of the penalties of being an air cadet and flying in an RAF Anson
in the early post-war years was the laborious task of having to
wind the undercarriage up".
A memory recalled by Tony Smith of Prince's Street,
Nuneaton who sent this photograph into a local newspaper many years
Tony said, "It was much more fun flying in Dakota
or an Oxford, when you could just sit back and enjoy the flight".
The photograph shows 411 Squadron of Nuneaton Air
Cadets at their annual camp at RAF Honiton in Devon, taken in 1946.
Tony Smith kneeling bottom right.
"Our headquarters was on the corner of Prince's Street where
we used to meet and parade". "We used to have a rear gun-turret
in the window of the building before it was taken over by the Trustee
"Our Squadron was then merged with 121 Squadron
which met at the grammar school, and I believe all the officers
on the photograph were teachers there at the time".
"I did not follow a flying career, I had flying
and gliding certificates, but to join the RAF for pilot training
in those days you had to sign on for 15 years. So I waited for my
national service, joined the army and then finished up serving my
time on a warship!"
Tony was well known in Nuneaton as a former mace bearer
and keeper of the civic silver.