Bomber Command Victory Essay

 Local air cadets were last week celebrating after flying to victory in the regional bomber command memorial essay. Cadets Cpl Kyle Horner, Cpl Kieran Miller, Cpl Mat Riley and Cpl Michael Barley put together a winning entry which saw off entries from Chesterfield, Market Rasen and Louth squadrons, as well as from other squadrons across Trent Wing.

The annual competition is held with the aim of educating the younger generations about the role Bomber Command played during the Second World War, and has been running for a number of years. Usually the essay takes the form of a factual narrative focusing on a single aspect of Bomber Command. This year however, the essay outline asked cadets to come up with a briefing for bomber pilots, including details of aircraft flight plans and target information.

Cpl Horner – one of the team of cadets who composed the essay – said “This years entry was particularly difficult because it involved much more than simply facts and figures; this essay involved making potentially life or death decisions”. Cpl Miller explained “Obviously the target choices were the most difficult because of the weighing up of different roles and outcomes”.

When the Bomber Command trophy was presented to 195 Squadron at the annual Wing Field Day, Wing Commander T. Wright described 195 Squadrons entry, which beat its closest rival by 15 points, as an “excellent essay put together thoughtfully- the cadets had really immersed themselves in the constraints of the time”.

Flight Lieutenant Shird – 195 Squadron's Commanding Officer - was overjoyed with the win, and congratulated the cadets, thanking them for their hard work and effort.