War veteran honoured by Rushden Air Cadets

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A 92-year-old World War Two veteran was honoured last week when he was presented with his gliding wings badge.

The ex-RAF soldier served as a driver in the forces during the war and said he was delighted with the presentation.

Reg Redford, of Knightlands Road, Irthlingborough, said: “ I am very, very pleased and I am grateful that they have helped me get these wings.”

Mr Redford added that he has lived a fantastic, if lucky, life.

The 92-year-old had flew air gliders from the age of 17 when the technology was at its most basic.

Mr Redford admitted that at times it was scary as he only had the seat to old on for safety.

He served in the RAF during the war as a driver for the services and grew up in London.

The presentation was made at his home last Thursday, November 8, by 858 Rushden Squadron Air Training Corps.

The badge was handed over by Sergeant (ATC) Dominic Chisholm and Command Flying Officer VR(T) Will Kellock.

Sergeant Chisholm said that Mr Redford had asked for the badge and the squadron were happy to help.

He added: “ After he contacted us we thought it was the right thing to do.

“It is something he deserved, he’s qualified for them and I think it’s something nice to do so close to Remembrance Day too.

“He served during the war and flew gliders from an early age. We were humbled to meet him.”

Meanwhile, 858 Rushden Squadron held their opened their doors and welcomed more than 40 parents and friends of the Squadron to their Annual General Meeting on October 22.

The guests ranged from Rushden and Raunds Town Mayors, along with the Chairman of the East Northants Council to local representatives from the Royal British Legion and serving RAF Regiment personnel.

A number of activities took place on the night, including Corporal Kieran Fowler and Corporal Reece Poole teaching some basic lifesaving skills to the guests.

There was also a presentation from Pilot Officer VR(T) Colin Harmer about a Flight Simulator project which the Squadron has started.

Raunds Town Mayor Michael Clements presented a “generous” donation towards the project and Sergeant Chrisholm said the whole squadron was “very grateful” for it.

Seven new cadets were also enrolled to the squadron in the final parade by the Command Flying Officer.

Rushden Squadron recruit teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17 and hold parade evenings on Monday and Wednesday nights from 7pm till 9:30pm at the Drill hall on Victoria Road, in Rushden, and all are free to attend.

For more information please call 01933 411383, on Monday and Wednesday Evenings, or email 858sqn@semids.org.uk.