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MEMORY LANE: Revealing a longer history of the 1070 Diss Squadron Air Training Corps

Diss 1070 ATC from about 1995 ANL-150324-163014001
Diss 1070 ATC from about 1995 ANL-150324-163014001

Leslie Burrows of Roydon contacted the Diss Express to correct and shed more light on the photo we ran of the 1070 (Diss) Squadron Air Training Corps last month.

We stated the picture was from about the mid-1990s.

Mr Burrows said: “In the article with the photograph in your March 27 issue you state the squadron has run since the 1950s. In fact the squadron was formed in early 1940 at Diss Grammar School.

“The Commanding Officer was Flt/Lt G.H.Fairs (Headmaster) and he was supported by F/O Tippett and F/O Hargreaves who were responsible for the two sections, aircrew and engines. The senior NCO was Flt Sgt Peter Pipe and second to him was Sgt Russell Steggles.

“Amongst the cadets who enlisted when the squadron was formed was Eric Harris, the only cadet from the Diss squadron to lose his life.

“Others who joined at the formation were Tommy Clarke (Palgrave), Don Sheppard (Mellis), Walter (Tommy) Farr, Ivan Markwell, Victor Cobb, but to name a few.

Aged 15 I joined at that time and my cadet number was 45.

“During my training time I was promoted through the ranks to Sgt before my entry into the RAF. “It is likely that I am the only cadet who joined when the squadron was formed and now in my 90s, probably the oldest.”

Eric Harris served with Bomber Command, and is buried at Diss Cemetery.

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