84 Sqn ATC Crest

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Battle of Britain Memorial Parade: Sunday 13 September 2015

On Sunday 13th September, 84 (Coventry Airport) Squadron joined forces with 2028 (Southam) Squadron to celebrate and remember the Battle of Britain pilots, aircrew and support personnel at the annual memorial service at the Cenotaph in Royal Leamington Spa.

The Air Cadets were invited to attend by the Royal Air Force Association who organise the annual memorial with many ex-service personnel attending from all three main services. The short service, involving prayers, readings and the Act of Remembrance paused whilst a Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight displayed briefly above the streets of Leamington before joining the other historic aircraft at a larger display in London.

This year marks the 74th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and across the country celebrations and memorials have been taking place to commemorate the many lives lost during one of the most important battles of the Second World War. The Battle of the Skies agains the German Luftwaffe took place during the summer-Autumn of 1940 and the British victory was a crucial turning point in the conflict.

The 35-strong flight of Air Cadets were complimented on their high standards and excellent drill by many of the 'congregation' who were both regular attendees and passers by from the high-street. Following the service 84 Squadron were invited back for tea and cake at the Royal Naval Association.
Photo Courtesy of Colin Lount

Flying Officer Rosie Chapman, Officer-in-Charge at 84 Squadron said “I am extremely proud of all the cadets who turned out for the parade today: they are all an asset to their Squadrons and the Corps as a whole. Everyone was highly impressed with their smart appearance and polite attitude. We were very lucky to be invited to take part in this historic parade and we thank the Royal Air Force Association for including us in their celebrations”.

More pictures can be found on the Squadron Facebook Page.