A cup that has ben languishing in the attic has been returned to the local Air Training Corps after 48 years.
It was awarded to teenager Dave Mace when he was a keen and dedicated cadet member of 42F (King’s Lynn) Squadron of the Air Training Corps in the 1960s.
By 1967 he had risen to the rank of Cadet Flight Sergeant and, in addition to the available activities locally, in 1966 attended an overseas camp at RAF Wildenrath, Germany and in 1967 represented the Corps at an International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE) in the USA.
At the Squadron’s 1967 awards ceremony, Dave’s total commitment saw him presented with the annual Best All Round Cadet cup.
Shortly after this he left the cadets to join the ranks of the nation’s wage earners.
Fast forward almost half a century and we find Dave in a family attic where he comes across the trophy.
Realising that it should have been returned 47 years ago, he contacted his friend Mike Lister, who just happens to be the current chairman of 42F’s civilian committee, and gave it to him.
The cup is now safely back at the Squadron headquarters, but as yet the final amount of the ‘late return fine’ has not been fully calculated!
This is the second ‘historic’ cup to return to the Squadron in the last two years.
The first one was the Inter Flight Cup, which was last presented in 1941 and was likewise uncovered and returned.
That was returned by a mystery woman who left it at Lynn Town Hall.
It had been presented to B-flight during the Second World War – and 73 years later it was presented again to the flight that had performed best during the year and that was B-flight again.
Commenting following this latest recovery, Mr Lister said: “Over the last few years we have been able to recover a number of important items from the Squadron’s history, either being returned to us or from auctions and even eBay, including photographs and items belonging to one of the Squadron’s founding fathers, Claude ‘Pop’ Freestone.
“If anybody out there has any historical items connected with 42F Squadron we would dearly love to acquire them for the Squadron’s archive.”