1475 (Dulwich) Squadron ATC ("City of London's Own")

1475 (Dulwich) Squadron Air Training Corps Royal Air Force Air Cadets was founded by the London Borough of Lewisham on the 12th June 1941 under a Royal Warrant signed by His late Majesty King George VI dated 5th February 1941. The Squadron is one of over 900 units which make up the Air Training Corps. 1475 Squadron now located in Dulwich in South East London has enjoyed a very successful existence. Its particular strength is in sport, having dominated the athletics, swimming, and cross country championships in the London area since the 1960s. The Squadron has held since 1988 the appointment of Heraldic Banner Bearers to the Lord Mayor, Sheriffs and senior Aldermen of the City of London. 1475 Squadron also holds two ATC Certificates of Merit (the highest meritorious award made to a Squadron) for services to the City of London (1991) and the RAF Benevolent Fund (2007) respectively. The Squadron also holds the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund's Poignard (and the only cadet unit to do so) presented for its fund raising work for the RAF's leading charity having raised over £65000 for the Fund. 1475 Squadron is the winner of the Sir Alan Lees Trophy 2010/11; awarded to the best Squadron in the United Kingdom. The Squadron has never lost its links with, and remained loyal to its founding fathers, the London Borough of Lewisham. In 2011, to mark the Squadron's 70th anniversary, the London Borough of Lewisham uniquely granted the unit the honour of Civic Adoption for its sustained service to the Borough. That year to mark the Squadron's close ties and service to the City of London the Court of Aldermen also presented a Banner (known as the Lord Mayor's Banner) to mark the 25 years of dedicated service to the City of London's Lord Mayor, Sheriffs and Alderman through the Lord Mayor's Show. In 2015 the City of London granted the Squadron the Civic Honour of Associate Body of the City of London. With that honour the Squadron joins the 11 distinguished military units which include the Grenadier Guards, the Royal Marines, 101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment (EOD), et al. 1475 (Dulwich) Squadron is very much a City of London unit.

Each each the World Traders' Company presents The Air Marshal's Prize for the best essay written on leadership by a cadet of the Squadron. The prize was instituted in 2010 by the then Master World Trader, The Rt Hon The Baroness Garden of Frognal.

The Squadron's aim is to develop in its cadets, through the concept of formal military discipline, a sense of responsibility, team working, communication, and leadership skills. The Squadron is committed to competition in keeping with its spirit and character justly summed up by its motto.

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