Cadets are flying high for charity

Cpl Kai Korzonek of 346 (Tynemouth) Squadron ATC collecting for the Royal Air Forces Association Wings Week at Morrisons Tynemouth.

Cpl Kai Korzonek of 346 (Tynemouth) Squadron ATC collecting for the Royal Air Forces Association Wings Week at Morrisons Tynemouth.

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Air cadets are flying high to show their support for ex-RAF personnel and their families.

Youngsters from 346 (Tynemouth) Squadron are holding a coffee morning and collection to raise money for the RAF Association’s Wings Appeal.

Members of 346 (Tynemouth) Squadron at 2014's Battle of Britain Parade at Durham.

Members of 346 (Tynemouth) Squadron at 2014's Battle of Britain Parade at Durham.

The event will be held at their headquarters in Military Road, North Shields, on Saturday, September 19, and at the same time cadets will be out in the town centre.

The coffee morning, from 10am to noon, and street collection will mark the end of a week of Battle of Britain commemorations and activities for the cadets.

The squadron’s Officer Commanding, Flight Lieutenant Dan Laidler, said: “We look forward to welcoming visitors to our coffee morning.

“While the primary purpose is to raise funds for RAFA and to mark Battle of Britain Day, the coffee morning also reinforces the squadron’s bond with the local community.”

On Sunday, September 13, the squadron gathered with hundreds of fellow cadets from across the north east for a Battle of Britain parade and service of remembrance at Durham Cathedral.

And on Tuesday, September 15 – Battle of Britain Day – 346 Squadron is holding a collection for the RAFA Wings Appeal at Morrisons in Tynemouth.

Flt Lt Laidler said: “September 15, 1940, was when RAF Fighter Command claimed victory over the Luftwaffe after a day of heavy bombing raids over London resulted in heavy German losses.

“The Battle of Britain had been raging since July 10, 1940, and carried on into the autumn of that year in the skies above Southern England.

“But it was shortly after September 15 that Hitler postponed, and then finally cancelled his plans to invade Britain and instead turned his eyes east to the Soviet Union.

“As you can imagine, Battle of Britain Day is the most important commemoration in our calendar and continues to inspire our air cadets, whether they decide to go on and join the RAF or not.

“The RAF Association’s Wings Appeal is traditionally held during Battle of Britain week, and it is always an honour to do our bit to help support the vital and wide-ranging work the charity carries out ensuring that past and present members of the RAF family who are in need, get the help they deserve.”

The squadron meets twice a week at its headquarters in Military Road, North Shields, and currently has around 30 young men and women between the ages of 12 and 18 in its ranks.

Any potential cadets interested in joining 346 (Tynemouth) Squadron or wanting more information should either email 346@aircadets.org or go to www.346sqn.co.uk