Sandy Air Cadets - Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance SundayOn Sunday 13th November, Cadets and Staff from 22 (Sandy) Squadron marked Remembrance Sunday.

With the parade forming up at Swan Lane in Sandy, the Cadet and Staff marched off with the parade, led by the Sandy Scout Reunion Band to the War Memorial for a short service of Remembrance. Cadet Corporal Laura Dorrell (15) was carrying the Squadron Banner this year.

At the Sandy War Memorial, Cadet Sergeant Tiffany Cotton (16) laid a wreath on behalf of the Squadron cadets and staff, and Squadron Leader Paul Thompson-Clark, the Squadron’s sector commander, laid a wreath on behalf of Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing Air Training Corps. The Parade then carried on to the Church for the formal service of Remembrance.

After the parade in Sandy, the squadron went to the former site of RAF Tempsford for a service in Remembrance for those who lost their lives flying from the former base, where many top secret missions were flown from throughout the Second World War for the Special Operations Executive (SOE).

The cadets formed up outside the barn, once used to equip the aircrews and SOE agents, before their flights into enemy occupied territory. The service then commenced with Cadet Corporal William Phoenix (15) reading a poem by R W Gilbert.

The service ended with a number of Wreaths and Poppy Crosses being laid by families and surviving members of 138 and 161 Squadrons RAF, in honour of the Aircrews and SOE agents who flew from this small airfield and never returned. A number of wreaths were laid by the cadets on behalf of those unable to attend.

Cadet Warrant Officer Adam Layer said “The cadets should be really proud of today. There uniform was excellent, and they held their heads up high throughout the parade”.

Squadron Commanding Officer, Flight Lieutenant Mark Robinson RAF VR(T) said “Remembrance Parade is probably the most important parade for the cadets all year. Its highly important for the cadets to attend to pay their respects, especially with our close links with the Royal Air Force, and with a number of former cadets from the squadron currently serving in the armed forces brings the day very close to home for the cadets”.

Remembrance Sunday

22 (Sandy) Squadron Air Cadets