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Fake caliphate 'on its knees' RAF blitz 17 terror targets in a day

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon (pictured) has declared that Daesh's fake caliphate is on its knees after RAF top guns destroyed 17 targets in the space of 24 hours in Syria. His announcement comes as Britain marks the third anniversary of Operation Shader, fighting the insurgents in Iraq and Syria. n Turn to p3 for the full story.

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I flew two relief operations. One was immediately before Irma struck

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I am confident our future is more secure as a result of our alliance

British C-17 pilot Flt Lt Matt Jenkinson on his role with the USAF after the hurricane – p5

Polish pilot Franciszek Kornicki, voted the People’s Spitfire Pilot, beating Douglas Bader – p9

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Sun sets on Daesh RAF TOP GUNS marked three years of fighting Daesh by destroying 17 Syrian terror targets in one day as the air campaign intensified against the group's former strongholds. British aircraft have struck the fake caliphate a total of 1602 times, launching 1340 attacks in Iraq and 262 in Syria, bombarding heavy machine-gun positions, truckbombs, mortar teams, snipers and weapons stores since the UK voted to begin air strikes in September 2014. In that time the group has lost territory, finances, leaders and fighters as the 73-member coalition has liberated cities in both countries. Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, said: “This has been an immense effort by RAF airmen and airwomen over three years of continued operations,

countering Daesh in Iraq and Syria. However, the tempo continues with RAF aircraft destroying 17 targets in Syria in a single day.” As the second-largest contributor to the Global Coalition's military campaign, the UK has flown more than 8000 sorties with Tornado and Typhoon jets and Reaper drones, providing strikes, surveillance and reconnaissance, refuelling and transport. RAF Typhoons, Tornados and

Reapers have hounded Daesh day and night, striking from Raqqa and Dayr az Zawr in Syria, to Qayyarah and Al Qaim in Iraq. Three years ago Daesh was barely an hour from the gates of Baghdad, but today it has lost more than 73 per cent of the territory it occupied in Iraq and 65 per cent of its former territory in Syria. UK Air Component Commander Air Commodore Johnny Stringer said: “The evil brutality of Daesh is near its end and we will continue to provide this vital UK airpower until our mission is finished. “I am immensely proud of, and humbled by, the magnificent efforts of all in 83 EAG who have made such a difference in this fight.” He said the RAF had played an essential role helping Syrian Democratic Forces engaged in ground close combat and the Iraqi

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Security Forces who continue their advance having liberated Mosul and Ninewah province. More than 5.5 million people have been freed from Daesh's rule and more than two million displaced Iraqi civilians have returned to their homes. In Mosul alone, it is estimated that more than 265,000 people have gone back. Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said: “British forces have crippled Daesh since 2014, forcing this miserable cult from the gates of Baghdad to the brink of defeat in Raqqah. By air, land and sea UK personnel have played a tireless role in striking targets and training allies, demonstrating that our values will not be compromised at any price.” During his recent visit to Iraq he announced serving personnel would receive an Iraq and Syria Operational Service Medal.

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Boxers battle deadly tidal surge to save drowning tourist Staff Reporter Bermuda

RAF boxers on a Caribbean tour launched a rescue mission to save a US tourist drowning in the sea after hurricane force storms lashed the island of Bermuda. Air Force heavyweight Cpl George Westpfel spotted the man seconds before he was dragged under by violent rip tides caused by the hurricanes that battered the Atlantic island chain. RAF champion Westpfel struggled against the strong tidal surges to pull the man to the surface before coaches Sgt Russ Turnball and Chf Tech Darren

Cullingford helped drag him to the shore. RAF veteran Sgt Richard Beattie, who watched the rescue, said: “George saw the guy go under. He didn’t come straight back up and it was obvious he was in real trouble. “George is a heavyweight boxer and a really strong guy but the tides were so violent it took the three of them to pull him clear.” Turnbull and Cullingford kept the man’s head and shoulders

above the water as Westpfel used his legs to push them free of the rip tides. Sgt Beattie added: “We first noticed him waving to his wife and young son on the beach. “A few seconds later he stepped off a sand bar carved out by the rip tides and just disappeared under the water. “He was really starting to panic. He was a large man too. He was lucky that he had some fight-fit RAF boxers on the scene. He would never have been able to

get himself out of there.” After recovering from his ordeal the man thanked the RAF men before hugging his wife and child and leaving the scene. “I think he was very embarrassed and didn’t want to give his name. Because of our guys’ quick reactions a wife still has a husband and a child still has a dad,” said Beattie. The team hit the beach near Horseshoe Bay, a popular tourist spot on the south coast of the island, during a training session ahead of bouts against the US and Jamaican forces teams. l See sport p29.

A BRITISH C-17 pilot on exchange with the US Air Force has told of his role in two humanitarian relief missions in the Caribbean. When Hurricane Irma struck Flt Lt Matt Jenkinson flew his aircraft from North Carolina to Illinois, one of 36 C-17s evacuated from Charleston Air Force Base ahead of the storm, before being put on standby to assist. He said: “I flew two Hurricane relief operations. One was immediately before Irma struck where we landed four hours ahead of it to deliver a search and rescue team, medical and blood supplies, the second was after it had passed through. “We took an Air Traffic Control tower into St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands along with water and food then headed, via Tampa for fuel, to Texas. There we loaded 130 US tonnes of water and food and took it to St Croix the following day. We received a waiver to operate on night vision goggles into the airfield at night.”

RAF vet Lee flying high after dental horror wrecked his life A routine visit to the dentist changed Lee Jordan’s life forever. The former RAF Sgt was left in constant pain after a temporary filling was kept in far too long. He ended up having to be medically discharged from the Service. After a 15-year career the ex aerial erector had no job prospects and was so ill that he was bed-bound. But thanks to help from a pioneering American dentist and the charity Wings4Warriors, Lee is now training for a new career as an airline pilot. Until now the charity has taught injured or sick Service personnel to fly helicopters – Lee is their first ever student trained to fly aeroplanes. Lee, who was discharged in 2014, said: “When they tried to take the temporary filling out, irreversible damage was done to my jaw. It left me with round the clock headaches for nearly five years. It was just hard to function for a while.” An attempt to sue for compensation

was abandoned after legal fees proved another 18 months to get better and too costly. apply again.” Lee, now 35, said: “There was a lot Out of the blue Lee had a letter of anger and frustration towards the from US Navy dentist Dr Gregory people who had left me in this situation. Yount who had heard about Lee’s case When we finally called it a day it was a through an online forum for sufferers good turning point.” of his condition – tempo mandibular He applied to Wings4Warriors two jaw disorder. Dr Yount sent him a years ago but was turned down. cheque for $1500 and offered to treat He said: “They didn’t think I would him in Chicago. pass the medical with my injury Lee said: “He got me to a compared to the other lads – point where all the pain is they thought it would be gone from my jaw, temple easier to get the amputees and mouth. I still have through than someone some in my shoulders, who had what was ribcage and a head injury neck. We try to effectively.” work on that Lee’s wife Fay, every time I a former Flt Lt, go back for now a full-time treatment.” Reserve Service F a y Sqn Ldr, said: “He hasn’t been probably wouldn’t able to go have passed it Life changing: Lee Jordan with his to the US then. He was given instructor after his first solo flight with Lee,

it’s too expensive. She said: “We save up to pay for more treatment.” Lee explained: “Dr Yount was the inspiration for me reapplying to Wings4Warriors last October. If it wasn’t for his work I wouldn’t be able to do it.” The couple were so grateful they named one of their dogs Younti after the doctor. Lee and Fay have now relocated to RAF Lossiemouth to be closer to Aberdeen, where Wings4Warriors is based. Lee goes to see Dr Yount periodically, when the Jordans can raise money for the trip. Fay said: “Lee has to wear something nearly all the time that is almost like a gum shield to help him chew and bite. “They don’t do that here, doctors wanted to break his jaw and reset it but that has only a 15 per cent success rate and might leave you worse off.”

Lee readily admitted that his pilot training has given him a new lease of life. He said: “I was ecstatic when I got my license to fly up to 16 people anywhere in Europe. The next part of the license is to move onto the commercial side, to become an airline pilot. That involves sitting 14 more exams and doing another 100 hours of flying. “That’s the charity’s aim – to take you from wherever your situation is to being able to stand on your own two feet in the airline industry.” To try to save W4W money Lee even lived in a van on the airport car park during his six months of training. He said: “I’m really grateful for any financial help I can get – Help For Heroes and the RAF Benevolent Fund have given me some money but it costs £21,000 to train. “It would be great if W4W could get more Air Force people like me to train with them.”

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RAF Reaper crews fighting terror eye operational medal Royal Air Force Reaper pilots striking Daesh terror fighters thousands of miles from the combat zone in Iraq and Syria could be in line for a new campaign award. Defence chiefs are to introduce an operational service medal to recognise UK frontline fighters supporting the coalition campaign against Daesh across Iraq and Syria. Under new qualifying rules being considered by the government, more than 3600 members of the British Armed Forces who have served on Operation Shader since 2014 could be eligible for the medal. For the RAF that could mean pilots remotely operating the Reaper unmanned aircraft thousands of miles from the battle zone in the UK and the US could qualify for the first time. Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon announced the move during a visit to British units in Erbil and Taji in Iraq to mark the third anniversary of UK involvement in the fight against the terror group. Explaining proposed changes to the rules Mr Fallon said: “The changing character of warfare provides new challenges – not just about how we fight but also how we recognise and support those who serve. “We need to examine how to provide medallic recognition for

RAF combat chiefs have released dramatic footage of an unmanned Reaper strike which halted a brutal public execution being staged by Daesh commanders in Eastern Syria. The UK aircraft was on a surveillance mission along the Syria and Iraqi border when operators spotted a large group gathering in the Syrian town of Abu Kamal, in May this year. Commanders monitoring live video footage gathered by the aircraft gave the order to strike as two shackled prisoners were dragged from a van and paraded before a terrified crowd of onlookers.

Head start for Gulf charity bid big-hearted SAC Georgia Wray braved the shave to raise money for Macmillan Cancer support in memory of her stepfather who died after a short battle with the disease . Georgia, who works as an admin clerk as part of 901 Expeditionary Air Wing in the Middle East said: ‘The Macmillan nurse we had was fantastic. “Not only did she give my mum support but also a huge amount of advice on things like financial grants and allowances as my stepdad had to give up work during treatment.” So far Georgia has tripled her original fundraising target of £300.

those making a vital contribution outside the battlespace, from Reaper pilots taking life and death decision to those who ensure our planes can strike Daesh targets.” The RAF currently has hundreds of personnel in the Gulf and Akrotiri in Cyprus where Typhoon, Tornado and Reapers are launching daily strikes against Daesh fighters still holding out

in the group’s remaining stronghold in Raqqa, Syria, and isolated areas of Iraq. Since joining the coalition fight against terror, UK crews have launched more than 1500 strikes against terrorist positions. British troops have also helped train more than 60,000 Iraqi military personnel. Mr Fallon added: “It is only right that those who have performed above and beyond in this fight against the

evil of our time get the recognition they deserve. This medal will do just that. “Our troops have made huge contributions to the fight against Daesh, helping end its tyranny in large parts of Iraq and Syria. “The campaign is not over but for those that have served we rightly honour the critical role they have played in helping keep us safe.”

Moment a remote strike halted brutal public executions Staff Reporter

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Unable to fire into the crowd to kill the executioners, the Reaper launched a Hellfire missile strike on a nearby building where Daesh gunmen had taken up position on the roof to watch the brutal slaying. The terror group fighters fled before carrying out the murders and the crowd dispersed. A spokesman for the MoD said: “When a van then unloaded two shackled prisoners in front of the crowd, it became clear that Daesh were organising a public execution. “Given the large number of civilians present, the Reaper’s crew could not target directly the Daesh fighters about to carry out the murders. “However, two armed extremists were stationed as sentries on the

Angie bows out at Digby RAF DIGBY’S first woman Station Warrant Officer Angie Hemlin took a bow this month as she handed over duties to MACr Steve Dixon. She said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time and role at Digby. I have been privileged to have been the SWO at such a diverse and complex unit which sits at the heart of defence intelligence.”

Arboretum WWI exhibition opens

roof of a building overlooking the scene. “A Hellfire missile was fired immediately, and scored a direct hit which not only killed one of

the sentries but also brought the execution to an immediate halt, as the Daesh fighters fled the scene, and the crowd of civilians dispersed.”

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Humble hero tops Spit list

Pole winner: Like many of his countrymen Franciszek Kornicki fled his native Poland following the Nazi invasion and fought with the French before joining the RAF. Below left, Kornicki celebrating his 100th birthday with serving Polish Air Force personnel, far left, as a young Spitfire pilot at the height of WWII

Polish WWII legend outguns Brit ace Bader in UK pilot poll Tracey Allen

The Polish pilot who scored a soaraway victory in a poll to find ‘the People’s Spitfire Pilot’ said he is ‘surprised and a little bewildered’ by the result. Franciszek Kornicki scooped a staggering 325,000 votes in the RAF Museum poll that featured 10 others, including Gp Capt Douglas Bader. Bader, who came second, had 6,300 votes. One of the first female pilots, South African Jackie Moggridge, who delivered more aircraft for the Air Transport Auxiliary than anyone else, came third with 2,600 votes.

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Mr Kornicki, who celebrated his 100th birthday last year, said modestly: “I am surprised and a little bewildered. “I was just one of a great many and there were far more distinguished pilots than me flying. “My aircraft was cared for by a fitter and a rigger – great chaps, both of them – and my only regret is that I cannot recall their names, because they deserve equal recognition for everything this wonderful aircraft achieved.” He added: “When I commanded 317 Squadron at RAF Northolt, off-duty pilots went to the Orchard Hotel in Ruislip for a drink. “There were Polish and British pilots, and civilians from the local area all drinking together. The landlord looked after the youngest and poorest pilots with particular care, and when he noticed a chap trying to make his half pint of beer last the evening, he would discreetly send him a pint on the house.” When Poland was invaded in 1939 by both Germany and the Soviet Union, Franciszek, who

had joined the Polish Air Force academy, escaped to Romania and then France where he continued the resistance until the German invasion of France in 1940. He made his way to Britain and in February 1943 was posted to 303 Squadron. He took command of 308 Squadron, which operated Spitfire Vbs. At 26, he was the youngest squadron commander in the Polish Air Force. After the war he served as an RAF officer for more than 20 years. A life-size display of Mr Kornicki and his story will be featured in the

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RAF Museum London’s centenary exhibition next year. RAF Museum curator Peter Devitt said: “It was fitting that Mr Kornicki celebrated his 100th birthday a year before the Museum celebrates its centenary, and the RAF will have its centenary next year.” He added: “We hoped and believed that the poll was such a strong idea that people would support it, but we are absolutely astonished by how successful it has been.” He said all the 11 pilots in the poll will take pride of place in the centenary exhibition.

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Safe and sound for Grove winners Staff Reporter Coningsby ODIHAM-BASED AIRMAN Flt Lt Simon Arnett scooped a £1000 cash prize for setting new safety standards for crews operating the RAF’s Chinook combat helicopters. He was presented with the LG Groves Memorial Prize for Air Safety for his work improving the chances of survival for crews who are forced to ditch during operations. Also honoured for his work protecting military personnel was Shawbury-based Sqn Ldr Gary James who launched a community campaign to highlight the risk of operating drones near the RAF helicopter training station. He was awarded MET MAN: Doug Smith


the Groves Memorial Award for Ground safety. He received a £500 prize. Met office weather expert Doug Smith was FLIGH SAFETY: Sqn Ldr Gary James

recognised for his groundbreaking research into methods of tracking changes in global weather systems and temperatures. Mr Smith, who is based at the Met Office Hadley Centre in Exeter was presented with the Groves Memorial Prize for Meteorology. He received a £1000 prize. Met office researcher Nick Raynor was presented with the Groves award for Meteorological Observation, for her work developing global data recording systems. Ms Rayner received a £500 prize. The annual awards were set up in memory of World War II pilot Sgt Louis Grimble Groves who was killed during a meteorological sortie in 1945. The prizes were presented by Air Cdre Nigel Bradshaw. DATA EXPERT: Nick Rayner

Veteran postie Alan is first class RAF COSFORD’S veteran postie has marked half a century in the Civil Service. Even at 70 years old Alan Haighway starts his daily run by limbering up in the gym at 7am. “Alan is a part of the very fabric of this RAF station,” said Cosford Station Commander, Gp Capt Tone Baker. “I remember him delivering the mail in the Eighties and the Nineties when I came back as a junior officer. “To see him still here is brilliant. Well done on a remarkable 50 years.”

Mr Haighway began work at the West Midlands airbase in 1967 and for 14 years worked on grounds maintenance. In 1981 he transferred to his current role as Postal Services Messenger, delivering mail to more than 90 different sections across Cosford every day, clocking up thousands of miles over the years. Although emails have now replaced many letters, Alan can still be seen cycling round the camp delivering mail on his trusty ‘Thunderpost’ bike.

Reds in at the Gulf club HANDOVER: Sqn Ldrs Ross (left) and Simpson

Flying start for new 84 Sqn chief SQN LDR Al Ross took command of Akrotiri based 84 Sqn – while flying in one of the unit’s Griffin choppers. Outgoing chief Rich ‘Simmo’ Simpson handed over command during his last outing as commanding officer, hundreds

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THE RED Arrows have carried out a series of flypasts over Jordan’s historic landmarks. The UK’s aerobatic aces flew the length of the desert kingdom in a display of friendship with the Jordanian people. Crowds watched from ancient landmarks such as Petra and Kerak Castle as the formation of Hawks flew overhead. The visit to Jordan is part of a five-week tour of the Mediterranean and Middle East, after performing

in front of millions of air show fans across the UK and Europe. Exercise Eastern Hawk began with a flight over the Cannes Yachting Festival before moving on to Athens Flying Week. The team now goes on to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia before further shows in Qatar, Muscat, Oman, Pakistan, Bahrain and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Throughout the tour the Arrows will be supporting UK industry and building trading links across

the region. Last year, more than one billion TV viewers watched the Reds perform during a nine-week tour to the Asia-Pacific region, including displaying in China for the first time in the team’s history. The Red Arrows’ Commanding Officer, Wg Cdr Andrew Keith said: “We will continue to build relationships with important partners and to promote the UK. ON TOUR: The Red Arrows display over Jordan PHOTO: SAC HANNA SMOKER



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Chinooks scrambled for helpless victims of Irma Crews pull toddlers to saftey as deadly storms close in on Dominica Simon Mander

UK Forces nurse Lt Hannah Klepacz cradles young Columbus Vidal after the toddler was flown to safety from storm-battered Dominica by RAF Chinooks. Toddler Columbus was one of 39 vulnerable children and pensioners to be evacuated as Hurricane Maria closed in on the island chain still reeling from the devastation of Hurricane Irma. Chinooks operating from HMS Ocean have also flown 25 sorties to deliver more than 20 tonnes of aid, including 700 shelter kits to isolated villages destroyed by the 180 mph winds. “Evacuees included whole families including the very young and the very old,” said Captain Robert Pedre, Ocean’s Commanding Officer. “It has been truly humbling to see individuals who have lost so much greet you with a smile on their faces – these are very resilient people. “While onboard they benefited from air-conditioned accommodation, clean water, food and medical support on hand.” UK helicopter teams were also scrambled to airlift a critically ill seven-month-old baby from the crisis stricken British territory. A 27 Sqn crew was called in when the infant developed severe breathing problems. Medic Sqn Ldr Becky Woolley, who took part in the mission, said: “When we were called up all we knew was that the patient was very young and very poorly, so we had to think through the worst-case situation.” After landing in a football stadium in Dominica – which was wrecked by Hurricane Maria – the team treated the youngster then flew mother and child to a hospital in Martinique. “It was amazing to see the team respond,” said Sqn Ldr Woolley. “The Chinook’s blades were turning by the time we arrived to

board it, and the crew made sure we had information we needed so we were able to give the French medics in Martinique a good handover and the baby had a quick movement on to proper care. “The things we’ve seen and done here in the Caribbean have been humbling. The Chinook guys have flown similar missions to this before,

but this was my first – I always knew it was the sort of thing I might have to do, and was just hoping I’d get it right.” RAF aircraft have flown several other children to safety including four-year-old Shaylan Bobb and his grandmother Eugena, who were flown by an RAF C-130J Hercules to safety in Barbados, and spoke to the aircrew in mid-flight.

PUMAS were the first RAF helicopters to reach the disaster zone with the first aircraft loaded on to a C-17 and dispatched within 24 hours of the Air Force being called in to help. Once in the region its first mission was to take Royal Marines to Jost Van Dyke – a small island north west of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands – to assist an isolated population of 300 people with clearing damaged buildings and providing security. Joint Helicopter Force 3

Detachment Commander, Wing Commander Andy Baron, said: “My team are here to help the people of the British Virgin Islands get back on their feet after the devastation of Hurricane Irma. Now established and delivering meaningful helicopter lift capability in the region, our focus remains on answering every request for help.” With two more Pumas sent to the Caribbean by transporters from RAF Brize Norton, the unit conducted several air drops

delivering badly-needed supplies to communities in the West End, East End and Cane Garden Bay and worked alongside Paratroopers of 2 Para, 16 Air Assault Brigade to evacuate civilians from Dominica. The Force comprises personnel from RAF Odiham, RAF Stafford’s Tactical Supply Wing and the Joint Helicopter Support Squadron; a tri-Service unit also based at RAF Benson. Wg Cdr Baron said: “The team came together at short notice and

Ocean’s 39: Toddler Columbus was one of dozens of youngsters evacuated from Dominica, above, RAF Chinook lands on deck PHOTOS KYLE HELLER

UK Pumas first on the scene

C-130J pilot Flt Lt Chris Millson said: “In many ways this is the proudest part of my job. We carry all kinds of passengers around the Caribbean, from the Royal Marines, to medics, police, DfID and other support staff. But it’s when I see families getting ready to board the aircraft that I really feel the effect we’re having. Some of these people

have lost everything, and it’s amazing to think that we’re helping them to safety – and helping them to rebuild their lives.” Two 27 Sqn aircraft were flown in by an Antonov and C-17 and reassembled in Barbados before flying aid between islands while another two 18(B) Sqn helicopters arrived with HMS Ocean.

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Sir Stuart takes top NATO post UK Defence chief to command Alliance forces Staff Reporter Tirana, Albania Chief of the Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach has been appointed as NATO’s top military officer. Sir Stuart is the first British Force’s chief to hold the position for 25 years and the move follows the deployment of more than 500 British troops and RAF Typhoons to Eastern Europe to counter Russia’s aggressive military stance in the region. Welcoming the appointment of Britain’s most senior military officer, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “Sir Stuart’s appointment is testament to his ability and achievements. “It is also a demonstration of the leading role that the UK plays in NATO and the importance of

the Alliance to the UK.” Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon added: “NATO is vital to Britain’s security at a time of increasing threat across the globe. “This appointment underlines our leadership role in NATO and I know Sir Stuart will relish these new challenges.” Sir Stuart, who will officially take up the post in June next year, flew out to the Albania capital Tirana to attend a conference on security in the Balkans. Addressing the Albanian President and senior European military members he said: “We have come a long way together through our shared military history and shared experience in NATO. “As the UK Chief of Defence I am

confident that our future is more secure as a result of our alliance. “NATO now at 29 Nations is as strong as it has ever been in seven decades and it remains a vital link to maintain security on our continent.” A former hardline and isolated communist country, Albania became a full member of the NATO alliance in 2009 and has supported operations. Sir Stuart’s arrival in the country coincides with a training exercise involving more than 130 RAF Reservists and members of the Albanian Army’s Third Infantry Battalion. Speaking after conducting airfield security drills, exercise director Wg Cdr Phil Hateley said: “This exercise has provided us with a unique opportunity to work with a NATO ally in a challenging overseas environment.”

£20m runway revamp clears Valley for Top Gun training

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THE OLDEST surviving 101 Squadron Lancaster pilot has unveiled a new memorial to celebrate a century of service by the legendary bomber unit. Mr ‘Rusty’ Waughman DFC AFC, pictured, was joined by SAC Paige Wardle, the youngest serving member of the current 101 Sqn, at the ceremony at The

National Memorial Arboretum. 101 Sqn has one of the longest operational records in the RAF, from pioneering night bombing in World War I to supporting air strikes over Syria and Iraq today in Voyager aircraft. In World War II it undertook more operations than any other squadron and sustained the highest losses of any RAF unit

with 1176 aircrew killed in action,. The service was attended by veterans who had flown Lancasters, Lincolns, Canberras, Vulcans, VC10s, and serving Voyager aircrew. Most of the £35,000 needed to complete the memorial and ensure its future maintenance was raised from members of the 101 Squadron Association.

RAF Valley will remain the UK’s Top Gun training centre following a £20 million runway revamp ahead of he delivery of the F-35 Lightning, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has confirmed. The upgrade, which includes the installation of new aeronautical lighting, was completed this month and will extend the life of the runway for another 25 years. Mr Fallon said: “This famous runway has been an integral part of the careers of generations of fast-jet pilots who have seen action across the world and are currently leading RAF strikes against Daesh. “The investment will see the runway play that vital role for at least another 25 years, training new pilots in the skills they need.” All new UK fighter pilots pass through the Anglesey station before being posted to frontline squadrons. In the last three months, four

Fallon: Deal secures RAF Valley’s position as UK’s F-35 and Typhoon training station

graduates have gone on to fly the world’s most sophisticated fighter, the F-35 Lightning II, out in the United States. A newly refurbished hangar at Valley will also house three new Jupiter helicopters used to train pilots from all three Services. Valley Station Commander Gp Capt Nick Tucker Lowe added: “Our military team take great pride in their role training the next generation of fighter pilots. “The refurbishment of the Valley runway means that we are well prepared for the future.”

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Peace at last for WW1 aces

War detective locates unmarked graves more than a century after duo were killed in action Simon Mander TWO WORLD War I pilots whose bodies lay undiscovered in unmarked graves for more than a century are to be given full military honours. British aces Lt Leonard Cameron Kidd MC and Second Lt Fenton Ellis Stanley Phillips MC were killed on October 12, 1916 after taking off from the Royal Flying Corps’ 3 Squadron base at La Houssoye in a Morane Parasol reconnaissance aircraft. The pair were believed to have been shot down by anti-aircraft fire between Gueudecourt and Eaucourt L’Abbaye. Painstaking detective work by a retired Royal Canadian Navy officer led to the discovery of their bodies in plots at Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval this year. Their graves will be rededicated on the 101st anniversary of their deaths. Attending, alongside relatives of the two men, will be past and present leaders of the RAF’s 3 (Fighter) Squadron and station chaplain Rev Fr (Flt Lt) James Mealy. Canadian veteran Lt Commander Steve St-Amant, who solved the mystery of the two aviators’ whereabouts, said: “I was ecstatic when I first got the news that their graves are to be rededicated. I also felt my research had been validated. “Despite the fact these two young men lost their lives 101 years ago, they have been the catalyst for something wonderful. “I will continue to do this research where I can simply because I want to see unknowns come out of the cold. We owe it to them and their families, regardless of the passage of time.” Family members were tracked down by the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre who have planned and co-ordinated the rededication ceremony. Lt Kidd’s second cousin Julian Ironside said: “My response was real happiness that Steve was able to carry out such research to enable this all to come to fruition and finally have this aviator’s last resting place be recognised. “I was an RAF pilot as was my father before me so I do have a personal empathy with the subject and the relationship, albeit relatively distant, brought it all the more closer.” Lt Leonard Cameron Kidd MC was born in 1893 in Bromsgrove and at the outbreak of war was tea planting in Ceylon. Already a qualified pilot, he enlisted into the RFC and was sent to France in February 1916. Operating over the Somme area, shortly before his death he received notification that he had won the Military Cross. According to his citation it was ‘for conspicuous skill and gallantry on contact patrol work.’ On one occasion he carried out three low level contact patrol flights and obtained valuable

information under heavy fire. He also attacked enemy reinforcements with a machine gun from a height of 500 ft. His exploits also earned him the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. He was 23 at the time of his death. Second Lt Fenton Ellis Stanley Phillips MC was born in 1895, the younger son of the Rector of Bow in Devon. At the outbreak of war he enlisted into the Artists Rifles as a Private, later being gazetted as a second Lieutenant in the Devonshire Regiment. He was sent to France in May 1915 and in May 1916 joined the Royal Flying Corps. In September 1916 he was awarded the Military Cross ‘for conspicuous gallantry and skill. His citation continues: ‘He came down to a low altitude while making a report, and his machine was much damaged by rifle and machine gun fire, but he carried on and successfully put our artillery on to the enemy who were massing for a counter-attack’. He was also awarded the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal and was 21 at the time of his death. 3 Squadron was one of the three founder squadrons of the RFC formed on 13 May, 1912.

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The making of modern Britain

How the RAF helped shape post-war UK THE FEW: Spitfires of 610 Squadron on patrol July 24, 1940 PHOTO: Air historical branch (Royal air force)

NO COLOUR BAR: West Indian aircrew volunteers

Military historian Patrick Bishop, author of Air Force Blue, gives his view on the massive contribution the newest Service made to the democratisation of Britain

The highly-technical nature of air warfare meant the RAF had to spread the net wider than the Army and Navy did when looking for recruits and leaders, and reached out to the young, modern-minded men and women of the emerging Britain”

R PIVOTAL FIGURE: RAF Fighter Command chief High Dowding (centre) with some of his men (Douglas Bader at right) at the war’s end. The Battle of Britain fixed the RAF permanently in the nation’s affections

EMARKABLY ONE of the greatest achievements of the RAF in the Second World War took place not on the battlefield but off it. As I discovered while researching my latest book, the special character and ethos of the Service not only led the way in saving the country from the Nazis, it helped to shape the fairer society that emerged after peace was restored. Inter-war Britain was still a classbound place, where background often counted more than ability. However, things were changing. With the rise of Hitler, politicians turned to the Air Force to counter the threat. The highly-technical nature of air warfare meant the RAF had to spread the net wider than the Army and Navy did when looking for recruits and leaders, and reached out to the young, modern-minded men and women of the emerging Britain. The result was a wartime organisation that exuded a confidence, efficiency and democratic spirit that were not so apparent among the traditional services.


multi-national: Polish pilots, like these of 303 Squadron, served the RAF with distinction

HURRICANE HEROES: Some of The Few with 249 Sqn comrades. Inset, author Bishop’s book

nd in the RAF, ordinary people got a chance to show what they were made of, even if they had not gone to the right school. In 1936 the need to fill the gaps when the pre-war regulars fell prompted the foundation of the RAF Volunteer Reserve, who learned to fly in their spare time. The scheme was visualised as ‘a collection of young

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men drawn from the middleclass in its widest sense, with no suggestion of a pre-determined social hierarchy’. The recruits included clerks and factory workers who would previously have had little chance of realising their dream to become pilots.

In the RAF, ordinary people got a chance to show what they were made of

So it was that in the ranks of ‘The Few’ who won the Battle of Britain were a fair number of representatives of the many, and the victory could rightly be presented as a triumph for the whole nation. As well as eroding class barriers, the RAF opened the door to women seeking an active role in the struggle. Instead of taking dictation, a City PA like Sylvia Drake-Brockman – who joined up aged nearly 40 – found herself commanding hundreds of women and being treated as an equal by male officers. It also played an admirable part in combating racial prejudice,

picture perfect: The WAAF offered women like these young camera gun technicians the prospect of fulfilment and adventure

seeking aircrew volunteers in the West Indies and elsewhere and officially decreeing in 1944 that ‘all ranks should clearly understand that there is no colour bar in the Royal Air Force’.


ar the youngest of the services, the RAF was only 21 years old when the war broke out – and it had both the virtues and failings of youth. It attracted the most confident and ambitious, many of them drawn by the romance of aviation. Air Force personnel had a swagger that felt Transatlantic; and indeed the American allies seem to have felt a closer kinship to them than they did to the sometimes condescending traditional services. To their colleagues in khaki and Navy blue, they were the ‘Glamour Boys’ – not necessarily a term of affection. The great claims that

the RAF’s leaders made for what air power could achieve, and their favoured status when it came to the allocation of resources, sometimes made them unpopular with the Army and Navy.

All had to concede that in the end the Air Force’s high opinion of itself was justified. In many ways the war was an RAF show

But all had to concede that in the end the Air Force’s high opinion of itself was justified. In many ways, the war was an RAF show. It was aggressive, innovative and

intelligently led; a lesson in what could be achieved if talent was given its head. After saving Britain in the summer of 1940, Bomber Command led the fightback. The Air Force played a vital role in the Battle of the Atlantic and was an essential element in every theatre where the British war was fought. As my book’s subtitle states, it was the spearhead of victory. But there was more to it than that. The character of the new Service meant it soon found a special place in the nation’s affections. During the Battle of Britain, the RAF was Britain and Britain was the RAF. The men and women in Air Force Blue reflected the country as it wanted to be: bold, brave, forward-looking and fair. It’s a situation that persists today. n Win the book – see RnR p8.

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HILE there are a few things that are certain after sitting through Michael Winterbottom’s two-hour documentary-drama On The Road, you will need to be a Wolf Alice fan to enjoy it and, if bringing home the boredom of band tours was this film's aim, the director has succeeded. The clash of film styles, shadowing the band while actors play the parts of the protagonists may have seemed a good idea on the drawing board, but for me it muddies the waters and detracts from the band’s live performance, which appears powerful. This hotch-potch is played against a backdrop of monotony –touring bus, sleeping and city after city, venue after venue. It is designed to show the unglamorous side of the music industry and simply serves to bore the viewer. Allowing the band to show only what little character they have towards the end of the film is another error – they are not exactly superstar material, at least not on the big screen.

One example comes in the failed efforts of bassist Theo Ellis to crowd surf. He appears like a young child stood on the end of a paddling pool too frightened to dip his toe in, desperate for the bouncers to bring him back from the safety bars. On The Road echoed the Slade film Slade In Flames for me and I clearly remember that leaving me feeling empty, as it plodded through the stark reality of the world of rock music. The support acts in On The Road produce one of the film's highlights when they perform an impromptu dressing room jam on the last night of the UK tour in London, and that says plenty. Clunky editing during the live shows also leaves a fair bit to be desired, cutting between songs is an obvious no-no, but it happens plenty of times and grates. The one scene of actual rock and roll drama when they lose the bassist to a stomach bug and injured elbow hours before the tour's biggest gig is brought crashing down when he gets his mother to pick him up outside the venue,

Classic film giveaway RAF News is clearing out the movie vaults and offering film fans the chance to pick up a classic movie comedy from the 60s, 70s 80s and 90s, We are offering Spike Lee's Mo' Better Blues featuring action hero Wesley Snipes and Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington. Also up for grabs this month is the quirky Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle which sees the famous American cartoon characters sucked out of the fantasy world of animation and into the physical reality where they face the challenge of saving the world of destruction. For 70s film buffs we are offering a Peter Sellers box set that includes The Great McGonagall, Ghost in the Noonday Sun, The Prisoner of Zenda and The Magic Christian, co-starring Beatle Ringo Starr. For 60s aficionados there is a chance to win the David Niven classic Vampira. To be in with a chance of winning one of these titles from Fabulous Films Ltd/Fremantle Media Enterprises simply answer the following question: Who directed Mo' Better Blues? Email your answer, marked DVDs competition, to: or post it to our address on p3 to arrive by October 20. Only one prize per entry – please specify which one you would like to win. Entrants must be over 15.


Kingsman: The Golden Circle

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8 Despicable Me 3 9 Dunkirk 10 American Made TOUR TALES: The band Wolf Alice are the subject of Michael Winterbottom's new film

with the remaining members then spending their end of tour party with their parents. Ending the film how it starts watching a member from the band’s management team sat on a tube train simply adds time to the film, and the reading of almost every date of the upcoming American


tour as she lays in bed with her new lover from the road crew is like nails scratching on a blackboard. Wolf Alice fan? Go see this. Rock documentary fan? Don’t bother. Review by Dan Abrahams R'n'R Rating: Source:

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hey just can’t get enough of the man from Minneapolis – 30 years on from the release of his iconic Hearsay album, soul and R&B star Alexander O’Neal is back on the road with a 17-date tour. The self-confessed Anglophile, currently based in Manchester, said he can’t wait to perform live again for his thousands of UK fans. He’s also working on his first studio album in 15 years, entitled Resurrected and due to be released next January or February. O’Neal said: “England is my favourite country. I am an honorary Brit. I know a lot of great people over here and the fans have been absolutely brilliant. “We are halfway through recording a new Hearsay album – it’s just so exciting putting a different twist on the music and vocals.” How does the If You Were Here Tonight and Criticize singer, now 63, keep fit and healthy for a major tour? He said: “I just ride my bicycle up and down the streets in Manchester and I walk. I have one voice exercise I do before I go on stage – I warm up and I pray. I am a spiritual man, I do spirituality and I take it on stage with my work.” Back in the early 80s O’Neal was famously the lead singer of Prince’s backing band, The Time – but was later fired. He said: “When you are younger and in the formative stages of your career, like Prince was then, some of the decisions you make can be not the most sound or grown-up. “They would not tell me to my face. I was given $50, which I guess must have been my severance pay. That was a bad, heartbreaking time for me, but good things come out of bad situations.” He went on to work with massively successful songwriting and record production team Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who were also in The Time. Also a songwriter and arranger

himself, O’Neal had 14 UK top 40 hits in the 80s and 90s and through his fellow R&B singer and Tabu labelmate Cherrelle, formed a friendship with Whitney Houston. He said: “Cherrelle and Whitney were very close. I had the opportunity to spend time around Whitney and I found her to be delightful when she wanted to be. It was such a shame when she died; we were all really, really upset when she passed. “She told me If You Were Here Tonight was one of her favourite songs and she wanted us to record a song together, even that song, but it never happened because we were busy doing our own things.” Having appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2015, O’Neal revealed he’d relish taking part in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here. He said: “I would be good at it, I could eat all those horrible things. I’d really enjoy doing that because being a Southern boy I can handle that stuff. I would really like to do it.” In such a long, illustrious career, he cites his six nights of consecutive sell-out shows at Wembley in the 80s as his biggest career achievement to date. He’s also proud of having finally written his autobiography, All True, Man. He said: “It’s been a long time coming, I had been procrastinating for years.” He added: “I love what I do, I just want to keep performing, keep recording. If you stop recording you’re not in the game. “I have stayed in the saddle and doing the new album is getting out of my comfort zone. It will be more bluesy, R&B, folk – I call it new age music; it’s not typical Alexander O’Neal. It’s going to be raw, but perfection. I’m really looking forward to seeing how my fans will receive it.” Interview by Tracey Allen n Go to: alexanderonealofficial for tour details.


ournalist, broad- himself Captain van Lott. caster and historian “He said his bomber crashed Peter Snow admits that his when it got back to England and he favourite subject from his new asked to borrow one of the RAF’s book War Stories, written with his planes to return to his base at RAF wife Ann MacMillan, is an audacious Dyce in Scotland. Luftwaffe pilot. “The station officer said he had Flying ace Oberleutnant Lt Franz to check von Werra was legitimate. von Werra’s story is one of the most While he rang Dyce, von Werra entertaining in this fascinating dashed out to the control tower collection of accounts where he jumped into a of ordinary men and persuading Hurricane, women swept up in the the engineer to show turbulence of war. him how to work the controls. He was just Subtitled Gripping Tales of, Cunning, about to take off when Courage and the station officer Compassion, the got through to Dyce, book features 34 found von Werra was people, ranging from a complete fraud, stuck Alexis Soyer, celebrity AUDACIOUS: Von Werra a pistol in his temple and chef of the Crimean War rearrested him.” and Canadian World War I In January 1941, von Werra flying ace Billy Bishop to Sir Nicholas was sent to Canada with other Winton, who rescued children from German POWs. the Nazis. He escaped from the window of a Snow said: “Von Werra’s audacity moving prison train and eventually was incredible. He was one of the very made it back to Germany – via South last Germans ever to escape from a America, Spain and Italy – where he British prisoner of war camp. was considered a hero by Hitler and “He escaped from prison awarded the Knight’s Cross. near Derby and managed Snow added: “He was sent to make his way to off flying again and crashed RAF Hucknall, near in the English Channel about Nottingham, where he three days later. His body went to see the station was never found.” officer in charge, claiming to be a Dutch pilot fighting with the RAF, calling

Von Werra was 27. His amazing true story was later used as the basis for the 1957 film The One That Got Away, starring Hardy Krüge. Snow said: “We were excited to find out that he had a nephew in Switzerland – we rang him up and had a great chat. He remembered meeting his Uncle Franz shortly before he died – when Franz came to a party before he was married – and said he was hugely impressive. “Franz got married about three days before he flew off and disappeared.”

Japanese Zekes but he also had the most fascinating back story – I think that was what fascinated me most about him. “His father was a lawyer who worked closely with Al Capone before turning against him and helped to convict Capone of tax evasion. “Butch’s father was so ambitious for his son that he turned in Capone so Butch could go to Annapolis Naval College to become a naval pilot.”


he Snows admitted that they had such a long list of subjects now revealed that for the book it was his son, Dan, also difficult deciding who a historian and TV to leave out – they are presenter, suggested von hoping to publish War p ho Bis aCe: Billy Werra to him. The couple Stories Volume II. also had suggestions from The couple are appearing at Ann’s sister, Margaret, a historian and various literary festivals in October Oxford professor. and November, from Cumbria to It’s the first time that Snow senior has Folkestone, to talk about War Stories: collaborated on a book with his spouse, including Ilkley on October 10, also a highly-respected journalist, who Cheltenham (13), Blenheim Palace worked for the Canadian Broadcasting (14), Harrogate (19), Beverley (20) Corporation. and Bridport on November 5. Among Ann’s favourite subjects in the Snow said: “It’s exciting, we’re all book is US pilot Butch O’Hare, whose over the place. We love the festivals.” father was connected to the notorious Ann added: “If anyone has ideas gangster Al Capone. for the next War Stories, we're open to She said: “Not only was Butch an them.” enormous hero who shot down six By Tracey Allen


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e’s had eight chart-topping singles, headlined massive arenas and was named ACM Awards Male Vocalist of the Year. Now Thomas Rhett has just released his third studio album, Life Changes, and has a five-date UK tour next month – the London date is already sold out. Rhett blends country, pop and RnB and since scoring his first No. 1 in 2013 with It Goes Like This he’s become a husband and a father. Recorded while Rhett and his wife Lauren were in the middle of adopting their daughter from Africa and awaiting the birth of their second child, Life Changes has been hailed as the biggest, boldestsounding record of his career, filled with songs that stretch his sound to new limits. He said: “I named the album Life Changes because my life has never changed this much in a short time. From seeing the success of a song like Die a Happy Man, to putting out my third album, to going on my first headlining tour, to having

two children, both under two… I thought the album’s title was a good representation of what is happening in my life right now.” Much of its material was written on the road, while Rhett toured his way across America in support

When did Thomas Rhett score his first No 1? of his platinum-selling second record, Tangled Up. Released in 2015, it marked a turning point in his career, spawning four No. 1 singles and the Grammynominated Die a Happy Man. On Life Changes Rhett sings about his own adolescence in Sixteen. He said: “No matter if

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you’re 10 or 80, I think you can always find an identity within the verses and choruses of that song.” He added: “I am and will always be a country artist, it’s who I am, it’s in my blood. I will always try to push boundaries because that rebellious side has been in me since I was a kid. My voice and my journey that inspired these songs is the glue that makes this album cohesive. This is where I’m at musically.” l We have a copy of Life Changes to win. For your chance to own it, answer this question correctly:


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Deaths NOLAN, Francis/Frank. Passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer on September 8 at the Rutland Care Village aged 81. He joined as a Boy Entrant at RAF Cosford in 1951 (14th Entry) leaving as a C/T at RAF Hospital Ely in 1976. He also served at Bassingbourn, Gibraltar, Chigwell, Upwood, Tangmere, North Luffenham, Germany and Wyton. Beloved husband of Mary, loving father of Mark, Teresa, Sharon, Lynn and Daniel. Grandfather to 12. The family would love to hear of any stories from any of Dad's former collegues and friends from when he served. Please email Dan Nolan: dannynolan894@


SMith Donald 1950-2017, ex RAF 'plumber' Armourer died May Big C Burgh Castle Norfolk, Much missed by all who knew him. Served with V Force, Sgt.

Seeking SeekinG RAF Hospital Wegberg Germany, 19651966. Were you medical staff there? Need information on remains of WWII airman recovered from Rotterdam Harbour and brought to Wegberg. Any information appreciated. Contact Roger Braga: Planeman@hotmail. com/call: 01621 786290. In November 2017 the Chairman and Committee of the 607 (County of Durham) Sqn Association will hand over to new members of the recently re-formed Squadron, now based at RAF Leeming. The incoming Committee are trying to trace anyone who has served (or whose family served) with the Sqn from 1930 up to disbandment in 1957. For further information contact Sqn Ldr Alfie Hall, XO 607 (CD) Squadron, RAF Leeming, Northallerton.

DL7 9NJ or e-mail 607AUXXO RAF Administrative Apprentice Association: Did you train as an Apprentice Supplier or Clerk at RAF Ruislip, St Athan, Bircham Newton, Halton or Hereford? Please contact www. or call: 01425-511378 for details of your association. SEEKING WAAFS from Hut 5 RAF Kirkham 101 PDC. Was Demob Centre where you got those lovely demob suits in 1947. Contact: Mrs R Kyne-Jones, Somerford, Ashleigh Close, Teignmouth, Devon TQ14 8RA. Ideas about work and death of Major Glenn Miller USAF to Father Keith Sawyer, 29 Fieldgate Road, Luton LU4 9TA, call: 01582 848459. SEEKING any members of 2035 ATC Sqn at South East London Technical Institute between 1947-1950. Contact J Randall via email: or call: 01986 893310. SEEKING Corporal Bill Roche RAF Regiment,

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stationed Wroughton, near Swindon, Wiltshire, 195657. Please contact Doreen Freegard, 7 Glevum Close, Purton, Nr Swindon, Wiltshire SN5 4HA, call: 01793 770178. Seeking information on Flt Lt Frank Herbert Townsend MBE AE RAFVR. Served 1951 to 1992. Possibly Intelligence Branch. Some connection to RAF Waddington. Contact

Reunions The RAF and Defence Fire Services Association reunion will be held at The Aztec Hotel Bristol on the weekend from October 13. For details contact chairman Neil Slade on: 01252 492111; email: crashmarksix@sky. com.

Warners Cricket St Thomas, Somerset. Join the Social Club. Please contact Alec Hunt, Co-ordinator: 01793 704629. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Royal Air Force next year Trade Group 6 MT are combining their annual reunion weekend with an Anniversary Dinner and Ball. To be held in Blackpool over the weekend of April 2018 – a real occasion where members of the trade both serving – past and present get together – pull up the old sand bag, enjoy a few sociable beers with old friends and new – a right good weekend – to wind down and catch

up with people from all generations of the MT Trades History. Tickets for the event are strictly limited this year and are selling rather fast – for more details or to attend the weekend please email: Everyone welcome from the wonderful bizarre world of MT, all ranks.

Catering Association Serving and Retired Catering Warrant Officers and Flight Sergeants plus former Catering Officers are welcome to full membership of the RAF Catering WOs and Seniors Association. For information and an

Tour's US tribute

Calling MTD/MTSS personnel who have served at RAF High Wycombe MT. The next reunion will be at the RAFA Club, High Wycombe at 7pm on October 14. Email: Steve Steer: stevesteer@hotmail. or call: 07891 673135. 23 Squadron Association Reunion AGM and Dinner will be held on October 28 at the Double Tree Hotel, Lincoln LN1 1YW. For more information please contact Colin Woolfson by email:; phone: 07803 617818. ULAS – University of London Air Squadron will hold its ex-members Annual Dinner at the RAF Club on October 28. For more information about the ULAS Ex-Members Association please contact Kevin Cooper via email at: kevin@hennerton.eclipse. 115 Squadron 100th anniversary dinner will be held at RAF Wittering on November 24. Please contact Andrew Sell on: 01780 417135 or email: uk for details. 205TH RAF Entry Halton 50th graduation anniversary reunion at the Halfway House, Dunstable on December 5. Any former members interested in attending please contact Dave Ellis via email: dave. or call: 07881 620889. RAF Regiment Association Somerset/Dorset Branch Social May 18-21, 2018.

The Royal Air Force’s finest musicians start the 2017 RAF In Concert Tour next month which will see them perform a ‘Stars and Stripes’ themed musical tribute to mark the 70th anniversary of the United States Air Force. RAF bands will visit 12 locations around the UK, starting in High Wycombe on October 7 and ending in Norwich on December 3. Against a backdrop that charts the development of the USAF during the past seven decades, concertgoers will be able to enjoy American-inspired music from the Swing Era to Motown, Country to Rock & Roll, accomplished musicians from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force will demonstrate their virtuosity across a wide range of musical genres. Memorable military marches and classical pieces will share the programme alongside favourite songs such as Send in the Clowns, Don’t Rain On My Parade and New York New York performed by vocalists Sarah Francis and Cpl Matt Walker. Compering duties on the tour will be shared by BBC Radio 2 broadcaster Ken Bruce and the voice of Strictly Come Dancing Alan Dedicoat. Tour organiser Tina Outlaw said: “We’ve brought together a fantastic programme of music that have been performed by some of America’s biggest names. By the end of the evening audiences will feel as if they’ve been served a delicious slice of apple pie – American style.” Sponsored by BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin, the concert tour is staged in support of the RAF Charitable Trust. Making his debut on the tour will be conductor Wg Cdr Piers Morrell, the RAF’s new Principal Director of Music. The concert tour will visit: Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe, October 7; Royal Festival Hall, London (9); Colston Hall, Bristol (16); The Anvil, Baskingstoke (18); Royal Hall, Harrogate (20); : Lighthouse, Poole (29); Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham (November 18); Symphony Hall, Birmingham (22); Sage Gateshead (26), Gateshead; Bridgewater Hall, Manchester (29); Cliffs Pavilion, Southend (December 1) and Theatre Royal, Norwich 3). Tickets start from £19 (for London £22) and are available from:

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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 application form please contact: Eddie Jones via email: janedjones6@tiscali. or call: 01487 823480 for details. RAFCWO&SA website: rafcwoa.moonfruit. com.

Aircrew Association ARE you former military aircrew? Do you miss the camaraderie and banter of your former squadron/crew buddies? Would you like the chance to meet other former aircrew to chat and swap stories over lunch? The Aircrew Associations all over the UK do just. If you live near Edinburgh or Glasgow contact the Hon Sec of the Saltire Aircrew Association on: robair@orangehome. or visit the website:

RAF Changi Assoc RAF Changi Association (inc. HQFEAF). We are always looking for new members and are open to all ranks; ex RAF/WRAF/WAAF and civilian personnel who served there during 1946-72.

Contact our Membership Secretary: Malcolm Flack on: 01494 728562 or email: or visit: for more details.

Loadmasters database FORMER AQM John M Ward is compiling a ‘living’ database of former and serving Air Loadmaster crewmen. The data includes information on those who served during World War II, post-war pre-brevet quartermasters, breveted QMs from 1962, LMs from 1969 and current WSOps and Mission Systems Operators (MS). Any former or current LM [Generic], WSOp, MS who would like to be recorded in this historic document should contact John via email on: c130@

RAF Church concert THE Friends of St Clement Danes Church Annual Concert featuring the Central Band of the RAF supported by the Choir of St Clement

Danes will take place at 7pm on Thursday 30th November 2017. Tickets available at the door or from RAF Charitable Trust Enterprises, RAF Fairford, telephone number 01285 713456 or via email to ''.

rob er ts440@mo or call: 01780 417282; FS Dom Owen, email: dominic. or call: 01780 417150; Eddie Jones, email: janedjones6@ or call: 01487 823480.

St Mawgan heritage

CWO&SA AGM THE RAFCWO&SA 2017 AGM and Reunion Luncheon will take place at RAF Wittering October 25 – 27. Members should contact the following for information and application form: FS John Roberts, email: john.

HAVE you ever served at RAF St Mawgan? If so, then you may be able to contribute to an ongoing project to improve the station's heritage. It does not matter what job you did; if you served in the RAF at St Mawgan from 1951 (or earlier) to the present, please get in touch and tell us what you did and how you contributed to the station's history. If you have any interesting items or photos of station life, people and aircraft (please include captions on the reverse), we would especially like to hear from you. Please contact The Station Heritage Group, Building 657, RAF St Mawgan, Newquay, Cornwall, TR8 4HP; or email: or call: 01637 857113/7264.

Nations mark anniversary THE Military Aviation Museum in Virginia, USA, provided a sensational backdrop to mark the 77th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. More than 160 guests – representing 12 Allied nations of British and foreign Armed Forces of all ranks and Service and their partners – dined together to recognise the Battle’s significance. The event was organised by Wg Cdrs Al Rutledge and Ruth Wilson of Allied Command Transformation. Wg Cdr Rutledge said: “Gp Capt John Sullivan (National Liaison Representative to Supreme Allied Commander Transformation) brought the Battle to life with anecdotes from pilots who were in the very thick of the fighting and Maj Gen Sodolski, representing Poland, the nation that contributed the greatest number of non-British pilots, gave a fascinating international perspective. He added: “A moving highlight was provided by Col Alfred Marstaller of the Luftwaffe.” The museum houses the world’s largest airworthy collection of vintage military aircraft.

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R'n'R Prize Crossword No. 212

Solve the crossword, then re-arrange the 10 letters in yellow squares to find an RAF term. 7. This trainer makes men hop around…(6) 8. …for very little time (6) 10. Two vehicles create one (7) 11. A shopping complex backs this animal (5) 12. And 9 Down. May end odour worry for RAF rugby legend (4,9) 13. Go inside if you want to worship (5) 17. Bird bearing a piece of jewellery (5) 18. Paddington’s home country (4) 22. An idiot returns, quite detached…(5) 23. …or wise men come back: I admire their paper skills (7) 24. Without the Italian, Chiltern confused by this kind of warfare (6) 25. Say no to this kind of rubbish (6)

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 October 20.


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No. 222 Fill in all the squares in the grid above so that each row, each column and each 3x3 square contains all the digits from 1 to 9.


1. Irregular esprit provides remedy for connoisseur (7) 2. The first blunders are dreadful ones (7) 3. Maybe loves to come up with a solution (5) 4. Headless duo perform elevator rescue mission (7) 5. Money for some education (5) 6. Another trainer, this one from Bush country (5) 9. See 12 Across 14. Tutor to be replaced by this pupil, apparently (7) 15. Paddington has left us in this country (7) 16. Rotary trainer is out of this world (7) 19. Malcolm volunteers on this island (5) 20. First class opera: Verdi’s ‘Ernani’, no witches (5) 21. From six to ten, even Sean finds female creature (5)

Prize Su Doku

Solutions should be sent in a sealed envelope marked 'Prize Crossword' with the number in the top left-hand corner to RAF News, Room 68, Lancaster Building, HQ Air Command, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP14 4UE to arrive by October 20.

The winner of Crossword No. 209 is Dennis Lynch from Bridgend who wins a copy of The Berlin Airlift by Barry Turner ( Solution to crossword No. 209 Across – 1. Stalk 4. Emperor 8. Aviator 9. Rocky 10. Idea 11. Approval 13. Atom 14. Purr 16. Charming 17. Waif 20. Actor 21. Incisor 22. Spartan 23. Bathe. Down – 1. Statisticians 2. Alice 3. Kite 4. Europe 5. Per Ardua 6. Recover 7. Royal Air Force 12. Tommyrot 13. Ad Astra 15. Ensign 18. Asset 19. Scab.

Su Doku No. 220 winner Chas Wallace from Wimborne, Dorset, wins a copy of Tornado GR1 An Operational History by Michael Napier (Pen&Sword Aviation,

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Aviation word – Flight

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Competition Aviation books

Air Force Blue by Patrick Bishop Tornado GR1 by Michael Napier The Spitfire An Icon Of The Skies by Philip Kaplan


Win top new Air Force titles


ORMER foreign correspondent Patrick Bishop, now a respected historian of the wartime RAF, has produced the third title in his trilogy following Fighter Boys and Bomber Boys. Air Force Blue, just published, portrays the RAF’s spirit during its finest hours and demonstrates how it took the lead role in the British war effort – see our feature on p18-19 of the main paper. Bishop will be appearing with AVM Edward Stringer and military historian Saul David at the Cheltenham Literary Festival on October 10 from 12-1pm to salute the RAF’s centenary in 2018. Bishop will also be talking about Air Force Blue – The RAF 1939-1945 at the Guildford Book Festival on the same day from 8-9pm. We have copies of the book, rrp (£20), published by William Collins, to win. For your chance to own one, answer this question correctly: In which year does the RAF celebrate its centenary?

Email your answer, marked Air Force Blue competition, to: c omp e t it i ons @ r af ne w s . c o. u k or post it to: RAF News, Room 68, Lancaster Building, HQ Air Command, High Wycombe, HP12 3EL,to arrive by October 20. n We also have copies of two new Pen& Sword aviation titles to win.

Tornado GR1, An Operational History, by Michael Napier, with a foreword by ACM Sir Stuart Peach (rrp £25), draws on the experiences of those who flew and serviced the aircraft over its 20 years of operational service. Former Tornado pilot Napier describes the achievements of the


RAF's Tornado GR1 force from the last days of the Cold War, through the Gulf War and subsequent decade of operations over Iraq, to the conflict over Kosovo. In The Spitfire An Icon Of The Skies by Philip Kaplan (rrp £30), the author investigates just what it is that fuels this aircraft’s mystique. The book centres around one of the few airworthy Mark I Spitfires – the Mk 1a AR213 – whose total renovation to flying status was completed in 2008. To be in with a chance of winning one of these two titles, send the answer to the question below, marked Pen & Sword Books, to our usual competitions email or postal address by October 20: Who wrote the foreword to Michael Napier’s book Tornado GR1 An Operational History? Please state on your entry whether you prefer to win Michael


Napier’s or Philip Kaplan’s book. l For Cheltenham Literary Festival details go to: cheltenhamfestivals. com/literature or call: 01242 850270. For Guildford Book Festival details go to: guildfordbookfestival. or call: 01483 444334.

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It makes my blood boil-er

It was interesting to see the article concerning the RAF ambassador and TV personality Carol Vorderman in RAF News No 1426 showing her delight after she was presented with a prestigious aviation award. As we know, Carol is an Honorary Gp Capt with the RAF Air Cadets and an accompanying photo shows her wearing a flying suit displaying her rank and a badged RAF military beret. Nothing could be simpler except that my local paper, the Plymouth Herald, printed the article and stated she was wearing a boiler suit with a navy hat. So much for being the leading newspaper in a major military city. Elsewhere in the same edition you requested stories and pictures as RAF News is preparing to mark the 50th anniversary of the closure of RAF Khormaksar. I served at Khormaksar from May 1964 through to May 1966 in the station’s Signals Unit. What with shift working and guard

duties, it was normal to be working more than 200 hours per month. Despite the long hours the base had a thriving sports set-up with some intersection soccer teams being superior to many UK-based station teams. In 1965 I entered the Station Sports Day and, whilst not being an athlete, I was very fit from playing soccer so I entered the onemile race as the second runner in the Siggies team. Whilst not expecting to gain a podium place I remember checking what the record time was just in case the salt, anti-malaria and bromide tablets hindered my performance. The record time was off the scale in relation to what I was hoping to achieve and even using the section’s sit up and beg bike I would have still been found lacking. The record holder was a certain Capt R Bannister RMC. Was this the same R Bannister who ran the first sub four-minute mile, who knows? Dave Stephens (WO Retd) Plymouth

Arboretum visit a tree-t

Someone’s Gunner cop it for this

In RAF News No. 1426, on page 23, an RAF Policeman has been identified as an RAF Regiment Gunner (pictured). I am sure members of the RAF Regiment would

not like to be confused with the RAF Police in future, although vice versa is probably not as much of an issue. Miles Whitehead By email

At last I have been to see The National Memorial Arboretum, what a beautiful sight and so peaceful. I especially went to see the Cyprus Emergency memorial. Well done David Littlemore and everyone who donated. I was based at Episkopi, 1955-56. The picture is myself and grandson Jayden at the memorial. George R Wilson Kings Lynn Norfolk

Women in Air Force really can have it all Re: RAF News No 1426, it was interesting to read how many young women are really Star successful etter l in the RAF today. I was particularly impressed by Flt Lt Kerry Bennett – the subject of your front page story – who seems to have it all; a successful career, marriage and a family. She is an excellent role model. Also, your feature on 100 RAF innovations was a good read, as was the RnR section. J Tobin By email

Chance to win bottle of spirits

ROLE MODEL: Voyager pilot Flt Lt Kerry Bennett, inset with her daughter, hopes to be an astronaut

The writer of our star letter or email of the month wins their choice of either a bottle of Spitfire Heritage Gin or Supermarine Vodka ‘built to be the best’ from www. spitfireheritagegin. com. Spitfire Heritage Distillers has followed the successful launch of its single-estate, small-batch botanical gin with artisan vodka. Also created by the world

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% proof and is so smooth it can be enjoyed neat. Spitfire Heritage Distillers support the Spitfire Heritage Trust.

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Royal tribute: HRH Prince Charles arrives at Westminster PHOTOS: CPL BEN TRITTA

GRATITUDE: Prime Minister Theresa May

The thanks of a nation Westminster service leads celebrations to mark Battle of Britain anniversary Staff Reporter Prince Charles and Prime Minister Theresa May led the tributes to surviving veterans of the Battle of Britain as the nation marked the anniversary of the epic fight for the UK’s skies. The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, joined the country’s political leaders and members of the Royal family at a service at Westminster Abbey in London. The service, attended by surviving members of Churchill’s ‘Few’, was followed by a flypast by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Spitfire and Hurricane. Frontline personnel on operations against Daesh in the Middle East paraded alongside

coalition comrades to mark the 77th anniversary of the battle. UK Air Component Commander, Air Cdre Johnny Stringer, led a parade of personnel from 83 Expeditionary Air Group and 901 Expeditionary Air Wing with US, French, Belgium, Polish, Dutch and Commonwealth allies. Members of the German and Italian forces also paid their respects to show solidarity in the modern fight against Islamist terrorism. After the RAF Ensign was lowered at sunset, former Battle of Britain Memorial Flight pilot Air Cdre Stringer said: “The diversity of our coalition is what gives it its strength. “In 2017, as in 1940, we face an evil ideology but by fighting it together it is being defeated.”

PROUD: Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier represents the RAF

From the many to the Few: Battle of Britan veteran Wg Cdr Paul Farnes DFM

Gulf salute: British and coalition personnel on operations in Iraq and Syria pay tribute


Battle of Britain Spitfire pilot Sqn Ldr Nigel Rose dies aged 99


QUADRON LEADER Nigel Rose flew during the height of the Battle of Britain when he engaged enemy bombers and fighters on regular occasions. He joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve in 1939 to train as a pilot. After completing his training as a fighter pilot and receiving his commission in June 1940, he joined No. 602 (City of Glasgow) Squadron equipped with the Spitfire, an aircraft he described as ‘a beautiful aircraft to fly’. On August 13 the squadron moved from Scotland to Westhampnett, a satellite of Tangmere near Chichester, arriving as a fierce battle raged overhead. The Luftwaffe had begun its heavy attacks against the RAF’s radar stations and fighter airfields. Within two days the squadron was in action when Rose attacked a force of Junkers JU 88 bombers bombing nearby airfields. On August 25, he was airborne during the late afternoon when his section sighted enemy aircraft over Dorchester.

Rose attacked a Messerschmitt Bf 110 fighter and fired a six-second burst with his machine guns. The enemy aircraft broke away emitting white smoke and Rose dived after it and saw it explode as it hit the ground. On September 7 he shared in the destruction of another Bf 110 but a few days later he was injured when his Spitfire was badly damaged during fierce fighting over the Channel. The aircraft went into a dive and he prepared to bale out but he was able to regain control and return to his airfield where he landed without the aid of the flaps or the wheel brakes. He described the encounter as ‘a near thing’ and returned to flying a month later. After a period of relative inactivity, the Luftwaffe launched a major attack on October 29 when fighter-bombers headed for London. No. 602 was scrambled to engage the fighter escort and the Spitfires intercepted a force of Messerschmitt Bf 109s over Biggin Hill. Rose was flying at 23,000 feet when he attacked one of the enemy

fighters. Smoke poured from the aircraft as bits of cowling and fuselage broke away but Rose was only able to claim a ‘probable’. In the event, this turned out to be the last attack during the period that became known as the Battle of Britain although Rose was in action again on November 6 when he attacked a Junkers JU 88 bomber. In December the squadron was relieved and returned to Scotland. He was mentioned in despatches. In September 1941 Rose joined No. 54 Squadron and flew sweeps over France before beginning a series of appointments as a fighter and gunnery instructor in the UK and in the Middle East. He left the RAF in February 1946 and later received the Air Efficiency Award. A self-effacing and modest gentleman, Rose found the fictionalised accounts of the Battle of Britain very variable. He was impressed by the 1969 film The Battle of Britain but was strongly critical of the novel and film Piece of Cake. He was a very active member of the Battle of Britain Fighter

Association and made regular appearances at the annual service in Westminster Abbey. He was a strong supporter of

the work of the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust attending the annual remembrance days at the memorial at Capel-le-Ferne.

Bomber Command campaigner Doug Radcliffe


OUG RADCLIFFE, the long-serving secretary of the Bomber Command Association, has died aged 93. Born in 1923 he was a messenger boy at the BBC when a bomb hit Broadcasting House in October 1940. He watched as the bodies of seven women were recovered from the music library and at that point he vowed to join up for military service. He trained as a wireless operator/ air gunner and was sent to North Africa in 1943. En route from the United Kingdom his Wellington bomber crashed and he spent some time in hospital recovering from his injuries. He then joined No. 425 (RCAF) Squadron based in Tunisia and over the next few months flew 30 operations over North Africa and Italy including providing cover for the landings on Sicily. After completing his tour of operations, he returned to the UK to be an instructor on a bombertraining unit before converting to the Lancaster. His squadron was earmarked for ‘Tiger Force’, the RAF bomber squadrons destined to fly operations against Japan from island airfields in the Pacific, but the two atom bombs brought the war to an end and the Force was not deployed. After the war, Radcliffe became a cine-technician and was involved in the making of the Dambusters

film where he worked on the visual screen effects of the bouncing bomb. He later established his own company producing filmstrips and slides for education purposes.

After selling his business, he was invited in 1984 to form and run the newly founded Bomber Command Association based at the RAF Museum, Hendon, where he

became the secretary, a post he held for 32 years. Occupying offices in the RAF Museum at Hendon, Radcliffe worked tirelessly to recognise

those who had served in Bomber Command. He was instrumental in getting a bronze statue of Marshal of the RAF Sir Arthur Harris, Bomber Command’s wartime chief, erected outside the RAF’s St Clement Dane’s Church in the Strand. HM The Queen Mother officially unveiled it in May 1992. Through his hard work, ably assisted by his secretary and the Association’s registrar, Vivienne Hanmer, the membership of the Association rose in excess of 10,000. The culmination of Radcliffe’s devoted service came in June 2012 when HM The Queen dedicated the Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park in memory of the 55,573 aircrew who gave their lives in World War II. At the dedication, Radcliffe commented: “When the memorial is revealed I will think of the pilot and the rear gunner of my first crew who are both buried in Germany. They were among thousands of young men who died. There has been nothing to salute them.” After years when Bomber Command veterans and their service received no official recognition, the dedication of the memorial was the Association’s finest achievement. When the memorial was vandalised in 2013, Radcliffe stood guard over it until the graffiti could be removed. Radcliffe retired from his post in 2016 but not before his loyal service had been recognised by his appointment as MBE.

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Air Force party goes high-tech

High stakes for US charity team

RAF 100th branching out with Glasgow Stem launch Ollie Omar Glasgow Science Centre ROYAL AIR Force chiefs have launched a major technology programme aimed at inspiring the next generation of aerospace engineers in Glasgow as part of the Service’s centenary celebrations. More than 200 youngsters from across the region took part in a range of activities designed to showcase how technology and science power UK military innovation. The Air Force team will be rolling the programme out across the country in a bid to boost recruitment in Forces engineering trades and encourage more pupils to chose science based subjects at

school and university. The RAF’s most senior officer in Scotland, Air Vice-Marshal Ross Paterson, joined education chiefs and STEM ambassadors from across industry at the event. He said: “This event is about showcasing the importance of STEM and promoting the expansion of our schools outreach programme. “We have worked hard to foster relationships with a number of external partners such as Education Scotland to help ensure a highly skilled workforce can meet challenges in the future.”

TECH THAT: Youngsters at the RAF STEM launch at the Glasgow Science Centre PHOTO: SAC CHARLOTTE HOPKINS

GP CAPT Steve Richards conquered the tallest peak in California to raise funds for the RAF 100 Appeal. US Assistant Air Attaché Steve, pictured above, scaled the 14,500 ft Mount Whitney as part of a $10,000 fundraising campaign by all RAF personnel currently stationed in the United States.

BOARDING SCHOOL EDUCATION (6-page advertisement feature) AT LINCOLN Minster School, we pride ourselves on putting our pupils first seeking to ensure that their talents and abilities are nurtured and encouraged to flourish in an environment of support and appreciation. Our intention is to provide an inspiring education for life, from nursery all the way through to sixth form. Individual needs are catered for across all age groups where boys and girls, of differing abilities and interests, excel in our vibrant community. We encourage our pupils to stretch and challenge themselves, to test new skills outside their comfort zone, not to worry when they make a mistake, but to learn from it. This way our boys and girls develop resilience, grow in selfesteem and become more equipped to face the challenges that lie ahead. Lincoln Minster School is served well by staff who share this philosophy. Their professional expertise and commitment helps to ensure high levels of achievement both inside and outside the classroom. We have a blend of day pupils and boarders, both from overseas and from the UK. This broad social and cultural mix ensures the school has a truly national and global outlook.

Outstanding results Our Sunday Times Top 100 rated Preparatory School achieved outstanding SATs results in 2017, far exceeding the national average in all areas: Reading: 93% (national average 71%) Mathematics: 93% (national average 75%) Spelling, punctuation and grammar: 80% (national average 77%) Likewise, our sixth form excelled again this year with 86% of our pupils achieving grade A-C and the vast majority going on to attend their first choice destination after leaving school.

An inspiring education for life Excellent co-curricular programme Our comprehensive co-curricular programme offers our pupils the opportunity to develop their confidence and skills by taking part in a wide variety of activities including sport, music, drama and the Duke of Edinburgh Award as well as a new Combined Cadet Force due to launch in September 2018. Our sports teams including hockey, squash, tennis and rugby enjoy local and regional success across all age groups. The school benefits from outstanding facilities for both music and drama with pupils able to perform in remarkable concerts and productions throughout the year. Our choristers recently took part in the recording of the charity single “Tears of the World” to raise funds for the International Bomber Command Centre.

Pupil focused pastoral care Our staff understand the important role that excellent pastoral care and a focus on pupil wellbeing plays in developing confident and assured young adults that are able to fulfil their potential both academically and socially. The best way to find out whether Lincoln Minster School is right for your child is to visit us, enjoy a pupil led tour of our facilities and meet with our dedicated staff.

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Charity in £1.5m benefits bonanza


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An RAF welfare charity revealed it has helped more than 1000 people access £1.5million in unclaimed benefits after discovering a large number of veterans were not receiving what they were entitled to. The RAF Benevolent Fund launched its Advice & Advocacy Service two years ago after its research showed many of its beneficiaries were not claiming all their state benefits. Paul Hughesdon, the charity’s director of welfare and policy (pictured right), said: “It’s astonishing to discover so many RAF veterans who served our country aren’t receiving the benefits they deserve. “We often identify veterans missing out on the single person council tax discount, perhaps because their spouse died and they never contacted their local authority to let them know. The service we provide maximises our beneficiaries’ income, which can make a huge impact on their lives.” The service aims to provide

RAFBF helps veterans get entitlements tailored advice and information to veterans and their partners about what benefits they should be getting. Veterans are then encouraged to contact the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), HMRC or their local authority, having been given the knowledge and information they need to claim the financial support they’re entitled to. Battle of Britain veteran Stan Hartill, 97, found the service invaluable when it was discovered he was missing out on a premium that would bring in £60 a week. He contacted the DWP and obtained £9000 in backdated benefits, plus a £3000 increase to his annual income. The money made a big difference

for Stan who, like other World War II veterans, is not eligible for a military pension because his service was limited to wartime and ended before 1975. He said: “I had no idea I was eligible for more money, so when the RAFBF told me I could get an additional £60 a week, I was thrilled. It might not seem like much money to some, but it’s helped me a lot.” The charity also provides advocacy and representation to veterans reporting reduction or removal of their disability benefit. After a stroke in 2015, RAF veteran Roger Gard, 66, received Disability Living Allowance (DLA), but following reforms to the way disability benefits were paid, he was required to change his claim to the new Personal Independence

Payment. This meant his financial support was being drastically reduced, leaving him anxious about the future. Unable to understand the complicated forms he needed to complete to appeal the ruling, Roger (pictured below) contacted the Benevolent Fund. A successful appeal resulted in a reversal of the reduction and a year’s worth of backdated benefits. He said: “Without the Fund’s support I would have given up trying to make sense of it all and been at least £100 a week worse off. Having that extra money makes a real difference to my quality of life.” In addition to supporting veterans with advice to access financial benefits, the charity advocates on behalf of those struggling to get the correct services from the NHS or their local authority.

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Iceland trek for Grandad

A SSAFA supporter has helped a group raise more than £37,000 for the charity in tribute to his RAF veteran grandfather. Joshua Moss was one of 12 to complete the Openreach Iceland trek, enduring rough terrain and freezing temperatures to raise the sum for the Armed Forces charity. Each participant had pledged a minimum £3000 and to date Josh has raised £3332. He said: “One of the reasons I did this was in aid of my Grandad, he was diagnosed with bladder cancer last year and is still recovering. “He was in the RAF as a young man and has supported SSAFA, an incredible charity, throughout his life.” Josh’s grandfather, Rev Barry Scott, was based at various stations during his RAF service including the Far East, Greece and RAF Lyneham. Josh added: “This is a charity he holds close to his heart and I hold him close to mine.”

Vets’ Bircham Newton day

BoB hero at station A Battle of Britain veteran who was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal returned to RAF Leeming after 77 years to share stories of his past and revisit the airfield he flew from. Terry Clark, 98, from York, was 19 when he joined the Auxiliary Air Force in 1938, training in Surrey and the Isle of Man. In 1939 he was called up and posted to RAF Catterick as an air gunner on the Blenheim and was later moved to Beaufighters as a radio operator. During his visit to Leeming he spent time at 100 Sqn, enjoyed a tour around a Hawk, and met personnel in 607 (County of Durham) and 609 (West Riding) Reserve Squadrons. But the most poignant part of the day was when he met friend of the station Douglas Petty, who also served at Leeming during World War II. They talked enthusiastically

GOOD TO BE BACK: Terry proudly displays his medals and, top, meets 100 Sqn personnel

about the aircraft they flew in and recalled their encounters; including taking off in the pitch black with laden aircraft – just making it off the runway, playing cards late into the night waiting to be called into

action and remembering fondly crew members and colleagues, including some who did not return home. RAF Liaison Officer for Yorkshire and the Humber, Wg Cdr Jeff Metcalfe, hosted Mr


Clark for the visit. Mr Clark was filmed and interviewed by Sqn Ldr Alfie Hall for RAF Leeming’s historical training facility. Mr Clark was also guest of honour at the station’s annual Battle of Britain dinner.

To celebrate the RAF’s centenary in 2018 and the 100th anniversary of the former RAF Bircham Newton as a flying station, a Veterans’ Day is planned at the Norfolk station on May 19 next year. The first unit to fly from its airfield, No. 3 Fighting School, arrived in May 1918, and was soon joined by a second unit flying giant Handley Page bombers. Flying continued beyond the Armistice and throughout the inter-war years, increasing dramatically during World War II. The station was finally closed in the early 1960s, during the height of the Cold War, but flying briefly returned in the mid-1960s, when trials of the Kestrel jump jet were conducted on the airfield. The Veterans’ Day will be open to all former Servicemen who served or were trained at Bircham Newton, and their close families. The RAF Heritage Centre will be open for guided tours and there will be talks, exhibitions, and military vehicles and large-scale model aircraft are expected to be on display. Entry and car parking is free and there is disabled access. Help is available to those with mobility problems. Go to: for more details.

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People’s choice winner

This stunning photograph of the Red Arrows performing a flypast over Kuala Lumpur city centre is the People’s Choice in the 2017 RAF Photographic Awards. The dramatic scene, including the Petronas Towers, was captured by Arrows snapper Cpl Steve Buckley and beat eight other pictures in the final of the category. More than 12,500 people voted for their favourite photograph via the raf. website.



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Busy time for RAF band THE RAF Air Cadet National Marching Band recently performed at two big public events. The first one was at the Polish War memorial, near RAF Northolt in west London. It was the 57th Ceremony of Homage to Fallen Polish Airmen to be held at the monument, close to the station where many members of the Polish Air Force who flew with the RAF during World War II served. Among the dignitaries on the parade were current members and veterans of the Polish Air Force and senior members of the Royal Air Force, including Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier and former CAS, ACM Sir Stephen Dalton. The following day the cadets had an early start from RAF Halton for the journey to the National Memorial Arboretum, where the Royal Air Force (National Service)

Association was holding its AGM and parade. Again the cadet musicians played for Sir Stephen. The event started with a wreath laying at the RAF Regiment Memorial to commemorate 75 years since its formation. The parade then marched to the National Service Obelisk, where the Association commemorated its own members and their Service. The band then led the parade to the magnificent central Armed Forces Memorial for the main part of the parade, where the names were read of all the Association members who had died in the last 12 months. T h e pipers played and Cadet Sergeant Mair Farley, from 2193 (Prestatyn) Sqn, played The Last Post and Reveille for the third time that morning; having also performed at the other two memorials.

MARCHING BAND: At the National Arboretum and, left, Cadet Sgt Mair Farley plays The Last Post

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6 pages of RAF Sport starts here l Airmen get to grips with Army in Rugby League Inter-Services: page 35 boxing RAF Boxers faced down Hurricane Irma and the might of a talented Jamaican team to run out 4-1 winners in their second outing in storm-struck Bermuda, Flt Lt Scott Boland writes. SAC Dan Smith (RAF Marham) opened the evening with a bout against US Navy opposition. Smith, who had only recently returned from operational duties in Iraq and Syria, had to call on every energy reserve during a tough bout which the American took on a points decision. Cpl Pete Todd (Akrotiri) then faced off against Pte Rattray of the JDF. With Todd dominating his opponent throughout the opening period, the crowd were robbed of any further boxing action as Rattray retired at the end of the first round with an injury. Ring rookie SAC James Forman (Brize Norton) then competed in his first three-minute bout. Unphased by the step up, his debut bout was an action-packed battle against Pte Willis of the JDF, with Forman winning on points. Next up was SAC Sonny Coates (Scampton),who took on the highly experienced Jamaican L/Cpl Darby’. Despite 19-year-old Coates rarely taking the a backward step, Darby’s guile and movement proved just too much and the Jamaica Defence Force took their only win of the night. The evening included two boxing masterclasses from SACs Ricki Lyon (Brize Norton) and Kei Bailey (Waddington).

Lyon’s exquisite lateral movement and counter-punching saw him win easily over Pte Shea, whiles Bailey’s relentless pressure and ring craft served to bamboozle his opponent, Cpl Sahadeo, and led to a comfortable win. Air Cdre Patrick O’Donnell, senior commander for the tour, said: “This has been a magnificent tour; exquisitely hosted by the Royal Bermuda Regiment. En route to an emphatic defeat of the impressive JDF, RAF boxers can be proud of themselves.” l Follow RAF Boxing on Twitter@ RAFBoxing.

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Showdown slot remains a reality Oulton Park spill sees Dixon lose pole start, as gutsy ride keep hopes of title tilt still alive IN HIS own words Jake Dixon was disappointed after letting a pole position start slip at Oulton Park, but a battling display kept him on track in the MCE Superbike season showdown. The RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki team remained in Showdown contention with five races still remaining. Dixon had to start the race from pit lane, but fought his way up to fourth and coming sixth in the second race he still sits in fourth overall. The 21-year-old signalled his intentions for the weekend when he claimed a superb pole position for Sunday’s opening 18-lap race, but damage from a crash in the morning warm-up meant he only just made the race start, and from the pit lane he fought his way through the pack to fifth after 14 laps, before finishing fourth, claiming the fastest lap along the way. That fastest lap saw him claim pole for the second race, a position he held until the tenth lap when he was overtaken by eventual race winner Leon Haslam Losing grip on soft tyres, Dixon finished in sixth, gaining 10 points for his troubles. Teammate Jordan Weaving qualified in a season’s best fourth for the opening Pirelli National Superstock 1000, finishing 14th and fifth in the Superstock 600 championship race.

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THE ROYAL Navy may have been the hosts, but it was the RAF who were the stars at the latest leg of the Loriners Inter-Service competition. The combined training competition featured dressage followed by a round of show jumping and a great team performance saw Sqn Ldr Sam Martin and Cpl Alice Cooper come second and third respectively, which meant at the end of the dressage the RAF were in first place. Heading into the show jumping phase all the combinations were performing. Sqn Ldr Caitlin Wroe on Mistress Molly (Molly) jumped a lovely clear; one of the few of the afternoon. Sqn Ldr Sam Martin, Sqn Ldr Laurie Beynon and Cpl Alice Prior all had just four faults, which meant the Service had won the leg and were level on points with the Army going into the final round. Three RAF Team riders: Sqn Ldrs Kidd, Wroe and Martin all took on the Olympia Qualifier (1.10m Plus) with Sqn Ldr Kidd coming first, narrowly followed by Wroe who also jumped a clear to come third. Sqn Ldr Martin narrowly missed out on a top six finish. This means all three riders have Olympia points and are looking good for the semi-final in November.


Loriners leg sees perfect Service display to level points tables

POINT TO PROVE: Above main and left, Loriners action


Lessons learned from opener HARTPURY COLLEGE at RAF Cosford provided the season opener for the Service’s senior men’s football team and it was a dream debut for SAC Greenhalgh who scored in the 1-1 draw. Joining Greehalgh was Cpl Jenkins with Flt Lt Toogood on the bench, and the hosts started brightly but a hamstring injury saw Jenkins limp off, giving Toogood his first taste of top level action. It was the debut pair who went closest during the early exchanges as Greenhalgh set up Toogood, who dragged his effort wide. On the half-hour SAC Pain was on hand to clear a Hartpury attack. Five minutes after the restart Greenhalgh got the final touch to a wellworked attack featuring Cpl Campbell, and in the 78th minute the college side levelled, but the goal only served to inspire the hosts who produced a solid attacking display until the final whistle.

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UKAF fall to in-form Asian tourists

SOLE RAF REPRESENTATIVE: Bowler Flt Lt Kieran Pearce


IT was a disappointing conclusion to the 2017 season for the UK Armed Forces senior cricketers with a heavy defeat at the hands of the touring Bangladesh A side. Despite the absence of a number of established players, the UKAF side held their own for 65 overs before scoreboard pressure and some excellent slow bowling turned the tide in favour of the tourists. Solo RAF representative Flight Lieutenant Kieran Pearce battled bravely with the ball, keeping the team in the game despite

UKAF 124 A/O bangladesh274-8 their impressive opposition. Keen to test themselves in English conditions, the tourists won the toss and batted on a bowler-friendly surface, surviving some testing opening spells. They steadily accumulated runs throughout the middle overs, laying a solid platform for the final 10 overs.  A late flourish from Mohammed Saifuddin, selected in the Bangladesh T20 squad

earlier this year, and Mahidy Hasan, with nine test appearance to his name, took the visitors to 274-8 at the close. Losing Maj Storm Green early on, UKAF rallied to 56-1 after 15 overs but a collapse saw five wickets fall for 21 runs and the home side’s hopes were effectively ended when Cpl Sherwin Govender – making his last UKAF appearance – became the third of Torick Khan’s four victims (84, 10-4). Hill and Simon added 28 for the last wicket before the innings closed at a disappointing 124 all out, Hill unbeaten on 24.

Corporal is one of the world’s strongest men

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But Daf needs sponsors to give him a lift CPL DAFYDD Roberts may be the quiet man of RAF Leeming, but he hides a little-known secret sporting life, that of a strong man. And since taking up the sport three years ago his roll of honour and achievements are eyewateringly impressive. Taking part in both military and non-military competitions, Roberts has produced the goods on the world stage, so much so he finished fourth in the World’s Strongest Man event in Finland last month. He said: “The results just seem to be getting better and better, the sport itself is not widely practised in the Service, in fact there are only two of us, both at HRT Air, 90 SU, Leeming. So I am really interested in raising its profile and, of course, getting support and sponsorship. “While my results have gone from strength to strength, I’ve re a l ly struggled getting any funding. It’s great t o be able to represent the Service on the global stage, so I really want to spread the word.” In May this year, the corporal won the W a l e s St ron g e s t Man

ON A ROLL: Roberts with Atlas balls


TORTURE: The farmer’s hold

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Under 90kg event, which qualified him for Britain’s Strongest Man U90kg the following July. In that event he came fifth in a very close competition, with only four points separating first and fifth. This qualified him for World Strongest Man U90kg in Finland in September. The competition saw him pitted against the 12 strongest men under 90kg on the planet, competing over two days for the title. The event involved a 10 tonne truck pull, 100kg Viking press for most reps in a minute, 240kg Conan’s Wheel lift, 120kg each hand farmer’s hold for the maximum time, a maximum log clean and press, 215kg deficit deadlift for reps over one minute and, to finish, the power stairs, which sees athletes carry 170, 180 and 195kg items up steps against the clock. n Facebook: Dafydd Roberts, Instagram: daf_strongman_roberts.

sea angling

Police cop it as RAF’s Rennie leads the way

WEYMOUTH WAS the setting for this year’s annual UKAF v Police boat sea fishing championship and it was worth the trek to Dorset. Pitting the best 16 anglers of the three Services against the best of the Police, it is always a hardfought competition with several national anglers competing on each squad. This year the UKAF team comprised eight RAF, five Army, and three Royal Navy anglers. The competition itself is a sixhour match with the 32 anglers spread evenly over four boats. Catching as many species as possible is the aim and the Police introduced a new scoring system this year to encourage this. First fish caught of any type gave a score of 30 points, fish two and three 15 points each, and a fourth fish scored 40 points. Any extras after the fourth fish only scored one point. At the end of the match the two 16-man squads scored more than 26,000 points between them, across 18 different species. The UKAF team won by just under a  four per cent margin, retaining the trophy for a second year in succession. Sgt Scott Rennie (RAF), UKAF team spokesman, said: “This was an amazingly close result and a well-deserved win for the UKAF team, whose highly-skilled and talented anglers pooled all their knowledge and experience to allow teamwork to win the day.” Sgt Rennie was the top angler, with a score of 949 points.

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RAF girls almost pull off miracle comeback

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Gold rush in Japan for jiu jitsu players EIGHT Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) competitors from the RAF Martial Arts Association (RAFMAA) travelled to Tokyo for the IBJJF Asian Jiu Jitsu Championships. The trip to Japan proved a huge success for the Service, with the team bringing home three gold medals and two silvers from the prestigious competition. The results were as follows: Fg Off Jonathon Maflin (RAFMAA Elite Athlete) – Brown Belt Adult – Middleweight category – Gold. n 1st fight – quarter final – win by submission (rear naked choke). n 2nd fight – semi-final – win by submission (estima footlock). n 3rd fight – final – win by points (8-6). SAC Alex Smith (RAF Halton) – Blue Belt Adult – Heavyweight category – Gold. n 1st fight – semi-final – win by submission (kimura/shoulder lock). n 2nd fight – final – win by submission (triangle choke). SAC Gavin Davies (RAF Benson) – Blue Belt Master 1 – Light Featherweight – Gold.

WINNER: Fg Off Jonathon Maflin (left)

n 1st fight – quarter final – win by points (5-2). n 2nd fight – semi-final – win by submission (armbar). n 3rd fight – final – win by advantage (1-0). Chf Tech Mark Haysom (RAF Waddington) – Blue Belt Master 3 – Super Heavyweight – Silver. n 1st fight – semi-final – win by points (60.) n 2nd fight – final – loss by points (3-0).

hat-trick: Cpl Katie Coen goes on the attack

Army38 RAF32 Following a win over the Navy, the RAF Women entered their final Inter-Service match of the season undefeated. They were first on the scoreboard with captain Cpl Mahayla Attis busting through the Army defence, but were unable to convert. The Army hit back hard, breaking through the RAF defence repeatedly. At the break the sustained Army pressure meant they led by a resounding 30-4. After a rousing talk by coach WO Andy Smales the RAF women lifted their heads and fought on, but two quick tries by the Army saw them fall even further behind. Both conversions were missed though, and the RAF hit back hard with loose-forward Cpl Katie Coen breaking through the Army defence time and time again – earning herself two tries. The Army quietened, centre Flt Lt Linda Mclean and second rower Fg Off Emma Tadman also got over the whitewash. More points were added courtesy of the foot of half back Fg Off Sophie Gale. A defiant Coen got her hat-trick as full time was called, but the RAF were just short of a heroic comeback victory – it ending 38–32 in the Army’s favour. Cpl Coen was woman of the match.

Cpl Gordon Reid (RAF Lossiemouth) – White Belt Master 1 – Light Featherweight – Silver. n 1st fight – semi-final – win by points (63). n 2nd fight – final – loss by submission (armbar). SAC Thomas Strathearn (RAF Northolt) – Blue Belt Master 1 – Lightweight – no medal. n 1st fight – first round – win by submission (kimura/shoulder lock). n 2nd fight – quarter final – loss by points (5-0). Sgt Stewart Bonner (RAF Waddington) – Purple Belt Master 2 – Lightweight – no medal. n 1st fight – first round – loss by advantages (4-1).

ALL WRAPPED UP: Coen and Cpl Kim Williams tackle forward


SAC Lewis Moullali (RAF Coningsby) – Blue belt Adult – Lightweight – no medal. n 1st fight – first round – loss by submission (armbar).

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UKAF Ace it against promoted Londoners The UKAF Men’s volleyball team’s impressive win over Division One team London Aces not only secured them a spot in round two of the National Cup, they were hailed as team of the week by the sports association. The newly-promoted opposition, who have won backto-back promotions in the last two seasons, were likely to be the team’s first real test. The Aces were on the back foot almost immediately in the first set however, after a run of five tough serves from UKAF setter RAF man Flt Sgt Willie Cowan. The London side remained largely in the headlights for the remainder of the set, with their defence unable to stand up against UKAF middle hitters Fg Off Ben Dunkley and Flt Lt Mark Armstrong. A slight wobble towards the end of the first set saw outside hitter Sgt Bertrand Felix coming on to stabilise the passing unit and close the set out 25-21. The Aces raised their attacking game, causing problems for UKAF’s defence, with unforced errors beginning to creep in. It fell to consistent passing back court from Sgt Phil Crawford (RAF) allowing experienced hitters Cpl Kev Colton (RAF), SLt Callum Moir, and SAC Mike Grainger to regain the momentum in the second half of the set with some confident kills. UKAF took the set 26-24, giving them a 2-0 advantage over their hosts. With the UKAF players now spurred on by the possibility of a 3-0 victory, they came back from a six-point deficit in a hard-fought set to slip ahead at 22-21. SAC Grainger then used his opponent’s block to send the ball spinning off up the side wall of the sports hall to give his side a key lead. Fg Off Dunkley then notched up both a huge kill block and a powerful hit through the middle, back to back, crushing the Aces’ hopes of a comeback and taking the set for UKAF 25-21. n In the VE Cup the UKAF ladies produced an equally impressive 3-1 win over MK City in the preliminary round match. Boasting six RAF players in the squad in the shape of Chf Tech Kerrie Stevens, FS Helen Crawford, Cpl Tracey Down, Cpl Phillipa Bulya, SAC Naomi Jones and SAC Alex Stallworthy, the team battled well throughout, winning the first third and fourth sets to secure a next round berth.

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Season finishes on high for Readman enduro

2nd place for Marham SAC(T) THE close of another RAF enduros season saw two members of the RAF Enduro Team competing in the ACERBIS National Motocross Championships. Cpl Jason Brice (Brize Norton) and SAC(T) Matt Readman (Marham) have been valiantly riding in the highly-competitive championships, with each experiencing ups and downs, however both rolled out onto the race track with confidence at the last round of the championships. Pontrilas Moto Park in Hereford is a track known for its hair-raising jumps, heart-stopping drop off and eye-watering fast straights.

Brice’s weekend did not go to plan as he suffered a high-speed crash on day one of the event, leaving him battered and bruised and slowing him down for the remainder of the event. The responsibility of getting good results for the RAF now rested on the shoulders of Readman, and he handled the pressure well, riding with precision and speed right from the start of the first of the weekend’s races. In all but one of the event’s races he found himself leading out front and jostling to hold the top spot for the duration of the races. His hard riding paid off though, with him finishing in second place overall at the final round, which saw him take his well-deserved place on the podium. He said: “Results have been lacking this year until the end of the season, but as always I have enjoyed every minute of it.” Brice and Readman will compete in the ACERBIS National Motocross Championships again BRICE: Crash early on left him struggling all weekend next year.

TOP TIPS: RAF riders under instruction


Feline fine at Fat Cat TAKING ADVANTAGE of some expert training tips the Service’s enduro riders ignored the downpours to converge on Fat Cat Moto Parc in Doncaster. Nineteen members of the RAF Enduro Team attended the famous motocross track to take advantage of a unique training opportunity extended to the

team as Chris Bastic and Jordan Moxey, both professional level motocross riders, offered up their knowledge and experience to assist in the development of the riders. SAC Luke Payne said: “It was a great day’s training and I am definitely feeling more confident for the upcoming MX rounds.”

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RAF kill Army IS title dream rugby league

A MATCH you could not take your eyes off ended this year’s Inter-Service rugby league championship, with the RAF dashing Army dreams of the title with a last-minute try – the result handing the title to the Royal Navy. RAF head coach Chf Tech Garry Dunn said: “Tonight was a pleasing result, although performance-wise was far from perfect. Our attitude and reaction to our opening defeat was pleasing and our willingness to play right until the end to achieve the victory shows the determination of the group. “At times in the first half we looked really strong and the opposition found it hard to get out of their end. The building of pressure produced the lead that we established but again, as in the Navy fixture, errors and penalties let the Army side back into the game. “In the second half I thought we were under the pump for large periods, but a win’s a win and it’s the score that matters in these games. “The dressing room was a far better place to be tonight than it was two weeks ago.” Trailing by two points, 18-16 going into the final minute of the clash, with the hosts only needing a draw to take the IS title, a needless penalty was awarded against Sgt Ben Cartmell on the RAF’s Cpl Tom Moor as he approached the try line. This saw the home team punished as the men in blue decided to run the ball rather than settle for a kick under the posts. There was a quick ball from SAC Ben Mellor to SAC(T) Adam Flintham, who found the onrushing SAC Sam Breeze. Breeze forced himself over and Flintham coolly slotted over the conversion to break home hearts and silence the raucous crowd. The game had started with a tit-for- HIGH TACKLE: Pte Micky Hoyle grabs the advancing SAC(T) Adam Flintham around the neck PHOTOS: SBS PHOTOGRAPHY tat opening period with neither side able Despite bearing the brunt of Flintham converted in front of An attritional period of play to get over the halfway line until a big saw the RAF defend with lastbomb kick from Flintham resulted in a some crowd noise, SAC Mark the posts. Harper silenced the cat calls with Aiming for speed in attack the gasp tackles as they struggled to penalty for an off-the-ground tackle. From there an interception of the a try after 16 minutes, which stuttering Army team was kept at get out of their half for extensive bay easily enough until periods. Putting in plenty of subsequent Army attack from the 27th minute, when effort for very small gains, it was the ever-present Flintham Mercer dived over for an a nod to the fitness of Chf Tech – who cut inside and ran unconverted try. Dunn’s men as they maintained from his own 20m line to the The hosts added some enough strength to keep pushing opposition 20m line – saw impetus in attack with the to the final seconds. a high tackle by Pte Mickey arrival of Spr Kev Brown Just after the hour Moor was Hoyle, who was sin-binned. but a handling error from held up on the line, with the ball From the resulting penalty a high ball from Harper recycled well and a great kick to Breeze burst over for an saw the hosts go close, the corner from Flintham saw unconverted try. but the score remained SAC Chris Ambo collect and go The speed machine of SAC unchanged at the break. over to level the scores. Juite Tupua was comfortably In the second half Knowing a draw was enough kept in check by the hosts, Army man Roach burst the Army then put their noses in leaving the main driving force through for a converted front as Hoyle kicked two points coming through the middle 44th-minute try. That as the scoreboard signalled the with SAC Josh Scott and the score was extended after final 10 minutes. old warhorse Sgt Dale Ginks 49 minutes, with Hoyle A handing error from Tupua – a former Forces World Cup BREAKTHROUGH: SAC Juite Tupua was one of RAF’s stars converting for 16-10. then halted another RAF attack, winner.

Last-gasp try hands championship to Navy

VITAL ROLE: Cpl Tom Moor in the clear

before Moor produced a quick break and inches from the line and goal post was impeded by Cartmell. Mellor took the ball and spinning a quick pass found Flintham, who in turn passed to Breeze. Breeze breached the Army defences and Flintham’s conversion sparked wild celebrations among the visitors. Assistant coach Sgt Martin Wood said: “Overall we were again not up to the standard that we set ourselves. IS rugby is ultimately about winning, so it’s a good feeling that the lads found a way in the end. “We have managed to drip-feed several lads in for first-team debuts over the two games, which we will benefit from in the next few years. “One thing Garry and I are working towards is ensuring players see a pathway to the first team and we build a culture from within. It’s been a much tougher year than we expected and there has been plenty of soul searching, especially after the Navy game. “But the one thing we have done is stick together, we have a good group and will be better for this experience. Sam Breeze and Tupua were very good in both games, highlighting the good work done at station and RAF Regiment representative level. “I encourage any station coach that wants to broaden their knowledge and improve the players that they coach to come and view a session or two. Just get in touch, we would be very happy to share our ideas with you.” n Follow RAF rugby league @ RAFRugbyLeague.


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RAF News 06 Oct 2017