About 1224

Our Squadron was formed on 14th March 1941 as 1224 (Ilkley) Squadron and has remained a viable unit for almost 70 years.

Originally based at Ilkley Grammar School on Cowpasture Road, The Squadron was later housed in premises at the rear of Kings Hall.

Ilkley Squadron was eventually merged with 279 (Otley) Squadron to form 1224 (Wharfedale) Squadon and now has premises on Ashlands Road.

You can view and download a copy of the 'ATC Ilkley Squadron Handbook' from 1943 here (large file - 37mb - will take a while to download).

Squadron Commanders (incomplete):

1941-1943 - Flt Lt F.D. Marshall
1943 -???? - Flt Lt J.C. Findlay
1950's/60's - Flt Lt Wally Holmes
Circa 1966 - Flt Lt J.Waterhouse
1968-1972 - Flt Lt B.A Andrews
1972 -???? - Flt Lt R.E. Griffiths
Circa 1979 - Flt Lt R. Henley
Circa 1986 - Flt Lt Trevor Jones
1988-1991 - Flt Lt Malcolm Bates
1991-2010 - Flt Lt John Hitchen
2010-2013 - Flt Lt Sue Leighton
2013-Present - WO (ATC) David Wood

Today we have a team of uniformed staff headed by Warrant Officer (ATC) David Wood who took command of 1224 in 2013 after Flt Lt Sue Leighton RAFVR(T) transerred to Headquarters Air Cadets Music Services. In addition, we have a training team of volunteer Civilian Instructors who attend as required.

The Squadron and its band participate in many local events such as Ilkley Carnival, Addingham Gala and Ben Rhydding Fete, Remembrance parades in local towns, Veterans day in Bradford and the Battle of Britain Parade in Skipon as well as supporting events in the region, for example in recent years the band have played for the Leeds Lions Club AGM and have also played at RAF Linton-on-Ouse at various events including the Gala on the Green and performing a sunset ceremony at an event to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

This history section is a work in progress and if you have any information about the history of 1224 please contact us.


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