Bishop Auckland Air Cadets Reach the Summit and Memorial
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By Flt Lt Ian Pepper RAF.VR(T) - 2505 (Bishop Auckland) Squadron
On Saturday 17th May, cadets and staff from 2505 (Bishop Auckland) Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets, practicing navigation for their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition, climbed to the 702 metre summit of Buckden Pike in the Yorkshire Dales.
Near the summit at a stone memorial, they reflected as to the fate of the Polish crew of a crashed WW2 RAF Wellington bomber. In the fine, warm May weather the cadets could not visualise how a snowstorm in 1942 had brought down the Wellington on this spot.
Fifteen year old Leading Cadet Nathan Woodcock said “It was a great but challenging day and awesome to see the stone cross marking the site of the crash with small bits of the aircraft in”.
2505 (Bishop Auckland) Squadron Air Cadets meets on a Monday and Thursday from 7pm in the RFCA Centre, St Andrews Road, Bishop Auckland. For more information about the Royal Air Force Air Cadets see: http://www.raf.mod.uk/aircadets/