National Service Association

Members of the National Service (Royal Air Force) Association, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Branch, visited RAF Halton to view the Recruit Graduation Parade of No. 483 Douglas Intake.  

Secretary of the Branch, Peter Jackson said: “We have been looked after like Princes today and we were in excellent company escorted by Flight Lieutenant Dave Bliss and Flying Officer Ben Lolley.”

After watching the RAF’s newest airmen parade in front of friends and families to mark the successful completion of basic training he added: “We were all national servicemen in the 1950’s and remember our service well. So it’s a big thank you to Halton for allowing us to attend the parade, and to enjoy both military and family atmosphere. The standard of dress and bearing on parade today has been second to none.”

The veterans are not new to RAF Halton having previously visited the Trenchard Museum and they hope to return to view the now famous WW1 Trenches in the near future.

Keith Allen, who served from 1951-53 and trained as a navigator, said: “We have thoroughly enjoyed seeing these young airmen and women graduate today; we were invited to visit RAF Northolt to see the Central Band of the RAF. It was also good to see them supporting the graduation here today. We look forward to returning to see the WW1 trenches soon.”

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