Wing News

Farewell to 2443 (Okehampton) Squadron Padre - posted 30-Jan-19

The Squadron Padre at 2443 (Okehampton) Squadron, Padre Simon Bourne, attended hi final parade recently before moving on to adventures new. In a fitting final flourish he bowed out after officially enrolling eight cadets into the Squadron and the RAF Air Cadet organisation. Simon originally joined 2443 (Okehampton) Squadron as a cadet in 1991 and left in 1997 having attained the rank of Cadet Warrant Officer, the highest rank achievable as an Air Cadet. Simon joined the Squadron as Padre in 2013 and during his time with the Squadron he has watched both his sons, Caleb and Rueben, as they progressed through the Squadron as cadets, finally achieving the ranks of Flight Sergeant and Sergeant respectively. Both Caleb and Rueben decided to leave the Squadron last year to concentrate on their further education.

2443 (Okehampton) Squadron Officer in Charge, Flying Officer David Wilkinson said "I think I can speak for all members of the Air Cadet Organisation past and present when I say that we wish Simon, Caleb and Rueben all the very best for their future endeavors".

Commendation for Air Cadet Instructor Connor - posted 30-Jan-19

Mr Connor Andrews of Newquay, a Civilian Instructor with No 730 (City of Truro) Squadron Air Training Corps has received a Certificate of Meritorious Service from Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty.  The award was made at the Annual Formal Inspection of 730 Squadron by Wing Commander Francis Reis.

Connor joined the Air Cadets in 2012 and rose through the ranks to Cadet Warrant Officer. During his time as a cadet, he lead the Squadron Team to victory in the Annual Caiels Trophy event on 4 occasions.  He was Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet and RAF St Mawgan Station Commander’s Cadet.  He also undertook a gliding scholarship and is a holder of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award.  Now a civilian instructor, Connor is embarking on his quest to become an officer in the Royal Air Force.

Wing Commander Reis said: ‘To receive a Commandant’s Commendation for cadet service reflects the dedication and commitment that Connor has shown; the award is well deserved.

'Tis the Season to Join us as a Chaplain - posted 03-Dec-18

December has arrived and Christmas approaches, the Wing Chaplain has been busy extra busy in recruiting new Squadron Chaplains. 339 (South Dartmoor) Squadron has received a new Chaplain after the previous chaplain, the late Reverend Dr Cyril Short, gave up his decades of service due to failing health. Reverend Mark Lawrence received his formal investiture from the Wing Chaplain, Prebendary Brian Anderson, the day after the Centenary of the Armistice. Reverend Lawrence has previously been a Chaplain from the service background and currently serves at the Baptist Church in Ivybridge. Reverend Lawrence gave his oath in front of the cadets during which he was presented his certificate of appointment by the Wing Chaplain and his badge of appointment by the Squadron Commanding Officer, Flight Lieutenant Adrian Corfield. Flt Lt Corfield said, "One of the most important parts of a cadets service is their enrolment and it is this act of welcoming new cadets into the organisation that is entrusted to the Chaplain. Chaplains are part of each Squadron to give the cadets non-faith biased guidance and support if and when required"..

This last week saw the Investiture of a new Squadron Chaplain for 169 (St.Blazey) Squadron RAF Air Cadets. The Reverend Dr.David Isiohro,  the Priest in charge of Charlestown, Tywardreath and Par has succeeded Cannon Malcolm Bowers who was at the Squadron for over 25 years. Dr David brings a wealth of experience having been previously been the Wing Padre in Birmingham some years ago. Wing Chaplain, Prebendary Brian Anderson officiated the service in front of Squadron staff and Cadets. Commanding Officer of 169 Sqn, Flt.Lt.Arron Kelly said, "We sincerely welcome Reverend Dr David to the Squadron family. He will become a regular sight at the Squadron helping with welfare and getting the cadets to discuss current affairs and pastoral issues".




730 (City of Truro) Squadron Compete in Corps Drill Finals - Posted 20-Nov-18


Cadets from 730 (City of Truro) Squadron have travelled to RAF Honnington to compete in the Corps Drill and Banner Drill Finals. The cadets had already won the Wing competition at the Caiels Trophy weekend in September and the Regional trials to represent the South West Region at the Corps finals.


The competition between the six regions was tight with minor errors making a major difference in the positions. In the end 730 (City of Truro) Squadron finished a magnifcant 2nd place in the Banner drill having been pipped to the top spot by cadets from London & the South East Region. In the drill competition they finished just off the podium in a commendable 4th position with top place going to Wales & West Region.


The awards for the competition were presented by the Royal Air Force Air Cadet Commandant, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty CBE RAFR.


Cadets Know How to Make Their Mums' Proud - Posted 28-May-18


Two Air Cadets from Plymouth & Cornwall Wing know how to make their mums' proud -  they have completed their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Cadet Warrant Officer Connor Andrews (pictured centre left) of 730 (City of Truro) Squadron and Cadet Josh Goodwin (pictured centre right) formerly of 1225 (St Austell) Squadron after receiving their invites to collect their awards from Buckingham Palace, had only one difficult decsion to make - who would be their guest? Both Connor and Josh decided to take their mums making it one of the proudest days for the mums.


They travelled to Buckingham Palace putting their map reading skills to use to navigate their way to the Palace where along with cadets from other Wings they were presented their certificate by celebrity Arthur Williams who is an ex-Air Cadet after an address by His Royal Highness Prince William who then spent time to talk to each of the award winners. Fortunately the weatherman got the forecast of rain wrong which made the day in the gardens of Buckingham Palace even more enjoyable.


The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme is an activity of each Squadron in the Wing. Cadets can enrol onto the Bronze Award from the start of Year 9 and complete all the awards through activities run by the RAF Air Cadets.







Ex-Truro Air Cadet Rob Gains his Wings and Bags 2 Major Trophies - Posted 07-Mar-18


Ex-Truro Air Cadet Sub Lieutenant Rob Trebilcock has gained his Wings and 2 major flying trophies at a graduation ceremony at RAF Linton-on-Ouse in Yorkshire.  During his time as an air cadet Rob ‘got the bug’ for flying and became a fully fledged gliding instructor and had the privilege of flying some of the younger cadets from his own squadron.  He also undertook a powered aircraft flying scholarship.


Rob,whose family home is near Truro, undertook initial officer training at the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth and graduated in July 2015.  Following sea training, he commenced his basic flying training in 2016 which was followed by further ground courses including sea survival drills and training on the high G-force centrifuge. 


Rob commenced his Basic Fast Jet Training in March 2017 during which tme he managed to arrange a ‘home from home’ land-away sortie to RNAS Culdrose, together with fellow student pilot Jake Robertson, an ex-Helston Squadron air cadet. 


At the graduation ceremony Rob was presented with the trophies for the best aerobatics and best formation flying.  He will now progress to advanced fast jet training either at RAF Valley in Anglesea or as an exchange with the United States Navy.  Both paths lead to him being one of the new breed of pilots to fly the new F35 Lightning 2 carrier-borne fighter.


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1.     Rob as an Air Cadet gliding instructor about to fly a fellow cadet on his first trip.

2.    Rob receives the Bishop Trophy for Best Formation Flying from Air Commodore David Cooper, Head of Oversight and Approvals at the Military Aviation Authority.



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Two Air Cadets from Plymouth & Cornwall have completed a charity cycle ride around the Wing visiting all 23 Squadrons which form the Wing before finishing at the Wing Headquarters at RAF St Mawgan. Cadet Flight Sergeant Matt O'Brien of 730 (City of Truro) Squadron and Cadet Flight Sergeant Harry Champion of 1225 (St Austell & District) Squadron started their 300 mile ride from 2443 (Okehampton) Squadron on a snowy Friday morning before heading towards their second Squadron at Tavistock. If snow was not bad enough the duo had to battle against strong winds, hail and rain as they completed their ride over three days.


The two Flight Sergeants epic ride was in aid to raise funds for two charities, the Royal Air Force Association and the John Thornton's Young Achievers' Foundation, set up in memory of John who was killed in Afghanistan. They had set a target of raising £600 but by the time they had completed the ride they had raised over £800. Money can still be pledged at their fundraising page at





Squadron Leader John Olver RAFAC has been recognised for his service to the Royal Air Force Air Cadets which has spanned a number of decades in the 2018 New Years Honour Awards. Squadron Leader Olver, who is the current Squadron Commander of 2312 (Tavistock) Squadron and also has a Wing appointment of Sector Commander for the Dartmoor Sector of the Wing, has received the DCom Commendation in the awards. The award is granted by one of the Royal Air Force Deputy Commanders who hold the rank of Air Marshall.  Squadron Leader is a regular face at the Wing full bore target shooting events and is a regular Camp Commandant at the Wing summer camps.

Officer Commanding Plymouth & Cornwall Wing, Wing Commander Reis said,  "Congratulations goes to Squadron Leader John Olver for being recognised in this year New Years Honours list. He has been awarded the DCom's commendation. This is a very well deserved for everything that John has done for the RAF Air Cadets."



WING RE-STRUCTURES - Posted 20-Sep-17


The Wing Commanding Officer has announced changes to the Wing Structure. Wing Commander Reis has revealed that the Wing is moving to from five Sectors to Four Sectors as part of a number of changes. Plymouth Sector will extend to include Squadrons based at Plympton and Saltash while Cornwall will now have two Sectors. Full details of which Sector each Squadron is in can be located in the Find a Squadron section.


In the re-structure there have been some changes to Wing Staff responsibilities to maximise on staff skills.






The cadet team from 730 (City of Truro) Squadron have won the overall 25th Caiel's Trophy Competition for the fourth year in a row. The competition named after an ex-Wing Commander consists of a series of ten challenges covering the core activities of the Air Cadets which are scored towards the overall result. The competition which, is run over a weekend, is open to all 23 Squadrons from Plymouth & Cornwall Wing. 730 (City of Truro) Squadron came top in four of the challenges giving them an overall point score of 859 points, 72 points clear of the second place team.


Second place went to 335 (Saltash) Squadron whose first place in two activities boosted their score, while third place went to 77 (Redruth) Squadron. The competition was visited by Air Vice Marshall Tunnicliffe RAF who is the Wing President and South West Regional Commandant Group Captain Cole MBE MA RAF who presented a number of awards to staff and cadets. This year was the last Caiel's Trophy organised by Squadron Leader Johns MBE who is handing the reigns to Squadron Leader Ward. With planning for the event taking 12 months, the planning for Caiel's Trophy 2018 is already under way. Will any team beat 730 (City of Truro) Squadron to stop them making it five wins in a row?








An Air Cadet has completed a skydive postponed from the 75th Air Training Corps Anniversary Torch Relay. Cadet Flight Sergeant Josh Corfield had won the skydive in a raffle and was part of the John O'Groats to Land's End torch relay. FS Corfield, a cadet from 339 (South Dartmoor) Squadron, had been tasked to take a mini torch up in the aircraft and complete the sky dive carrying the torch. On the day the weather had closed in resulting in cancellation of the jump.


Thankfully the Cornish Parachute Club honoured to take the cadet on a later date. After a second safety briefing Flight Sergeant Corfield was fitted with his suit and parachute before being escorted to the aircraft. FS Corfield was attached to Ben, his instructor who is an Ex-Royal Air Force parachute instructor, before they climbed aboard the aircraft. After climbing to 10,000 feet the aircraft door was opened and after last minute safety checks it was jump, jump, jump. Within seconds FS Corfield was falling towards the Cornish coast at 120 miles per hour. After free falling for 30 seconds and 5,000 feet Ben initiated the deployment of the parachute immediately reducing their decent to 30 miles per hour. Flight Sergeant Corfield was given the opportunity to steer the parachute as they descended towards the Landing Zone at Perranporth Airfield. The landing was spot on the Landing Zone bringing the final part of the Torch Relay. After landing Flight Sergeant Corfield, who is planning a career with the Royal Air Force, said that the skydive had been the best experience he had done to date.


There are many activities that can be experienced in the Royal Air Force Air Cadets, anyone from the start of Year 8 at school to the age of 17 years can become an Air Cadet. If you are interested in joining contact your nearest Squadron or Plymouth & Cornwall Wing Headquarters.





The Wing Warrant Officer, Warrant Officer Jon Barnes has received the Royal Air Force Association Presidential Certificate for Outstanding Service to RAFA. The award was presented by the National President of the Association, Air Marshall Sir Dusty Miller, at a ceremony in Torquay. WO Barnes is Chair of the Camborne branch of RAFA and has assisted in increasing the number of members at the branch, in addition he is a the branch by increasing its membership and is also a RAFA welfare befriender.  Add to that the training he has given the Cornish RAFA standard bearers bringing them all to the highest possible standard of turnout and drill, it is not surprising that his commitment has been recognised by the organisation.







The Wing mourns the loss of Civilian Instructor Chris Tandy who was a serving instructor at 335 (Saltash) Squadron who passed away on Thursday at the age of 24 years following a short illness. CI Tandy had become a Civilian Instructor after being an Air Cadet at the Squadron and was proactive in many events including the 75th Anniversary Torch Relay (pictured) and the arrangements for the forthcoming ATC Sunday Parade. As a mark of respect the Squadron stood down their parade evening on Friday.


Wing Commander Francis Reis said, "Our deepest and heartfelt sympathies are extended to his family, Eva Chris's mother is also a stalwart of 335 Squadron".







A Warrant Officer from Plymouth & Cornwall Wing has been recognised in the New Year Honours. Warrant Officer Mike Taylor ATC of 2171 (West Plymouth) Squadron has been awarded the Air Officer Commanding 22 (Training) Group Commendation. An ex-Merchant Navy sailor WO Taylor's service in the Air Training Corps is measured in decades. HIs dedication and enthusiasm continues to be as strong as ever and is seen supporting nearly every form of activity from Air Experience Flying to Fieldcraft and from Sport to Skill at Arms. WO Taylor is well respected by the cadets who appreciate his no nonsense and fair approach to training.


Wing Commander Francis Reis said, " this is well deserved for all the outstanding service you have given the Air Cadet Organisation."







Staff from across the Wing descended on Plymouth & Cornwall Wing Headquarters at RAF St Mawgan to wish the long serving Admin Officer a happy retirement on her last day. Mrs Jane James has worked at Plymouth & Cornwall Wing Headquarters for over 18 years and sent her final email on Friday 16th December. Jane served under 3 Wing Commanders and 2 Wing Executive Officers during her time in post providing admin support to not only Wing Headquarters staff but also to the 23 Squadrons within the Wing. Keen on keep fit, Jane regularly chased staff for forms nearing deadlines in order to keep the Wing operating as efficient as possible.


Wing Commander Reis described of Jane her service to the Wing as tremendous. After leaving her desk for the final time Jane was the guest of honour at a retirement celebration in the TE Lawrence Mess at RAF St Mawgan. All staff and cadets from the Wing wish Jane a happy retirement.





Cadets from Plymouth and Cornwall Wing have competed in the Regional Activities Day with the Shooting team scoring a convincing win over other Wing teams. The team of six cadets scored a total of 284 points with the team in second place trailing with 170 points. Such was the dominance of Plymouth & Cornwall had 2nd and 3rd place team's scores been added together Plymouth & Cornwall Wing would still have won.


Wing Shooting Officer, Squadron Leader Johns RAFVR(T) said "A fantastic result which repays in some small measure the hard work and many hours of practice put in on the range by these Cadets".




75th Anniversary of Air Training Corps is Marked with Arrival of Torch


Cadets from Plymouth and Cornwall Wing will take part in a national torch relay to celebrate the RAF Air Cadets 75th anniversary.


The special anniversary torch will arrive at Okehampton Camp on Saturday 26 August at 12noon.  This is the final part of its six week tour through the country, with cadets, adult volunteers and veterans finding unique and adventurous ways to celebrate its journey.


Starting in John O’Groats and finishing in Cornwall, the torch has visited prominent addresses such as 10 Downing Street and Blackpool Tower, as well local landmarks and cadet activities such as gliding schools, shooting ranges and RAF bases and more. For full details click here



Wing Loses Long Serving Staff Member - Posted 08-Jun-16

It is with deep sadness that the Wing have learnt of the unexpected death of Civilian Instructor John Cole. CI Cole was one of the longest serving staff member in the Wing having initially serving in the Wing before moving out to Cyprus where he continued to serve the Air Cadet Organisation at the local cadet squadron.

On returning to the UK CI Cole transferred back to Plymouth & Cornwall Wing and was posted to 339 (South Dartmoor) Squadron in Ivybridge where he assisted in the arrangements for the opening of the new Cadet Centre by Air Marshall Sir Peter Walker. After moving to Cornwall CI Cole transferred to 2533 (Wadebridge) Detached Flight. In addition to his commitment to the Air Cadet Organisation he was an active member of the Royal Air Force Association and represented the RAFA at Wing Meetings.

The thoughts of the Wing are with his family at this sad loss.


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75th Anniversary of the Air Training Corps - Posted 08-Feb-16

The Plymouth and Cornwall Wing of the RAF Air Cadets has gathered en masse to celebrate the founding of the Air Training Corps 75 years ago.

350 Air Cadets and volunteer staff travelled from Plymouth, West Devon, the South Hams and all across Cornwall to attend the 75th Anniversary Parade and Service at Falmouth's Church of King Charles the Martyr. 

The Cadets and staff were joined by former cadets and staff as well as parents.  The Guests included:  Group Captain Mike Trace OBE, Deputy Lieutenant of Cornwall,  Air Commodore Gary Tunnicliffe,  Ministry of Defence's Head of Remuneration (and former Plymouth Air Cadet), Councillor John Body, Mayor of Falmouth and Councillor Mary May, Vice Chair of Cornwall Council.

The service was led by Rev Stephen Tudgey and the address was given by the Wing's Chaplain Rev Prebendary Brian Anderson.  After the service the cadets marched to Events Square where Group Captain Trace took the salute. 

A reception was held at the Church Hall for all those who had been involved, the fare was of a truly West Country nature; the Wing had purchased 500 pasties from Rowe's Cornish Bakers.   Rowe's also made a special pasty for the event with the number 75 in pastry on a giant pasty.

Wing Commander Francis Reis, Officer Commanding said: 'Today has been a truly spectacular effort, especially considering that the parade started in hail and rain.  Not one cadet complained.  Thanks must also go to Falmouth Town Council and the Parish Church of King Charles the Martyr for making us so welcome.  I am proud and honoured to command this Wing".

Currently, Plymouth and Cornwall Wing consists of 23 units, 730 cadets and 190 volunteer staff.  One of the key messages in this 75th year is the need for more volunteers, in a wide variety of roles, across the country to keep these units open to continue to give young people amazing opportunities. If you are aged 20 or over and feel you can help inspire the next generation please contact the Wing Headquarters on 01637 857419 or visit  Previous military or aviation experience is not required.






Four cadets of No 730 (City of Truro) Squadron Air Training Corps have been awarded their BTEC Level 2 award in Aviation studies.  The award recognises the completion of the whole Air Cadet academic syllabus and is recognised nationally, including the UCAS system where the award gains credits.  The Commanding Officer, Flight Lieutenant Phil Boorman said that, along with all the activities that the RAF Air Cadets offers, it is good that the cadets can gain a tangible award that is recognised by industry, commerce and the armed services.

The photograph shows from left: Corporal (now Sergeant Adam King), Flight Sergeant Connor Andrews, Corporal Matt O'Brien and Corporal Ed Jane with their certificates.

The Air cadets is open to males and females from 12 years old (Year 8) to 17 years old. 





Wing Commander Francis Reis RAFVR(T), Officer Commanding of Plymouth and Cornwall Wing has devoted many years of his life to supporting young people in challenging and  developing themselves through the Air Training Corps (ATC) and the Ten Tors event on Dartmoor. This was recognised by the University of Plymouth recently awarding Wg Cdr Reis with an Honorary Sporting Colour at their Graduation Ceremony.


He joined the ATC as a cadet in 1973 aged 13, and had set his heart on becoming an Aerial Photographer,  but a disability had left Francis needing to wear leg irons and special footwear, and so a career in the RAF was denied him.   The Armed Forces’ loss was Plymouth University’s gain, as Francis joined on a photographic apprenticeship in 1977 straight from school, and went on to enjoy a near 40-year-long career with the institution, his final post being Head of Marketing Operations. 


Throughout his career Francis has continued his voluntary work with the Air Cadets, initially as a Civilian Instructor. Surgery in the  early 80s helped him to shed the leg irons and special footwear, and signed up to the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve – Training Branch, and became a Commissioned Officer with the cadets.  By 1991 he was commanding a Squadron in Plymouth.  He was promoted to Squadron Leader in 2008, taking the role of Media and Communications Officer for the Wing.



Francis has helped to arrange a host of national and international training camps, and has been the Joint Cadet Force’s coordinator in the Plymouth area for a number of events, with responsibility for events including Remembrance parades and Plymouth Armed Forces Week. 

He has been a member and latterly Chairman of the RAF and Allied Air Forces Monument Services Committee, which organises the annual Remembrance Commemoration Day service in June. Through liaison with Plymouth City Council, Francis has helped to transform the event into a key date in the calendar, regularly drawing representatives from up to 17 nations from Air Attaché to Ambassador-level.


Francis has also been a loyal supporter of the Ten Tors Challenge, the gruelling annual event on Dartmoor that challenges 14-19-year-olds to cover distances of up to 55 miles. Francis first became involved in 1974 through the ATC, and trained his first team in 1978, and would do so every year until 1989.  He co-ordinated the Wing's input to the event for the next ten years.    Francis was also invited to be a Ten Tors Scrutineer, a role that demands not just a close inspection of the participants’ kit and preparation prior to the  event, but an active monitoring of the wellbeing of participants during it, as well as ensuring that rules are observed.

Francis, with his usual modesty, described the Graduation ceremony as a 'superb day'.  He was supported on the day by his wife Ruth and youngest son Peter as well as Air Commodore Garry Tunnicliffe  (Head Armed Forces Remuneration)    Sqn Ldr Johns RAFVR(T) (Dep. OC Plymouth and Cornwall Wing)  and Sqn Ldr Paul Smith RAFVR(T) (Wing Executive Officer, Plymouth and Cornwall Wing)


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Civilian Instructor Mike Willis has been rewarded for his life-long commitment to the Air Training Corps in this years Queen's Birthday honours in awarded the Air Officer Commanding 22 Group Royal Air Force Commendation. CI Mike Willis, who serves at 2339 (Plymstock & Mount Batten) Squadron, is a keen shooter and can often be seen on the range regardless of the weather coaching cadets in the discipline of shooting.

2339 (Plymstock & Mount Batten) Squadron is part of Plymouth & Cornwall Wing whose Commanding Officer, Wing Commader Francis Reis, said "I would like to congratulate Mike on receiving this award and thank him on behalf of Plymouth & Cornwall Wing for all the many hours he has put in supporting the cadets and staff at 2339 (Plymstock & Mount Batten) Squadron".




Fifty cadets together with ten senior Cadet NCOs and eight staff spent the Spring Bank Holiday weekend at Scraesdon Fort to undertake fieldcraft training. Following a briefing from the Wing Fieldcraft Officer cadets commenced a series of training sessions before putting theory into practice in an exercise.

The second day saw further training in several fieldcraft disciplines organised by the senior Cadet NCOs. At the end of the second day cadets took part in a further exercise under the watchful eye of Air Commodore Turnicliffe. The final day saw the further development of the cadet skills and included setting up equipment to transfer equipment across a chasm before the mud run challenge, a course in which cadets competed in their Sections around the Fort including a final hill climb. More photos and details can be found here.



Two hundred and twenty three Air Cadets and thirty six staff from across Plymouth & Cornwall Wing marched through the streets of Tavistock on Sunday 8th February to commemorate the 74th anniversary of the issue of the Royal Warrant to the Air Training Corps.

This was the largest parade by the Wing since the parade in Truro four years ago. The parade on this occasion formed up in Bedford Car Park before marching along Plymouth Road, led by the band of the Plymouth & Cornwall Wing Music Service and several banners from the Wing squadrons. Wing Commander Reis took the salute as the parade passed Abbey Cloisters alongside the Mayor and Mayoress of Tavistock, Councillor Smith and his wife. The parade halted in West Street for a service in Saint Eustactius' Tavistock Parish Church in which cadets gave a number of readings.

Following the parade reformed and marched up through West Street and Russell Street to Bedford Car Park where the Parade Commander, Squadron Leader Symons handed command of the parade to Warrant Officer Wildgoose for the parade to be dismissed.


Fifteen Cadets and Staff of 1900 (West Cornwall) Squadron have recently had the privilege of a guided tour of Royal Navy Air Station Culdrose. Flt Lt Mark Wardley reports on the visit:

 First they visited the Fire training School, where cadets were briefed on health and safety, being outfitted in full fire fighting suits and taught how to negotiate the "Rat Run" blindfolded, which they practiced in teams of two or three simulating the escape of a smoke filled building. After this challenge they got a ride in the fire engines and a tour of the practice facilities.

Next a visit to 750 Squadron gave 1900 Sqn a very interesting and in depth presentation on Observer training by Lt Mike Anderson and Lt Andrew Edwards  allowing the Cadets hands on time with the equipment and in the Avenger Aircraft in the Hangar.  829 Squadron's Lt Sam Yarker and PO Air crewman Darren Sure gave us an excellent presentation on the varied and exciting roles they undertake followed by a tour of their Merlin's, explaining the differences between the Mk1 and Mk2 Aircraft.

771 Squadron gave a tour of their hangar followed by a flight which included being winched down and up to the aircraft, this was felt to be a very special privilege to the cadets leaving a lasting impression especially to those considering a career as pilots.

It was very clear how passionate and dedicated these people are to their job, they went to a great deal of effort to make the tour both entertaining and informative.1900 sqn wish to pass on their sincere thanks, not only to the personnel who took such good care of them, but also the Commanding officers and Staff who authorised the visit to their sections.





RAF Air Cadets from Liskeard, Wadebridge and Bodmin recently attended an Adventure Training Camp held at a very scenic Siblyback Lake on the outskirts of Liskeard. Some twenty Cadets attended, all mustering at 1830Hrs when the tents were pitched, Saturday morning was kicked off with breakfast and the weather looking good canoeing and raft building were the order of the day. Sat outside watching Cadets launch their rafts and complete confidence building skills on the rafts they had built was cause for a staff giggle at times. Saturday afternoon was a walk around the lake with a quiz which was rewarded with a small prize to the winners. The evening was rounded off with Dinner, a gastronomic delight from ration packs and cooked by the Cadets, with a little help from the staff all stoves were lit and cooking commenced, some weird and wonderful concoctions were produced.


Sunday saw the Cadets divide into two teams with one team returning to Liskeard Squadron where training and shooting took place using the No 8 rifle, two Cadets achieved their Wing Marksman and one Cadet achieving their Regional Marksman. Back at Siblyback Lake Flt Lt Karla Lincoln and Sqn Ldr Mike Symons lead a walk up to one of the local Tors but due to the inclement weather and poor  ground conditions the walk was cut short and a walk around Siblyback Lake took place instead.


It is rumoured that Sqn Ldr Symons was at one point up to his knees in mud whilst pulling Flt Lt Lincoln behind him, this was completed much to the amusement of the Cadets watching (The Wing's Facebook page does have the photographic evidence! - Ed) An evening BBQ was held with Staff completing the Chef duties in the rain and with thanks to the Staff at the Lake, the function room was used to provide cover from the elements for Dinner and the evening entertainment of Bingo.


Sunday started off much as we had left Saturday with rain and strong wind. All the Cadets fed and watered they headed off down to RAF St Mawgan all praying for good weather so that the Hovercraft could be flown. Once at Wing HQ and the sunshine prayers and dance completed the weather did improve enough for a little drill training ready for the Wing Competition. The wind dropped and out came the Hovercraft, the Cadets were split in to two flights with one flight completing Leadership training tasks and the other learning the basics about the Hovercraft and piloting it for a short flight. Lunch was taken in the Mess and then the Flights reversed for the afternoon. All back on the bus to depart RAF St Mawgan at 1700Hrs and to many verses of the “Wheels on the Bus go round and round” we headed home. An excellent weekend was had by all.


A special thanks must go to Mrs Pam Leng who provided invaluable support to the Cadets and Staff during the whole weekend from her mobile kitchen, better known as a caravan.


If you’re looking for a great weekend camping and activities (Sailing, Canoeing, Raft Building, High Ropes and Cable Ski) then contact the team at Siblyback Lake, Liskeard.

Here’s is to next year’s Squadron camp.



Three RAF Air Cadets from Plymouth and Cornwall Wing have been successful following a selection weekend for the prestigious Qualified Aerospace Instructors Course (QAIC) at MOD Boscombe Down, where 31 cadets from across south of England and Wales competed for a final 20 places for the course.


 After multiple assessments on the Saturday Sgt Jake Southern of197 (Devonport) Squadron, FS Chris Yarde Dent of 77 (Redruth) Squadron and

FS George Willment from 1225 (St Austell & District) Squadron were given the good news that they had been selected for the course. This is the first time Plymouth and Cornwall Wing has been represented on the course.


This demanding course consists of eight modules:

Leadership and Teamwork

Air Power

Air Traffic Control


Pilot Studies

Instructional Techniques

Practical Flight and Navigation

Radio Communications


 Successful students will graduate at Easter when the best student of the course is presented with The Honourable Company of Air Pilots Sword.  After successful completion of the course QAI's are identifiable by their light blue lanyard and they can use the Royal Aeronautical Society recognised title of 'Air Cadet Leader'.  In addition the cadets have the opportunity to gain a Level 2 award from the Institute of Leadership and Management.


 Plymouth and Cornwall Wing are very fortunate to have a Regional Activity Centre (RAC) at RAF St Mawgan, with great synthetic flight training equipment overseen by the Wing Aerospace Officer, Flt Lt Alan Quartly.  Once the cadets gain their Qualified Aerospace Instructors (QAIs) status they will be able to help run this facility.


Cadet FS George Willment explained his motivation for applying for the course: "I have been lucky enough to use all three flight simulators up at the RAC and can say they are truly fantastic bits of kit, and such a shame that they aren't used for instruction as often as they could be, however with cadets graduating QAIC now and in the future this will change."


Cadets from across the Wing have been busy during the Summer months undertaking many Duke of Edinburgh Award activities. These have ranged from working on the Squadron, various sports and skills and their expeditions. Over 40 cadets undertook the Portreath Bronze and Silver expeditions and eleven cadets undertook their Gold Expeditions in either the Howgills in Cumbria or in Bavaria, Germany. Seven 'Goldies' also undertook our pioneering Gold Residential which was activity based over five days at RRH Portreath. All participants gained national awards in the NNAS Navigation Scheme, Star awards in Kayaking and all qualified as Duke of Edinburgh leaders by completing their Intial DofE Adult course.

 The Duke of Edinburgh Award is open to all cadet from 14 years upwards so ensure you enrol into the scheme on your Squadron. Over 85% of the cadet experience counts towards your award. For more information contact your Squadron or Wing Duke of Edinburgh Award Officer.



An Air Cadet from Plymouth has taken her flying to new heights by winning a prestigious scholarship. Cadet Warrant Officer Katherine Ward, 18, from Staddiscombe, has already logged 12 hours of powered flight through the Air Cadets. She has now been awarded a further 12 hours of flight training through a scholarship provided by the Air League, an organisation which seeks to promote the importance of aviation to the UK.

Katherine started her flying career at the age of 14 after joining the Air Cadets, learning to fly gliders. Moving on to powered flight, she successfully achieved her first solo shortly after her 17th birthday. Having been bitten by the flying bug, she has looked for any opportunity to continue flying.
Katherine said “The application involved aptitude testing at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell, undertaking the same tests that potential Royal Air Force Officers are put through. This was followed up with an interview in London. I was really pleased when I’d heard that I was successful, as the competition for an Air League scholarship is very high.”

Flight Lieutenant Steve Garlick, Commanding Officer of 2377 (Plympton) Squadron, where Katherine has been a cadet for the last 5 years said “Cadet Warrant Officer Ward has thrown herself into all the activities that the Air Training Corps has to offer since she joined the Squadron. She showed a passion and enthusiasm for flying which she wanted to progress further with, and this award will put her well on the way to gaining her Pilot’s Licence, which is her ultimate aim”.

Katherine will undertake the scholarship at South Warwickshire Flying School during the summer and then intends to use some of her savings to add the remaining hours of training which she needs to qualify for her full licence.

The Air Training Corps provides opportunities such as flying, gliding and adventure training as well as academic qualifications for 13 to 20-year-olds. New cadets and staff are always welcome, for more information visit or contact 01637 857638


AIR CADETS ON TARGET - Posted 12-July-2014

Air Cadets at the Inter Service Cadet Rifle Meeting (ISCRM) held at Bisley 3-6 July enjoyed a very successful event.Two teams from the Wing - 197 and 1225 Sqn attended, with their Coaches, and contributed to a tremendous Corps Team achievement. Out of 11 major competitions, the ATC won nine, including the prestigious Inter Services Final, beating the Army by a narrow margin, but a win is a win! 

Nearly 1000 cadets from the ATC, ACF, SCC and the Royal Canadian Army Cadets National Rifle Team did battle on Century Range at Bisley over the three days of competition with the Air Cadet Squadron teams and Individuals doing extremely well at events shot over 300, 500 and 600 yards. In addition to the main Trophy winners shown - (can you spot Sgt Southern and Cpl Marks, both of 197?), there were 44 ATC Cadet Hundreds, including Sgt Southern, Cpl Marks and Cpl Davies of 197 and CWO Hunkin of 1225, receiving his third such award in consecutive years. 

The Cadets were ably supported by their Coaches, of course - CI Pascoe and Sgt Pascoe of 197, and Sqn Ldr Doolan, WO James and CI Prior of 1225. Plymouth and Cornwall Wing also supplied expert Range and Butts Officers, to the extent that over 50% of the Air Cadet Range and Butt staff came from the Wing.

Plymouth & Cornwall Wing Shooting Officer, Squadron Leader Tim Johns MBE RAFVR(T), said, "All in all, a tremendous team achievement".



Congratulations to Flt Lt Karla Lincoln and her staff at 1387 (Liskeard) Squadron for attaining the Gold Star rating during the Health, Safety and Environment inspection conducted this evening by the Regional HS&E Adviser, Frank Booth.

The Gold Star award requires that positive responses are given to all 13 criterion and at least one H&S initiative in addition has been implemented.  Commanding Officer, Flight Lieutenant Karla Lincoln and her staff are delighted that their hard work has paid off; the inclusion of cadets in the weekly inspections at the Drill Hall at Barras Cross was noted as being especially good practice for helping young people learn about Health and Safety responsibilitiesThis is a major achievement as 1387 Squadron has only recently gained Squadron status having been a Detached Flight for several years.





Cadets from across Plymouth & Cornwall Wing assembled at Par to participate in this years Wing Athletics Trials with the aim of being selected for the Wing Team. The overall scores from the field and track events formed a cumulative total. Cadets from 335 (Saltash) Squadron massed an impressive score of 195 points. 2312 (Tavistock) Squadron finished 2nd with a total of 143 points and 77(Redruth) Squadron finished 3rd with 124 points. Cadets who came first in their events earned a place on the Wing Team which will compete in the Regional Trials which take place at Boscombe Down on 8th June.



Congratulations to 730 (City of Truro) Sqn ATC "B" Team for gaining 1st place in this years ATC No 8 Rifle Challenge Cup Competition, with a score of 386 points ex 400.


1157 (Falmouth) Sqn were in 24th place nationally, with a score of 300. An excellent result, too, well done.

This is a relatively new Competition, first held in 2013; also won on that occasion by 730 (City of Truro) Squadron with an identical score of 386 - great consistency - another important shooting skill, although the winning margin has reduced by one point this year. The Competition is catching up!


Gold medals will hopefully be received in time for the Units' reception evening, hosted by Cornwall Council, at Cornwall County Hall in April


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A milestone was recently reached in the Air Cadet career of Cadet
Flight Sergeant Rob Trebilcock (18) of 730 (City of Truro) Squadron Air Training Corps. Rob who recently qualified as a gliding instructor was thrilled to be able to fly one... of the Squadron's junior cadets, Ben Presswell (14) of St Newlyn East on his very first experience flight in a glider at 626 Volunteer Gliding Squadron at Predannack Airfield on the Lizard. During the flight, Ben was able to learn the basic effects of the glider's controls and was able to control the aircraft himself for a short time.

Rob, from Point near Truro, joined the Air Training Corps (ATC) at the age of 13 and has taken every opportunity that the Corps has to offer. As well as qualifying as a gliding instructor, he has completed a powered aircraft flying scholarship at Aberdeen and has also represented the Corps at national level in small bore shooting and has shot full bore competitions at Bisley.

Air Cadet Civilian Instructor Phil Boorman said that he was delighted to see cadets progress through the many exciting things that the ATC has to offer and found it very satisfying that a Truro cadet could fly one of his fellow cadets. He was only disappointed that approaching bad weather prevented him from flying with Rob later that day.



Cadet Corporal Colum Hawken of 197 (Devonport) Squadron will make history later this month when he represents the Air Training Corps at the Cadet Forces Debate to be held in the House of Lords. This will be only the seventh time in history that 'commoners' will have sat in the chamber.

Squadron Commander, Flight Lieutenant Chris James, said "A truly privileged experience and one that sets us all apart from other organisations!"



2309 (University of Plymouth) Squadron have a new Commanding Officer and a new home. Flight Lieutenant John Bewley RAFVR(T), who was presented his second long service clasp for over two decades of service, has handed over command of the squadron to Flying Officer Lyon RAFVR(T). On the same evening the Squadron moved from it's usual home in the Plymouth University to the Territorial Army Centre in Millbay to allow development work at the University to progress





The Wing Music Service conducted training on Saturday 7 September 2013 at RAF St Mawgan to prepare cadets for upcoming public engagements and to induct new beginner musicians.

During the training day several first-time cadets undertook basic music and drill routines with the Bugle, Flute and Snare Drum, which included “Men of Harlech”, “Swing March”, and “Great Escape”. Whilst longer serving members of the Music Service perfected routines such as “Flow Gently”,” Longest Day” and “High on a Hill”. Throughout the day, cadres integrated to practice the music set by the Training Officer – Sgt (ATC)  Freddie Stokes, 1225 Sqn which later included sequences of drill involving movements of bomb bursts and crowns.

The following cadets who acted as Directing Staff providing musical instruction to the beginner cadets:














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The next Music Service training will take place over a full weekend of the 12-13 October 2013.


3 (Helston) Squadron win Caiel's Trophy Weekend 2013 - Posted 04-Sep-13


Cadets from 3 (Helston) Squadron have won this years Caiel's Trophy weekend ahead of stiff competition. After events which tested cadets skills from fieldcraft to aero modelling by cadets from all 23 units from across the Wing, 3 (Helston) Squadron just edged ahead of 335 (Saltash) Squadron to take the trophy. 730 (City of Truro) Squadron finished third in what was a very close competition.


The competition was held at Okehampton Battle Camp from 30th August to 1st September and involved over 330 cadets and staff. Winning teams of events held at the Regional Activities Day will represent the Wing at this years Regional competition in October.


Photo shows CWO Bedford receiving a commendation from Plymouth & Cornwall Wing's Officer Commanding, Wing Commander Reis. Click on image for larger image.



Cadet Warrant Officer Henry Bedford, from 2443 (Okehampton) Squadron in West Devon is off to join the Army. Henry joined the Air Training Corps as a 13yr old after a friend recommended it. Like any young lad he dreamed of being a military pilot and the ATC made that seem possible.


Henry grasped every chance to fly with Air Experience Flights and Gliding Induction Courses, at the age of 16 he secured a Gliding Scholarship and after ten hours of instruction he completed his first solo flight. A year later Henry returned to the Volunteer Gliding Squadton as a Flight Staff Cadet to conducted Advanced Glider Training (AGT) and in turn became a graded pilot, enabling him to introduce young cadets to the joys of flight for the first time. Henry was involved in many cadet opportunities other than flying including various Ten Tors expeditions, many qualifications, a solo parachuting course, a Slovakian volunteer project, Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award and Lords Lieutenant Cadet, to name a few.


Henry said:"The diverse range of training and character building experiences the ATC offers has proved to be invaluable to me throughout the Army selection process, and not to mention life in general. I’d like to thank all ATC staff within the Plymouth and Cornwall Wing, both past and present, for making my cadet experience such an enjoyable one. And I would fully encourage any aspiring pilots to make the most of the ATC’s superb flying experiences, in particular, the Gliding Scholarship. "


Wing Commander Reis, Officer Commanding of Plymouth and Cornwall Wing said "Henry is a great example of what every Air Cadet can achieve, we wish him well with his future career"




The Wing's Nijmegen team have successful completed this March in Holland as a complete team. They are little tired, with a few aches and pains following this gruelling 4 day endurance event. The event is held annually with over 40,000 people walking 30, 40 or 50 kilometres in the four days.


The Ivybridge Cadet Centre was officially opened by Air Marshal Peter Walker CB CBE on Friday 19th April 2013. The purpose built centre was built for the Air & Army cadets five years after the two units had to quit their previous accommodation to allow building work at the Community College. The building, sited at Filham Park on the outskirts of Ivybridge, was commissioned through Wessex Reserve Forces & Cadet Association and through funding from the Royal Air Force and the Army with the support of Ivybridge Town Council. The Centre is used at least four times a week by the cadet units, has offices and classrooms for each cadet unit as well as a shared training hall and a shared classroom.

The opening followed a formal parade & inspection of both 339 (South Dartmoor) Squadron of the Air Training Corps and Ivybridge Detachment of the Army Cadet Force by the Air Marshal. The evening was attended by a number of senior officers from both cadet units’ parent organisations, the Town Mayor and representatives from Town Council, representatives from supporting organisations and cadet parents. The evening included addresses from Wing Commander Francis Reis and Colonel Ashleigh Fulford as well as presentations from cadets from each unit. Following the presentations there was a tour of the centre. The final event of the evening saw Air Marshal Walker made three promotions and two awards to cadets from each of the cadet units.

Flight Lieutenant Adrian Corfield of 339 (South Dartmoor) Squadron said “The Squadron’s cadet numbers suffered in the five years while we had no permanent home but the Squadron now has the highest cadet strength for over a decade. But for the decision from the various organisations to invest in the building with the support of the Town Council I fear the future for the two units would have been bleak. The Centre has great facilities which will allow the cadet units to provide great opportunities to the youth of Ivybridge and the surrounding area for many years to come. The acceptance by the Air Marshal to open the centre made the event particularly special. We are grateful that he was able to attend.”



Cadets given the opportunity to showcase their Squadron - Posted 18-Apr-13

Cadets in Plymouth were recently given the opportunity to show their Squadron to the Air Cadet Organisation's South West Regional Commandant in a bid to be put forward as the South West's contender for the Lees Trophy which is awarded to the best Air Cadet Squadron in the country.


197 (Devonport) Squadron had put a lot of effort into getting the Squadron ready to receive the Inspecting Party, and their efforts did not go unnoticed. Group Captain Mike Remlinger inspected the Squadron at the start of the evening with a parade led by Cadet Warrant Officer White. He was impressed with the high standards he saw and introduced himself to the cadets, congratulating them on the progress so far and the achievement that being a Wing Representative in the Lees Trophy constitutes.


Gp Capt Remlinger was pleased to meet the Civilian Committee and congratulated them on all their work fundraising and administrating the accounts of the Squadron. Meanwhile, the Commanding Officer, Flight Lieutenant Sebastian Pitman who is one of the youngest COs in the Corps, was confined to the office to check all his admin and running of the unit met the stringent requirements placed upon Squadrons in the Air Cadet Organisation.


The Gp Capt, hosted by Cpl Leonie Gilbert, saw the flying model and took great delight in participating (and crashing) the Flight Simulator. After break, the cadets demonstrated the Air Rifle Range and pitted the Regional Commandant against one of our newest cadets, under the watchful eye of 197 Sqn's Range Conducting Officers.

His final duty during the evening was to promote Cpl Young and Cpl Austin up to Sergeants, offering his congratulations to

them both.

Flt Lt Pitman said of the evening 'This was another great opportunity to demonstrate all that we have to offer, and more so, the attitude and dedication that our cadets approach their activities with. All in all, a really successful evening, and we all await the result with baited breath'

Cadets Get Ready for Parades - Posted 06-Apr-13

Over fifty Air Cadets from across Plymouth and Cornwall have recently attended a training day at RAF St Mawgan to learn the skilled ceremonial art of Banner Drill. Deputy Wing Warrant Officer Jon Barnes put the cadets through their paces teaching the cadets how to carry and manipulate the Banner when parading at events such as Remembrance Sunday. WO Barnes explains that: 'being a member of a Banner party is a significant honour for any cadet but also a large responsibility. This course has given them the chance to learn and practice the sequences ready for big events'.


In September cadets from all 23 units will compete against each other to represent the Wing at the South West Region Banner Drill competition. In the meantime these cadets can be seen putting their new skills to good use at formal parades across Plymouth and Cornwall. The Air Training Corps provides opportunities such as flying, gliding and adventure training as well as academic qualifications for 13-20yr olds. To find out more about your local squadron visit



Air cadets and Classic Air Force - Posted 05-Apr-13

Classic Air Force is an organisation dedicated to keeping aircraft from the 1950s and 1960s flying, they are setting up a living Museum in 404 Hangar at the Aero Hub (formerly St.Mawgan Airfield) near Newquay in Cornwall.

In February the cadet involvement started with 77 (Redruth) Sqn moving the shop stock from pallets to the storeroom upstairs, this was followed by 77Sqn being joined by 147 (Camborne) Sqn preparing a Hawker Hunter WB188 for repainting prior to mounting on a pole at the entrance to the museum.

Plt Off Mark Wardley, who is leading the Wing's involvement, said that 'the seventy four staff and cadets that carried out numerous duties at the museum's open day have played an important part in this unique project'

This is an exciting development for the Wing and a great opportunity for our cadets to keep the 'Air' in the Air Training Corps



Young Air Cadets Learn to become Leaders - Posted 05-Apr-13

Twenty nine Air Cadets from across Plymouth and Cornwall recently gathered at RAF St Mawgan near Newquay for an intensive training course to prepare them for their new roles as Corporals in the Air Training Corps. The course took place over two days and one evening and is mentally demanding with 18hours of contact teaching time crammed in, including seven hours spent on the drill square learning how to take a squad through their paces.


In the classroom the cadets learnt the principles of leadership, problem solving and communicating effectively. They were then assessed on these skills using a series of command tasks. All twenty nine cadets passed and have returned to their units to take up the challenge. Course Director, Flight Lieutenant George Hawke said:"These cadets have applied themselves wholeheartedly, they leave the course with a set of useful tools that will not only further their cadet careers but also whatever career they choose to pursue in later life. The course also counts towards elements of the BTEC qualification in Public Services which the cadets can gain free of charge".


Assistant Chief of Staff Inspires the Next Generation - Posted 25-Mar-13

197 (Devonport) Squadron of the Air Training Corps was recently delighted to host a visit from Air Commodore Gary Tunnicliffe, Assistant Chief of Staff for the Royal Air Force's 22 Group, responsible for recruiting and training RAF personnel including the RAF Air Cadets.  Air Cdre Tunnicliffe is a former 197Sqn air cadet and also attended Devonport High School for Boys as a student.

Air Cdre Tunnicliffe formally inspected the Squadron, before meeting the civilian committee and touring a few of the activities that the cadets have to offer.  Some of the current projects underway include cadets flying a Mustang on the flight simulator which ties in with the replica balsa Mustangs they are building from scratch.  Air Cdre Tunnicliffe also visited the Squadron's air rifle range and saw some of the first aid training the cadets undergo.

The visit was a two way exchange in which Air Cdre Tunnicliffe saw the activities the cadets do but the cadets also got to learn more about 22 Group and how the RAF Air Cadets fit in to that Group and the wider RAF.  He ended the evening by awarding Warrant Officer Simon Raymont with his first clasp on the Cadet Forces Medal for long service and good conduct, this represents eighteen years of service.

Air Cdre Tunnicliffe had to say of the evening: 'There is no doubt that this is a unit full of highly energised, highly motivated and highly capable young people. Collectively, they display a great sense of energy and real dedication to the organisation. And for this, I would like to formally show my support to the adult staff, across the spectrum from the civilian committee to both the civilian and uniformed staff, all of whom are clearly committed to supporting the ACO for the benefit of the cadets.'

Flight Lieutenant Sebastian Pitman, Commanding Officer of 197 (Devonport) Squadron responded by thanking Air Cdre Tunnicliffe for: "agreeing to review the Squadron. The cadets found great pleasure in not only hosting him through the various activities they undertake, but also in hearing about 22 Group, the wider RAF and specifically his progression from 197 Cadet to ACOS 22 Group.  This has been an inspirational visit for the next generation"

The Air Training Corps provides opportunities such as flying, gliding and adventure training as well as academic qualifications for 13-20yr olds. To find out more about your local squadron visit




50 cadets supported by 12 staff undertook the final Wing DofE Expedition weekend. 36 Cadets from 1876,339,2339,2377,2312,2174,77,730 & 2443 Squadrons successfully completed the 2 day expedition along the West Devon and Granite Ways and the 14 Silver cadets from 77,730,2312 & 2443 Squadrons completed their 3 day expedition covering the above area and the Drake trail areas of the Wlkham Valley finishing at the old WW2 RAF Airfield at Yelverton.


On the staff front C.I.Paul Mills of 2339 squadron completed his Accredited Assessors qualification allowing to join our Wings growing team of Nationally registered assessors.


This year has seen a good increase in both cadet and staff participation in our Wing with Bronze and Silver events in April, July and October. 2171 Squadron have led a Bronze training and actual event led by C.I.K.Parker where S.Adam (2171) and C.I.Jess Jones(335D/F) qualified as assessors. 2339 Sqn under G.Hawke has also ran an open Bronze/silver training weekend. Gold Expeditions saw cadets success in North Wales and in the Howgill Fells in Cumbria.


Sqn.Ldr P.Newcombe was ably assisted in this weekend by W.O.M.Taylor, SGT.A.Tindale, SGT.P.Reynolds,C.I.A.Vodden MBE, C.I.S.Reid. C.I.D.Tindale, C.I.K.Parker,C.I.P.Boorman, C.I.D.Senior, C.I.P.Mills, CWO J.Dicken, Without the dedication of these staff this event would not have happened and Sqn Ldr. Phil Newcombe wishes to place on record his thanks to them.


SUCCESS AT ROADFORD - Posted 20-Sep-12

28 Cadets and 2 staff gained Canoe England BCU Awards on our Roadford Lake Weekend. Cadets from squadrons across the Wing joined in together to gain or progress their awards. The weekend was a camping experience for all along with a staff cooked BBQ for the Saturday evening with sport activities for the evening. Following a full English breakfast the cadets were eager to get "wet n wild" to achieve the best experiences in this growing water sport. The course was facilitated by Sqn Ldr Newcombe who was ably assisted by our growing band of Wing Coaches. F/Sgt. Darren Saddler returned from a weeks instruction at Windermere to be assessed as a 2 star Canoe and Kayak skilled person. We look forward to Darren undertaking a coaching course in the next year! EX 2312 cadet SAC David Johnson returned with a superb range of specialist boats the RAF Canoe club use for the cadets to experience. David is a 5 Star skilled coach who started on this type of course many years ago and now regularly travel the world for the RAF in kayak expeditions.



Cadets and staff have been busy in our Wings adventure training programme undertaking their DofE Expeditions at RAF Portreath in West Cornwall and the Howgills in Cumbria over the last few weeks. Our activities at Windermere saw cadets gaining mountain experience climbing both Hellvellyn and Sca Fell. Climbing both indoors at the Climbing walls at Kendal and outdoors at Chapel stile and Tilberthwaite old quarries. Kayaking and Canoeing was undertaken on the Lakes Windermere and Coniston. Further pictures arte available on the Wings Windermere Facebook site.


In addition the following Adult staff gained their National Accredited Assessors award Flt.Lt.P.Ward, Sgt.A.Tindale from 77 Sqn, C.I.S.Garlick from 2377 Sqn, Sgt H.Downing & Sgt.C.Alker from 2309 Sqn, Sgt.A.Turner from 197 Sqn, Sgt.P.Reynolds from 2443sqn &CWO J.Dicken from 2339 Sqn. Our Wing now leads our region in DofE success and we look forward to more success in our October Expeditions on the 20th-22nd October based in West Devon. Details are available on our Wings bader SharePoint site and by contacting Sqn.Ldr P.J.Newcombe

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ARMED FORCES DAY - Posted 02-Jul-12

Cadets from across the Wing have taken part in the Armed Forces Day events in both Bodmin and Plymouth. Both events saw a large number of cadets turn out to show their support to the service personnel of the Armed Forces. The event at Plymouth saw over 30,000 people pack the Hoe to watch the event which included displays from the Red Arrows and Typhoons. The Wing Corps of Drums gave a performance along with a 9 minute display of continuity drill from 335 (Saltash) Squadron. In addition the Wing had the PR tent and the ACE platform in support of the RAF village on The Hoe. Cadets attending the Plymouth event also had chance to meet HRH The Earl of Wessex and the Prime Minister the Right Honourable David Cameron MP. At both events the cadets received praise from the public and the organisers.

TEN TORS SUCCESS - Posted 16-May-12

The cadets had a 100% success rate at this years Ten Tors event. All 37 cadets who started their challenges completed them. This year the Wing had 1 cadet complete the 55km route as part of the Devon & Somerset Wing Team, 12 cadets complete the 45km course and 24 cadets complete the 35km course. Their success has been put down to their commitment throughout the training for the event. Despite not all cadets who started the training being able to be picked for a team they too can take with them the experience that is Ten Tors Challenge.


Over 50 cadets have received the Duke of Edinbugh Awards from local dignitaries in the last month. It is the future intention to celebrate the success in the Cornish end of the Wing at an award ceremony on the 2nd May.


In the last year we have seen an Increase in our Gold Awards, 14 Silver Awards and over 40 Bronze Awards giving a good record in the Regions success in 2011.

The images left are just some of the cadets who have received awards over the past twelve months. Click on the images to see the full size image.


GREAT EGG RACE - Posted 10-Apr-12

Plymouth University recently held the Great Egg Race challenge for both Adult and Student Engineers. The event was promoted via the Professional body the Institution of Engineering & Technology & Babcock. Plymouth units were invited to attend the challenge by Sqn.Ldr. P.Newcombe and both 2377 & 197squadrons took up the challenge. The evening was seen as a great success to attract future Engineers and 197 squadron came top in their group as the best Young enterprising group with their robot. The event will be repeated in 2013 so we look forward to more participation.


Wing CREST IS CHANGED - Posted 21-Mar-12


Plymouth & Cornwall Wing has got a new crest. The old crest which was introduced in 1999 on the transfer of a number of Devon squadrons into the Wing as Devon Wing merged with Somerset Wing. The old crest depicted the eclipse which occurred during the same year.

The new Wing Crest shows the ATC eagle in the centre of the two flags for Devon and Cornwall where the Wing is based. The introduction of the new crest comes at a time of numerous changes within the Wing and through the Corps.


Wing Executive officer bows out - Posted 19-Mar-12

Plymouth & Cornwall Wing's Executive Officer has retired after 15 years in post at Wing Headquarters. Squadron Leader Barry Chawlkley MBE RAFR has been a key figure at Wing Headquarters providing a link between the squadrons and Headquarters Air Cadets. In his time in post he has seen numerous changes including the transfer of squadrons from Devon Wing, change of Wing Commanders, the introduction of Bader (an electronic cadet record system) and the development of the Cadet Activity Centre at RAF St Mawgan.



A busy day for Amy .- Posted 14-Feb-12

ATC Sunday started early for Cadet Flight Sergeant Amy Elston of 2309 University of Plymouth Squadron. The squadron went to St Boniface Church, St Budeaux, Plymouth, as normal. On this occasion the event had added meaning for the squadron ………..

They were dedicating their new squadron banner, with a blessing by Prebendary Brian Anderson, squadron chaplain ...for 30 years, now also serving as Plymouth Cornwall wing chaplain, in front of members of the local community and their Wing Commanding Officer Francis Reis.

Squadron Commander John Bewley commented “The event went very well and we look forward to parading the new squadron banner in future years.”

Later in the day, Amy travelled to the headquarters of 1322 Newton Abbott Squadron where, conveniently, Newton Abbot cadets were holding their annual presentation evening and the Lord Lieutenant for Devon, Mr Eric Dancer, had kindly agreed to be their guest of honour for the evening.

The Lord Lieutenant formally appointed Amy as a Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for Devon in the presence of her sister and grandmother, the assembled cadets, family and friends of Newton Abbot Squadron including the town mayor and other local dignitaries, and the Commanding Officers of both the Devon Somerset and Plymouth Cornwall Wings!

Amy said: “I am looking forward to a very busy and rewarding year with the Diamond Jubilee parades, events and celebrations.”



NEW YEARS HONOUR - Posted 02-Dec-12

The Plymouth & Cornwall Wing Chapin, The Prebendary Brian A Anderson, has been recognised for his dedication to the Corps with being awarded the Air Officers Commanding (22 Group) Commendation in this years New Years Honours awards.


Wing Commander Francis Reis said of the award, "Very well done, very well deserved"


A full list of this years award can be found here


WING BAND SUCCESS - Posted 08-Nov-11

The Plymouth & Cornwall Band have won the South West Region Band competition in the Non-Valve category. The competition was held as part of a week long music camp at Longmoor, Hampshire.


They will now go on later this month to represent the South West Region at the Corps finals where the best cadets from across the country will compete.


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Ashley Achieves his Gold Award - Posted 29-Oct-11



Ashley Newcombe was presented with his Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award at St.James Palace in London by HRH Prince Edward the Patron of the award. Debbie Newcombe his Mother said, "The experience of the day was fantastic and I felt so proud".

Ashley achieved his award through the Air Cadets where he is a Cadet Flight Sergeant in our towns local 2312 Squadron. For his award Ashley undertook his 4 day expedition in the Rhinog Mountains in North Wales and completed his residential at The Royal Naval College at Dartmouth where he undertook a leadership award along with 150 cadets from all three services. The other sections of the award took place in the local community and at the squadron headquarters undertaking his Community Sports award in coaching and undertaking Physical Achievement disciplines. Ashley stated "He was proud to achieve this award and is looking forward to now helping the squadrons junior cadets in achieving their respective Bronze,Silver and Gold awards. He is also looking to qualify as an accredited assessor in 2012. Ashley is currently studying Sports Management at Plymouth City College. 


In the picture is Debbie and Ashley Newcombe outside St.James Palace.



Plymouth & Cornwall Wing Banner Drill Party hard practice has paid off as they brought back the Simmons-Bird Trophy as winners at the Regional Activities Day in a hard and close run competition in which Plymouth & Cornwall Wing cadets won by a single point over Thames Valley Wing. There was success too for Cadet Mills who came third for Under 16 Public Speaking competition, 2339 (Plymstock & Mount Battern) Squadron for 2nd place in Media Skills and Flt Lt Symons for his entry in the Photographic competition which cam third. Meanwhile Cdt Jake Southern of 197 (Devonport) Squadron came third for his photograph in the Aviation Under 16s category. In Aircraft Recognition Cadet May of 2443 (Okehapton) Squadron came a close third while Cdt Buscombe also came third for his entry in the over 16yrs Aero-modelling competition.


Duke of Edinburgh Success - Posted 28-Jul-11

Plymouth & Cornwall Wing has just completed it's largest ever Duke of Edinburgh Expedition weekend with over 70 cadets attending the 3 day event based at RAF Portreath. Over 70 cadets successfully passed their expedition section of their Bronze or Silver awards. If this was not enough success 5 adult staff members of the Wing completed their national accreditation induction assessment for Silver and Bronze future expedition assessments. The Wing will now have over a dozen nationally qualified assessors in the award making our Wing the best in the South West!

Further Expedition training is planned for October this year with adult training courses planned for the winter months of 2012.


JOIN US ON FLICKR - Posted 16-Jul-11

In addition to Plymouth & Cornwall Wing being on Facebook and Twitter the Wing now has its own Flickr page to enable cadets to upload and share their images of Wing and Corps activities.

CHANGE OF COMMAND - Posted 26-Jun-11

Wing Commander Mike Symons will be standing down after three tours as the Commanding Officer of Plymouth & Cornwall Wing spanning twelve years. His dedication to the Wing has seen its development in many areas including accredited BTEC studies and the introduction of Bader used by all the units within the Wing to record all the cadet activities. Squadron Leader Francis Reis's appointment as the new Wing Commander as of 11 July 2011 has been approved by the Commandant of the Air Cadets. Sqn Ldr Reis is the current Wing Media Officer, Sector Commander for Plymouth Sector and he also commands 197 (Devonport) Squadron."




Wing celebrates 70 years of air cadets

Over 400 Cadets and Staff from across the Wing hold an Anniversary Parade through Truro town centre to celebrate 70 years since the formation of the Corps on 5th February 1941. Wing Commander Mike Symons said after the parade, "Although I was able to say a brief 'thank you' and 'well done' from the steps of the Cathedral to those within earshot, I want to say an even louder 'THANK YOU' and 'VERY WELL DONE' to everyone involved in ensuring that our 70th Anniversary was marked in such style... the Wing was certainly an impressive sight marching through Truro.  I was stopped by numerous members of the public, all thoroughly complimentary about the turnout and smartness of the cadets and staff, even two comments about the number of girls!  We certainly did a lot for the blue footprint and our 70th theme of 'Engagement"







Cadets from across the Wing have scored success in this years Regional Activities Day. Cadets did especially well in the Public Speaking event with Cadet Healey of 730 (City of Truro) Squadron and Sgt Elson of 2309 (University of Plymouth) Squadron both gaining first place in the Under 16 and Over 16 years categories respectively. Cadet Warrant Officer Thompson of 147 (Camborne & District) Squadron missed out on 2nd place in the Best Cadet NCO competition by a single point. For full results click here.





Staff and cadets from across Plymouth & Cornwall Wing are mourning the loss of two members of it's staff. Civilian Instructor Dave Kemp from 335 (Liskeard) Detached Flight and Mrs Lisa Bowcutt from 3 (Helston) Squadron both passed away in the past two weeks. They will both be sadly missed by all in the Wing.



730 (City of Truro) Squadron win caiel's trophy

Cadets from 730 (City of Truro) Squadron regain the Caiel's Trophy at the Wing Activities Weekend with a final score of 798.2 points. 3 (Helston) Squadron and 2309 (University of Plymouth) Squadrons came second and third with 746.6 and 732.11 points respectively. Cadets from Squadrons and Detached Flights from across the competition which lasted all weekend at RAF St Mawgan and utilised the new Cadet Adventure Centre on the station. Each of the three top teams scored maximum points in two categories. The weekend is used to select cadets & teams to represent the Wing at the Regional Activities Day later in the month.



1900 (West Cornwall) Squadron Top Wing Athletics - Posted 19-May-10

The Wing Athletics trials were held at Par on Sunday 16 May. Cadets from 1900 (West Cornwall) Squadron topped the results table with a total score of 187. 2312 (Tavistock) Squadro came second with 167 points narrowly beating 1225 (St Austell) Squadron into 3rd place. Selected cadets will go on to represent the Wing at the Regional Championship held at Tidworth.


TEN TORS COMPLETED - Posted 10-May-10

Following months of preparation teams from Plymouth & Cornwall Wing have successfully completed the Ten Tors challenge on Dartmoor. A total of six teams took part in the event including in all three distances of 35, 45 and 55 kilometers. Only one member of one team failed to finish the challenge which beats many teams. This year the preparation for the event was led by Squadron Leader Windo who said "Over all a very good result for the cadets and staff who have worked on the Ten Tors activity this year well done to all."




Plymouth & Cornwall Wing morn the death of Ex-Wing Staff Officer Flight Lieutenant Gerald Patterson RAFVR(T).



CI Mike Willis Hangs Up His Trunks - Posted 03-Feb-10

After 16 years of weekly coaching cadets in swimming at HMS Drake Civilian Instructor Mike Willis has decided to hang his trunks up for the final time. Over the years CI Willis has coached numerous cadets to passing their swimming proficiency including at different levels. Flight Lieutenant Sue Perkins, who has been shadowing CI Willis, has taken over the swimming reigns to ensure that cadets still get the high standard of coaching CI Willis gave over the years. CI Willis will continue in his role as a Civilian Instructor at 2339 (Plymstock & Mount Batten) Squadron.




The inter unit competition this year ran from 1 Oct 08 – 30 Sep 09.  The results are determined by the figures in the unit quarterly recruiting stats.  The Recruiting Shield is presented to the Unit obtaining the most points in the year based on the following scale:

a.         For every recruit (all categories) to the RAF         10 points 

b.         For every officer recruit to the other Armed Forces 5 points

c.         For every other rank recruit to the Armed Forces 2 points


The result of the 2008 competition are:

            1st        3 Sqn

            2nd        781 Sqn

            3rd  =    147 Sqn

                        335 Sqn

                        1225 Sqn




Five cadets from Plymouth & Cornwall Wing formed part of the South West Region Senior Rugby Team at the Inter-Regional Senior Rugby Championships. Corporal J Reynolds of 730 (City of Truro) Squadron, Cadet D Hales of 1900 (West Cornwall) Squadron, Cpl T Underwood and Cadet F Vitalino of 2309 (University of Plymouth) Squadron) and Sergeant J Jewell of 2174 (Estover) Squadron all represented the South West Region. Cpl Reynolds given the responsibility of captaining the team and together with Cdt Hayes and Cpl Underwood has been selected for the Corps Senior Rugby Team. It is highly unusual for three cadets from the same Wing to be selected for the Corps Team which highlights the unusual achievement in this result.



THE LAST POST - Posted 02-Dec-09

For the second year in a row Cadet Katy Passmore of 1225 (St Austell) Squadron has won the Corps Solo Bugle Competition. The competition was held at RAF Halton. Cadet Passmore had to perform two pieces. The set piece was Retreat and her chosen piece was Sunset. Cadet Passmore's passion for the bugle has resulted in her offering to teach fellow cadets to play the bugle.




Cadets and Squadrons from  Plymouth & Cornwall Wing had some good results at this years Regional Activities Day which was held at Royal Air Force Lyneham on Sunday 4th October. Significant results for the Wing include:

Diorama - 3rd place 2377 (Plympton) Squadron

Aeromodelling - Staff - 2nd place CI Dave Hughes 730 (City of Truro) Squadron

Photo - ATC Activity Under 16 years 1st place Cdt Allday 781 (Newquay) Squadron

Photo - Aviation theme 16years+ 1st place Cdt Clifton 339 (South Dartmoor) Squadron

Media Skills 1st place 2309 (University of Plymouth) Squadron

Public speaking Under 16 years 1st place Cdt Cpl Elson 2309 (University of Plymouth) Squadron 

Drill Competition - Best NCO 2nd place Cdt WO D Wiltshire 2309 (University of Plymouth) Squadron

Banner drill - 2nd place 730 (City of Truro) Squadron


All cadets and staff that entered deserve congratulations in their contribution to the highly successful day.




Cadets from 1900 (West Cornwall) Squadron scored consistently over each of the track and field events at this years Wing Athletics Trials to win the overall competition with a total of 274 points, 80 points ahead of 730 (City of Truro) Squadron who came in second place. 335 (Saltash) Squadron finished in 3rd place with 163 points. Cadets who won their events are selected to represented the Wing at the Regional Trials to be held at Tidworth on 07 June.




Recently 4 Plymouth and Cornwall Wing Air Cadets, CWO Nick Browne, FS Sarah Lucas, FS Craig Saunders and Sgt Mark Reynolds from 2443 (Okehampton), 2312 (Tavistock) and 3 (Helston) Sqn's attended Overseas Easter Camp at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus from 15th to 24th April. They all enjoyed themselves and got involved in various activities in the hot weather such as helicopter flying in the Griffin, shooting, watching and visiting the Red Arrows, seeing the U2 American Spy Plane, visit to Pathos and Nicosia whilst seeing the United Nations and visiting the Buffer Zone which divides Cyprus (half Turkish and half Greek), cruising on a boat around the coast or Cyprus and a whole lot more! A good week was enjoyed by all and would totally recommend to all cadets.



730 (city or truro) squadron win this years plymouth & cornwall wing cadet inter-squadron shooting competition


730 (City of Truro) Squadron have won the Plymouth & Cornwall Wing Cadet Inter-Squadron .22 Shooting Competition with 706 points. Shooting with the Mk8 0.22 rifle Cadet Corporals A Clitherow and S Blake shot with team members Cadets J Garside and A Wilson to secure their win over 1225 (St Austell) Squadron who came in 2nd with 663 points. 1157 Squadron finished third with 617 points.



Retirment of Flight Lieutenant Brian Lowe RAFVR(T)


After more than 40 years of being a Reserve Officer in the Air Cadets, Flt Lt Brian Lowe was dined out with fellow staff and cadets of 2443 (Okehampton) Squadron in December at their annual Squadron Dinner. The Squadron thanked Flight Lieutenant Lowe for all his hard work and commitment to the Squadron over the many years, as well as being Officer Commanding of the Squadron. As he enjoys model trains, the Squadron decided that is what they were going to give him as gift for his efforts over the many years which was presented to him by Unit Commanding Officer, Flight Lieutenant Mingham and Sector Commander, Squadron Leader Reis. The evening was much enjoyed by all and a presentation finished the evening off showing old and new photos of his career in the Air Cadets from start to the end and all wished him all a long and happy retirement.


Picture: Left to Right: Flt Lt Brian Lowe, Sqn Ldr Reis, Flt Lt Mingham




Plymouth & Cornwall Wing have been awarded the RAF St Mawgan Station Commanders Commendation for their efforts and committment to this years Royal Cornwall Show Contingent held near Wadebrdge. The three Cadet Warrant Officer's involved with the event, CWO Nick Browne (2443 Okehampton), CWO Danny Butchers (335 Saltash), CWO Emma May (335 DF Liskeard) along with Wing Staff Officer Sqn Ldr Julie M-P were invited to an awards presentation with other members of the Royal Air Force at RAF St Mawgan where they were presented with the commendation by the Station Commander, Wg Cdr Jim Lawson.