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1344 (Cardiff) Squadron
Air Training Corps


Teamwork Leads the Way

Reformation of 1344

Any official documents appertaining to the actual forming of 1344 (Cardiff) Squadron do not survive in the Squadron records. There is however documentation referring to the actual Opening Ceremony and 30F Squadron Standing Orders prior to the opening and Orders for the Official Opening Ceremony of the Squadron 


The responsibility of forming the New Squadron fell entirely in the hands of the Commanding Officer and Officers of 30F Squadron.


Accommodation was found for 30F Squadron at RAF Llandaff which used to be the Barrage Balloon Centre for the west side of the city during the war. A few faithful Officers and Cadets continued to show the flag. Apart from the caretaker, the Air


Training Corps were the only occupants of the Station.


Major V.D.H. Elkington had returned from service in Malaya, and to the surprise of many, was given Command of the Squadron.

30F DETACHED FLIGHT

In 1947 Flying Officer A.W. Baker contacted Wing Commander Kinnear, of No. 3 R.F.F.S. at RAF Pengam Moors [1], still Royal Air Force property at that time, when the question of a Detached Flight was discussed. As he was offered limited accommodation at Pengam, Flying Officer Baker asked to be allowed to form a Detached Flight of 30F


Squadron on the East side of the city.

In 1948, with a Flight Sergeant recruited from 30F, Flying Officer Baker "set up shop" and slowly recruited enough Cadets to set up a Flight. He continued to increase the numbers in the Flight, until in 1950, Major Elkington formerly resigned and Flying Officer Baker was offered Command of 30F Squadron.

Members of 30FDF

As records at this time were held at 30F, it is difficult to obtain accurate figures of cadet strength or Nominal Rolls of the Flight.


The following names were all that could be found in 1344 (Cardiff) Squadron's records:

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Ashman R.D
Duddridge J.C
Griffin R.I
Jones R.B
Rickards C.J
Bartley A.F
Edwards V.C
Griffin R.K
Kehoe J.P
Robbins W
Bennett A.J
Edwards W.J
Holmes K.R
Knight D
Simcox A
Blake D.A
Emmett J.J.H
Holmes R.W
Lawrence D
Smith C.J
Burrows H.J
Evans A
Hooper L.A
Lewis B
Tarr C.P.J
Burrows T.J
Evans R.H
Hooper R.T
Madge R.D
Thomas A.P.J
Browning R
Evans S
Hummerstone J.J
Mould R.J
WiIliams R.T
Carbis J
Foan D.J
Hurley E.J
Morgans G
Woollen J.G
Carter R.T
Ford W.T
Ingram L.J
Newton A
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Condarikis N
Francis T.V
Jones D.J
Nicholls D
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Davies K.N
Franklin D.J
Jones D.L
Nicholls H.G
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Davies T.
Gibbs G
Jones R
Richards M.W
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BECOMING A SQN

The Detached Flight had progressed sufficiently to merit Squadron status with a number high up in the 2,000 series by that time. However, Flight Lieutenant Baker said:


“No! During the War I served as an officer in the biggest Air Training Corps Squadron in the City, 1344 .That number must go to the New Squadron".


Flight Lieutenant Cliff Turner, being Second in Command at 30F Squadron at that time was offered Command.


And so, on October 28th 1950, 1344 (Cardiff) Squadron Air Training Corps was brought into being.


After that the sqn continued to grow and progress

pengam green cardiff

[1] Pengam Moors Airbase, now the site of a Tesco where many a 1344Sqn Cadet has been bag packing. If you have an up-to-date Google Earth, click on the Historical Maps button (the clock with the back arrow above the map) and move the slider back to 1945. You’ll see the airbase where the word CARDIFF is printed on the map.

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