121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron Air Training Corps marked its sixty-fifth anniversary by combining an open morning for potential new recruits with an opportunity to invite former cadets to share memories of their time with the air cadets.
The programme for the morning's activities was relatively informal. The Commanding Officer Flight Lieutenant Ian Crewe gave a short presentation to welcome the visitors and guests which included the deputy mayor of Nuneaton & Bedworth Cllr. Pete Bradley, former cadets, potential new recruits and parents.
The guests and visitors had the opportunity to see the many displays depicting the wide range of activities and community service opportunities offered by the Squadron and former cadets were given the chance to share memories of their time in the corps with new and up-and-coming recruits.
Flight Lieutenant Ian Crewe said "The open morning has been an excellent opportunity for members of the public and prospective recruits to come along and meet the cadets and staff and we have been particularly pleased to see so many former cadets most of whom saw service with the ATC during the war".
Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks said "The recent heritage events within the town have prompted us to look back at the Squadrons history. Much of the factual information such as the names of former Commanding Officers and important dates are well known but it's the personal accounts of former cadets and photographs, which are now looking for. We would especially like to hear from those who were members of the Nuneaton Squadrons during the war years when our cadets regularly visited RAF Bramcote and RAF Nuneaton of which very little is known". "I had some very interesting conversations with several of the former cadets who have given us some valuable information about the Nuneaton squadrons during the war years together with some interesting photographs."
Since 1939 the Squadron has been serving the youth and community of the Nuneaton and North Warwickshire area.
The Air Cadet organisation became established in Nuneaton on 9th May 1939 with the founding of No. 121 ( King Edward VI School ) Squadron, Air Defence Cadet Corps. Within the borough, enthusiasm for the Corps grew and in February 1941, 121 (King Edward VI School) Squadron became part of the newly formed Air Training Corps and a second unit No. 411 (Borough of Nuneaton) Squadron was formed.
After the war the number of cadets reduced as the need to recruit for the RAF diminished. On the 8 th November 1946 the two Nuneaton Squadrons amalgamated and became No. 121 (Borough of Nuneaton ) Squadron. The Squadrons title was later revised to No. 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron, a title that remains to this day.
Over the last 65 years 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron has contributed to the education of many young people between the age of 13 and 22. At this time the squadron has a youth membership of approximately 40 and a staff of 11 commanded by Flight Lieutenant Ian Crewe RAFVR(T) .
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