Cadets commemorate 75th anniversary
Report by Sergeant Emma Beadsworth.
CADETS and staff members from 422 (Corby) Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets joined the Corby branch of the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) to raise funds for the Wings Appeal and take part in a parade and church service to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain last month.
A team of cadets and the Corby RAFA branch collected more than £900 from generous members of the public for the Wings Appeal.
The squadron and the RAFA branch also marched through Corby Old Village parading their banners to St. John the Baptist church where a special service was held by the squadron’s padre, the Reverend Paul Frost, and his new curate.
The service brought to light the struggles faced by the brave service personnel 75 years ago, as Hitler pushed Britain’s allies to breaking point. The last line of defence from Germany’s troops were the RAF pilots who were outnumbered four to one in the air.
Hitler sent his bombers out to lure the last pilots out in the air to defeat them. However, the RAF had other plans. The pilots went into the sky to fight around four to five times a day until Hitler lost enthusiasm and cancelled the plan.
After the church service, the cadets listened attentively to the stories people had to tell and learned that some of the bombs even fell in their home town.
Staff members and cadets remembered the harsh reality of the day, a time for reflection and remembering the people who gave their today for our tomorrow.
There was a great turn out with more than 30 cadets parading in commemoration of ‘The Few’.
‘Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few’ – Winston Churchill.