|by Bill Bawden, PRO|
21 September 2014
On Sunday, September 21st, the AirCrew Association was well represented at the annual service of thanksgiving and commemoration of the victory in the 1940 Battle of Britain held at Brookwood Military Cemetery.
The service was conducted by the Rev Dennis Robinson and the salute taken by the Mayor of Woking, Cllr Tony Branagan, as the band of the Air Training Corps, standard bearers of veterans’ associations and contingents of the cadet forces marched past the Royal Air Force Memorial. Among those accompanying the Mayor were the president and chairman of the Woking Branch of the RAF Association and the chairman of the Woking and District AirCrew association, Ron Hepburn.
Earlier in the week the members and guests attending the monthly meeting of the ACA at Fairoaks Airport heard a most interesting talk given by Flight Lieutenant Luke Vardy, a pilot with No 32 (Royal) Squadron.
Luke traced the history of transporting members of the Royal Family by air from the formation of the King’s Flight in 1936 (becoming the Queen’s Flight in 1952), through its incorporation into 32 Squadron in 1995 to the present day. The squadron now operates BAe 125 and BAe 146 aircraft fitted for VIP travel together with helicopters from its base at RAF Northolt. Its role has widened in recent times to include other air transport operations including deployments to Libya and Mali.
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