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Teamwork Leads the Way

1344 (Cardiff) Squadron
Air Training Corps

Teamwork Leads the Way


The first ten years of the Squadron's life prove very difficult to record. No Nominal Rolls or Registers or Diaries have survived the many moves the Squadron made during this time. 

The only real record of Squadron activities of the years between 1950 and 1960 are to be found in the Press, where Cadets have made some achievement worthy of reporting in the local newspapers.

One such Cadet was Cadet Sergeant Derek Franklyn in July 1953.

The South Wales Echo reported:

A young man whose ambition flies high is Cathays High School pupil D.J. Franklyn, a Sergeant in 1344 (Cardiff) Squadron Air Training Corps. Sergeant Franklyn has just qualified for his private pilot’s licence under the Air Ministry's Flying Scholarship scheme. He joined 1344 Squadron in 1950, obtained his proficiency certificate in the following year, and was one of the A.T.C. Cadets selected from No.1 Welsh Wing to attend a selection board at Hawarden. Then he was granted his "flying scholarship".

He received his flying training at the Cardiff Aeroplane Club under Chief Instructor Kemp. He has also taken gliding instruction at St. Athan Gliding School and after being awarded lids Royal Aero Club "A" certificate was one of the first Cadets in Wales to gain his Royal Aero Club "B" certificate.

He is the second Cadet to be awarded a "flying scholarship" from a Cardiff squadron, the first being Flight Sergeant Sommonds, formerly of 30 (F) Squadron.

Cadet Sergeant will also be amongst the youngest on parade for the review of the Royal Air Force, by the Queen on July 15th at Royal Air Force Odiham. He is one of the 10 teenagers selected from A.T.C. units all over Britain. 


Historical records for this period are very limited but are being researched. This section will fill up as and when Project Archive can find more information.

The following years however are much more well documented