Campion Champions Make The Grade

Campion Intake, Flights five and six have graduated from 10 weeks Basic Recruit Training at Recruit Training Squadron at RAF Halton. On a blustery cold but sunny day they marched out in front of family and friends on to the Henderson Parade Square led by Flight Commander Andy Furlong.

The Reviewing Officer for the day was Air Commodore Mark Gilligan, Air Officer A4 and A4 Force Commander, musical accompaniment was from the Band of the Royal Air Force College Cranwell and the fly past was by a Tucano based at 72 Squadron, RAF Linton-On-Ouse.

Colour bearer for the Parade was Flying Officer Georgie Snowdon-Brett who is holding at RAF Halton awaiting pilot training. Colour Warrant Officer was WO L Caldwell and Colour Escorts were Sergeant Hayden McEwen and Sergeant Daniel Martin.

Air Commodore Gilligan presented trophies and awards to the following:

THE HALTON AIRCRAFT APPRENTICE SHIELD
Awarded to the recruit who has displayed the highest overall standard of effort, determination and achievement in physical education. Aircraft man Jade Bolton.

THE ROTHSCHILD TROPHY
Awarded to the recruit who achieves the highest overall standard in Initial Force Protection Training. Aircraft man Samuel Fitzgibbons.

THE HALTON AIRCRAFT APPRENTICE TROPHY
Awarded to the recruit who achieves the highest overall standard in drill and deportment.
Aircraftman Maynard

THE ROYAL AIR FORCE BENEVOLENT FUND TROPHY
Awarded for displaying the greatest effort and determination on No 5 Flight. Aircraftman Citten.

THE STATION COMMANDER’S CUP
Awarded for displaying the greatest effort and determination on No 6 Flight.
Aircraftman Connor Lewis

THE DUSTY MILLER MEMORIAL TROPHY
Awarded to the recruit who has shown the greatest willingness to help others as voted by their fellow recruits on the Intake. Aircraftman Alan Hayward.

THE MAYOR OF AYLESBURY TROPHY
Awarded for the best overall performance in all aspects of training on No 5 Flight. Aircraft man Charlotte Elson.

THE LORD LIEUTENANT OF BUCKINGHAMSHIRE’S TROPHY
Awarded for the best overall performance in all aspects of training on No 6 Flight. Aircraft man Craig Pitches.

THE LORD TRENCHARD TROPHY
Awarded to No 5 Flight, whose performance has been the best overall in general service training and general service knowledge. Collected on their behalf by:
Aircraftman Walton.

Campion Intake takes the name from LEADING AIRCRAFTSMAN MICHAEL PATRICK CAMPION GC RAF
Who was awarded The Medal of the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, for Gallantry.

(Later commuted for the George Cross)

Born: 8 May 1916 Died: 4 December 1943
Age when awarded: 24
Two airmen displayed great courage in effecting the rescue of an unconscious pilot from a burning aircraft which resulted from a collision in which two Blenheim aircraft were involved while taking off. Aircraftmen Campion and Frost were among the first to arrive on the scene. Not knowing that the pilot was the sole occupant, Aircraftman Frost promptly entered the rear cockpit, which was full of smoke and fumes, in search of the wireless operator. Satisfying himself that no one was there, he climbed out and, nearly exhausted, ran to the front cockpit where Leading Aircraftman Campion was trying to rescue the pilot.

Working heroically both men, with great risk to themselves, due to the imminent danger of the petrol tanks exploding, extricated the pilot from the burning wreckage. Shortly afterwards the tanks exploded and the whole aircraft was rapidly burned out. Unfortunately the pilot died later.

London Gazette – (5 July 1940)

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