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Royal Air Force News Friday, March 8, 2019 P13


                                                                                                  WWII warbird joins US tribute

                                                                                                  A WWII Dakota and two Typhoons
                                                                                                  joined a flypast of USAF fighters
                                     IN THE February 8 edition of RAF                             to mark the 75th anniversary of a
                                     News (1461) we ran a story on Flt Lt                         crash which claimed the lives of 10
                                     Chris Stradling passing 6000 hours                           American airmen.
                                     in the Tornado GR4.                                            Ten aircraft performed the salute to
        Point                        accompanied by a photograph of                               the victims who died when their B-17
                                                                                                  came down near Sheffield in 1944..
                                                                                                    The tribute followed a campaign
                                     Tornado Force colleague Flt Lt
        Of Order                     Richard Atkinson, rather than Flt Lt   TORNADO RECORD: Flt Lt Chris Stradling   by local resident Tony Foulds, pictured
                                                                                                  right, who has maintained a memorial at
                                     Stradling. We are happy to correct
                                     this mistake.                  celebrates with Marham Station Commander Gp   the crash site for years.
                                                                    Capt Townsend and Tornado crew.
                                                                                                                                     Defence News
                                                                                                                                 Three -year reprieve
                                                                                                                                 for historic Halton

                                                                                                         TRAINING CHIEF: Babington

                                                                                                         FORMER CAS: Sir John Slessor
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                                                                                                                                 HERITAGE: Graduates on parade after
                                                                             Lorem ipsum                                         completing their phase one training at
                                                                                                                                 Halton in Buckinghamshire
                                                                                                         WWII HERO: AVM Sinclair with   PLANS TO axe historic Air Force
                                                                                                         RAF founder Lord Trenchard
                                                                                                                                 stations at Halton and Henlow
                                                                                                                                 been delayed following a three-
                                                                                                                                 year review of defence estates.
                                                                                                                                   Halton has been given an extra
                                                                                                                                 three-year stay of execution and
       Council name game will remain until 2025 while the
       honours RAF greats                                                                                                        medicine at Henlow will remain
                                                                                                                                 Air Force centre for aviation
                                                                                                                                 until 2023 – an extra three years.

       Tracey Allen                                                                               on the site are named after RAF
       A WILTSHIRE  market  town  is                                                              stations, aircraft and historical
       bidding for the title of Britain’s                                                         figures.
       most Forces-friendly town –                                                                  “We wanted to continue the cohesion
       by naming 10 new streets after                                                             between the new development and the
       historic Air Force figures.                                                                existing one by adding more RAF-
         Melksham is paying tribute to                                                            related street names.
       the famous airmen on a new estate                                                            “All the officers whose names we
       being constructed on the old RAF                                                           have chosen passed away less than   Also facing closure under the
       technical training site school                                                             50 years ago, so the parish council  review of UK military  sites  are
       at Bowerhill which closed in                                                               is seeking their next of kin to gain  RAF Barnham and RAF Colerne in
       1965.                                                                                      their consent.”                Wiltshire, under the government’s
         The town already boasts                                                                    RAF Melksham in Bowerhill  Better Estates programme.
       a number of RAF-related                                                                    was home to No 12 School of      Defence   Minister  Tobias
       addresses  including Barnes                                                                Technical Training from 1940 until  Ellwood said:  “When improving
       Wallis  Close,  Hurricane                                                                  1965 when the site was sold off for  the defence estate we have always
       Road, Halifax Road, and                        RAF MELKSHAM: Site closed down in 1965 and was sold for   development.     strived to achieve the right
                                                      housing development, inset left, Aircraftswoman  adjusts instruments
       Duxford Avenue.                                at the No 12 School of Technical Training .PHOTOS: AHB  According to historian Mike  balance between  working with
         Now   planners  want  to                                                                 Gray the Great Train Robber Ronnie  local communities, achieving
       celebrate  their  Air  Force heritage                                                      Biggs was stationed there in the  value for money and making sure
       by honouring some the Service’s  trace the relatives of Air Marshal Sir  their families give permission are  1ate 940s and was dishonourably  our Armed Forces have what they
       best known figures.           John Babington, who was in charge  AVM Clayton Boyce, Marshal of  discharged then jailed in 1947 after  require to protect our people and
         Among those in line for the  of RAF technical training, Air Cdre  the RAF Sir John Slessor and WWII  he was convicted of stealing from  promote our prosperity.
       distinction are former Chiefs of the  Sir John Chamier, a founder of the  pilot AVM Sir Laurence Sinclair.  the station’s offices and food stores.  “This update will give our
       Air staff Sir Arthur Tedder and Sir  Air Training Corps, whose name   Jo Ecclestone, Parish Officer for  l Next of kin can contact Melksham  Service personnel  the certainty
       Cyril Newall and Royal Flying Corps  was suggested by local Air Cadets,  Melksham Without Parish Council,  Parish council on 01225 705700;  to put down permanent roots
       pioneer Air Cdre Edward Maitland.  2385 (Melksham) Sqn.      said: “All the existing roads in the  email:admin@melkshamwithout.  and fully integrate with the local
         Council planners are trying to   Also in line for the honour if  residential and industrial  area               community.”
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