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444 (ATC) Sqn

444 (Shoreditch) Sqn Air Training Corps is affiliated to IV (AC) Sqn RAF. On this page you will find their latest news. They also have a web site at

The 444 (Shoreditch) Sqn badge

[5 Sep 03] 444 Sqn runs a 444 Club which raises money for young people in their local community (Hackney and Islington). From their letter:

“We help the young people from these areas to develop their personal qualities and introduce them to activities and experiences that they would not otherwise be exposed to in the normal course of their lives.

“In the last year alone we have sent cadets to India, Germany, and Belgium on overseas trips through the Air Training Corps. We have also organised many trips and activities within this country including the Duke of Edinburgh?s Award Scheme and BTEC qualification.

“The 444 Club has been a major source of our funds and the further monies raised as a result of your membership will help us to continue and indeed expand on the hard work, which we have already achieved for these young people.

“The simple principle of the club is that we make a simple 50/50 split between prizes and the Squadron funds from the money we receive.

I would be grateful if you would be kind enough to join the 444 club. Anything you can offer to us will ultimately go towards helping the cadets”

Anybody wishing to contribute to this good cause is invited to contact Pete Gourri (OC 444 Sqn ATC) at: PeterGourri at

444 Sqn visits IV (AC) Sqn

[27 Aug 03] 444 (Shoreditch) Sqn ATC visited RAF Cottesmore on a day trip earlier this month to reaffirm their affiliation with No IV (AC) Sqn RAF.

Clara receives the plaque from Dave Bradshaw

Cpl Clara Tettey of 444 Sqn presented a plaque to Sqn Ldr Dave Bradshaw of No IV (AC) Sqn in recognition of the Sqn?s recent work in Iraq. The plaque reads – ‘Presented by 444 (Shoreditch) Sqn ATC to No IV (AC) RAF in recognition of their safe return from operations in Iraq as part of Operation Telic 2003’.

Flt Lt Pete Gourri OC of 444 Sqn said, “We wanted to strengthen our ties with No IV (AC) Sqn, and couldn?t think of a better way than to commemorate the safe return of the unit from operations in Iraq”.

Earlier in the day, Sqn Ldr Bradshaw commented on the special relationship between No IV (AC) Sqn and 444 Sqn Air Cadets during a short talk with the cadets. Afterwards the cadets were given a tour of No IV (AC) Sqn and the Harrier GR7 before going on to visit the fire section, Air Traffic Control and the RAF police dog section. The RAF police dog section treated the cadets to a display by Cpl Matt Davies and his dog, who are this week participating in the RAF regional dog trials.