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1075 Camberley Squadron

1075 Camberley Squadron was formed back in the dark days of the Second World War, 27th February 1941 to be precise. The Squadron, like most Air Training Corps units at the time, rapidly increased its numbers to over a hundred cadets.

The Squadron’s first HQ was the Regal Cinema, but soon moved to the County Secondary School later in 1941. The Squadron moved to its present location in the 1970s. Back in the forties, the Air Training Corps was a pre-service organisation. Envisaged by Air Commodore Chamier, the ATC was for boys aged 16 to 18 with an interest in joining the RAF or Fleet Air Arm. The training provided was designed to speed up the training process for air crew, and allowed cadets reaching a certain level to bypass the first few weeks of training - something that lasted until 1960. After the war ended the size of the ATC reduced and the requirement to join the forces was lifted. Air Experience Fights were formed to allow cadets to experience a flight in a light aircraft, and two seat gliders were introduced to allow instruction in the air.

By 1980 the ATC had decided to allow girls to join for the first time. This was rolled out squadron by squadron, with Camberley being one of the first. 1075 has always been one of the larger units in Surrey, and today boasts a roster of some 70 cadets. The Squadron has gone from strength to strength during the last ten years, winning the Wing pennant and being Surrey Wing’s representative in the Lees Trophy competition for the top Squadron in the Country. 1075 has also produced Surrey’s top air cadet on several occasions.

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In 2006 the Squadron had the great honour of winning the first ever RAF Association Top Flight Competition. The competition was for innovative fundraising ideas while raising money for RAFA. The Squadron’s plan was to build a Red Arrow and enter the Windlesham Pram Race. This won 12 lucky cadets a trip to Cyprus to see the Red Arrows train for the display season. The following year the Squadron entered again with the Wheel for Wings Challenge - pushing a Jumbo Jet tyre around different events - winning the London & SE Region section of the competition. More recent triumphs include a Cadet representing the ATC in athletics and winning the Surrey Wing 5-a-side competition for two years running.

Every Squadron is proud of its badge, and 1075 is no exception. The badge is made up of symbols representing the four flights that make up 1075 Squadron - Javelin, Sabre, Harrier and Lightning - all historic RAF fighter aircraft. The motto is also the ATC motto - VENTURE ADVENTURE.