MORE than 600 air force personnel and dignitaries attended a St Edmundsbury Cathedral service to mark the RAF Regiment’s 70th anniversary.
The service on Friday also remembered the fallen of the Regiment, founded in 1942 to protect airfields at home and abroad, but whose members also fought alongside the Army at Monte Casino and the D-Day landings. Among those attending were Suffolk’s Lord Leutenant, Lord Tollemarche, and Lord Tebbit, who was an RAF pilot in the early 1950s.
Group Captain Andrew Hall, RAF Honington’s station commander, said “The RAF Regiment is extremely proud of its heritage and I am extremely proud of the contribution my airmen are making everyday to the success of current operations.
“Moments like this also afford us the chance to reflect on the sacrifices and achievements of those who served before us. ”
Most of the service personnel attending the event were based at RAF Honington, home to RAF Regiment Squadrons 1, II, 15 and 27, plus 2623 (East Anglian) Squadron, Royal Auxilliary Air Force Regiment.
As the congregation left, the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Dakota transport aircraft, also dating from 1942, flew low overhead.