Royal Air Force (RAF) Air Cadets from Pembrokeshire delivered a presentation and received awards at an event held at the Senedd yesterday.
In April, 948 (Haverfordwest and City of St Davids) Squadron were announced the winners of the ‘Wales Air Aces’ research competition, which saw 2,000 cadets from across Wales study flyers of the First World War and prepare presentations about their findings.
At a special event held at the Welsh Assembly to mark the RAF’s 100th birthday, two cadets from 948 Squadron delivered their winning presentation about the history of a seaplane base in West Wales that became RAF Fishguard on 1 April 1918.
The First Minister of Wales, Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM, the Llywydd (speaker) of the National Assembly for Wales, Elin Jones and the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier attended the event.
13-year-old William Letten, from 948 (Haverfordwest and City of St David’s) Squadron, said: “I was very proud to be here representing my squadron at the Senedd. It was great to be able to tell people like the Chief of the Air Staff about our research.”
RAF Air Cadets attend squadrons twice a week to learn and grow through life changing experiences and working towards nationally recognised qualifications, which helps them to achieve in the classroom and beyond.
The event featured displays of work from a cross-section of RAF units in Wales, including the RAF Mountain Rescue Service, the Crickhowell Armed Forces leadership and adventure training centre, Universities of Wales Air Squadron and Welsh RAF Air Cadets. The Llywydd and Sir Stephen also cut a commemorative RAF Centenary Cake decorated with the Welsh flag and the RAF100 logo.
Sir Stephen paid tribute to the strong relationship between Wales and the RAF. He said: “That relationship goes back to the founding of the RAF. It was a Welshman, David Lloyd George, who provided the vision and strong political leadership needed to secure the formation of the world’s first independent air force. “
The First Minister of Wales, Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM talked of his close family links to the RAF, telling how his father had served in Germany and his great-uncle, a wartime pilot, was killed when his aircraft crashed. This was a loss still keenly felt in his family, he said.
Air Officer Wales, the most senior RAF officer in Wales, Air Commodore Adrian Williams said: “This is a prestigious event for the RAF and a great honour that the National Assembly for Wales have chosen to recognise the RAF and our centenary in this special way.”
The RAF are celebrating their centenary year with a series of events being held across the United Kingdom. To find an event being held in your city and to keep up to date with celebrations, visit: www.raf.mod.uk/raf100