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Air power icons of the 1970s Rugby Union Young Guns Scots tussle

Star wars Pilots track enemy forces from space with new satellite

SKY EYE SPY: Compact 100kg Carobonite 2 device can track movements anywhere on the planet and relay data direct to frontline

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BLAST OFF: UK defence satellite takes off from the Indian Space Research Centre on board the PSLV C40 rocket

The latest UK defence satellite now orbiting the Earth will soon be beaming 3-D video footage of enemy forces straight into the cockpits of RAF combat fast jets. The Carbonite-2 device, which blasted off from the Sriharikota Space Research Centre in India, can track emerging threats

anywhere in the world and relay live video to frontline forces. Defence Minister Guto Bebb said: “This technology will give our Armed Forces the advantage to protect us from a range of threats – whether that is an airborne attack or a division of tanks closing in on a foreign border.” l Continued p5

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This expedition reflects where the RAF is going in the next 100 years

It is one of the most humbling tribute I have ever had

Kicking off the RAF 100 calendar with these events couldn’t be better

She was a fascinating woman, quite odd. I love people like that

I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Strictly Come Dancing

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Britain’s Manliest Man winner Flt Lt Alun Pepper on being nominated as a living superhero – p7

sports prospects in the RAF’s centenary year – p34

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white out: a householder in Bowerdale, Cumbria digs his way out as an RAF Chinook flies in with emergency food and fuel supplies for those still trapped in the wake of the record cold snap PHOTOS: MOD/PA

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Chinook battles the Beast Simon Mander RAF personnel have been called in to deliver emergency supplies to isolated parts of Cumbria cut off for five days by heavy snow. As RAF News went to press, a Joint Helicopter Command Chinook helicopter flew in to deliver food and fuel to those still stranded by the effects of Storm Emma and the Siberian weather front, dubbed the Beast from the East. The 27 Sqn aircraft was scrambled after Cumbria County Council warned huge drifts continued to block roads.

Flt Lt Andrew Donovan said: “Our crews and engineers reacted fast to deploy a Chinook helicopter and all of the required support personnel to the region.” RAF Odiham’s Survival Equipment specialists joined the operation and Air Traffic Controllers were called in to get the choppers airborne. The Chinook took off early on Monday heading for Carlisle airport and the RAF team was ready to begin helping just after daybreak. Personnel and equipment from the Joint Helicopter Support Squadron and Tactical Supply Wing also hit the road overnight

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RAF enters the space age as UK Defence satellite blasts off Staff Reporter

A £4.5 MILLION satellite the size of a washing machine now orbiting the earth could soon be beaming live 3-D video of enemy forces into the cockpits of RAF fighters. The Carbonite-2 device, weighing just 100kg, has been developed by UK-based astroengineers and the Defence Science and Technology lab and can monitor any area of up to five km anywhere in the world The satellite, built by Surrey Satellite Technology, was launched from Sriharikota in

India, last month It has now completed its first tests and is already transmitting data to the UK’s Joint Forces Command Geospatial Intelligence Centre. Using a range of sensors and ground stations, Carbonite-2 will be able to spot emerging threats and relay high definition imagery and live video to frontline commanders and RAF crews. Defence Minister Guto Bebb said: “We are looking beyond the skies to defend our country. “Satellite technology like this will give

vehicles. However Carbonite-2 raises the stakes for UK Defence by beaming live intelligence straight to frontline units and combat jets. Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, (pictured left) said: “It is fitting that we launched this satellite in the RAF’s centenary year. “Carbonite-2 will expand the RAF’s

growing air and space capabilities. “We have always been at the leading edge of technology, constantly innovating and expanding our horizons. “I hope it will be an inspiration to young people looking towards technology to realise their potential.” UK Space Agency director Catherine Mealing-Jones added: “Space has application across every part of the economy and is a vital part of our national capability.

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Marathon man on his last leg SERVICE ENDURANCE athlete Cpl Jon Ward is one race away from his bid to complete 100 marathons as the RAF celebrates its 100th birthday. The 32-year-old Lossie-based logi launched his centenary tribute in 2017 and has competed all over the world to

our Armed Forces the extra advantage to protect from a range of threats – whether that is an airborne attack or a troop of tanks closing in on a foreign border.” UK Defence already operates the satellite based Skynet 5 system for military communications and to support unmanned combat and surveillance

Simon Mander rack up the races to hit the target. He completed his penultimate marathon in the Scottish Borders last week and will be under starters orders for his 100th event at Gravesend on April 1 – the RAF’s official birthday.

A FORMER RAF Flight Lieutenant who took part in Vulcan raids over the Falklands is auctioning his medal and memorabilia to buy gems for his devoted wife. Veteran Mike Cooper, who took part in the ‘Black Buck,’ Vulcan bomber missions during the Falklands War, hopes to turn clutter to cash at an auction next month. And the navigator, who missed the first mission to bomb Port Stanley airfield in 1980 due to a faulty cabin window seal, but took part in the second raid, hopes to treat Sharon, his wife of 51 years, with the proceeds. “I must admit I did a bit of effing and blinding when we couldn’t take off as the mission was what I had been training for since 1966, but the engineers did a great job repairing it,” he said. Mike served in the RAF from 1964-1982 and collected maps, photos and badges which are to be auctioned on April 10. He added: “I had

a long career on the Vulcan, and I am proud to have flown in it the only time it was used in action. “But I’m 71 now, the same age as my wife, and I know my collection doesn’t mean a lot to my grandchildren. “It’s just cluttering up the house so I’d like to sell it and get my wife a nice piece of jewellery.” He hopes his memorabilia, which includes a Black Buck aircrew flying suit badge, of which only 20 were made, and an even rarer Command

Crew badge, will interest fans of the iconic Delta-winged Bomber. Also on offer are the navigation bag used by Mike right up until the last day the Vulcans flew in service, December 17, 1982, and the flying suit issued to him for postmission PR events, with navigator’s brevets, and badges from Strike Command, 44 Rhodesia Squadron and 50 Squadron. Steven Parkinson of Carlisle-based auctioneers ThomsonRoddick, who will be handling the sale, said it’s not possible to predict how much Mike’s mementos might fetch. He said: “It’s a difficult one to estimate. The medal on its own would probably not fetch a lot of money but the badges are extremely rare. “But when taken with the other items like the logbooks, original photos from the mission, the crew’s escape and evasion maps and combat survival notes, which tell the story of the mission, they could be worth a lot more.”


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Alpha male Al’s a real superhero

Man up: Air Force flying instructor Flt Lt Al Pepper was a soaraway winner in national poll to find Britain’s Manliest Man before launching a health campaign to fight testicular cancer.

Air Force Tornado man blown away by youngster’s tribute project. Youngster Jack saw Al on TV A Tornado pilot crowned and named him his as his real life Britain’s Manliest man has netted superhero. another honour – being named Mum Laura said: “Jack had seen by eight-year-old Royal Air Alun on television and asked me if Force fan Jack Ellis as his real life he could go as him for World Book superhero for a school project. Day this year as the theme was Flying instructor Alun won heroes and superheroes. the title as the UK’s Alpha I thought Alun was a Male in 2014 and started perfect example of a campaign to raise an ‘everyday’ hero.” awareness of testicular In the cancer after being Facebook photo struck down with Jack is pictured illness. in a USAF Proud airman Al flying suit – said: “I was honoured Laura explained when I saw the post that was because Jack’s mum Laura had put Proud: Laura and Jack the youngster had on Facebook. It’s one of the grown too tall for most humbling tributes I have his RAF flying suit. She had.” added: “He’ll be nine in April and Al, dubbed ‘Uncle Bulgaria’ by is already nearly five feet.” Air Force pals, launched his New She added: “I take Jack to air Balls Please campaign roping in a shows regularly and he loves it. host of celebrities to promote the RIAT is one of our favourites. He

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loves everything about the RAF and can’t wait to meet Alun when he comes to his school in June to give a talk, he’s so excited. “Jack has met all the Typhoon display pilots at air shows over

the past few years and they’re great with him. He is slightly dyslexic and colour blind, but they are so encouraging, telling him they couldn’t fly without their engineers, so he knows you don’t have to be a pilot to be in the Air Force.” Alun, the Senior Leadership Instructor at RAF College Cranwell, is currently on a one-year Chief of

the Air Staff ’s scholarship at the University of London studying for an MSc in organisational psychology. He said: “I’m looking forward to meeting Jack and his friends at their school this summer. The fact he knows about me proves that the awareness message is getting across.”

WWII anniversary

Dam Buster spirit lives on as UK marks 75th The UK’s F-35 Top Guns pilots on the recently reformed 617 Dam Busters Sqn have a huge legacy to maintain, according to military historian and TV presenter Dan Snow. Snow joined relatives of bouncing bomb boffin Barnes Wallis at London’s Albert Hall alongside a World War II Lancaster cockpit to mark the 75th anniversary of the start of Operation Chastise, ahead of a gala screening of the classic Dam Busters movie later this year. He said: “The dam raids are so important today because it was one of the most daring and imaginative raids of WWII. Operation Chastise embraced innovation and bravery. It is a story targeting and precision.

“The Dam Buster crews were able to deliver a huge morale boosting victory to the Allies as Germany was about to make the final push on the Eastern front. “617 Sqn was formed to deliver precision strikes with cutting edge kit and to show the RAF could intervene in the course of the war against any target. “Nothing should be invulnerable to 617 Sqn today. That is the lesson of the Dam raids and the attack on the Tirpitz.” “The raid was a moment when the RAF was able to overcome technological challenges to deliver munitions onto a small, precise target and it had a huge impact.

“Industry was set back and 70,000 men were reassigned from building the Atlantic Wall, to stop the Allies from invading mainland Europe.” Today’s 617 Sqn was reformed to operate the UK’s F-35 Lightning stealth fighter, due to arrive in the UK later this year. To mark the day of the raid on May 17, Snow will host a special evening which will include a screening of the fully restored movie starring Richard Todd and Sir Michael Redgrave, plus a performance by the Glenn Miller Orchestra. The show will be broadcast to cinemas nationwide and proceeds from the event will go to the RAF Benevolent Fund.

tribute: Dan Snow with Sir Banes Wallis’ grandson Jonathan Stopes-Roe at the Royal Albert Hall


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Texan trainer touches down Turboprop will speed up Top Gun training

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Dave Williams RAF Valley The first of a new generation of training aircraft designed to reduce the time it takes to prepare pilots for the frontline have been delivered to the UK’s Top Gun academy A pair of Texan T6Cs touched down at RAF Valley this month and are part of a fleet of 10 which will be used to train Royal Air Force and Royal Navy fast jet pilots. The new trainers are expected to slash the time it takes to prepare fast jet pilots for combat duty in the Typhoon and F-35 Lighting from five years to three-and-a-half.

The US-built advanced turboprop aircraft will replace the UK’s fleet of ageing Tucanos as part of a £1.1 billion programme to improve aircrew training. Pilots will start on the Texan before moving on to the Hawk T2 advanced fast jet trainer at Valley. RAF Valley’s Station Commander, Gp Capt Nick Tucker-Lowe, said: “The first Texan aircraft will enhance the MoD’s basic flying training provision for the next generation of fighter pilots from 2019 onwards. “The Texan fleet will offer our

trainee fighter pilots a first class lead-in aircraft to prepare them for their advanced jet training on our existing fleet of Hawk T2 aircraft which are already operating here.” Five new aircraft types will be introduced over the next two years to speed up delivery of aircrews. The first of the RAF’s Phenom Embraer 100 aircraft were delivered to Cranwell last year and will eventually replace the King Air, currently used to train crews to operate the C-17 and Atlas A400 M transporters. The Prefect Grob 120TP will replace the Grob Tutor for

OUT: Tucano replaced by new Texan trainer PHOTO: MOD

elementary flying training at Cranwell and Barkston Heath. Juno Airbus H135 and Jupiter Airbus H145 helicopters will supersede the ageing Squirrel and Griffin aircraft at the UK’s helicopter training school at Shawbury. There are currently nine out of a total of 29 Juno aircraft at RAF Shawbury with three Jupiters that will eventually replace the Griffin conducting mountain and maritime training, also at RAF Valley.

SAR star signs off in Cyprus

Best in tow: Malamutes get their teeth into Winter Games

A pair of Alaskan Malamute sled dogs fight it out at the recent Phoenix Winter Games at Tedworth House in Wiltshire. The annual event backed by the Help for Heroes charity features teams of disabled and injured Forces veterans taking part in sled races, ice hockey, clay shooting, skiing and curling. A spokesman said: “Sport is a huge part of the recovery journey.”

A HELICOPTER pilot who saved a Tornado crew who had ditched in the North Sea has hung up his yellow Search and Rescue helmet for the last time. Sqn Ldr Chris Mace is stepping down from the RAF’s SAR Force after a 27-year career during which he has carried out nearly 400 rescue sorties over 4500 flying hours. His last posting was with Cyprus-based 84 Sqn flying the Griffin HAR2 providing emergency rescue cover on the island. After his final shift Sqn Ldr Mace said: “My most memorable moment came in 2004 when we were scrambled to the crew of a 31 Sqn Tornado who got into difficulty and were forced to eject into the North Sea. “We picked them up and were on our way to Newcastle General Hospital within 26 minutes of the ejection; they both made a full recovery,” His flying duties have included operational tours on the Wessex with 72 and 84 Squadrons, which he commanded at Akrotiri in 2002.

British Forces are backing international efforts to help protect African wildlife from poachers by training park rangers. UK troops will be deployed to two wildlife reserves in Malawi as part of an international campaign against the illegal multi-billion pound trade threatening African wildlife. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “Our Armed Forces are playing their part to put an end to this sickening and illegal industry.”

privilege: Maggie Appleton

Maggie nets top museums post RAF MUSEUM chief Maggie Appleton has been appointed as president of the UK Museums Association. Ms Appleton, who took over the Royal Air Force venue in 2015, said: “It is an utter privilege. We continue to face unprecedented challenges.”

RemeMbrance: Wreath laying at memorial Rescue ace Mace: Chris after his last flight with the RAF. PHOTO: SAC PHIL DYE

He also flew Sea Kings with 22 and 202 Squadrons, where he was a rescue helicopter instructor. Sqn Ldr Al Ross, Officer Commanding 84 Sqn, said: “Chris is one of the last pure operational Search and Rescue pilots left in the RAF and his departure is a great loss to the Force.”

Leeming tribute

Leeming communications specialists honoured members of 90 Signals Unit who have died in Service at an annual service of remembrance at the National Memorial Arboretum. Serving personnel joined family and friends as the names of the fallen listed on the memorial were read out.


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Protector poised for RAF debut UPGRADE: Protector has increased range and performance, top, Reaper currently supporting operations in Iraq and Syria

Reaper replacement breaks cover with latest US trials Staff Reporter

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THE FIRST unmanned Protector aircraft are undergoing tests in the US ahead of delivery to the Royal Air Force. A team of RAF pilots, engineers and sensor operators are conducting a range of trials alongside the US Air Force and industry technicians. UK Defence chiefs have placed an initial order for 16 of the new remotely piloted air systems which will replace the RAFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s existing Reaper fleet. UK test team spokesman Wg Cdr Iain Hutchinson said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Protector represents a step change in RPAS capability and all of us in the team are genuinely excited about bringing the platform into frontline service with the Royal Air Force. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reaper has been very successful and continues to deliver on operations in the Middle East. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Protector promises to expand upon Reaperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long range surveillance and precision strike capabilities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By complementing existing

and future ISTAR and Combat Air capabilities such as the F-35, it will meet the needs of UK Defence worldwide for decades to come.â&#x20AC;? As part of the US trials the RAF team hope to ensure that Protector complies with national and international airspace and safety regulations. allowing it to operate in a wide variety of environments and locations, including support of humanitarian relief operations. RAF Reapers are currently deployed in Iraq and Syria supporting coalition operations against Islamist terror group Daesh. The unmanned aircraft boast an array of high tech surrveillance equipment and are armed with laser guided Paveway IV bombs and Hellfire missiles. Crews based at Waddington in the UK and Creech airbase in the US control the aircraft using an advanced secure satellite system . Since entering service during the conflict in Afghanistan in 2013 Reapers have flown more than 100,000 hours on combat operations.

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Air travel no plane sailing for Brits British travellers are more nervous about flying now than they were 10 years ago, according to a survey. The poll by National Geographic reveals a third of passengers say reports of aviation disasters are fuelling their fear while 51 per cent believe that cyber security will be one of the biggest future threats to flights over the next 10 years.

Combat chief Air ViceMarshal Gerry Mayhew performs a roll in the Typhoon simulator at RAF Lossiemouth during an annual inspection. The station is one of two UK Typhoon bases where the swing role fighters are on constant high alert to protect UK and Nato skies. During the visit AVM Mayhew was given a tour of the station’s welfare facilities and a briefing on the arrival of the RAF’s new P8 Poseidon maritime patrol fleet, due to enter service at Lossiemouth later this year.

WWII bomber hero Harry joins RAF’s living legends Staff Reporter RAF Cranwell

Vulcan wings it with appeal Vulcan fans are being offered the chance to have their names etched on the underside of the Cold War bomber’s massive delta wing, to mark the 25th anniversary of the aircraft’s last flight with the RAF. The Vulcan to the Sky Trust is hoping the scheme will raise funds to give Vulcan XH558 a new display hangar. A spokesman said: “Support will contribute to the Trust’s work to secure a new home for XH558 and help build a brighter future for heritage aircraft restoration.” Aircraft fans who take up the offer will also receive a personalised certificate. For more details go to: www. vulcantothesky.org

A WORLD WAR II Lancaster flight engineer who survived a mid air collision and went on to win the Legion D’Honneur during the conflict added his name to the list of living RAF legends this month. Bomber command veteran WO Harry Parkins was invited to sign the Wall of Gallantry at Cranwell, after briefing the latest aircrew to graduate from the RAF survival training course. Known as ‘Ackney Arry’, the 93-year-old engineer told students how he lived through 36 bombing raids before taking part in Operation Manna – the life-saving Allied relief mission over Holland in 1945. Speaking to the latest generation of RAF crew at the Robson Academy Aircrew SERE Traning Centre, he said: “I made it to the end of the war and even survived a mid-air collision with another Lancaster. “In one raid we had dropped 12,000 lbs of bombs and were returning when I spotted an enemy aircraft coming towards us. “I shouted to the gunners who hadn’t seen it as it started firing

Name game: Harry signs on at the Wall of Gallantry

East end hero: WO Parkins in WWII

tracer bullets at us. “The gunners spotted it and fired back and downed it. When we got back we saw there were 17 holes in the plane. It never flew again.” WO Parkins served with 630 Sqn before moving to 576 Sqn at RAF Fiskerton where he took part in the first humanitarian operations, dropping 12,000 tons of food supplies over Western Holland to alleviate the suffering of an estimated three million people. EastEnder Parkins flew six missions from the UK station over

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Walkenberg, Delft and Rotterdam. He added: “The German troops in the region were also starving, we saw them taking up bags of flour.

A lot of the bags burst when they hit the huge poles the distrusting German troops had put up to stop us landing.”

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Forces scrambled as Storm Emma meets the Beast Staff Reporter

Bomb ace honour BOMB DISPOSAL veteran Warrant Officer Phil Hunt has received his Meritorious Service Medal, after 34 years service. The Wittering-based airman works with the Service’s only explosives unit, 5131 Bomb Disposal Sqn, and has served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He said: “It is a massive honour and if I’ve made any contributions at all, I hope it is showing how the application of first principles is the safest way of making the harmful harmless.”

Emergency services scrambled the RAF to rescue stricken motorists as freezing weather and blizzards swept across the UK bringing many of the nation’s roads to a standstill. Specialist transport personnel from Wittering were called out as drifting snow blocked major routes across the Midlands, leaving hundreds of drivers stranded. A convoy of 10 Royal Air Force 4X4 vehicles were brought in to transport health workers to local hospitals to keep emergency services running through the coldest March day on record. Wittering-based Expeditionary Logistics Sqn and 2 Mechanical Transport Sqn worked through the night ferrying medics to emergency appointments in areas ambulances could not reach. Elsewhere in the snow-crippled county RAF teams assisted an estimated 70 drivers stranded by the worst conditions to hit the region in three decades.

snow go: Drifting snow brought roads to a standstill PHOTO: NOAH WILLIAMS

first class : Royal Mail lorry on its way after RAF rescue PHOTOS CPL PAUL ROBERTSHAW

A station spokesman said: “Conditions were so bad short journeys were taking up to three

hours. The problem was not just the snowfall but the strong winds blowing snow onto the roads

causing huge drifts. We train for these conditions and have the right vehicles for the job.” Britain’s transport networks were thrown into chaos when a cold front from Siberia dubbed the Beast from the East collided with Storm Emma, causing the Met Office to issue a red weather warning. Mainline train services were suspended and hundreds of flights cancelled to and from the UK’s major airports.

24-hour crisis line launched to fight PTSD Charity group Combat Stress backs new defence mental health drive Staff reporter Defence chiefs have launched a 24-hour emergency helpline to support the growing number of Forces fighters suffering from conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression. The new service is being backed by counsellors from charity group Combat Stress and is part of a £2 million package of measures to help personnel battling mental health problems linked to frontline duty. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “Mental illness caused by life on the battlefield can

have a devastating impact on our brave heroes and their families. “It is our moral and professional duty to ensure that we do all that we can for our world class troops.” Recent research reveals that on average just over four per cent of frontline troops develop PTSD as a direct result of violent combat experiences. A survey of military personnel who served in Afghanistan found that 84 per cent reported coming under rocket attack, 75 per cent reported coming under small arms fire and 60 per cent reported seeing personnel being seriously wounded or killed in action.

More than half experienced an IED blast and 27 per cent reported handling bodies or human remains – factors linked with the development of a range of mental problems. According to the King’s College Centre for Military Health Research mental health problems are likely to increase within months of returning from a frontline tour in the combat zone. Combat Stress chief executive Sue Freeth (pictured right) said: “Left untreated

mental health problems can become more complex and have a devastating impact on those with the condition, as well as their loved ones. It is vital people seek help as soon as they notice a change in their mental health.” The latest spending pledge brings the MoD budget for mental health support to £22 million a year. The MoD currently has a network of 20 mental health

centres while visiting clinics are also held at other military centres across the country. As part of the new scheme, Defence chiefs will provide extra funding for the existing Combat Stress helpline aimed at Service veterans. Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood said: “We are choosing to work with the leading organisation for providing this specialist mental health service.” l The new Military Mental Health Line number: 0800 3234444 is open 24 hours a day. All calls are confidential.


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Puppy appeal

MORE THAN 350 dog owners and their pets took part in the Paws for Remembrance event at the National Memorial Arboretum. Organisers built a three-mile dog walking track around the site and brought in vets from animal

charity PDSA to provide free health checks. A spokesman said: “Support for the event is growing every year and this is a brilliant way of engaging new audiences and helping them understand the importance of the Arboretum.”

Tribute to Falklands Harrier hero Sir Peter Tracey Allen FALKLANDS HERO and former Chief of the Air Staff Chief Marshal Sir Peter Squire has died aged 72. Paying tribute to him, CAS, ACM Sir Stephen Hillier said: “Sir Peter was from a proud RAF family and was a distinguished and decorated Harrier pilot who flew with great bravery during the Falklands War. “He was hugely successful, admired and respected in every appointment he held, not least as Chief of the Air Staff. “He left the Service an enormously important legacy.” Sir Peter, pictured right and far right, began his RAF career in 1963,

completed his pilot training three years later and joined 20 Sqn at RAF Tengah, Singapore to fly Hunters. In 1975 he converted to the Harrier then became a flight commander on 3(F) Sqn at Wildenrath in Germany. In 1981 he was appointed commander of 1 Sqn at Wittering. The following year eight Harriers, led by Sir Peter, flew to Ascension Island and two days later six of the aircraft were put on a container ship to join the Task Force in the South Atlantic. With five of his pilots, he flew from the ship to

join a Fleet Air Arm squadron of Sea Harriers on HMS Hermes. The next day he launched the squadron’s first operational mission – the first time RAF aircraft had flown in combat from an aircraft carrier since World War II. Over the next three week he flew 23 bombing, rocketing and reconnaissance operations. He flew his final sortie on June 13, dropping a laserguided bomb on enemy positions – the first such attack by an RAF aircraft. He was

MISSION: Wg Cdr Squire takes-off vertically from the Atlantic Conveyer on May 18, 1982 to head for HMS Hermes PHOTO: AIR HISTORICAL BRANCH

awarded the DFC for his ‘great courage…outstanding valour and steadiness under enemy fire.’ In November 1986 Sir Peter was promoted to command Cottesmore, then went on to a series of highprofile operational appointments in the Ministry of Defence and at RAF Strike Command HQ. In February 1996, as an Air

Marshal, he became Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Programme s and Personnel) and in 1999 was appointed Commander-in-Chief Strike Command and Commander Allied Air Forces North-Western Europe. He became CAS in 2000. Sir Peter is survived by Lady Squire and their three sons. See p22 for full obituary.


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From Bader to Bond – legendary British director Gilbert dies, 97 LEWIS GILBERT, the veteran director whose films included the World War II classic Reach For The Sky starring Kenneth Moore as Gp Capt Douglas Bader, has died aged 97. A former child actor Gilbert joined the RAF Film Unit in WWII where he worked on documentaries. He was later seconded to the US Army Air Force’s First Motion Picture Unit, working with Hollywood veterans including Frank Capra. Gilbert went on to direct the war films Sink the Bismarck! and Carve Her Name With Pride. In 1967 he was nominated for an Oscar for Alfie, the film that made Michael Caine’s name.

Divas delve into WWI trenches AN EXHIBITION exploring the impact of World War I on women’s fashion and featuring a line up of top designers opens at the National Memorial Arboretum this month. The Fashion and Freedom show includes couture by Vivienne Westwood, Emilia Wickstead and Serbian designer Roksanda. Curators say the exhibition will explore how women’s war work in traditionally male occupations in industry and transport influenced postwar trends in design and eventually the modern catwalk collection. Exhibition director Jenny Waldman said: “We wanted to look at the often-neglected impact that World War I had on the lives of British women. “The roles they took on and the freedom they gained led to a shift in fashion. The war years were a revolutionary period of social change.” O Fashion and Freedom runs until November and admission is included in the Arboretum’s permanent Landscapes of Life exhibition.

The director made his Bond debut with 1967’s You Only Live Twice starring Sir Roger Moore and worked with Moore on two more Bond titles, The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker. Gilbert’s other films included Shirley Valentine and Educating Rita. For his final film, 2002’s Before You Go, he was reunited with Educating Rita star Dame Julie Walters. He died in Monaco which had been his home since 1975. Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli paid tribute to Gilbert and Moore’s family, who said he was one of Sir Roger’s favourite directors, added ‘his legacy lives on forever.’ FAVOURITE: Lewis Gilbert with Princess Diana


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Space h ppers & Harriers: The RAF in the 70s New pictorial book features the aircraft that came and went in a period of huge change for the Royal Air Force

Phantom menace: 43 Sqn, ‘The Fighting Cocks,’ became operational on July 1, 1970, with the new FG.1

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WITHDRAWN: An Argosy E1 of 115 Sqn overflies a team manning a theodolite while calibrating the airfield approach aids at RAF Cottesmore in February 1971. The RAF stopped using the transport aircraft in 1975

RELIEF: An RAF Hercules C.1 was sent to Mali to help distribute grain to the famine-hit country in July 1973

DIAMOND GEEZERS: To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the first transatlantic crossing by aeroplane in June 1919, a Phantom FGR.2 of 56 Sqn was painted in special colours and flown across the Atlantic before being displayed at the International Air Tattoo at Greenham Common on June 29, 1970. The pilot was Sqn Ldr AJH Alock and Flt Lt WN Browne was the navigator. In 1919 the crossing was made by British aviators John Alcock and Arthur Brown

LAST HURRAH: The 12 instructors from 4 Flying Training School who took part in the Gnat farewell flight over the Menai Strait bridges, led by the Chief Instructor, Wg Cdr Doug MacGregor, in November 1978

hile many look back on the 1970s remembering space hoppers, Saturday Night Fever and disco music, for the RAF it was a time of huge change. In 10 years, it went from a global force with many overseas bases to one centred on the UK and Europe in response to the perceived Cold War threat from the Soviet Union. This transformation is the subject of a new book by Pilot magazine photographer Keith Wilson, RAF in Camera: 1970s (pen-and-sword.co.uk). And, the author claims, the changes were driven by economic rather than strategic considerations. “The Labour government, prompted by the 1970 economic crisis and devaluation of the pound, made the defence of Europe Britain’s primary commitment and decided on the withdrawal of virtually all forces east of Suez by the end of 1971,” he said.

The introduction to service of the Phantom, Harrier, Buccaneer and Jaguar gave a new cutting edge to the RAF’s offensive air power

Despite the numerous base closures that followed surprisingly few aircraft types were withdrawn, apart from, notably, the venerable Dakota, Argosy and Andover. Indeed, the decade saw the introduction of a range of new jets which have since entered RAF legend, including the multi-role combat Panavia Tornado – which today is still in action against Islamist terrorists in the Middle East. Wilson said: “The introduction

WESSEX: A 72 Sqn helicopter in special camouflage, operating during Exercise Arctic Express from the Norwegian Air Force Base at Bardufoss in March 1970

RAF GAN: A 10 Sqn VC10 was the last aircraft to leave the base – officially closed on April 1, 1976 and handed over to the Maldivian Government

to service of the Phantom, Harrier, Buccaneer and Jaguar gave a new cutting edge to the RAF’s offensive air power. “Nearer to home the RAF Germany Harrier Force broke new ground exploiting the new and unmatched capabilities of a unique aircraft in the close air support role.” It wasn’t just the sharp end of the service that was re-equipped; with the Bae125, Puma and Gazelle helicopters, Bulldog trainer and Nimrod maritime reconnaissance aircraft all arriving in service.

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ther landmark events recorded in the book include: n The Queen opening the RAF Museum at Hendon in 1972. n The ending of the Vietnam War in which RAF Hercules were used to evacuate civilians from Cambodia. n The Queen’s Silver Jubilee Review at RAF Finningley in 1977. n The Sea King replacing the Whirlwind and the Wessex in the Air Sea Rescue role in 1978. n In 1979 the Hawk replacing the

Gnat in the RAF and becoming the mount of the Red Arrows.

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he book features more than 450 high-quality photographs, including rare archive images supplied by the Air Historical Branch. This is the third volume in Wilson’s series that includes RAF in Camera 1950s and RAF in Camera

1960s to explore the Service’s history over the course of the 20th and 21st centuries. By Simon Mander n Did you serve in the RAF in the 1970s? Do you recognise yourself in any of these photographs? Contact us with your memories. Email: editor@rafnews.co.uk.

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NEW SAR STAR: The Sea King HAR.3 replaced the Whirlwind and Wessex rescue aircraft. Pictured, a Sea King from RAF Boulmer near an oil drilling platform in the North Sea in 1979

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HOME AGAIN: British holidaymakers returning to safety at RAF Brize Norton after being evacuated from Cyprus following the Turkish invasion in July 1974


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1 Black Panther

Tip-toeing through a frozen hell

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HE BANFF Mountain Film Festival World Tour is currently opening filmgoers' eyes to some incredible and in, some cases, frankly daft adventures for what must be one of the most out-there film series ever produced. Split into Blue and Red programmes the movies bring the amazing outside world inside for you to view from the comfort of your cinema seat. There is a beautiful symmetry between the two films I saw – Twin Galaxies and Stumped – that show the difficulties of trekking and overcoming a vast ski and kayak expedition in Greenland, and the internalised battles of disabled climber Maureen Beck. Ben Stookesbury, Erik Boomer and Sarah McNair-Landry attempt the seemingly crazy kayak and kite surfing Twin Galaxies expedition, spotting a hidden river in the polar region on Google Earth. It is almost comical how the world is now viewed in this way, somehow conquered already by mapping it digitally, but the truth when it is reached is very different and

smacks the viewer, let alone the three on screen, in between the eyes at the unreal scope of their journey. We watch them tiptoe through this frozen hell, with McNairLandry, the kiting expert, injuring herself almost immediately. The drama of these moments is countered by the beauty of their surroundings, but the team are never far from a potential moment of disaster. Fabulous camera work, using drones and G Pros really bring home how insignificant human beings seem in such a powerful and harsh landscape. Stumped deals with Beck's personal climbing battle as she struggles to break down barriers about her climbing ability and disability – not having a left hand. The film covers her attempts to master a 5.12 climbing difficulty score – which, frankly, looks impossible. She is driven by the patronising attitude of ablebodied people towards her and fellow disabled climbers, and a shocking NBC broadcast, which will have you shrinking into your seat with embarrassment. The

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Lady Bird (pictured below)

4 Fifty Shades Freed 5 I, Tonya 6 Finding Your Feet 7 The Shape of Water 8 Coco 9 Early Man 10

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

NO MEAN FEAT: Erik Boomer keeps on trekking in Twin Galaxies

film alone shows the depth of misunderstanding surrounding any disability, and Beck won’t be cowed in her belief and will not be pigeonholed. It makes captivating viewing. The mock video at the end of the piece as we see her team up with Tom Caldwell, another disabled climber is hilarious. If bitesize thrill ride films,

triumph and despairs are your thing, plus an incredible and rarely seen view of this amazing world we live in, I recommend this festival. It will inspire and amaze you. n The Festival continues at cinemas nationwide until mid May. Review by Daniel Abrahams R'n'R Rating:

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Beautiful The Carole King Musical

Bombshell: The Story of Hedy Lamarr

Amazing life of a legend A tapestry of hits SHE WAS known for her beauty rather than her brains, but had she been born in a different time, Hedy Lamarr might well have received the recognition she deserved in her lifetime for her pioneering work helping to revolutionise modern communication. The stunning movie star, from a family of wealthy Austrians who fled Hitler to settle in the USA, was notorious for her six marriages and affairs with, among others, Howard Hughes and President John F Kennedy. In Bombshell director Alexandra Dean shows there was so much more to the Hollywood legend than the beautiful woman who starred

with Victor Mature in Samson and Delilah. Produced by Thelma And Louise star Susan Sarandon, Bombshell is no hagiography however. It doesn't shy away from showing Lamarr's naked ambition to succeed on the silver screen – in 1931, aged 18, she appeared in the Czech film Ecstacy which became notorious as the first motion picture to include a nude scene. This fascinating documentary also reveals the struggle Lamarr had in coming to terms with ageing. Sadly, she become a rather tragic figure – spoiling her looks with too much plastic BEAUTIFUL: Hedy Lamarr in her prime

surgery and opting for isolation, even from her family, in old age. The astonishing truth about Lamarr's brilliance as a scientist and an inventor makes a truly compelling story. As this riveting film reveals, only towards the end of her life – she died in 2000 aged 85 – was her clever concept of frequency hopping used as the basis for secure WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth, discovered and celebrated. Review by Tracey Allen R'n'R Rating:

AFTER ITS West End run Beautiful is now on a UK tour, telling the life story of the extraordinarily talented singer-songwriter and, as you’d expect, brimming with her evergreen hits. As a long-time King fan I was looking forward to this production, and the show I saw at Milton Keynes Theatre didn't disappoint. Bronté Barbé gives a strong performance as King (born Carol, no ‘e’, Klein in Brooklyn, New York), from her early years at home with her mother Genie (Carol Royle), a shy, geeky schoolgirl but already prodigiously gifted, in her domestic and working partnership with cowriter Gerry Goffin (Kane Oliver Parry) to global success as the confident, mature solo artist whose album Tapestry became a classic. And who can resist The Shirelles’ and The Drifters’ – portrayed superbly by the talented ensemble cast – uptempo versions of Will You Love Me Tomorrow? (written when King was just 18 and Goffin 21) and Up On The Roof complete with slick early Sixties dance moves? Amy Ellen Richardson is excellent as Goffin and King’s friend, and fellow songwriter Cynthia Weil, who wrote the Righteous Brothers’ iconic You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling with her

husband Barry Mann (Matthew Gonsalves). Gonsalves, with Grant McConvey (as Bill Medley) and Ben Morris (as Bobby Hatfield) (below) deliver a spine-tingling version of the song that’s a real showstopper. You don’t have to be an out and out Carole King fan to enjoy Beautiful – it’s an ultimately feelgood show that’s packed with memorable music you just can’t stop humming when the curtain comes down. And King fans will fall in love with her sublime songs all over again. Review by Tracey Allen R'n'R Rating:


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The Big Interview Hannah Tointon

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Crazy For You UK tour

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Theatre tour actress is in good company with famous sis and fiancé

WINE, WOMEN AND SONG: Claire Sweeney (above) appears with Tom Chambers in Crazy For You, also starring Charlotte Wakefield

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om Chambers admits that his role in the musical Crazy For You is ‘the most incredibly physically exhausting show I have ever done.’ The Holby City, Casualty and Father Brown star, who won Strictly Come Dancing in 2006, is no stranger to the unrelenting demands of performing on stage night after night, for months on end – and has some interesting ways of coping with it. He was nominated for an Olivier Award for his role in the musical Top Hat in 2011 and two years ago played the suave and witty Elyot Chase opposite Call The Midwife’s Charlotte Ritchie in Noël Coward’s Private Lives. Chambers, who stars as Bobby Child in Crazy For You, said: “I spent most of Private Lives in a dressing gown and pyjamas, which was just heaven compared to this show. Every time I go off stage for this production I change costume." But he’s not complaining. He added: "The one part I wanted to play in my entire life more than any other was Bobby in Crazy For You. "I saw the original London production in the 90s with Ruthie Henshall and I was blown away. "I get to tap dance, the Gershwin score is so lovely to dance to, and the show is full of great one-liners. "As Bobby I’m on stage for most of the show. It’s a dream role for me – and I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Strictly." He added: "It’s a very, very energetic musical – I can’t believe how the cast do it. "There’s no orchestra – the cast have learnt the score off by heart

and they’re dancing while playing instruments. They are incredible, they do it so well." He revealed that one of the ways he maintains fitness for the role – something he learned while in Top Hat – is to stand, thigh-deep, in an ice bin during the interval and at the end of each show. He said: "It gets rid of the lactic acid in your legs." Another is eating oysters – "One of the first forms of protein found on the planet," he said, "They are a wonderful tonic, with Tabasco." Described as ‘the ultimate feelgood musical’, Crazy For You tells

STAR: Tom as Bobby

the troubled love story of Bobby, the son of a wealthy New York banking family and frustrated Broadway hoofer, and Polly (West End and Royal Shakespeare Company star Charlotte Wakefield), the daughter of the proprietor of a failing theatre in Deadrock, Nevada. Sent to close the theatre down, Bobby falls for Polly and, in the guise of a Hungarian impresario, decides to save the theatre by putting on a show. Claire Sweeney (Brookside, Clocking Off, Benidorm) also stars in this acclaimed Watermill Theatre production featuring unforgettable songs by George and Ira Gershwin including I Got Rhythm, They Can’t Take That Away From Me, Nice Work If You Can Get It and Embraceable You. Chambers said: "Bobby is like a puppy – he wears his heart on his sleeve. He’s over-optimistic, that’s for sure. "It’s an amazing show and the audiences have been loving it. There’s nothing taxing about it, it’s a real pleasure from start to finish." He chose to take a break from playing Dr Sam Strachan in Casualty so he could do the Crazy For You tour. It’s at Milton Keynes Theatre from March 20-24 and goes to venues including Edinburgh, Bradford, Swansea, Wolverhampton and Woking before finishing in Leicester in June. He added: "I’m really hoping after the tour ends to return to Father Brown as Inspector Sullivan. It was such a joy to work on." Interview by Tracey Allen n Go to: crazyforyoutour.com for more details.

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urrently starring in the stage version of classic thriller Strangers on a Train, Hannah Tointon was advised to avoid watching the famous Hitchcock film version of Patricia Highsmith’s story. Known for her roles in Hollyoaks, The Inbetweeners and Mr Selfridge, the stunning young actress said: “I had never seen the film and our director, Anthony Banks, said not to – because it’s very different from the play. “The stage version is closer to Highsmith’s novel and I think a lot of people will be surprised that the play is not like the film.” Tointon plays Anne Faulkner, fiancée of the troubled Guy Haines (Call The Midwife’s Jack Ashton) whose chance encounter with charismatic and manipulative Charles Bruno (Christopher Harper – Coronation Street's Nathan Curtis), sets in motion a chain of events that will change the two men’s lives forever. The fateful meeting between them two men takes place in the dining carriage of a train crossing America. Guy is a successful businessman who has a nagging doubt about the fidelity of his wife. Bruno is a cold, calculating chancer with a dark secret. A daring and dangerous plan develops from their casual conversation. Having read Highsmith’s book for her role, Tointon is now a firm fan of the writer, known for her gripping psychological thrillers including The Talented Mr Ripley and The Two Faces of January. Highsmith was known for keeping snails as pets, taking them to dinner parties in her handbag, attached to a head of lettuce. Tointon said: “I love people like that, it was really interesting finding out about her. She was a fascinating woman, really quite odd. "She creates such an amazing atmosphere in her writing."

I thought, but I’m enjoying it. I’m getting used to a different town or city every week. "We get just one day off a week, and that’s usually spent travelling. I’m so pleased to be working with such a lovely group of people – we’re like a close-knit family.” And family is obviously very important to the young actress. Her attractive older sister Kara is also an actor – she starred in wartime drama The Halcyon and appeared with Hannah in Mr Selfridge, an experience the siblings both enjoyed. Hannah said: “It was lovely, but we don’t have specific plans to work together again. "And we don’t compete for the same roles – we haven’t made a conscious decision not to audition for the same parts, it’s just that our paths don’t seem to cross.”

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his is the first time that Tointon has been on a national tour. She said: “It’s a lot harder than SISTER ACT: Hannah, far right, With sibling Kara, also a well-established actor

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GRIPPING: Hannah Tointon, as Anna Faulkner, in Strangers on a Train with co-star Jack Ashton, of Call the Midwife fame PHOTO: HELEN MAYBANKS

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annah’s fiancé is also a familiar face on the small – and big – screen – Joe Thomas, who shot to fame as lovesick Simon in Channel Four’s hilarious teenage angst comedy, The Inbetweeners, and played pretentious student Kingsley in the hit comedy series Fresh Meat. The couple (pictured below) met when she played his girlfriend Tara in The Inbetweeners and have been together since 2010. They can both be seen in the film The Festival, a coming-of-age comedy, due out in August, also featuring Flight of the Conchords' Jermaine Clement. It was directed by Iain Morris, The Inbetweeners producer and writer. Hannah said: “Joe plays the lead and I’m in a supporting role. Again, as with Kara, Joe and I don’t plan to work together in the future necessarily – if it happens, it happens. “It’s lovely to have an ally when you’re working on something, it’s nice to work with friends that you’ve worked with before, it makes it so much easier having that shorthand with someone.”

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tempted to take part in the TV dance show, one of the BBC’s most-watched programmes? She said: “Probably not, but I loved watching Kara in it so much. I guess never say never but I think of it as her achievement. She did so well, I wouldn’t be able to live up to it and I’d find the live performances way too scary.” Born in Southend-on-Sea in 1987, Hannah didn’t go to drama school. As a child, acting, she said, was ‘a hobby’. Aged 12 she won a part in the West End musical Whistle Down The Wind, then appeared in children’s TV sitcom Kerching! As an adult she went on to appear in The Bill, Doctors and Hollyoaks (as Katy Fox). Talking about her burgeoning career, she said: “There’s lots of things I’d like to do but I don’t want to put things in boxes, I’d just like to keep it open. "I want to carry on doing as varied parts as possible and more comedy, and I’d really like to do more theatre." Interview by Tracey Allen n Strangers On A Train continues at the Grand Theatre York, then Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury. Go to: atgtickets.com for details.

Hannah Tointon, known for her roles in Mr Selfridge, The Inbetweeners and Hollyoaks, stars in the thriller Strangers On A Train, now on tour (see: atgtickets.com). Here’s her iPod Top Ten: 1

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children: those who can are taken by the government and christened ‘handmaids’. Kate (Richardson), a handmaid, is sent to the house of Fred, the Commander (Duvall). There she must submit to his demands, and those of Serena Joy (Dunaway), his jealous, vindictive wife. But some things cannot be controlled by The Republic – like Kate’s growing feelings for the Commander’s chauffeur, Nick (Aidan Quinn), or the secret resistance, who meet under darkness. We have three copies of The Handmaid’s Tale on DVD (rrp £9.99). For your chance to win one, answer the following question correctly: Who wrote the screenplay for The Handmaid’s Tale? Email your answer, marked Handmaid’s Tale DVD, to: c o mp e t i t i o n s @ r a f n e w s c o. u k or post it to: RAF News, Room 68, Lancaster Building, HQ Air Command, High Wycombe, HP14 4UE to arrive by March 23. Entrants must be over 15.


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Death Dentice Kenneth (Ken). Sadly passed away on February 2. Dad served as RAF MTD from 1947 until his 55th birthday in 1985. His final posting was to RAF West Raynham in Norfolk where he and our mum Margaret finally settled. She sadly passed away 25 years ago and he missed her greatly. His children have happy memories of postings both in the UK and abroad. He leave two sons, three daughters, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by us all. MURKIN Derek Arthur, Flt Lt BEM RAF Regt (Ret'd). Following a long illness, died peacefully at Roxholm Hall Care Centre, Sleaford on February 7, aged 85. Beloved husband of Vivien and a dear Dad, Granddad and Great-Granddad. Derek enlisted at 2RU Padgate in May 1950 for Air Signaller training at Swanton Morley but, after the death of a close friend in a flying accident, transferred to Pay Accts in 1951 and then to the RAF

Regt in 1953. He served at Marham, Helmswell, St Athan, Buckeburg, Lyneham and the Defence NBC School at Winterbourne Gunner prior to commissioning at Feltwell in July 1965, then Cranwell, Sharjah, Watton, South Cerney, Fairford, Brize Norton, Laarbruch, St Athan, Aldergrove and, finally, Wyton, before retiring in August 1982, with 32½ years service. He will be sadly missed by all he leaves behind. Richards Peter, BEM. It is with great regret and sadness that I have to announce the death of my dad ex WO Peter Richards (Safety Equipment) who sadly passed away after a short and unexpected illness aged 86. Peter and his late wife Sheila are survived by their daughter Karen, son-in-law Steve, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there, I'm in your heart for keeps. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamonds glinting as snow. Do not stand at my grave and

cry, In your heart I do not die. Those who knew you, loved you, Those who loved you, mourn you.

In Memoriam Cpl Barrie Gange 19342015. Always loved and in our hearts forever. Loving wife Jean and children Sharon, Ian (deceased), Wendy and Tony. Died March 25, 2015.

Seeking Seeking Milton Clement Henry aka Milton Clement Robinson, a retired Sergeant who was stationed at RAF Gütersloh, Germany, in the late 1980s and early 1990s. We’re seeking him with regards to the estate of his aunt, Violet Guishard Hallpike. He is roughly 75 years old, retired from the RAF, and would likely be residing in England or Germany. We kindly ask anyone who has any information to call Anton Young, toll free, at: 1-800663-2255 ex. 6704.

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Seeking RAF Boy Entrants of the 43rd Entry RAF Saint Athan from 1961-62. Contact: don43rdentrysaints@yahoo. com or via our website: 43rdentr yrafstathan. myfreesites.net/ Does anyone have details of Irish Republican Army threats or attacks on RAF stations or personnel during 'The Troubles'? Please contact Father Keith Sawyer, 29 Field Gate Road, Luton LU4 9TA, call: 07773 591554. Seeking whereabouts of John Bellsmith, Halton Apprentice 209th Entry. Later worked at Stansted. Location urgently required on behalf of sister Flt Off Bellsmith PMRAFNS. Any info please contact Mike Plimmer: 01403 275176. Seeking Richard, Pete and George from Billet 77, RAF Fayed, Canal Zone 1954/1955. Remember the good old days in the Education Dept? Many years gone by but memories have not faded. How are you all? Please contact Brian on: 07980 189726 or email: spitfire1940@yahoo.com. 43rd B/E's Entry (Carpenters) St Athan 1961/2. There were only eight of us, found one, looking for the other six: D Beales, R Davies, (?) Fisher, (S?) Marks, D Shaw, (R?) Sims. Please contact John Phillips: 01380 871956; or you can email: john. sandie723@yahoo.co.uk RAF Administrative Apprentice Association. Seeking all Administrative Apprentices who trained at RAF St Athan, Bircham Newton, Halton, Ruislip or Hereford. For details of YOUR association please visit the website: www. rafadappassn.org.

Reunions To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the formation of the RAF this year Trade Group 6 MT are combining their annual reunion weekend with an Anniversary Dinner and Ball in Blackpool over a weekend in April. For more details or to attend the weekend please email: tg6mt17@gmail.com. Everyone welcome from MT, all ranks. RAF100 celebrations: The combined Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) organisation, in Weston-

super-Mare, are organising an RAF Locking reunion 'Token Fair' to be held on the Beach Lawns in front of the RAFA Home, Flowerdown House (BS23 1BH), on April 14 from 10am to 5pm. The RAFA Band will be giving a free concert. There will be a beer tent, food, rides and a bouncy castle. The Mayor has accepted an invitation. The entrance fee is 50p, in aid of the Wings Appeal. Contact Iain Norris on: 07788185389. Coltishall Old Boys will hold a Norfolk RAF mardle in Aylsham Town Hall, NR11 6EL on Saturday, April 21, from 10am to 4pm to celebrate the RAF's 100 years. Gulf War Display memorabilia, pictures and book sale. Paper plane making for future pilots and engineers. Refreshments and cakes. Free entry. ROYAL Air Force Catering Warrant Officers and Seniors Association (RAFCWO&SA). This year’s Annual General Meeting of the RAFCWO&SA will take place at RAF Wittering on April 26 and 27. Details and application forms can be obtained from either FS John Roberts, call: 01780 417282; email John Roberts: john. roberts440@mod.gov.uk or FS Dom Owen, call: 01780 416369; email Dom Owen: dominic.owen818@mod.gov. uk. Members are requested to complete and return application forms ASAP. No 4 Squadron 309 entry RAF Hereford Annual Reunion will be held on April 26-28. This is a special reunion with a visit to a Lincolnshire RAF base. A formal dinner will be arranged on Friday 27th. For further information please email: robert.willis@ wanadoo.fr or: dave. thompson@thomco.co.uk or call: 07982 07982 190504. Please book early for this event, all ex Apprentices are welcome. The 90th anniversary of No 504 (County of Nottingham) Squadron will be celebrated by 504 Association, with a lunch at the ex RAF Hucknall, site where we were born (now Rolls-Royce) on Saturday, May 5. If interested with partners please email: petermoore504@talktalk.net RAF Regiment Association Somerset/Dorset Branch Social May 18-21. Warners, Cricket St Thomas, Somerset. Join the Social Club. Please contact Alec Hunt, Coordinator, on: 01793 704629 for details.

45th Entry C Flt 3 Sqn Suppliers reunion July 13 and 14 at Three Counties Hotel, Hereford. Anyone interested please call Dave Bell in Hull on: 01482 377625. 313 Entry RAF Hereford Supplier General. 50 years since we were at Hereford. Is anybody interested in a reunion? Please email David Johnson: DCJ440.313@ btinternet.com

RAF100 Service The 100th anniversary of the RAF will be celebrated in central London on Tuesday July 10, 2018. A limited number of tickets are available for the Service in Westminster Abbey (including reception), or access to the reception only on Horse Guards Parade, from where you will view the flypast. Applicants should provide the names, addresses, place and date of birth, Passport or Driving Licence number of individuals wishing to attend. Applications should be made in writing, and are to be accompanied by a stamped self-addressed envelope. Applications should reach: Mrs Michèle Small, SO3 RAF Ceremonial Events, RAF Ceremonial Office, RAF Northolt, Ruislip, Middlesex, HA4 6NG to arrive before April 3, 2018. Please clearly mark the rear of the envelope ‘PARADE’. To assist with the categorisation of tickets, applicants are requested to state which of the following is appropriate: either a member of the general public, or RAF or Royal Auxiliary Air Force/ Reserve Force veterans who should provide their Service number. Please state if you are a wheelchair user. Tickets, and a note on dress and timings for the occasion will be issued four weeks before the Service. Those applicants wishing to attend the Service at Westminster Abbey should plan to be at the Abbey at 0845. Reception guests only should plan to be at Horse Guards Parade no later than 1045.

RAF 100 events TO CELEBRATE 100 years since the formation of the RAF, the Sheringham & District Branch of the RAF Association is promoting a concert by the Band of the Royal Air Force College on Saturday, March 10 at St Peter’s Church in Sheringham, Norfolk. The concert, held in the afternoon, will be the


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R'n'R Your Announcements You can email photos for announcements on this page. Send small jpg files (less than 1MB) to tracey.allen@rafnews.co.uk College Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only local performance in a very busy year. Led by renowned conductor, Sqn Ldr Richard Murray, the band, who are based at RAF Cranwell, will play a full repertoire of military and popular music, with soloists demonstrating individual skills. Tickets available from Sheringham Little Theatre, in person, online or call: 01263 822347. For more information please contact the local RAFA Branch on: 01263 479507. PARADE and church service on April 1 at midday at St Johns Church, Westonsuper-Mare and then at the RAFA Club, Alexandra Parade, afterwards. The Mayor is attending. RAF Woodvale is joining the celebrations to mark 100 years since the formation of the Royal Air Force by launching a competition to design a new RAF Woodvale badge. The competition is open to anyone aged 16 and under and will run until April 30. The badge will be submitted for Royal approval and the winner will have their design professionally

turned into the new station badge. The lucky winner will receive a framed copy of their design and will also be given the chance to be Station Commander for the day. See the RAF Woodvale website: raf.mod.uk/rafwoodvale/ for full competition details. lestationbadgecompetition. cfm). TO commemorate the forming of the RAF 100 years ago, the Beccles and Southwold Area Branch of the RAF Association, on Saturday, March 31 is holding a Wings Appeal collection in Exchange Square, Beccles and an exhibition of RAF memorabilia in Hungate Church Hall, together with a film show, 'The History of the RAF'. Our local MP, Mr Peter Aldous, the Mayor of Beccles and other civic leaders together with an RAF contingent from RAF Honington and our local ATC Cadets have been invited to support us. There will also be Pipe Music from a City of Norwich Pipe Band Piper. All are welcome to attend. Further details from Secretary on: rafabeccles@ gmail.com or call: 01502

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R'n'R Prize Crossword No. 222

Solve the crossword, then rearrange the 14 letters in yellow squares to find an RAF activity.

1. Rod has to enter period of prohibition (5) 4. Discharge sailor’s shattered love (7) 8. Reprimand Swiss hero for being absent (4,3) 9. Employing American with spirit broken (5) 10. Clasp Bolt (4) 11. Treading up steep slope (8) 13. Report of some intelligence (4) 14. Leading figure and stud (4) 16. One for the road…or worn with pyjamas? (8) 17. Initially acted casual, never exposing unpleasant condition (4) 20. As late as a French model meets the Italian (5) 21. Popular product may choke volunteers (7) 22. American uncle has smashed cars – that’s funny (7) 23. Without them, hermit pal suffers at this time of year (5)

Solutions should be sent in a sealed envelope marked 'Su Doku' with the number in the top left-hand corner to RAF News, to arrive by March 23, 2018.

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Name.................................................................................................................... Address................................................................................................................ .............................................................................................................................. .............................................................................................................................. RAF activity..................................................................... Crossword No. 222

No. 232 Fill in all the squares in the grid above so that each row, each column and each 3x3 square contains all the digits from 1 to 9.

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1. The Queen has to approve the award of these to RAF squadrons (6,7) 2. The heartless left in charge of operation in Iraq (5) 3. Either way, it’s that time of day (4) 4. Guarantee a company, by the sound of it (6) 5. Without them, Thom may squander RAF unit (8) 6. Left sortie confused, so just hangs about (7) 7. Not a dance for nine or more! (9,4) 12. I’ll float around some vessels (8) 13. Drunker yet more constrained (7) 15. Disfigure poor actor in RAF station (6) 18. I’m embraced by cleaner spokesman (5) 19. Jonathan partly RAF Deputy Commander for Operations (4)

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Solutions should be sent in a sealed envelope marked 'Prize Crossword' with the number in the top left-hand corner to RAF News, Room 68, Lancaster Building, HQ Air Command, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP14 4UE to arrive by March 23, 2018.

The winner of Crossword No. 219 is Gillian Mills from Guildford who wins a copy of Spitfire Deserter? The American Pilot Who Went Missing by Bill Simpson (amberley-books.com). Solution to crossword No. 219: Across – 7. Flight 8. Parade 10. Illegal 11. Rioja 12. Exam 13. Aztec 17. Jumbo 18. Saga 22. Chump 23. Tandoor 24. Eleven 25. Dickin. Down – 1. Officer 2. William 3. Thigh 4. Harrier 5. Bacon 6. Medal 9. Elizabeth 14. Jump Jet 15. Bazooka 16. Warrant 19.Aches 20. Queen 21. Anvil. RAF station – Cosford

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GED 19 Bob Allen left his job as a chemist – a reserved occupation – to join the RAF. Within six months he was in No 1 Sqn flying a Hurricane in dogfights over the Channel before he was posted abroad. He lived in West Africa for nearly two years, fighting Germany’s Vichy French allies where he earned a DFC for his determined

efforts flying dangerous unarmed photoreconnaissance missions. After a stint at home in 1942 he retrained as a fighter-bomber in Typhoons and was one of the first over the Normandy beaches on D-Day. On July 25, 1944 Bob was shot down over enemy lines and his family was told he was missing, presumed dead. He escaped from his burning aircraft at the very last moment leaving his flying boots behind to find himself in a field of stubble surrounded by German soldiers. He spent the rest of the war in a POW camp where he was held in

solitary confinement, interrogated by the Gestapo, imprisoned in the infamous Stalag Luft III, and suffered the ‘Winter March’ of 1945. In the last weeks of the war, Bob (pictured left) and a colleague escaped. T h e y reached American allies at Torgau just days before the war in Europe was over and he managed to send his wife Alice a message on May 5, 1945 – ‘I am free and in safe hands’. H e arrived home on May 12. At a VE celebration party that

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night he spoke about his war experience – the only time he ever did. Forty years after returning from war, Gp Capt Allen wrote a memoir of his life during WWII. He gave copies only to his family. When Bob died his daughter Suzanne (pictured right), a film director whose documentaries include Battle for Britain, inherited a black tin trunk of memorabilia including her father's logbook. She decided his story should have a wider audience and undertook detailed research to flesh out his memoir and include some of her mother’s account of life on the Home Front. The result is No Ordinary Pilot, described by Wg Cdr Chris Hoyle, OC 1(Fighter) Squadron, in his foreword to the book as ‘a gripping tale of courage and skill’. We have copies of No Ordinary Pilot (Osprey Publishing, rrp £18.99) to win. For your chance to own one, answer this question correctly: In which camp was Bob Allen imprisoned as a POW?

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Air Cdre Ted Sismore was exceptional airman, too I enjoyed the obituary on the late Wg Cdr Reg Reynolds, particularly as his navigator was Ted Sismore. He

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TOP TEAM: Ted Sismore, left, and Peter Reynolds

retired as an Air Commodore on June 23, 1976, his 55th birthday, and I do not know if he is still alive.

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award-winning master distiller John Walters, in Cambridgeshire, Supermarine Vodka, named after the company that created the iconic World War II Spitfire aircraft, has a smooth, creamy finish with a slight vanilla hint. It is 54 per cent proof and is so smooth it can be enjoyed neat. Spitfire Heritage Distillers support the Spitfire Heritage Trust.

He had the DSO, three DFCs and AFC and after the war, I cannot remember the date, he was the navigator on a Mosquito which broke the record for the flight from London to Cape Town. What I found interesting about him was that he trained as a pilot when he was a Squadron Leader. I met him once when he was a Wg Cdr and the CO of, I believe, a Meteor 14 night fighter squadron. I was an instructor at the time, teaching other navigators the AI 21 radar. With the passage of time I cannot remember where we met. It was a pleasure to meet him and I never knew what he did for the remainder of his Service. Mervyn Troake Sqn Ldr (Ret’d) Via email EDITOR’S NOTE: Sadly, Air Cdre Ted Sismore passed away in 2012, aged 90.

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I’m 81 and climbing Snowdon – join me

I am an ex-RAF Air Traffic Controller of 31 years service, then five years with the Oman Air Force. I am now 81 and am collecting for the RAF Association in the centenary year of the Royal Air Force to raise money for the charity. Please remember it is the whole RAF family that needs our support – this family includes all those who serve and have served, including their dependents when they are in need.

I am climbing Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, on May 20. If you would be interested in joining me on my challenge and raising funds for the RAF Association please email me at: dusters105.miller@live.co.uk. Full details of the day, including hints and tips on the climb, are on my web page: uk.virginmoneygiving. com/SnowdonCharityClimb. Thank you. Peter ‘Dusty’ Miller Via email

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TRIBUTE: Leusden 214 Sqn memorial

On behalf of 214 Squadron Association, I would like to thank RAF News for publishing two articles about the memorial erected recently in the Dutch town of Leusden for the 214 Sqn aircrew who were killed near the town 75 years ago during World War II. The Leusden people are delighted with the coverage and equally thank RAF News for your help and dedication. Peter Walker Secretary 214 Sqn Association Via email


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Obituaries

Falklands Harrier Commander and former Chief of the Air Staff ACM Sir Peter Squire

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IR CHIEF Marshal Sir Peter Squire, who died on February 19 aged 72, led his squadron of Harrier jets on ground attack operations during the Falklands War. He was appointed Chief of the Air Staff in April 2000. Sir Peter started his RAF career in 1963 as a flight cadet at the RAF College, Cranwell. Commissioned three years later, he completed his training as a pilot before joining No. 20 Squadron at RAF Tengah, Singapore to fly Hunters in the ground attack role. A further tour on Hunters followed when he was a flying instructor at RAF Valley in Anglesey. He was selected to be the station’s display pilot, won the annual RAF Wright Jubilee Competition in 1972 and was awarded a Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air. In 1975 he converted to the Harrier before becoming a flight commander on No. 3 (F) Squadron based at Wildenrath in North Germany. The squadron regularly operated from remote, dispersed sites in all weathers and this gave him an excellent insight into the activities, initiative and ideas of all ranks. On completion of his tour he was awarded the AFC. In March 1981 he assumed command of No. 1 Squadron based at RAF Wittering. A year later the squadron was put on standby to reinforce the Task Force, which was heading south for the Falkland Islands. Over the next three weeks the Harriers were modified to operate from aircraft carriers, air-to-air missiles were fitted and the pilots flew practice combat missions at Wittering against French Air Force Mirage and Etendard aircraft; two types that equipped the Argentinian Air Force. At the beginning of May 1982, eight Harriers, led by Sir Peter, took off for the eight-hour non-stop flight to Ascension Island using in-flight refuelling. Two days later, six of the Harriers were loaded onto the requisitioned container ship, the Atlantic Conveyor, which sailed to join the Task Force in the South Atlantic. On May 18, Sir Peter and five of his pilots took off from Atlantic Conveyor and landed on HMS Hermes where they joined a Fleet Air Arm squadron of Sea Harriers. The following day, he took off on the squadron’s first operational mission, which was also the first time RAF aircraft had flown in combat from an aircraft carrier since World War II. Over the next three weeks, Sir Peter flew 23 bombing, rocketing

FALKLANDS HERO: Wg Cdr Peter Squire, second from right, with fellow 1 Sqn pilots on the deck of the Atlantic Conveyor during the voyage through the South Atlantic PHOTO: AHB

DESTINED FOR THE TOP: A highly experienced Harrier pilot, below, Sir Peter became Chief of the Air Staff in 2000, above

and reconnaissance operations. On one occasion he and his wingman attacked Stanley airfield with rockets flying at low level against intense anti-aircraft fire. Both aircraft were hit but managed to return to Hermes. On June 8, he was preparing to land at a forward strip at San Carlos when his engine failed and he made a crash landing. He was flying again the next day. On a later operation he was bombing an enemy headquarters on Mount Tumbledown when a bullet passed through the cockpit close to his head. He flew his final sortie on June 13 when he dropped a laser-guided bomb on enemy positions, the first such attack by an RAF aircraft. The next day the Argentinian forces surrendered. Sir Peter was awarded the DFC for his ‘great courage’ and the citation concluded, ‘he has shown outstanding valour and steadiness under enemy fire and has led by

brave example’. He returned to Stanley in October for two months and on his first sortie he was forced to eject after an engine failure. He landed in the harbour and was picked up by a Sea King helicopter. In November 1986 he was promoted to command RAF Cottesmore, the home of the Tri-National Tornado Training Establishment. The unit trained RAF, German and Italian aircrew to fly the new Tornado aircraft. Identified as an officer likely to rise to the top of the RAF he filled a succession of high-profile operational appointments in the MoD and at the headquarters of RAF Strike Command. The RAF was restructuring following the end of the Cold War and operational squadrons were being deployed to police the United Nations No-Fly Zones over Iraq and to support ground operations in the escalating conflicts in the former Yugoslavia. He returned to the MoD in February 1996 as an Air Marshal, in the key appointment of Deputy Chief

of the Defence Staff (Programmes and Personnel). All three Services had to adjust to a series of reviews and spending cuts at a time when they had to meet an increasing number of operational commitments. In March 1999 he was appointed as Commander-in-Chief, RAF Strike Command and Commander Allied Air Forces North-Western Europe. With command of all the RAF’s air and ground operational forces, he had the additional responsibility of providing air defence for the United Kingdom and surrounding Nato areas. Although a Cold War veteran, Sir Peter’s activities in ‘out of area’ operations in the Falklands, and his experience of working with Allied partners, gave him a clear insight into the need for new doctrines and tactics in the employment of air power. His squadrons were heavily involved in the Kosovo War. He recognised the complexity of these operations and the need to integrate numerous aircraft roles and capabilities within a coalition air battle plan. After the conflict he presented his findings to senior military and political staffs to illustrate how air operations were changing and to express his recommendations on the way forward. On April 21, 2000, Sir Peter was appointed Chief of the Air Staff. His wide experience was invaluable when he advised the Government on the British air contribution to the US-led military action in Afghanistan and then, in 2003, the RAF’s significant role with coalition partners engaged in the Iraq War. People were always at the forefront of his thinking. He focused on the professional development of the air and ground crews. He was concerned about the delays in the pilot training organisation and fought hard to rectify the issue whilst confronted by a Treasury requirement to find cost savings. He was a very compassionate

and thoughtful commander who had a deep interest and concern for the welfare of all ranks and their families. An excellent listener, he had a very good antenna for their issues and sought regular briefings in order to gain an insight into people’s concerns, aspirations and their motivation. In December 2002, Sir Peter paid an official visit to Argentina and met the Argentine Air Force Chief, General Walter Barbero, who flew Boeing reconnaissance aircraft in the Falklands. Squire told the general: “We had great respect for the Argentine Air Force. They flew with great courage and skill.” Before leaving the country, he flew an Argentine aircraft of the kind he might have encountered in 1982 and, in a spirit of reconciliation he laid a wreath on the Argentine war memorial. Highly professional, personable and much admired, there was a steadiness and reliability about Squire’s manner that gave great confidence to those who worked with and for him. It was never better illustrated than during his time in the Falklands War when he had to cope with other pressures in addition to leading his squadron in combat. He was appointed KCB (1997), advanced to GCB in 2001 and made Air Aide-de-Comp to HM The Queen in 1999. In retirement, Sir Peter led a busy life. He was Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Imperial War Museum from 2006 to 2011, was Vice-Chairman of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission from 2005 to 2008 and the serving President of the RAF Club. He was a Deputy Lieutenant for Devon and President of the Devon and Somerset Wing of the Air Training Corps. Lady Squire, who survives him with their three sons, gave Sir Peter great support throughout his long and distinguished RAF career.


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Obituary

Bomber chief dies, aged 100

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IR VICE-MARSHAL Deryck Stapleton, who has died aged 100, began his career in the RAF flying bi-planes on operations in Palestine and 30 years later flew a Vulcan bomber on a round-the-world tour. Stapleton joined the RAF in May 1936 and, after training as a pilot, left for Jordan in March 1937 to begin a long period of service with 14 Sqn. His younger brother Basil, known as ‘Stapme’, was a Battle of Britain pilot who earned the DFC. The squadron was equipped with the Fairey Gordon bi-plane, later replaced by the Vickers Wellesley. Early in 1939 reconnaissance flights were mounted over the Jordan Valley and coastal patrols were flown to locate ships attempting to land illegal immigrants and arms into Palestine. In March 1939 Stapleton was awarded the AFC for his outstanding flying during 25 counter-insurgency operations. He was also mentioned-in-despatches. Following the entry of Italy into World War II in June 1940, Stapleton took his flight to Port Sudan for operations over the Red Sea and in Abyssinia where it was heavily involved in operations against the Italians.

COURAGEOUS: AVM Deryck Stapleton

Stapleton led bombing attacks against Asmara, Kassala and Massawa. He also led a secret raid by five aircraft against an Italian forward airfield on the Sudan and Libya border, which involved a round trip of eight hours over the featureless desert and scrub. On arrival at the airfield the expected enemy aircraft had left and after a bombing run, the five crews headed back. Blenheims replaced the Wellesleys in September 1940 and shortly after Stapleton was appointed as the Squadron Commander. On the 26th, a Gladiator fighter

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mistook his Blenheim for an Italian bomber and opened fire. Stapleton was wounded but he managed to land his severely damaged aircraft. On November 26, he was leading a flight of six aircraft to attack Harat when he spotted a Blenheim making a forced landing. He instructed the rest of his formation to circle overhead as he landed amongst the rough scrub alongside the stricken aircraft. The three crew members scrambled aboard Stapleton’s aircraft and the heavily laden Blenheim staggered into the air after a long run through the camel thorn and rocks. For this action, Stapleton was awarded an immediate DFC, the citation noting his ‘courageous leadership, skill and daring, which are characteristic of all this officer’s operations against the enemy’. At the beginning of 1941 the army began an offensive to drive the Italians out of Abyssinia and 14 Sqn mounted daily bombing attacks. In March Stapleton led attacks during the crucial Battle of Keren, which led to the retreat of Italian forces. In a final defiant gesture on April 3, the Italian Navy escaped from Massawa to the Red Sea. Four destroyers had sailed and Stapleton led a force to bomb the already crippled Manin, which was destroyed. 14 Sqn left for the Western

Desert and Stapleton continued to see a great deal of action. He attacked enemy landing grounds and the airfield of Maleme on Crete. He saw action during the brief Syrian campaign and also in northern Iraq and he carried out a leaflet drop over Tehran on August 25. He finally handed over command in October after serving on the squadron for four years and flying more than 100 operational missions. In late 1941 he joined the operations staff of Air Vice-Marshal Coningham at Air Headquarters Western Desert before returning to the UK in mid-1942. He served in the plans division of the Air Ministry and as the staff officer to the Vice Chief of Air Staff. When he left 18 months later he was mentioned in despatches. In July 1944 he left for Italy to take command of 254 (Bomber) Wing of the Balkan Air Force, which included Greek and South African squadrons. Targets were attacked in Yugoslavia and northern Italy. At the end of the war he was mentioned in despatches for the third time. For three years he served as the Air Staff Officer in the Cabinet Office before commanding RAF Odiham, the home of three Vampire

jet fighter squadrons. After tours at HQ Fighter Command and with the Allied Air Forces Central Europe at Fontainebleau he became the Station Commander in March 1955 at RAF Oldenburg in northern Germany where his squadrons flew Hunter and Sabre fighters. With further promotions he served at Bomber Command and in the Air Ministry. In April 1964 he completed refresher flying on the Canberra and the Vulcan before assuming his appointment as the Air Officer Commanding No. 1 (Bomber) Group. Under his command he had nine Vulcan squadrons that formed part of the UK’s strategic nuclear deterrent with a proportion able to scramble at 15 minutes notice. He decided to return to the UK across the Pacific and the USA thus completing a trip around the world. In June 1966 he became the Commandant of the RAF Staff College at Bracknell. Two years later he took retirement to join the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC). He was appointed CBE (1948) and CB (1960) and was a long-time president of the 14 Sqn Association. He co-authored the squadron history Winged Promises (1996).

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Vet alcohol misuse to be studied

Two top universities are carrying out a study into exService personnel and alcohol misuse. The University of Liverpool and King’s College London have been awarded almost £155,000 by the Forces in Mind Trust to conduct a 15-month study looking at which veterans are more likely to recognise they have an alcohol problem and who goes on to seek help for it. Ray Lock, the FiMT’s chief executive, said: “We know through existing evidence that there are high levels of alcohol misuse by ex-Service personnel and that, for the most part, this vulnerable group do not seek help. “This project will fill some of the important gaps in research around recognising problem alcohol use and encouraging help seeking, together with determining what impact mental health issues may have.” Dr Laura Goodwin, from the University of Liverpool, said: “Whilst it is established that alcohol misuse is common in ex-serving personnel, little is known about why help is often not sought. “This study will provide much needed information on which ex-serving personnel are less likely to seek help and the characteristics of those most in need of support.”

Conference for RAF 100 A special one-day conference celebrating 100 years of the RAF will be held at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome in Maldon, Essex, on March 31. Hosted by Air Cdre (Ret’d) Barry Dickens, the aerodrome’s curatorial trustee, the conference features a talk by Imperial War Museum oral historian Peter Hart on The Royal Flying Corps and the Battle of the Somme followed by aviation historian Air Cdre (Ret’d) Graham Pitchfork, author of The TALK: Air Cdre (Ret’d) Pitchfork Royal Air Force Day By Day 1918-2018, on The Evolution of the RAF. Advance tickets are available online a first-come, first-served basis, email: events@stowmaries. org.uk The aerodrome was originally opened in 1916 and was home to B Flight of No 37(HD) Squadron, Royal Flying Corps.

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Gateway to new job A new service has been launched to help working-age veterans find employment. Statistics show that just under a quarter of working-age vets don’t have jobs – now ex-Service personnel and their families who need support with job-hunting can contact Veterans’ Gateway for help. The £2 million service was launched in response to Lord Ashcroft’s Veterans’ Transition Review. Financed by the Covenant Fund allocated by the Ministry of Defence, the service will be delivered by a consortium comprising several Service charities including The Royal British Legion, Combat Stress and SSAFA. Mark Collins, assistant director of Veterans’ Gateway, said: “Having been through the process myself, I know that leaving the Armed Forces can be challenging and sometimes overwhelming. “Veterans’ Gateway is there to assist veterans in identifying what support is available to them or their circumstances and who is best to give it. No matter what stage they are at, there are experts on hand to help with a range of employment services.” A spokesman added: “Veterans’ Gateway connects users with the right organisation. It acts as a first point of contact for employment support and will put the veteran in need in touch with the right referral partner.” RAF veterans who have benefited from the Gateway service include former aircraft engineer Sgt Ben Norfolk, who was helped by employment referral partner Mission Motorsport, the Forces motorsport charity.

£2m service helps former RAF personnel to find employment

BEN NORFOLK: High-octane new career

Medically discharged from the RAF last year, Ben now works for a company that restores and races vintage pre-war Bentleys and has been selected to take part in the British GT Championship. He served eight operational tours to Iraq and Afghanistan and during

his 2008 tour was involved in a multiple casualty recovery at Camp Bastion. In 2015 he was diagnosed with Complex PTSD, anxiety and depression and in 2016 he attempted suicide. Ben said: “Being involved in motorsport – the adrenaline, teamwork and joint sense of purpose – makes me feel alive again. I’ve been incredibly lucky.” Resettlement service Career Transition Partnership (CTP) and business enterprise organisation X-Forces are also Veterans’ Gateway employment referrals partners. After six years in the RAF, former Intelligence Officer Rosie Phelps – the first woman in an intelligence post on the Joint Special Forces Aviation Wing – set up her own business, children’s cutlery range Doddl, with her sister Catherine. Rosie said: “X-Forces showed a strong belief in me as an ex-Service entrepreneur. It is fantastic that this support is available to nurture the potential that comes out of the Armed Forces.” Former Chf Tech Michael Hartney, who left the RAF in 2016 after 28 years service, now works as a technician for Amazon Engineering. He said: “It was really refreshing to attend the CTP’s interview techniques workshop. It gave lots of tips to be successful. “My advice for Service leavers is decide quickly what you want to do

Entrepreneur: Rosie Phelps was an Intelligence Officer in the RAF (inset)

Engineer: Ex-Chf Tech Michael Hartney

when you leave the Forces. Act on any training requirements as soon as you can – don’t leave it too late.” n To contact Veterans’ Gateway go to: veteransgateway.org.uk, call: 0808 802 1212 or text: 81212.

Ex-Wg Cdr waxes lyrical and boosts RAFBF funds

Businesswoman: Trish in her workshop

A former RAF Wing Commander has designed a candle to celebrate the Service’s centenary this year… and raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund. After a 30-year career in the Service as an air traffic control officer, when Trish Preston-Whyte left the Royal Air Force she turned her hobby of candlemaking into a new career, setting up the Chiltern Candle Company last year. Now Trish has created a candle – Ascent – specifically to raise funds for the RAFBF. She said: “I have been inextricably linked with the Royal Air Force for half of its existence, as I followed my father into the Service and it has always been a part of my life. “In the RAF I got to know first-hand the support the Fund

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offers to those in need and, with the RAF’s 100th anniversary this year, I’ve produced a special fundraising candle. “I am very proud of the career I had within the Royal Air Force but what really stands out for me over the years is the people that I have worked and lived so closely with; we really are one big family. “We never know when we may

find ourselves in a difficult position and the RAFBF will help anyone who is in, or has served in, the RAF as well as their partners and dependants. It’s the family I belong to.” Ten per cent of profits from the sales of the Ascent range go to the Benevolent Fund. n Go to: chilterncandle. co.uk for more information. 30 year of service: Trish Preston-Whyte was an air traffic control officer during her time in the Royal Air Force


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Graduations

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WINTER PARADE: Graduates from Beckett Intake Flights 3 and 4 at RAF Halton brave the recent Arctic conditions to put on a magnificent display for family and friends

PHOTOS: Christopher Yarrow

Chinook saves the day Beckett Intake, Flights 3 and 4, have graduated from Recruit Training Squadron at RAF Halton. The Reviewing Officer was Air Vice-Marshal Gary Waterfall, Chief of Staff for Operations at Permanent Joint Headquarters. Musical accompaniment was by The Band of the RAF Regiment and the flypast was by a Chinook from 28 Squadron, based at RAF Benson. This was a last-minute change as the expected Hawk from RAF Leeming was grounded due to snow.

INSPECTION: Reviewing the graduates

We must always overcome adversity

AVM Waterfall praised the recruits for their determination to maintain the very highest standards of dress and deportment throughout their graduation parade, despite the challenging weather conditions. “As a military force we must overcome adversity to achieve our aims, and Beckett Intake showed that ability in spades,” he said. He presented awards to:

n AC Isabelle Pettit who received The Halton Aircraft Apprentice Shield, awarded to the recruit who has displayed the highest overall standard of effort, determination

and achievement in physical education. n AC Liam Sarah Bracey – the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund Trophy, awarded for displaying the

greatest effort and determination on Number 3 Flight. n AC Heather Young – The Station Commander’s Cup, awarded for displaying the greatest effort and

determination on Number 4 Flight. n AC Lydia Gojke – The Mayor of Aylesbury Trophy, awarded for the best overall performance in all aspects of training on Number 3 Flight. n AC Siobhan Mundy – The Rothschild Trophy, awarded to the recruit who achieves the highest overall standard in Initial Force Protection Training. n AC Lilly Holford – The Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire’s Trophy, for the best overall performance in all aspects of training on Number 4 Flight. n AC Gary Metcalfe – The Dusty Miller Trophy, as voted for by their fellow recruits. n AC Nathan Bates – The Halton Aircraft Apprentice Trophy, awarded to the recruit who achieves the highest overall standard in drill and deportment. n The Lord Trenchard Trophy, which is awarded to the Flight whose performance has been the best overall in general service training and general service knowledge went to No. 4 Flight and was collected on their behalf by AC Joseph Daniels.


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Belter of a night

Wakefield’s provides another bumper night Staff Reporter Air Command In a year when the Royal Air Force celebrates its centenary, the Lord Wakefield’s Championships celebrated its 99th year of the novice boxing competition at RAF Cranwell. A bumper field of 70 boxers from as far afield as Akrotiri and Lossiemouth ensured a jam-packed evening of action over four nights with the wins and awards coming thick and fast. RAF Akrotiri returned home to Cyprus with the Minor Unit trophy, while Northolt lifted the Major Unit

On a night when so many are rewarded for their ambition, drive and determination it’s also important to recognise the part that everyone within the association plays

Trophy and the Most Promising Boxer award went to SAC Evington of 51 Sqn RAF Regiment. Sgt Ian Ireland (RAF Brize Norton) was also recognised for his work as Coaching Secretary with the President’s Cup. Executive Secretary Sqn Ldr Andy Parker said: “On a night when so many are rewarded for their ambition, drive and determination it’s also important to recognise the part that everyone within the association plays at preparing and developing our people to be able to best fulfil their potential in competitions such as this and to thank them for it.” Continued on page 33:

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new heights: Action from the Scottish training camp and selection process for HV18

HV18’s Highland fling Historic expeds selection camp finished THE FINAL selection process for the upcoming Himalayan Venture to mark RAF100 winter training was held recently at Grantownon-Spey in Scotland. Split over two weeks, more than 100 applicants underwent Winter Mountain Foundation (WMF) training to gain essential skills needed for the extreme high altitude routes in Nepal. The venture will see an expedition of five teams, departing in August, with four trekking and one Alpine, consisting of 14 personnel per team, spending a month out in Nepal. There will be a few days’ acclimatisation in Kathmandu before the teams embark on their routes, totalling more than 20 days of arduous trekking at altitude up to 5775 metres for all teams and over 6000m for the Alpine and development teams. The training/selection camp saw those present gain skills including ice axe arrests (learning to stop yourself slipping down a snowy hill using your ice axe), using crampons

to walk in snow and ice, using avalanche transceiver and probe to find and recover people from avalanches and constructing an emergency snow hole shelter. Snow hole training was held as part of the two-day – one-night expedition, which all applicants undertook during the week, along with a series of evening lectures on weather, snow and avalanche

conditions, altitude sickness and the routes that teams will be undertaking when in Nepal. A spokesman for HV18 said: “In terms of next steps, the winter weeks that have just taken place were the last official selection events, with selection letters being sent out in the coming weeks. Those not fortunate enough to be selected will be placed on a reserve list. “Once the teams are officially named, each team leader will then be responsible for arranging training weekends and team bonding exercises as they see fit over the summer. “The entire expedition will be uniting again in June for a predeployment week, which will include activities such as highaltitude first aid training, expedition packing and cultural lessons. “Additionally, those on the alpine team will spend a week doing further training in the Alps.” Follow the expeditions on Twitter @raf100HV18.

Views from on high Sqn Ldr Kerry Shardlow, RAF High Wycombe said: “[Day three] was the day that tested my physical and mental resilience to the max. There were so many times where I just wished we could turn around and go back, but I knew that I had to be out in these conditions so I could fully understand what would happen if the weather were to suddenly turn in the Himalayas. “The nature of the training means it is meant to be a challenge both physically and mentally, demanding full commitment and dedication to every day out on the hills. I am so glad I didn’t give up and was able to experience the tough conditions that lay ahead of me.”

LAC Craig Walker, RAFAuxAF, said: “I’m fourth generation RAF and that history is very personal to me. This exped also reflects where the RAF is going in the future – the next 100 years of continuing to pioneer, continuing to be at the forefront of technology, engineering and development. It’s very much a fantastic and special time for the RAF.”


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BEAT THE BLOCK: Above, Flt Lt Rossiter tackles the ‘Jenga’ problem at the bouldering league, right, SAC(T) Alex Whitmore concentrates during the event at Indefatigable 

Service in League of their own North Wales clash doubles as Tri-Service event Staff Reporter Air Command IT WAS the final showdown of the winter Armed Forces Bouldering League, which also doubled up as the Army Bouldering Championships held at Indefatigable, North Wales and the action on hand did not disappoint. Flt Lt Dan Heath, RAF Climbing Team Manager, took best guest

prize and in the overall league came third in the men’s senior. In the masters the RAF were placed second and third, team captain Sgt Paul Easton and Cpl Emyr Jones respectively. The monthly series of indoor climbing competitions is comprised of 25 boulder problems, which climbers complete without a rope, but with crash mats below them. Flt Lt Sophie Foxen said: “While the routes do not go very high, they are challenging due to small holds,

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“THE TEAM really had to dig in at times tonight against a very determined Market Drayton outfit, Claisse controlled the middle of the park and gave a very selfless performance for the team, I was really pleased for him.” RAF Senior men’s football manager Sgt Kev Barry said after his side’s 2-0 win over Market Drayton FC. The win was another huge step towards the Inter-Services in March, against EVO-STIK South outfit lying in 19th place in the league, with Barry taking the opportunity to bring skipper Sgt Carl Evans into the back line after missing the previous two fixtures, along with giving SAC Andre Williams his first start of the season up front with Cpl Steve Norton. The pairing returned the manager’s trust teaming up for the

opening goal on the half-hour mark in a competitive first half. Some tidy football from Market Drayton in the final third produced a couple of corners but Evans, SAC James McGowan and SAC Liam Corrigan held firm and cleared the danger. With four changes at the break introducing Cpl Brownhill, SAC Dixon, SAC Harbottle and Cpl Mike Campbell to the game, the RAF side could have been expected to have a slow start, but Harbottle made an instant impact, linking up quickly with Campbell and Norton to produce three good openings, putting one effort wide from a corner. Brownhill was seeing plenty of the ball and combining well with Cpl Mike Atkinson. On the 75th minute Harbottle mae up for the earlier miss, attacking the full back and drilling a shot low and hard into the box, that the Drayton defender deflected into his own net for 2-0.

being overhanging or requirement for technical movements.   “For each problem a maximum of 10 points can be scored, for getting to the top on the first try using only the holds allowed. If it takes more tries, there are less points. For some of the harder climbs there is a ‘bonus’ hold somewhere in the middle, for which climbers can score a point. “Today there were some interesting problems, such as one where the handholds were The visitors rallied in the final 10 minutes and produced their best moments of the game, but SAC Mike Carr was equal to the two efforts producing two quality saves to maintain a clean sheet. FC Manchester  RAF SRT Men

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A DOMINANT 1-3 win over FC United of Manchester not only made it six-in-a-row for Sgt Kev Barry’s senior football charges, but also an impressive season record of seven wins, one draw and one defeat. The winning run of form, which has seen them slot 19 goals and concede only three shows them in fantastic form going into a training camp and then the furnace of InterServices football later this month. SRT Head Coach MACr Kayll said: “We’ve had a good season so far, but the job isn’t finished yet. We need to carry on in the same vein at our training camp in Guernsey and then in the Inters. We’ve been good

Jenga blocks and another where the handholds were mostly black spheres, which were bigger than your head, so really difficult to hold on to. “We took the opportunity to create a ‘sea of blue’ as the Army called it with their Royal British

Legion T-shirts. It was great to see the team all supporting each other when someone was struggling with a problem, it really showed the camaraderie of the event and sport.” To find out more about RAF climbing visit Twitter: @ RAFMountaineer.

at the back and we’ve been scoring goals, and we have been working our socks off when we don’t have the ball. That is all we can ask. Our preparation this year has been second to none. We’ve played teams of a lot better standard than we have in the past and it should stand us in good stead.” The RAF were invited to the has part of their IS preparation and for RAF 100 programme – and the players didn’t disappoint their manager. The Service side played with a high tempo from the first minute at the home of the National League North side, opening the scoring in the eighth minute when Cpl Lewis Brownhill picked up a loose pass and played Cpl Steve Norton in. Norton exquisitely squared the ball to Cpl Mike Campbell who made no mistake from 12-yards. Norton nearly doubled the lead hitting a post after 25 minutes, forcing a great save from the home keeper five minutes later. United breached the SRT’s proud record of not conceding a goal in

700 minutes of football, when onloan Fleetwood Town player Luke Higham made no mistake from close range. Barry made two substitutions for the restart with Cpl Dave Webb replacing Norton and SAC Danny Dixon coming on for SAC Liam Corrigan. On 65 minutes both substitutions made an impact when Webb was brought down inside the box, and Dixon sent the keeper the wrong way from the spot as SRT regained the lead. On 74 minutes, Cpl Lewis Brownhill jinked his way around a couple of defenders before firing home to make it 3-1 to complete the scoring. The team now head off to Guernsey for their pre-InterServices training camp – they will play a Guernsey FA XI and a Guernsey FC XI. n RAF SRT Inter-Services Fixtures 2017/2018: they open their account against the Army at Shrewsbury Town on March 14, 7pm kick off. They face the Royal Navy at Yeovil Town FC, KO 7.30pm on March 21.


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Youngsters make a right racket PREDICTED in the last edition of RAF News sport (1437: Six of the best for ace Warner) the bright future for RAF squash dawned with the U25s victorious at the recent Inter-Services championships at Aldershot. The fabulous result saw the squad of SAC Craig Stephens (Boulmer), SAC Oscar Hill (Coningsby), SAC Ben Mearns (Leeming), SAC Ricky Santamaria (Lossiemouth), SAC George Waller (Boulmer), SAC Adam Betts (Benson) and SAC Mike Trokis (Coningsby) blitz the Royal Navy in their opening clash 5-0, before losing out by one point in a tightly contested final 3-2 to the Army hosts. The accolades kept coming after such a valiant effort with SAC Craig Stephens, who became the Inter-Service U25 Individual champion in November 2017, was elected by the UKAF Squash Rackets Association to captain the UKAF U25 representative team for the 2018/19 season. Chf Tech Paul Partington said: “These players represent the strongest possible squad that the RAF could have fielded for the Championships, and without their availability we would not have been able to prevail over a very strong Army squad. “I would like to thank all those involved in helping the players get such an amazing experience and victory, enabling RAF Squash to join our Alpine sports athletes in delivering the first of the RAF’s Inter Service Champions in our centenary year.”

Seasonal tips from camp Road and first aid on menu for cyclists Staff Reporter Air Command Brize Norton was the venue for the Service’s road cyclists as they held their five-day winter training camp. The aim of the camp was to enhance the riding skills and ability of RAFCA members to better prepare them for the 2018 race season. RAF Cycling Association road team manager Flt Lt Rob Willcocks said: “Forty cyclists took part in the camp which involved collective riding of more than 300 miles, on a mix of flat and hilly terrain, with a varied field of rider ability levels from beginner to advanced,

providing a great environment for experience and knowledge to be shared throughout. “Presentations, lessons and demonstrations covering race tactics, kit preparation, massage and training strategies accompanied the rides. “This variety in coaching proves vital in developing new competitors. Practical displays, as well as videos, were also used to help explain what can seem a complicated sport for beginners.” The camp is designed to build endurance ‘base’ miles in riders’ legs in preparation for the race season with a level five and level three masseur providing much needed muscle care after three

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SEASON BUILDING: Above left and below, personnel practising on mannequins during their first aid course. Above, on the road during the training camp PHOTO: RAF MARHAM

days of riding. The fourth day saw extensive hill rides with the Oxfordshire countryside proving to be both scenic and challenging. The final day featured the coldest temperatures with groups sticking to treated roads, allowing increased focus on group riding, aligning the training to a race environment. Willcocks added: “Most individuals were pushed close to the limits of their comfort zones, but by the end of the camp, their endurance and bi ke-hand ling skills showed continued improvement. “Overall I think everyone enjoyed the camp and it was great to see such a variety of ability. Hopefully this building block will promote RAF Cycling and bring it to a new level of competitiveness as riders hit the season fully prepared.” The association held an emergency First Aid course for the day preceding the winter camp, where 12 Service personnel

qualified the course that was specifically tailored to cyclingrelated injuries. The course was delivered by exRAF Serviceman Peter McCarthy, through his company Direct First Aid. The personnel were paired off to complete a Primary Survey of a casualty and the Recovery Position, including recovery position of a casualty with spinal injuries. CPR training on mannequins and Automated E x t e r n a l Defibrillator (AED) were undertaken with a detailed talk given on covering cycling injuries – road rashes, treatment for shock, burns, broken collar bones, head injuries and other practical lessons on bandaging. The day culminated with a 16-question multiple-choice examination. FS Miles Ogden said: “Overall this was a very good and well

BOYS BETTER: Above, the U25 men’s team celebrate their fabulous wi

-delivered course with this new qualification lasting for three years. For some of us it is a fundamental addition to those who wish to become fully qualified British Cycling ride leaders and coaches. For the rest, it reinforced the importance of how to deal with first aid emergencies and applying the appropriate level of life-saving care.” If you are interested in road cycling or would like to get involved competitively, please check out the RAFCA Facebook page, follow us on Instagram or contactRoad@ rafcycling.org.uk.


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Reservist Hall is a Fjord flyer Top 10 finish held in opening round Staff Reporter Air Command A BATTLING start to his Junior World Rally Championship campaign ended with SAC Phil Hall securing a solid finish in the opening round of the series at Rally Sweden alongside British driver Tom Williams. Reservist Hall said: “It’s been a really tough rally for so many reasons, we had to learn very fast and gained the important stage mileage and experience that we came for. “I really enjoyed the stages and the super-quick flat out nature of them took me right back to my career best podium result with Toyota at the Arctic Lapland Rally in 2016. “We need to take everything we have learnt and apply that as a team to the next round in Corsica.” The notoriously difficult snowcovered rally that featured 315km of special stages, spread over 19 tests near the rally base of Karlstad, saw Hall and Williams facing a field of 13 crews. The duo also had to overcome heavily rutted roads due to four-wheel drive entries

Teamtalk: MDS manager Cpl Leon Duke, talked to RAF News about his charges’ year run in and plans for the future. He said: “When we started this project back last summer we felt the need to strip the U23s right back and start again. “It wasn’t really with this year’s Inter-Services in mind – it was a three-year plan to remodel the set up and redirect the focus back to the players. “For me, it was important to really appreciate and continue the positive progressions the previous management had made, we wanted to implement how we feel and felt we could take this organisation to the next level.

One things that is for sure is the RAF Football community can definitely start to get excited about the future

“It was important to me that every member of staff,

wheelie good: Main, Hall tackles a snowy road during the tournament’s opening stage PHOTO: M -sPORT fORD - jwrc

taking to the course first. A roll on the Röjden one stage forced them down the leader board but fast times on the remaining four days of competitive action and the stronger

regardless of their role, understands football and we simply make every decision here with how it would benefit the players in mind. “We have a group of players who will be knocking on the door of the senior side and that can only benefit them. “One thing that is for sure is the RAF Football community can definitely start to get excited about the future.” Of the recent IS series, Duke added: “Coming into the Army game, we knew it would be difficult to go to the home of Army football, needing to win. “It’s tough to accept that we haven’t lost a game and have only conceded one goal, but we go home empty-handed. “But the IS format is simple, win both games or it goes to the lottery of goal difference. “We had some standout performances – Cape, Goddard, Smith, Glibbery all had their best performances in an RAF shirt, along with Davies at centre back who had one of the most accomplished IS displays I’ve ever seen. “We now focus on next year and the Presidents Cup in Holland in April, but before that we are just hoping senior representative squads, both men’s and ladies, can bring back some silverware.”

set up choices ensured a more progressive day, they settled into the car stage by stage with some top seven times. The final day consisted of a

shorter three-stage blast and, despite being held up on the road by a slower four-wheel-drive crew on each stage, Hall kept his cool to guide Williams to 10th overall in

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IT WAS a harsh outcome for the Service’s development men’s footballers as they saw the InterServices title slip away on goal difference at Aldershot. Having won their opening game 3-0 over the Navy, a widely fancied RAF side were expecting to have the edge over their opponents, and they started brightly enough in their pursuit of an opening goal. The hosts seemed content to lump high balls up to their forwards, while the RAF team were looking to a quicker passing game to unlock the Army’s defence. SAC John Basham looked lively out wide on the left, linking up well with SAC Elliot Smith. Two chances went begging as SAC Alan Woodcock could not connect properly with a sharp chance in the 15th minute, while SAC Reece Harbottle collected a pass on the edge of the area, before sending in a curled effort that was tipped away for a corner. The forward then headed a near post effort just over from the preceding corner. On the half-hour mark the hosts finally began to come into the game with Cfn Roberts firing wide, but manager Cpl Leon Duke’s charges produced another

string of chances with Basham inches from a ball fired across the hosts’ penalty area. SAC Matt Cape in the RAF goal produced two reaction saves in the 35th minute, before tipping over an Army effort from distance. Having gone in at the break 0-0 the opening goal came nine minutes after the restart from the boot of SAC Ross Glibbery. The introduction of SAC Brad Crooks had caused panic in the Army defence with his teasing runs on the right. Having created several chances, it was another jinking run that made its way across the Army box to Harbottle who superbly drew the ball back for Glibbery to brilliantly smash home on the half volley. The lead did not last more than five minutes as Cfn Ryan Thomson bundled in from a free kick. Once again the RAF team went on the attack with good chances falling to Harbottle, before Crooks set up SAC Woodcock, who saw a goal-bound effort cleared and Harbottle’s returning shot tipped over. A series of gilt-edged chances went begging in the closing stages – with the hosts nearly capitalising on an unguarded net as Cape joined the forwards in a last minute corner. The MDS team will now prepare for The Presidents Cup in Holland in April.

the JWRC on their debut outing. The duo will now turn their attentions to The Tour de Corse – Rallye de France that takes place at the beginning of April.

Sandown GM day set to be another hit THE GRAND Military Gold Cup is set for its 155th running this month at Sandown Park racecourse, Esher, with ticket discount for Service personnel. The national hunt race meeting takes place on March 9, and consists of six races, including four professional races and two for military jockeys – The Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Memorial Amateur Handicap Hurdle Race and the Grand Military Gold Cup. SAC Sam Williams, currently serving as an engineer with the Red Arrows, competed in last year’s outing, but will not be featuring this year. The RAF Central Band will be providing music throughout the day. Premier tickets can be purchased at the discount price of £14, redeemable with the promotional code: GM2018 when booking in advance at: sandown. co.uk or via telephone: 0844 579 3012. Using the code is a saving of up to £8.60 per ticket as premier tickets for the fixture will cost £22.40 in advance or £28 on the day. Follow the build-up to the day on: facebook.com/ GrandMilitary/.


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dynamid duo: Above, Law and Warrant got their new season off in style at the Jack Neil stages after narrowly missing out last term, in their BMW M3 Compact

Pair Jack up points Opening round sees good finish despite spill Staff Reporter Air Command CRANWELL AND Coningsbybased rally crew Sqn Ldr Clare Law and Adrian Warrant made a great start to their 2018 season by winning third in class at Blyton. The Service’s Motorsports Association’s (RAFMSA) rally championship 2018 opened at the Jack Neal Stages, Lincolnshire. The pairing seeded 31st, but they did not let that hinder them as

they steadily began moving up the rankings to finish the event in an impressive 17th place overall and gain third place in their engine size class. The finish gained them valuable championship points. After finishing second in last year’s championship, missing out on the win by just four points, the pair were eager to start the 2018 season on a high and with some points in their pocket. After a frosty start the day stayed extremely cold, windy and wet

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Notable victories saw Madison Wilson produce a gutsy win over a tough London opponent, while SAC(T) Olly Murray took the 60kg final over SAC Simpkin and SAC(T) Liam Fox got in on the act, winning the 69kg final. SACS Jono Bird and Chris Tuinaceva lost their bouts on a very close points decision, while SAC Sam Ainsworth was winning his bout on all the points cards before a dislocation to his shoulder saw his fight night ended. The full weekend of prelim rounds would follow across eight different weight categories to

whittle down each to its eventual finalists, with the final night’s action featuring 10 hard-hitting bouts. The RAFBA’s next major event is the Station show at RAF Marham on March 22 – on the same evening as three of their Elite boxers start their push for national honours at Aldershot. PHOTOS: SBS

making the track slippery and a challenging drive, which caused the pair to spin off track during one of the 10 stages. Warrant said: “The combination of a fast, wide, bend and wet track made finding the braking point difficult and we ended up skidding sideways into the mud. “Luckily we didn’t roll, despite the speed we spun off at.” The couple’s modified BMW M3 Compact is set for further action at Donington Park, Derbyshire, for round two of the championship.

A HANDFUL of top five finishes was the reward for some tough rowing at a bitterly cold River Nene in Peterborough for members of the RAF Rowing Club. Kicking things off the (Band 2) pairing of SAC Alex Robinson and Cpl Rachael Carpenter finished fifth and completed the 2.5km course in 12 minutes and 42 seconds, while the pairing of SAC Adriana Motriuc and Flt Lt Sally Tippett produced a third place finish with a time of 12 minutes and 59 seconds. Single sculler Cpl Ben Kerry finished strongly in fourth place in a time of 12 minutes and 48 seconds to complete the team’s first division entries. In division two the races consisted of coxless and coxed fours racing over 2.5km, with a second place finish for the coxed four by Flt Lt Sally Tippett, with rowers SAC Hannah Read, SAC Alex Robinson, SAC Adriana Motriuc and Cpl Rachael Carpenter, while in the men’s four (Band 2) a crew of SAC Lewis Gray, SAC Nathan Nichols-Elton, SAC Louis Gollick and Flt Lt Aaron Littlefield finished fourth. The last event of the day in division three was the men’s and women’s eights, with the RAF (band one) crew Cpl Ben Kerry, SAC Lewis Gray, Flt Lt Chris Tomlinson, FS Matt Parle, Cpl Tom Jackman, Sgt Andrew May, Cpl Jamie Davis and SAC Ed Carpenter, coxed by Flt Lt Sally Tippett racing against some very experience opposition. Battling hard against the harsh winter conditions and opposition crews to complete the 5km course in a time of 17 minutes and 32 seconds, they stole fourth place by just one second from Cambridge 99 Rowing Clubs’, with their eights winning the event. 


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Having taken the attack to the hosts the Service were undone out wide with a quick break and try, with a second score coming from a drive following a line out on the RAF’s left for 12-0. The score seemed harsh for a positive RAF approach, and things got worse as they found themselves further behind and losing SAC Wayne Cooper to injury. Reaching the break 31-0 down the Service side had stemed the flow of Scottish attacks for chunks of the half and would have to build on that, which they did with a good opening drive from L/Cpl Sam Breeze. Ship steadied Cpl Luke Riddell, SAC Juite Tupua who would be sin-binned in the 65th minute for a high tackle, SAC Seam Webber and Flt Lt James Woodcock all produced great interplay, or bruising challenges to be first to the ball and drive the hosts back. Riddell then found the try line, before Scots kicked one back in the 65th minute for 31-5.

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Ice stars shine as Iglis is landed Breeze then sparked a second try which Cpl Matt Clarke touched down, repeating the feat in the last 10 minutes after collecting a loose pass to show a turn of speed and run in from the halfway line, with Riddell converting. The team’s next fixture is against Richmond FC at

back into it: Above, A RAF player tried to push on with another attack while a Scots’ player keeps close tabs PHOTO: SBS

Richmond Athletic Ground, Twickenham on March 14. Match updates on Twitter @ RAFNewssport – follow the team @RAFRugbyUnion

THE RAF’s winter sports ice stars shone brightly at this year’s InterServices in Iglis, Austria with a cleansweep of titles. The fantastic RAF anniversary year wins come off the back of three wins at the recent Alpine winter sports IS in Meribel, France where the women’s ski team and men’s and women’s snowboarders took the

IS crowns. The Iglis glory charge began with the luge team taking top spot, while SAC Luke Farrar took the individual crown. In the skeleton the men’s and women’s took the titles, with the bobsledders completing the rout with both titles. For a full report see the next edition of RAF News.

work differently. Take RAF tennis for example; they have been streets ahead in this, their model is great, they are not on an RAF station, but they have a key stakehold in things and with amazing facilities available to them. “As far as the public purse is concerned, sport – for all the benefits that accrue to Defence – is as cheap as chips. This is because sport is non-publicly funded – through the Sports Lottery, sponsorship, personal contributions and the like. This funding is another challenge, and of these, the Sports Lottery is crucial. So my message to all RAF personnel is… buy more lottery tickets. We also need to raise

our game still further in raising sponsorship.” And of the future, well at least the next 12 months? “The RAF in this year of all years is a terrific place to be and for the RAF 100th sporting calendar to be kicked off with this blue riband event, couldn’t have been better. Looking at the skiers flashing by demonstrates that great continuity of the value of sport in the RAF – things don’t change and why should they? This is why we do sport and have done so for 100 years. We have a great programme for RAF 100 which will be revealed in the coming year, but for us it’s business as usual (plus).”

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N THE second of our two-part interview, Director of RAF Sport Air Cdre Russell La Forte, right, talks about the present and the future challenges and achievements of Service sport in its 100th year. Has the controlling body learned or wanted to reflect an understanding of where the new face of Service sport is going? “It’s funny to talk about five-year plans as we at the Directorate of Sport are two years into our own five-year plan – the Directorate is part of a new governance structure which came about due to the Sports Board previously being, in simple terms, contracted out. The dreadful accident in the Cairngorms in 2013 where Sqn Ldr Rimon Than and Flt Lt Fran Capps were both killed in an avalanche, prompted the RAF to review its sports governance and safety structure – we needed uniformed people overseeing uniformed personnel. “Responsibilities for sports delivery, policy, safety governance, assurance and safeguarding public money fell to AOC 22 Group, currently AVM Bunny James, as Head of RAF Sport. This was separated from the charitable, nonpublic funding of sport delivered by the RAF Central Fund and RAF Sports Federation on behalf of AOC 22. My team of six oversee

the work being undertaken by the associations and we sit at Halton alongside the Sports Federation with the Central Fund at High Wycombe.” How far down the road is the masterplan and what challenges are ahead? “As for any masterplan, we are 90 per cent of our way to where we want to be, but we are at a steady state and there is absolutely no existential threat to sport, everybody gets the reason for it. “We have challenges in getting

time for sport – with operational tempo and so on. We need the release of personnel for sport to be done on a level playing field – its time for sport, not time off for sport. The tempo is always going to be high; we have always been busy – we were set up during the First World War – we were pretty busy then and have been ever since, sport carried on then and it will now. “Another challenge is the risk of over-regulation placing an additional burden upon those legions of volunteers upon whom we depend to deliver sport. This has to be managed correctly, which I think we are managing to support and protect the associations well so far. “Infrastructure is another area. Defence must be able to provide those sports facilities for which we are scaled. As the Defence Estate shrinks, we have to ensure that we don’t build on every square inch of real estate – we must allow for sport. So, I think looking at different models for this is right, not all homes for sport need to be on stations – for example with sports that need specialist facilities. We need to have some smart thinking on how to work with civilian clubs, or local and national bodies. This should be seen as an opportunity to


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Daniel Abrahams Imber Court IF AN ability to keep calm during a heavy barrage and then steer a young team to a grandstand finish is key to this year’s rugby union Inter-Service challenge, then the RAF are set to unlock a few doors this term. Led superbly at the Imber Court ground, by team captain Flt Lt Stu Philpott, the Service side faced a London Scottish team scattered with Army players and suffered an opening 30-minute salvo which saw them 26-0 down, but closed

with three late tries, that had Scottish rocking. Philpott said: “They opened at a fierce pace and ran over us a bit – it took us until the 20-minute mark to impose ourselves and then at the break we got together and came out on top in the second half three tries to one – so we definitely grew as the game went on. We have a lot of young blokes involved who would take a lot of that going into the Inters. “I am a big believer in using my voice on the pitch, but we really want 15 leaders out there on the pitch and we got that second half. We want to play in the right areas, whatever the conditions, if it’s on, it’s on, regardless of where you are and the support was key.” Continued on page 34:

BATLE HARDENED: Above, action from the 36-17 IS warmup defeat to London Scottish, left, L/Cpl Sam Breeze offloads pass, Breeze was integral in setting up two late tries for the RAF PHOTOS: SBS


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