400 (Birkenhead) Squadron

Air Training Corps


  "Flying at RAF Woodvale"

 Saturday 6th August was a glorious day for flying and three of our cadets were up early to travel to Woodvale for their first flights. Cadets Emma Conroy, Matthew Burton and Jack Bridger had an extensive brief before Emma and Matthew flew off to Blackpool and back! Unfortunately for Jack, he could not fly due to his size and the fitting of the harness. He should be commended for taking that decision in such good spirit, and to compensate he was able to spend nearly an hour on the flight simulator.

All three enjoyed their experience and we will keep our fingers crossed that Jack manages to grow a little before our next flying opportunity. 


"Passing Out Parade 14th July 2016" 

On Thursday 14th July the Squadron held a formal Passing-Out parade for Cadets William Thornborough, Joseph Mylett and Max Berry. All three cadets completed their formal training and have now been awarded their First Class badge. The parade was attended by many friends and family who had opportunity to take memorable photographs!  The Commanding Officer also took the opportunity to present Squadron "Hoodies" to numerous cadets who have performed exceptionally in regards to charitable events throughout the year.  Well done all!


"Squadron Dining-In 2016" 

On Friday 17th June the Squadron held it's annual Dining-In and Presentation event at Tranmere Rovers Platinum Suite. The evening was an immense success thanks to a great turnout by the cadets, who enjoyed a good dance later on, but also to the excellent service provided by the Football Club.                      The Commanding Officer took the opportunity to promote two cadets to corporal: Asher Kitchen and Joel Boyle; both have  shown consistent dedication and endeavour for a significant period and their promotion is thoroughly deserved.... Congratulations!!!


"Rounders Competition" 

Congratulations to all the cadets who took part in the Inter-Squadron Rounders competition on Sunday 5th June, held at Maghull Squadron last month. They showed great commitment and sportsmanship throughout the long day - everything our CO wants to encourage within the Squadron!  Well played everyone!!

 "Cadet Method of Instructors Course"

Well done to the four cadet NCO's who completed their cadet method of instruction.  


 FS Buckles, Cpl O'Halloran, CO, Cpl Earley, Cpl(now Sgt) Kitchen. 


 Congratulations to Flt Sgt Pownall on his promotion to Cadet Warrant Officer and Sgt Buckles to Flight Sergeant. 

"First Aid Achievement!" 

 Very well done to Cadet Tom Powers who competed as part of this years wing first aid team! They have been away all weekend doing the competition and got the highest points in the team scenarios also coming 3rd and 4th place overall! Excellent for the Wing's first attempt and amazing that one of our cadets was selected to compete! Due to his great efforts, Tom has been promoted to corporal....Well done! 

"Sports Relief 2016"

A number of our cadets volunteered to bag pack at Sainbury's Prenton in aid of Sports Relief.  We had some very good feedback from both staff and customers at Sainbury's.  

So a BIG "thank you" to those cadets, committee members and staff that took the time to help! 


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"Remembrance Parade" 

Our cadets  were joined by our colleagues from 1175 (Prenton) Sqn at this years Remembrance parade at Hamilton Square Birkenhead. This is our most important parade of the year giving an opportunity to honour those who have given their lives in all conflicts.


"Poppy Appeal"

Cadets have been collecting for the Poppy Appeal over the weekends before the Remembrance parade. This photo was taken in the Pyramids Centre Birkenhead.

Thank you to all involved.



Well done to Cadet Sgt Pownall on his promotion to Cadet Flt Sgt.


"DofE Weekends"

For the past three weekends cadets have been completing expedition tasks for their Duke of Edinburgh Award Schemes.  Cadets successfully completed their Bronze practice and assessed expeditions. Last weekend eight cadets where successful completing their Silver practice.


"Armed Forces Day"

 Cadets from 400 Squadron joined the rest of the Wing in Liverpool to parade in honour of Armed Forces day. 

 The following link explains more about the event, http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/armed-forces-day-2015-merseyside-9513643


"Race for life"

Cadets volunteered at Birkenhead Park to support the cancer research event "Race for Life".

Cadets encouraged the participants and handed out refreshments throughout the day. They were great ambassadors of the ATC and all should be very proud of them selves.


"RAF Cosford."

Staff and cadets from 400  Squadron joined many other ATC Squadrons from around the country during a visit to the annual Royal Air Force Cosford Air Show. Many amazing aircraft were on show and a fantastic day was had by all.


 "DofE Bronze Expedition"                               6th and 7th June.

Cadets were successful on their expedition at the weekend in Llyn Brenig Wales. A big congratulations.

Cdt Klemperer, Cdt Austin, Cdt Brady, Cdt Gandy, Cdt Ramanausam, Cdt Bruce, Cdt Crabb, Cdt Baxter, Cdt Kearney.


"Llangollen Camp"                                   16th and 17th May

Six Cadets were involved in a weekend away with CI S Hayes, CI E Crabb and Flt Lt J Browne. They mastered a massive hill with millions of steps and also met a sheep with numerous names Nicky Meeerrrrrnaj and Baaaaoncye due to the way its hair had been cut. A brilliant weekend, lots of memories made.

Cdt Smith, Cpl OHalloran, Sgt Buckles, Cpl James, Cdt Austin and Cdt Hopkins.





"Annual Inspection"                               30th April 2015

Another year is over. We had our annual visit from Wing Commander Keane and Squadron Leader France. The cadets looked extremely smart and made everyone very proud. WELL DONE GUYS. 

Wing Commander Keane presented two of our cadets Corps Blues....a great achievement.       

Cdt Ieuan Kearney and Aileen Kearney with parents together with the Wing Commander.               


"Radio Course"                                      25th April 2015

Seven Cadets successfully participate in a radio course. With help from some of our more experienced cadets and NCOs they have now qualified as provisional radio operators. A huge CONGRATULATIONS.



"Tree Planting."                                                15th November

Cadets have been helping the community. Cadets have been helping Sainsbury to plant trees in the Arno Prenton. The task was to plant 100 trees to commerate 100 years since world war one. The event was run by the "friends of the Arno group" A great turn out for 400 Squadron.


"Lest we forget"                                                       09th November

As we all know November is traditionally a time to remember all those who have given their lives for peace and freedom.

This year cadets from 400 Squadron have made us proud. Cadets have been out in force selling poppies for the Royal British Legion and we had a very smart turn out to the remembrance parade. 400 joined 1175 Prenton parading in front of many at Hamilton Square Birkenhead.


"Stripes for success"                                                     21st October 2014

Within military organisations there is a rank structure. The higher the rank you have the more responsibility you have. Cadets and NCOs have been undertaking an application process with hope to achieve a higher rank. This process has included interviews held by Flt Lt Browne and WO M Perry. There were many interviews and the applicants who shone have recently received their stripes.

Cadets to Corporal: Cpl Horton, Cpl James, Cpl Gibb, Cpl Kearney, Cpl Philips, Cpl Early.

Corporal to Sergeant: Sgt Buckles, Sgt Pownall, Sgt Johnston, Sgt Merral, Sgt Anderton.

Sergeant to Flight Sergeant: Flt Sgt Griffin, Flt Sgt Williams.


"In the Community"                                                                    19th October 2014

Cadets participate in community activity to commemorate history. Congratulations to the four cadets who performed brilliantly at the first commemoration service for the crew of B24 Liberator who perished when the aircraft crashed 60 years ago in Prenton Wirral.


"Field Training Day"

Cadets from the Sqn took part in the annual Field Training Day at Wade Deacon School in Widnes on the 7th of September. This included Drill, Banner Drill, First aid, Photo comp and models. The cadets had worked hard through the year and this payed off with a well deserved 6th place out of 30 Sqn's. The highest the Sqn has come for 10 years. Well done to cadets and staff alike.



Cadets and staff spent a week at Nesscliff for a greens camp. This included shooting, archery, bowling, paintball, a field exercise and the highlight of the week a flight in a griffin helicopter. A tiring but great week was had by all.  


"Overseas Trip - The Somme"

The Squadron recently returned from France after the much-anticipated battlefield tour of the Somme Region and Belgium. The purpose being to commemorate one hundred years from the start of the First world war and to remember the sacrifice made by so many.

The week started early at 0530hrs on Saturday 19th July, travelling through the Channel Tunnel and arriving at our accommodation late afternoon. The large house was located on what was the Western Front during WWI. 

Visits included the Air Forces Memorial at St Omer, Passchendaele Museum, the Wellington Tunnels near Arras and Tyne Cot Cemetery. We also spent the Canadian national vimy memorial and the south African memorial located in deville wood.

 A visit to Disneyland Paris and a trip to the coast at Berck provided relaxation and balance to the week.

The highlight of an informative, enjoyable, but moving week was the participation of all the Cadets and uniformed staff in the ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres. The Cadets performed magnificently and were a credit to the Squadron and the Air Cadet Organisation.

Cadets who attended this memorable trip were Sgt Callum Williams, Cpls Joe Pownall, Natalie Buckles, Danny Johnston and Cdts Aileen Kearney, Joel Boyle, Abi Horton and Gina Gibb.


"Inter- Region Athletics Competition 2014"

Cadets Aileen Kearney, Ieuan Kearney and Matty Austin represented Wales & West Region at the Inter-Regional competition held at RAF Cosford last weekend 22nd June 2014.

All three had performed exceptionally at the Inter-Wing competition earlier in the year and were now asked to represent the Region at this nation-wide competition.

Matty Austin managing sixth place in the long-jump and Ieuan Kearney won the 800 metres event in a time of 2.12 minutes.

Aileen Kearney competed in two events, winning the 800 metres in 2.29 mins and the 400 metres in a new Corps record of 58.99 secs.

All three deserve great praise having competed now at Squadron, Wing and Region level at athletics and we are immensely proud of their achievements. WELL DONE!


"First Aid Training Weekend"

Congratulations to all the Staff who took part in the Activity First Aid training on Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd. This now means the squadron is allowed to deliver and assess First Aid within the squadron and allows cadets to obtain another valuable qualification. Lets congratulate the following staff, Flt lt J.Browne, WO M.Perry, CI S.Parr, CI L.Evans-Jones, CI P.Brettle, CI E.Crabb & CI B.Butterworth


"Cosford Air Show"

Staff and cadets went to Cosford Air Show again. The journey down was traffic jam free. The weather was sunny and warm. The aircraft all flow and we got home on time. What more could you ask for. A great day was had by all. We all look forward to next years show. 


"Sainsburys Bag Pack"

 Cadets, staff and committee took part in a bag pack at Sainsburys in Prenton. The day went very well and we raised More money for the Sqn. Many thanks to all who took part.



The Squadron took part in the Wing Rounders competition at Kirkby High School on 31st May '14 and performed magnificently to eventually come third and receive their Bronze medals.

The team comprised of two females (a compulsory minimum) and seven boys who all worked hard and showed great commitment throughout the competition.

We'll look forward to next year's competition to hopefully achieve even greater success!

The team was led by Cpl Natalie Buckles who inspired and motivated the other members; Cdts Boyle J, Kitchen A, Kitchen C, O'Halloran, Brady, Stormont, Early and Baxter C.

Well done!



It was that time of year again. All the paper work up to date and the Squadron spic and span. The Wing Commander and Sqn Ldr France came down to do the Inspection. While I was in the office being grilled by Sqn Ldr France over what had and had not been done. The Wing Commander was kept amused By Sgt Evans-Jones and shown around the Sqn. He chatted to the cadets and staff to find out how things were going. At the end of the night we were told we had improved from last year which is brilliant news. They said they were very please to see such a happy and vibrant Sqn. ( That's what we always were and always will be! ) On wards and up wards. I would just like to say all this could not happen without the support of staff and cadets alike.

Thank you all.

 Flt Lt Jim Browne


"Lord Lieutenant’s Royal British Legion Awards for Cheshire and Wirral"

The Squadron was represented by three of our Cadets at the Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet and Youth Poppy Appeal Awards held at the Daresbury Park Hotel on Tuesday 6th May.

The event is organized by The Royal British Legion and is designed to reflect the Legion’s appreciation for the support given by all cadet organizations throughout the November Remembrance period and the monies collected for their Poppy Appeal.

Cadets involved came from the Air training Corps, Army Cadet Force, Sea Cadets, Combined Cadet Force, Scouts and Fire Cadets.

Awards were given to all participating Squadrons and Units with specific awards given to each cadet organization. Cadet James James collected the award on behalf of 400 Squadron from the Lord Lieutenant. He was ably supported by Cadet Liam Brady.

Cadet Callum Baxter received a newly created award for Outstanding Conduct during the collections. He demonstrated a determination and resolve throughout the period of Poppy Collection that was recognized by organizers and resulted in his nomination for the award.

It is his type of endeavour we seek to promote at 400 Squadron with all our Cadets, both individually and as a team.

We hope to repeat these efforts in November 2014, an especially poignant year, as it is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Great War. It is a reminder of the ultimate sacrifice made by so many.


“We will remember them”



"Wing Athletics 2014"

The Squadron took part in the annual Wing Athletics meeting on 13 April 2014. The event was held at Bebington Oval and we were fortunate to have good weather throughout the day.


A total of 26 cadets took part from the Squadron competing in all the standard track and field events. 400 Squadron achieved its best result for many a year finishing in overall 6th place out of the 30 Squadrons eligible to take part.


Outstanding gold medal performances were the following cadets:

Cdt Matty Austin Long Jump U15 boys, Cdt Aileen Kearney 400m & 800m Junior Women, Cdt Ieuan Kearney 800m U15 boys, Cdt Emily Kearney 1500m Junior Women, Cdt George Birss 400m U17 boys, U15 boys 4x100m relay.

Additionally the following medals were won for the Squadron:

Bronze Cdt Joel Philip 100m U17 boys, Discus U17 boys, Cdt Matty Austin bronze High Jump U15 boys

Finally, the team spirit shown by all our cadets throughout a long a tiring day was a great example of the Corps motto “Venture-Adventure”.

Each team member taking part earned points towards our overall final placing; they were a credit to the Squadron and their families.



Easter Bag Pack

The squadron took part in a bag pack over Good Friday and Saturday to raise funds for the cadets to subsidies various activities throughout the year. A big thank you to all those cadets, staff and committee that took part. And a big thank you to Prenton Sainsbury's for having us.


Duke Of Edinburgh Awards

The end of March has seen the start of the D of E season and we are well underway. The planning that has to go into these awards takes up a lot of time and effort from the staff involved and we have already started with the Silvers with 12 cadets going out on a practice expedition early in the month. The weather was not great on the second day and all cadets welcomed returning to the minibus and to the warmth!

Mr Parr and the team are currently involved with 43 cadets from Bronze to Gold level!


Police Cadet Public Order Exercise

15 cadets took part in an exercise to assist the training of Police Cadets. They had to play the part of demonstrators and a gang that had recently committed a string of robberies and were hiding out at their den! Some of them played the parts quite well and all enjoyed it and look forward to taking part again. 



The Squadron entered the Wings Adventure Training Exercise (WATEX) with 4 cadets competing in 7 different activities. There was kayaking, climbing, mountain biking, archery, and 3 parts to a navigation exercise. The cadets involved thoroughly enjoyed the weekend despite the weather and came back wanting to do it all again.


Green Flights Presentation Night

The Squadron had it's latest Green Flight presentation night with 12 cadets obtaining there First Class badge and the evening was a complete success with a fully supported evening with cadets, staff and parents/friends alike.  


Dining in 2014

The Squadron had it's annual dining in on March 8th on Saturday evening at Birkenhead Rugby Football Club. We had a very large turn out with 134 people. There was a lovely meal, speeches, trophy presentations and a Discotheque! A great night was had by all.


Wing Activity Day 

Another successful Wing Activity Day was held on Saturday 8th March where cadets and staff from the squadron took part in Clay Shooting, Archery and Air Rifle, with some cadets excelling in either Clay, Archery and Air Rifle.


 Weapons Handling Weekend

Five cadets from the Sqn took part and passed their WHT training on Saturday 25 Jan. All enjoyed the course and came away with a practical knowledge of the L98A2 rifle.On the Sunday fourteen cadets and four staff from the Sqn went to Sealand ranges to take part in the full bore shoot and even though the weather was changeable with rain and wind, they all had a great day.

December 2013

Squadron Christmas Walk

Cadets and staff met up early in the morning to head to Beeston Castle for a day walk to burn off all those excess mince pies. The weather was a blessing with sunshine all the way and not too cold either.

Bag Pack 

 Cadets and staff bag packed over two days at Sainsburys in Prenton during the Xmas break. The turn out was very good as ever and we ended up taking the most we've ever raised on a bag pack! Our thanks go out to the Cadets and staff who took park in this event.

 New Shooting Qualifications For Staff

CI Luke Evans-Jones and CI Paul Brettle took part and passed their shotgun Safety Officers and Safe Shot courses over the weekend.They can now supervise cadets and staff on the clay pigeon range. Congratulations to them both.

November 2013 

Full Bore Shoot 

Ten cadets and two staff went to the full bore shoot at Sealand ranges on Sunday. A great day was had by all and four of our cadets gained Marksman's. Not bad when there were forty nine cadets there and only eight marksman's given! Great shooting Guys!

 Remembrance Sunday

Cadets and Staff paraded at Hamilton Square on Remembrance Sunday again this year. It was a cold and chilly day as usual but with constant sunshine to cheer the day up. All the cadets were outstanding and should be very proud of themselves.  


 The Sqn had a very successful night with a quiz, raffle and fish and chips. Cadets, parents and staff all enjoyed the evening. A big thank you to the committee for organising it. 



Cadets and staff enjoyed a great party at the Squadron on Halloween night. Most of the staff and cadets came in fancy dress and lots of games were played mostly involving goo of one type or another!


Flight Lieutenant Browne and CI Evans- Jones ran a successful L98A2 weapons Training day at the Squadron with nine Cadets passing the course. We hope to run another one in the near future.


Seven cadets and four staff enjoyed another day at Sealand ranges doing clay pigeon shooting, air rifle shooting and archery. The first trip out for our new mini bus as well.


British Legion Service - Liverpool

Sunday 28th September saw Cpl Griffin & Cpl O'Neill attend a service with both squadron and RAFA banners. Along with Mr Brettle & Flt Lt Hutchinson where the only representatives for the Air Cadets in the Merseyside Wing. This service was to show our support for the Liverpool British Legion.


We are very pleased to announce the Squadron has got a Mini bus. The first one for over ten years! No more begging and borrowing now!

Congratulations to our 4 new corporals - Cpl Buckles, Cpl Johnston, Cpl Nolan and Cpl Anderton. The CO would like to thank everyone who applied for the roles and wishes the new corporals success in their new positions. Also congratulations to our two new Sergeants - Sgt Griffin and Sgt Williams. Well done.

Bronze DofE
Eleven of our cadets have successfully completed their bronze expedition. This year's expedition used a revised route that the cadets managed well both in terms of navigation and physically. They went 'off route' a couple of times but due to their excellent navigational skills were able to quickly get back on track. They had excellent weather for the whole weekend and all enjoyed their first qualifying expedition. We look forward to your presentation.

Festival Of Transport 

Cadets and staff from the Sqn helped out at the Festival of Transport in Birkenhead Park over the weekend of the 14th - 15th of September.Their duty's included car park marshalling and promoting the Sqn. We all had a fun time when the wind picked up on Sunday and nearly wiped out the gazebo! 

Clay pigeon and Archery Comp 

Six cadets from the Sqn took part in the FTD Clay and Archery comp at Sealand ranges on Saturday the 7th of Sep. All the cadets enjoyed the lovely sunshine and the shooting and archery were to a very high standard. 

Field Training Day

Cadets from the Sqn took part in the annual Inter Wing Field Training Day at Wade Deacon High School in Widnes on Sunday the 8th of Sep. They took part in Drill, Banner Drill, project, model making and first aid. With cadets doing very well in all disciplines. A long day was had by all but they all went home proud of their achievements with smiles still on their faces. Many thanks to all the Cadets and staff who took part. 


AUGUST 2013 

Nesscliff Camp

5 Staff & 12 Cadets enjoyed a sun soaked week at a tri-squadron camp at Nesscliff Training Camp in sunny Shropshire. Where everyone took part in various activities from Shooting, Sports, Archery, Climbing, Field Skills and much more, we could go on for ever. With our very own Flight Sergeant Ellis winning best NCO. Also congratulations to Mr Parr for his award as Staff Joker at Camp. Congratulations to all who took part and made it an enjoyable camp. We are looking forward to participating next year.

JULY 2013

Wing Activity Day

7 Cadets and Staff enjoyed the sunny weather as they took part in a multi-discipline activity day. This included Air Rifle, Archery & Clay Shooting. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day with 2 cadets achieving their Squadron Marksmanship. Plenty of pictures have been taken of the day and will be posted onto the website. 

RAFA 70th Anniversary Service

4 Cadets attended the 70th Anniversary Service at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. 400 Squadron was made proud by the turnout of their cadets and supported the RAFA by manning their stall in the Cathedral. We also had the honour of having family and friends of our very own Flight Sergeant Hayes who gave a reading, read the role call of award recipients and escorted VIP guests. 

Race for Life - Birkenhead Park

9 Cadets joined staff to volunteer their services to this very worthy cause. We helped out with equipment and formed a wall at the race start to hold back the runners and our 2 female cadets had the priviledge of holding the finish line tape for the winner. We handed out runners medals and gave them refreshments. The weather was great with the sun coming out at race start and we even saw some of our cadets running. We also had help from cadets and staff from Prenton Sqn. 

BELA Qualification t to CI Steve Parr for completing his BEL award over the course of the year. He is now a fully qualified Basic Expedition Leader.








JUNE 2013


Cadets and staff from the Squadron went to RAF St Mawgan in Cornwall for their weeks summer annual camp. We went with Kirkby, Crosby, and Upton Squadrons. We were picked up at 09:00 on Saturday morning and made our way down to Cornwall. The journey took six and a half hours but to be fair, it went quickly. The station is only small and most of the activities were off camp! The accommodation was very good as was the food. We did many activities such as shooting, visiting Newquay airport, DCCT, swimming, a morning in Newquay and an afternoon at the cinema, section visits, surfing and the highlight of the week, coasteering. Which involved jumping off cliffs into the sea from varying heights and swimming around the coast. We had a Gray seal join us at one point. Super  fab!!! We all had a great week and came home so tired but happy. 

Wing Summer Ball 

Staff from the Sqn went to the Wing Summer Ball on Saturday the 15th of June. It was held at the Devonshire Hotel in Liverpool and was well attended. The event was for staff, Committee and partners. The evening started with a very nice meal and then a discotheque. A great night was had by all and the staff came away very merry. 


Cadets and staff from the squadron went to the Cosford Air Show on Sunday the 9th of June. We got stuck in a traffic jam on the way, but it was all worth it. The weather was fantastic and everything flew, including the Vulcan! We all came back suitably sun burnt, tired but very happy to have had such a great day out.   

MAY 2013 


Four cadets went to Altcar ranges in Formby on Sunday the 26th of May to take part in the Wing Full Bore Shooting competition. It turned out to be a nice day with lots of sunshine. The competition involved 3 disciplines, 10 round deliberate, 5 rapid and 5 snap. 21 Sqns turned up and the whole day went well. Our cadets shoot to a high standard and enjoyed the day. An extra bonus was seeing some of the Fleet Air Arm display team doing the fly past for the Battle of the Atlantic weekend in Liverpool. 


This year 9 cadets have entered to get their Silver DofE award. We have had a practice weekend in the hills of Moel Famau where the weather was cold but dry and they all faired very well.
The actual qualifying expedition was held at the end of the month over the bank holiday weekend and lasted for three days. The weather was great on the first two days but the last day was not too good with quite a lot of rain and fairly cold too.
The good news is that all 9 cadets have passed their expedition section and we await their presentation and completion of their award. Well done to you all, you done extremely well.


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