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Burnham Cadet Heads For Bomber Command Commemoration

Cadet Warrant Officer Jordi Hoult salutes the Commondant New Zealand Cadet Forces, Commander Glen Stokes, RNZN at the Squadron's final parade in 2011.

Burnham local Jordi Hoult, 18, is one of two Air Training Corps (ATC) Cadets travelling to London this week to attend the dedication and unveiling of a Bomber command Memorial by Her Majesty the Queen.

Thirty-three veterans, aged 87 to 94, who served in the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) with Bomber Command are being funded by Veterans’ Affairs New Zealand to attend the event on 28 June 2012.

Jordi is a Warrant Officer in No 17 (City of Christchurch) Squadron Air Training Corps, which she joined in 2007. She helps to run a team of 21 Non-Commissioned Officers (NCO) and more than 100 cadets.

Jordi is looking forward to being part of the official New Zealand delegation in London, particularly talking to the veterans and hearing their stories.

"People forget that many years ago people died for our country, people died for their families, for a time of peace, and for those alive today," Jordi said.

"Being able to commemorate those who gave great and valued service to their countries at the memorial itself is a huge honour for me."

Jordi hopes to become a vet and is currently studying at Canterbury University. Her involvement with the New Zealand Cadet Forces (NZCF) keeps her very busy, but she wouldn’t have it any other way.

"On weekends I’ll always be involved in something NZCF related, whether it’s drill practice, Sparrowhawk practice, a community service project or a Squadron Camp, you can almost guarantee I’ll be there," Jordi said.

Approximately 6000 RNZAF personnel served with the Royal Air Force (RAF) in Bomber Command during the Second World War. The extremely dangerous nature of Bomber Command’s work meant that the casualty rate was very high, with 44 per cent killed, including 1851 New Zealanders.

The official New Zealand delegation will depart RNZAF Base Auckland, Whenuapai, on June 21.

 

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