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Medal review - HM Govt announces the following changes

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Medal review - HM Govt announces the following changes

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RAF Unveils VC “Battle Of Britain” Typhoon

The RAF today unveiled at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire a state-of-the art Typhoon fighter jet in a Battle of Britain era paint scheme to commemorate this year being the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

RAF Caught in Second Nepal Earthquake

RAF personnel delivering humanitarian aid in Nepal have told how they were caught up in the second earthquake to hit the country.

Secretary of State for Defence Visits RAF HQ

Following his reappointment as Secretary of State shortly after the General Election, the Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP has been quick to make visits to all of the Armed Forces Commands

Centennial 16 (Reserve) Squadron Arrives At RAF Wittering

Distinguished centennial flying unit 16 (Reserve) Squadron made Royal Air Force Wittering their new home on Thursday 14th May as the Squadron flew in from RAF College Cranwell.

RAF Cycling Downhill Team Pedal Their Way To Success

The RAF Cycling Downhill Team are set to make a strong start to the 2015 season. The aim is to maximise success by optimising the bike and the rider.
 

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The History of the RAF Aircraft Apprentice Scheme

This network provides a forum to enable all ex-apprentices, who trained at RAF Halton, to communicate. The Old Haltonians social network is open to ALL Apprentices who 'did time' at RAF Halton as a member of one the Entries detailed on the http://www.oldhaltonians.co.uk web site. The Entry listing on that site commences with the 29th Entry and runs through to the 410th Entry. 155th were the last entry to pass out (in 1993). Officially, Richie Waylens is the last brat to pass out of Halton.

The RAF Aircraft Apprentice Scheme was initiated by Lord Trenchard at the No.1 School of Technical Training, RAF Halton in 1922. Lord Trenchard started the 'Aircraft Apprentice Scheme' in 1920 at Halton camp, but the site was not ready to accept apprentices until 1922 (See Tribute). The first few Entries were sent to 'RAF Cranwell' and the first HALTON Entry was the 5th Entry in 1922. Between 1922 and 1993, when the scheme ended, over 40,000 young men known, more or less affectionately as Halton or Trenchard 'Brats', had graduated.

The Government had purchased the Halton estate (previously commandeered during the First World War) on Trenchard's recommendation when Rothschild died in 1918. There were already ample and well-equipped technical shops in existence and it was near to London, a point in its favour since the Chief of the Air Staff believed that the boy trainees should be near enough for friends and parents to visit. On the other hand, Trenchard felt that officer cadets would be better off in the flat countryside of Lincolnshire than anywhere near London.

The badge of No 1 School of Technical Training incorporates a symbolic tree of learning derived from the beech trees typical of the Halton area. The motto "Crescentes Discimus" can be translated to mean ‘As we grow, we learn’. In planning the Apprenticeship Scheme, the Air Ministry clearly took their responsibilities towards the young boys seriously and it was considered necessary to provide some insignia to distinguish them from adult airmen "so as to check smoking and the forgathering of boys with men".

The four-bladed propeller within a circlet, to be manufactured in brass, was approved on 17th April 1919 and worn on the sleeve of the left arm, being, of course, highly polished at all times.

See pages 28 - 35 of the pdf file sota_vol1_2 .pdf for a good account of the start of the HAA scheme. The article is written by, Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Armitage KCB CBE (56th entry), who is a member of this Network.

A history of the culture and organisational heritage of the RAF can be found at this link HistoryoftheRAF.pdf

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Queen's Colour - RAF Halton

In July 1952 the uncrowned Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth performed one of her first duties as Soverign by presenting to Number 1 School of Technical Training RAF Halton a colour. The first to be awarded to an apprentice school, and the first ever to be presented to an 'other' rank, when Sergeant Apprentice Hines of the 63rd Entry, received the colour from Her Majesty.

On 31 October 1997 Her Majesty presented RAF Halton with its own colour.

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New Address for RAFHAA

Started by Stuart Morgan on Sunday. 0 Replies

For those who wish to contact the RAF Halton Apprentices Association, please note the new address:The official contact address for the RAFHAA is as follows: ROYAL AIR FORCE HALTON APPRENTICES ASSOCIATION Building 412  RAF Halton Aylesbury Bucks HP22…Continue

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Help me find more new RAFA Members

Started by Stuart Morgan May 8. 0 Replies

Brian Fare the Membership Support Officer of RAFA has placed this notice on Linkedin today:To all you RAF and ex-RAF types out there... please help me find more new RAFA Members.We have 1850 new Members so far this year, our best in 8 years. Your…Continue

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Join Easyfundraising and automatically send a donation to RAF Halton Apprentices Assoc - Old Haltonians

Started by Stuart Morgan Apr 26. 0 Replies

Did you know that whenever you buy anything online - from your weekly shop to your annual holiday - you could be raising a free donation for RAF Halton Apprentices Assoc - Old Haltonians? There are nearly 3,000 retailers including Amazon, John…Continue

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Bring Blue One Back Home

Started by Alan Cameron WEbster Nov 1, 2014. 0 Replies

Stuart,AlII've com across this on good old facebookhttp://www.bbobh.org/plus…Continue

Sir David Walker - former station commander RAF Halton

Started by Stuart Morgan Oct 16, 2014. 0 Replies

David Walker, who was station commander at RAF Halton in 1997/98, and a former president of our illustrious Association has recently been appointed as advisor to the Chairman of HSBC. Air Marshal Sir David Walker is a Senior Advisor at HSBC…Continue

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Singapore

Started by Stuart Morgan. Last reply by Howard Dransfield Oct 22, 2014. 5 Replies

I can hardly believe how much Singapore is in flux. There are hardly any of the…Continue

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Medal review - HM Govt announces the following changes

Posted by Stuart Morgan on May 9, 2015 at 12:55 0 Comments

Following the Sir John Holmes Independent Medal Review, HM Govt has announced the following changes to a number of campaign medal awards and criteria:

 

Berlin Airlift: The General Service Medal 1918-62 with clasp ‘Berlin Airlift’ will be awarded for at least one day’s service to all aircrew, RAF and civilians who took part in the Berlin Airlift operation from 25 Jun 48 to 6 Oct 49 inclusive. Applications for the new clasp will be assessed from 1 Mar 15…

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Help the RAFHAA raise funds

Posted by Stuart Morgan on November 9, 2014 at 20:16 0 Comments

I have just raised £2.34 for RAF Halton Apprentices Assoc - Old Haltonians by shopping at TheTrainline Loyalty using

Remembrance Day 2014

Posted by Stuart Morgan on November 9, 2014 at 14:59 0 Comments

The Queen has led the nation in remembering service personnel who have died during conflicts, as Remembrance Sunday services are held around the UK. This article from the BBC includes a video clip

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-29975518

 

Reply to MAC of 48th

Posted by David John Smith on July 4, 2014 at 12:54 0 Comments

You lament the absence of 48th. I am "the good shepherd" of the 55th ( for 36 years) & note in the last of the Bill Kelley   " Haltonians", that Robin Webb commented on the latest of the 48th's annual reunions at a pub near Baker Street Station ( THAT brings back memories!), so they are out there. I suspect that considerably more read the Haltonian than are on this Web site- especially we oldies who find computing," why make it easy when you can make it difficult"! Dave 55th

 
 
 

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Welcome to the Social Network for anyone who is an Old Haltonian.  This network/forum, which is not supported by the RAF Halton Apprentices Association, is intended to provide an atmosphere of open communication, where each member of the network can share his or her own insights and opinions. To help achieve this goal, we ask that you:

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Ex-RAF Halton email lists

Chris McBrien (99th), who has provided a very valuable service to all Old Haltonians over the years, has asked me to post this note:-  

"Compuserve, in their infinite wisdom, decided to shut down the OurWorld service without telling any of their users.  This e-mail list will now be located at... …

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AIRSHOW NEWS: Engineer a brilliant day at RAF Cosford Air Show

The organisers of the RAF Cosford Air Show have announced details of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Hangar which, for the first time, has been generously supported by the RAF Charitable Trust.  The STEM Hangar has been one of a number of popular ground displays with its interactive and engaging exhibits. With a number […]

AIRSHOW NEWS: Last chance for Air Tattoo earlybirds!

Organisers of the Royal International Air Tattoo believe the last ever appearance at RAF Fairford of the world’s only airworthy Vulcan bomber plus a Battle of Britain massed flypast have led to unprecedented ticket sales for the July 17-19 event. Tickets for all the enclosures have sold out for Saturday, July 18 with only a […]

AIRSHOW NEWS: IWM Duxford’s VE Day Anniversary Air Show this weekend

  Commemorating Victory in Europe and showing how the war was won in the air. IWM Duxford’s VE Day Anniversary Air Show pays tribute to the men, women and children who endured six years of conflict on the fighting fronts and the Home Front of the Second World War. Our flying display shows how the […]

Important safety information about the Duxford VE Day Anniversary Air Show this weekend

Ahead of the VE Day Anniversary Air Show on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 May, IWM Duxford has released some important safety information: IWM Duxford takes great care to ensure its air shows are as safe as possible for everyone involved It is not safe to occupy the fields immediately south of the runway during […]

AIRSHOW NEWS: Bristol Blenheim flies its first post-restoration display at IWM Duxford’s VE Day Anniversary Air Show this weekend

Today (Wednesday 20 May) Aircraft Restoration Company’s Bristol Blenheim G-BPIV took to the skies in preparation for the VE Day Anniversary Air Show at IWM Duxford this weekend (Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 May). Following a 12 year restoration, the Blenheim will have its first flying display at the VE Day Anniversary Air Show this […]

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