South West Region

In the footsteps of Hero’s

Air Cadets from 2210 Cowley Squadron, based in Sandy Lane West, Blackbird Leys travelled to Arnhem in the Netherlands to pay their respects to those who fought at the battle of Arnhem in September 1944.

The Air Cadets had a tour of the battlefield led by a Royal Air Force Squadron Leader and visited the Airborne Museum in Oosterbek and then paid their respects at the war Cemetary.

The following day the Air Cadets took part in the annual Airborne Memorial march and Air Cadet completed both the 15Km and 10KM routes, both groups being the first Air Cadet teams to finish for their respective routes, with the 15KM team being the first British contingient to return. A fantastic experience for our cadets, who were superb ambassadors for Oxford's youth and in particular 2210 Cowley Squadron. Flight Lieutenant Nigel Furlong who led the Air Cadet Group to Arnhem said "As 2210 Squadron's commanding officer it is a privildege to work with such awesome young people, particularly on this visit I was able to see them at their very best, whether it was the paying of respects at Oosterbek's war cemetary or striving hard on the route march".

2210 Cowley Squadron is part of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets and is based in Sandy Lane West, Blackbird Leys and is one the three Air Cadet units in the Oxford Area. The squadron is open to new cadets all year round and meets on Monday and Wednesday evenings each week, every week other than the week between Christmas and New Year.

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