31 & IX(B) Squadron Cadets Meet RAF Marham’s 31 & IX(B) Squadron’s


Summertime is the season for the annual cadet camps and this year a unique meeting took place between 31 Squadron and 9 Squadron cadets and their flying squadron namesakes.

The visiting cadet units were attending their summer camp at RAF Wittering, in Cambridgeshire when the opportunity arose for them to visit their namesake Squadrons at RAF Marham.

31 known as 31 (Tower Hamlets) Squadron and 9 (Islington) Squadron were given a tour of the Station’s new Aviation Heritage Centre and tested their aviation knowledge in a quiz, provided by Corporal Keates, a volunteer with the museum. Following this the Cadets were introduced to members of the Tornado squadrons and shown around the aircraft they fly.

Flying Officer Rex Nicholls OC 31 (Tower Hamlets) Sqn said: “In our inaugural year it was great to be able to visit 31 Sqn so soon after their return from a successful deployment on Operation HERRICK. The 31 (Tower Hamlets) Squadron Air Cadets were delighted to be shown around a Tornado GR4 with many now wanting to become Goldstar pilots of the future!”

Flt Lt Taz Bachoo, the Camp Commandant and OC 9F Sqn added, “We [9F Sqn] are approaching our 75th year and it was very interesting for the cadets to see where our Squadron badge originates from, and to understand some of XI (B) Squadron’s impressive history.”

All the cadets agreed the visit to their namesake Squadrons was the highlight of their week and it is planned that the links between the four squadrons will continue to grow.

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