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King’s Lynn Cadets hit landmark year

King's Lynn Air Training Corps 42F Squadron held an open day at their HQ in Loke Road. From left: Cadet Danielle Whisker, Michael Langwade (cadet 1950-55), Ft Lt Pauline Petch, Leslie Garner (cadet 1939-42 when the corps was called the Air Defence Cadet Corps), Cadet Joe Baxter, Cadet Victoria Norwood, Charles Stokes (ex RAF 1934) and Cadet Owen Scott.

King's Lynn Air Training Corps 42F Squadron held an open day at their HQ in Loke Road. From left: Cadet Danielle Whisker, Michael Langwade (cadet 1950-55), Ft Lt Pauline Petch, Leslie Garner (cadet 1939-42 when the corps was called the Air Defence Cadet Corps), Cadet Joe Baxter, Cadet Victoria Norwood, Charles Stokes (ex RAF 1934) and Cadet Owen Scott.

Lynn Air Training Corps 42F Squadron welcomed ex-cadets to an open day to launch their 75th anniversary year.

The group, which has been running continuously since 1939, is the only founder squadron in Norfolk and Suffolk and was first formed as an Air Defence Cadet Corps to help recruit and train young men for war.

As a commemorative start to the year, the squadron held an open day last week to share the group’s past with ex-cadets and to promote the group’s activities to those who might want to join.

Flight Lt Pauline Petch said: “The open day went well and we had a few of the ex-cadets from the early days attend.

“Leslie Garner from 1939 and also Michael Langwade from the 1950s, both spent a lot of time going through some of the old photographs.

“We also had a visit from Charles Stokes, who is 100 and comes from Gaywood, who although was not a cadet, did spend quite a bit of time in the Royal Air Force and worked at Duxford on the aircraft that Douglas Bader (the famous wartime fighter ace) flew.”

The cadets displayed photographs of the Squadron from over the last 75 years, taking part in activities and special moments. They also showed off their skills in different subjects and displayed their flight simulator.

The 42F Squadron is looking at the future of the group and how it can continue its work by recruiting more young cadets and by giving them the chance to develop their skills in the community.

Pauline said: “Although not a recruiting organisation, cadets still learn valuable skills that will help in any career, both service and civilian.

“They can join from 13 years old and can experience flying and gliding, will learn marksmanship skills, drill and discipline and will work within the community.”

She added: “42F Squadron King’s Lynn has an intake evening on January 15 where any prospective cadet can come along and learn about the organisation and parents are welcome to see some of our activities.

“We hope to have more celebrations throughout our anniversary year and hopefully a few extra activities.”

During January, the group is taking a trip to RAF Hendon museum and later to the war memorials in London, with plans of visiting Normandy later in the year.

The group meets for Parade Nights on Mondays and Thursdays from 7.15 to 9.30pm at the Air Training Corps in Loke Road, North Lynn, with another meeting on Wednesdays for first aid.

The intake evening will start at 7.30pm on January 15 and all are welcome. If you are unable to attend this but would like more information about the Squadron, contact Pauline on 01553 842149, or visit www.42fkingslynnatc.org.uk

 

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