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ⰰ7-2015 The Spitfire Society and respective copyright holders.
Reg. Charity No: 299033

 

Pat Butler Memorial Award

The late Philip Insley (a previous Chairman), came up with the idea of an annual bursary presented to ATC (Air Training Corps) cadets.

You can read about Pat Butler, our first Chairman, here:

Pat Butler

Two cadets are chosen by the Officers Commanding, London & South Eastern Region, Central and East Region Air Cadets and presented with their awards (ఠeach plus a certificate and membership of the Spitfire Society) at the Eastern Wing AGM held at Old Warden.

This year our friend Sqn Ldr Ian Blair DFM was able to attend and make the presentations together with Steve Williams.

2015 winners:

Cadet Flight Sergeant Benjamin McMillan (73 Huntingdon Squadron)

 

 Cadet Warrant Officer Kynan Fletcher (1349 Woking Squadron)

 

The Len Stillwell award went to:

Cadet Flight Sergeant Katherine Hill (2461 Sawston Squadron)

2014 winners: Cadet Warrant Officer Alexander Down (795 Harpenden Squadron) and Cadet Flight Sergeant Yvette Lawrenson (328 Kingston upon Thames Squadron).

The Len Stillwell award went to Cadet Warrant Officer Thomas Joseph (47F Grantham Squadron).

2013 winners: Cadet Warrant Officer Chris Perkins 1101 (Kettering) Squadron

and Cadet Flight Sergeant Tom Lawlor 1349 (Woking) Squadron.

The Len Stillwell Award for 'Most Promising Cadet' went to Cadet Warrant Oficer Sandra Scott 2470 (Sudbury) Squadron.

2012 winners: Cadet Warrant Officer Anthony David Snook 1096 (Bishop's Stortford) Sqdn.

Cadet Flight Sergeant Shaun Joseph Kellam 2313 (The Chalfonts) Sqdn.

Cadet Sergeant Harley James Crisp 1070 (Diss) Sqdn.

2011 winners: Senior Cadet Warrant Officer Andrew Monk of 85 (Enfield & Southgate) Sqdn.

Cadet Warrant Officer Henry Wisdom 1066 (Hitchin) Sqdn.

2010

Cadet Warrant Officer Sophie Stachera

Cadet Warrant Officer Elodie Marsh

2009

Cadet Warrant Officer Julia Robson of 2524 (Oakington) Sqdn.

Cadet Flight Sergeant Jennifer Munn of 1254 (Godalming) Sqdn.

2008

Cadet Flight Sergeant Charlotte Emily Hunt of 2409 (Halton) Sqdn.

 Cadet Flight Sergeant Jonathon Maflin of 444 (Shoreditch) Sqdn.

2007
Cadet Warrant Officer Antoni Otulakowski of 134 (Bedford) Sqdn.

Cadet Warrant Officer Matthew Winn of 1015 (Horsham) Sqdn.

2006
Instructor Cadet Warrant Officer Paul Fothergill of 241 (Wanstead & Woodford) Sqdn.

Cadet Warrant Officer Erik Clark of 1379 (Leiston) Sqdn.

2005
Cadet Flight Sergeant David Goldman of 241 Sqdn.

Cadet Flight Sergeant Lyndsay McGregor of 2331 Sqdn.

 

Pat Butler

First Chairman of Eastern Region

Pat Butler was born on 17th March 1922 and volunteered for Aircrew duties with the RAF in 1941 when he was 18.  He finished his flying training as a pilot at 53 OUT, Llandow, flying his first Spitfire on 6th July 1942 ᠍k 1, R6914.  Operationally, Pat is best remembered for his time with 1435 Sqdn in Malta but he also served with 130, 256 & 153 Sqdns taking him through N.Africa, Sicily and Italy.

He was a Founder-member of The Spitfire Society in 1984/85 and made an offer to David Green shortly thereafter to organise an Eastern Region when the right time came.  As many current Members will remember, that time arrived in September 1989 when Pat organised our first Regional Meeting in the Mess at The Squadron, North Weald Airfield.

It must not of course be thought that nothing had been happening in the Society during the middle years of the nineteen eighties:  Group Captain David Green was very much a hands-on Founder-chairman of the Society. In fact he and his wife, Diana, frequently and single-handedly set up a stand at Air Shows round the Country during those earlier days, to publicise the formation of The Spitfire Society and to sell appropriate artefacts to help fund its running.

Returning to Pat Butler and Eastern Region, Pat঩rst task was to recruit Members to serve with him on the Regional Committee and, although it would be invidious to name individuals, it is very heartening to see how many of the originals are still around to help run the shop and to promote the Spirit which Pat first injected into this Region.  Even more importantly, younger Members are now willingly being recruited to fill important positions on that Committee.

Pat Butler, after battling with cancer for three months, died in hospital on 23rd May 1993.

L.D.N.

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