqn’s SAC Callum Tansley
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DIG IN: AVM Jennings performs the honour at the new Cranwell garden PHOTO: ANDREW WHEELER
Blooming marvellous Staff Reporter AIR FORCE mental health champion Air Vice-Marshal Tamara Jennings digs in to open a new ‘wellbeing’ garden at RAF Cranwell. Work revamping the site to create a quiet area for station personnel has taken months to complete and was financed by the
RAF Central Fund. A station spokesman said: “It is a beautiful, relaxing, peaceful area which we hope people will use to meet and take part in mindfulness activities, pilates, yoga, meetings and even gardening. “We hope it contributes to the welfare of people and enhances the lived-experience at Cranwell.”
DEFENCE CHIEFS have launched a £2.7 million mental health programme to help veterans cope with trauma caused by their service amid growing concerns for the welfare of military personnel who served during the UK’s 20-year campaign in Afghanistan. Health Secretary Sajid Javid and Defence Secretary Ben Wallace announced the plans to offer veterans additional mental health support, including dedicated care coordinators to ensure that those suffering from problems can get the medical treatment they need, in a bid to cut suicide rates. The move follows rising fears for the welfare of veterans who served in Afghanistan after the Taliban seized control of the country following the final withdrawal of US Forces last month. According to Government figures, an estimated 38,000 Armed Forces veterans and serving personnel suffer from alcohol and substance misuse. The extra funding, dubbed Operation Courage, will provide integrated substance misuse services, a MoD spokesman said. Mr Wallace said: “The campaign in Afghanistan was incredibly challenging but our personnel displayed the highest levels of bravery and professionalism whilst securing the rights and freedoms of millions.
PERSONNEL SACRIFICE: RAF Gunner chats to a young Afghan boy near a forward operating base in Kandahar; inset above, medics fight to save local man injured in a firefight at height of ISAF mission
“Many of our people experienced things they will never forget, and we remain committed to supporting this veteran community through Operation Courage. We are forever indebted to the heroics and sacrifice of our Service personnel and veterans, and pledge to ensure they receive any support they need.” The funding pledge comes on top of existing NHS mental health support designed to address the unique needs of veterans, the MoD said.
Veterans Minister Leo Docherty added: “This targeted increase of support will help those veterans who may be struggling, particularly in light of recent events in Afghanistan. “For those who served in Afghanistan, and for all former Service personnel, mental health support is available through Operation Courage. I urge any veteran to access this specialist support.”
Only way is Wessex HOME RUN: Sapper Ghan and team members
Get set Gao AIR FORCE teams in Mali hit a home run – with a bid to run, row and cycle the distance back to the UK from their base at Gao. Crews supporting the Frenchled operations against Islamist terror in West Africa braved searing Saharan heat to clock up 4667 km – the distance to RAF Odiham, Hants. Superfit Gurkha Sapper Ghan covered almost 800km with a solo effort on the exercise bike. The fundraising drive by members of 18 Sqn, 244 Signals Sqn, Tactical Supply Wing and 69 Gurkha Field Sqn raised more than £800 for the Royal British Legion.
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THE COUNTESS of Wessex donned combats to demonstrate her driving skills at a competition for British and Canadian military units at Wittering. HRH Sophie took up an E-gaming rally driving challenge as Forces rivals battled it out for the Countess of Wessex Cup – an annual Inter-Service competition between units linked to the Royal. The 5th Battalion The Rifles stormed to victory on RAF home turf after a series of challenges to test teams’ mental and physical ability. Flt Lt Sam Lawton said: “This is a tough physical event but we’ve also included an escape room, a media challenge, science and engineering, and online gaming.” The Countess of Wessex is an Honorary Air Commodore for RAF Wittering, Colonel-in-Chief for the Canadian South Alberta Light Horse and the Lincoln and Welland Regiment, Colonel-in-Chief for the Royal Army Nursing Corps and the Corps of Army Music, and Royal Colonel of the 5th Battalion The Rifles.
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Black Sea guardians complete NATO tour Simon Mander
TYPHOON JETS have returned home to Lossiemouth after completing their latest Nato Baltic Air Policing mission to Romania. During the deployment the fighters were scrambled nine times to intercept unidentified aircraft – once in response to a Russian Fencer 20 kilometres from the Romanian coastline. RAF Lossiemouth Station Commander Gp Capt Chris Layden said: “I’m delighted to welcome IX (Bomber) Sqn back from their very successful tour. “This was their first operational deployment as a Typhoon squadron, and the whole station is proud of what they achieved, standing shoulder to shoulder with our Nato allies to help preserve security in a vitally important region” The Eurofighters began Quick Reaction Alert duties to back up the Romanian Air Force’s own fleet of MiG -21LanceR and American-built F-16s in May. Britain and other Nato countries have been guarding skies over the Black Sea region since 2017. It’s the third time the RAF has performed the duty, and UK jets are due to return in 2022. Last month, Air Officer Commanding 11 Group Air ViceMarshal Ian Duguid arrived at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base to see the work of the 180 RAF personnel of 121 Expeditionary Air Wing. He said: “This is an incredibly important mission for the UK and Nato, and while mainstream news
THREAT: Russian Sukhoi Su-24, tracked by Typhoons over Black Sea region
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is rightly focused elsewhere at the moment the bottom line is this is a really valued mission and your contributions have played a direct role in that.” The visit came just days after the Typhoons intercepted a Russian fighter flying in international
airspace over the Black Sea without filing a flight plan or speaking to Romanian Air Traffic Control, making it a flight safety hazard to all air users A Typhoon pilot said: “We were airborne within minutes and heading towards the track; it
wasn’t long before we intercepted the aircraft and identified it as a Russian SU-24 Fencer. “It had flown no closer than 20 miles from the Romanian coast before we intercepted it. We shadowed it until it left heading North East. We then resumed our
combat air patrol mission and returned to base.” Six Canadian Hornet fighters have now taken over in the Black Sea region. Around 150 personnel from the RCAF-Air Task Force Romania are operating the jets from 409 Tactical Fighter Squadron usually based at Cold Lake Air Base, Alberta. “We are happy to return to Romania once again, collaborating with our allies in the Romanian Air Force, as well as our other Nato partners in the region,” said Lt Col Corey Mask, the Commander of ATF Romania. It’s the sixth time the Canadian Armed Forces have deployed there under their codename Operation Reassurance and 409 Sqn’s last mission was in 2017. Towards the end of the UK tour seven personnel were presented with the Romanian Air Force Emblem of Honour by the Chief of the Romanian Air Force Staff – given to foreign military personnel who have impeccably fulfilled their mission.
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TYPHOONS FROM Coningsby linked up with Armée de l’air Rafale and Mirage aircraft to intercept a simulated intruder transiting from French to UK airspace. The scramble was part of Exercise Seihan Foxtrot and designed to practise the bilateral agreement between both countries carrying out air policing procedures within the British and French Flight Information Regions.
MARATHON MAN Stan Winstanley is on the home stretch in his bid to run 10km a day to raise funds for the Royal Air Force Association and Cancer Research. The Waddington-based Chief Tech is eight months into his attempt to the run the equivalent of London to Edinburgh three times. He said: “Some days are harder than others. I’m not naturally built for running and, at 42, this is a serious challenge.” To support Stan go to: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ StephenWinstanley2
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BIG SLEEP: Charity team from veterans welfare group Alabare heading to the Tower
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AFTER SPEARHEADING the UK’s evacuation mission in Afghanistan, Brize Norton personnel and their families kicked back for the station’s annual Brize Fest summer party. X-Factor veteran Ben Haenow joined Royal Air Force musicians and 70s revival band Disco Inferno to keep the crowds entertained throughout a day of family fun at the Oxfordshire base. Away from the main stage organisers laid on a traditional fair and displays by the RAF Police Dog team and a Medieval Fighting tournament.
FUNDRAISERS WILL be bedding down at the Tower of London in a bid to net more than £250,000 for homeless veterans. The event is part of Forces charity group Alabare’s Big Sleep campaign backed by survival expert Bear Grylls and historian Dan Snow. It takes place on October 20. For details on how to join in go to: thebigsleep.org.uk
Bomber hero Johnnie marks 100th Staff Reporter
Battling Scrumpy honoured STALWART gunner FS ‘Scrumpy’ Moody has been awarded a Meritorious Service Medal for his devotion to duty despite being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. The RAF Regiment NCO served at Coningsby throughout the coronavirus pandemic whilst undergoing tests and treatments to bring his condition under control, which was initially thought to be a
Bucc stops here A BUCCANEER which has become a local landmark in Elgin is being moved from its pitch outside a petrol station after being sold to the owner of an animal sanctuary. The Lossiemouth-based aircraft, which saw action in the first Gulf War, will be making the 140-mile trip by road to its new home at the Scottish Deer Centre, near Cupar.
long-standing back injury. A veteran of 36 years service, he has toured Iraq, Belize, Qatar, Jordan and Afghanistan and is a determined supporter of the next generation Air Force, organising and executing large-scale exercises for local Cadet units. He was awarded the medal in recognition of his ‘selfless attitude and unwavering commitment’ to the RAF. GULF WAR WARRIOR: Buccaneers flew from RAF Lossiemouth
BOMBER COMMAND veteran and double DFC winner Flt Lt John ‘Johnnie’ Trotman has celebrated his 100th birthday. The war hero served two tours; completing 30 operations on 150 Sqn Wellingtons before volunteering to join 692 Sqn flying Mosquitos as part of the elite Pathfinder Force. Over five and a half years he flew 70 missions, amassed more than 2,000 flying hours, and walked away from three crashes. For several months he was based at Shawbury and he still maintains a close relationship with the station, visiting as part of the local veterans’ group and the Shropshire Aircrew Association. Leaving the RAF as a flying instructor in 1946 didn’t ground the veteran airman, who in 2005 took to the skies again with his local flying club.
SUPERVET: Wellington pilot Johnnie survived three crashes during WWII. Inset right, as a young airman during the conflict
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Aviation and th Whether you spend a penny, have a comfort break or pay a visit, it’s something we all have to do and it can be difficult when you’re trussed up in a flying suit …particularly if you’re one of the RAF’s growing number of female aircrew
AR MACHINES have previously been designed with men in mind. But with women now accounting for almost one in five members of the Royal Air Force, things need to change on the combat frontline, according to the latest research. Before women climb into the cockpit, they are already at a disadvantage – the design of the male flight suits they wear not supporting a quick loo break before walking out. Once they are in the pilot’s seat, things don’t improve, according to RAF doctor Jemma Austin, who has been awarded a Chief of the Air Staff ’s Scholarship to research gender differences in aerospace medicine, in collaboration with SCHOLARSHIP: Dr Jemma Austin the Centre for Human and Applied Physiology at King’s College roles. The design and role of aircraft London. influence how crew can go to the With 20 years experience loo during flight. This ranges in frontline medicine, from facilities fit, quite We’re Dr Austin is perfectly literally, for a Royal placed to delve into a through to devices in ed st intere subject which many used whilst seated in an may choose to shy the cockpit. all the hum away from. “This may seem ors that ct fa She said: “We have like a really niche influence many conversations topic but within with aircrew that they performance aerospace medicine don’t have with their in and safety allwe aretheinterested peers or commanders. human “This gives us a really factors that drive the unique insight into some of the performance, safety and health more challenging aspects of their of our aircrew; this is aviation
medicine enhancing air power.” Staying hydrated during flights on operational duty reduces fatigue and maintains brain power during demanding sorties. The heat of the external environment and the demands of the role can greatly increase the fluid levels required to avoid heat illness. Dehydration also reduces pilots’ tolerance to the acceleration forces common in air combat manoeuvres and can also increase your risk of decompression illness. The issue also affects air crew and passengers experiencing high altitudes during parachute jumps.
equipment worn to safety critical duties within the aircraft that may make it extremely difficult to manage urination. “Aircrew are vital to mission success and we can’t be squeamish about normal bodily functions, which for women includes periods, if we’re going to do the best for our aircrew.”
he challenges aren’t unique to the fast jet environment. Many RAF aircraft were designed decades ago before women returned to what had become a boys-only military flying club. Dr Austin added: “Anecdotes from across the aircrew who have contributed to the research have really added to building a picture of how each aircraft has unique challenges. The topic has really sparked discussion and the sharing of these anecdotes. “Dark humour has provided a fascinating insight into the potential perils of urination in aviation, like trying to relieve yourself behind a shower curtain on a Herc whilst hoping turbulence isn’t inbound. “The risqué humour illustrates the purpose of the research. Whilst
EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES EMPLOYER: Female RAF Tornado crew in Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2009
SUPPORT SCHEME: Flt Lt Sasha Petersen
the anecdotes may be funny at face value, the lived experience isn’t. “If crew haven’t adapted to what is available, which for women may only include a urinal that requires using a device to enable them to stand to pee, then behaviours may develop that could potentially affect flight safety or their own performance or health and wellbeing and we need to make sure oversight like this isn’t carried forward to our next generations. “This research should really help us to understand flight safety aspects better but also understand related challenges from the
emma added: “There is still so much to Repro learn about human xua performance in and se aerospace that will help affects us to support current serving aircrew and transition througho effectively to the next generation of aircrew. RAF ca “It is incredibly important to aid understanding of whether there are gender-based differences that are arising from the design or culture within the airborne workplace. Within aerospace medicine we are trying to understand more about the important differences between men and women. “The fellowship has given me a fantastic opportunity to research a problem that aircrew are facing here and now. “The study findings may make a
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TRAILBLAZER: In 1992 Flt Lt Jo Salter became the first woman to qualify as a RAF fast jet pilot
difference to how we better support human performance in aviation but also, with the support of DSTL, feed this research directly into the teams working hard to make sure Tempest provides aeromedical support to the intended diversity of our next-generation aircrew. “The response to the survey has been great and oductive the collective experiences in the responses al health shared are going to help us better every support aircrew and ensure we are enabling female the greatest operational r ei out th effect with comfortable and hydrated personnel areer operating on the frontline.”
unning alongside the research is a programme to provide better online support for Forces women on reproductive and sexual health, headed by Flt Lt Sasha Petersen, a Florence Nightingale fellow. She said: “Reproductive and sexual health is something that affects every serving female throughout their RAF career, but is perhaps one that is not often openly discussed with peers
and medical professionals. Several resources initiated by MOD healthcare teams are available but without clear signposting and active promotion these could be missed by those who are unsure of where and what they could be accessing.” Key to the success of the project is the drive to improve online resources to provide Forces women with information and allow them to raise their concerns and get a better understanding of the practical issues and wider subject of reproductive and sexual health in the Forces. Flt Lt Petersen added: “Preliminary results from a pilot Service evaluation show that Servicewomen would welcome digitalisation of health promotion resources, especially if these were located across one easily accessible platform. “Awareness of available online resources is an aspect which should be improved alongside accessibility. In terms of content itself, development on topics around menopause and postnatal recovery would be welcomed by those we have surveyed.” n To take part in the survey go to: redcap.link/womenshealthRAF
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Famous Dad & brothers formed a RAF dynasty Uncle even flew with Sir Bomber Harris YOUR ARTICLE in RAF News edition 1517 (July 30) about my father David Tomlinson’s biography is marvellous, as is Nathan Morley’s book Disney’s British Gentleman. I have Dad’s RAF uniform, his leather flying helmet and his logbook. I also have Uncle Paul’s (Dad’s brother’s) logbook, in which the last entry is Paul flying dual with Marshal of the RAF Sir Arthur ‘Bomber’ Harris. A DT Fan Page on Facebook has a 16mm film I had remastered of my father instructing and then doing aerobatics, filmed by Uncle Michael in another Tiger Moth flown by Dad’s CO: www.facebook. com/james.tomlinson.3979/ videos/992808384867235 Michael was the eldest brother. Due to poor eyesight he did not fly. He was an intelligence officer in Bomber Command. It is thought he flew missions as an observer. He was a year older than my father. Sadly, I don’t have Uncle Peter’s logbooks. He forcelanded in Holland after engine failure flying an unarmed, heavily-laden with fuel, Spitfire over occupied Germany. Peter was doing photography reconnaissance after bombing
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WHILST I enjoy reading about the ever-changing RAF I do have one comment; some of your captions are very difficult to read. A typical example is on page 9 of the September 10 edition. The caption at the page headed ‘Presentation’ has very small lettering (or should I say font) whilst the caption box at the bottom of the page ‘Newly Qualified’ is fine. I am sure you have space considerations but could you lean towards those of us with older eyes? Peter Bryan Via email
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are celebrating the helicopter’s 50th birthday with a patriotic new paint job. The Benson-based Mk 2 aircraft XW224 also boasts the original colour scheme used when they RAF NEWS: Worth much more than 70p were delivered in 1971. Eagle-eyed spotters may notice several notable differences including an engine housing with the badges of all squadrons who have flown the Puma and a tail fin I emblazoned AM a veteran theunion Royalflag. withofthe Air The Force standard and an avid reader RAF logo on of RAFthe News. I also make cabin door hasa monthly been replaced donation Royal Force withtoa the Puma 50 Air design and the Benevolent Fund, small cockpit dooralbeit carries the but name of withinthe my budget. first Squadron Commander Today, local newsagents as into whoin the brought the aircraft I purchased my copy, I mentioned operational service. to the shopkeeper that RAF News, The medium-lift helicopter in comparison flown byto the 33 Royal and Navy 230 Sqns equivalent, News, was much and has Navy performed combat more humanitarian inexpensive (Navy News is the missions all over £3.50 and RAF 70p). world in News the past five decades. We both agree that flew the price Puma crews into the differential vast airbase given to the former isKinloss transport excellent news content of RAF personnel and equipment in News, Scotland especially and this Northern past monthIreland with the rescue fromof the during the missions early stages Kabul Covid-19 etc. pandemic. If I may, I would like to suggest you approach your board or committee with the view of raising the price of RAF News to something more realistic, perhaps £1.50-£2, and, if at 70p as it is at the moment, it is viable, the extra revenue raised could be donated to the Benevolent Fund, and in the future if production costs accelerate these costs could be absorbed by the revised cover price of RAF News. I would be happy to pay and feel sure that most veterans and serving personnel would also agree to pay extra. The newsagent, also ex RAF, agreed that were he required to pay a price increase he would be happy to do so. David Borthwick Via email port Kabul air
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RAF PILOTS have spoken of how they faced chaos and bullets as they flew into Kabul to rescue more than 15,000 Afghan men, women and children fleeing the Taliban. UK Crews launched 165 sorties during the biggest evacuation mission since the Berlin Airlift in 1948. They faced scenes of total mayhem as terror-stricken crowds stormed the airport perimeter and swarmed across the runway in a bid to escape reprisals as the hardline Islamist group seized power. See pp2, 3, 4 and 5 for report
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RAF LIFE: David’s uniform and cap and flying helmet, Paul’s logbook with ACM Harris entry; David learning to fly in an Avro Tutor and new book
raids. He was PA to ACM Harris. After the war they started a shipping company together. Peter was a POW and was in the same camp as Douglas Bader. The Luftwaffe officer who captured Peter remained in contact with him until they died. It is thought that the Luftwaffe prevented Peter being handed over to the enemy. The evening after he force-landed he dined in the
Luftwaffe Officers’ Mess! Paul was the youngest brother, who was also PA to Harris. I have his logbooks and there is a fascinating entry on the second to last page, see picture (top). Paul is mentioned in Guy Gibson’s book Enemy Coast Ahead. Gibson mentions the difficulties of flying Beaufighters and Paul’s crash happened when Gibson was a night fighter.
Paul survived due to the incredible bravery of the ground crew who cut him out of the upturned aircraft after a crash on take-off. My father went to see Paul’s Commanding Officer as the accident completely dented Paul’s confidence. However, I don’t think his CO was very sympathetic. James Tomlinson Via email
Yes, I was in Buccaneer photo from 1983 RE: YOUR QUESTION on page 19 of RAF News 1519 (September 10): Yes, I do recognise myself in the photograph. The picture of personnel around the Buccaneer S2B at Akrotiri was taken in late October 1983. That was a detachment from 237 OCU, based
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at Honington, comprising staff and students, taking advantage of the favourable weather conditions at that time of the year for training. No two-seat Buccaneers were built and poor UK weather would have affected the pilot training programme back in the UK. I was a Flt Lt navigator on that detachment and am the tallest person in that picture on the rear row [circled]. On my left is the OC 237 OCU, Wg Cdr David Mullinder, and on my right Sqn Ldr ‘Rip’ Kirby, the squadron’s QWI. The large picture on page 19 is of Buccaneer XV865 in the markings of 208 Sqn. On June 3, 1986, XV865 moved to 237 OCU and moved
back to 208 Sqn on November 17, 1987, with whom it remained until it was flown to Coningsby for
disposal on January 26, 1994, for use by the station’s Fire Section. Its final move was by road to Duxford Aviation Museum, where it remains. I took this photograph of XV865 [left] at Duxford on June 4, 2006, after it had been refurbished and painted in 208 Sqn’s markings. Norman Roberson (The Buccaneer Aircrew Association’s Historian) Via email
What’s the badge? IN RAF News edition 1516, (July 16, page 13) Gp Capt Flynn is wearing a badge on her upper right arm [above] that I do not recognise. Can anybody tell me what this badge is? I don’t think it was in circulation when I retired in 1976. Malcolm Tibble Via email Editor’s Note: It’s the RAF Mountain Rescue badge, Malcolm. The service began in 1943.
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BLACKJACK SALUTE: A specially-painted Typhoon, callsign Blackjack, soars above the famous White Cliffs of Dover to mark the 81st Anniversary of the Battle of Britain PHOTO: SAC IWAN LEWIS
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Sqn Ldr Mark Hare AFC Obituary
Falklands Harrier hero Sqn Ldr Hare
QUADRON LEADER Mark Hare, who has died aged 66, flew RAF Harriers on operations during the Falklands War. The son of an RAF Gp Capt, Hare was awarded an RAF flying scholarship and gained his private pilot’s licence before he could drive. He was given a university cadetship to Southampton University where he graduated in law, having served and flown with the University Air Squadron. Hare entered the RAF College Cranwell, where he excelled, winning the sword of honour and five major prizes, including that for the best pilot. After converting to the Harrier he was posted in November 1979 to No 1 Squadron, based at Wittering near Peterborough. The squadron’s role was to support forces on Nato’s northern and southern flanks and regularly deployed to bases in northern Norway operating from basic bases and in extreme weather. During his time on No 1 Squadron, Hare, together with his colleagues, was detached to the Harrier flight based at Belize to provide a deterrent against possible incursions by Guatemalan forces.
Pilot flew 22 missions under heavy fire
n April 8, 1982, six days after the Argentinian invasion of the Falkland Islands, the RAF’s No 1 Squadron was ordered to prepare for operations from an aircraft carrier as attrition replacements for anticipated Sea Harrier combat losses. After an intensive period of pilot training, and an engineering programme to modify the Harrier GR3s, the first aircraft headed south on May 3. Hare was flying one of the first three aircraft to take off from St Mawgan in Cornwall. Using air-toair refuelling from a Victor aircraft, Hare and a colleague reached Ascension Island after a 4,600-mile non-stop flight in their singleengine aircraft – the third aircraft was forced to divert to the Gambia. After the arrival of further aircraft, they were embarked in the Atlantic Conveyor and set sail for the South Atlantic on May 8. By the 19th, all the RAF Harriers had transferred to the carrier Hermes. Flying as the No 2 to his flight commander, Hare flew his first operation on May 21 when they attacked an Argentinian forward operating base near Mount Kent. He destroyed a Chinook helicopter on the ground and the Harrier’s cannons damaged two other helicopters. His aircraft was hit by small arms fire. Over the following days he
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bombed Stanley Airport and shared in the destruction of a Puma helicopter on the ground. On May 26 he destroyed enemy guns at Goose Green. Returning in the afternoon to support 2 Parachute Regiment, his leader was shot down, ejected and avoided capture over the next three days.
uring further attacks on Stanley Airport, his Harrier was damaged. He flew an armed reconnaissance mission searching for a land-based Exocet missile launcher and on July 11 he was flying No 2 to his commanding officer. They attacked gun positions at Moody Brook Barracks when shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missiles were deployed against
the two attacking Harriers. On July 13 he flew his final mission when his leader dropped a laserguided bomb on positions near Tumbledown and Hare followed up this attack by dropping bombs on enemy positions. The following day, the Argentinean forces surrendered. Hare had flown 22 operational missions, most against heavy antiaircraft and small-arms fire and his aircraft had been damaged on a number of occasions.
o 1 Squadron’s Harriers were reconfigured with Sidewinder air-to-air missiles to supplement the Royal Navy’s Sea Harrier force. On July 4 they disembarked from Hermes and deployed to a site
on Stanley Airport to provide air defence for the islands. By the end of June, the original RAF Harrier pilots, including Hare, began their return journey home. For his services during the campaign, Hare was mentioned in despatches.
ix months after returning from the Falklands, he was posted to join No 3 Squadron flying from Gütersloh in Germany where the squadron frequently deployed to operate from field sites in support of the 1st British Corps in the central region of Nato. He was one of two pilots who regularly demonstrated the Harrier at European air shows and his outstanding ability resulted in the award of the AFC at the end
of his tour of duty in June 1986. He was posted to the air staff at HQ Strike Command, a ground appointment he did not relish. He made strenuous efforts to return to flying – his campaign was taken up in the national press – but he remained at Strike Command “to progress his career”. He decided to seek voluntary retirement and left the RAF in April 1988. He joined Monarch Airlines and first flew the Boeing 737 on European routes before transferring to the Airbus 320 and 321. He became the company’s senior pilot at Manchester, where he flew competency checks on all Monarch pilots operating from the airport.
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Joyce Shrubbs MBE Obituary
Joyce was only female Assistant Commandant of Observer Corps An icon of ROC
MANY DECADES OF SERVICE: Joyce Shrubbs began with the ROC on her 17th birthday in 1944 and was honoured by the Royal British Legion in 2013
OYCE SHRUBBS (née Taylor), who has died aged 94, rose through the ranks of the Royal Observer Corps (ROC) to become the Corps’ Assistant Commandant in the rank of Observer Captain, the only female officer to achieve this rare distinction. Born into a farming family, Joyce worked as a shorthand typist in the Ministry of Supply and during this time she spent two nights a week as a firewatcher from the roof of the telephone exchange in Bedford. Following the death of her brother in action with the Royal Navy in 1940, Joyce “wanted to be in uniform and feel that I was doing my part for the country.” She hoped to join the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force but was too young so, in answer to an advert, she joined the ROC on her 17th birthday.
n April 1944 she joined the 7 Group centre at Bedford as a plotter and teller. Working in the operations room, she and her colleagues plotted the movements of aircraft and alerted the observer posts in the field when any significant air traffic was entering their area. She watched the huge armada of aircraft and gliders heading out on D-Day. A few months later she witnessed a similar event and later recalled: “When you plot I expect some people knew what it was, but certainly we didn’t. All we knew was that there was a huge amount of flying across our group area, with all the Dakotas and gliders taking
UK’s Warning and Monitoring Organisation. By 1952 Joyce had been promoted to observer officer serving as a duty controller. With further promotion she became the Group Commandant at Bedford and in 1973 took on the additional appointment of Honorary Women’s Personnel Adviser to the Commandant, a serving RAF Air ommodore. She was promoted to be Area Commandant, commanding an area of the country from the Thames to the Tees, and further promotion gave her the country-wide position of Assistant Commandant of the ROC. When the Corps was stood down she became the national president of the Royal Observer Corps Association, a position she relinquished in 1998 when she was invited to become Vice-President of the Association. For her services to the ROC she was appointed MBE in 1975 and in 1981 was awarded a second clasp to her ROC medal.
airborne troops to Arnhem. We didn’t know that until later when we read it in the newspapers.” In May 1945 the ROC was stood down but within two years it was reformed.
he fifth of six children, Joyce was born near Swineshead,
Bedford on April 6, 1927. As well as working as a typist and performing her duty as a firewatcher, she was a hostess in the US forces club in the town and recalls dancing to the Glenn Miller Band. After her wartime service she rejoined the ROC in 1947 as an
observer at Bedford and served on a part-time basis until the Corps was stood down in 1995. Initially the Corps’ task was the reporting and plotting of aircraft for the RAF but by the mid-1950s, with the onset of the Cold War, the Corps had the vital role of nuclear reporting as part of the
oyce gave many years of service to the Royal British Legion and devoted a great deal of time to her local branch at Marston. From 1996 she served on the Bedfordshire County Committee, becoming chairman and finally vice-president. In June 2013 she was presented with the Legion’s National Certificate of Appreciation at a ceremony in Bedford. Joyce was a woman of immense energy and greatly admired for her unique service to the ROC and to the farming community of the east of England. A former Commandant of the ROC has written: “Joyce was an icon of the ROC and an inspiration to thousands of woman observers.” As she was laid to rest, a lone Spitfire flew over the cemetery in salute.
Royal Air Force News Friday, September 24, 2021 P27
SOCKET IT TO ’EM: Plug in behind badge
SINCE IT was launched in 2012 Renault’s ZoE has become Europe’s bestselling electric car and it’s just undergone a facelift to prepare it to take on the raft of new rivals that are about to be unleashed. Renault however has avoided a massive external redesign, instead focusing on the interior and on solving problem areas that have been identified by ZoE owners over the years. The big change is that it’s been upgraded with more efficient motors and bigger batteries. Interior Weight saving is always an issue with EVs so materials are CABLES: Stow them in the boot
ZoE’s a live wire TIM MORRIS Motoring Correspondent traditionally lightweight to improve range and, as a result, can look a little sparse. The seats in the 2021 ZoE are a big step up from the old car however. They look surprisingly plush and there’s a good smattering of stitched leather effect on many
other visible surfaces. The GT Line trim is the top of the range and it comes with a 9.3 inch, tablet style infotainment screen. It’s a responsive system that’s faster than many of its competitors but can be a tad fiddly. The air conditioning controls consist of actual buttons and dials, which are a lot easier to operate than the system in Peugeot’s e-208. You sit quite high up in the ZoE because you’re effectively sitting on top of the batteries. The fact that the driver’s seat can’t be lowered can prove pretty irritating if you’re tall but there’s otherwise plenty of adjustment on the seat and the steering wheel to get comfy.
On the road As with all EVs, the ZoE feels pretty rapid off the mark. There’s now a new, more powerful motor, codenamed ‘R135’ which develops
134bhp and is two seconds faster from 0-62mph than the old car. It rides pretty well in most circumstances but it does tend to bounce a bit over uneven surfaces. It’s really at home around town, not uncomfortable on B roads and relatively hushed on the motorway. Don’t get me wrong, a Ford Fiesta is still a lot more fun to drive but the ZoE is light, nimble and responsive.
Range Renault reckons that you should get about 233 miles of range in summer months, but as little as 149 miles with the heating running full whack in the winter. In the real world I got about 5 miles per kWh out of it, which is more than the 4 miles per kWh that I got from the Nissan Leaf, so that’s not a bad estimate.
Verdict Pros Feisty acceleration Decent handling Competitive range Nice interior Cons Fixed driving position Limited rear head room Slightly tinny build Overall The ZoE is £27,620 after the government’s plug-in car grant, if you want the new R135 motor, which is good value compared to its nearest rivals. It’s fairly practical to use every day and has a good range between charges. Its biggest down side is the inflexibility in the driving position. Overall it has a lot going for it and it’s easy to see why it remains so popular.
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pages of RAF Sport start here New football boss makes his point in goal fest: p30
Waddington are too sharp for the rest
WOMEN'S FOIL WINNER: Fg Off Elsa Phillipson, RAF Akrotiri (also inset below) PHOTO: AC AMBER MAYALL
EN GARDE: Action from RAF Cosford PHOTO: CPL KRISTIAN DAWSON
WADDINGTON'S FENCERS dominated at the recent RAF Championships winning all five men’s disciplines and the male Master at Arms award. The association also held a hugely popular open event at the Shropshire station, attracting more than 300 participants. RAF Fencing’s spokesman SAC Matthew Ives said: “We were delighted with the enthusiasm on show for our three-day championship event, which saw Waddington dominate a field of 30 fencers. While the huge turnout for our open event was also great to see.” The event saw expert coaching from British Fencing for all levels across all three weapons used in the sport: Foil, Epee and Sabre. The cut and thrust of competition began on the second day, with fencers battling for men’s and women’s
RAF Championships RAF Cosford events in all three weapons, along with three and the six-person team competitions. The Master at Arms titles went to SAC Ed Campion and Fg Off Elsa Phillipson (Akrotiri). Phillipson took the women’s Epee and Foil events, while Flt Lt Alex Mailey (Coningsby) took the women’s Sabre, beating Waddington’s SAC Sian Kelly, who also came runner-up in the Foil, while Mailey was pipped to the Epee title. Campion took the men’s Foil, finishing second to SAC Bertie Howard-Hig g ins ( Wa d d i n g t o n ) in the Sabre, while Sqn Ldr Graham Orme (Waddington) took the Epee crown with teammate Flt Lt
SABRE 3RD: Flt Sgt Mark Gumley
SITTING THIS ONE OUT: (l-r) SAC(T) Dom Maxwell, SAC Nadia Arthur, SAC Sian Kelly, SAC Chris Bautista and SAC Michael ‘Goldie’ Goldsmith PHOTO: AC AMBER MAYALL
Will Germany as runner-up. In the Inter-Station Trio, Waddington A prevailed over Waddington B, with Waddington then beating host club Cosford in the team event.
SAC Ives added: “The open also featured civilian fencers and provided a spectacular two days of action. Our next event will be the Fence4All back at Cosford from November 4-7. The event is open
to all members of the RAF Fencing Association.” ■ For updates follow RAF Fencing on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook: @raffencing
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Vickers needs to go up a gear for season's run-in BSB Championship Snetterton/Silverstone
TON UP: Lewis Rollo at Snetterton
MECHANICAL ISSUES, a crash and plenty of ‘if-onlys’ dogged the RAF Regular and Reserve Kawasaki team after rounds seven and eight of the Bennetts BSB Championship. At his home Snetterton track, SAC Ryan Vickers moved into the top-eight in the standings, 18 points adrift of the end of season showdown, but following a crash and gearbox issues at Silverstone he now lies 11th. Grabbing points after sixth and seventh-place finishes at Snetterton, his luck ran out in the final race. Holding eighth, a crash saw the race restarted with a five-
lap shoot-out, but grip issues meant he finished 13th. At Silverstone the following weekend, Vickers produced sixth place in qualifying for the opening 24-lap race, but he crashed out on the second lap attempting to overtake Danny Buchan at Luffield. An eighth-place finish in the next race was followed up by an impressive start but, sitting eighth, gearbox problems saw him come home 10th. Vickers said: “It hasn’t been a bad couple of weekends. If a few things had gone slightly differently, the results would have been better.” Despite all his mechanical issues at Snetterton SAC Lewis Rollo picked up points with an 11th-placed finish to remain eighth in the Pirelli National superstock
OFF THE PACE: Ryan Vickers at Silverstone
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standings, a spot he maintained after Silverstone. The Scottish rider was hampered by mechanical issues during qualifying. This continued with a throttle issue, which forced him to retire from the opening 12-lap race, while in the top 10 spots. On the Sunday, Rollo lost fifth
place to Tim Neave on the last lap. Rollo, who now has 100 points in the Pirelli National Superstock standings, said: “The team have worked incredibly hard, so the aim is to get onto the podium at the last few rounds.” The next round takes place at Oulton Park, Cheshire.
Rallying rookie in historic first Coningham Cup victory for RAFWO's PA Pam The Coningham Cup DST Leconfield THE SERVICE’S rally team won the prestigious military Coningham Cup for the first time… with a novice co-driver at the helm. Motorsport stalwart Sqn Ldr Phil Bruce was paired with rookie Cpl Pam Parsons in the event at the DST Leconfield course. They headed three teams fielded by the RAF and beat the Army by two points over the Rainworth Skoda Stages tarmac course. It is the first time the RAF has won the Cup since its inception in 2014. The Army holders stormed to an early lead, taking stage 2 after the RAF lost the crew of Trevor Hancock and Wg Cdr Ret’d Jo Watson to a mechanical issue. The Royal Navy crew of CPO Ian Dove and John Dove lost their Nova to a broken engine mount and damaged drive shaft. Sqn Ldr Bruce’s Ford Ka took first place in the final standings with Cpl Pam Parsons, after coming 24th overall winner and ninth in class in 47 minutes and 57 seconds. Bruce headed up the Air Force contingent going into stage four, where the Army pairing of SSgt Benjamin de Ronde and Peter Beaumont suffered maximum stage
DREAM TEAM: RAFWO's PA Cpl Pam Parsons helps driver Sqn Ldr Phil Bruce to a stunning victory over the Army at DST Leconfield
penalty points following gearbox trouble in their MG ZR. On the next stage Cpl Nathan Yates and SAC Richard Lockert’s Subaru hauled back their deficit to Maj Dave Barbara and Steve Champion in the Alfa 33, meaning they went into the final run neck
and neck with the Army pairing. With the final stage producing the fastest times of the day, the top three crews could only be separated by 10 seconds. Bruce held on to win by 8.29 seconds, with Cpl Yates coming second by 8.52 seconds, for an
overall time of 49 minutes and 27 seconds. Maj Barbara was third by 8.59 for an overall time of 50 minutes and five seconds to take third on the day. ■ Follow the RAF Rally Team on Facebook: @RAFRallyTeam.
Road to glory NEWBIE: Corporal Parsons
THE RAFWO’s PA Cpl Pam Parsons was in the hot seat for her Inter-Service debut as she carried out co-driver duties during the historic win, alongside Service rally regular Sqn Ldr Bruce. Bruce, who is currently vying for silverware in the Junior World Rally championship with teammate Jon Armstrong heading into the final two rounds, said: “I’ve always wanted to give something back and being able to impart my knowledge to someone who is eager to follow a similar path to mine is fantastic.” He added: “I’m using my experience and access opportunities to help develop future talent in RAF Rallying, with Cpl Parsons being the first beneficiary.” Parsons became involved in the sport as part of the association’s talent development pathway. She also undertook a preRally of Portugal drive with Armstrong and a mentoring session with European Rally competitor Nabila Tejpar at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July, along with a co-driving stint on the famous event’s rally stage.
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5-min goal blitz seals win for UKAF FOOTBALL
FIRST GOAL: Cpl Jake Gosling lobs keeper
PHOTOS: GRAEME MAIN
IT WAS a comfortable return for the UKAF men’s footballers trouncing Loughborough University 4-0 at Aldershot Garrison Military Stadium. The win came courtesy of three first-half goals from RAF hotshots Sgt Mike Campbell, SAC Jack Debnam and Cpl Jake Gosling, with Army man Sgt Matt Evans stabbing home after the break. The team, whose last competitive match was in December 2019 under the guidance of then manager FS Nick De Long, walked out onto the sun-drenched Aldershot pitch under the watchful eye of new boss FS Dyfan Pierce. Pierce (right) said: “I enjoyed it. It was nice to finally get o u t there. The group is good, they dealt with the break, injuries and the like well. Overall, I am quite happy.”
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Despite having a reduced squad of 14 players to choose from, Pierce saw his charges set about their task well. With RAF senior men’s keeper Cpl Christian Paulat-Brigg between the sticks, fellow RAF man Campbell produced the best chance of the opening period, dragging his shot wide having broken into the box. At the drinks break five minutes later, Pierce gave out clear instructions, and the side were transformed, netting three times in the remaining 20 minutes of the half. Gosling’s delightful 39thminute 18-yard lob over Jonty Cottam in the Loughborough goal got things rolling. A defensive error a minute later saw Debnam fire in from the angle of the penalty area.
SECOND GOAL: SAC Jack Debnam's strike
With two minutes of the half remaining, Campbell slotted home a clever Debnam pass, following a foul on captain CPO Danny Kerr. The second half was played at a steady pace with the visitors managing two attempts on goal before Evans hooked in after 77 minutes. The team will now prepare for their Kentish Cup defence with a friendly fixture against the Irish Defence Forces at Havant and Waterlooville in November. ■ Follow UKAFFC on Facebook: @ukarmedforcesfootball.
Birthday delight for Flt Lt Jessup Flt Lt Megs Murray BIRTHDAY GIRL Flt Lt Tamsin Jessup led the way at the combined RAF and Forces Equine Championships at Arena UK in Grantham. The Service came home with five first place finishes, also including SAC Amy Pritchard – securing her place in the Olympia Services Show Jumping Championship final in December. The two-day event featured riders from all three emergency services with competition in dressage, show jumping, arena eventing and combined training. The conclusion of the Loriners’ Inter-Service Equitation Competition was also held, with
DRESSAGE: Flt Lt Matt Dearden
the RAF second to the Army after the eventing. In the show jumping, debutant SAC Liam O’Hara took sixth place in the 60cm and 70cm open show jumping and with it the Jack Tarr Memorial Trophy, for novice and grassroots-level riders. SAC Rebecca Champion then
took first place in the 90cm show jumping, while Flt Lt Emma Gilbert took first in the combined training 90cm. The Arena Eventing saw SAC Champion ride into second in the one metre class, while Flt Lt Jessup, on her horse Ed, took first in the 90cm and sixth in one metre. She said: “What a way to celebrate your birthday. “The challenging course tested our accuracy, but Ed took it all in his stride and flew round.” In the dressage both Flt Lt Matt Dearden and Plt Off Nicole Gent rode hirelings but performed well considering their lack of time with their rides. SAC Holly Croall won both her elementary and advanced medium
WINNER: SAC Amy Pritchard has secured a place at Olympia
tests, while FS Clare Tapp picked up silverware in the Lloyd George Cup. She said: “To win the Lloyd George Cup as the highest-placed
thoroughbred in the most technical class for dressage gave me that buzz back for riding. “I feel very proud of the ride.”
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Army beaten but it's not enough for service cricketers
IST20 Men's Cricket Arundel Castle ‘A FRUSTRATING day’ is how RAF men’s cricket team captain SAC(T) Tom Shorthouse described his side’s IST20 efforts at Arundel Castle. The RAF men – who were still in the mix, results depending, until the final game of the three-team event – came up short in their reducedover opening match (18), losing to the Royal Navy by four runs, before beating the Army by 30. The final match saw the Army face the Navy. The seafarers posted a score of 109-9 after 18 overs but the Army managed 110-3 to win the game and also take the IS title on run rate. Shorthouse said: “We needed to get everything right on the day and we just couldn’t quite manage it. We played well and are definitely going in the right direction.” Having bowled and fielded well during the opening overs against the Navy, a superb run-out from vice-captain Cpl Ross Diver sparked a middle order collapse. With the Navy struggling on 94-7 after 16 overs, some wayward RAF bowling saw them put on a further 20 vital runs. With the bat, the RAF saw Shorthouse fall with the scoreboard on 16, before Flt Lt Adam Fisher (42) and Diver pushed on. Despite their efforts, the Air Force were left wanting eight runs from three deliveries. They came up short on 110-6. ANGLING
ROOKIE: Wg Cdr Karl Bird with spider crab
IS title goes to the men in red
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Butterworth swaps sports BOWLED: RAF take Army wicket PHOTO: GRAEME MAIN
In the second match Shorthouse and Diver posted a 64-run partnership with the bat, before Fisher added to the tally with 24, following Diver’s dismissal. Shorthouse (36) was then caught
before a string of consistent scores saw them total 163-6. An opening blitz with the ball saw the Army reduced to 23-3, with Sgt Kieran Pearce completing an impressive three-wicket haul soon
after, bowling Ollie Cross (1). Army captain Jay Boynton (27) and Graham Wiseman (57) produced a glut of runs, but it wasn’t enough, with their team ending on 133-7.
Anglers all at sea as Police take charge THE ROYAL Air Force’s UKAF sea fishing stars lost out to the Police in the two-day Boat Championship. The 16-person team, which consisted of eight RAF, five Army and three Royal Navy anglers, took to the water off Lymington, in Hampshire, with three debutants winning their first caps. RAF team manager WO Darren Rose admitted his team were ‘simply outgunned’ by Police Service UK. He added: “Huge congratulations to the Police team, who won a very hard-fought match. This competition is always very close and has been for a good number of years. “There are no excuses from Team UKAF and the eventual eight RAF anglers who represented us. We were simply beaten by a team with more experience and better depth.”
Despite the level of fishing not reaching that of the previous Inter-Service event the month before, the team of RAF anglers still performed well. The opening day’s anchored fishing produced catches including mackerel and pollock, while the second day saw drift fishing, with rays and strap congers being hooked. The RAF team was Wg Cdr Karl Bird (debutant), WO Darren Rose, MACR Neil Charlton, FS Scott Rennie, Chf Tech Andy Ogilvie, Sgt Darren Paul, Cpl Anthony Beckham (debutant) and Cpl Emma Gillies (debutant). Rennie and Rose produced complete fishing performances, with Army angler SSgt Nigel Jones taking the top individual spot for the event.
FORMER Weapons Technician and Paralympic gold medallist Jon-Allan Butterworth is back on the medal trail after coming out of retirement to join the GB team in snowboarding. Butterworth – who won gold at the Rio Games in 2016 as part of the Paralympic cycling squad in the C1-5 750m team sprint, along with three silver medals at the London 2012 Games – announced his retirement in 2020. Now, the former RAF man, who lost part of his left arm in 2007 in an insurgent rocket attack while serving in Iraq, is back and heading for the slopes as part of GB snowboarding. Butterworth, 35, said: “I’m so excited to join the team. To be part of the British Para Snowboarding squad is exactly the opportunity I’ve been looking for. “I’m under no illusions, there’s a lot of hard work ahead. I’ve never been afraid of getting stuck in and I cannot wait to join my new teammates and get out on the snow and show what I can do.” Next year’s Winter Paralympics in Beijing will be the second Games where a British team has been represented in snowboarding. ■ Follow the team on Twitter @ GBSnowsport.
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T The Specials speak out
HE SPECIALS release their new album Protest Songs – 1924 -2012 on October 1 through their new label Island Records. The album features 12 singular takes on specially chosen protest songs across an almost 100-year span. The band emerged in the late 1970s as the multi-racial flagship of the 2 Tone movement, and sang about racism, unemployment and injustice, making a very clear political statement every time they stepped on stage. The new release is described as a typically unpredictable collection of unique takes from folk to post-punk, righteous uplift to biting satire, and from Kingston to Alabama – a powerful reminder that there are
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no fixed rules to what makes a protest song. “People have been using music as a vehicle for protest since time immemorial,” said bass player Horace Panter. “Injustice is timeless.” The trio have picking some personal favourites for the album: The Mothers of Invention’s Trouble Every Day (Horace), Leonard Cohen’s Everybody Knows (Terry Hall) while Lynval Golding was keen to sing Bob Marley’s classic rebel song Get Up, Stand Up. Folk singer Malvina Reynolds, best known for Little Boxes, provides two spiky odes to the contributions of ordinary people: I Live in a City and I Don’t Mind Failing in This World.
And because the Specials have always had a taste for black comedy, they’ve chosen two songs by bluesman Jerry McCain (My Next Door Neighbor) and Wild Thing writer Chip Taylor (F**k All the Perfect People). “Terry said ‘I’ve found this song, listen to this,’” Horace added. “We all sat there openmouthed.” The album was recorded in a West London studio in May with regular bandmates Nikolaj Torp Larsen on keyboards, Kenrick Rowe on drums and Steve Cradock on guitar. Hannah Hu, a young singer from Bradford, fronts Listening Wind and sings back-up on Freedom Highway and Everybody Knows. See: thespecials.com.
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THE ART OF BOXING
It's The U.S. versus Japan, but In Full Bloom is more poetry than Rocky IV-style jingoism GURU: Mr Miyagi-type reclusive ‘coach’
N THE wake of World War II, an American prize fighter with a string of losses competes in Japan against an undefeated boxer. The politics in the background remains just that, as In Full Bloom avoids the path of Rocky IV and instead focuses on the meaning of the fight itself. It becomes less of a show for an audience or the media, and instead dives into the philosophy of boxing through the headspace of these two fighters. It does this by taking an expressive, poetic form – earning obvious comparisons to Terence Malik through its use of whispered narration over the top of natural landscapes and stirring string compositions. This style is sustained for the entirety of the film, as we follow American Clint Sullivan (Tyler Woods) and the struggle he has in the locker room before the fight when his honour is questioned, or as we jump back in time to see the preparation undertaken by Japanese fighter Masahiro (Yusuke Ogasawara). At a press conference, Masahiro
FIGHT: Sullivan and Masahiro
is asked about his connection to a legendary figure – a former champion living out in the woods in isolation. Avoiding a collapsed montage with upbeat music, we instead see the ways in which this recluse becomes Masahiro’s very own Mr. Miyagi, stealthily honing fighting technique through various tasks and challenges, such as catching fish in a stream barehanded, or hunting whilst blindfolded. The tone of the film seems to work more naturally with the Japanese characters, whereas
dialogue feels a bit simple in the mouths of the Americans, perhaps losing something in translation. By the time of the fight however, none of this matters. The dialogue falls away, the crowd is blacked out and the camera circles the ring as we watch the first round play out in real time. In a dizzying whirr of visuals and sound, this final fight is an explosion of style that pays off all of the film’s earlier meditations. Review by Sam Cooney 3 roundels out of 5
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The North Water BBC2
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The brutal, frozen North
IR TOM COURTNEY, Hollywood actor Colin Farrell and Stephen Graham head the cast of BBC Two’s dark new drama The North Water, set in 1859. Based on the book by author and academic Ian McGuire, much of the shoot for the series took place north of the Svalbard Archipelago, the cast and crew working entirely offshore in the Arctic Ocean. Director Andrew Haigh said: “Ian McGuire’s novel vividly evokes the brutal beauty of the Arctic environment and I knew I had to try to bring a similar realism to the show. “Despite the obvious challenges, shooting in the Arctic seemed the very best option. I wanted us to feel the biting wind, the bitter cold. I wanted to capture that fear that comes from being so far from civilisation.” Patrick Sumner (Jack O’Connell) joins The Volunteer as a ship’s surgeon, hoping to lose himself in the tough physicality of an Arctic whaling trip. But the ferocity of the elements is matched by the violence of his crewmates, with Henry Drax, a harpooner, a distinctly brutal force of nature. As the true purpose of the expedition becomes
VOLUNTEER: Life aboard whaler is often grim
clear, confrontation between the two men erupts – taking them on a journey far from solid ground and way beyond the safe moorings of civilisation. Farrell explained what attracted him to the role of Drax. “It feels like a very honest character, albeit one raised in cruelty, and thereby exists in a world where he acknowledges the cruelty all around him and doesn’t even see it as cruelty, just that there is a natural order to things. He would be, without declaration of it, Darwinian, someone who believes in the survival of the fittest and of that being the natural order by which the world exists. “More than any character that I’ve ever played he lives without
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compunction. He has no apology for anything that he says, does or feels. It’s an extraordinary character to have the opportunity to play.” Courtney said: “The story is set in Hull – now my hometown. It’s near the end of the decline of the whaling industry and it’s very nice for me to be speaking with my native [regional] accent as a Hull ship owner called Baxter, who feels that the bottom’s fallen out of whaling and so he wants to devise another way of making money. “Someone described the book as Dickensian – it’s got a lot of very rich characters. It’s dark, but it’s also literature. And the language in the piece is good language. I’ve been mostly a theatre actor in my career and it’s lovely to have that kind of dialogue to speak on screen.” Graham (inset left) plays Captain Brownlee, who he described as ‘a man of integrity.’ He said: “He’s a whaler by trade, it’s in his blood. The character we created was that his dad was a whaler so he was always going to be a whaler. He always wanted to captain a ship and he did, and his first ship set sail and sank, so after not doing it for a while he comes back to captain The Volunteer.” n The North Water continues on BBC Two at 9.30pm on Fridays.
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HE ENGLISH Electric Canberra first came into production in the late 1940s and has since played a hugely significant part in world events. In Canberra Boys, former RAF pilot Andrew Brookes takes us through its rich history with the help of those who operated this magnificent machine. The book provides a detailed and fascinating history of an outstanding aircraft alongside illuminating anecdotes from the men who served with this illustrious plane. NIMROD BOYS is a collection of 18 first-hand accounts of operating the Hawker Siddeley Nimrod – an aircraft which served at the forefront of the Cold War. The title is a complementary book to Nimrod Rise and Fall, from acclaimed author and RAF veteran Tony Blackman. It is a collection of over 20 firsthand accounts of operating the aircraft. As the first jet-powered maritime plane, the Nimrod could reach critical points for rescues or for operational requirements in rapid time. Its outstanding navigation and electronics systems also allowed it to be a first-class machine in antisubmarine warfare. The book focuses on the Nimrod’s UK-based and worldwide operations, with detailed accounts of its role during the Falklands Campaign and in later conflicts such as the First Gulf War to modern-day anti-drug smuggling operations in the Caribbean. We have copies of Canberra Boys (rrp £14.99) and
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ERNADINE EVARISTO, Jeanette Winterson, Richard Osman and Joan Collins are just some of the big names appearing at this year’s Cheltenham Literature Festival. The world’s oldest continuing event of its kind returns to the heart of the regency town from October 8 to 17 with a packed programme: from stars of stage and screen to incisive political debate. The schedule spans history, food, travel, poetry, art, sport, faith, philosophy, fashion, psychology, science, nature, business and more. There’s also a busy list of events for youngsters, featuring festival favourite Lenny Henry unveiling his first book for children, Michael Morpurgo (War Horse) introducing his first new novel for two years, Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell (How to Train Your Dragon series) plus comedians David Baddiel and Ben Miller. A spokesperson said: “The festival is harnessing digital technology as part
of its drive to create a world in which everyone can explore culture. Cheltenham Festival’s YouTube channel will broadcast highlights each day, including film talks with international writers as part of the Read The World theme. “In addition, recordings of more than 140 events will be available on demand until December 31 via the #CheltLit Fest Player.”
uest curator Evaristo (Girl, Woman, Other) will be reflecting on her three decades as a trailblazing writer and activist through to Booker Winner in Manifesto, as well as curating a panel featuring queer writers. Winterson (Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit) plus Jonathan Franzen, Leïla Slimani, Elif Shafak, Colm Tóibin and Sebastian Faulks will be discussing their new books and the bestselling and multiaward-winning Maggie O’Farrell (Hamnet) will be this year’s Desert OSMAN: Island Books Castaway Pointless and will reflect on the
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Nimrod Boys (£14.99) both published in paperback by Grub Street, to add to your collection. For your chance to own one, tell us: When did the English Electric Canberra first come into production? Email your answer, marked Aviation Titles competition, to: firstname.lastname@example.org or post it to: RAF News, Room 68, Lancaster Building, HQ Air Command, HP14 4UE, to arrive by October 8. Please mark on your entry if you prefer to win Canberra Boys or Nimrod Boys.
XPLORER, NATURALIST and TV presenter Steve Backshall has been announced as the new host of the rescheduled date for the UK concert premiere of Seven Worlds, One Planet, on March 31, 2022. Backshall, who is also an acclaimed wildlife writer, rock climber, mountaineer and endurance sports enthusiast, said: “When I was approached to host this premiere live concert, I was thrilled. As a naturalist I was fascinated by the television series which presented the incredible beauty and diversity
of the seven continents that now make up our amazing planetary ecosystem. “To bring those stunning visuals, stories and the live music score of Hans Zimmer to the arena stage is something to behold.” He will be accompanied by the Seven Worlds Symphony Orchestra & Choir, conducted by Matthew Freeman. When this landmark series, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, was first broadcast in the UK, it took viewers on an epic journey that not
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XPLORATION OF RACE: David Harewood
OUTRAGEOUS DIARY: Glamorous Joan Collins SKUNK ANANSIE: Frontwoman Skin
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six books that have shaped her reading and writing life. Crime aficionados can enjoy appearances by Pointless star turned bestselling novelist Richard Osman, The Girl on the Train author Paula Hawkins on her new novel A Slow Fire Burning and former MP Alan Johnson
and broadcaster Robert Peston, introducing their debut thrillers.
rom the world of music, the festival will welcome Skunk Anansie’s frontwoman Skin, Led Zeppelin’s iconic Jimmy Page, pop star Sophie Ellis-Bextor, with her thoughts
only celebrated the diversity of life on each of the seven continents, but also highlighted the many challenges faced by nature in the modern world. It went on to become BBC One’s most-watched factual TV show of 2019 and will finally celebrate its UK premiere live concert performance at The O2 arena London in a special one-off concert, presenting the very best footage and music from the television series. All previously purchased tickets for the December 5 performance will remain valid for the March 31, 2022
of men, music and motherhood, award-winning international cellist Steven Isserlis, musician, actor and author Will Young and Strictly Come Dancing’s Shirley Ballas who will reveal how she danced her way from the Wirral to the glamorous world of ballroom. Talking of glamour, Dame Joan Collins will give an uncensored glimpse into the pages of her outrageous diary and Disney star Hayley Mills will reflect on her dazzling career. There will be more entertainment from Gyles Brandreth, comedian Bob Mortimer with his first autobiography and Ian Hislop marks the 60th anniversary of Private Eye. Broadcaster Anita Rani, author of The Right Sort Of Girl, will recall growing up as a second-generation British Indian in the north of England. Robert Webb, Mel Giedroyc, Dawn French and Miles Jupp join for conversations about turning their hand from comedy writing to fiction and Marian Keyes will discuss her latest novel and revisit Rachel’s Holiday.
performance, said organisers. n Go to: seven-worlds-one-planetlive.co.uk for ticket details.
ritically-acclaimed actor David Harewood will share a deeply personal and provocative exploration of race and identity, war correspondent Anthony Loyd, who tracked down British ISIL bride Shamima Begum, will be joined by former SAS soldier, combat medic and former drug addict Ben Timberlake to discuss living life at the extremes and former director of GCHQ, David Omand, will show how the big decisions in your life can be made easier by thinking like a spy. n Go to: cheltenhamfestivals. com for more information and booking details or call the box office on: 01242 850270.
UST RELEASED, the Magnum PI Complete Collection comprises 130 hours of TV, across 157 episodes, over eight seasons. With ground-breaking and unconventional storytelling, join Magnum for a thrill ride of explosive action and frantic chases in the unforgettable awardwinning series, now fully restored and in high definition for the first time on DVD. Vietnam veteran Thomas Magnum (Tom Selleck) leaves the Navy to take up a position as a private eye and security advisor to famous author Robin Masters in 1980s Oahu, Hawaii. He is soon living the high life with Masters’ beachfront mansion and Ferrari, but the idyll is not all it seems and Magnum is drawn into the island’s underworld. An array of guest stars appeared on the classic 80s show including Sharon Stone, Frank Sinatra, Ted Danson, Ernest Borgnine, Patrick Macnee (The Avengers), Ian McShane and Angela Lansbury. It’s said Larson based the unseen playboy novelist character Robin Masters on bestselling novelist Harold Robbins. Orson Welles provided the voice of Masters.
ANOTHER 80S favourite is also out now on DVD as a box set featuring 111 episodes from all five seasons of a show which Win! had an unprecedented 15 Emmy Award nominations for its first season. Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas star as two cops from different backgrounds – Sonny Crockett and Rico Tubbs – who team up to take on Miami’s underworld in Miami Vice. Apparently, the cost of one episode was more than that of the entire annual budget of the Miami Police Department’s Vice Unit. We have copies of Magnum PI The Complete Collection (rrp £99.99) and Miami Vice The Complete Collection (rrp £69.99) up for grabs. For your chance to win one, just tell us: Who starred as Thomas Magnum in Magnum PI? Email your answer, marked 80s DVDs box sets competition, to: competitions@rafnews. co.uk or post it to: RAF News, Room 68, Lancaster Building, HQ Air Command, High Wycombe, to arrive by October 8. Please state if you prefer to win the Magnum PI or Miami Vice Complete Collection. Please note Magnum PI winner must be over 18.
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Life is Divine for Neil H
AVING NOW completed his third full decade as a recording artist, The Divine Comedy, aka Neil Hannon, has announced the release date for Charmed Life – the Best of The Divine Comedy – a collection of his finest moments. Out on February 4, 2022, the 24-track careerspanning roster of hit singles and fan favourites, compiled by Hannon and remastered at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London, includes the tracks National Express, Songs of Love and Something for the Weekend. It also features new track The Best Mistakes. Hannon said: “I’ve been luckier than most. I get to sing songs to people for a living and they almost always applaud. So when asked what to call this collection I thought of ‘charmed life’. I like the song and it rather sums up how I feel about my life.”
He added: “It felt right to celebrate 30 years of The Divine Comedy. I can’t give you an overview of these songs. They’re a crazy mixed-up bunch. Some are strangely seasonal, some relate to what we’ve all been going through recently, some are just nuts. Enjoy.” The Divine Comedy will be touring the UK and Ireland from April 2022, including a show at the London Palladium on May 3. “I am so looking forward to playing live again. The last couple of years have been a reminder of how much it means to me personally. It really is my favourite thing. And it seems fitting that we’ll be coming back with a greatest hits set. You know, in case everyone’s forgotten who I am and what we do,” said Hannon. n Go to: thedivinecomedy.com for venue and ticket details.
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In Memoriam MUTTITT, in loving memory of my dear wife Pamela who died September 15, 1981. So sadly missed. Mick (MAeOp Ret’d) and family. PATTON Michael Charles (Mick/Mike). Sergeant Air Loadmaster with 7 Squadron (S.F Flight) at Odiham. Died September 22, 1996, aged 29, near Castlemartin, Pembrokeshire – during a night tasking. “His laughter was better than birds in the morning, His smile turned the edge of the wind...” In loving memory of a very dear and much-missed son, brother, husband and father.
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Seeking A member of the RAF Association, Beccles and Southwold Area Branch, is appealing to the families and anyone who knew 1579140 LAC Wilfred Holbrook from Long Eaton, Derby and 1777072 LAC Norman Parker, RAF Regiment, of the Blakelaw area of Newcastle upon Tyne to make contact. Both were killed in action on June 11, 1946 at Medan Airfield, Sumatra by Sukarno terrorists. The purpose of the appeal is to convey to any surviving family members the knowledge that, following
the death of their relatives, a full military funeral was arranged for these brave airmen, attended by our member and all conducted with full military honours and great respect. In full accord with the Data Protection Act 2018, any information can be forwarded in confidence to President Brian Vousden, RAFA Beccles and Southwold Area, email: lancaster457@ btinternet.com.
Reunions DID you serve at RAF Changi or at HQFEAF Singapore? The RAF Changi Association (inc. HQFEAF) founded May 1996 welcomes new members from all ranks, ex RAF/WRAF/WAAF and civilian personnel who served at RAF Changi (inc. HQFEAF ) during 1946-72. For more information please contact our Membership Secretary: Malcolm Flack on: 01494 728562 or email: MemSecChangi@outlook. com or visit: www.rafchangi. com for more details. RAF Bawdsey Reunion Association. Having cancelled our 2020 reunion, we were planning the next reunion for June 5 this year but the continuing Covid-19 restrictions made it impossible to hold a successful reunion for our members, so the June 5 event was cancelled. A consensus showed that members were not in favour of a reunion in September 2021, therefore we have provisionally planned the next reunion for Saturday, May 21, 2022, before The Queen’s Jubilee celebrations and the extended public holidays in early June, and we look forward to seeing our friends again then. In the meantime we wish you all a safe and healthy time as the roadmap out of lockdown progresses. If you
have any queries please email: doreen.bawdseyreunion@ btinternet.com or call: 07513 301723.
Launchpad gets a big lift
A WEIGHTLIFTING competition has raised £850 for charity Launchpad in aid of homeless veterans. Fifty athletes took part in Lifting Launchpad, organised by Northern Weightlifting and Unique Fitness North East. World masters champion Susan Trebillcock received a gold medal and the title of best lifter from Sgt Gary Stamp from 3RHA (both pictured right). Launchpad’s Avondale
IF you trained as an RAF Administrative Apprentice (or perhaps you are related to an ex-RAF Administrative Apprentice) we would be delighted to welcome you to the RAFAAA. Our aim is to promote friendship and general wellbeing among our veterans, via social gatherings and assorted activities, as devised by an elected committee, and a regular newsletter. Check our website for details: rafadappassn.org or, alternatively, contact the Membership Secretary on: 07866 085834 or Chairman on: 01933 443673. We know you are out there and we want to hear from you.
House in Newcastle upon Tyne provides accommodation and support to veterans to help them make a successful transition to civilian life. Avondale House manager Phil Thompson said: “The money will contribute towards setting up a gymnasium at Avondale House to help our residents with their mental health and improve their physical fitness and wellbeing.”
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Catering Association SERVING and Retired Catering WOs and FSs plus former Catering Officers are welcome to full membership. For further information and an application form please email Eddie Jones: janedjones6@btinternet. com; or you can call: 01480 823480; Facebook: RAFCWO&SA.
Secret Postcard sale THE Secret Postcard Auction, featuring celebrities’ postcard-sized artwork to be sold in aid of veterans’ mental health charity Combat Stress, opens at 10am on October 10 – World Mental Health Day – and closes at 11.59pm on October 23. More than 150 artists and celebrities, including Joanna Lumley, Maureen Lipman and Sir Anish Kapoor, have donated artwork they designed. Go to: combatstress.org.uk.
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PROUD: Giles, left and Tim Carbury, with Gp Capt Bob Kemp, centre, in front of the uniform and memorabilia of Sqn Ldr George Denholm DFC AE, Commanding Officer of 603 Sqn during the Battle of Britain PHOTO: Ralph Frew
GILES AND Tim Carbury never knew their grandfather, Brian Carbury DFC*, who died in 1961, writes Gp Capt Bob Kemp, president of the 603 Squadron Association. But they always wanted to visit the town headquarters of 603 Squadron of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force in Edinburgh where Brian served as a Spitfire pilot and subsequently shot down no fewer than 15 enemy aircraft, many during the Battle of Britain. Born in New Zealand, Brian joined the RAF in 1937. He was posted to 603 Squadron in 1939 to help train Auxiliary pilots on the newly-delivered Spitfires.
On August 31, 1940, he shot down five enemy aircraft, becoming an ace in a day – one of only five RAF pilots to achieve this feat. Giles and Tim, who lives in Majorca, had travelled to Scotland especially to visit Edinburgh and learn some of the history of their grandfather. 603 Sqn’s Commanding Officer, Sqn Ldr Derek Read, and Gavin Davie, Director Scotland of the RAF Benevolent Fund, jointly hosted the visit at the town headquarters that was also attended by members of the Squadron Association.
Where is Trenchard sculpture? READER MIKE Jenvey is asking for help to find a sculpture of ‘Father of the Royal Air Force’ Lord Trenchard (right). Mike said: “The sculpture was last seen in an anteroom alcove at the Officers’ Mess, RAF Newton – since closed of course – over 20 years ago. “It was on display in an RAF art exhibition – ‘Highly Commended’ – about 1972-73. The portrait head was life-size, hatless, looking straight forwards with a slight smile, modelled in fibreglass resin with a bronze finish and mounted on a drumshaped wooden base engraved with details including the name of the artist, Wg Cdr Alan Robertson. “Any information to try to reunite the sculpture with the artist is appreciated.” Please email Mike at: email@example.com if you can help.
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RAF church service LANDMARK: St Clement Danes Church in The Strand, central London
THE FRIENDS of St Clement Danes Church Annual Concert – featuring the Central Band of the Royal Air Force and supported by the Choir of St Clement Danes – is due to take place on Thursday, November 25. Tickets are available at the church door on the night or from RAF Charitable Trust Enterprises, Douglas Bader House, Horcott Hill, Fairford, Gloucestershire GL7 4RB, call: 01285 713456 or email: email@example.com.
Vets get together at Hangar WARTIME HEROES: The veterans pose for photographs at Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar
ELEVEN WORLD War II veterans attended a Veterans Day at the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar recently. “This was the largest gathering of these gentlemen since the first lockdown, when a planned Veterans Day had to be cancelled,” said the event’s organiser
Robin Brooks, the Heritage Hangar’s PR officer. He added: “It was appropriate that this day was held in what is known as ‘Battle of Britain Month’ when September 15 is officially recognised as ‘Battle of Britain Day’. “The veterans were from
Fighter, Bomber, Coastal and Transport Commands and one person was from the Royal Navy. “As time takes its toll on these wartime heroes I am amazed that the age of the youngest veteran was 97 whilst the oldest was 101.” The veterans signed their
signatures on a genuine wartime Jeep and two canvases to be auctioned for the RAF Benevolent Fund. Robin said: “Getting up close to their old mounts brought a smile to their faces and it is my intention to carry these Veteran Days well in to the years ahead.”
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Across 6. See 20 Down 7. Strength of milk-producer to queen (5) 9. Drawn game, either way (5) 10. Trouble is after Puerto Rico, I left mobile in pieces (7) 12. See 13 Down 14. They show bombers the way forward (11) 18. Having the right, Ben Gunn endlessly seeks weapon (4,3) 19. Sailor has half bottle of Benedictine (5) 21. Spice Girl has American prosecutor with RAF award (5) 22. Neptune’s helicopter? (3,4)
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HUNDERBIRDS ARE GO! Blast off into more action and adventure with the first ever feature-length film starring the International Rescue team. Made in 1966, and set 100 years in the future, Thunderbirds Are Go was the original Thunderbirds movie. Millionaire ex-astronaut, Jeff Tracy, his five stalwart sons plus Brains, the inventor of the Thunderbird crafts, and the fabulous secret agent Lady Penelope, launch into action in this ‘Supermarionation’ classic from the mind of the visionary Gerry Anderson. When the mighty spaceship Zero X is sabotaged on its first mission to Mars, International Rescue is summoned to provide security for the second launch attempt. But after the ship reaches its destination, it is attacked by Martians. Once again, the brave and resourceful International Rescue team is called into action. Can the team help the damaged ship re-enter Earth’s atmosphere and prevent a catastrophic crash-landing with devastating consequences? The film includes a cameo from Cliff Richard, who also contributed to the score. And TV legend Bob Monkhouse appears as Space Navigator Brad Newman.
IN THUNDERBIRDS 6 International Rescue is back on DVD in another action-packed adventure. The combined efforts of the entire team are at full stretch. The Tracy family will need to be on top form with the cunning assistance of Lady Penelope and Parker to defeat the ring of terrorists who’ve targeted them for destruction. Don’t they know who they are messing with? While on the maiden voyage of the fabulous new passenger vessel Skyship One, Lady Penelope is shocked to discover that the crew
has been killed and replaced by a ruthless gang of hijackers who want to use her to obtain classified information and launch Thunderbirds to their destruction. As the hijackers’ super-plane circles the globe on a collision course with catastrophe, Penelope must outwit her captors and send an urgent SOS to her fearless cohorts at International Rescue before it’s too late. We have copies of both these F-A-B titles, just
released, to win – for a chance to own one of each, just answer this question correctly: When was Thunderbirds Are Go made? Email your answer, marked Thunderbirds DVDs competition, to: competitions@rafnews. co.uk or post it to: RAF News, Room 68, Lancaster Building, HQ Air Command, High Wycombe, HP14 4UE, to arrive by October 8.
Hudson & Rex Season One (12) Dazzler Media Out now on DVD & Downloadto-Own
CHARLIE HUDSON (John Reardon), a cunning Major Crimes detective for the St John’s Police Department in Canada, teams up with an unusual partner – Rex (Diesel vom Burginwald), a former K9 German Shepherd, whose heightened senses keep Charlie hot on the trail of his suspects. Together they investigate puzzling crimes, from a kidnapping that reveals a much larger conspiracy at play to an art theft murder that runs deep into the world of high society. With Charlie’s deft detective work and Rex’s keen canine senses, this crime-fighting pair is unstoppable. We have copies of the Hudson & Rex Season One, 4 -disc set (rrp £29.99) up for grabs. For your chance to win one, tell us: In which country is Hudson & Rex set? Email your answer, marked Hudson & Rex DVD competition, to: competitions@ rafnews.co.uk or post it to: RAF News, Room 68, Lancaster Building, HQ Air Command, High Wycombe, to arrive by October 8. Please include your postal address with your entry.