On Sunday 16 September 2018, Devon & Somerset Wing of the Air Training Corps (ATC) commemorated the centenary of the formation of the Royal Air Force and the remembered the Battle of Britain.
Following a church service at Southernhay United Reformed Church, standards and banners from the Royal British Legion and the Air Training Corps were paraded through Exeter city centre. Some 200 Air Cadets on parade were led by the Devon & Somerset Wing ATC Band.
The Lord Lieutenant of Devon, David Fursdon, and the Lord Mayor of Exeter, Councillor Rob Hannaford, took the salute from outside the Guild Hall. A wreath laying ceremony took place at the War Memorial on the Cathedral Green, after which the Lord Lieutenant and Lord Mayor spoke with many of the cadets on parade.
Squadron Leader, David Rolfe, Wing Media Officer for Devon & Somerset’s Air Cadets said, “The Air Cadets on parade from Devon & Somerset Wing are immensely proud to wear their Royal Air Force (RAF) uniforms today and remember those who gave their lives during the Battle of Britain”.
The RAF was established 100 years ago, formed by a merger of the Royal Naval Air Service and the Royal Flying Corps. The RAF is the world’s oldest independent air force.
The Battle of Britain which took place in 1940 is arguably the most important action in which the RAF took part. Together with its Commonwealth allies and pilots from many other nationalities, the RAF prevented the Nazi invasion of Great Britain.
The modern RAF projects Britain’s air power as a force for good in a fast changing world. It has taken part in many historic events and operations.
The ATC, now more commonly known as the Air Cadets, is extremely proud of its connections with its parent service. Many cadets go on to join the RAF after their cadet experience.