Royal Air Force Wittering Remembers The Fallen


RAF Wittering squadron leader Andy Ham led the Royal Auxiliary Air Force contingent at the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance in the Albert Hall on Saturday.

Squadron Leader Ham is Officer Commanding 504 County of Nottingham Squadron, RAF Wittering's reserve logistics support unit. Traditionally, 504 Squadron parades through their home town of Oakham on Remembrance Sunday.

A screen grab showing Sqn Ldr Andy Ham (right) leading the Royal Auxiliary Air Force contingent at the Festival of Remembrance.

He said: "It was a massive honour to lead the RAF Reserve contingent at the Festival of Remembrance. There are so many things going on in your mind; the uniform and marching needs to be perfect, but you’re also aware of the reverence of the occasion and how much you mean to the veterans in the audience.”

Cold autumnal winds did nothing to deter the people of Oakham, Peterborough, Stamford and Wittering on Sunday morning. Personnel from Royal Air Force Wittering paraded in all four locations and officers from the Cambridgeshire Station attended services at several nearby villages.

The parade in Stamford.

A bright morning met Flight Lieutenant Juliette Lewis as she led the parade in Peterborough with Station Warrant Officer Tony Hobson. Wing Commander Mike Ainsworth, Officer Commanding Support Wing, placed the Royal Air Force wreath at the memorial in Bridge Street.

Flt Lt Stu Skilling leads the parade in Stamford.

The city's beautiful Norman cathedral was the venue for the service of remembrance. During his sermon, RAF Chaplain Reverend Wing Commander Michael Elliott reminded the congregation that the sacrifice of service to one's country ensures the freedom of generations to come.

Flt Lt Juliette Lewis salutes the memorial in Peterborough.

In Stamford, the townspeople joined personnel from RAF Wittering at the memorial outside the historic Browne's hospital. The wreath was placed by Wing Commander Craig Watson, Officer Commanding No 42 Expeditionary Support Wing.

Wittering village's memorial to the Fallen was installed last year as part of the Station's centennial. Wing Commander Phil Cane placed the wreath yesterday as No 85 Expeditionary Logistics Wing and RAF Wittering's nearest neighbours remembered the Fallen.

Wing Commander Mike Ainsworth salutes the Fallen at the memorial in Oakham.

Acting Station Commander, Wing Commander Craig Watson said: "This is my second year of Remembrance at RAF Wittering. Last year, as now, I am struck by the loyalty that our neighbours in Oakham, Peterborough, Stamford and Wittering continue to show us.”

Wing Commander Craig Watson salutes the Fallen at Stamford’s memorial.

Wing Commander Watson concluded: “At Remembrance, our thoughts turn to the sacrifices made in time of war, but we also draw strength from knowing we have the support of our nearest neighbours.”

Editor: Ed Palmer

Photographer: Cpl Paul Robertshaw, SAC Matty Smith & Supplied Image

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