RESERVISTS gathered at the National Memorial Arboretum to mark 95 years since the founding of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force.
A service attended by personnel from the 30 reserve squadrons and five associations was held at the RAuxAF’s dedicated memorial at the 150-
Chairman of the RAuxAF Foundation, Gp Capt Richard Mighall, said: “The men and women of today’s Royal Auxiliary Air Force are, as were their predecessors, a credit to our nation. In Winston Churchill’s words they are ‘twice the citizen’.”
The service was taken by Padre the Reverend Mike Elliott of 600 Sqn and wreaths were presented. Recently-
These were: Air Commodore Alex Dickson, Honorary Air Commodore, 7644 Sqn; Squadron Leader Bruce Blanche, Intelligence Officer, 2 (City of Edinburgh) Maritime HQ; Air Commodore Angus Douglas-
Flt Lt Rennie died last year on duty. The two last RAuxAF personnel killed in action were Senior Aircraftmen Chris Dunsmore, 23, of the RAuxAF Regiment who died at Kandahar, Afghanistan, in 2007, and Gary Thompson, 51, who died at Kandahar, Afghanistan, in 2008