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Gerry White

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Shoreham by Sea Air Training Corps 1440 squadron
« on: August 10, 2019, 07:20:06 pm »
No 1440 squadron Air training Corps ATC ,was founded at Middle Road School in 1941, At wars end in 1946 the Squadron was given premises at the Dome on the Airport,there were a number of associated wooden Huts used as lecture rooms , When I joined in 1951, the meetings were Tues and Thurs 7  til 9 30 pm . The Commanding Officer was Flt Lt Sidney Cole a wartime RAF Officer Flight Commanders were Flt Lt Kenneth Winstone,Fg Off Norman Finch and Fg Off Kenneth Guest , the Squadron had three flights Shoreham Lancing and Steyning. at that time membership was approximately 60 , an Adult  Warrant Officer Wilfred Stephenson  and Civilian Instructors  Gerald Woolvern Alan Morgan and Thomas Pollington , Lectures on dress deportment, and drill were given , the squadron had approx. 25 .303 Lee Enfield Rifles of WW1 vintage. The Squadron members were taught Morse Code, basic Engine function , and map reading , hobbyists took part in model making on Sunday Mornings as did the Drum and Bugle Band ,The Squadron took part in Annual Summer Camps held at RAF Stations for one week  duration each cadet was given a flight in service aircraft and fired  on the weapons range ,The joining age was 13 years leaving at age 18.

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Re: Shoreham by Sea Air Training Corps 1440 squadron
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2019, 07:29:30 pm »
 The Photo is from 1956 at RAF Biggin Hill summer Camp , one member was Peter Bonetti who became Chelsea and England Goal Keeper second row of cadets extreme left facing. The C O is Flt Lt Sidney Coleman 5th from the left facing ,, or second in from the right . My brother Anthony and me were members.  Gerald White

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Re: Shoreham by Sea Air Training Corps 1440 squadron
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2019, 01:11:46 pm »
I joined 1440 Squadron in 1956 & was a keen member for several years, attaining the then new rank of Cadet Warrant Officer before leaving. The C/O was F/Lt Goldfinch. During that time I attended annual camps at RAF Topcliffe, Swinderby & finally Chivenor in Devon where I was lucky enough to have a flight in a Hawker Hunter T.7 *, breaking the so-called 'sound barrier' twice over Lundy Island. Earlier that year I gained my A & B Gliding Certificate at RAF Hawkinge in Kent, the famous BoB fighter airfield. 1959 was a good year for me. 8)

Our HQ during my time was part of the TA HQ in Eastern Avenue. When I first joined we even had our own Spitfire, not really ours but belonging to the Brighton & Hove RAFA. This was a late model Spitfire Mk 22 (PK481) which at the time was painted all silver.  It was a bit dilapidated due to being stored in the open air unprotected. Needless to say we were strictly forbidden to touch it.

In 1958 'Our Spit' was sold to the RAAF Association, Perth, Australia where for some years it was displayed on a pole outside their HQ. It now has pride of place inside the RAAF Association Aviation Heritage Museum, Bull Creek.WA. http://www.warbirdsonline.com.au/2017/10/16/supermarine-spitfire-mk22-raf-pk481/

* Sadly the same type that crashed at Shoreham in 2015.  :'(
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