80 Squadron ATC Receives Historical Link to 80 Squadron RAF
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By CI Craig Lee - GMW Press Officer
The eighth of November saw 80 (Bolton) Squadron celebrate remembrance day and also a historic presentation. Recently Ex-Corporal Barrie Morgan of 80 Squadron RAF got in contact with the Squadron staff in order to make a presentation.
When 80 Squadron RAF disbanded in 1969, Corporal Morgan was stationed at RAF Bruggen, Germany, where he served as an electrician. On hearing the news Corporal Morgan asked the Commanding Officer if he could take the Squadron’s crest which had been displayed outside of their hanger. For the past forty-six years he has looked after the crest before relinquishing it to 80 (Bolton) Squadron.
Corporal Morgan was unaware that his Squadron had a namesake and was informed of this by his granddaughter. She currently serves at 1092 (Bridgend) Squadron as a Cadet Warrant Officer. This discovery prompted him to get in contact.
80 Squadron RAF was formed in 1917 as a fighter Squadron equipped with the Sopwith Camel. Over the years it has seen use with, most notably the Gloster Gladiator, Hawker Hurricane and the Supermarine Spitfire. It ended its service equipped with the English Electric Canberra PR.7. 80 Squadron has had members such as flying ace Marmaduke “Pat” Pattle and children’s author Roald Dahl.
80 Squadron’s SNCO Flight Sergeant Jon Dawson (ATC), collected the crest on behalf of the Squadron and made the presentation to the Commanding Officer Flight Lieutenant Mark Love VR(T).He said, “The Squadron is proud to accept such an artefact steeped in RAF history. We will also commit to caring for it in the years to come.”
The entire Squadron would like to thank Corporal Morgan for his donation and will display the crest with pride within their building.