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1227 (Sidcup) is a cadet unit, or squadron, which is part of the the Air Training Corps (ATC), within the Air Cadet Organisation (ACO). As with all ATC squadrons it is open to young men and women of any background aged 12 years and 9 months to 20 years old.
The Squadron is based in the Joint Cadet Training Centre at Old Farm Road East, Sidcup, Kent where parade evenings take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 1900 - 2130. The current commanding officer is Flight Lieutenant Lesley B Bull (RAFVR(T)).

The Squadron is part of Kent Wing Air Cadets which is in London and South East Region (LaSER).

History

The Air Defence Cadet Corps (ADCC) was formed in 1938 by Air Commodore J.A. Chamier. 74 Crayford Squadron ADCC was opened for the children of the employees of the Vickers armament factory in Crayford.[1]
On 5 February 1941, the ADCC was absorbed by the Royal Air Force to become the Air Training Corps. By this time 74 Squadron was very large and so split into multiple detached flights which eventually grew to become their own squadrons: 74 Crayford, 358 Welling, 359 Bexleyheath, 1227 Sidcup and 1579 Erith.
1227 (Sidcup) Squadron is know to have been formed on 14th March 1941 at Kemnal Manor School (now Kemnal Technology College), in the borough of Chislehurst and Sidcup.
In about 1955, the Squadron moved to Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School, and was designated a School Squadron, changing its name to 1227 (Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School) Squadron.
1227 went through a difficult period later, sometimes having as few as six cadets on parade. Gradually, the Squadron succeeded in attracting new members and in 1991, the name of the Squadron returned to being known as 1227 (Sidcup). In 1992, the unit was allocated its own HQ hut on the site of Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School. It remained there until the early 2000's, when it moved to its current location, The Cadet Hut, Old Farm Road East, Sidcup which the cadets share with the local Army Cadet Force (ACF) unit. In September 2011, the building at Old Farm Road East was demolished and rebuilt after many years of waiting for a new building as it was in a poor state. During this time, the cadets paraded at 6th Sidcup (St Lawrence) Scout Hut, located at Christ the King: St. Mary's Sixth Form College on Chislehurst Road, in Sidcup. They returned to the brand new building at Old Farm Road East in June 2012 and are still going strong with around 50 cadets regularly attending parade nights.

List of Commanding Officers

1958 - Flt Lt S Palmer RAFVR(T)
1961 - Flt Lt D A Jones RAFVR(T)
Unknown - Flt Lt D J Turner RAFVR(T)
1966 - Flt Lt A Wilson RAFVR(T)
Unknown - Flt Lt I Wydeatt RAFVR(T)
Unknown - Flt Lt B Copplestone RAFVR(T)
1983 - Flt Lt R Piddleston RAFVR(T)
1992 - Flt Lt B Thomas RAFVR(T)
2001 - Flt Lt R Turner RAFVR(T)
2009 - Fg Off R Dartnell RAFVR(T)
2010 - Flt Lt L B Bull RAFVR(T)

Notable ex-cadets

Steve Backley, a former Sidcup cadet, won a Silver medal at the Sydney Olympics in the Javelin event.

References

See also

1227 (Sidcup) Squadron.
Kent Wing Air Cadets.
LaSER ATC.
Air Cadets.

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