Southam cadets’ 24-hour drill in memory of ‘Red 4’

AIR cadets in Southam dedicated a 24-hour sponsored drill to Red Arrows pilot and former member Flt Lt Jon Egging, who was killed in a crash on August 20.

The Ufton-born RAF pilot, who had joined the cadets aged 13, returned to his former squadron in July to talk to members in the red flying suit of the Red Arrows.

After his death in a crash at Bournemouth Air Festival, cadets decided to use funds raised during the drill to pay for a memorial to Flt Lt Egging, who flew as ‘Red 4’ on the far right of the Red Arrows’ ‘nine diamond’ formation.

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After a night of marching in which cadets made a quilt for injured servicemen and women, the squadron held a two-minute silence on Sunday in memory of Flt Lt Egging.

Flt Lt Daryll Moreton, the squadron’s commanding officer, said: “Once again, the cadets have excelled themselves with their boundless enthusiasm.

“Despite some pretty sore feet and horrible weather at times they even managed a formal parade in light blues to finish off on the Sunday.”