84 Sqn ATC Crest

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Tales from the Past

RAFA visitors and the Squadron
On Wednesday 24th June 2015, 84 (Coventry Airport) Squadron opened its doors to welcome four distinguished guests from the Leamington Spa branch of the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA). The cadets were entertained with tales from the past in both the Air Cadets, the Royal Air Force and civilian aviation industry followed by a formal parade during which several presentations were made by the RAFA Branch President.

Group Captain Raymond MacDonald, MBE (RAFA Branch President) led the visit after contacting the unit regarding the Battle of Britain Memorial Parade later in the year. It was suggested that he brought along some of his comrades to share their stories with the cadets and to meet with the next generation of Air Cadets. Alongside the Group Captain were Mr Stuart Powney (Branch Chairman), Flight Lieutenant Rusty Waughman, DFC AFC and Flight Lieutenant Mike Harrison (Branch Secretary). All four had some amazing tales of their time in the Royal Air Force taking them across the world from bombing raids to excursions in the Regiment through to engineering runs on ancient aircraft and experiencing compulsory military service as a young adult. Cadets were given opportunity to ask questions to the panel and meet with them informally during their break time.
Officer-in-Charge, Flying Officer Rosie Chapman took the guests on a tour of the squadron's facilities following which a formal photograph was taken before a final parade during which Group Captain MacDonald was invited to make some important presentations. Firstly, a yellow lanyard was presented to Cadet Corporal Lauren Coker for completing her Methods of Instruction Course. Once she had returned to her spot in the flight she was soon called back out to receive her promotion to Cadet Sergeant! Read more about the presentations in the next story.

Following the visit, Group Captain MacDonald sent his thanks and appreciation in an email saying, “I would like to thank you for making us so welcome at the Squadron. It was a rare treat to see young people so engaged and enthusiastic and to see your spick- and- span and well equipped Squadron HQ”. With the 75th anniversary of the Air Training Corps rapidly approaching the Squadron and RAFA team will be combining efforts to create an archive and thorough history of 84 Squadron.