NEWS

APRIL 27TH 2018

Derby Air Cadets celebrate RAF 100 in France

The cadets in Normandy.

126 (City of Derby) Squadron on their recent trip to France.

A group of cadets and adult volunteers from 126 (City of Derby) Squadron have visited France to mark RAF 100.

During the visit, the attendees travelled to numerous sites in France including the Canadian War Cemetery and the Vimy Ridge Memorial.

The RAF is celebrating its 100th birthday this year so the Derby squadron felt it was appropriate to take the opportunity to reflect on the organisations history and achievements.

Squadron Leader Ian Marshall MBE, Senior Adult Volunteer  and Officer Commanding of 126 (City of Derby) Squadron, organised the visit. He said: “The centenary itself will be marked by special events, activities and other initiatives at local, regional and national levels running from April to the end of November 2018.

Derby Squadron celebrated RAF100 at the Canadian War Cemetery.

The cadets celebrated RAF100 at the Canadian War Cemetery.

“Although we arrange an overseas visit for our cadets each year, this year’s visit to France was extra special as we wanted to commemorate past events that RAF was involved in, celebrate service personnel’s achievements and inspire the next generation to believe they can succeed in their chosen career path.

“Our visit to Vimy Ridge was a standout moment for me as we were joined by cadets from the Canadian 126 Niagara Falls Squadron who talked about the Canadian soldiers the memorial is dedicated to. This highlighted how we may be miles apart but all of our cadets are confident individuals who take pride in their Cadet Force.”

Both cadets and adult volunteers took part in the overseas visit.

Now back in the UK, 126 (City of Derby) Squadron are preparing for their new training facilities official opening event which will take place next month.

126 (City of Derby) Squadron is recruiting. To find out more about volunteering with the unit as a cadet or adult volunteer call

01332 754721 or visit www.126derbyatc.co.uk for further details.

The squadron meet on Monday and Thursday evenings from 7pm to 9.30pm at the centre on Curzon Lane.

"We wanted to commemorate past events that RAF was involved in, celebrate service personnel’s achievements and inspire the next generation to believe they can succeed in their chosen career path.