ATC At RAF Gaydon 1961
Wilmot sent us this photo and information.
row l to r :- Cadets: Ken Baker; Michael Gibbens; Chris
Pember; Michael Pigott; Flt. Lt. Edmunds; Fg. Officer Ivor
Phillips; Plt. Officer Evans; Fg. Officer C. Whitcombe;
Plt. Officer D. Hatton; Cadet Geoffrey Bowditch.
row l to r :- Cadets: Brian Richards; Trevor Ibbotson; Malcolm
Walters; Peter Woods; David Hovell; Cpl. Steve Wilmot; Sgt.
Lt. Edmunds and Plt. Officer Hatton were regular RAF officers
stationed at RAF Gaydon.
Fg. Officers Phillips and Whitcombe and Plt. Officer Evans
were officers of the RAFVR(T) and instructors on No. 1367
taken at RAF Gaydon on 14 August 1961
1367 SQUADRON, AIR TRAINING CORPS.
The first Air Training Corps Squadron in Caerleon was
formed during the Second World War, when many of the cadets
were students at the 'Monmouthshire Training College'.
After the war's end, however, interest waned and in the
early 1950's the unit was disbanded.
Some years later, No. 1367 (Usk) Squadron decided to try
and rekindle interest by forming a detached Flight in
Caerleon. Meetings were held in a wooden hut at the side
of the Usk road, near Curle's garage.
When the first meeting was held, on 29 April 1959, there
were just three persons present, two instructors and one
cadet - me!
However, the word soon got around and before long there
was a thriving unit in Caerleon.
Initially, Summer Camps were held jointly with the Usk
cadets and we wore a red backing to our cap badges to
show that we were the Caerleon Flight.
I believe that the Summer Camp to RAF Gaydon, in August
1961, was the first 'all Caerleon' camp!
I note that the Squadron title is now , No. 1367 (Caerleon)
Squadron, and so I presume that the level of interest
in Usk declined during the years that followed."