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75th Anniversary of Air Cadets

2016 marks the 75th Anniversary of Air Cadets.  To commemorate this milestone the current squadron of 1414 (Crowborough) ATC are undertaking a Digital History Project.

Archived photographs, records, memories and newspaper clippings are being digitally recorded on their website.

The project will explore the changes in the organisation, the cadets and staff to join the Squadron and look at the changing environment of our home town, during the war years and beyond.Air Cadets 75 Years logo

Civilian Committee chair Nicola Stewart is involved with this project along with a team of dedicated staff and cadets uncovering the past together.  Nicola said:

Crowborough is so rich in history and intrigue.  Our squadron is very excited by this project and we cannot wait to share our research with the local community.

We have had contact from many past cadets and they have been happy to share their memories of their time at the squadron.  Crowborough has strong historical military links with the Training Camp here.  To date there has been no record made of the influence of the Air Cadet organisation in this area so we look forward to publishing our research within our local community.

We are grateful to be able to preserve this history for the next generation and hope this digital project will be a source of information for the next 75 years of the Air Cadet organization and beyond.  We would welcome anyone to come forward with any memories or photographs.

This record will enable them to review the past and present work of the Squadron and celebrate the positive effect the organisation has on the many cadets to come through our doors since the formation in November 1941. The current Officer Commanding, Flight Sergeant Mark Hobbs himself was a past cadet so they have a fantastic source of knowledge available.

Origins of Crowborough Squadron

The Squadron originally had their Headquarters in Hut 22 at, what was formerly referred to as, the Regional Training Centre, now Crowborough Training Camp.  The Squadron was formed in November 1941 with the Headquarters in Uckfield and Flights at Crowborough, Heathfield and Wadhurst under the command of Flight Lieutenant H. Andrew.  On 20th March 1948 the original squadron was disbanded, the commanding officer at that time was Fl/Lt W.A. Clark.

‘B’ Flight 1414 Squadron taken in 1942. This is the earliest known photograph of our Squadron.

‘B’ Flight 1414 Squadron taken in 1942. This is the earliest known photograph of our Squadron.

Our project will culminate with a detailed historical timeline on our website and a booklet published later this year which will coincide with the 75th Anniversary Torch Relay from John O’Groates to Land’s End will visiting us in Crowborough on Friday 19th August 2016.

More details of the ‘Air Cadet 75’ countrywide celebrations can be found on the Air Cadets website.

warrant-1964In February 1970 Fl/Lt E. Killick played a major part in the Squadron’s reformation, with Headquarters at Crowborough camp and a detached Flight in Uckfield.  After 18 years service to the ATC Fl/Lt Killick retired in August 1974 and was succeeded by Fl/Lt D. Vincent.

Do you have any memories of the air cadets?

If anyone has any stories to share or links to past cadets from our Squadron please contact Nicola Stewart by email chair.1414@aircadets.org.

More information can be found on their website or social media sites:

Website: www.1414atc.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Civilian-Committee-1414-Crowborough-Sqn-ATC

Twitter: @1414_ATC_CivCom

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