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Sue
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Posted -  01/02/2007  :  21:42

Does anybody know anything about the No. 1 Air Force, Cadet Brigade., circa WW1

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Stanley
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Posted - 02/02/2007 : 03:38

Anything to do with the founding of Cranwell? 

Following the foundation of the RAF in 1918 and the cessation of hostilities, the Chief of the Air Staff, Sir Hugh Trenchard was determined to maintain the Air Force as an independent service. The establishment of an air academy, which would provide basic flying training for the future leaders of the Service was therefore a priority. Trenchard chose Cranwell as the College's location because, as he told his biographer:

"Marooned in the wilderness, cut off from pastimes they could not organise for themselves, the cadets would find life cheaper, healthier and more wholesome."

The Royal Air Force College was formed on 1 November 1919 as the RAF (Cadet) College. On 5 February 1920 the College was raised to command status. It is the oldest military air academy in the world. (Wikepedia)




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Sue
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Posted - 02/02/2007 : 12:11

Oh, interesting. I'll follow that up. Dr Harold Widdup ( Johns' son) was in the No1 AirForce as a Cadet, and they contributed to his funding at Medical School, Liverpool. 1919-1925

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Posted - 02/02/2007 : 22:51

I've emailed the RAF history site

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Posted - 22/11/2008 : 10:49
One very wet day  , whilst  in France, I did a bit of random genealogy googling. I found a site about the history of the RAF and the RFC. It had all sorts of interetsing information in it and a contact name. After a couple of emails and a letter i am grateful to David J Barnes  for the following information about Harold P Widdup my half great Uncle. I may now be on the way to finding a photo. I still have no idea why he was giving his home address as High Birks  Gateacre , at this time when the family lived in London.

The RAF recods show he was in the Army before joining the RAF
 
30861 Corporal H P Widdup, 46th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps.
 
 
Cadet , Royal Air Force
 
Cadet Distribution Depot 13 June 1918
 
8 Officer Cadet Wing , Hastings,  4 August 1918
 
1 Cadet Wing , St Leonards on Sea, 1 September 1918
 
So at least the odd 'No1 Air Force' has been sorted out!
 
Best Wishes

 
 


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Posted - 22/11/2008 : 14:18
Watch out for the mistaken interpretation of "RAF" when reading early records. RAF was originally an abbreviation for the Royal Aircraft Factory at Farnborough at the beginning of the 1900s. You will see references to "RAF" aircraft but at that time it meant aircraft belonging to the Royal Aircraft Factory, not the Royal Air Force (which did not exist then, of course).


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Posted - 23/11/2008 : 11:23
Thanks Tiz, I think I may have been told that before. I will certainly be wary

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Posted - 24/11/2008 : 07:54
The Royal Flying Corps was operational early in 1914 and was changed to Royal Air Force on 1 April 1918 so any contemporary referneces should reflect this.


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