Elvington Allied Forces Day
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By Sgt L Towler - 2431 (Keighley) Squadron
On 7th August 2014, cadets from 2431 (Keighley) Squadron ATC, travelled to Elvington Airfield to mark Allied Forces Day.
The day started off at 09:00 at squadron. We all met up along with 3 Skipton cadets to travel on the coach together. When we arrived, we were met by some incredible historic aircraft. We all formed up and then we got approached by an Air Commodore who was kind enough to talk to us all about the importance of the day. He also was keen to find out about all the amazing opportunities air cadets can provide us with.
Once we were all accounted for, we made our way over to the VIP area where cadets from three squadrons lined the path into the building where full time senior RAF Officers were welcomed. This is the first time I have ever done this for such important guests and it was a privilege to do so.
After we welcomed all the guests in, we were free to have a look around the base before being called back up to the hanger to help out with some order of service ready for the ceremony later that day. Once this was completed, we could have more free time and had the opportunity to have some food as the base had some excellent dining areas. At this point, Engines from historic aircraft were fired up and the roar from an engine could be heard all over.
At around 14:00, it was time to form up for the parade. We marched down with all the veterans for a service delivered right in front of a Halifax bomber. This was the first time I have ever seen one so close. Once the service was over, we marched out for the 2 minute silence and we were lucky enough to see a fly past by one spitfire and one hurricane. Once this was over, we were free to go.
Overall, the day was a privilege to be part of as officers from all over the commonwealth greeted us with pride. The day was a true reminders of the importance of the Battle of Britain and it is one if the highlights of my cadets career. A true honour.
For more information please visit the Squadron website