Thurston’s Air Cadets twinned with a Spitfire

863 (Thurston) Air Training Corps is now twinned with Spitfire Mk XVI TB863 in Australia Picture: Malcolm Lee ANL-150921-103334001
863 (Thurston) Air Training Corps is now twinned with Spitfire Mk XVI TB863 in Australia Picture: Malcolm Lee ANL-150921-103334001
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Sunday’sBattle of Britain Parade had extra significance for the air cadets of 863 (Thurston)Squadron ATC.

Their civilian instructor, former RAF Wing commander and RAF Honington Tornado Navigator Andy Tucker was able to announce at the Mayor’s reception afterwards that the squadron was now officially twinned with an airworthy 1944 Spitfire XVI in an Australian museum which carries the serial number TB863.

Members of 863 (Thurston) ATC on parade

Members of 863 (Thurston) ATC on parade

Temora Aviation Museum’s chief executive Mr Kenny Love told the squadron: “It is a timely and fantastic connection to make, linking TB863, with all of its history, to a squadron of enthusiastic young air cadets (the next generation) in England.”

The Spitfire, which saw war action from RAF Matlask near Cromer with the Australian air force, also appeared in the films Reach for the Sky and Battle of Britain.

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