By Ed Grimsdale.

RLS has had a long tradition of being involved with the forces. When Tommy Allitt (Physics, Mathematics and Woodwork, Senior Master) taught at the school, he ensured links with the RAF and ran a unit of the Air Training School, ATC, based at the school. During World War II, this ATC unit was awarded two cockpits from wrecked planes that students could use to get the feel of being in an aircraft. Sadly, many students from those days have perished and others are not able to remember these relics. However, I met Bill Thatcher recently at a concert in Padbury. Bill remains active – he’s a keen bell-ringer- and his memory was quite clear, even the types of plane were on the tip of his tongue.

One plane had belonged to the Canadian Air Force, the other was a…. (watch this space!)


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